THIRD SUNBDAY OF THE YEAR (C) Christian Unity Week

Jesus is anointed by the Spirit to be ‘Good News to the Poor’: that all God’s people might be Good News to the poor and Good News to the Earth, seeking together to heal our planet and to liberate our world from poverty and oppression, walking humbly in the Spirit of Christ in the mission of the Gospel

                 [reader]         LORD JESUS WE PRAY…
                 [response]   MAKE US GOOD NEWS TO THE POOR…

‘Now you together are Christ’s body, but each of you a different part of it’: that all Christians will be empowered to use the Gifts of the Spirit to build a mature Church and to transform our World into the New Creation – in particular we pray that the Spirit will speak to the Church of our time through our participation in the Global Synod

                 [reader]         LORD JESUS WE PRAY…
                 [response]   MAKE US GOOD NEWS TO THE POOR…

Give us a repentant heart for the harm we Christians have inflicted upon each other through centuries of division and conflict and for the refusal to rejoice in diversity or listen to the cries for reform and renewal; draw closer to each other across the sad divides of denominations and enrich our unity with gift of each traditions charisms and insights

                 [reader]         LORD JESUS WE PRAY…
                 [response]   MAKE US GOOD NEWS TO THE POOR…

The Gifts of the Spirit build the unity of the Body: for all the pastors and leaders of God’s Church, especially Pope Francis, Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, the President of the World Council of Churches and Free Church Leaders: may they with courage lead us along the pathways of Unity in the Spirit

                 [reader]         LORD JESUS WE PRAY…
                 [response]   MAKE US GOOD NEWS TO THE POOR…

For our refugee sisters and brothers as they endure such danger, deprivation and loss of life in their struggle for freedom and hope; for all working here in Bristol and in Calais, and the Mediterranean to rescue, welcome, support and heal them, ‘raising the downtrodden’, offering Resurrection Hope

                 [reader]         LORD JESUS WE PRAY…
                 [response]   MAKE US GOOD NEWS TO THE POOR…

For the sick,  especially the housebound, isolated, addicted and depressed; and for …;
for those who have died recently, especially …, and all victims of Covid and the bombing in Yemen
for all whose anniversaries are at this time, especially …

                 [reader]         LORD JESUS WE PRAY…
                 [response]   MAKE US GOOD NEWS TO THE POOR…

Mary, Mother of the Church, pray with us that we may be One as your Son prayed…

                                           HAIL MARY…

Let us pray for other needs in a moment of silence…

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