Online Worship: 26th July 2020, Seventh Sunday after Trinity

This Sunday is the 26th of July 2020,
the seventh Sunday after Trinity.

Grace, mercy and peace
from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ
be with you.

Welcome to our Online Worship for this week.

This week our Lectionary reading takes us back into the Gospel of Matthew and the half-way point of the book with an important challenge Matthew brings to be a ‘Scribe fit for the Kingdom of Heaven’. Rev David explores this saying and the parables that precede it as a way for us to continue pondering the challenges of the present time.

This week, some of us will be able to return to worship in our church buildings. But whether we are present in the buildings or present here online, we remain one church under God. Please do pray for those who are in church as they will be praying for you.


There are a number of things to be aware of at the moment. This page will tell you more.

Songs to sing today

O worship the Lord

King of Kings, Majesty

All-Age song: Father God, I wonder

Rev David’s video sermon for this Sunday

01:26 the Bible Reading with Christie, 03:19 onwards the Sermon with Rev David.


Prayers for today

Prayers of Intercession for Ordinary Time

In the power of the Spirit and in union with Christ,
let us pray to the Father.

Almighty God, our heavenly Father,
you promised through your Son Jesus Christ
to hear us when we pray in faith.

Strengthen James and Simon, our bishops, and all your Church in the service of Christ,
that those who confess your name may be united in your truth,
live together in your love, and reveal your glory in the world.

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Bless and guide Elizabeth our Queen; give wisdom to all in authority;
and direct this and every nation in the ways of justice and of peace;
that we may honour one another, and seek the common good.

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Give grace to us, our families and friends, and to all our neighbours,
that we may serve Christ in one another, and love as he loves us…
[take a moment to pray for family and friends]

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Comfort and heal all those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit …;
give them courage and hope in their troubles;
and bring them the joy of your salvation.
[take a moment to pray for those you know who are unwell]

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Hear us as we remember those who have died in the faith of Christ …;
according to your promises,
grant us with them a share in your eternal kingdom.
[take a moment to pray for those you know who are grieving]

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Rejoicing in the fellowship of the Blessed Virgin Mary, St Michael & All Angels, and all your saints,
we commend ourselves and the whole creation to your unfailing love.

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

A prayer about the COVID-19 pandemic

A prayer from Jerusalem

We pray for all who are suffering and bereaved.
At this time of sorrow, incomprehension and tragedy, we stand together.
In this crisis, we pray for God’s mercy and healing for the sick
and for health and strength for all who care for them.

The Collect for this Sunday

Generous God,
you give us gifts and make them grow:
though our faith is small as mustard seed,
make it grow to your glory
and the flourishing of your kingdom;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.


May the peace of God, 
which passes all understanding,
keep your hearts and minds
in the knowledge and love of God, 
and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.

Be at peace. Love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ. Amen.

Resources for the week ahead

Prayer pointers

  • Those who have asked for our prayers: Hilda Bodley, Valerie Crittenden, Lucy Clifford, Martin Healing-Mills, Pam Hoskins, Robin & Rosemary Law, Ron Marchant, Cynthia & John Noble, Barbara & Graham Norton, Barbara Pallett, Malcolm Scott, Eileen Vickers, Irina Walker, Janet & John Wincott, and Heather, William, Stephanie and Michael.
  • For the families of Christine Johnson, Laura Childs, Gerald & Beryl Twort, Stewart Betts and John Robinson; all of whom have died recently.
  • For those in our congregation who work in government, whether locally or nationally. For wisdom, servant-hearted leadership and their witness to Christ at work.
  • Praying for one another as we open our buildings this Sunday for public worship, holding those in our hearts who cannot be present, whether because they are shielding, fearful, housebound, working, or simply because we’re at capacity.
  • Prayers for St Gabriel’s and the people of Kings Hill.
  • Prayers for the end of the school term, for children, parents, school staff and governors. We pray especially for children in year 6 as they finish their Primary School education this week and move onto Secondary School in September.
  • For the UK and world authorities political, medical, scientific, civil and religious as we respond to the Coronavirus pandemic.
  • For HM Queen and our nation, for the Prime Minister and Government, for loving and respectful discourse, truth and integrity in political life.
  • For unity and reconciliation in our nation following our departure from the European Union.
  • For authorities and emergency services working in areas of war, humanitarian or ecological tragedy including all nations affected by Coronavirus. Especially Syria, Iraq, Turkey, for the Kurdish people, South Sudan, Afghanistan, and the Yemen.
  • For local mission partners at Pilsdon, Spadework and the Kenward Trust.

Lectionary readings for Daily Prayer

Morning & Evening Prayer in Ordinary Time (i.e. Daily Prayer for Monday on Monday, Tuesday on Tuesday etc).

Monday Morning – Psalms 1, 2, 3, 1 Samuel 10.1-16, Luke 22.24-30
Monday Evening – Psalms 4, 7, Ezekiel 14.12-end, 2 Corinthians 11.1-15
Tuesday Morning – Psalms 5, 6, 1 Samuel 10.17-end, Luke 22.31-38
Tuesday Evening – Psalms  9, 10, Ezekiel 18.1-20, 2 Corinthians 11.16-end
Wednesday Morning – Psalm 119.1-32, 1 Samuel 11, Luke 22.39-46
Wednesday Evening – Psalms 11, 12, 13, Ezekiel 18.21-32, 2 Corinthians 12
Thursday Morning – Psalms 14, 15, 16, 1 Samuel 12, Luke 22.47-62
Thursday Evening – Psalm 18, Ezekiel 20.1-20, 2 Corinthians 13
Friday Morning – Psalms 17, 19, 1 Samuel 13.5-18, Luke 22.63-end
Friday Evening – Psalm 22, Ezekiel 20.21-38, James 1.1-11
Saturday Morning – Psalms 20, 21, 23, 1 Samuel 13.19-14.15, Luke 23.1-12
Saturday Evening – Psalms 24, 25, Ezekiel 24.15-end, James 1.12-end

5 thoughts on “Online Worship: 26th July 2020, Seventh Sunday after Trinity

  1. Once again thank you David for your sermon and indeed the whole service. Although not together in church it brings us together in spirit.

  2. Thankyou, once again, David, Becky and Christie for leading our service this morning; thankyou, David for a most thoughtful and enlightening sermon. We are sure it has been an emotional and welcome return to church to be able to meet together and we certainly appreciate to be able to worship online with you in spirit if not in church. We hope to be able to join with you again soon.

  3. Thank you David, for giving us the chance to worship with you online, when not in church. Thank you for your interpretation of the bible reading – much food for thought, and a focus for our prayers.

  4. I attended St Mary’s today and it was great to be back in the building with others (even if socially distanced) but it was also so lovely knowing that those of you worshipping online and via the telephone link were alongside us in worshipping God.

    Take care and love to you all

  5. Thanks all for your comments. It is lovely to hear from you and I hope you are well. As you say, we’re with one another in spirit and, in combination with those in church in person today, it brings new depth and meaning to that sense of being ‘the Communion of Saints’; in difference places and different times but one in worship and one in Christ.

    God bless

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