O Lord, open our lips
and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.
give us reverence for all creation
and respect for every person,
that we may mirror your likeness
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Blessed are all those who fear the Lord,
and walk in his ways.
You shall eat the fruit of the toil of your hands;
it shall go well with you, and happy shall you be.
Your wife within your house shall be like a fruitful vine;
your children round your table, like fresh olive branches.
Thus shall the one be blest
who fears the Lord.
The Lord from out of Zion bless you,
that you may see Jerusalem in prosperity
all the days of your life.
May you see your children’s children,
and may there be peace upon Israel.
Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now
and shall be for ever. Amen.
Jesus set out and went away to the region of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know he was there. Yet he could not escape notice, but a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately heard about him, and she came and bowed down at his feet. Now the woman was a Gentile, of Syrophoenician origin. She begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. He said to her, ‘Let the children be fed first, for it is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.’ But she answered him, ‘Sir, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.’ Then he said to her, ‘For saying that, you may go—the demon has left your daughter.’ So she went home, found the child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.
Prayers of Intercession
Let us pray to God whose love embraces all that he has made.
Grant to your whole Church grace to show true faith through works of love and mercy. Take away all prejudice that causes unequal treatment. May the places where your name is honoured be always open and welcoming to all who come.
Have compassion on a world where rich and poor are separated by selfishness and lack of understanding. Inspire those who are rich in this world’s goods to respond to the necessity of individuals and nations. Bless all who work for the relief of poverty.
May we, our families and friends, be sensitive to discern the needs in our community and generous to relieve them.
We pray for the sick, especially for sick children and those who grieve for them. Have mercy on all who are afflicted, and restore them to full power.
We remember the departed, made perfect in your love. Grant that those whose hearts were hard may be pardoned through the saving mercy of Christ.
That we may be worthy to receive the true bread, we pray in the name of Christ.
Prayer for the week
shine upon all who are in the darkness of suffering or grief;
that in your light they may receive hope and courage,
and in your presence may find their rest and peace;
for your love’s sake.
The Lord’s Prayer
Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us
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.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,
be with us all evermore. Amen.