Sunday June 18th is the First Sunday after Trinity (as well as being ‘Fathers’ Day’) and begins the long and lovely season through the year when we look at some of the Gospel stories without having a particular festivity to focus on.
This Sunday we have a nine o’clock said service of Holy Communion at Middleton Scriven – the last one for a while, at least, as we move the monthly service to the first Sunday at 10:30, alternating Communion with Morning Prayer.
Then, at 10:30, there is an informal worship service at Stottesdon based on a Celtic style liturgy from the Iona Community. Although there is not a major celebration of Fathers’ Day, I will try and remember to bring the basket of chocolates to give out to favoured fathers!
Finally, at four in the afternoon, is the Sidbury monthly service of Holy Communion.
Exodus 19:2-8a – Renewal of the Covenant
Romans 5:1-8 – Justified by faith
Matthew 9:35-10:8 – Commissioning of the Twelve
1 O be joyful in the Lord, all the earth : serve the Lord with gladness and come before his presence with a song.
2 Know that the Lord is God : it is he that has made us and we are his;we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.
3 Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise : give thanks to him and bless his name.
4 For the Lord is gracious; his steadfast love is everlasting : and his faithfulness endures from generation to generation.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning is now and shall be for ever. Amen.
Collect for the Day
O God, the strength of all those who put their trust in you, mercifully accept our prayers and, because through the weakness of our mortal nature we can do no good thing without you, grant us the help of your grace, that in the keeping of your commandments we may please you both in will and deed; 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. Amen.