Trinity 14 (17/9/2017)

Pewsheet 17 September 2017

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Father of Forgiveness,
who has forgiven us so much in order to bring us back into relationship with you, Teach us to forgive.
Help us forgive even when the personal cost is huge, knowing we are always held by you.

But let us always push for an end to injustice, to challenge the systems of oppression we find ourselves in
For you are the God of mercy, but also a lover of justice. Amen.

Trinity 13 (10/9/2017)

Pewsheet 10 September 2017

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Oh God who meets us in our most intimate places,
Who calls us to hold each other in love and care even as divisions seek to tear us apart,
Be with us as we seek to listen, to engage and to respect each other’s stories,
May we always be ready to draw others back in,
Just as you constantly draw us back to you. Amen

 

Parish Profile As part of the process of recruiting a new vicar, we have to produce a Parish Profile describing distinctive features of St Paul’s and explaining how we see the church developing in the future.

To enable everyone to contribute to this we are inviting you to complete a questionnaire during September and October, and are organising an open consultation meeting with small discussion groups on Sunday October 8th at 11.30.

Please note the date as we would like to have a healthy attendance.

Parish Profile 2017 Questionnaire

Trinity 12 (3/9/2017)

Pewsheet 3 September 2017

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Unknowable God
You have shown us your likeness in Jesus Christ
May we follow his example of self–giving love
In the ordinary and extraordinary moments of our lives
so that the transforming power of God’s love
may be made known in our time.
We pray this in the name of Jesus Christ. AMEN

Trinity 10 (20/8/2019)

Pewsheet 20 August 2017

PRAYER Boundary breaking God,
You crossed unimaginable space to dwell among us.
Your love erased the limits of human love.
As we are held in your unconditional acceptance
May we be courageous and scandously generous in our love for others
And so, however imperfectly, mirror your gift to us. Amen.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT  “The country is in deep trouble. We’ve forgotten that a rich life consists fundamentally of serving others, trying to leave the world a little better than you found it. We need the courage to question the powers that be, the courage to be impatient with evil and patient with people, the courage to fight for social justice. In many instances we will be stepping out on nothing, and just hoping to land on something. But that’s the struggle. To live is to wrestle with despair, yet never allow despair to have the last word.”

Cornel West (Professor at Union Theological Seminary, New York)

Trinity 7 (30/7/2017)

Pewsheet 30 July 2017

Prayer

God of the mustard seed,
whose hidden kingdom grows in the smallest of us,
grow your kingdom in me,
that I may spread huge loving branches of hope for all whom I meet this day,
so that the secret growth of heaven may be a little greater in our world.
Amen.

Trinity 6 (23/7/2017)

Pewsheet 23 July 2017

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Son of Man
All humanity is part of you

How we long to own
judgements that do not belong to us.
To cast a negative glance and
see a weed in another
to set ourselves apart from
‘people like these.’

Son of woman
Messiah and saviour
Yet one who would not
put out a flickering candle,
nor crush a bruised reed.
There is gentleness in your
judgement, yet power and
fire in the consequence
for all those who cause harm
to the smallest of your children.

Child of humanity
dowe prefer to take the chair
set the parties count the votes
rule who is ‘in’ and who is ‘out’

Forgive us our weediness
The intrusion into the
good growth of others
that is our exclusion of them.
Our placing injustice
above grace;
division above acceptance
of difference.

Hold until the end times
all our judgements for us
enable us to lay them
before the winnowing angels
without shame.