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This week's readings & prayers

16th June: Trinity 3

online Morning Prayer from St.Mary’s.

Ezekiel 17:22-24

The prophet tells three stories about an eagle, a vine and a cedar representing three nations. The sprig of the cedar tree which God plants is the Jewish nation which God will plant and restore by his power.

Thus says the Lord God:
I myself will take a sprig
 from the lofty top of a cedar;
 I will set it out.
I will break off a tender one
 from the topmost of its young twigs;
I myself will plant it
 on a high and lofty mountain.
On the mountain height of Israel
 I will plant it,
in order that it may produce boughs and bear fruit,
 and become a noble cedar.
Under it every kind of bird will live;
 in the shade of its branches will nest
 winged creatures of every kind.
All the trees of the field shall know
 that I am the Lord.
I bring low the high tree,
 I make high the low tree;
I dry up the green tree
 and make the dry tree flourish.
I the Lord have spoken;
 I will accomplish it.


Mark 4:26-34

Such a large crowd gathered around Jesus that he got into a boat and began to teach them using many parables.He also said, ‘The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.’

He also said, ‘With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.’

With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.


Something to think about

In  his teaching, Jesus told parables, short stories from everyday life which offered a challenge to his listeners to work out the meaning for themselves, ‘as they were able to hear it’. He sometimes explained them in more detail to his disciples. Parables were also used by Jewish rabbis when they taught, and there are examples in the Old Testament eg by the prophet Nathan when he reprimanded King David for his behaviour with Bathsheba. (2 Sam.12:1-4)


Next Sunday’s (23rd) Readings:

Job 38:1-11

Mark 4:35-41



God our Saviour,

look on this wounded world in pity and in power

and help us to hold fast to your promises of peace

through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Post Communion

O God, whose beauty is beyond our imagining

and whose power we cannot comprehend:

show us your glory as far as we can grasp it,

and shield us from knowing more than we can bear

until we may look upon you without fear;

through Jesus Christ our Saviour.


Please remember in your prayers this week:


Those who are sick or suffering, especially  Stella Young.

(Derek Tinsley has had a small stroke but is home and is recovering well. So is Maggie & Nigel’s daughter Gill.)

The recently bereaved, especially the friends and relatives of Mike Warner, Valerie Hampson and Richard Hill.

Areas of conflict: the Ukraine, the Middle East and too many others.

Our local churches, as they face up to the problems of the future, such as the interregnum.

Our Ministry Team: Maggie, Nigel  & Lynda and her support: Simon.

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