Online Worship: 23rd August 2020, Eleventh Sunday after Trinity

This Sunday is the 23rd of August 2020,
the eleventh Sunday after Trinity.

Photo by Gavin Atkin, 2018

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

Welcome to our Online Worship for this week.

Becky is talking about the journey of Jesus and his disciples to Caesarea-Philippi – a gentile town on the northern outskirts of Herod’s rule. Why did Jesus walk 40 miles north from his home in Capernaum? Watch to find out.

Whether we are present in the buildings or present here online, we remain one church under God. It is hard when things are not as we should like them to be. Those worshipping online may feel it’s not quite the same as being in church. Those who are in church may feel it’s not quite the same as a ‘proper’ service, because of the restrictions. Let’s pray for one another that we will sense God’s presence and his encouragement for us all.


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

Songs to sing today

Take my life and let it be

Jesus Christ, I think upon your sacrifice

All-Age Song: Lord, I lift your name on high

Becky’s video sermon for this Sunday

01:20 the Bible Reading with Andrew, 02:30 onwards the Sermon with Becky.


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

Lord God, loving Creator,
You fashioned us from clay,
and breathed life into us.
We are made and loved by you.

Heavenly Father,
Your Spirit fills us with hope
and lights the path to fullness of life.
Hear us!
As we cry out to you, uncertain and afraid.

In your mercy, Lord,
Grant us the strength to rebuild
when all seems lost,
and the courage to reach out
to those who are suffering.

A prayer for Beirut

God of refuge, hear our prayer
as we hold the people of Beirut
in our hearts.
In your mercy,
bring comfort to those who mourn,
healing to those who are injured,
shelter to those who are homeless
sustenance to those who hunger.
Give strength to those who are working
to rebuild shattered lives,
and protect those who are vulnerable
especially in a time of coronavirus.
Fill us with compassion
and move us to reach out in love.

The Collect for this Sunday

God of glory,
the end of our searching,
help us to lay aside
all that prevents us from seeking your kingdom,
and to give all that we have
to gain the pearl beyond all price,
through our Saviour Jesus Christ.

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 (Offham): Hilda Bodley, Pam Hoskins, Ron Marchant, Cynthia & John Noble, Malcolm Scott, Irina Walker.
  • Those who have asked for our prayers (West Malling): Valerie Crittenden, Lucy Clifford, Martin Healing-Mills, Robin & Rosemary Law, Barbara & Graham Norton, Barbara Pallett, Eileen Vickers, Janet & John Wincott, and Heather, William, Stephanie and Michael.
  • For the families of Stewart Betts, John Robinson, Elizabeth Acheson-Gray, Paul Candler and Geoff Howard; all of whom have died recently.
  • For those in our congregation who work in the arts or entertainment. For help and the ability to work and earn during the Pandemic. For the creativity of God’s Spirit, economic favour, a prophetic voice and their Christian witness in their work.
  • Giving thanks for our Vicar David and praying for him and his family as he takes his annual holiday.
  • Praying for one another as we re-open our buildings 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 Michael’s and the people of Offham.
  • 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 we pray for the USA and Brazil, we pray for the people of Beirut and the Lebanon, for Syria, Iraq, South Sudan, Afghanistan, and the Yemen.
  • For David & Robin Stearns, mission link partners in Uganda.

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 86, 117, Genesis 28.10-17, John 1.43-51 (St Bartholomew)
Monday Evening – Psalms 91, 116, Deuteronomy 18.15-19, Matthew 10.1-22 (St Bartholomew)
Tuesday Morning – Psalms 87, 89.1-18, 2 Samuel 5.1-12, Acts 7.1-16
Tuesday Evening – Psalm 89.19-end, Proverbs 8.22-end, Mark 5.21-34
Wednesday Morning – Psalm 119.105-128, 2 Samuel 6.1-19, Acts 7.17-43
Wednesday Evening – Psalms 91, 93, Proverbs 9, Mark 5.35-end
Thursday Morning – Psalms 90, 92, 2 Samuel 7.1-17, Acts 7.44-53
Thursday Evening – Psalm 94, Proverbs 10.1-12, Mark 6.1-13
Friday Morning – Psalms 88, (95), 2 Samuel 7.18-end, Acts 7.54-8.3
Friday Evening – Psalm 102, Proverbs 11.1-12, Mark 6.14-29
Saturday Morning – Psalms 96, 97, 100, 2 Samuel 9, Acts 8.4-25
Saturday Evening – Psalm 104, Proverbs 12.10-end, Mark 6.30-44

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