8th Sunday after Trinity (Emancipation Sunday)

25 July, 9:00 am @ St. Mark's

Trinity 8 - Emancipation Sunday

Theme: Feeding the 5000
Leader: Revd Gavin
Preacher: Revd Gavin
Welcome Team: Barbara and Ralph

Principal Bible Reading: John 6.1–21

Read by Carys

After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias. A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick. Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples. Now the Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near. When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?” He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do. Philip answered him, “Six months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.” One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?” Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they sat down, about five thousand in all. Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. When they were satisfied, he told his disciples, “Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.” So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets. When the people saw the sign that he had done, they began to say, “This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world.” When Jesus realized that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain by himself.

Devotional Bible Reading: Ephesians 3.14–21

Read by Helen

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name. I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.


Holy God, out of your goodness, a great crowd was fed and satisfied from a small offering of food. Help us to see that through you all things are possible, that you are the God of abundance, and that we can reach out to you to multiply our own resources. We pray for those throughout the world who are physically hungry. We know that so many of the world’s people lack enough nourishment. Help us to be generous in giving to those agencies which try to alleviate their suffering.

Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

Loving Father, you are the Lord of all. You choose us, you love us and invite each one of us to be part of your Holy Kingdom, without discrimination. Work in our hearts this cupmatch week and make us accepting of all, despite differences in gender, race, age, culture, and ability. As we celebrate Emancipation Sunday help us rid the world of prejudice, as we lead by example and ensure minority groups are not marginalised. Thank you for living in us and loving through us.

Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

Father God, we raise before you our homes and our relationships for you to work in. We thank you for the community of which we are part; for those who share with us in its activities, for all who serve its varied interests. Help us to make our own contribution to the community and to learn to be good neighbours at all times. We pray for Hudson as we welcome him into God’s family. Help, guide and support Amaya, Sian, Mario, and his godparents and extended family as they continue to love and raise him.

Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

Loving God, we place in your hands those who are sick. We ask that you ease their pain, and heal the hurt they are suffering in body, mind or spirit. Be present with them through the support of friends and in the care of doctors and nurses. Bring peace to those who mourn the loss of a loved one. We name in our hearts now, those known personally to us who are in need of your restoration.
(Short Silence)

Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

Faithful God, through these prayers we offer afresh our lives as well as our words. Send us out into the world determined that each moment from now on becomes an offering of love for you, and help us to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge.

Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.


Song 1: At the name of Jesus
Song 2: My Song is Love Unknown
Song 3: 10000 Reasons

Additional Info


Baptism of Hudson Leslie