Sunday Prayers, Readings and Intercesions
Twentieth Sunday after Trinity
God, our light and our salvation:
illuminate our lives,
that we may see your goodness in the land of the living,
and looking on your beauty
may be changed into the likeness of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Job 38:1-7, 34-41
38Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind:
2 ‘Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?
3 Gird up your loins like a man,
I will question you, and you shall declare to me.
4 ‘Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
Tell me, if you have understanding.
5 Who determined its measurements—surely you know!
Or who stretched the line upon it?
6 On what were its bases sunk,
or who laid its cornerstone
7 when the morning stars sang together
and all the heavenly beings shouted for joy?
34 ‘Can you lift up your voice to the clouds,
so that a flood of waters may cover you?
35 Can you send forth lightnings, so that they may go
and say to you, “Here we are”?
36 Who has put wisdom in the inward parts,
or given understanding to the mind?
37 Who has the wisdom to number the clouds?
Or who can tilt the waterskins of the heavens,
38 when the dust runs into a mass
and the clods cling together?
39 ‘Can you hunt the prey for the lion,
or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,
40 when they crouch in their dens,
or lie in wait in their covert?
41 Who provides for the raven its prey,
when its young ones cry to God,
and wander about for lack of food?
1 Bless the Lord, O my soul. ♦︎
O Lord my God, how excellent is your greatness!
2 You are clothed with majesty and honour, ♦︎
wrapped in light as in a garment.
3 You spread out the heavens like a curtain ♦︎
and lay the beams of your dwelling place in the waters above.
4 You make the clouds your chariot ♦︎
and ride on the wings of the wind.
5 You make the winds your messengers ♦︎
and flames of fire your servants.
6 You laid the foundations of the earth, ♦︎
that it never should move at any time.
7 You covered it with the deep like a garment; ♦︎
the waters stood high above the hills.
8 At your rebuke they fled; ♦︎
at the voice of your thunder they hastened away.
9 They rose up to the hills and flowed down to the valleys beneath, ♦︎
to the place which you had appointed for them.
10 You have set them their bounds that they should not pass, ♦︎
nor turn again to cover the earth.
26 O Lord, how manifold are your works! ♦︎
In wisdom you have made them all;
the earth is full of your creatures.
35 I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; ♦︎
I will make music to my God while I have my being.
5Every high priest chosen from among mortals is put in charge of things pertaining to God on their behalf, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. 2He is able to deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is subject to weakness; 3and because of this he must offer sacrifice for his own sins as well as for those of the people. 4And one does not presume to take this honour, but takes it only when called by God, just as Aaron was.
5 So also Christ did not glorify himself in becoming a high priest, but was appointed by the one who said to him,
‘You are my Son,
today I have begotten you’;
6as he says also in another place,
‘You are a priest for ever,
according to the order of Melchizedek.’
7 In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. 8Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered; 9and having been made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him, 10having been designated by God a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.
35 James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him and said to him, ‘Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.’ 36And he said to them, ‘What is it you want me to do for you?’ 37And they said to him, ‘Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.’ 38But Jesus said to them, ‘You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?’ 39They replied, ‘We are able.’ Then Jesus said to them, ‘The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; 40but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.’
41 When the ten heard this, they began to be angry with James and John. 42So Jesus called them and said to them, ‘You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. 43But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, 44and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. 45For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.’
God of the harvest,
at this time we usually come to celebrate earth’s plenty,
but this year we still find ourselves anxious and with faltering hope.
Things were so much better two years ago!
Restore our fortunes, O Lord,
like a river changing from trickle to flood.
After tears of sadness
we pray that you will bring us times of hope and joy.
Restore our fortunes and bless us, O Lord.
At this harvest time
we pray for people locally and globally
who are hungry, thirsty or destitute.
We pray especially for Palestinian farmers
whose olive groves are laid waste,
and for our local food bank:
that our harvest offerings
will bring both relief and hope.
God of Creation,
we pray for the world you have given us,
and bring to you in sorrow,
the harm we have done,
and the harm we continue to do.
We thank you for the modern day prophets
who challenge us to change our ways.
We pray for our political leaders
coming to COP26,
that they will change the things that we cannot –
the structural changes needed for our survival.
Sometimes we feel helpless:
show us how we can make a difference too.
This harvest time
we give deep felt thanks for all that we have:
for our daily food,
for clean water on tap,
for warm clothes,
for our homes,
our families and our friends.
Give us eyes to notice those who don’t have enough,
ears to hear the prophets of our times,
hands and feet to act
and hearts to be bearers of hope.