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Readings and Prayers
26 July 2020
Seventh Sunday after Trinity


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'The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened' Matthew  13. 33

Vermeer MIlkmaid Detail
The Milkmaid (detail), by Johannes Vermeer, oil on canvas, c. 1660 (c) Rijksmseum, Amsterdam


You can watch a video of Sam Barber playing Toccata by Mushel here

First Hymn

You can watch a video of Sam Barber playing 'Praise to the Lord' here

The Collect

Lord of all power and might,
who art the author and giver of all good things:
graft in our hearts the love of thy name,
increase in us true religion,
nourish us with all goodness,
and of thy great mercy keep us in the same;
through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord,
who liveth and reigneth with thee,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.


Matthew 13. 31-33, 44-52  Five Parables

He put before them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.’

He told them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.’

‘The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.‘

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.

‘Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and caught fish of every kind; when it was full, they drew it ashore, sat down, and put the good into baskets but threw out the bad. So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous and throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

‘Have you understood all this?’ They answered, ‘Yes.’ And he said to them, ‘Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.’


You can read and hear an audio recording of the sermon by David McEvoy, Reader, here

Prayers for the week

Healing God, we pray for all who are sick or in need, mentioning by name Gordon Baker, Janet, Evelyn and Maureen  Beckford, Rick Brooks, Barry Graney, John Kelly, Jordan Morley, Sue Ralfe, Moira Skingley and Gamal Tadros. And we pray for Ada Greenwood, a member of our Children’s Church, as she continues to recover from heart surgery.  May they all know your loving care.

Gracious God, we pray for the departed, remembering by name Sarah Akoth Ogada (Christine Bleasdale's mother), Elly Thomas, and Ken Nuttycombe.    We also remember Jonathan Horsfall-Turner, Idera Amoye, Frank Smith and John Greenacre on their year's mind. May they be at rest with You in your eternal peace.

We pray for all whose hearts have been saddened by the death of someone dear to them, uphold them in your strength.


You can watch a video of Sam Barber playing Solitude by Herbert Brewer here

Post Communion Prayer

Lord God, whose Son is the true vine,
the source of life, who ever giveth himself that the world may life:
may we so receive within ourselves
   the power of his death and passion
that in his cup of salvation we may partake of his glory
   and also be made perfect in his love;
who liveth and reigneth, now and for ever.

Final Hymn

The Blessing

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.


Liturgical texts taken from Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England and Common Worship: Times and Seasons.

Many thanks to Sam Barber for his recording of the hymns 'Praise to the Lord' and 'Give my joy in my heart/Sing Hosanna'  (207 and 459, Hymns Ancient and Modern New Standard, Hymns Ancient and Modern Limited) and for his recording of Toccata by Georgi Mushel and Solitude  by A Herbert Brewer.
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