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Trinity 6 - Church at Home

19th July 2020

Weekly notices, Church at Home & watch live

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Roger Wagner, The Harvest is the end of the world and the reapers are angels, Oil on canvas, 1989;


Sunday, 10.30am at St James'

We meet for Holy Communion as the Benwell & Scotswood Team. Let us know you're coming if you can!

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10.30am at St James'

We meet for Holy Communion as the Benwell & Scotswood Team.

If you can, please let us know you're coming to help with contact tracing. But don't let it stop you coming if you haven't signed up - we can still take your name on the door.

We will only keep the info for 21 days.

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Face coverings

Currently you do not have to wear a face mask in church. Don't feel out of place if you do want to wear one - some people will and some won't.

We will let you know if guidance is updated. The clergy will wear a mask during the distribution of communion, otherwise the most effective way to stay safe is to remain 2 metres apart, wash or sanitise your hands regularly, and stay at home if you feel unwell.


Cranes for Peace

Help us make 75 origami cranes to mark 75 years

since the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and to support CND's campaign for peace.

You can make them at home, we have some simple instructions to follow and we hope to make a display at St James' when they are all finished.

More info here >


Venerable Bede works to begin

Read all about it here.

The faculty application has been approved and work to make improvements to the ramp and toilets in the church hall will begin this week.

During this time the Foodbank will be operating from the the church instead.


You can now submit prayer requests online. This can be done anonymously or by name and the clergy and congregation will pray for you each week.

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Help keep our work going and our buildings open.

If you can, please give by standing order - regular donations help us to have a better estimate of our income and ensure we can keep our activities running.

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Sixth Sunday after Trinity

Reflection by The Revd Dominic Coad

Online service led by Abigail Harris

Celebrant: The Revd David Kirkwood

Watch here at 10.30am >

or listen and read along here:

The service starts with some quiet music; please use this to clear your mind and acknowledge the presence of God.

Intro music

'Sorrow' from Songs for Children by Béla Bartók.

Opening prayer

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.


God the Father forgives us in Christ and heals us by the Holy Spirit.

Let us therefore put away all anger and bitterness, all slander and malice,

and confess our sins to God our redeemer.

God be gracious to us and bless us,

and make your face shine upon us:

Lord, have mercy. (Lord, have mercy.)

May your ways be known on the earth,

your saving power among the nations:

Christ, have mercy. (Christ, have mercy.)

You, Lord, have made known your salvation,

and reveal your justice in the sight of the nations:

Lord, have mercy. (Lord, have mercy.)

May the Father forgive us

by the death of his Son

and strengthen us

to live in the power of the Spirit

all our days. Amen.


Merciful God,

you have prepared for those who love you

such good things as pass our understanding:

pour into our hearts such love toward you

that we, loving you in all things and above all things,

may obtain your promises,

which exceed all that we can desire;

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.


A reading from Paul's letter to the Romans.

So then, brothers and sisters, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh— for if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, ‘Abba! Father!’ it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ—if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him. I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God; for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labour pains until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

(Romans 8.12–25)

This is the word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God


Alleluia, alleluia. The word of the Lord endures for ever. The word of the Lord is the good news announced to you.


Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew.

Glory to you O Lord

He put before them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field; but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared as well. And the slaves of the householder came and said to him, “Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where, then, did these weeds come from?” He answered, “An enemy has done this.” The slaves said to him, “Then do you want us to go and gather them?” But he replied, “No; for in gathering the weeds you would uproot the wheat along with them. Let both of them grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Collect the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.” ’ Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples approached him, saying, ‘Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.’ He answered, ‘The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man; the field is the world, and the good seed are the children of the kingdom; the weeds are the children of the evil one, and the enemy who sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels. Just as the weeds are collected and burned up with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all evildoers, and they will throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Let anyone with ears listen!

(Matthew 13.24–30,36–43)

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ!


by The Revd Dominic Coad

As you may remember, last week we heard the parable of the sower and David encouraged us to believe that the work of God, the divine sower, will eventually produce a wonderful harvest. Yet as we read that parable we might have been left with a nagging question: What happens to those who are not part of that harvest; what of those people who are represented by those barren types of earth, where seed will not grow?

This morning’s gospel is the parable that Jesus told next, the parable of the weeds, and it raises that question even more directly: someone sows good seed in a field but an enemy comes and sows weeds amongst them, at the harvest the weeds are separated from the wheat and thrown into the fire. In case there is any uncertainty as to the meaning of this, Jesus later clarifies for his disciples: ‘the good seed are the children of the kingdom; the weeds are the children of the evil one… the harvest is the end of the age… [the angels] will collect… all causes of sin and all evil doers and they will be thrown into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

Some Christians believe the interpretation of passages such as these is simple: those who do not believe in Christ and confess him as their Lord and saviour will be condemned to eternal damnation. Many of us, including myself, have grown up with this teaching, more or less explicitly taught. If you google ‘reality of hell’ amongst the first hits you will find is a video of a sermon by a man called Rico Tice. He is an Anglican priest, at All Souls, Langham Place in London, and it also happens that I’ve heard him preach in the past, when he led a Christian Union mission week during my time at university.

In his sermon he argues that we need to tell non-Christians that they are not good people going to heaven but that they are sinners going to hell. He says: ‘What is hell like? It is a place of punishment, separation, darkness and fire. W