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Weekly Readings and Prayers

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Sunday 14th July 2024  The Seventh Sunday after Trinity

Collect
Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: graft in our hearts the love of your name, increase in us true religion, nourish us with all goodness, and of your great mercy keep us in the same; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

First Reading Amos 7. 7–15
This is what he showed me: the Lord was standing beside a wall built with a plumb-line, with a plumb-line in his hand. And the Lord said to me, ‘Amos, what do you see?’ And I said, ‘A plumb-line.’ Then the Lord said, ‘See, I am setting a plumb-line in the midst of my people Israel; I will never again pass them by; the high places of Isaac shall be made desolate, and the sanctuaries of Israel shall be laid waste, and I will rise against the house of Jeroboam with the sword.’ Then Amaziah, the priest of Bethel, sent to King Jeroboam of Israel, saying, ‘Amos has conspired against you in the very centre of the house of Israel; the land is not able to bear all his words. For thus Amos has said, “Jeroboam shall die by the sword, and Israel must go into exile away from his land.” ’ And Amaziah said to Amos, ‘O seer, go, flee away to the land of Judah, earn your bread there, and prophesy there; but never again prophesy at Bethel, for it is the king’s sanctuary, and it is a temple of the kingdom.’ Then Amos answered Amaziah, ‘I am no prophet, nor a prophet’s son; but I am a herdsman, and a dresser of sycamore trees, and the Lord took me from following the flock, and the Lord said to me, “Go, prophesy to my people Israel.”

Psalm 85. 8–end
8 I will listen to what the Lord God will say, : for he shall speak peace to his people and to the faithful, that they turn not again to folly.
9 Truly, his salvation is near to those who fear him, : that his glory may dwell in our land.
10 Mercy and truth are met together, : righteousness and peace have kissed each other; 
11 Truth shall spring up from the earth : and righteousness look down from heaven.
12 The Lord will indeed give all that is good, : and our land will yield its increase.
13 Righteousness shall go before him : and direct his steps in the way.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son : and to the Holy Spirit;
As it was in the beginning is now : and shall be for ever. Amen.

Second Reading Ephesians 1. 3–14
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love. He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace that he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and insight he has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ, as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance, having been destined according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to his counsel and will, so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in him, were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit; this is the pledge of our inheritance towards redemption as God’s own people, to the praise of his glory.

Gospel  Mark 6. 14–29
King Herod heard of it, for Jesus’ name had become known. Some were saying, ‘John the baptizer has been raised from the dead; and for this reason these powers are at work in him.’ But others said, ‘It is Elijah.’ And others said, ‘It is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old.’ But when Herod heard of it, he said, ‘John, whom I beheaded, has been raised.’ For Herod himself had sent men who arrested John, bound him, and put him in prison on account of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, because Herod had married her. For John had been telling Herod, ‘It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.’ And Herodias had a grudge against him, and wanted to kill him. But she could not, for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he protected him. When he heard him, he was greatly perplexed; and yet he liked to listen to him. But an opportunity came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his courtiers and officers and for the leaders of Galilee. When his daughter Herodias came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his guests; and the king said to the girl, ‘Ask me for whatever you wish, and I will give it.’ And he solemnly swore to her, ‘Whatever you ask me, I will give you, even half of my kingdom.’ She went out and said to her mother, ‘What should I ask for?’ She replied, ‘The head of John the baptizer.’ Immediately she rushed back to the king and requested, ‘I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.’ The king was deeply grieved; yet out of regard for his oaths and for the guests, he did not want to refuse her. Immediately the king sent a soldier of the guard with orders to bring John’s head. He went and beheaded him in the prison, brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl. Then the girl gave it to her mother. When his disciples heard about it, they came and took his body, and laid it in a tomb.

Post Communion Prayer
Lord God, whose Son is the true vine and the source of life, ever giving himself that the world may live: may we so receive within ourselves the power of his death and passion that, in his saving cup, we may share his glory and be made perfect in his love; for he is alive and reigns, now and for ever. Amen.

 

Prayers for the week

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.      (Ephesians 1:3) 

We pray this week for those who live in Hedingham Drive, Heronfield and Highfield Close. 

 

Sunday 14th July
We give thanks for every opportunity to worship together today. We pray for those who worship with us online, especially those who live at some distance from us or who cannot be with us in church because of illness or frailty.   

 

Monday 15th July
Today the Church marks the Feast Day of St Swithun, a deeply faithful 9th century servant of God, whom tradition has come to associate with the weather! Let us take the opportunity to pray for those whose lives and livelihoods are especially affected by climate change. 

Tuesday 16th July
We give thanks for the peace and stability we are privileged to enjoy in this country and for the peaceful transition of power which followed the recent General Election. We pray we may never take these gifts for granted and we pray today for those who know no peace.     

 

Wednesday 17th July
We give thanks for all those who seek to be peacemakers in our hurting world, including world leaders and politicians, relief agencies and charity workers. We pray for every nation torn apart by war. May the voice of the peacemakers be heard over the thunder of violence.   

 

Thursday 18th July
We give thanks for our St Jude's Schools, for their Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team, for all the School staff and for those who serve as Governors. We pray for all the children in their care and especially for the Year 2 Leavers' service in church today.    

 

Friday 19th July
We give thanks for Funeral Directors, Cemetery and Crematorium Staff who support those in our community who have been bereaved. We pray for the Memorial Service sponsored by F. Harrison taking place in church tomorrow, that it may bring comfort and hope.

Saturday 20th July
Tomorrow we celebrate the Feast Day of Mary Magdalene and we pray: Almighty God, whose Son restored Mary Magdalene to health of mind and body and called her to be a witness to his resurrection: forgive our sins and heal us by your grace, that we may serve you in the power of his risen life.  

 

Heavenly Father, please accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ . Amen
 

At all our church services we pray for those who are sick, in need and for the bereaved by name.  Please let us know if you would like a specific prayer for anyone and they will be included in the prayer list.

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