Message from the Vicar

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

Dear Friends

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 bereaved may God surround all their loved ones with His comfort and peace. In this time of heightened issues of racism, economic recession let’s pray for justice and understanding that we are all created in the image of God, that we are all created equal. We pray that we may be looking out for each other with respect and compassion.
Please continue to join us in the on-line for Mass on the first Sunday after Trinity and Zoom Sunday school at 4pm.

COLLECT  for the First Sunday after Trinity
O God
the strength of all those who put their trust in you,
mercifully accept our prayers
and because through the weakness of our mortal nature
we can do no good thing without you,
grant us the help of your grace,
that in keeping of your commandments
we may please you both in will and deed;
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.

First reading from Genesis 18: 1 – 15
Responsorial Psalm 116: 1, 10 – 17
(Response: ‘I will walk in the presence of the Lord in the land of the living.’ )
Second Reading Rom 5: 1 – 8
Gospel Reading Matt 9: 35 – 10: 8

Our readings remind us that even today we are faced with many demands which pull us in all directions: The world at the moment needs hope – because of Covid-19. But we can take hope into the world. God has put a strategy in place for us. Being a child of God is about ‘a frame of mind.’ It means that people can see your faith through the way you live your life. The way you smile. The way you are always looking for good in people. The way you can encourage people. The way you find the positive, in every negative and bad situation. Being a child of God means taking food parcels, medication, helping at food banks, praying for neighbours, colleagues, even praying for people you may dislike. We are called to go out and work in his harvest field, but without his Spirit we can do nothing. We must ask the Lord of the harvest for his power and presence so his kingdom will come. ‘Not by might, not by power but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord.’ Zechariah 4:1.

Every Blessing

Reverend Gita Deborah Bond