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Sun, 20 Aug


Whitley Bay

Trinity 11

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Trinity 11
Trinity 11

Time & Location

20 Aug 2023, 10:00

Whitley Bay, Claremont Gardens, Whitley Bay NE26 3SF, UK



A reading from the prophecy of Isaiah

Thus says the Lord:   Maintain justice, and do what is right, for soon my salvation will come,   and my deliverance be revealed.

And the foreigners who join themselves to the Lord,   to minister to him, to love the name of the Lord,   and to be his servants, all who keep the sabbath, and do not profane it,   and hold fast my covenant— these I will bring to my holy mountain,   and make them joyful in my house of prayer; their burnt-offerings and their sacrifices   will be accepted on my altar; for my house shall be called a house of prayer   for all peoples. Thus says the Lord God,   who gathers the outcasts of Israel, I will gather others to them   besides those already gathered.

Isaiah 56: 1, 6-8

A reading from the Letter to the Romans

I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means! I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin. God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew. Do you not know what the scripture says of Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel? for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. Just as you were once disobedient to God but have now received mercy because of their disobedience, so they have now been disobedient in order that, by the mercy shown to you, they too may now receive mercy. For God has imprisoned all in disobedience so that he may be merciful to all.

Romans 11.1–2a,29–32

A reading from the Gospel according to Matthew

Then he called the crowd to him and said to them, ‘Listen and understand: it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but it is what comes out of the mouth that defiles.’ Then the disciples approached and said to him, ‘Do you know that the Pharisees took offence when they heard what you said?’ He answered, ‘Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted. Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind. And if one blind person guides another, both will fall into a pit.’ But Peter said to him, ‘Explain this parable to us.’ Then he said, ‘Are you also still without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into the mouth enters the stomach, and goes out into the sewer? But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this is what defiles. For out of the heart come evil intentions, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, false witness, slander. These are what defile a person, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile.’

Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, ‘Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon.’ But he did not answer her at all. And his disciples came and urged him, saying, ‘Send her away, for she keeps shouting after us.’ He answered, ‘I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.’ But she came and knelt before him, saying, ‘Lord, help me.’ He answered, ‘It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.’ She said, ‘Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.’ Then Jesus answered her, ‘Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.’ And her daughter was healed instantly.

Matthew 15.[10–20]21–28


428 Love Divine, All Loves Excelling

74 Blessed Assurance

319 In Christ There is No East or West

625 Take My Life, and Let It Be

47 As We Are Gathered

541 O Thou Who Camest From Above

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