15TH SUNDAY OF YEAR A

‘A sower went out to sow the seed’ … that all God’s People will sow the seed of the Word of God’s Love into the field of the world, and seek with our whole heart the harvest of the Kingdom    

[READER]              LORD WE PRAY…

[Response]May Your Word grow within us…

‘Some seed fell upon barren ground’ … that politicians and leaders in every theatre of conflict and violence will sow seeds of Peace especially in Africa, and the whole Middle East region; that they will also work together for a global response to the Covid pandemic and bring about a new world of justice and equality for all

[READER]LORD WE PRAY…

‘Happy are your ears because they hear’ … we pray that all of us in our parish family will grow in a deeper love for the Word of God, and allow our lives and our parish to be formed by God’s Word: may our emerging ministry through the internet serve the sowing of the seed of God’s Word in many hearts and minds

                                                [READER]      LORD WE PRAY…

‘Some seed fell upon rich soil and produced their crop’ … we pray for all who work the land and produce the food that feeds our nation and every nation – we pray for famine stricken peoples around the world, especially across in the Yemen and across Africa: may we learn to defend the victims and share equally with all at the Table of our fruitful earth

[READER]         LORD WE PRAY…

‘The lure of riches chokes the Word’ … as we continue our Covenant with the Poor, especially through our expanded Food Bank and the ministry of the Parish office, may it be our joy to buy justly and to reward the world’s workers properly – may we discover the power of sharing that can heal a greedy world

                                          [READER]LORD WE PRAY…

We pray for our young people: may God guide them to use their gifts in the service of the Gospel and the coming Kingdom, building a compassionate  and contemporary Church and a world of humanity and peace

[READER]LORD WE PRAY…

‘Those who hear and understand the Word yield a rich harvest’ … we pray for all suffering from the Coronavirus and all caring for them – may they hear God’s Word of Love for them; for Mary and Lizzie Cash, Pat Hart, Bernadette James, Mr Ademuyemo, Una Sorhaindo, Philip Strainge, Scott Duffy, Venetia Sorhaindo, Tayaenna May Henry, Nicola Lewis, and Deacon David Wakefield ;
for those who have died recently, especially Claire Warren, Mikhail Hanid, Vahabee, and  all victims of race hatred, war, famine and the Covid pandemic;
and for all whose anniversaries are at this time: Mary McKay, the Serbeniscky atrocity 25 year years ago  and all victims of the Conflicts i Africa and Asia 

[READER]             LORD WE PRAY…

  Mary, Mother of the Word made Flesh, who pondered the Word, open our hearts to the Divine Seed, your Son, sown into creation to bring redemption to all…

                                                             HAIL MARY…

Let us pray in a moment of silence

Fourteenth Sunday of Year A

PRIEST: Today we gather around the Table of the Word and the Table of the Eucharist – at  least some of our community can for the first time in over three months. We bring with us all we have experienced during this difficult and times tragic time of lockdown. We grieve those who have died during this period and want to comfort their families with our love and prayer. And we celebrate today the strong gentleness of our Christ, who joyfully comes humble and vulnerable among the humiliated and powerless. He comes  to give new value to our lives, to cast out all fear of God from our hearts and to heal  our wounds with His peace.  He comes to share our burdens. Let us give him the burdens of  these past months, as well as the burden of our sin, trusting that his loving mercy might make it light for us. 

READER:     For every abuse of power,  in our lives, our Church and our world;
for using power to dominate rather than to serve
                                                 LORD HAVE MERCY

For ignoring the welfare of others, for not sharing their burdens
but pursuing our own ambitions, desires and self-interest

                                                 CHRIST HAVE MERCY

For being afraid to let people be true to themselves,
                             for rejecting those who do not conform to our ideas or wishes

                                                 LORD HAVE MERCY

PRIEST:   May the Father of all mercy forgive us,
                      may His Son, Jesus, give us His peace,
                      may the Holy Spirit lead us along the gentle paths of God,
                       and bring us all to everlasting life…

                                                  AMEN!

FEAST OF SS PETER AND PAUL, APOSTLES

Peter is the Universal Pastor:  we pray for Pope Francis that listening with a compassionate love to all Christians in our search to live the Gospel in the modern world,  he will succeed in bringing renewal and reform to God’s Church – we pray especially that his Encyclical Letter ‘Laudato Si’ will call forth decisive action to care for our Earth and bring about ‘Global Healing’

                    [reader]          LORD,  WE PRAY…
                    [response]    RENEW YOUR CHURCH IN LOVE

Paul was all things to all people in order to bring the Gospel to the nations:  we pray that our parish, the Churches of the Inner City and Christians everywhere may answer the challenge of a authentically New Evangelisation as we grow as a People in Communion for Mission

                    [reader]          LORD,  WE PRAY…
                    [response]    RENEW YOUR CHURCH IN LOVE

Peter and Paul carried the Gospel of peace:  we pray for the freedom and peace of our world,  especially in the Cameroon, the Congo and throughout the Middle East, and wherever there is turmoil and conflicts – we pray in particular for the people of the Yemen and the Gulf Region – may we  all have the courage to build a world without war

                    [reader]          LORD,  WE PRAY…
                    [response]    RENEW YOUR CHURCH IN LOVE

Peter served the unity of the Churches,  and Paul had the fire of a prophet:  we pray for the unity of all God’s people and that the Church will welcome the prophets who disturb us with the radical God of Jesus: we pray in particular for all those who go the margins and seek Justice for the poor, the excluded and for our refugee sisters and brothers

                    [reader]          LORD,  WE PRAY…
                    [response]    RENEW YOUR CHURCH IN LOVE

Peter and Paul were set aside by God’s call for their work:  we pray that all our parish communities might embrace the challenges for Mission presented by the Covid pandemic;… that all might serve with a generous heart and preach the Word with courage and compassion and wash the feet of a broken  world with love and compassion

                    [reader]          LORD,  WE PRAY…
                    [response]    RENEW YOUR CHURCH IN LOVE

Peter and Paul built up the Body of Christ in love: we pray that these Apostles will help us build a hospitable and healing Church that has the courage to touch the wounds of our world: we pray for the sick and hurting of body, mind and spirit, especially all suffering in body mind and spirit because of this pandemic;
For all who have died recently, especially Pauline Oaten and victims of the Coronavirus and in the conflicts  in Syria and Yemen and all victims of war and poverty

                    [reader]          LORD,  WE PRAY…
                    [response]    RENEW YOUR CHURCH IN LOVE

Mary, Mother of the Church,  pray with us for Bishop Declan and our whole Diocese of Clifton on this Feast of our Patron Saints…
HAIL MARY…

We pray in a moment of silence for the unity of all God’s Church…

FEAST OF SS PETER AND PAUL, APOSTLES

PRIEST:       We celebrate today the two great founding Apostles, Peter and Paul. In celebrating them we celebrate also who we are as Church, for they more than any others have shaped for all time the Body of Christ. In Peter we have the uniting Shepherd who knows his own weakness only too well and so gathers us gently as one: a Rock of Faith who is not hard! In Paul we have the fearless Prophet, the adventurer for Christ who breaks new ground and reshapes the Church to be truly Universal. Together they teach us to be at once a gentle Pastor and a fearless Prophet. Let us embrace the mercy of God so that we might be such a Church …

READER:     Peter is the Rock of Faith who affirms us in faith
                          when our weakness overwhelms us:
For the times we do not affirm, heal and encourage each other …

                                                  LORD HAVE MERCY ….

                          Paul is the bold Pioneer of the Gospel,
                          ever open to the the new challenges of the Spirit:
when we cling to the things of the past and make the Church a museum
rather than the creator of a new future

                                                  CHRIST HAVE MERCY ….

                           Peter and Paul together gather the One People of God
                           into a unity rich with diversity:
when we do not value each other’s differences and gifts
when we do not strive for unity in Christ

                                                  LORD HAVE MERCY ….

PRIEST:     May the God who calls fill us with mercy;
                        may the Lord who sends heal our every wound with His forgiveness,
                        may the Spirit who empowers encourage us in our weakness;
                        and bring us all with the Saints to everlasting life

                                                   AMEN!

TWELFTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR A

PRIEST:     Today, Jesus both warns and comforts his disciples: he warns us that if we take the Gospel seriously, then like him we shall experience opposition, even persecution; and he comforts us that whatever happens, we are precious in the eyes of our God and he will protect us – our eternity is safe, even if we suffer for the Truth now. Do we trust God when things go wrong – do we trust God when we are hurt doing the work of God?

READER:     When we risk little for the Kingdom of God,
when we prefer safety and respectability
                           rather than faithfulness to  the Jesus who takes risks

                                              LORD HAVE MERCY…

When we are slow to trust God when things go wrong,
when we fail to recognise God protecting us and caring for us

                                              CHRIST HAVE MERCY…

For all the hidden corruption in our hearts,
for the things we are afraid to expose to the light of day
for being afraid of God’s gaze, which is all forgiveness

                                              LORD HAVE MERCY…

PRIEST:       May the God, who holds us precious, pardon us;
                         May Jesus, the Second Adam, who died for us, forgive us;
                         May the Spirit, who renews and strengthens, heal us
                          and bring us all to everlasting life…

                                               AMEN!

TWELFTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR A

Jesus says: ‘What you hear in whispers, proclaim from the housetops’… that the Church will live a renewed vision of Mission, seeking to bring the Good News to all humankind in a genuinely New Evangelisation especially throughout post-Christian Europe

                                      [READER]        LORD WE PRAY…
                                      [Response]     Heal our fears…

‘Declare yourself for Me in the presence of all people’ … we pray for all those who are being ordained to diaconate and priesthood in the coming weeks, that they will find fulfilment in declaring the Good News of Jesus Christ before our unbelieving nation

                                      [READER]        LORD WE PRAY…
                                      [Response]     Heal our fears… 

Jesus says, ‘There is no need to be afraid’ … we pray that the cries for justice in the Black Lives Movement, for peace throughout the Middle East and freedom everywhere will at last be heeded; that those who carry out terror attacks might recognise the harm they do to their sisters and brothers

                                      [READER]        LORD WE PRAY…
                                      [Response]     Heal our fears…

Jesus says, ‘You are more precious than hundreds of sparrows’ … in this Refugee Week we pray for the 67 million refugees around the world – may they know how precious they are in the sight of God, and may disappear fear as they experience the world’s acceptance, welcome and valuing

                                      [READER]        LORD WE PRAY…
                                      [Response]     Heal our fears…

We pray for peacemakers and educators, for those who care for our environment and for the vulnerable in our society, for those elected to public office and government … may each pursue their vocation with integrity and generosity of spirit and may we all listen to the cries of the poor, the cries of the Earth and act with urgency

                                      [READER]        LORD WE PRAY…
                                      [Response]     Heal our fears…

‘Do not be afraid…’ says Jesus – for all the sick and housebound, for those trapped in fear and depression and those suffering from the Covid-19 virus; we pray also for Carol Strainge, Margaret Ulloa and all awaiting surgery;
for those who have died recently, in particular Stan Cuffy and Pauline Oaten, the victims  of the Corona virus throughout the world and those killed in war and conflict
and for all whose anniversaries are at this time: Eileen Bell  

                                      [READER]        LORD WE PRAY…
                                      [Response]     Heal our fears…

Mary, Mother of the Church, strengthen us to proclaim the Gospel…
                                                                   HAIL MARY…

Let us pray in a moment of silence that we will always answer the call of Christ…

FEAST OF THE B ODY & BLOOD OF CHRIST (Corpus Christi)

PRIEST: Today as we celebrate this beautiful Feast of Corpus Christi, we lift our voices in thanksgiving and praise for the ‘inestimable gift’ of the Eucharist;  we lift our eyes to gaze upon the awesome presence of our Lord and Saviour in the poverty of bread and wine;  we lift up our hearts to embrace the love whereby God touches the depths of our being.  We are called to allow the Body and Blood of Christ to give us life and to shape and renew our selves and our communities:  let us repent the ways we are not the love of Christ…

READER:      The Eucharist is the Sacrament of Unity and Love:
for all divisions among Christians,
                            for every denial of love in our own hearts

                                             LORD HAVE MERCY …

The Eucharist is the Sacrament of Healing:
for the ways that our touch and our words hurt rather than heal;
                            for the ways our Church excludes rather than welcomes

                                             CHRIST HAVE MERCY …

The Eucharist is the Sacrament of God’s Life-giving:
for the ways we are not life-giving, withholding love and mercy;
excluding others from sacraments, friendship and community

                                             LORD HAVE MERCY …

PRIEST:       May God rain down upon us the Bread of Forgiveness;
                          may Jesus break for us the Bread that heals our brokenness
                                      and liberates freedom and love;
                          may the Spirit draw us into the Unity that reconciles;
                          and bring us all to everlasting life…

                                              AMEN!

FEAST OF THE BODY & BLOOD OF CHRIST (Corpus Christi)

Jesus is Bread of Life … that the People of the Eucharist may give life and love to the world,  becoming God’s broken bread for a New World

                [READER]              LORD, GIVE US THAT BREAD…
                [response]             AND FEED YOUR PEOPLE…

Jesus is Bread, Fruit of the Earth … that the People of the Eucharist might always value creation, protect our environment, bring peace to peoples, especially in the Middle East and Central Africa, and harmony to all creation

                [READER]              LORD, GIVE US THAT BREAD…
                [response]             AND FEED YOUR PEOPLE…

Jesus is Bread of the Poor … that the People of the Eucharist will always share bread and freedom with the poorest of our world, especially beloved of God

                [READER]              LORD, GIVE US THAT BREAD…
                [response]             AND FEED YOUR PEOPLE…

Jesus is the Cup of Love … that the People of the Eucharist will grow in prayer,  develop in community, share in relationships that give life and offer healing

               [READER]              LORD, GIVE US THAT BREAD…
                [response]             AND FEED YOUR PEOPLE…

Jesus is the Cup of suffering … that the People of the Eucharist will listen with love to life’s wounded, stand with courage among the despised, the rejected and the outcast, especially migrants fleeing war, terror and poverty; and exclude no-one from the love of Christ in the Eucharist

                [READER]              LORD, GIVE US THAT BREAD…
                [response]             AND FEED YOUR PEOPLE…

Jesus is the Cup of Redeeming Blood … that the People of the Eucharist might sacrifice in order to be a community of forgiveness, a living parable of reconciliation and a wellspring of healing: we pray peace and cohesion in our diverse multi-cultural nation, recognising that Black Lives Matter – All Lives Matter; may the growth in unity among all God’s People, sharing One Bread and One Cup, foster peace and unity among all races and nations

                [READER]              LORD, GIVE US THAT BREAD…
                [response]             AND FEED YOUR PEOPLE…

Jesus is Bread of Eternal Life, Cup of everlasting joy .. that the sick be healed, especially  the people of Yemen and all those suffering from Covid 19 around the world and all who care for them;
That the dead be raised to eternal life: especially  Anthony Madden, Faustine Ogbu, Stanislas Cuffy, Pauline Oaten and our Ethiopian sister Gardissie
for all whose anniversaries occur at this time: Yvette Gate, and all killed in the Rwandan Genocide

                [READER]              LORD, GIVE US THAT BREAD…
                [response]             AND FEED YOUR PEOPLE…

Mary, bearer of Christ,  lead to a deeper love our children who should have met Jesus in the Eucharist for the first time today…
                                                   HAIL MARY…

We pray in a moment of silence…

Feast of the Holy Trinity

God is perfect Relationship – Love that creates, that both gives and receives, that shares and binds in perfect harmony ….  may the Church everywhere give witness to this creative love and unity, that all people might know their true identity and destiny.

                [reader:]                  GOD OF LOVE
                [response]              HEAR OUR PRAYER

God is perfect harmony at the heart of creation …. We pray for greater respect and reverence for creation, that we will learn how to live in communion with the Earth,  and harvest it’s resources without polluting and destroying God’s beautiful creation; we pray too for miracles of peace in our war-torn world, especially among the peoples of the Middle East, Cameroon and Central Africa

                [reader:]                  GOD OF LOVE
                [response]              HEAR OUR PRAYER

God is the community of equality that empowers the poor …. we pray for all people who are denied the basic necessities of life and for all refugees and those seeking safe asylum among us: may we safeguard their dignity, made in God’s Image and Likeness; for all political leaders that they will listen to the voices of the ‘Black Life Matters’ movement and work to end all racial violence and hatred.

                [reader:]                  GOD OF LOVE
                [response]              HEAR OUR PRAYER

God is our Life-Giver … we pray for our children who should have been baptised today and those who cannot celebrate their First Eucharist next Sunday, and for their families:  may they nevertheless grow to love Christ more day by day and build with us a loving community of faith, service and witness

                [reader:]                  GOD OF LOVE
                [response]              HEAR OUR PRAYER

God is Unity …. we pray for deeper bonds of friendship and unity between the Churches, in the service of the mission of the Gospel; may we also build together a greater ‘Fellowship of Believers’ as people of different world faiths seeking to build a multi-cultural society without racial discrimination

                [reader:]                  GOD OF LOVE
                [response]              HEAR OUR PRAYER

God is a love that heals and protects … for the peoples around the world, afflicted by the Covid-19 epidemic, for all medical and care staff and those researching vaccine and treatment

                [reader:]                  GOD OF LOVE
                [response]              HEAR OUR PRAYER

God listens to our prayer, and knows our every need …. we pray all who are sick and housebound, especially Michael McNama and Rose Haynes;
For all who died recently, especially George Floyd, Faustine Ogbu, Stanislas Cuffy and Pauline Oaten and all victims of racial discrimination and hatred
and for all  whose anniversaries occurs at this time: Tom and Kathleen Nyhan and Theresa Stiles

                [reader:]                  GOD OF LOVE
                [response]              HEAR OUR PRAYER

Mary, beloved of the Father, dwelling place of the Word made Flesh, overshadowed by the Spirit, pray with us for harmony among all peoples…

                                                     HAIL MARY… 

Let us pray in silence for a moment before the Divine Love

FEAST OF THE HOLY TRINITY

PRIEST:    Having for months celebrated the great actions of God in Christ that bring us salvation and life, today we celebrate the being of God: not what God does, but Who God is! Today is a day for gazing with wonder, a day to contemplate the mystery of God Who is Love – always Love, never other than Love! And each one of us, without exception are made in the image and likeness of this God. Today we celebrate that there is such diversity in identity, creating such a profound harmony. So today we celebrate who we truly are and all that God wants us to become – a freedom for Love … like God! And yet we know we are not such love! Let us ask for mercy …

READER:    Father, you so loved the world You sent Your Only Son
not to condemn, but to save and to give Life:
Confidently we cry out to you ….  

                                           LORD HAVE MERCY…

Eternal Word and Son, made flesh in the womb of Mary,
You came home into our humanity to set love free within us:
Confidently we cry out to you ….  

                                           CHRIST HAVE MERCY…

Holy Spirit, love shared between the Father and the Son,
You are Love poured out into our hearts,
                              You flow through our lives into the world to renew the face of the earth
Confidently we cry out to you ….   

                                           LORD HAVE MERCY…

PRIEST:    May the God whose best name is Love …
                       Be the Father who forgives us,
                       the Brother who redeems us,
                      and the Loving Holy Spirit who gives us a new heart,
                      bringing us and all creation to everlasting life

                                            AMEN!