The Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity         5 September 2021


Psalm 146


Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord, O my soul!
I will praise the Lord as long as I live;
  I will sing praises to my God all my life long.

Do not put your trust in princes,
  in mortals, in whom there is no help.
When their breath departs, they return to the earth;
  on that very day their plans perish.

Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob,
  whose hope is in the Lord their God,
who made heaven and earth,
  the sea, and all that is in them;
who keeps faith for ever;
  who executes justice for the oppressed;
  who gives food to the hungry.

The Lord sets the prisoners free;
  the Lord opens the eyes of the blind.
The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;
  the Lord loves the righteous.
The Lord watches over the strangers;
  he upholds the orphan and the widow,
  but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.

The Lord will reign for ever,
  your God, O Zion, for all generations.
Praise the Lord!



Almighty God,

whose only Son has opened for us

a new and living way into your presence:

give us pure hearts and steadfast wills

to worship you in spirit and in truth;

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.


Merciful God,

your Son came to save us

and bore our sins on the cross:

may we trust in your mercy

and know your love,

rejoicing in the righteousness

that is ours through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Mark 7: 24-end



rom there he set out and went away to the region of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know he was there. Yet he could not escape notice, but a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately heard about him, and she came and bowed down at his feet. Now the woman was a Gentile, of Syrophoenician origin. She begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. He said to her, ‘Let the children be fed first, for it is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.’ But she answered him, ‘Sir, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.’ Then he said to her, ‘For saying that, you may go — the demon has left your daughter.’ So she went home, found the child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.

Then he returned from the region of Tyre, and went by way of Sidon towards the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. They brought to him a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they begged him to lay his hand on him. He took him aside in private, away from the crowd, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spat and touched his tongue. Then looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, ‘Ephphatha’, that is, ‘Be opened.’ And immediately his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. Then Jesus ordered them to tell no one; but the more he ordered them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. They were astounded beyond measure, saying, ‘He has done everything well; he even makes the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.’

James 2: 1-10



My brothers and sisters, do you with your acts of favouritism really believe in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ? For if a person with gold rings and in fine clothes comes into your assembly, and if a poor person in dirty clothes also comes in, and if you take notice of the one wearing the fine clothes and say, ‘Have a seat here, please’, while to the one who is poor you say, ‘Stand there’, or, ‘Sit at my feet’, have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts? Listen, my beloved brothers and sisters. Has not God chosen the poor in the world to be rich in faith and to be heirs of the kingdom that he has promised to those who love him? But you have dishonoured the poor. Is it not the rich who oppress you? Is it not they who drag you into court? Is it not they who blaspheme the excellent name that was invoked over you?

You do well if you really fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ But if you show partiality, you commit sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it.

Isaiah 35: 4-7a


Say to those who are of a fearful heart,
  ‘Be strong, do not fear!
Here is your God.
  He will come with vengeance,
with terrible recompense.
  He will come and save you.’

Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
  and the ears of the deaf unstopped;
then the lame shall leap like a deer,
  and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy.
For waters shall break forth in the wilderness,
  and streams in the desert;
the burning sand shall become a pool,
  and the thirsty ground springs of water;
the haunt of jackals shall become a swamp,
  the grass shall become reeds and rushes.


Intercessions for Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity Year B – 5 September 2021


Heavenly Father, mindful of the command of the prophet Isaiah to be strong and fearless, we gather our thoughts and prayers with hope and humbly call on You to help us in our needs.

Give your wisdom and heavenly grace to all those who serve this church and the Diocese of Canterbury, especially Archbishop Justin , Bishop Rose and Archdeacon Darren, and to all others who hold office in your church, that, by their service, faith may abound and your kingdom increase.
Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

Creator God, we pray for our world leaders; for the Royal Family; for Heads of State in Europe and the Commonwealth, and for the United Nations.  We also pray for our community leaders and all those in public office dealing with difficult situations, especially all that surrounds the ongoing Pandemic.
Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

Creator God, we worship You as the one who has given us this life, and ask that You will help us to live it to the full. At home may we be the friends and neighbours that we really want to be.  Help us to spread the warmth of Your love to everyone we meet. 
Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

Loving God, Jesus came to open the eyes of the blind and unstop deaf ears and cast out evil spirits.  We especially pray for any we know who are blind or deaf and for the specialist care which they receive to help them live a normal life.  Thank you too for Guide dogs for the Blind and for Hearing dogs for the Deaf and for those who train them to be so helpful.  We raise before you for those in our Parish and in our families elsewhere who need our prayers at this time.
Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

Merciful God, we pray for all who are coming to the end of their journey here on earth, and pray that they may come into your presence and kingdom. We pray for all those who have come before your face and now rejoice in the fullness of life eternal.
Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

Faithful God, we thank you that your wisdom not only enlightens us but transforms us and guides us in our daily walk through life with you.  Help us, as James advises, to always accompany our words of faith with deeds of action.

Merciful Father: accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ.   Amen