Online Worship: 18th July 2021, Seventh Sunday after Trinity

This Sunday is the 18th of July 2021,
the seventh Sunday after Trinity.

Stations of the Cross
in Lodwar Cathedral, Kenya

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

Welcome to our Online Worship for this week. Our reading this week from St Paul’s letter to the Ephesians how Christ brings people together in one new humanity where old barriers previously divided them. In a week in which racist abuse of footballers has been in the news, Rev David talks about how St Paul’s discussion of the ‘circumcision’ and ‘uncircumcision’ applies to a lot more than just an old theological discussion about Jews and Gentiles.

There is obviously a lot of work going on to get as many people vaccinated as quickly as possible. As things stand, we still don’t know what the rules will be for church from the 19th of July (i.e. tomorrow). Nonetheless, if you need some support or help with practical things, or want someone to listen, please do contact us.

Notices

To catch up on the latest news and notices from both West Malling and Offham, please do take a look at our Notices page for this week.

Giving to support St Mary’s and St Michael’s

If you can donate to support the ministry of St Mary’s West Malling and St Michael’s Offham, we very much appreciate your generosity and partnership with us. Follow the links to find out more about how to set-up regular giving or to make an online one-off donation today.

Songs to sing today

We have a Gospel to proclaim

I heard the voice of Jesus say

All-Age: Build your kingdom

Virtual Sunday School

4front Theatre and St Peter’s in Worcester have a new video for us this week and this time Nat and Rob are exploring Jesus’ parable of the the Good Samaritan!

David’s video sermon for this Sunday

00:28 the Bible Reading with Bethya, 02:14 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 Simon, Bishop of Tonbridge, 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.
Amen.

A prayer about the COVID-19 pandemic

A prayer from El Salvador
Lord, we pray for those who need ongoing medical treatment
who are forced to wait at this time.
God, please watch over their health
and help them to stay positive and patient.
We pray that we overcome this global crisis
and that after this pandemic,
we build a more just and humane world.
Amen.

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.
Amen.

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.
Amen.

Blessing

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.
Amen.

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): Jim & Jean Brown, Ron Marchant, Cynthia & John Noble, Rob Stranack, Irina Walker.
  • Those who have asked for our prayers (West Malling): Jane Best-Shaw, Keith & Diana Bullard, Robin & Rosemary Law, Barbara & Graham Norton, Barbara Pallett, Stuart Richards, Eileen Vickers, Ann, Heather, William, Stephanie, Michael, Alice, Jennifer and Thomas, Hayley, Rene and Lauren.
  • For the families of Hazel Hobden (Withecombe), Neville Cording, baby Ayla Arnold, Joe Dighton and Hazel Watson who have all 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 those who teach and work in our local schools, for recovery and respite this Summer after a very difficult year.
  • Prayers for St Gabriel’s and the people of Kings Hill.
  • As we respond to the Coronavirus pandemic, we pray for the UK and world authorities; political, medical, scientific, civil and religious. We pray especially for those involved in caring for the sick and dying, and those who are working to distribute the vaccine.
  • 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 India, for the USA, Brazil and Russia, for Myanmar, for Syria, Iraq, South Sudan, Afghanistan, and the Yemen. We pray also for the situation in Belarus.
  • For Daniel & Sarah Brito Medeiros, CMS mission link partners in Brazil

Daily Prayer

It is now possible to pray each day via the Church of England website with Morning and Evening Prayer and Prayer during the Day all provided, along with the correct lectionary readings for each day.

There’s also an App you can download to get the same material direct to your smartphone or tablet device.

Since this facility is now available, we won’t be reprinting the lectionary readings each week here on this page.

Find out more here:
https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/join-us-service-daily-prayer

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