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  • Writer's pictureMark Cresswell

Hymn and Prayers for 8th Sunday after Trinity/St James

Brother Sister Let me serve you

Reading & Collect

This week's readings can be found here Matthew 20.20–28 or John 6 1-21

Merciful God, whose holy apostle Saint James,

leaving his father and all that he had, was obedient to the calling of your Son Jesus Christ

and followed him even to death: help us, forsaking the false attractions of the world,

to be ready at all times to answer your call without delay;

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.

Our weekly reflection will be part of our Online Service on YouTube on Sunday


Joy Harjo

Perhaps the World Ends Here

The world begins at a kitchen table. No matter what, we must eat to live.

The gifts of earth are brought and prepared, set on the table. So it has been since creation, and it will go on.

We chase chickens or dogs away from it. Babies teethe at the corners. They scrape their knees under it.

It is here that children are given instructions on what it means to be human. We make men at it, we make women.

At this table we gossip, recall enemies and the ghosts of lovers.

Our dreams drink coffee with us as they put their arms around our children. They laugh with us at our poor falling-down selves and as we put ourselves back together once again at the table.

This table has been a house in the rain, an umbrella in the sun.

Wars have begun and ended at this table. It is a place to hide in the shadow of terror. A place to celebrate the terrible victory.

We have given birth on this table, and have prepared our parents for burial here.

At this table we sing with joy, with sorrow. We pray of suffering and remorse. We give thanks.

Perhaps the world will end at the kitchen table, while we are laughing and crying, eating of the last sweet bite.

To Pray for

  • For those that don't have enough, and face poverty in our country and beyond

  • For aid agencies that distribute aid to those that need it.

  • For those that seek to share out what we do have in better ways.

  • That we will all learn to be generous.

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