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Sunday Readings

Eighth Sunday after Trinity
Year A


Almighty Lord and everlasting God,
we beseech you to direct, sanctify
 and govern both our hearts and bodies
in the ways of your laws
 and the works of your commandments;
that through your most mighty protection, both here and ever,
we may be preserved in body and soul;
through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Additional Collect

Lord God,
your Son left the riches of heaven
and became poor for our sake:
when we prosper save us from pride,
when we are needy save us from despair,
that we may trust in you alone;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

First Reading

Isaiah 55.1-5

The LORD says this:

1Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you that have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. 2Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labour for that which does not satisfy? Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. 3Incline your ear, and come to me; listen, so that you may live. I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David. 4See, I made him a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander for the peoples. 5See, you shall call nations that you do not know, and nations that do not know you shall run to you, because of the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, for he has glorified you.

Psalm 145.8-9,15-22

R I will bless you and praise you for ever, O God my king.

8  The Lord is gracious and merciful, *
long-suffering and of great goodness.

9  The Lord is loving to everyone *
and his mercy is over all his creatures. R

15  The Lord upholds all those who fall *
and lifts up all those who are bowed down.

16  The eyes of all wait upon you, O Lord, *
and you give them their food in due season. R

17  You open wide your hand *
and fill all things living with plenty.

18  The Lord is righteous in all his ways *
and loving in all his works. R

19  The Lord is near to those who call upon him, *
to all who call upon him faithfully.

20  He fulfils the desire of those who fear him; *
he hears their cry and saves them. R

21  The Lord watches over those who love him, *
but all the wicked shall he destroy.

22  My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord, *
and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever. R

Second Reading

Romans 9.1-5

1I am speaking the truth in Christ – I am not lying; my conscience confirms it by the Holy Spirit – 2I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. 3For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my own people, my kindred according to the flesh. 4They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises; 5to them belong the patriarchs, and from them, according to the flesh, comes the Messiah, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.

Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia, alleluia. Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful people
and kindle in them the fire of your love. Alleluia.


Matthew 14.13-21

13When Jesus heard that Herod had beheaded John the Baptist, he withdrew in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. 14When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick. 15When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, ‘This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.’ 16Jesus said to them, ‘They need not go away; you give them something to eat.’ 17They replied, ‘We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.’ 18And he said, ‘Bring them here to me.’ 19Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 20And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. 21And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

Post Communion

Strengthen for service, Lord,
the hands that have taken holy things;
may the ears which have heard your word
 be deaf to clamour and dispute;
may the tongues which have sung your praise
be free from deceit;
may the eyes which have seen the tokens of your love
 shine with the light of hope;
and may the bodies which have been fed with your body
 be refreshed with the fullness of your life;
glory to you for ever.


Christ, who has nourished us with himself
the living bread and the true vine,
make you one in praise and service,
and raise you up at the last day;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always. Amen.

Copyright acknowledgement (where not already indicated above):

Some material included in this service is copyright: © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ, USA

Some material included in this service is copyright: © The Archbishops' Council 2000

Some material included in this service is copyright: © The Archbishops' Council 2002

Blessing 4 and Corpus Christi 1) © The Archbishops' Council

August 2nd, 2020

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