Spiritual Guidance for Trinity 6

Spiritual Guidance for Trinity 6

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Published by Andrew Hawken on Friday, 17 July 2020 15:00
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The Eucharist on the Sixth Sunday after Trinity

¶    The Gathering

The Greeting

Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you

All   and also with you.


Prayer of Preparation

All   Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hidden:cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.


Prayers of Penitence

Wash away all my iniquity

and cleanse me from my sin.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.


Against you, you only have I sinned

and done what is evil in your sight.

Christ, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.


Create in me a pure heart, O God,

and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.                  cf Psalm 51


The Absolution. 

The almighty and merciful Lord grant you pardon and forgiveness of all your sins, time for amendment of life, and the grace and strength of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


Glory to God in the highest,

and peace to his people on earth.

Lord God, heavenly King,

almighty God and Father,

we worship you, we give you thanks,

we praise you for your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,

Lord God, Lamb of God,

you take away the sin of the world:

have mercy on us;

you are seated at the right hand of the Father:

receive our prayer.

For you alone are the Holy One,

you alone are the Lord,

you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen. 

The Collect

Merciful God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as pass our understanding: pour into our hearts such love toward you that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


¶    The Liturgy of the Word 

Reading: Romans 8.12-25


Gospel Reading: Matthew13.24-30, 36-43


Homily for Trinity 6  - See separate Blog for the Homily


The Creed

Let us declare our faith in God.

All   We believe in God the Father

from whom every family

in heaven and on earth is named.

We believe in God the Son,

who lives in our hearts through faith,

and fills us with his love.

We believe in God the Holy Spirit,

who strengthens us

with power from on high.

We believe in one God;

Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.             cf Ephesians 3

Prayers of Intercession

Led by Deborah Matthews

Loving Father, how wonderful that you call us your children and that we can come to you in prayer, knowing you are waiting to hear our words, ready to offer comfort and guidance when we feel unsure of what to do.

When we fail to find the words to express our prayers may we allow the Holy Spirit to speak for us, conveying our deepest thoughts to our Heavenly Father.


Creator God, this world and all within it is part of your glorious plan, devised and created in love for your children to enjoy. Such divine mystery; such wonder; that you should consider humankind so precious and provide for our needs.

May we recognise the glory of God in the beauty and richness of nature, from the tallest trees to the smallest creatures, each perfectly adapted to life on this wonderful earth. Help us all to take responsibility for safeguarding creation for future generations to enjoy.


Enlightening God, show your church the right way to reach the lost and lonely in our world, to show compassion and mercy to all who seek your face. During this time of world suffering, raise up your church so that the hope and faith we have in Jesus may enable all Christians to minister to those in their communities with the love of Christ.

We pray for the new Bishops of Horsham and Lewes as they begin their ministry in this Diocese and for all who lead in this Parish, that the Holy Spirit may bless and guide them as they care for the people of our town.


Caring God, as we hear of so much suffering around the world our hearts are broken by the lack of resources so many people endure, while we live in comfort. Hear us as we hold before you those in the Yemen and the poor and homeless in other parts of the world, already in desperate need but now being hit by the corona virus with little hope of hospital treatment.

May we respond as generously as we can to the current charity appeals so that they can help relieve their unimaginable suffering.


Healing God, we long for all people to be restored to wholeness and released from their pain and sickness. We pray for those who today are suffering in body, mind or spirit remembering those who are in hospital and those who are cared for at home. We pray for those with long term illnesses or disabilities and those who are still shielding from the virus and long to see their family and friends again. We quietly name them in our hearts now ………………………


Eternal God, in a time of great loss for many in our country and around the world, we remember all whose lives have ended and who are now at peace with you. Through the darkness of bereavement shine your light and hope into the lives of all who must come to terms with the death of a loved one. We pause for a moment of silence to remember all who have gone before us especially Ernie Huggett.

May they rest in peace and rise in glory.


Nurturing God, help us to grow and develop as your children, led by the Holy Spirit, walking with your Son Jesus that we may bear good fruit for you wherever you lead us in life.            AMEN


¶    The Liturgy of the Sacrament 

The Peace

We are all one in Christ Jesus.

We belong to him through faith,

heirs of the promise of the Spirit of peace.

The peace of the Lord be always with you.


Preparation of the Table


The Eucharistic Prayer

The Lord be with you

All        and also with you.


Lift up your hearts.

All        We lift them to the Lord.


Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

All         It is right to give thanks and praise.


The President continues………

we may find a voice to sing your praise:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,

heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.


How wonderful the work of your hands, O Lord. 


[Great is the mystery of faith:]

All   Christ has died:

Christ is risen:

Christ will come again.

….we worship you, Father almighty, in songs of everlasting praise:

All   Blessing and honour and glory and power be yours for ever and ever. Amen.


The Lord’s Prayer

Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us

All   Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name;

thy kingdom come;

thy will be done;

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those

who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation;

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

the power and the glory,

for ever and ever. Amen.


Breaking of the Bread

The president breaks the consecrated bread.

We break this bread

to share in the body of Christ.

All   Though we are many, we are one body,

because we all share in one bread.


All   Lamb of God,

you take away the sin of the world,

have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world, have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world, grant us peace.


Prayer after Communion

God of our pilgrimage, you have led us to the living water: refresh and sustain us as we go forward on our journey, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


¶    The Dismissal 

Christ, who has nourished us with himself the living bread, make you one in praise and love, and raise you up at the last day; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit be with you and remain with you now and always. Amen.