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.
God of our pilgrimage,you have willed that the gate of mercyshould stand open for those who trust in you:look upon us with your favourthat we who follow the path of your willmay never wander from the way of life;through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Old Testament: Isaiah 56. 1, 6-8EpistleRomans 10.11: 1-2a, 29-32 I ask then: did God reject his people? By no means! I am an Israelite myself, a descendant of Abraham, from the tribe of Benjamin. God did not reject his people, whom he foreknew, for God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable. Just as you who were at one time disobedient to God have now received mercy as a result of their disobedience, so they too have now become disobedient in order that they too may now receive mercy as a result of God’s mercy to you. For God has bound everyone over to disobedience so that he may have mercy on them all.Gospel: Matthew 15. [10-20], 21-28[Jesus called the crowd to him and said, ‘Listen and understand. What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth that is what defiles them.’ Then the disciples came to him and asked, ‘Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this?’He replied, ‘Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by the roots. Leave them; they are blind guides. If the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.’ Peter said, ‘Explain the parable to us.’ ‘Are you still so dull?’ Jesus asked them. ‘Don’t you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body? But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them. For out of the heart come evil thoughts - murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. These are what defile a person; but eating with unwashed hands does not defile them.’]Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, ‘Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.’ Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, ‘Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.’ He answered, ‘I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.’ The woman came and knelt before him. ‘Lord, help me!’ she said. He replied, ‘It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.’ ‘Yes it is, Lord,’ she said. ‘Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.’ Then Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.’ And her daughter was healed at that moment.~ ~ ~ ~ ~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._ _ _ _ _