Sunday 8th September 2019

Prayers and Bible Readings for Sunday 8th September 2019 (12th Sunday after Trinity)


The Collect


God of constant mercy, who sent your Son to save us:

remind us of your goodness,

increase your grace within us,

that our thankfulness may grow,

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Deuteronomy 30:15-20


15 See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, death and adversity. 16 If you obey the commandments of the LORD your God that I am commanding you today, by loving the LORD your God, walking in his ways, and observing his commandments, decrees, and ordinances, then you shall live and become numerous, and the LORD your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to possess. 17 But if your heart turns away and you do not hear, but are led astray to bow down to other gods and serve them, 18 I declare to you today that you shall perish; you shall not live long in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess. 19 I call heaven and earth to witness against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live, 20 loving the LORD your God, obeying him, and holding fast to him; for that means life to you and length of days, so that you may live in the land that the LORD swore to give to your ancestors, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.


Psalm 1


1 Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked,

  or take the path that sinners tread, or sit in the seat of scoffers;


2 but their delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law they meditate day and night.


3 They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season,

    and their leaves do not wither. In all that they do, they prosper.


4 The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away.


5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgement, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;


6 for the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.


Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now and shall be for ever. Amen.


Luke 14:25-33


25 Large crowds were travelling with Jesus; and he turned and said to them, 26 ‘Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple. 27 Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. 28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not first sit down and estimate the cost, to see whether he has enough to complete it? 29 Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it will begin to ridicule him, 30 saying, “This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.” 31 Or what king, going out to wage war against another king, will not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to oppose the one who comes against him with twenty thousand? 32 If he cannot, then, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks for the terms of peace. 33 So therefore, none of you can become my disciple if you do not give up all your possessions.’


Prayer after Communion


God of all mercy,

in this eucharist you have set aside our sins and given us your healing:

grant that we who are made whole in Christ may bring that healing to this broken world,

in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


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1. I’m sad to have to share the news that Colin Brant died in hospital on Tuesday evening. Our thoughts and

    prayers are with Ann and all the family. His funeral will be in St Cuthbert’s on the morning of Monday 23rd

    September (whilst I have a time, I’ll confirm this next week once the funeral director has confirmed it with

    me definitely).


2. The Bible for Everyone group meets this Saturday 10am-11.15 in the Vicarage to complete our

    discussions of the book of Job.


3. We need another person to join the cleaning rota – please speak to John if you might be interested in helping.


4. A week of prayer for . . . the mission and ministry of St Cuthbert’s:


Please join John in church to pray for 15-20 minutes on any day this week (note the different times each day!):


Monday 9th September – 8.00pm

Tuesday 10th September – 7.45am

Wednesday 11th September – 11.30am

Thursday 12th September – 9.30am

Friday 13th September – 3.45pm

Saturday 14th September – 11.45am


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