St Michael and All Angels The Parish Church of South Yardley Birmingham B26 1AP

Sunday Service at home

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

All: Amen.

The Lord be with you

All: and also with you.

Prayer of Preparation

All: Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open,

all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hidden:

cleanse the thoughts of our hearts

by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,

that we may perfectly love you,

and worthily magnify your holy name;

through Christ our Lord.


Prayer of Penitence

God shows his love for us in that when we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Let us show our love for him by confessing our sins in penitence and faith.

All: Almighty God, our heavenly Father,

we have sinned against you and against our neighbour

in thought and word and deed,

through negligence, through weakness,

through our own deliberate fault.

We are truly sorry and repent of all our sins.

For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,

who died for us, forgive us all that is past

and grant that we may serve you in newness of life

to the glory of your name.


May Almighty God have mercy on us,

forgive us our sins and bring us to everlasting life.

All: Amen.


A short, general prayer - see below




Please pray for the church and the world, and let us bring to mind

those who are ill, those who are troubled and those who have died.

Concluding with The Lord’s Prayer

Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us:

All: 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.


The Blessing

The God of peace, who brought again from the dead
our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep,
make you perfect in every good work to do his will,
And the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always. Amen

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. Alleluia! Alleluia!
All: In the name of Christ. Alleluia! Alleluia!


Weekly Service Sheet— 26th July 2020.

7th Sunday after Trinity

10.00am: Said Communion.

Preacher & Celebrant will be Rev. Prof. Hugh Houghton


Weekly Service Sheet— 26th July 2020.

7th Sunday after Trinity


10.00am: Said Communion.


Preacher & Celebrant will be Rev. Prof. Hugh Houghton



Generous God, you give us gifts and make them grow: though our faith is small as mustard seeds, make it grow to your glory and the flourishing of your kingdom through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN 



At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, ‘Ask what I should give you.’ And Solomon said, ‘You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant my father David, because he walked before you in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart towards you; and you have kept for him this great and steadfast love, and have given him a son to sit on his throne today. And now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David, although I am only a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. And your servant is in the midst of the people whom you have chosen, a great people, so numerous they cannot be numbered or counted. Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, able to  discern between good and evil; for who can govern this your great people?’ 


It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. God said to him, ‘Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches, or for the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, I now do according to your word. Indeed, I give you a wise and discerning mind; no one like you has been before you and no one like you shall arise after you.



Likewise, the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.


We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn within a large family. And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified.


What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ?

Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, ‘For your sake we are being killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered.’

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.



The Spirit of truth will be my witness; and you too will be my witness.


GOSPEL  MATT 13: 31—33, 44—52

He put before them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the  greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.’


He told them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.’


‘The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. ‘Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.


‘Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and caught fish of every kind; when it was full, they drew it ashore, sat down, and put the good into baskets but threw out the bad. So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous and throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.


‘Have you understood all this?’ They answered, ‘Yes.’ And he said to them, ‘Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.’



Lord God, whose Son is the true vine and the source of life, ever giving himself that the world may live: may we receive within ourselves the power of his death and passion that, in his saving cup, we may share his glory and be made perfect in his love; for he is alive and reigns, now and forever. AMEN   

Fr.Andrew's Thought for the week 

All of today’s passages are about wisdom, the wisdom of god, and getting the most out of our faith. We all know people who are very clever, and some forcefully let you know just how clever they are, sometimes in very loud and definite voices making sure that you do not question or contradict!

But, of course, cleverness is not the same as wisdom! Wisdom itself is not easy to define. It’s something beyond knowledge, and involves an understanding of what it is to be human, and so it holds kindness within it. Jesus uses god’s wisdom in today’s gospel. He often used parables, normally one-point illustrations, to explain difficult concepts. Today’s examples concern the kingdom of heaven. It seems that Jesus was describing something difficult to comprehend in material, mortal terms: it’s like this, it’s like that. The kingdom of heaven is not easily encompassed in an earthly analogy. It's something about growth, spreading everywhere; about unfettered joy. It’s incredibly important and an amazing treasure. It is timeless, and for anyone and everyone!

But not without consequence: Jesus continues on the fish in a net metaphor with the thought of sorting, just like the wheat and the chaff, and he uses this to challenge those in authority: the scribes, and all of us as inheritors of their brief. So, he says to us as to them: god’s kingdom of heaven is a great treasure, use it wisely to share with others, for it is to do with people and not with things.

See it as timelessly intertwining the old with the new. See it most of all as personal. Because the kingdom of heaven is not an it, the kingdom of heaven is a he! Our god is the one who, with great kindness and understanding, for he has lived as one of us as the person of Jesus of Nazareth, uses his wisdom to set the whole human race free to enjoy the infinite possibilities of life with him!!

(With thanks to Fr.Andrew Bullock - Area Dean)

Services this Coming Week

Tuesday July 28th 10.00am - Prayers

Sunday 2nd August 10.00am - Said Eucharist with Ven. Paul Taylor

Readers: Faith Smith 742 1027                 Jane Clarke 743 4089

Warden: Paul Stevens