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This week's readings & prayers

2nd June: Trinity 1

online Morning Prayer from St.Mary’s.

Deuteronomy 5:12-15

The ‘ten commandments’, or ‘words (statements)’ as they are known in theHebrew bible, are the basic biblical guide to behaviour and are addressed to each individual. The Sabbath day and its rest is for the benefit and enjoyment of all including slaves, animals and even foreigners living amongst the people.

Observe the sabbath day and keep it holy, as the Lord your God commanded you. For six days you shall labour and do all your work. But the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work—you, or your son or your daughter, or your male or female slave, or your ox or your donkey, or any of your livestock, or the resident alien in your towns, so that your male and female slave may rest as well as you. Remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out from there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm; therefore the Lord your God commanded you to keep the sabbath day.


Mark 2:23 - 3:6

One sabbath he was going through the cornfields; and as they made their way his disciples began to pluck heads of grain. The Pharisees said to him, ‘Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the sabbath?’ And he said to them, ‘Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need of food? He entered the house of God, when Abiathar was high priest, and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and he gave some to his companions.’ Then he said to them, ‘The sabbath was made for humankind, and not humankind for the sabbath; so the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath.’

Again he entered the synagogue, and a man was there who had a withered hand. They watched him to see whether he would cure him on the sabbath, so that they might accuse him. And he said to the man who had the withered hand, ‘Come forward.’ Then he said to them, ‘Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the sabbath, to save life or to kill?’ But they were silent. He looked around at them with anger; he was grieved at their hardness of heart and said to the man, ‘Stretch out your hand.’ He stretched it out, and his hand was restored. The Pharisees went out and immediately conspired with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him.


Something to think about

Rules and regulations for observing the Sabbath had expanded over the years until they had become a burden. The Pharisees did not approve of Jesus’s more liberal interpretations and he became angry at their inhumanity which forbade even performing good deeds like healing on the Sabbath. He also quoted an incident when King David had broken ritual law by eating the sacred bread preserved for the priests.


Next Sunday’s (9th) Readings:

Genesis 3:8-15

Mark 3:20-35



God of truth, help us to keep your law

and to walk in ways of wisdom,

that we may find true life in Jesus Christ your Son.


Post Communion

Eternal Father, we thank you for nourishing us

with these heavenly gifts:

may our communion strengthen us in faith,

build us up in hope, and make us grow in love;

for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.


Please remember in your prayers this week:


Those who are sick or suffering, especially Maggie & Nigel’s daughter Gill..

The recently bereaved, especially the friends and relatives of Maureen Mansfield, Gordon Cope, Kathleen Gregory, Elsa Carpenter and Mike Warner.

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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