St Mark’s

Prayers and Readings

PARISH INTERCESSION

Sunday 25th August Trinity 10

Lord of heaven and earth, as Jesus taught his disciples to be persistent in prayer, give us patience and courage never to lose hope, but always to bring our prayers before you; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

As a corporal act of mercy, please offer the following topics for prayer this week:

Diocese of Edinburgh, Espoo (Finland), Anglican Church of South America and all their Archbishops, Bishops and clergy.

Justin our Archbishop, John our Bishop, Graham the Bishop of Dudley, 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:  Church Hill, Belbroughton; Odnall Lane, Clent; Stoneybridge, Fairfield

Our village shops and their staff

Workers in local charities

The Mission-Shaped Ministry – see your prayer diaries

We pray for those suffering in body, mind or spirit; may they know your presence alongside them in their time of need, including: Robert Davies, Geoff Shilvock, Sheila Gordon, Marian Truckle, Trevor Grove, Nina Moyes, John and Hazel Smith, Dan Taylor, Jan Woolley

We pray, for those mourning the death of loved ones especially for the family and friends of 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

COLLECT FOR THE WEEK

Let your merciful ears, O Lord,  be open to the prayers of your humble servants; and that they may obtain their petitions make them to ask such things as shall please you; 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

READINGS

First Reading: Isaiah 58.9b-14

You shall call, and the LORD will answer;   you shall cry for help, and he will say, Here I am.  If you remove the yoke from among you,   the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil, if you offer your food to the hungry   and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness   and your gloom be like the noonday. The LORD will guide you continually,   and satisfy your needs in parched places,   and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden,   like a spring of water,   whose waters never fail. Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt;   you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach,   the restorer of streets to live in.  If you refrain from trampling the sabbath,   from pursuing your own interests on my holy day; if you call the sabbath a delight   and the holy day of the LORD honourable; if you honour it, not going your own ways,   serving your own interests, or pursuing your own affairs; then you shall take delight in the LORD,   and I will make you ride upon the heights of the earth; I will feed you with the heritage of your ancestor Jacob,   for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.

Second Reading:  Hebrews 12.18-29

You have not come to something that can be touched, a blazing fire, and darkness, and gloom, and a tempest, and the sound of a trumpet, and a voice whose words made the hearers beg that not another word be spoken to them. (For they could not endure the order that was given, ‘If even an animal touches the mountain, it shall be stoned to death.’ Indeed, so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, ‘I tremble with fear.‘) But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel. See that you do not refuse the one who is speaking; for if they did not escape when they refused the one who warned them on earth, how much less will we escape if we reject the one who warns from heaven! At that time his voice shook the earth; but now he has promised, ‘Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heaven.’ This phrase, ‘Yet once more,‘ indicates the removal of what is shaken – that is, created things – so that what cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us give thanks, by which we offer to God an acceptable worship with reverence and awe; for indeed our God is a consuming fire.

The Gospel Reading:  Luke 13.10-17

Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. And just then there appeared a woman with a spirit that had crippled her for eighteen years. She was bent over and was quite unable to stand up straight. When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, ‘Woman, you are set free from your ailment.’ When he laid his hands on her, immediately she stood up straight and began praising God. But the leader of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had cured on the sabbath, kept saying to the crowd, ‘There are six days on which work ought to be done; come on those days and be cured, and not on the sabbath day.’ But the Lord answered him and said, ‘You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger, and lead it away to give it water? And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen long years, be set free from this bondage on the sabbath day?’ When he said this, all his opponents were put to shame; and the entire crowd was rejoicing at all the wonderful things that he was doing. 

This is the Gospel of the Lord