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Revd Gita Bond

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Bulletin for Pentecost Sunday 31 May 2020

Thank you for all of your prayers, may we continue to pray for families, and loved ones especially in these days and stay in touch with each other.
Please remember the family and friends of Hansel , David, and Ashly. May God surround all their loved ones with His comfort and peace.
Please continue to join us in the on-line Mass this Pentecost Sunday and Zoom Sunday school at 4pm.

COLLECT for Pentecost Sunday
God, who as at this time
taught the hearts of your faithful people,
by sending them the light of your Holy Spirit
grant us by the same Spirit
to have the right judgement in all things
and evermore to rejoice in His holy comfort
through the merits of Jesus Christ our Saviour
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit
One God, now and forever.
AMEN

LITURGY
First reading from Acts 2: 1 – 21
Responsorial Psalm 104: 25 – 35; 37
(Response: ‘Send forth your Spirit, O Lord, and renew the face of the earth.’)
Second Reading 1 Cor 12: 3b – 13
Gospel Reading John 7: 37 – 39

Today is Pentecost and we celebrate the coming of the Spirit – the birth of the Church. When Jesus touches our lives we are changed people. The people of God, the church did not grow by their own power or enthusiasm. The disciples were empowered by the Holy Spirit. Church is one big community helping others and during lockdown we have been doing shopping for the vulnerable, keeping in touch with the isolated, getting medications, working with neighbours, schools, comforting the bereaved, working with all faith leaders – people of all nationalities. The Holy Spirit unites us in one prayer – together we are strong in the Lord. Together we will have the victory!

We remember that we are all children of God there’s no higher status than being a son or a daughter of God! God is our ‘Abba Father’ but He is also holy and powerful and through the Holy Spirit we have access into the throne room of heaven. Jesus said “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” This promise is for you and me. Amen

May God bless you all with His hope and love

Revd Gita Deborah Bond

Bulletin for Ascension (on 7th Sunday of Easter) 24 May 2020

Dear Friends

Thank you for all of your prayers, may we continue to pray for families, and loved ones especially our own Geta whose niece Ashly sadly died of cancer aged 20. Pray also for Geta’s sister Bridget in Miami who is naturally devastated. Our good friend Rose is adjusting to life without Hansel so please also remember her in your prayers.
Please remember the family and friends of David Holmes – his funeral is on 26th May 2020 at Southgate Crematorium 2pm. Again Covid-19 restrictions apply. David requested a non-religious service, so you are welcome to stand at 1:15 pm on Waldeck Road as the reef is placed on the coffin. The funeral director has arranged for the hearse to wait outside his house for David’s neighbours to pay their respects in a few moments of quiet.
Please continue to join us in the on-line Mass on Sunday morning and Zoom Sunday school at 4pm.
May we continue to pray for each other and keep in touch through emails, WhatsApp or phone calls.
COLLECT for Ascension Day
O God the king of glory,
you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ
with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven:
we beseech you, leave us not comfortless,
but send your Holy Spirit to strengthen us
and exalt us to the place
where our Saviour Christ is gone before,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit
one God now and for ever.
Amen

LITURGY
First reading from Acts 1: 6 – 14
Responsorial Psalm 68: 1 – 10; 33 – 35
(Response: ‘Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth.’)
Second Reading 1 Peter 4: 12 – 14; 5: 6 – 11.
Gospel Reading John 17: 1 – 11

John’s Gospel talks about Jesus praying for all believers. Jesus is sitting at the right-hand side of the Father and He is praying for us! Praying that we would be of one heart. Without Jesus’ ascension, the Holy Spirit would not have come down to all Christians. This is why Ascension Day is so important – the Holy Spirit unites us in one prayer – together we are strong in the Lord. Together we will have the victory!
Even in the darkest moments, love gives hope. Love compels us to fight against coronavirus alongside our sisters and brothers. Love compels us to stand together in prayer with our neighbours near and far. Love compels us to act as one.
May God bless you all with His hope and love

Revd Gita Deborah Bond

Bulletin for sixth Sunday of Easter 17 May 2020

Message from your Parish Priest

Christ Church Vision: Bringing Jesus into the heart of the Community

Dear Friends

Thank you for each and all of your prayers and kind messages.  Know of my continued prayers, holding you and your families, and loved ones especially in these days.  
Please remember Rose and her family in your prayers: Hansel’s funeral is on: 20th May 2020 at 12:00 noon, he will be buried at Islington & St Pancras Cemetery immediate family members only. We continue to pray for all the family and friends of David Holmes – his funeral is on 26th May 2020 at Southgate Crematorium 2pm. Again Covid-19 restrictions apply.
Please continue to join us in the on-line Mass on Sunday morning and Zoom Sunday school at 4pm.
May we continue to pray for each other and keep in touch through emails, WhatsApp or phone calls.

COLLECT for the 6th Sunday of Easter
God our redeemer,
you have delivered us from the power of darkness
and brought us into the kingdom of your Son:
grant, that as by His death He has recalled us to life,
so by His continual presence in us He may raise us
to eternal joy;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit
One God, now and forever.
Amen

LITURGY
First reading from Acts 17: 22 – 31
Responsorial Psalm 66: 7 – 18
(Response: ‘Bless our God you peoples; let the sound of his praise be heard.’)
Second Reading 1 Peter 3: 13 – 22.
Gospel Reading John 14: 15 – 21

Today’s Gospel reading from John’s Gospel talks about an Advocate – somebody who will stand by his disciples. Somebody who will be their helper – the Holy Spirit. Even if Jesus is not physically present God promises to send His Holy Spirit to lead us and guide us. God the Holy Spirit will be with us always.
Please join us for Zoom morning prayers on Ascension Day on Thursday this coming week. Jesus is praying in heaven we too need to be praying as a body of Christ. Corporate prayer is very powerful!

Even in the darkest moments, love gives hope. Love compels us to fight against coronavirus alongside our sisters and brothers living in poverty. Love compels us to stand together in prayer with our neighbours near and far. Love compels us to act as one.
May God bless you all with His hope and love

Revd Gita Deborah Bond

Bulletin for Fifth Sunday of Easter 10 May 2020

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Dear Friends

Please continue to join us in the on-line Mass on Sunday morning.. We continue to have a Zoom Sunday school at 4pm.

Coronavirus impacts all of us. But love unites us all. Its during crises like coronavirus that the vulnerabilities of people living in extreme poverty are even more evident. This Christian Aid Week 10 – 16th May, let us reach out with love for our neighbours living in poverty. there is a daily quiz during this time on their website. The e-envelope is a digital way to share the Christian Aid Week message with your family and friends and ask for a donation. Please visit caweek.org/virtualresources
May we continue to pray for each other and keep in touch through emails, WhatsApp or phone calls. Please remember Rose and her family in your prayers, Hansel’s funeral is on: 20th May 2020 at 12:00 noon, he will be buried at Islington & St Pancras Cemetery immediate family members only. We continue to pray for all the family and friends of David Holmes – his funeral is on 26th May 2020 at Southgate Crematorium 2pm. Again Covid-19 restrictions apply.

COLLECT for the 5th Sunday of Easter

ALMIGHTY God,

who through your only begotten Son Jesus Christ

have overcome death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life:

grant that, as by your grace going before us

you put into our minds good desires,

so by your continual help

we may bring them to good effect;

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit

One God, now and forever.

Amen

LITURGY

First reading from Acts 7: 55 – 60

Responsorial Psalm 31: 1 – 5; 15 – 16

(Response: ‘Let your face shine on your servants.’)

Second Reading 1 Peter 2: 2 – 10.

Gospel Reading John 14: 1 – 14

Jesus said in the first verse of today’s Gospel reading ‘do not let your hearts be troubled.’ These are comforting words spoken to the disciples, who have good reasons to have troubled hearts. Jesus says these words at the last supper. These words are offered for unsettling times and I hope they will bring comfort and reassurance to us in the challenging times of today

Jesus shows us the way , the truth  he offers us the fullness of life in a loving relationship with him. Even in the darkest moments, love gives hope. Love compels us to fight against coronavirus alongside our sisters and brothers living in poverty. Love compels us to stand together in prayer with our neighbours near and far. Love compels us to give and act as one.

May God bless you all with His hope and love

Revd Gita Deborah Bond

Dear Friends

Bulletin for Fourth Sunday of Easter 3 May 2020

Message from your Parish Priest

Christ Church Vision: Bringing Jesus into the heart of the Community

Dear Friends

Let us continue to pray for each other and keep in touch through emails, WhatsApp or phone calls.

Please continue to join us in the on-line Mass on Sunday morning. Let me know if there is anyone else wanting to join our Zoom Sunday school at 4pm. A reminder that Next Week there is a daily quiz during Christian Aid Week from 10-16 May on their website. The e-envelope is a digital way to share the Christian Aid Week message with your family and friends and ask for a donation. Please visit caweek.org/virtualresources

COLLECT for the 4th Sunday of Easter

ALMIGHTY God,

Whose Son Jesus Christ is the resurrection

And the life

Raise us, who trust in Him,

From the death of sin to the life of righteousness,

That we may seek those things which are above,

Where He reigns with you

In the unity of the Holy Spirit

One God, now and forever.

Amen

LITURGY

First reading Acts 2: 42- 47

Responsorial Psalm 23

(Response: ‘The Lord is my Shepherd I shall not be in want.’)

Second Reading 1 Peter 2: 19 – 25

Gospel Reading John 14: 1 – 10

‘I am the Good Shepherd’, says Jesus in our Gospel Reading today. This description tells us important things about Jesus. He is the good shepherd, who cares for the sheep and lays down his life for them. A shepherd’s task was hard: he had to find grass and water in a dry and stony land, to protect His sheep from fierce predators and to search out and recover any that were lost. In contrast, the hired hand runs off at the first sign of trouble, abandoning the sheep to their fate. This picture language is powerful, as many of us will recognise from the description in Psalm 23: ‘The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want’. These words are a regular source of comfort and support to many people, especially at this challenging time of the coronavirus. God’s is not dead No! He is Risen, He is alive.   We can feel His presence now. Let us pray that we would know this resurrection life. May I encourage you to continue reading scripture. This is a link  https://www.ucb.co.uk/word-for-today to bible readings everyday.

May God bless you all with His protection and love

Revd Gita Deborah Bond

Let us continue to pray for each other and keep in touch through emails, WhatsApp or phone calls.

Last week I mentioned that our dear neighbour David was critically ill. On 20 April he died. David was well known to many at the church and shared some meals with us at the vicarage, the last one being on Christmas day. We will miss his humour and perceptive conversation. We pray for David’s soul and the many people who will be saddened by his passing.

Please continue to join us in the on-line Mass on Sunday morning (now there are words on the screen!). Additionally, today we have a Zoom Sunday school at 4pm.

COLLECT for the 3rd Sunday of Easter

ALMIGHTY Father,

who in your great mercy gladdened the disciples

with the sight of the risen Lord;

give such knowledge of His presence with us,

that we may be strengthened and sustained

by His risen life

and serve you continually in righteousness and truth;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord

who is alive and reigns with you;

in the unity of the Holy Spirit

One God, now and forever.

Amen

First reading from Acts 2: 14a, 36 – 41

Responsorial Psalm 116: 1 – 3; 10 – 17

(Response: ‘Gracious is the Lord and righteous.’)

Second Reading 1 Peter 1: 17 – 23.

Gospel Reading Luke 24: 13 – 35

In our Gospel today, the two disciples returning to Emmaus nearly missed the significance of history’s greatest event.  Only when we are looking for Jesus in our midst will we experience His power and help He can bring. Today’s readings are about walking with God. We walk with God at work, at home, we are part of His story! The walk on Emmaus Road is about relationship with Jesus. Jesus was not a ghost. He asked, ‘have you anything to eat.’ Jesus was opening our minds about spiritual food – Himself. Jesus did not give a long theological explanation or an exegesis! He simply shared a meal, then their eyes were opened. Experiencing Jesus in our hearts so that they burn with excitement of the mystery of the resurrection is what leads us into the divine.

May God bless you all with His peace

Revd Gita Deborah Bond

                                          

Bulletin for Second Sunday of Easter 19 April 2020

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Message from your Parish Priest

Dear Friends

You are all very much in our thoughts and prayers. Please continue to pray for David in hospital, Pastor Rose, and sister Percy (from our Ecumenical Prayer group).

We have tried to make some changes to the on-line Mass so this Sunday you will see the words for prayers, hymn etc.

Liturgy:

Collect for the 2nd Sunday of Easter

You have given your only Son to die for our sins

and to rise again for our justification;

grant us so to put away the leaven of malice and wickedness

that we may always serve you

in pureness of living and truth;

through the merits of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you

in the unity of the Holy Spirit

one God now and forever.

Amen

First reading from Acts 2: 14a, 22 – 32

Responsorial Psalm 16

(Response: ‘O Lord, you are my portion and my cup.’)

Second Reading 1 Peter 1: 3 – 9.

Gospel Reading John  20: 19 – 31

Today’s readings are about faith. Thomas refused to believe until he saw the physical proof; ‘unless I put my hands in his and in his side I will not believe.’

It is easy to believe in our church family because we can see them. We cannot see Jesus but remember His words ‘blessed are those who believe but do not see’.

Our faith is in an invisible God. The bible tells us we are to walk by faith and not by sight. Thomas was walking by sight, but Jesus understood him. Jesus allowed Thomas to see his hands and put his hand in his side. Jesus meets us where we are; even when we are full of doubt like Thomas.

May God bless you all with His love

Revd Gita Deborah Bond

Bulletin for Easter Sunday 12 April 2020

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Wishing you all a Happy Easter!

Dear Friends

Wishing you all a very HAPPY EASTER! Sorry we cannot celebrate this together in church, but my prayer is you will be able to still find space to worship and enjoy the glorious resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Collect for Easter Sunday

Lord of all life and power,

who through the mighty resurrection of your Son

overcame the old order of sin and death

to make all things new in Him:

grant that we, being dead to sin

and alive in Jesus Christ,

may reign with Him in glory;

to whom with you and the Holy Spirit

be praise and honour, glory and might

now and in all eternity Amen

First Reading  Jeremiah 31: 1 – 6

Responsorial Psalm Ps 118: 1-2, 14-24  ‘Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! This is the day the Lord has made’

Second  Reading  Col 3: 1 – 4

Gospel Reading  John 20: 1 – 18

Praise and honour to you,

Lord Jesus Christ

Praise and honour to you,

Lord Jesus Christ

I give you a new commandment: love one another just as I have loved you

Praise and honour to you, Lord Jesus Christ

The first Hymn is ‘Jesus Christ is risen today,’ and the final hymn ‘Thine be the glory…’ we tried to sing all the Easter acclamations, please join in.

Today is Easter Sunday and the disciples found the tomb empty – the burial clothes were all neatly folded. The stone had been rolled away and Jesus’ body was not to be seen. The angles announced that Jesus is risen, He is alive! Over the next month or so Jesus appeared to hundreds of people 11 times and did you know at one time 500 people saw him?  These people who saw Jesus spread the news of the risen Christ. Jesus let people know that he really was alive and they could become friends with God. God has rescued His people! The good news of Easter is that Jesus has overcome the darkness of death and sin. Praise be to God!

May God bless you all with His love

Revd Gita Deborah Bond

Good Friday Service & Meditations  10 April 2020

Dear Friends

You are very much in my thoughts and prayers at this unprecedented time of not being able to worship together, but we are maintaining our efforts to give you something to join in with the services of Holy Week at home.

The Passion in this service is according to John 18: 1 – 19 and 42.

Please join us on the on-line Good Friday Service.

Please take care with all my love

Rev Gita Deborah Bond

 Maundy Thursday Mass 9 April 2020

Please keep our sister Rose and her family in your prayers. Also our sister Revd Lena whose husband is very ill in hospital.

Thank you again for your comments about the services it is very encouraging. Today we have the Maundy Thursday Mass (please join us on-line at 3pm)

First Reading  Exodus  12: 1 – 4, (5 – 10), 11 – 14

Responsorial Psalm  Ps 116: 1-2, 10-17  ‘The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a sharing in the blood of Christ?’

Second  Reading  1 Cor 11: 23 – 26

Gospel Acclamation (John 13: 1 – 17; 31b – 35)

Praise and honour to you,

Lord Jesus Christ

Praise and honour to you,

Lord Jesus Christ

A pure heart create for me, O God

And give me again the joy of your help.

Praise and honour to you, Lord Jesus Christ

The Holy Communion Hymn is ‘From heaven he came helpless babe.’

May God bless you all with His love

Rev Gita Deborah Bond

Holy Week: Reconciliation Mass on Wednesday

8 April 2020

Dear Friends

Liturgy Holy Wednesday is:

First Reading: Isaiah  50: 4 – 9a

This is the word of the Lord

All:   Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness; in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offence. Thoroughly wash me of my guilt and of my sin cleanse me.

Responsorial Psalm  Psalm 70 ‘As for me I am poor and needy. Lord make haste to help me.’

Second Reading Hebrews 12: 1 – 3

This is the word of the Lord

All:   Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness; in the greatness of your compassion blot out my offence. Thoroughly wash me of my guilt and of my sin cleanse me.

Gospel Acclamation (John 13: 21 – 32)

Praise and honour to you,

Lord Jesus Christ

Praise and honour to you,

Lord Jesus Christ

A pure heart create for me, O God

And give me again the joy of your help.

Praise and honour to you, Lord Jesus Christ

The Lord be with you

And also with you

The Communion Hymn is ‘Love divine all loves excelling’

With all my love

Rev Gita Deborah Bond

Holy Week: Reconciliation Mass on Tuesday (07.04.20202)

Dear Friends

I pray you are all well. Please continue to pray for each other and keep in touch through phone calls, WhatsApp, emails etc Please pray for Marietta and her family.

Liturgy Holy Tuesday:

First Reading Isaiah  49: 1 – 7

This is the word of the Lord

All:   Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness; in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offence. Thoroughly wash me of my guilt and of my sin cleanse me.

Responsorial Psalm  Psalm 71: 1 – 14 ‘You are my hope, O Lord my God, my mouth shall be full of your praise.

Second  Reading  1 Cor1: 18 – 31

This is the word of the Lord

All:   Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness; in the greatness of your compassion blot out my offence. Thoroughly wash me of my guilt and of my sin cleanse me.

Gospel Acclamation

Praise and honour to you,

Lord Jesus Christ

Praise and honour to you,

Lord Jesus Christ

A pure heart create for me, O God

And give me again the joy of your help.

Praise and honour to you, Lord Jesus Christ

The Lord be with you

And also with you

The Communion Hymn is ‘Soul of my Saviour.’

With all my love

Rev Gita Deborah Bond

Holy Week: Reconciliation Mass on Monday (06.04.2020)

Dear Friends

Thank you for joining in with the services, I find your comments very encouraging. It is all we can do in the circumstances. Please join us in the on-line service with the responses below.

Liturgy Holy Monday:

First Reading  Isaiah  42: 1 – 9

This is the word of the Lord

All:   Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness; in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offence. Thoroughly wash me of my guilt and of my sin cleanse me.

Responsorial Psalm  Ps 36: 5 – 11 (With you is the well of life, and in your light we see light.)

Second  Reading  Hebrews 9: 11 – 15

This is the word of the Lord

All:   Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness; in the greatness of your compassion blot out my offence. Thoroughly wash me of my guilt and of my sin cleanse me.

Gospel Acclamation

Praise and honour to you,

Lord Jesus Christ

Praise and honour to you,

Lord Jesus Christ

A pure heart create for me, O God

And give me again the joy of your help.

Praise and honour to you, Lord Jesus Christ

The Lord be with you

And also with you

The Communion Hymn is ‘He is lord.’

With all my love

Rev Gita Deborah Bond

Bulletin for Palm Sunday and Holy Week

5 April 2020

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Dear Friends

You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

For this morning’s Palm Sunday Mass bring along your home made cross or greenery and after the service place it in a prominent place to reflect on Holy Week. These are all the readings for Palm Sunday:

Isaiah 50: 4 – 9a;

Psalm. 118: 1 -2; 19 – 29  Response: ‘This is the day that the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it.’

Phil 2: 5 – 11

Gospel Reading – Matt 21: 1 – 11 )

Please join us and worship on-line at 10.30am.

With all my love

Rev Gita Deborah Bond

Palm Sunday Preparation and other resources

30 March 2020

Message from your Parish Priest

Christ Church Vision: Bringing Jesus into the heart of the Community

Dear Friends

I hope you are all keeping well and thank you for staying in touch through phone calls, Christ Church WhatsApp  Zoom prayer groups or emails. It is always lovely to hear from you. This Sunday will be Palm Sunday if you can make a cross out of card or a piece of greenery to hold up during the service (which we will live stream) that would be good.

The diocese is trying to reimagine new ways to worship so do visit the Church of England website for new ideas:

here are a range of new and existing Christian resources available for people to engage with at this difficult and challenging time in the life of the nation and the world:

Please take care with all my love

Rev Gita Deborah Bond

Bulletin for Passion Sunday 29 March 2020

Message from your Parish Priest

Christ Church Vision: Bringing Jesus into the heart of the Community

Dear Friends

I pray you are all keeping well. Thank you for all those who sent their responses on the on-line Sunday service yesterday, it is lovely that we can keep in touch this ways. Let me know if there is anything we can do to make it more enjoyable for you all. We were in the vicarage lounge because of the note below on the C of E website:

Friday 27 March at 10:45

Our church buildings are therefore now closed for public worship,  private prayer and all other meetings and activities except for vital community services until further notice. 

With all my love

Rev Gita Deborah Bond

Checking in 25 March 2020

Dear Friends

Thank you for all your responses to my emails, it was lovely hearing from you all! I hope you are all staying at home and keeping safe. I have been regularly phoning people to check how they are, please phone me if you are concerned about someone or have a prayer request.

The clergy are continuing to do funerals but only at the crematorium or graveside. Only immediate family members can attend (if the crematorium allows) – that is, spouse or partner, parents and children, keeping their distance in the prescribed way.

Just a reminder about the closure of the church, a message is transfixed on our notice board saying:

COVID-19

The Church continues to be alive and active, but our buildings must close

 We are seeing a huge increase in the number of people falling sick with COVID-19. We must distance ourselves from one another and prevent the spread of infection in order to save lives.

Therefore, as well as public worship being suspended, this and all church buildings in the Church of England are now closed.

Our worship of God and our care for each other continue but cannot be done in this building.

Our website contains details of how to join others online for prayer, worship, study, and community life.
See: www.christchurchwestgreen.org

The vicar/churchwardens of this church can be
contacted in an emergency by telephoning 0208 3740217

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength . . . Love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”

To protect the vulnerable amongst us, please do not leave your home except for essential trips.

Let us continue to pray and trust in God and may God protect you all with His blood,

Love and Prayers

Rev Gita Deborah Bond

Checking in 24 March 2020

Dear Friends

Dearly beloved my prayers are with you all. Please stay home and keep safe, God is in control, He is with us. I know many of you are joining us in our morning prayers 9am and evening prayers 7.30pm

God will take care of us as psalms remind us Psalm 91: 1 – 4 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.[a]
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”

Surely he will save you
    from the fowler’s snare
    and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
    and under his wings you will find refuge;
    his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

With much love and prayers

Rev Gita Deborah Bond

Bulletin for 4th Sunday of Lent (Mothering Sunday) 22 March 2020

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Dear Friends

HAPPY MOTHERS’ DAY!

Today we celebrate and give thanks to God for the love and care of mothers. In our Gospel reading as Jesus was dying he gives a command to the Apostle John, the disciple Jesus loved, to ‘take care of Mary – Jesus’ mother.’ Mothering Sunday enables us to show our love and affection for those who care for us. It helps us to see the love of God our Father, our God who laughs for joy and cries for sorrow. A God who wants to protect and care for us. As a mother hen gathers her chicks under her wings, God longs to gather us close to him.

Collect for the Fourth Sunday of Lent (Mothering Sunday 22.03.2020)

God of compassion,

Whose Son Jesus Christ, the child of Mary,

Shared the life of a home in Nazareth,

And on the cross drew the whole human family to himself:

Strengthen us in our daily living

That in joy and in sorrow

We may know the power of your presence

To bind together and to heal;

Through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

Who is alive and reigns with you

In the unity of the Holy Spirit

One God, now and forever.

Amen

I hope you are all well, staying at home and keeping safe. Please join with us in the stations of the cross at Christ Church.

May God richly bless you all.

Rev Gita Deborah Bond