Sixth Sunday after Trinity

The Benefice of Bere Regis and Affpuddle with Turnerspuddle

Our Vision:

To make Christ’s love known in the world today and to live out his teaching:

Our Mission:

To encourage awareness of the presence of God through worship, music and art;

To encourage everyone in the Christian faith through example, learning and spiritual growth;

To make our churches open and welcoming to all, and supportive of those in need;

To challenge injustice at home and abroad, and balance our care for the environment.            


A warm welcome to you all to our services today in the benefice of Bere Regis and Affpuddle   –   at  8am Prayer Book Communion at Bere Regis,   at  9.15am  Parish Communion  at  Affpuddle, and at 11am Mattins at Bere Regis. 

Collect for today                                                                                                                                                                 Merciful God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as pass our understanding: pour into our hearts such love toward you that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; 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.            

 New Testament Reading:  Romans  Chapter  8, verses  12 to 25                                                

Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation – but it is not to the  flesh, to live according to it.  For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live. For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.  The  Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again;  rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And  by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’ The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that  we are God’s children.  Now if we are children, then we are heirs – heirs of                 God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that  we may also share in his glory.I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.  For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed.  For the creation was subjected to frustration,  not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that  the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought  into the freedom and glory of the children of God.  We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our  adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies.  For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already     have?  But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.   

 The Holy Gospel :   Matthew, Chapter  13, verses  24 to 30 and 36 to 43                                                            

Jesus told them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a man who  sowed good seed in his field.  But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away.  When the wheat sprouted and formed ears, then the weeds also appeared. ‘The owner’s   ‘“No,” he answered, “because while you are pulling up the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them.  Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: first collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.”’                                                                                            

Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, ‘Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.’  He answered, ‘The one who sowed the good seed is  the Son of Man. The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. ‘As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age.  The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil.  They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.  Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father.Whoever has ears,let them hear.                                        .                                                  


For the Church and  the community of Christ                                                                       May we receive the Holy Spirit and live in the light of God’s peace and love      ~ bless our Church leaders,  this week thinking of Bishop Karen, Bishop of Sherborne on retreat       ~for the spirituality of the Church, in cathedrals, city churches and country villages, and in the lives of all who seek God     ~ for the Episcopal churches  in South Sudan and Sudan and for the Diocese of Nzara, and for the Rt Revd Samuel Enosa Peni, its bishop.                                                                                                

For the world and its leaders                                                                                      

Peace in the middle east, an end to lawlessness in all continents, reduced tension in Ukraine and Korea          ~for the relief of famine, poor sanitation and treatment of disease: South Sudan and other parts of Africa and South America     ~ for all leaders                                                                                      

For our parishes and community                                                                                                                    For families at the start of the school holidays        ~for those travelling and for safety on the roads     ~for all providing for visitors to our area - accommodation,  hospitality and other needs    ~for visitors from both UK and abroad                                                                                                                    

For the sick  and their carers                                                                                                                                                  

 All who are ill, whether in hospital or at home          ~those in nursing and residential homes  whose quality of life is in decline  ~all suffering dementia and mental decline         ~locally for Jane Woodward, Ted Cox, Margaret Bartlett and Edna Marsh                                                                                          

 For the deceased and those who mourn                                                                              

For the souls of all those who have died :  those we have known and loved, those who have died recently;  for all in grief and struggling to cope with loss.                                                                                                                                           .                        

Post Communion Prayer                                                          

God of our pilgrimage, you have led us to the living water: refresh and sustain us as we go forward on our journey, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.                      

Services Next Week

Wednesday 26th July:  11am midweek Holy Communion at Bere Regis      followed by a simple lunch                                                                                          

Sunday 30th July:  10am Eucharist for all the Benefice at Turnerspuddle Church