Second Sunday before Lent

Introduction and Call to Worship In our worship today we have before us an old question. Who is Jesus? In the Gospel story he demonstrates by stilling a storm on the lake. Today’s Readings First Reading Genesis 2:4b-9. 15-25 Our first reading is part of the story of creation as recorded in the book of Genesis. Man is given his tasks in the Garden of Eden and woman is created. Second Reading Revelation 4 This reading, from the last book of the New Testament, is one of seven visions of a great new era which will follow the present age of suffering. Gospel Luke 8:22-25 St Luke tells how Jesus shows his command of the elements in stilling a storm on the Lake of Galilee. HOMILY “Who then is th

Third Sunday before Lent - Pledge Sunday

Introduction and Call to Worship In what or whom do you trust? Come and worship and prepare to be surprised by God, the maker of heaven and earth. Today’s Readings First Reading Jeremiah 17:5-10 God says just trust me and you will find that you and your community will flourish. Second Reading 1 Corinthians ‪15:12-20 Paul is passionate in his trust that God raised Christ from the dead because without that trust his whole understanding of what God is doing collapses. Gospel Luke 6:17-26 Jesus turns everyone’s expectations upside down about where blessing is to be found in life. HOMILY “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.” (Luke 6:20) Fr Damian: Today is Pledge Sunday

Fourth Sunday before Lent

Introduction and Call to Worship The Lord calls us to know love and holiness, to turn from selfishness and to serve God. Let us prepare ourselves to joyfully worship the one who calls us with a holy and heavenly calling. Today’s Readings First Reading Isaiah 6:1-8 [9-end] Isaiah sees a vision of the holy, almighty Lord and becomes aware of his own sinfulness. Forgiveness follows confession of sins. Calling follows forgiveness. In the longer reading, the prophet receives his commission to declare God’s word until just a holy remnant of Israel remains. Second Reading 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 Paul reminds the believers of the essentials: that Christ died for our sins, was buried and raised on the

Fifth Sunday before Lent

Introduction and Call to Worship As we come to worship the God of creation and encounter his presence with us in Word and Sacrament, we catch a glimpse of the longed-for hope of Simeon and Anna. They looked for the light of salvation, the Christ-child. May we have the grace to recognise, as they do, the holy in the midst of the ordinary. Today’s Readings First Reading Ezekiel 43:27 – 44:4 This passage is part of a longer section describing the construction of the Temple in Jerusalem and speaks of the glory of the Lord which is within it. Second Reading 1 Corinthians 13 Perhaps the most famous passage about love, stressing the enduring nature of love, which transcends all creation and gives a
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