THE SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY

 

 

THE SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY                  
     
A very warm welcome to all to our services today. At 8am we share Holy Communion at Affpuddle  and at Bere Regis at 10am we share Parish Eucharist.  This afternoon Sienna and Archie will be baptised at Bere Regis.  This evening there is 6pm Evensong at Bere Regis. A special welcome to any visitors and newcomers!
                             
                                                     
Collect for today  
   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.
 
                               
Epistle Reading: Ephesians 1:3-14.     
       Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will – to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.  In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace  that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfilment – to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.
 In him we were also chosen having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will,  in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.  And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit,  who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession – to the praise of his glory.
 
                         
The Holy Gospel:  Mark 6:14-29
     Herod heard about this, for Jesus’ name had become well known. Some were saying, ‘John the Baptist has been raised from the dead, and that is why miraculous powers are at work in him.’
    Others said, ‘He is Elijah.’ And still others claimed, ‘He is a prophet, like one of the prophets of long ago.’
     But when Herod heard this, he said, ‘John, whom I beheaded, has been raised from the dead!’ For Herod himself had given orders to have John arrested, and he had him bound and put in prison. He did this because of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, whom he had married.  For John had been saying to Herod, ‘It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.’  So Herodias nursed a grudge against John and wanted to kill him. But she was not able to, because Herod feared John and protected him, knowing him to be a righteous and holy man. When Herod heard John, he was greatly puzzled; yet he liked to listen to him.
     Finally the opportune time came. On his birthday Herod gave a banquet for his high officials and military commanders and the leading men of Galilee.  When the daughter of Herodias came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his dinner guests.
   The king said to the girl, ‘Ask me for anything you want, and I’ll give it to you.’ 
 
And he promised her with an oath, ‘Whatever you ask I will give you, up to half my kingdom.’
      She went out and said to her mother, ‘What shall I ask for?’ ‘The head of John the Baptist,’ she answered.  At once the girl hurried in to the king with the request: ‘I want you to give me right now the head of John the Baptist on a dish.’
      The king was greatly distressed, but because of his oaths and his dinner guests, he did not want to refuse her.  So he immediately sent an executioner with orders to bring John’s head. The man went, beheaded John in the prison, and brought back his head on a dish. He presented it to the girl, and she gave it to her mother.  On hearing of this, John’s disciples came and took his body and laid it in a tomb.
 
                                                             
Prayers
 
We pray for the couples married yesterday at Affpuddle and Bere Regis, and the couple to be married next weekend along with the two couples whose marriages are to be blessed.
 
For the Church and the community of Christ                                                                                                                                                                                     
Lord, grant to each of us the spiritual strength and faith that we have seen in others we have known and loved, examples to all just like Christ             ~we pray for the ministry and mission of our 
Churches in Salisbury diocese – from its urban areas and their issues including Salisbury, Poole, Weymouth; rural areas of villages and areas like Salisbury Plain and Bovington where there is a strong forces presence             ~we ask you, Lord, to guide and encourage all those quite new to being clergy, those recently ordained, those thinking of their future and those settling in to new appointments in new places            ~we pray for Churches and Christians  in hostile places like Pakistan, Egypt and northern Nigeria and for those in danger         ~ we pray for all who may be in a crisis of faith or who have drifted into doubt           ~and for the Church in South Sudan and Sudan:  for the Diocese of Nzara, and for the Rt Revd Samuel Enosa Peni its bishop.
 
For the world and its leaders
We pray for all world leaders that where they meet they may talk constructively and that after meeting they may work for peace and better lives for all                ~thank you, Lord,for the successful rescue of the boys trapped in the cave in Thailand              ~ we pray for all dealing with the contamination issues in Salisbury: chemicals experts, investigators and for  the future safety and peace of mind of all in the Salisbury area               ~on Brexit for politicians and negotiators for both sides                 ~for migrants on the shores of the Mediterranean and for a sensible agreement between European countries to deal with them         
 
 For our parishes and community   
 We ask for the love that comes with the Holy Spirit to flow through our community, care, tolerance, respect, help and sharing             ~we think particularly of the isolated or lonely,  give comfort               ~we pray for young people facing leaving school to start work in the next few months        ~and for those who produce our food – farmers in their everyday work and also planning, investing, buying, employing, selling and care for the land     
 
 For the sick and their carers                                                                                                                                               
We pray for all who are ill or in pain, those awaiting operation or treatment and for those in hospital             ~ in our parishes for Jane and Nigel Woodward, Ted Cox, Margaret Bartlett, Edna Marsh, Jo Powell, Benny Hazlehurst, Janet Cropper, John Dewey, Linda Thomas, Mike Menzies, Mary Fagan, Una Russell and Kirstin Duffield                ~for all carers, spouses, family and those who give support             ~for all with issues of the mind and for those with dementia          
   For the deceased and those who mourn                                                                                                        
We remember the souls of all who have died: including locally Katie Johnston, Shirley Day and Frances Plain          ~ for families  friends and neighbours of the deceased both local and distant.
 
                                                   Post Communion  Prayer   
Lord God, whose Son is the true vine and the source of life, ever giving himself that the world may live: may we so receive within ourselves the power of his death and passion that, in his saving cup, we may share his glory and be made perfect in his love; for he is alive and reigns, now and for ever.
 
Services next Sunday  22nd July, Eighth  after Trinity and Festival of Mary Magdalene:
9.15am  Parish Eucharist at Affpuddle                                                                                       
11.00am   Morning Worship and Communion at Bere Regis