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Last Sunday after Trinity
25th October 2020

¶        Preparation        

God of our days and years,
we set this time apart for you.
Form us in the likeness of Christ
so that our lives may glorify you.


1    Praise to the Holiest in the height,
and in the depth be praise:
in all his words most wonderful,
most sure in all his ways.

2    And that a higher gift than grace
should flesh and blood refine,
God's presence and his very self,
and essence all-divine.

3    And in the garden secretly,
and on the Cross on high,
should teach his brethren, and inspire
to suffer and to die.

4    Praise to the Holiest in the height,
and in the depth be praise:
in all his words most wonderful,
most sure in all his ways.

John Henry Newman (1801-1890)


Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning:
help us so to hear them,
to read, mark, learn and inwardly digest them
that, through patience,
and the comfort of your holy word,
we may embrace and for ever hold fast the hope of everlasting life,
which you have given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.



¶        Liturgy of the Word

First Reading: 1 Thessalonians 2.1-8

Psalm 1

Gospel Reading: Matthew 22.34-46

Reflection (pdf)    


Blessed are you,
the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
for you have blest us in Christ Jesus
with every spiritual blessing.
You chose us to be yours in Christ;
in love you destined us for adoption:
to the praise of your glorious grace,
which you freely bestowed on us
in the Beloved.

To Father, Son and Holy Spirit
be praise and dominion, honour and might,
for ever and ever.  Amen.


¶        Prayers     


Most merciful God,
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
we confess that we have sinned
in thought, word and deed.
We have not loved you with our whole heart.
We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves.
In your mercy forgive what we have been,
help us to amend what we are,
and direct what we shall be;
that we may do justly, love mercy,
and walk humbly with you, our God.


Jesus, you live to intercede for us.

Saviour of the world, be present in all places of suffering, violence and pain,
and bring hope even in the darkest night …
Inspire us to continue your work of reconciliation today.

Living Lord Jesus, hear our prayer.

Lord of the Church, empower by your Spirit all Christian people
and the work of your Church in every land …
Give us grace to proclaim the gospel joyfully in word and deed.

Living Lord Jesus, hear our prayer.

Shepherd and Guardian of our souls, guide and enable all who lead and serve our communities
and those on whom we depend for our daily needs …
Grant that we may seek the peace and welfare of our place.

Living Lord Jesus, hear our prayer.

Great Physician, stretch out your hand to bring comfort, wholeness and peace
to all who suffer in body, mind, or spirit …
Fill us with compassion, that we may be channels of your healing love.

Living Lord Jesus, hear our prayer.

Conqueror of death, remember for good those whom we love but see no longer …
Help us to live this day in the sure and certain hope of your eternal victory.

Living Lord Jesus, hear our prayer.

The Lord’s Prayer

¶        Conclusion

Almighty God,
by your command time runs its course;
forgive our impatience, perfect our faith,
and, while we wait for the fulfilment of your promises,
grant us to have a good hope because of your word;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.


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