COLLECT FOR THE WEEK
Almighty God, who called your Church to bear witness that you were in Christ reconciling the world to yourself: help us to proclaim the good news of your love, that all who hear it may be drawn to you; through him who was lifted up on the cross, and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
Sunday 15th September Trinity 13
Almighty God, you search us and know us: may we rely on you in strength and rest on you in weakness, now and in all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
As a corporal act of mercy, please offer the following topics for prayer this week:
- Diocese Bath and Wells, Tanga (Tanzania), Tuam, Killala and Achonry (Ireland) and all their Archbishops, Bishops and clergy.
- Justin our Archbishop, John our Bishop, for Nikki our Archdeacon, Andrew our Rural Dean, our Parish Priest Canon Sue, Revd Richard Newton, for the Clergy, Readers and Lay-minsters of the Stourbridge Deanery, our ALM Team and visiting Clergy, the Church Wardens of our group of Churches; our Musical Directors, Organists and Choir, the Sidespersons, and our Administrators Christine & Chrissy.
- The children, head, staff and governors of our schools.
- The homes and families of: Dordale Road, Belbroughton; St Leonard’s Square, Clent; Orchard Villas, Fairfield
- All who work to support family life • For the Cathedral Undercroft project – see Prayer Diary
We pray for those suffering in body, mind or spirit; may they know your presence alongside them in their time of need, including: Pauline Jones, Susan Dennis, Robert Davies, Geoff Shilvock, Sheila Gordon, Trevor Grove, Nina Moyes, John and Hazel Smith, Jan Woolley
We pray, for those mourning the death of loved ones especially for the family and friends of Peggy Hawks, Jean Winifred Hughes, Ann Rostron, Sid Mogg, Rita Rutter, Janet Leeman, Betty Smith, Barbara Baker, John E Tipper, Pat Woodward, Ronald Hodgetts, Derek Wood, Carole Hodgson, Philip Leise-Pettit, Charles Bayliss, Margaret Hartle
First Reading: Exodus 32.7-14
At the top of Mount Sinai, the LORD said to Moses, ‘Go down at once! Your people, whom you brought up out of the land of Egypt, have acted perversely; they have been quick to turn aside from the way that I commanded them; they have cast for themselves an image of a calf, and have worshipped it and sacrificed to it, and said, “These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!”’ The LORD said to Moses, ‘I have seen this people, how stiff-necked they are. Now let me alone, so that my wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them; and of you I will make a great nation.’ But Moses implored the LORD his God, and said, ‘O LORD, why does your wrath burn hot against your people, whom you brought out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand? Why should the Egyptians say, “It was with evil intent that he brought them out to kill them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth”? Turn from your fierce wrath; change your mind and do not bring disaster on your people. Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, your servants, how you swore to them by your own self, saying to them, “I will multiply your descendants like the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have promised I will give to your descendants, and they shall inherit it for ever.”’ And the LORD changed his mind about the disaster that he planned to bring on his people.
Second Reading: 1 Timothy 1.12-17
I am grateful to Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because he judged me faithful and appointed me to his service, even though I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and a man of violence. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners – of whom I am the foremost. But for that very reason I received mercy, so that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display the utmost patience, making me an example to those who would come to believe in him for eternal life. To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
The Gospel Reading: Luke 15.1-10
The tax collectors and “sinners” were all gathering round to hear Jesus. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners, and eats with them.” Then Jesus told them this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninetynine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbours together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. “Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Does she not light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbours together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
This is the Gospel of the Lord