Trinity 18 (15/10/2017)

Pewsheet 15 October 2017

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Beyond our understanding you alone are God; you speak to a world of brutal rule and shallow indifference, of arms fairs and reality shows: may the one who came to sit at table with the victimized and excluded disturb our barren peace and call us to another feast where only love may rule; through Jesus Christ, the bridegroom. Amen.

 

Trinity 17 (8/10/2017)

Pewsheet 8 October 2017

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

God, your mercy extends over us in ways unimaginable. Even on the cross, Jesus, you ask God to forgive those who are doing a heinous and evil act to you. Your forgiveness is what draws us to change in our lives. So, move us now into a new understanding of what it means to bear fruit in your kingdom. Transform our hearts, so that we might seek first that kingdom. We desire to be generous with others as you have been generous to us. We thank you now that you are Emmanuel, God with us, and that you will aid us in this journey. In Jesus name, Amen.

Harvest festival (1/10/2017)

 

 

 

 

 

Pewsheet 1 October 2017

Demanding God,
you call us to account
for the use of your gifts:
pull down the storehouses
of accumulated greed
which impoverish people
and despoil the earth;
put our hands to work
sowing the seeds
and reaping the growth
of justice, thanksgiving and praise;
through Jesus Christ, the Lord of the harvest. Amen.

 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

“To be a Christian is to live dangerously, honestly, freely – to step in the name of love as if you may land on nothing, yet to keep on stepping because the something that sustains you no empire can give you and no empire can take away.”   Cornel West

 

Trinity 15 (24/9/2017)

Pewsheet 24 September 2017

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Father of the upside–down kingdom
Who sees us beyond the worth and value of others
Teach us to recognise our own positions of privilege and power, to know that there is no favoured few or select group,
As we seek to demonstrate your grace to all whom we come across, may we commit to living out YOUR kingdom values, even when they conflict with what we see around us
For your grace and mercy bring transformation
Amen

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)