Today's Psalms

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

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Our image this week is a reminder that Jesus’s command to shout from the rooftops what he has whispered quietly, applies to the loud, noisy, bustling city centre as well as to the quiet villages of the first century Holy Land. It seems incongruous – especially as that same reading talks about sparrows! – but modern life, especially as parts of the world emerge from Lockdown, means that Christians have to shout louder than ever to get God’s message across. On the other hand, Jesus also tells us that we what we he says in the dark we should shout in light – and modern cities have plenty of light to give us that opportunity.

Our psalm (Psalm 98) and the opening antiphon turn our thoughts to the praise of God, whether in light from the rooftops or not. It also looks forward to Christ’s promised Second Coming. For the Lord is coming, as psalm says to judge the earth. The Antiphon also talks of living in ‘light-filled’ days. Our song (“Prepare a Way for the Lord”) also very much anticipates that Second Coming.

Transcript

Introductory Prayer

May the Lord open our minds, hearts and mouths to sing and speak his praise. Alleluia. Amen

Song

Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight a path in the desert…

Opening Antiphon

Praise the God of all creation, praise him who gives us all we need.
The one who saves, supports and comforts, who gives us love on which to feed.
Let us praise him in his fulness; let us sing his glorious ways.
As his people, drained of all evil, may we live in light-filled days

Psalm 98

Let the rivers clap their hands, let the hills be joyful together – the Lord is coming to judge the earth
O, sing a new song to the Lord, for he has done incredible things. His right hand and his holy arm have won him the victory!
The Lord has made his deeds of salvation known; he has revealed his goodness and justice to all people.
He has remembered his mercy and faithfulness to the house of Israel; all the ends of the earth have seen his saving acts.
All the earth – shout to the Lord. Sing! Rejoice! Raise a chant of his praises!
Sing to the Lord with harp; accompany your psalm with your harp!
Shout joyfully before the King with trumpets and blaring horns.
Let the sea roar, likewise the world and everything on it.
Let the rivers clap their hands, let the hills be joyful together.
Let all this be done in the presence of the Lord, for he is coming to judge the earth; He will judge the whole world justly, and will treat all the peoples fairly
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it is, always has been and always will be, through the infinite ages. Amen.
Let the rivers clap their hands, let the hills be joyful together – the Lord is coming to judge the earth

Scripture Reading
Matthew 10:26-31, 40-42
Jesus continued: “So do not be afraid. For everything which is now hidden will be revealed; everything which is now secret will become open knowledge. The things I say in the darkness, you should speak out in the light. Everything which is whispered in your ear you should proclaim from the housetops.

“Do not be afraid of those who may wish to bring death to your body, but who cannot harm your soul. You should, though, fear the one who can destroy both body and soul in hell. Are two sparrows not sold for a small price? But not one of them will fall to the ground, as your Father’s care is always with them. He knows the number of hairs on your head. So do not fear – you are worth more than a sparrow.”

He went on: “Anyone who receives you will receive me; anyone receiving me receives the one who sent me. Anyone accepting a prophet as a prophet will receive the prophet’s reward; and anyone who accepts a righteous person in the name of the righteous person will receive the reward of the righteous. Whoever gives even a cup of cold water to these little ones, who are my disciples, I truly tell you: that person will not lose their reward.

Magnificat

Your Father knows your needs before you have them. So pray to God the Father using these words
My soul magnifies the Lord’s greatness, and my spirit rises within me at the thought of God my Saviour.
As he has seen the humility of his servant, so future generations will all call me blessed.
Glorious and powerful, he has made me stronger: and his name is holy.
Never-ending mercies fall on all who fear him.
In his strength he has wielded strength; he has undone the proud through their own self-importance.
From their seats of power the mighty have been thrown; he has lifted the humble.
In his goodness he has given food to the hungry; cowering, the rich have been sent away with nothing.
All his people, from ancient times, have been supported by him: that was the promise he made to Abraham, and all our ancestors, for ever.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it is, always has been and always will be, through the infinite ages. Amen.
Your Father knows your needs before you have them. So pray to God the Father using these words

The Prayers

We pray that the Lord, who has promised to return to bring about the Kingdom for which we long, may be with us. Son of the Father, make haste to bless us with your presence
In your goodness, hear us, O Lord

We pray for global justice. For the poor, for the wrongly imprisoned, for the hungry and thirsty, for the refugee and the homeless. May God’s blessing – through our work and our endless charity – always rest on them, bringing them the richness they deserve
In your goodness, hear us, O Lord

We pray for the church, spreading God’s love and good news to all of earth’s inhabitants. May that same church, unified in Christ, live together the example of God’s peace and equality
In your goodness, hear us, O Lord

We pray for the sick. In this time of uncertainty, with the pandemic still causing illness and death, may those who suffer receive the comfort of the Spirit, the love of the Father and the healing of the Son
In your goodness, hear us, O Lord

We pray for the dead, who have spent their earthly time and are now at peace in the eternal realms of God’s heavenly kingdom. May they, together with the angels and saints who have gone before, be forever singing his glorious name.
In your goodness, hear us, O Lord

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen

May the Lord keep us day and night in his care, safe in the hope of eternal joy. Amen