Address: Church Office, 19 Church Road, Belbroughton, DY9 9TE
Telephone: 01562 730777
Benefice Website: www.bfc-worcs.co.uk
Please join us for coffee after the service and if you would like to find out more information about any of the activities associated with church please speak to a warden or sides person.
SERVICES AT ST. MARK'S FAIRFIELD
For services at Belbroughton & Clent visit www.bfc-worcs.co.uk
Sunday 29th July Trinity 9
10.30am Group Holy Communion Holy Trinity, Belbroughton
Sunday 5th August Trinity 10
11.15am Holy Communion Holy Trinity, Belbroughton
Sunday 12th August Trinity 11
11.15am Worship4All St Mark, Fairfield
Sunday 19th August Trinity 12
6.30pm Evening Praise St Mark, Fairfield
COLLECT FOR THE WEEK
Almighty God, who sent your Holy Spirit to be the life and light of your Church: open our hearts to the riches of your grace, that we may bring forth the fruit of the Spirit in love and joy and peace; 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.
Sunday 29th July – Trinity 9
Gracious Father, revive your Church in our day, and make her holy, strong and faithful, for your glory’s sake in Jesus Christ our Lord.
As a corporal act of mercy, please offer the following topics for prayer this week:
• Diocese of the Anglican Church in Rwanda, Evangelical Lutheran Church of Lithuania, Derry & Raphoe (Ireland) and all their Archbishops, Bishops and clergy.
• Justin our Archbishop, John our Bishop, Graham the Bishop of Dudley, for Nikki our Archdeacon, Andrew our Rural Dean, Sue our Curate-in-Charge to be, for the Clergy, Readers and Lay-minsters of the Stourbridge Deanery, our ALM Team and visiting Clergy, our Musical Directors, Organists and Choir, and our Administrators Christine & Chrissy.
• The homes and families of: Church Hill, Belbroughton; Odnall Lane, Clent; Stoneybridge, Fairfield
• Our village shops and their staff
• Workers in local charities
We pray for those suffering in body, mind or spirit; may they know your presence alongside them in their time of need.
We pray, for those mourning the death of loved ones especially for the family and friends of Jenny BIllington, Tony Glaze, Betty Foxall, Lizzie Price
First Reading: 2 Kings 4.42-44
A man came bringing food from the first fruits to Elisha, the man of God: twenty loaves of barley and fresh ears of grain in his sack. Elisha said, ‘Give it to the people and let them eat.’ But his servant said, ‘How can I set this before a hundred people?’ So he repeated, ‘Give it to the people and let them eat, for thus says the LORD, “They shall eat and have some left.”’ He set it before them, they ate, and had some left, according to the word of the LORD.
Second Reading: Ephesians 3.14-21
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, for ever and ever. Amen.
The Gospel Reading: John 6.1-21
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 towards 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 Jesus, ‘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.
When evening came, his disciples went down to the lake, got into a boat, and started across the lake to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. The lake became rough because a strong wind was blowing. When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the lake and coming near the boat, and they were terrified. But he said to them, ‘It is I; do not be afraid.’ Then they wanted to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the land towards which they were going.
This is the Gospel of the Lord