St Barnabas Church
12th July 2020
The Fifth Sunday after Trinity
Almighty and everlasting God,
by whose Spirit the whole body of the Church
is governed and sanctified:
hear our prayer which we offer for all your faithful people,
that in their vocation and ministry
they may serve you in holiness and truth
to the glory of your name;
through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Grant, O Lord, we beseech you,
that the course of this world may be so peaceably ordered
by your governance,
that your Church may joyfully serve you in all godly quietness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Psalm 119 v 105 to 112
word is a lamp for my feet,
a light on my path.
106 I have taken an oath and confirmed it,
that I will follow your righteous laws.
107 I have suffered much;
preserve my life, Lord, according to your word.
108 Accept, Lord, the willing praise of my mouth,
and teach me your laws.
109 Though I constantly take my life in my hands,
I will not forget your law.
110 The wicked have set a snare for me,
but I have not strayed from your precepts.
111 Your statutes are my heritage forever;
they are the joy of my heart.
112 My heart is set on keeping your decrees
to the very end.
Matthew 13 v 1 to 9 and 18 to 23 - The Parable of the Sower
1 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. 2 Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. 3 Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. 9 Whoever has ears, let them hear.”
18 “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: 19 When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. 20 The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. 21 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. 22 The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. 23 But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”
Thought for the week
De we have peace in our hearts?
Verse for the Week
See, I Say to them: The Lord bless you..
the Lord turn his face towards you and give you peace.’
Points for Prayer
* Everyone who has linked into St Barnabas online, especially those who are new to the church.
* Richard and the churchwardens as they work to ensure that we can use our church safely.
* The PCC as it meets this week to discuss the ministry of St Barnabas through these changing times.
* People to stay safe as they
get used to the relaxed restrictions
* Our local schools as they work out how to implement the government guidance for re-opening in September
* All the children who are missing their friends but aren't able to return to school this term.
* The elderly and vulnerable
who still need to be careful as lockdown restrictions are relaxed.
* Those who are working out how to get away for a break during the summer holidays
* Give thanks that Ellie Gazzard has returned home this week. Pray that she continues to get stronger over the coming weeks.
* Malcolm and Gill Craddock after Malcolm’s mother passed away.
* All charities who are finding it really hard to raise funds at this time to cover their basic costs including Liberty Tea Rooms, the work of CAP, DENS and the Yanez's in Spain.
* Finances needed for the church as all of our rental income has gone
* The St Albans Diocese as it struggles to work out the best way forward with less finance
* Those who are caring for relatives and neighbours in our church
* All having to seek for new
employment and those worried about the future of their jobs.
* Revd Austin Janes as he has been voted in as the new Chair of Churches Together in Hemel Hempstead
* Edie Wonderling as her treatment continues.