Resources for the Eighth Sunday after Trinity

These are resources for the Eighth Sunday after Trinity (the Ninh Sunday after Pentecost) on Sunday, August 2, 2020. The resources are gathered from a variety of sources and, while assembled mainly for The Anglican Church of St Thomas the Apostle, Kefalas, on the island of Crete in Greece, others may find them useful.


“Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled with him until daybreak.” Genesis 32:24


You can join us via Zoom by clicking the link below, or enter the information at right into your Zoom app: Meeting ID: 850 4483 9927 Password: 010209: Things went fairly well last Sunday with only some minor technical problems!

If you are unable to join us in person, or cannot join us via Zoom, then you can simply do it all yourself – read the lessons and pray the prayers below, as well as listen to the recorded sermon, and intersperse it all by clicking on the links to the hymns.

If you are in Crete you can join us in person. We meet this coming Sunday, August 2 2020 at 11:00 am EEST at the Tabernacle of the Church of St Thomas, Kefalas. There are some protocols around the pandemic, and they were posted in last week’s blog.


The readings appointed for this Sunday by the Revised Common Lectionary and the Church of England’s Common Worship Lectionary are:  Genesis 32:22-31, Psalm 17:1-7, 16, Romans 9:1-5, and Matthew 14:13-21. As in past weeks, we will omit the reading from Romans and the sermon will focus on the Hebrew Bible reading.


I will post my sermon after it has been preached.

In the meantime, here is the text of a sermon from Fr Leonard Doolan, Senior Chaplain of St Paul’s, Athens. Trinity 8 2020 sermon


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. Amen.


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. Amen.

Intercession (Litany 33 from Common Worship | Daily Prayer)
Teach us, O Lord, the way of your statutes;
and lead us in the path of your commandments.

Keep our nation under your care;
and guide us in justice and truth.

O Lord, deal graciously with your servants;
teach us discernment and knowledge.

Let not the needy be forgotten;
nor the hope of the poor be taken away.

Guide the meek in judgement;
and teach your ways to the gentle.

Lord, remember your people;
whom you have purchased and redeemed of old.

I bid your prayers for the Church.

I bid your prayers for those in leadership:

    • For Katerini Sakellaropoulou, President of Greece, and
    • for Elizabeth, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and her other realms, and also Governor of the Church of England;
      • and Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister of her British government;
    • for the leaders of all nations, and for all in authority.
  • I bid your prayers for this village of Kefalas and all the villages and homes in the Demos of Apokoronas here on the island of Crete;
    and for the cities, towns, and villages from which we come.

I bid your prayers for the safety, health and salvation of:

  • those who travel by land, air, or water,
    and for all medical staff testing and tracing tourists;
  • the sick and the suffering,
    remembering the approximately 5.8 million active cases of the novel coronavirus, and mourning with the families of the 660,000 who have died in the pandemic;
  • prisoners and captives,
    especially the over one million Uigers being held in detention in China; and
  • refugees and migrants,
    especially those on Lesvos and in other camps in Greece.




About Bruce Bryant-Scott

Canadian. Husband. Father. Christian. Recovering Settler. A priest of the Church of England, Diocese in Europe, on the island of Crete in Greece. More about me at
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