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Sixth Sunday after Trinity

Sixth Sunday after Trinity

18 Jul 2020 • General news

Genesis 28:10-19

Jacob’s Dream at Bethel

10 Jacob left Beer-sheba and went toward Haran. 11 He came to a certain place and stayed there for the night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place. 12 And he dreamed that there was a ladder[a] set up on the earth, the top of it reaching to heaven; and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. 13 And the Lord stood beside him[b] and said, “I am the Lord, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring; 14 and your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south; and all the families of the earth shall be blessed[c] in you and in your offspring. 15 Know that I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” 16 Then Jacob woke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place—and I did not know it!” 17 And he was afraid, and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.”

18 So Jacob rose early in the morning, and he took the stone that he had put under his head and set it up for a pillar and poured oil on the top of it. 19 He called that place Bethel;[d] but the name of the city was Luz at the first.

Romans 8:12-25

New Revised Standard Version

12 So then, brothers and sisters,[a] we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh— 13 for if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. 15 For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, “Abba![b] Father!” 16 it is that very Spirit bearing witness[c] with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ—if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.

Future Glory

18 I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us. 19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God; 20 for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; 23 and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in[d] hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes[e] for what is seen? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

Matthew 13:24-30

The Parable of Weeds among the Wheat

24 He put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field; 25 but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away. 26 So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared as well. 27 And the slaves of the householder came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where, then, did these weeds come from?’ 28 He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The slaves said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ 29 But he replied, ‘No; for in gathering the weeds you would uproot the wheat along with them. 30 Let both of them grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Collect the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.’”

Jesus Explains the Parable of the Weeds

36 Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples approached him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.” 37 He answered, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man; 38 the field is the world, and the good seed are the children of the kingdom; the weeds are the children of the evil one, 39 and the enemy who sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels. 40 Just as the weeds are collected and burned up with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. 41 The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all evildoers, 42 and they will throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Let anyone with ears[a] listen!

Wheat and Darnel (A thought from Malcolm Tyler)

I love the parable of the wheat and the darnel and I make no apology for using the old word used in the Authorised version of the Bible. Darnel, not a word I was familiar with until I read it in the Bible, makes me stop and think. Weeds I know about and the word probably doesn’t make me think.

But to come back to the parable, it is a straightforward image. We can see that the world is not as God made it or intended it to be. There is evil in it and that is obvious. In just a few seconds we can readily call things to mind that we know to be evil. Jihadi John, the two towers, tsunamis in Sri Lanka and the Far East, Covid19 to name but a few. We live alongside the effects of evil constantly, some of it caused by people, some of it naturally occurring. The parable offers us a picture of what is going on in our world and to a certain extent why evil remains.

The great thing to me about the parable is that it reminds us that things will not always be thus. As Christians we look forward to another time when the world will have returned to the way God made it and intended it to be - very good remember. Yes, of course, there are moments of doubt when I wonder if I am wheat or darnel - I think that is part of the human condition to doubt - but when I am in a better frame of mind and I hold to the promises of God, that I am saved by grace through faith in Jesus, the image of the harvest is not so frightening.

We are slowly coming out of lockdown and I have to admit to being extremely anxious that we are nowhere near the end of this particular crisis but I do believe in the sovereignty of God. As Julian of Norwich is famous for saying all will be well and all manner of things will be well. I don’t believe it is simplistic or naive to think this even if I may not see the consummation of God’s kingdom in my own lifetime but it is my belief that God will make all things to be well. Evil will not overcome good. The darnel will be gone, the wheat - you and I - will flourish. This is the hope to which we are called. God does not fail us.

A prayer for the Corona Virus situation:(Stephen Baker)

Merciful God, we pray for the many people who have contracted the coronavirus around the world. Bring comfort to those grieving loved ones who have died, and peace to those who are worried, fearful and uncertain as the virus spreads. We also pray for governments and authorities who are developing strategies to contain and deal with the virus and those in the health services who may be risking their own lives to care for sick patients.

We pray for our situation here in the UK, and the procedures that have been put into force to try to halt the spread of the virus. Help us all to be responsible in the things that we do in our lives to prevent the spread of the virus by taking heed of the recommended precautions and avoiding situations which may make things worse.

Intercessions for the Sixth Sunday after Trinity, 19th July 2020

Everlasting God, we join together in praying to you for the needs the church, the world, our communities and ourselves, trusting in your love which reaches out from before the foundation of the world.

Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer.

Holy God, whenever we start to get offended by your generosity or open-mindedness, give us the grace to repent and join your rejoicing. Guard the Church against self-righteousness and all rules and limits which you would not own, but keep always before us the rule of love.

Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer.

Creator God, we pray for your world. Forgive us when we are ungrateful when spiritual blindness prevents us from appreciating the wonder of your creation and the endless cycle of nature. Forgive us for taking without giving; reaping without sowing. We pray for the farmers of the world many of whom still use those methods described by Jesus and we especially pray that they may be treated with fairness for their labours. We also especially remember those who work with the land in areas suffering from climate change.

Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer.

Father God, we thank you for the love we share with our families and our friends. We recognise that they may have faults and they love us in spite of ours. Help us to be flexible and adaptable in all of our relationships and also capable of accepting constructive criticism.

Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer.

Loving God and Lord of life, we pray for the gift of courage to face up to and cope with illness especially during the Covid-19 Pandemic. We pray for it for ourselves, and for those whom we know to be in any kind of need, whether of body, mind or spirit.

We thank you for those who through their courage have come through illness and for those facing the reality that there is little light at the end of their earthly tunnel.

Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer.

Gracious God, give us ears to hear and minds to understand the message of immortality for the children of your kingdom so that we may look forward with patience and confidence to that time when we will join you in the peace of eternity. We especially pray for any we know who have recently died and are on that journey to you.

Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer.

Faithful God, we thank you for the opportunity of being together in prayer. As we look forward to the week to come, we pray for an awareness of your love and support in all we do.

Merciful Father: accept these prayers, for the sake of your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen

Blessing by the new Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell, at his confirmation on 9th July:

May the love of our good and generous God guide and protect us;
may the hope of the gospel sustain us and bring us joy;
when we are lost or lonely; when the road ahead seems hard,
or when the darkness gathers,
may the light and peace of Christ be ours.


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