Today's Psalms

12th Sunday after Pentecost

In this week’s service we take our inspiration from the Book of Revelations, that mysterious and often beautiful book of visions and prophecies. In particular we hear about the City of God, through which the River of Water of Life runs. That River is spanned by the Tree of Life which produces different fruit each month.

Mystical as it is, this is a great message of hope. Water is refreshing, it cleanses; the flowing river has direction and promises a greater sea at its end. Ever-changing fruit on the tree suggests that God’s bounty is perpetual; and fruit is sweet and filling.

But there is more than that. The leaves of that tree are for the healing of the nations; God’s people, who will be marked with his name, will be able to look on the face of God in all its light and glory.

Our psalm picks up on the message of hope: it asks God to grant us our heart’s desire, and help us achieve our wishes; that he sends us help from his holy place.

Our Magnificat antiphon speaks of the wonders which God does for us; and the Opening Antiphon returns to the idea of the City of God, to which we all hope to return one day.


Opening Prayer

May the Lord open our minds, hearts and mouths to sing and speak his praise. Alleluia. Amen


Sing to the Lord, Sing to the Lord a new Song

Opening Antiphon

The City of God is a city of wide streets, wonderful palaces and great spaces.

Through it flows the River of God, the water of life, quenching all thirsts and washing away all stains. The people of the city know justice, peace and prosperity. May we be inheritors of that city

Psalm: Psalm 20

May the Lord grant you your heart’s desire, and save the one he has crowned
May the Lord answer you when you are in trouble; may the mention of Jacob’s God defend you.
May he send you help from his holy place; may he send strength from his holy mountain.
May he remember all the offerings you have made, and accept your sacrifices.
May he grant you your heart’s desire, and help you achieve your wishes.
We will rejoice in your salvation; we will raise banners in the name of our God. May the Lord answer all your prayers.
Now I know that the Lord saves those he has chosen; he will answer them from his holy heaven with the strength of his saving arm.
Some trust in armoured chariots, some trust in horses; but we will remember the name of the Lord our God.
They have stumbled and fallen, but we have risen and stand upright.
May the Lord save the one he has crowned, and answer us when we call.Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it is, always has been and always will be, through the infinite ages. Amen.
May the Lord grant you your heart’s desire, and save the one he has crowned

Scripture Reading: Revelation 22:1-5
And he showed me a river of Water of Life. It ran as clear as crystal. It flowed from the throne of God, and from the Lamb and ran through the city like a street.

And on each side of the river was a Tree of Life which produced twelve crops, according to the month, each producing its own fruit. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. All curses will be removed, and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be close by, with servants to carry out their bidding.

And they will look on his face, and his name will be written on their foreheads. And there will be no night, and will have no need of the light of lamps or of the sun, because the Lord God will pour his light on them, and they will reign through the infinite ages.

Canticle: The Magnificat

They were amazed, and glorified God for the wonders he had done
My soul magnifies the Lord’s greatness, and my spirit rises within me at the thought of God my Saviour.
As he has seen the humility of his servant, so future generations will all call me blessed.
Glorious and powerful, he has made me stronger: and his name is holy.
Never-ending mercies fall on all who fear him.
In his strength he has wielded strength; he has undone the proud through their own self-importance.
From their seats of power the mighty have been thrown; he has lifted the humble.
In his goodness he has given food to the hungry; cowering, the rich have been sent away with nothing.
All his people, from ancient times, have been supported by him: that was the promise he made to Abraham, and all our ancestors, for ever.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it is, always has been and always will be, through the infinite ages. Amen.
They were amazed and glorified God for the wonders he had done

The Prayers

We pray, as we pray each day in the Lord’s Prayer, for the coming of God’s kingdom of justice and peace. May we, the people whom God has called, be the ones who help him, through the Spirit to bring about that Kingdom
Lord, in our hearts we pray

We pray for the those who travel. For holidaymakers, businessmen, refugees. Those for whom the journey is easy – that it may be safe; those for whom the journey is unwanted, that it may have a good and proseperous ending. Keep all travellers in your care, O Great God of the journey
Lord, in our hearts we pray

We pray for the church, that in its divisions and differences, its squabbles and alliances, it may prove God’s loving presence on among us, his vibrant colour in the world. May the Church prove to be the City of God on earth
Lord, in our hearts we pray

We pray for the sick, the poor and the hungry; for the dying, the homeless and the thirsty, those in prison and those without hope. May God’s spirit work to bring the change that they need; may they be enriched in spirit and in truth
Lord, in our hearts we pray

We pray for the dead, for whom the City of God is now their home. May eternity in that City, the home to which we all aspire, be for them an eternity of love and light in the Lord’s presence
Lord, in our hearts we pray

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.

May the Lord keep us day and night in his care, safe in the hope of eternal joy. Amen