Hymn, readings and prayers for Sunday



 ‘Do not fear, only believe.’


Love divine, all loves excelling,
joy of heaven, to earth come down,
fix in us thy humble dwelling,
all thy faithful mercies crown.

Jesus, thou art all compassion,
pure, unbounded love thou art;
visit us with thy salvation,
enter every trembling heart.

Come, almighty to deliver,
let us all thy life receive;
suddenly return, and never,
nevermore thy temples leave.

Thee we would be always blessing,
serve thee as thy hosts above,
pray, and praise thee without ceasing,
glory in thy perfect love.

Finish then thy new creation;
pure and spotless let us be;
let us see thy great salvation
perfectly restored in thee:

changed from glory into glory,
till in heaven we take our place,
till we cast our crowns before thee,
lost in wonder, love, and praise



The collect for the Fifth Sunday after Trinity  

Almighty and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole body of the Church is governed and sanctified: hear our prayer which we offer for all your faithful people, that in their vocation and ministry they may serve you in holiness and truth to the glory of your name; 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.


Wisdom of Solomon 1:13-15; 2:23-24

God did not make death, And he does not delight in the death of the living. For he created all things so that they might exist; the generative forces of the world are wholesome, and there is no destructive poison in them, and the dominion of Hades is not on earth. For righteousness is immortal. God created us for incorruption and made us in the image of his own eternity, but through the devil’s envy death entered the world, and those who belong to his company experience it.


Creation: Les Grandes Heures de Rohan C15



Psalm 30

I will exalt you, O Lord, because you have lifted me up and have not let my enemies triumph over me. O Lord my God, I cried out to you, and you restored me to health.  You brought me up, O Lord, from the dead; you restored my life as I was going down to the grave.                                                                                                                                                                                                

Sing to the Lord, you servants of his; give thanks for the remembrance of his holiness.  For his wrath endures but the twinkling of an eye, his favour for a lifetime. Weeping may spend the night, but joy comes in the morning.  

While I felt secure, I said, "I shall never be disturbed. You, Lord, with your favour, made me as strong as the mountains."  

Then you hid your face, and I was filled with fear. I cried to you, O Lord; I pleaded with the Lord, saying, "What profit is there in my blood, if I go down to the Pit?  will the dust praise you or declare your faithfulness?                               

Hear, O Lord, and have mercy upon me; O Lord, be my helper. You have turned my wailing into dancing; you have put off my sack-cloth and clothed me with joy. Therefore my heart sings to you without ceasing;  O Lord my God, I will give  you thanks for ever.


Second Reading:  2 Corinthians 8:7-15

You excel in everything – in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in utmost eagerness, and in our love for you – so we want you to excel also in this generous undertaking. I do not say this as a command, but I am testing the genuineness of your love against the earnestness of others. For you know the generous act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich. And in this matter I am giving my advice: it is appropriate for you who began last year not only to do something but even to desire to do something – now finish doing it, so that your eagerness may be matched by completing it according to your means. For if the eagerness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has – not according to what one does not have. I do not mean that there should be relief for others and pressure on you, but it is a question of a fair balance between your present abundance and their need, so that their abundance may be for your need, in order that there may be a fair balance. As it is written, ‘The one who had much did not have too much, and the one who had little did not have too little.’ 


Gospel Reading    Mark 5:21-43

When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered around him; and he was by the lake. Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw him, fell at his feet and begged him repeatedly, ‘My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live.’ So he went with him.And a large crowd followed him and pressed in on him. Now there was a woman who had been suffering from haemorrhages for twelve years. She had endured much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse. She had heard about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, for she said, ‘If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well.’ Immediately her haemorrhage stopped; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, ‘Who touched my clothes?’ And his disciples said to him, ‘You see the crowd pressing in on you; how can you say, “Who touched me?”’ He looked all around to see who had done it. But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling, fell down before him, and told him the whole truth. He said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.’

While he was still speaking, some people came from the leader’s house to say, ‘Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the teacher any further?’ But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the leader of the synagogue, ‘Do not fear, only believe.’ He allowed no one to follow him except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James. When they came to the house of the leader of the synagogue, he saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. When he had entered, he said to them, ‘Why do you make a commotion and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping.’ And they laughed at him. Then he put them all outside, and took the child’s father and mother and those who were with him, and went in where the child was. He took her by the hand and said to her, ‘Talitha cum,’ which means, ‘Little girl, get up!’ And immediately the girl got up and began to walk about (she was twelve years of age). At this they were overcome with amazement. He strictly ordered them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat. 

Resurrection of Jairus’s Daughter: Master of the Registrum Gregori 980-993


Last week we read how Jesus had power over nature to calm the storm and assuage the fears of the disciples  ‘Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?’ he said to them.  This week we read  of Jesus’s power to heal his people, both physically and spiritually. The woman with the flow of blood was a social outcast but she had the courage to elbow her way through the crowd to get close to Jesus and  fearfully touch his robe. Her faith healed her.  Jairus was a highly respected and influential member of society. He was taking a risk being in the company of Jesus who was greatly mistrusted in official circles. Jesus takes the initiative on this occasion and says ‘Do not fear, only believe”, whereupon he goes to Jairus’s house and brings his daughter back to life. Jesus did not act to draw attention to himself – note that he strictly forbade anyone to speak of what had taken place. He acted out of compassion, restoring creation to the way in which it was intended to be.  We see how St. Mark recounts the deeds of Jesus to emphasise who Jesus is and why He has come into the world. Through St. Mark’s record we see that Jesus is truly the Son of a compassionate and loving God.




Heavenly Father, through your Son you give hope to the hopeless and relief to those in distress. We pray for  your church, for the needs of the world and for all who are seeking healing and reconciliation.


Heavenly  Father,  look in your mercy on your Church as it strives to reach out to a troubled world in your name.  May it witness prayerfully  to your loving purposes and bring harmony where there is discord. We pray that Christians of all denominations and traditions may work together to bring new hope and joy to the communities in which they  live and to the wider world.


We pray for the church’s ministry of healing. We ask for your blessing on hospital chaplains, on  hospices and on all who see their calling as one of caring for the unwell and those at the end of their lives. Strengthen them and keep their sense of vocation alive as they struggle with long hours and demanding working conditions. Give them the vision to know what they can achieve when you are by their side.


Heavenly Father, we are all too aware of the need for healing between cultures and ideologies and we pray for those who have to live with violence on a daily basis. Shield them, Father, and give them hope that they may once again find freedom. Show those of us who  take liberty for granted what we can do to help our brothers and sisters in distress.

Loving Father, we ask you to heal the sick, thinking ............................................................ May they know your compassionate presence and find in it a source of renewed strength.                                                                                                                                        

We pray for those who have departed this life and are now in the fullness of God's presence, thinking especially of …………………………………….  Father, be with the bereaved in their distress as they come to terms with the great gap in their lives.

We  pray for your blessing on ourselves and on our plans for the week ahead that we may act with courage and compassion when confronted by distress and deprivation.


Grant, O Lord, we beseech you, that the course of this world may be so peaceably ordered by your governance, that your Church may joyfully serve you in all godly quietness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.





Prayer from Archbishop Hosam Naoum of Jerusalem

O God of all justice and peace we cry out to you in the midst of pain and trauma of violence and fear which prevails in the Holy Land.

Be with those who need you in these days of suffering; we pray for people of all faiths – Jews, Muslims and Christians and for all the people of the land.

While we pray to you, O Lord, for an end to violence and the establishment of peace, we also call for you to bring justice and equity to the peoples.

Guide us into your kingdom where all people are treated with dignity and honour as your children, for to all of us you are our Heavenly Father. In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.



Lord, you promise us a future in which the weapons of war will be transformed into instruments of peace.  
Today is not such a day, as missiles rain down on Ukraine  and innocent people take refuge underground..
You taught us to pray your kingdom come on earth  as it is in heaven,
and so we pray that you will restrain the aggressor, grant courage and wisdom to the resistance, and bring peace to this part of your world.  
Look with mercy on the peoples of Ukraine and Russia, and grant our leaders wisdom and courage to seek a resolution that will allow truth and freedom to return to these lands.
Grant Lord, that through this conflict that we would have unimaginable two years  ago, we may recognise anew our need for you, and live to thank you for answering our prayers.






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