Online Worship: 6th September 2020, 13th Sunday after Trinity

This Sunday is the 6th of September 2020,
the 13th 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.

After his recent fortnight’s holiday, Rev David is back with us online this week and reflecting on a famous passage from Matthew’s Gospel in which Jesus promises that where two or three gather in his name, he will be in the midst of them.

It’s a helpful reminder as we continue to worship in a mixed environment of online and offline, that wherever we are, as we gather we are in the presence of Jesus. 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

Lord enthroned in heavenly splendour

A new commandment I give unto you

All-Age song: Big family of God

David’s video sermon for this Sunday

01:25 the Bible Reading with Christie, 02:42 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

God of compassion,
have mercy upon this nation and our world
in this time of fear and confusion:
we bring before you those who are suffering from the Coronavirus;
the aged and those who are most vulnerable
and for all who tend to their needs;
we pray for those who are now in isolation;
may know your comfort and company
and that those around them may truly love their neighbour
by prayer and in works of care and kindness;
we pray for health professionals, doctors, nurses and hospital support staff
as they answer their vocation under increasing pressure;
and we pray for those upon whose shoulders
the yoke of leadership rests,
that in their conversation and communication
your still small voice may be heard.
We ask this in the power of the Holy Spirit,
through the One who stretched out his hands to bless and to heal
even Jesus Christ our Lord.

The Collect for this Sunday

Almighty God,
you search us and know us:
may we rely on you in strength
and rest on you in weakness,
now and in all our days;
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 (Offham): Hilda Bodley, Ron Marchant, Cynthia & John Noble, Malcolm Scott, Irina Walker, Hazel Watson.
  • 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 Elizabeth Acheson-Gray, Paul Candler, Geoff Howard, Enid Thompson, Dawn Waterfield and Nigel Cooke, all of whom have died recently.
  • For those in our congregation who go to school. For enthusiasm in their studies, good friendships and a faithful witness to Jesus.
  • Giving thanks for our Vicar David and praying for him and his family as he returns to ministry this Sunday.
  • 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 Gabriel’s and the people of Kings Hill.
  • 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 our link dioceses of Harare, Mpwapwa & Kondoa and Estonia.

Lectionary readings for Daily Prayer

Morning & Evening Prayer in Ordinary Time (i.e. Daily Prayer for Monday on Monday, Tuesday on Tuesday etc).
Creationtide starts 1 September.

Monday Morning – Psalms 123, 124, 125, 126, 2 Samuel 18.1-18, Acts 10.34-end
Monday Evening – Psalms 127, 128, 129, Proverbs 25.1-14, Mark 8.11-21
Tuesday Morning – Psalms 132, 133, 2 Samuel 18.19-19.8a, Acts 11.1-18
Tuesday Evening – Psalms (134), 135, Proverbs 25.15-end, Mark 8.22-26
Wednesday Morning – Psalm 119.153-end, 2 Samuel 19.8b-23, Acts 11.19-end
Wednesday Evening – Psalm 136, Proverbs 26.12-end, Mark 8.27-9.1
Thursday Morning – Psalms 143, 146, 2 Samuel 19.24-end, Acts 12.1-17
Thursday Evening – Psalms 138, 140, 141, Proverbs 27.1-22, Mark 9.2-13
Friday Morning – Psalms 142, 144, 2 Samuel 23.1-7, Acts 12.18-end
Friday Evening – Psalm 145, Proverbs 30.1-9, 24-31, Mark 9.14-29
Saturday Morning – Psalm 147, 2 Samuel 24, Acts 13.1-12
Saturday Evening – Psalms 148, 149, 150, Proverbs 31.10-end, Mark 9.30-37

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