St. Mary's Church

Eighth Sunday after Trinity

Eighth Sunday after Trinity

1 Aug 2020 • General news

Genesis 32:22-31

Jacob Wrestles at Peniel

22 The same night he got up and took his two wives, his two maids, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. 23 He took them and sent them across the stream, and likewise everything that he had. 24 Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. 25 When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he struck him on the hip socket; and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. 26 Then he said, “Let me go, for the day is breaking.” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go, unless you bless me.” 27 So he said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.” 28 Then the man[a] said, “You shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel,[b] for you have striven with God and with humans,[c] and have prevailed.” 29 Then Jacob asked him, “Please tell me your name.” But he said, “Why is it that you ask my name?” And there he blessed him. 30 So Jacob called the place Peniel,[d] saying, “For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life is preserved.” 31 The sun rose upon him as he passed Penuel, limping because of his hip.

Romans 9:1-5

God’s Election of Israel

9 I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience confirms it by the Holy Spirit— 2 I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. 3 For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my own people,[a] my kindred according to the flesh. 4 They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises; 5 to them belong the patriarchs, and from them, according to the flesh, comes the Messiah,[b] who is over all, God blessed forever.[c] Amen.

Matthew 14:13-21

Feeding the Five Thousand

13 Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick. 15 When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” 16 Jesus said to them, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” 17 They replied, “We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.” 18 And he said, “Bring them here to me.” 19 Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 20 And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. 21 And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

Reflection on Matthew 14:13-21 by Rev Dmitry Lutsenko

Matthew 14:13-21 reveals to us something about Jesus’s identity. The passage starts with Jesus receiving a sad news that John the Baptist was beheaded. Jesus’ initial reaction was to withdraw to a solitary place to grieve and to pray. By doing so, Jesus shows us his human side. But the crowd that followed him were as determined to be with Jesus and He was determined to be alone. 😊 As soon as Jesus came ashore he found a large group of people instead of the solitude for which he had crossed the lake V. 14. Moved by compassion Jesus responds by healing their sick and ill V.14. Instead of attending to his own needs Jesus looks for the needs of others. Here, He displays one of the principles of his heavenly kingdom: ‘to put the interests of others before yours’ and He beckons us to do the same. By healing their sick Jesus shows that He has authority over sickness and illness, which in turn reveals his divine nature.

As the evening drew to a close the disciples approached Jesus with a request in a form of a command to send the crowd away as it was ‘getting late’ and the ‘place was remote’ V.15. Evidently the disciples had a less concerned and more pragmatic approach to the situation than Jesus, who did not see the need of sending the crowd away. He commands the disciples to feed the crowd, without giving any details with what and how this should be done v.16. Shocking!!! In response the disciples had put forward their evidence of the meagre supplies as a way of indicating the impossibility of them obeying Jesus’ command. This does not stop Jesus from proceeding ahead and praying over the available supplies of food (5 loafs of bread and 2 fish). Amazingly, they started to multiply and as the result about five thousand men who ate, besides women and children V.21. Jesus performs this second miracle out of compassion for hungry and tired people to demonstrate his kingdom authority so that the people believe in him.

Reading through this passage one cannot, but think that on one hand, Jesus was just like us: compassionate, caring, stricken by grief, but on the other hand, He had the authority over sickness and hunger. It is impossible not to conclude that Jesus was indeed fully human, but also fully divine.

 St Mary’s Prayers, 8th Sunday after Trinity, 2/8/20

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, you promised through your Son Jesus Christ to hear us when we pray in faith.

We pray for all people at this time of Covid-19, especially those whose lives and faith have been battered by much suffering and worry. We pray for St Mary’s now facing financial difficulties caused by the impact of lockdown and church closures. Be with us Father, as we prayerfully search our hearts and minds to consider how we might help.

We thank you for the ministry of Malcolm and Dmitry; may they continue to be strengthened by your abiding presence. Thank you for Christopher Lord Bishop of Coventry, and John Bishop of Warwick, 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

Lord God

We pray for the Holy Spirit to work through a common bond of humanity, to draw people closer to overcome the pandemic, improve international understanding, challenge prejudice and evil in the world, to generate peace.

Bless and guide Elizabeth our Queen, give wisdom to all in authority; and direct this nation 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

Lord God

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.

We pray for our families and loved ones, especially those we are separated from at this time. Keep them safe we pray. Thank you for hospital and community medical, nursing and auxiliary teams, food production and distribution workers, and so many others supporting us at this difficult time. We especially pray for the many families caring for their loved ones at home.

We bring to you, Father, children and young people as they look forward to returning to school, college and university in the autumn. We thank you for the work of teachers and support staff since March; may they be refreshed at this “holiday” time.

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer

Lord God

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.

We name in silence now any people or situations known to us with particular needs and burdens.

S I L E N C E

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer

Lord God

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.

Lord Jesus, your compassion welled over into tears at the death of friends. Enter the lives of those who mourn. From the heart which took you to the Cross, give them courage, faith and peace in the days ahead.

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer

Rejoicing in the fellowship of Mary 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


Dear All

We have now been out of church since the 16th March and have all experienced our own version of life under lockdown. During this time Malcolm has supplied us with weekly news, readings and set up Zoom meetings for Morning Prayer on Monday to Thursday. Malcolm, Dmitry, Tony, Lorraine, Stephen and Trefor have given us our weekly sermon and a variety of people have provided intercessions. All of this has helped us stay connected with the church and pray whilst not being physically able to attend.

On behalf of the congregation, we would like to express our thanks to those named above and everybody who has contributed to keeping our church life going in such difficult times, it has been greatly appreciated.

Barbara and John

Churchwardens