MESSAGE FROM YOUR PARISH PRIEST

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 and economic recession, let us 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 third Sunday after Trinity and Zoom Sunday school at 4pm.

COLLECT for the Third Sunday after Trinity
Almighty God,
You have broken the tyranny of sin
And have sent the Spirit of your Son into our hearts
Whereby we call you Father:
Give us grace to dedicate our freedom to your service,
That we and all creation may be brought
To the glorious liberty of the children of God;
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 Genesis 22: 1 – 14
Responsorial Psalm 13 (Response: ‘Look upon me and answer me, O Lord.’ )
Second Reading Rom 6: 12 – 23
Gospel Reading Matt 10: 40 – 42

In today’s Gospel, Jesus said’ if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones, because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward.’ Jesus encourages the disciples to go out, to find those, who will support them and uplift them, as they go about their ministry. Some bible translations use the word ‘welcome’ but the word “receive” is a better translation, it has a deeper meaning than just friendliness. To be received means taking the disciple in, heeding the words proclaimed, accepting the teaching, praying for the apostle: because those who receive them, will receive Jesus and not only Jesus but ‘one who sent Him.”
All of us here are so valuable that God sent His only begotten Son to die for us. Because God places such value on us we need never fear anything or anyone – because Jesus is with us. Let us resolve to work for our Lord, not selfishly with wrong motives; but with the joy and passion fulfilling our destiny. Jesus wants to use us in His service; He gives us ample opportunity for rewards. So, when the occasion arises, let us give that cup of cold water.

Have a blessed week!

Reverend Gita Deborah Bond