26.07.20 – Morning Prayer – VII after Trinity

O Lord, open our lips,
and our mouth will proclaim your praise.
Let us worship the Lord.
All praise to his name.

We have come together in the name of Christ to offer our praise and thanksgiving, to hear and receive God’s holy word, to seek the forgiveness of our sins, and to pray for the needs of the world, that by the power of the Holy Spirit we may give ourselves to the service of God.

Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Blessed be God for ever.

Let us confess our sins to God our Father. 

Heavenly Father, we have sinned against you and against our neighbour in thought and word and deed,
through negligence, through weakness,
through our own deliberate fault;
by what we have done and by what we have failed to do.
We are truly sorry and repent of all our sins.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ who died for us, forgive us all that is past; and grant that we may serve you in newness of life to the glory of your name. Amen.

Absolution : God forgives us our sins, may he give us grace to forgive others and forgive ourselves through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O Lord, open our lips
and our mouth will proclaim your praise.

God, make speed to save us.
O Lord, make haste to help us.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be for ever. Amen.

Praise the Lord.The Lord’s name be praised.


O come let us sing out to the Lord;
let us shout in triumph to the rock of our salvation.

Let us come before his face with thanksgiving.
and cry out to him joyfully in psalms.

For the Lord is a great God.
and a great king above all gods.

In his hand are the depths of the earth
and the peaks of the mountains are his also.

The sea is his and he made it,
his hands moulded dry land.

Come let us worship and bow down.
and kneel before the Lord our maker.

For he is the Lord our God;
we are his people and the sheep of· his pasture. Glory be…

Your word is a lantern to my feet
and a light upon our path.
O Lord, your word is everlasting:
it stands firm for ever in the heavens.
Let us then receive the word of the Lord.
So may the light of your presence shine into our hearts.

First Lesson
Romans 8

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes* with sighs too deep for words. And God,* who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit* intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.*

We know that all things work together for good* for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.  

Psalm 105
   O give thanks to the Lord and call upon his name; ♦︎
make known his deeds among the peoples.
Sing to him, sing praises, ♦︎
and tell of all his marvellous works.
Rejoice in the praise of his holy name; ♦︎
let the hearts of them rejoice who seek the Lord.
Seek the Lord and his strength; ♦︎
seek his face continually.
Remember the marvels he has done, ♦︎
his wonders and the judgements of his mouth,
O seed of Abraham his servant, ♦︎
O children of Jacob his chosen.
He is the Lord our God; ♦︎
his judgements are in all the earth.
He has always been mindful of his covenant, ♦︎
the promise that he made for a thousand generations:
The covenant he made with Abraham, ♦︎
the oath that he swore to Isaac,
Which he established as a statute for Jacob, ♦︎
an everlasting covenant for Israel,
Saying, ‘To you will I give the land of Canaan ♦︎
to be the portion of your inheritance.’
That they might keep his statutes ♦︎
and faithfully observe his laws.

Second Lesson

Matthew 13: 31-33, 44-52

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, Christ, are the King of glory,
the eternal Son of· the Father.
When you took our flesh to set us free,
you humbly chose the Virgin s womb.
You overcame the sting of death and opened the kingdom of heaven· to all believers.
You are seated at God’s right hand in glory:
we believe that you will come to be our judge.
Come then, Lord, and help your people, bought with the price of your own blood, and bring us with your saints
to glory everlasting.  Glory be…


I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried;he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

The Prayers of the People

The Lord be with you and also with you.
Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

The Lord’s Prayer

Show us your mercy, O Lord,
and grant us your salvation.

O Lord, guide and defend our rulers
and grant our government wisdom.

Let your ministers be clothed with righteousness
and let your servants shout for joy.

O Lord, save your people
and bless those whom you have chosen.

Give peace in our time, O Lord,
and let your glory be over all the earth.

O God, make clean our hearts within us
and renew us by your Holy Spirit.


VII after TrinityLord of all power and might,
the author and giver of all good things:
Graft in our hearts the love of your name,
increase in us true religion,
nourish us with all goodness,
and of your great mercy keep us in the same;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O God, the author of peace and lover of concord, to know you is eternal life, and to serve you is perfect freedom:
Defend us in all assaults of our enemies, that we, surely trusting in your protection, may not fear the power of any adversaries;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

God of the prodigals’ return, God of the rivals’ reunion: when the son neared the father, he bowed as a servant and relinquished all familial rights. It was the same gesture Jacob made when he came near Esau  in fear. Their repentance and humility were immediately engulfed in a full-bodied embrace, into a restoration of what was lost and a fuller celebration of what was found. As we return to patterns of work and life, and find ourselves face to face again, may we be restored with all our humility and repentance intact. Amen. (Prayer of the Corrymeela Community)

Going Out as God’s People

The Lord be with you and also with you.


A Prayer from the Iona Community

We have heard about you, God of all power. You made the world out of kindness, creating order out of confusion; you made each one of us in your own image; your fingerprint is on every soul. So we praise you.
We have heard about you, Jesus Christ; the carpenter who left his tools and trade; the poor man who made others rich; the healer who let himself be wounded; the criminal on whom the soldiers spat not knowing they were fouling the face of God; the savior who died and rose again. So we praise you.
We have heard about you, Holy Spirit, You broke the bonds of every race and nation, to let God speak in every tongue; you made the disciples drunk with grace; you converted souls and emptied pockets; you showed how love made all things new and opened the doors to change and freedom. So we praise you.   

We go into the world to walk in God’s light,
to rejoice in God’s love and to reflect God’s glory.


The God of hope fill you with joy and peace in believing, and the blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son and Holy Spirit be with you now and always. Amen.

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

In the name of Christ. Amen.

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