Message from your Parish Priest

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

Dear Friends

Wishing all dads, a very HAPPY FATHER’S DAY! For those who are fathers, we ask for wisdom and humility in the face of the task of parenting. Give them the strength to do well by their children and by You. In Your Holy name, O God, we pray. Amen.
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 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 first Sunday after Trinity and Zoom Sunday school at 4pm.

COLLECT for the Second Sunday after Trinity
Lord, you have taught us,
that all our doings without love are nothing worth:
send your Holy Spirit
and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of love,
the true bond of peace and all virtues,
without which whoever lives is counted dead before you.
Grant this for your only Son Jesus Christ’s sake,
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 21: 8 – 12
Responsorial Psalm 86: 1 – 10, 16 – 17
(Response: ‘You, O Lord, are righteous and full of compassion.’ )
Second Reading  Rom 6: 1b – 11
Gospel Reading Matt 10: 24 – 39

During this time of these challenging times I hope many of us are able to sit, in the garden or park and listen to the birds singing. In our Gospel reading we hear Jesus encourage His disciples with those wonderful words Mathew chapter 10 v30 ‘Even the very hairs of your head are numbered. So don’t be afraid, you are worth than many sparrows.’
Our God is Great, He is our Lord, and He is abundant in strength; His understanding is infinite.” For us, the number of the stars is absolutely beyond our capability. With the Hubble telescope, we saw deeper into space bringing within counting range a new number of stars, but in the distance became visible a innumerable faint blur of ever distant stars! Now every one of those stars God has not only counted, but he is so familiar with them, he has a “special name” for each! Should this surprise us?
Jesus tells His disciples that they are special. Jesus tells them that God is aware of everything that happens to sparrows and that they are far more valuable. 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 God – the creator of the universe is with us.

Have a blessed week!

Revd Gita Deborah Bond