St. Mary's Church

First Sunday after Trinity

First Sunday after Trinity

18 Jun 2022 • General news

1 Kings 19. 1-4, 8-15a

1Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. 2Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, ‘So may the gods do to me, and more also, if I do not make your life like the life of one of them by this time tomorrow.’ 3Then he was afraid; he got up and fled for his life, and came to Beer-sheba, which belongs to Judah; he left his servant there.

4But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a solitary broom tree. He asked that he might die: ‘It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life, for I am no better than my ancestors.’

8He got up, and ate and drank; then he went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights to Horeb the mount of God. 9At that place he came to a cave, and spent the night there.

Then the word of the LORD came to him, saying, ‘What are you doing here, Elijah?’ 10He answered, ‘I have been very zealous for the LORD, the God of hosts; for the Israelites have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. I alone am left, and they are seeking my life, to take it away.’

11He said, ‘Go out and stand on the mountain before the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.’ Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake; 12and after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence. 13When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. Then there came a voice to him that said, ‘What are you doing here, Elijah?’ 14He answered, ‘I have been very zealous for the LORD, the God of hosts; for the Israelites have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. I alone am left, and they are seeking my life, to take it away.’ 15Then the LORD said to him, ‘Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus; when you arrive, you shall anoint Hazael as king over Aram.’

Galatians 3. 23-end

23Before faith came, we were imprisoned and guarded under the law until faith would be revealed. 24Therefore the law was our disciplinarian until Christ came, so that we might be justified by faith. 25But now that faith has come, we are no longer subject to a disciplinarian, 26for in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. 27As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ; 28There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. 29And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to the promise.

Luke 8. 26-39

26Jesus and his disciples arrived at the country of the Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee. 27As he stepped out on land, a man of the city who had demons met him. For a long time he had worn no clothes, and he did not live in a house but in the tombs. 28When he saw Jesus, he fell down before him and shouted at the top of his voice, ‘What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, do not torment me’ – 29for Jesus had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. (For many times it had seized him; he was kept under guard and bound with chains and shackles, but he would break the bonds and be driven by the demon into the wilds.) 30Jesus then asked him, ‘What is your name?’ He said, ‘Legion’; for many demons had entered him. 31They begged him not to order them to go back into the abyss.

32Now there on the hillside a large herd of swine was feeding; and the demons begged Jesus to let them enter these. So he gave them permission. 33Then the demons came out of the man and entered the swine, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned.

34When the swineherds saw what had happened, they ran off and told it in the city and in the country. 35Then people came out to see what had happened, and when they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons had gone sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind. And they were afraid. 36Those who had seen it told them how the one who had been possessed by demons had been healed. 37Then all the people of the surrounding country of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them; for they were seized with great fear. So he got into the boat and returned. 38The man from whom the demons had gone begged that he might be with him; but Jesus sent him away, saying, 39‘Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.’ So he went away, proclaiming throughout the city how much Jesus had done for him.

Intercessions St Mary Walsgrave, 1st Sunday after Trinity, 19/6/22, based on Luke 8.26-39 – Jesus and “Legion”.

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

We thank you, Lord, for all who help to bring healing and peace to your world. We pray for the worldwide Church to be an instrument of your peace and your love for all people. May those who are distressed and disturbed in any way come to know your peace and love. We ask for your blessing on those who offer to help and support them.

Lord in your mercy hear our prayer

We pray for peace in the world, peace between nations, peace within communities, peace in our hearts and in our lives. Lord, show us the peace we should accept, the peace we should give, the peace we need to work for and the peace we should forego. We continue to pray for peace for the people of Ukraine and other battlegrounds.

Lord in your mercy hear our prayer

We ask for your blessing on our homes, that they may be places of love and harmony and protection. We especially pray for homes suffering from broken relationships and violence; for those who are unable to cope with life. Be with children and young people in care, keep them safe we pray. We pray for carers, that they may have love and compassion in their hearts.

Lord in your mercy hear our prayer

We bring to you, Lord, those who are suffering from mental stress, those experiencing a breakdown of their lives or personalities, those who are a danger to themselves or others. We pray for positive understanding and support for anyone suffering mental anguish or trauma. We pray for all who seek to restore health and well-being to individuals and within communities.

In the silence, Lord, we tell you about our personal concerns.

S I L E N C E

Lord in your mercy hear our prayer

Hear us as we remember those who have recently died. We give thanks for your faithful servant, Barry Walker, now reunited with his beloved wife, Ann. Be with those who mourn him. We rejoice in the peace that passes all understanding and pray that our loved ones departed may know the peace and joy of eternal life.

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

[Prepared by Sue Morton, 130622, ack to David Adam]

NEWS

APCM

The meeting was held last Sunday and the results of the elections for Churchwarden, PCC and Deanery Synod are on the board by the octagon.

Newsletter

The new style newsletter has been well received and will go out with the weekly mail out until the 26th June and will then be available on the church website and in church on Sundays and Wednesdays.

Foodbank

Thank you to all who bring donations for the foodbank, the Trussell Trust who run it are extremely grateful.

Barry Walker

Barry's funeral will be held in church at midday on the 13th July and refreshments will be served in the octagon after the service to which all are welcome. To assist with the catering, it would be helpful if you could indicate to Gary Croshaw if you are staying. This will then be followed at 2.30pm by the cremation at Canley Crematorium, Charter Chapel, which people are welcome to attend.

Coffee Club

It has been suggested that the fortnightly Wednesday morning Coffee Club after the 10.00am service is restarted, could you please let Barbara or Sue Williams in the office know if you would like to attend and/or help serve.