Sunday 26 July Trinity 7

This Sunday there will be a service of Holy Communion at 9.30am at Holy Trinity, Dilton Marsh with Revd Rebecca Harris and Revd Caroline Husband.

There will be a Zoom service of Morning Praise at 10am led by Revd Melanie Otto.

This Sunday we will also be holding a digital version of the popular Hymns & Pimms at 6pm on Zoom.

Please contact us for details of how to join our services.

Collect for the Seventh Sunday after Trinity

Lord of all power and might,
the author and giver of all good things:
graft in our hearts the love of your name,
increase in us true religion,
nourish us with all goodness,
and of your great mercy keep us in the same;
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.

1 Kings 3: 5-12

At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, ‘Ask what I should give you.’ And Solomon said, ‘You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant my father David, because he walked before you in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart towards you; and you have kept for him this great and steadfast love, and have given him a son to sit on his throne today. And now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David, although I am only a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. And your servant is in the midst of the people whom you have chosen, a great people, so numerous they cannot be numbered or counted. Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, able to discern between good and evil; for who can govern this your great people?’

10 It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. 11 God said to him, ‘Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches, or for the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, 12 I now do according to your word. Indeed I give you a wise and discerning mind; no one like you has been before you and no one like you shall arise after you.

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Psalm 119: 129-136

129 Your decrees are wonderful;
    therefore my soul keeps them.
130 The unfolding of your words gives light;
    it imparts understanding to the simple.
131 With open mouth I pant,
    because I long for your commandments.
132 Turn to me and be gracious to me,
    as is your custom towards those who love your name.
133 Keep my steps steady according to your promise,
    and never let iniquity have dominion over me.
134 Redeem me from human oppression,
    that I may keep your precepts.
135 Make your face shine upon your servant,
    and teach me your statutes.
136 My eyes shed streams of tears
    because your law is not kept.

Romans 8: 26 – end

26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. 27 And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
28 We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. 29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn within a large family. 30 And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified.
31 What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? 32 He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? 33 Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us. 35 Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written,

‘For your sake we are being killed all day long;
    we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered.’

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Matthew 13: 31 – 33, 44 – 52

The Parable of the Mustard Seed

31 He put before them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; 32 it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.’

The Parable of the Yeast

33 He told them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.’

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Three Parables

44 ‘The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
45 ‘Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; 46 on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.
47 ‘Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and caught fish of every kind; 48 when it was full, they drew it ashore, sat down, and put the good into baskets but threw out the bad. 49 So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous 50 and throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

51 ‘Have you understood all this?’ They answered, ‘Yes.’ 52 And he said to them, ‘Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.’ 53 When Jesus had finished these parables, he left that place.

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Reflection for Trinity 7

Over the past 4 months, we have seen some incredible changes across the whole world.

This time last year had you or I predicted that the whole world would in effect shut down we would have been laughed out of the church. To think that the world came to a virtual stand-still and brought us to our knees – it would have been difficult to imagine.

We have watched films, seen documentaries and read books about what the end of the world would be like, but they didn’t quite imagine what has happened to us all!

The reality has been that many countries are experiencing an excruciating loss of life as the pandemic travels far and wide. It has taken us by storm. It has made us look after ourselves better! All our lives have been affected by COVID-19 in one way or another.

Our lived experience will differ slightly from person to person, however, there will be many shared experiences:

  • there will be shared experiences of loss – of loved ones, of job security, financial security…
  • there will be shared experiences of learning new skills quickly! Such as IT, home schooling, home-working, DIY.
  • There will have the shared experience of joy as neighbours looked out for each other, supported each other with shopping and collecting medicines, people taking care and only taking form the shelves the things they needed for that week, and, coming out together to show appreciation for the NHS and other key workers who worked tirelessly to keep us safe and well.
  • And the experience of shared fear: as the news told the reality of people struggling for their lives; of others not keeping the intense lockdown rules. And the fear of contracting the virus itself.

There has been and will continue to be much to mourn and there has been and will continue to be much to celebrate.

We have each been brought to our knees. We watch the news with tears welling in our eyes, begging for mercy. We listen to world leaders and hope and pray that they are getting it right. We admire those who have stepped up to do their best to keep everyone safe and well during this difficult season. We have much to be grateful for.

As we pause to reflect on the past few months

  • I wonder which stories will be remembered by you?
  • I wonder which stories speak of God’s kingdom here on earth?
  • I wonder if there are stories that speak of a treasure that is so valuable that can be held deep within and inspire you day by day as you reach out to show God’s love in a hurting world?

Revd Caroline Husband