10th Sunday after Pentecost: 13 Aug – Matthew 14:22-33 ~ Take courage. I am here!

10th Sunday after Pentecost

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening Prayer

God of all power, your sovereign word comes to us in Christ. When your Church is in danger, make firm our trust; when your people falter, steady our faith. Show us in Jesus your power to save, that we may always acclaim him as Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever.

“Be still for the presence of the Lord” – The NBA


Reading: Matthew 14:22-33 (NLT)

Immediately after this, Jesus insisted that his disciples get back into the boat and cross to the other side of the lake, while he sent the people home. After sending them home, he went up into the hills by himself to pray. Night fell while he was there alone.

Meanwhile, the disciples were in trouble far away from land, for a strong wind had risen, and they were fighting heavy waves. About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. When the disciples saw him walking on the water, they were terrified. In their fear, they cried out, “It’s a ghost!”

But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here!”

Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.”

“Yes, come,” Jesus said.

So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted.

Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?”

When they climbed back into the boat, the wind stopped. Then the disciples worshiped him. “You really are the Son of God!” they exclaimed.

Intercessory Prayer

Lord God: You are our ever-present help in times of trouble; hear us now as we approach your throne of grace –

+ That all who are part of the Christian family may find strength in prayer…. Lord, hear us
+ That nations who live in mistrust of each other may resolve their differences peacefully…. Lord, hear us.
+ That those who go to sea may be spared the violence of storms and conflict…. Lord, hear us.
+ That those who staff the lifeboats, and take part in search and rescue missions, may themselves enjoy God’s protection…. Lord, hear us.
+ That people on vacation may travel safely, by land, in the air or by sea and return home rested and refreshed…. Lord, hear us.
+ That all the members of our worshiping communities may know Christ’s calming presence in the troubles of life…. Lord, hear us.
+ That the dead, particularly those who have been lost at sea, may know the calm peace of the Father’s House…. Lord, hear us.

O God, our help and our refuge, you guide your people according to your wisdom: accept our prayers and come to our aid, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

“Will your anchor hold in the storms of life” – The NBA


Concluding Prayer – Isaiah 56:1 (NLT)

This is what the Lord says: “Be just and fair to all. Do what is right and good, for I am coming soon to rescue you and to display my righteousness among you.”

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!