St. Mary's Church

Ninth Sunday after Trinity

Ninth Sunday after Trinity

31 Jul 2021 • General news

2 Samuel 11. 26—12. 13a

26When the wife of Uriah heard that her husband was dead, she made lamentation for him. 27When the mourning was over, David sent and brought her to his house, and she became his wife, and bore him a son.

But the thing that David had done displeased the LORD. 1The LORD sent Nathan to David. He came to him, and said to him, ‘There were two men in a certain city, the one rich and the other poor. 2The rich man had very many flocks and herds; 3but the poor man had nothing but one little ewe lamb, which he had bought. He brought it up, and it grew up with him and with his children; it used to eat of his meagre fare, and drink from his cup, and lie in his bosom, and it was like a daughter to him. 4Now there came a traveller to the rich man, and he was loath to take one of his own flock or herd to prepare for the wayfarer who had come to him, but he took the poor man’s lamb, and prepared that for the guest who had come to him.’ 5Then David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man. He said to Nathan, ‘As the LORD lives, the man who has done this deserves to die; 6he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.’

7Nathan said to David, ‘You are the man! Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: I anointed you king over Israel, and I rescued you from the hand of Saul; 8I gave you your master’s house, and your master’s wives into your bosom, and gave you the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would have added as much more. 9Why have you despised the word of the LORD, to do what is evil in his sight? You have struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and have taken his wife to be your wife, and have killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. 10Now therefore the sword shall never depart from your house, for you have despised me, and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife. 11Thus says the LORD: I will raise up trouble against you from within your own house; and I will take your wives before your eyes, and give them to your neighbour, and he shall lie with your wives in the sight of this very sun. 12For you did it secretly; but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun.’ 13David said to Nathan, ‘I have sinned against the LORD.’ Nathan said to David, ‘Now the LORD has put away your sin; you shall not die.’

Ephesians 4. 1-6

1I, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, 5one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.

John 6. 24-35

24When the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were at the place where Jesus had given the bread, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus.

25When they found him on the other side of the lake, they said to him, ‘Rabbi, when did you come here?’ 26Jesus answered them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. 27Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal.’ 28Then they said to him, ‘What must we do to perform the works of God?’ 29Jesus answered them, ‘This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.’ 30So they said to him, ‘What sign are you going to give us then, so that we may see it and believe you? What work are you performing? 31Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, “He gave them bread from heaven to eat.”’ 32Then Jesus said to them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. 33For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.’ 34They said to him, ‘Sir, give us this bread always.’

35Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.’ 

Thought for Trinity 9, 1st August 2021 by Malcolm Tyler

In his letter to the Christians in Ephesus, Paul suggests that they should not be ‘tossed to and fro and blown about by every wind of doctrine, by people’s trickery, by their craftiness in deceitful scheming’ and ‘to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called’.

As I write this I am recovering from the shock of hearing some young people from Newcastle speaking on the radio about why they will not have any of the vaccines offered. It was truly shocking to hear the repetition of disinformation shared on social media and other platforms. It did however make me wonder about how some people perceive the Christian faith. In an age when increasingly larger numbers of people have little knowledge of Biblical stories, understanding of the Christian faith is through perhaps half remembered RE lessons at school, general conversations with friends and information relayed by all sorts of media (press, TV and radio and social media platforms).Scandals of abuse and arguments about what people should or should not do in their intimate relationships may lead some to wonder how relevant the Church can be to their own lives.

What so saddens me is that the message of God’s love for the world and its people gets lost in the disinformation that surrounds us. Central to my own faith is the oft quoted phrase from St John’s gospel(3.16) that ‘God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but have eternal life’. However I understand the workings of the cross (and I accept that I don’t understand it fully) I believe that whatever I do in this life (good or bad) I remain loved by God and that through Jesus’ death and resurrection he has made it possible for me to be with him after my own death.

This belief leads me to live my life in a way which I believe is worthy of God and is how he would want me to live. Sadly I probably fail in this most days of my life.I find it difficult to love God with all of my heart, mind, soul and strength let alone my neighbour as myself, but I try. Each day I endeavour to exhibit compassion to those who are suffering and to those who disagree with me on matters of how life might be lived. I try to live a life worthy of the calling to which I have been called.

As I come to the end of my active ordained ministry, I realise that I can only do what I can do. I am not going to change the world, but maybe I can influence some of those who are around me. All of us can do the same. If we are to live lives worthy of our calling that has to be seen in daily life. I hope that we can all stand up for what we believe and be prepared to defend it.I believe it is not wrong to say there I things I don’t understand but to say nonetheless I believe them; they are things that I see lead to a better life generally.

Each day though I need to reinforce what I know about God. How I do that is to keep praying, to keep reading Scripture and to keep worshipping with others. I commend the same to you.

Prayers St Mary Walsgrave, 9th Sunday after Trinity, 1/8/21 [prepared by Sue Morton]

Let us pray in hope to Almighty God, our heavenly Father, trusting in his infinite mercy.

We pray for the church and ask you to bless those who seek to bring us the Bread of Life: who help us with our spiritual needs, who celebrate the holy sacraments.

Sustain and inspire our Bishops, Christopher and John.

Sustain and inspire our clergy and lay ministers: Malcolm, Frances, Lorraine, Stephen and Tony.

We give thanks for Barbara, John, Mervyn, Gary, all members of PCC and so many others here who quietly and selflessly care for St Mary’s Church, and in so doing, for us.

We pray for people who do not know you, and ask you to help us to reach out to them in the name of Jesus.

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer

We pray for peace in the world.

We pray for world leaders, governments and their advisers; that they may be inspired to lead their people wisely and fairly, with understanding and compassion.

We pray for the power of the Holy Spirit to be in the midst of the pandemic and its consequences.

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer

We give thanks for the many people who work to provide us with food: farmers, millers, bakers, warehouse, shop workers, delivery drivers.

We pray for those who are unemployed, for people who are hungry and homeless.

And as Covid restrictions are eased, we pray for courage and strength to face whatever lies ahead.

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer

Thank you for our homes, and for all who care for us.

We pray for our loved ones, our families and friends.

We pray for the Holy Spirit to be with us in our homes, in the community of Walsgrave, its schools and places of work.

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer

Comfort and heal those suffering in body, mind or spirit.

Be close to those who are ill at home or in hospital; care homes or hospices.

We especially pray for those who have no one to care for them or visit them.

In a time of silence, we tell you about our personal concerns:

S I L E N C E

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer

The Lord Jesus said

“I am the bread of life.

Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”John 6. 35

Lord, we put our trust in you.

We believe that in you is the gift of eternal life.

We pray that through you and your love, we may be brought at the last to the fullness of your kingdom.

We bring to you those known to us who have died recently and ask for your blessing on them and all of our loved ones whom we no longer see.

Be with those who mourn.

S I L E N C E

Almighty God

Thank you for Jesus, and the love you show us through him.

We rejoice in the fellowship of Mary and all your saints; and commend ourselves and the whole of creation to your unfailing love.

Merciful Father,

Accept these prayers

for the sake of your Son,

our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Amen


Worship at St Mary’s

PCC met on Wednesday evening to discuss the way forward for worship at St Mary’s following the removal of national restrictions on 19th July 2021.In their discussions members of PCC were mindful of the safety of all worshippers and advice offered by the Church of England, our archdeacons and organisations such as Public Health England. Much of the advice offered is to continue many of the restrictions adopted over the previous 16 months at least in the interim.

For public worship on Sunday (and also Wednesday) at 10am it was decided to follow the practice below until a review when PCC meets next on 7th September.

  • To maintain the one-way system of movement in Church.
  • To maintain communion in one kind only.
  • To encourage the wearing of face coverings during worship.
  • To encourage those who want to sit further from others to sit on the north side of Church.
  • To ask those who do not wish to wear face coverings to sit socially distanced from others on the north side of church.
  • To sing two hymns during the service at the beginning and end of the service, again encouraging people to sing whilst wearing a face covering.
  • To continue not physically sharing the peace.
  • To continue the practice of alerting likely attendance at the service on Sunday.
  • To reintroduce a crucifer into those leading the service in the chancel.
  • Not to socialise after the service has concluded.

It was also decided not to hold a service at 8am but to review this at the next PCC meeting on 7th September having canvassed the views of regular attendees of that service.