These are resources for the Ninth Sunday after Trinity (the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost) on Sunday, August 9, 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.
The readings appointed by the Church of England Common Worship Lectionary and the Revised Common Lectionary are Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28, Psalm 105:1-6, 16-22, 45b, Romans 10:5-15, Matthew 14:22-33. As in previous weeks, we will omit the reading from Romans, and the sermon will likely focus on the Genesis passage.
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:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85044839927?pwd=TkQ1cHEzNUNjSjVCNTNJVUJwSkZaQT09. 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 9 2020 at 11:00 am EEST at the Tabernacle of the Church of St Thomas, Kefalas. We have revised our protocols around the pandemic:
Protocols for St Thomas’s in the Pandemic
- Effective this Sunday, anyone attending a service or activity at the Anglican Church of St Thomas must wear a mask.
- Before entering the church please was your hands in the lavatory or use hand sanitizer.
- Social distancing is practiced – so individuals or families must stay at least 1.5 metres from another individual or family. Seats are set out this way in the Tabernacle, so please do not move them.
- If you are a regular, please take the books home with you and bring them back next time – the hymn book, the service booklet, and the psalter. If you are a visitor, please just leave them on the chair, and someone will collect them and wipe them down.
- A maximum of 18 persons may be in the Tabernacle. Any more than that will have to sit outside.
- We sing – but we request that you do so softly!
- Communion will continue to be offered to the people in one kind only, the consecrated bread. Communion will be brought to congregants.
- While we do provide coffee, and tea after the service, we ask that people keep their distance while getting their refreshments, and that they might take them outside immediately afterwards.
We recognise that these protocols are changing as we learn more about how to live with the Covid-19 pandemic; thank you for your patience!
I seem to be developing a backlog of sermons to post, but I do hope to post them.
Fr Leonard Doolan of St Athens has prerecorded his sermon for August 9.
who sent your Holy Spirit
to be the life and light of your Church:
open our hearts to the riches of your grace,
that we may bring forth the fruit of the Spirit
in love and joy and peace;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.
revive your Church in our day,
and make her holy, strong and faithful,
for your glory’s sake
in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Intercession (Litany 34 from Common Worship | Daily Prayer)
Lord, open a path for your Word
to declare the mystery of Christ.
Turn now, O God of hosts;
behold and tend the vine you have planted.
May your people rejoice and sing,
and your ministers be clothed with salvation.
May they stand and feed your flock
in the strength of your name.
Keep from trouble all those who trust in you
and forget not the poor for ever.
Have mercy, O Lord, upon us,
as we have put our hope in you.
I bid your prayers for the Church.
- For Robert Innes & David Hamid, our bishops;
- for Justin Welby our archbishop, Stephen Cottrell the Archbishop of York, and the General Synod of the Church of England;
- for the churches and peoples of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger(World Council of Churches Ecumenical Prayer Cycle);
- for the Pray for the Province de L’Eglise Anglicane au Rwanda and The Most Revd Laurent Mbanda – Archbishop of Shyira (Anglican Cycle of Prayer); and
- (from the Prayer Diary of the Diocese in Europe) give thanks for:
- the Greek Orthodox Church and for Leonard Doolan, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Apokrisiarios to the Archbishop of Athens and All Greece.
- Ministry Team:
- William Gulliford (Diocesan Director of Ordinands);
- Ulla Monberg (Director of Ministerial Development);
- Debbie Cunningham (Ministry Team Administration); and
- those training for ordained ministry.
I bid your prayers for those in leadership:
- For Katerini Sakellaropoulou, President of Greece, and
- Kyriakos Mitsotakis the Prime Minister of Greece;
- 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.
- For Katerini Sakellaropoulou, President of Greece, and
- 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 over six million active cases of the novel coronavirus, and mourning with the families of the 700,000 who have died in the pandemic;
remembering those ill with other diseases, and those whose operations have been postponed;
- prisoners and captives,
especially the over one million Uigers being held in detention in China;
- for the people of Beirut, as they recover from the massive explosion; and
- refugees and migrants,
especially those on Lesvos and in other camps in Greece