Lord, you have taught usthat all our doings without love are nothing worth:send your Holy Spiritand pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of love,the true bond of peace and of all virtues,without which whoever lives is counted dead before you.Grant this for your only Son Jesus Christ's sake,who is alive and reigns with you,in the unity of the Holy Spirit,one God, now and for ever.
Loving Father,we thank you for feeding us at the supper of your Son:sustain us with your Spirit,that we may serve you here on earthuntil our joy is complete in heaven,and we share in the eternal banquetwith Jesus Christ our Lord.
Old Testament: Jeremiah 20.7-13EpistleRomans 6.1b - 11What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptised into Christ Jesus were baptised into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin - because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.Gospel: Matthew 10.24-39“The student is not above the teacher, nor a servant above his master. It is enough for students to be like their teachers, and servants like their masters. If the head of the house has been called Beelzebul, how much more the members of his household!“So do not be afraid of them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.“Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn“‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law - a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’“Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~A Prayer for the Refugee Crisis from the Church of EnglandHeavenly Father,you are the source of all goodness, generosity and love.We thank you for opening the hearts of manyto those who are fleeing for their lives.Help us now to open our arms in welcome,and reach out our hands in support.That the desperate may find new hope,and lives torn apart be restored.We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ Your Son, Our Lord,who fled persecution at His birthand at His last triumphed over death. Amen._ _ _ _ _