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Fifth Sunday after Trinity

Fifth Sunday after Trinity

3 Jul 2021 • General news

2 Samuel 5. 1-5, 9-10

1All the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron, and said, ‘Look, we are your bone and flesh. 2For some time, while Saul was king over us, it was you who led out Israel and brought it in. The LORD said to you: It is you who shall be shepherd of my people Israel, you who shall be ruler over Israel.’ 3So all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron; and King David made a covenant with them at Hebron before the LORD, and they anointed David king over Israel. 4David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years. 5At Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months; and at Jerusalem he reigned over all Israel and Judah thirty-three years.

9David occupied the stronghold, and named it the city of David. David built the city all around from the Millo inward. 10And David became greater and greater, for the LORD, the God of hosts, was with him.

2 Corinthians 12. 2-10

2I know a person in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven – whether in the body or out of the body I do not know; God knows. 2And I know that such a person – whether in the body or out of the body I do not know; God knows – 4was caught up into Paradise and heard things that are not to be told, that no mortal is permitted to repeat. 5On behalf of such a one I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except of my weaknesses. 6But if I wish to boast, I will not be a fool, for I will be speaking the truth. But I refrain from it, so that no one may think better of me than what is seen in me or heard from me, 7even considering the exceptional character of the revelations. Therefore, to keep me from being too elated, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me, to keep me from being too elated. 8Three times I appealed to the Lord about this, that it would leave me, 9but he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.’ So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 10Therefore I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ; for whenever I am weak, then I am strong.

Mark 6. 1-13

1Jesus came to his home town, and his disciples followed him. 2On the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded. They said, ‘Where did this man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been given to him? What deeds of power are being done by his hands! 3Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?’ And they took offence at him. 4Then Jesus said to them, ‘Prophets are not without honour, except in their home town, and among their own kin, and in their own house.’ 5And he could do no deed of power there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and cured them. 6And he was amazed at their unbelief.

Then he went about among the villages teaching. 7He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. 8He ordered them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts; 9but to wear sandals and not to put on two tunics. 10He said to them, ‘Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave the place. 11If any place will not welcome you and they refuse to hear you, as you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them.’ 12So they went out and proclaimed that all should repent. 13They cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.

 Thought for 4th July Trinity 5 by Frances Tyler

One of the things on my bucket list is to go on a long or longish pilgrimage. I have only done a short one for a few days. We walked from one place to another returned by train to the start and then got the car and went home. The next day we met at the end of the first days walk and at the end of that day, got the train back to that day’s start. So I only needed to carry a days food and train fares etc. I really enjoyed the walk and was interested in where my thoughts went as we walked. It is the inner journey which I am most interested in.

In today’s gospel reading Jesus is going among the villages teaching. He gives his disciples authority and send them off with instructions to take a staff, wear sandals and days clothes nothing else. Expect to be fed and watered and have somewhere to sleep. This was a challenge, I am sure. Jesus is saying ‘go simple’. No creature comforts. I am sure I could not manage that, but what could I manage? I have 2 major worries about this pilgrimage I want to take. No 1 worry is how much can I carry and how much can I go without? No 2 is what can I eat to sustain me when I can’t have flour and most things you pick up are flour based. Could I reduce my needs down to a vey small amount? What is absolutely essential? How simply could I live? I am sure that it will teach me many lessons about life and how I live it.

Taking on something quite different can be a bit scary. I imagine the disciples were a bit scared, but Jesus sent them out in twos. I think it is fascinating that Jesus didn’t send people out alone nor did he work on his own. They first part of the reading today where it says that Jesus couldn’t do many miracles in his hometown because he was not accepted and recognised for what he was. It is as if Jesus required people to work together with him. It feels like ministry is not about going out on your own. It is about collaborations, working as a team. Supporting one another.

We do the ministry that we are called to do. It maybe that you think that sounds a bit grand, but we should only do what we are called to do. If that is to pray and support people that is what it is, if it is help others at work or at home or in our community that is what it is. All are needed. There are as may varieties of ministry as there are Christians.

For this we need God’s grace, to find it out, work with God in the ways we are called to. Not to compare with anyone else but continue to love the Lord our God and walk in His way. Maybe if I ever get to doing this pilgrimage, I will learn to do this is a deeper way. Who knows?

Intercessions 4 July 2021 (Lorraine Baker)

We lift our prayers to you, O Lord, for all people everywhere, those close to us and those far away.

We pray for those who minister and preach that they may never find themselves rejected out of hand as our Saviour Jesus Christ was in his home town synagogue.

We pray for the Worldwide Anglican Church and for the Church of England here in Coventry. We pray especially for those being Ordained as Deacon or as Priest today. Hold them close on this special day, as they begin the next stage of their ministry and vocation.

We also ask that you help us also to respect the beliefs of others even if we do not share them, to celebrate what we have in common and accept our differences. Guide us in our ministries as we live each day determined to spread the Good News of your son Jesus Christ.

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Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

Creator God look with compassion on the whole human family; take away arrogance and hatred that infects the hearts of those who pursue violence and terrorism; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love and peace.

We pray today for peacemakers throughout the world, may they bring hope out of despair, peace out of conflict and prosperity out of poverty. We pray for all who work to reconcile different parties involved in conflict and give thanks for the Community of Reconciliation based at Coventry Cathedral.

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Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

Father God we pray for our families and friends and especially for young people that they may grow up knowing love and hope, valuing life and respecting others. We pray for those who are about to leave school and move on to the next stage in their lives, and for those who are preparing to start a new school in September. We also pray for those on holiday or anticipating a holiday, and for those who are unable to go away, due to the pandemic or other reasons.

Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

Merciful God we pray for all who suffer in body, mind or spirit and for those who care for them. We pray for the sick especially for those who like St Paul have been given “a thorn in the flesh”.

We pray for any who are in special need of our prayers at this time, especially those known personally to us. We raise them now before you ….

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Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

Heavenly Father, we pray for those whose hearts have been saddened by the death of someone close and dear to them, for members of our families who have died and whose anniversary we recall. Help us to experience the comfort of the Holy Spirit within us, and the fellowship of the church family around us until we are reunited once more in your heavenly kingdom. We especially pray for Mary Richards and her family at this time as they mourn following Trefor’s death, for Angela Richards as she and her family mourn following Dean’s death and for Bob Davies’ family.

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Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

Faithful God we pray for ourselves; as we go from our worship today to start the week ahead, we ask that in all we do, we may we walk more closely with you at our side safe in the knowledge that your Fatherly love and care knows no bounds.

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