Sunday 29th May 2016
The first Sunday after Trinity
10.30 am Benefice Eucharist
St Stephen’s Church, Snainton
Jesus was a man of miracles and a man of compassion. We gather tomorrow to worship the one who brings the grandeur of the Father and the power of the Spirit together to transform and enrich our day-to-day lives, and the lives of people around us.
First Reading 1 Kings 8:22-23. 41-43
The Hebrew ideal in Solomon’s day was to be sharply divided from others along religious and ethnic lines. But here the ruler prays to God to be open to the outsider who hears of God’s goodness and asks to be included.
Second Reading Galatians 1:1-12
Paul makes a heated response to arguments that the Gospel he preaches is his invention to please the people. He defends his credentials, curses those who pervert the message and asks if he seems like such a crowd-pleaser now.
Gospel Luke 7:1-10
Jesus sets out on a healing mission at the request of a centurion. The Roman leader expects Jesus to perform the miracle just as he himself would have issued a command – by simply saying the word. Jesus remarks on the astonishing faith of this outsider.
In our prayers
We pray for John and Rosemary Mudd who celebrate their 60th Wedding Anniversary at this time: may God continue to pour his blessings upon them.
We pray for all who are ill especially: Susan Lawson-Tancred, Clementine Evans, Sue Jewitt, Andrew Robinson, Peter Shutt, Natalie Mason, Alison Hoff, John Gale.
We pray also for those no longer able to worship with us, especially: Doreen Carter, Muriel Little, Audrey Mason, Bob & Audrey Clements, Joan Dean.
We pray for all who have died recently especially: Doris Nestfileld and Win Jackson.