Eighth Sunday after Trinity – 2 August

Almighty Lord and everlasting God,
we beseech you to direct, sanctify and govern
   both our hearts and bodies
in the ways of your laws
   and the works of your commandments;
that through your most mighty protection, both here and ever,
we may be preserved in body and soul;
through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

Matthew 14.13–21
Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick. When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, ‘This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.’ Jesus said to them, ‘They need not go away; you give them something to eat.’ They replied, ‘We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.’ And he said, ‘Bring them here to me.’ Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

From Psalm 145
   The Lord is gracious and merciful,
   long-suffering and of great goodness.
   The Lord is loving to everyone
   and his mercy is over all his creatures.
    The Lord upholds all those who fall
   and lifts up all those who are bowed down.
    The eyes of all wait upon you, O Lord,
   and you give them their food in due season.
    You open wide your hand
   and fill all things living with plenty.
    The Lord is righteous in all his ways
   and loving in all his works.
    The Lord is near to those who call upon him,
   to all who call upon him faithfully.
    He fulfils the desire of those who fear him;
   he hears their cry and saves them.
    The Lord watches over those who love him,
   but all the wicked shall he destroy.
    My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord,
   and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever.