St Bartholomew & St
Worshiping together at
Sixth Sunday and week of Easter
9th May 2021.
Anyone can lead this service, with
another or by themselves.
Fr Richard may ask to lead this
over the phone when he calls.
Leader: In the name of the Father, and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.
Leader: You raise the dead to life in the Spirit: Lord, have
People: Lord, have mercy.
Leader: You bring pardon and peace to the broken in heart: Christ, have
People: Christ, have mercy.
Leader: You make one by your Spirit the torn and divided: Lord,
have mercy. People: Lord, have mercy
Leader May Almighty God have mercy on us,
forgive us our sins,
and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.
that we may celebrate with heartfelt devotion these days of joy,
which we keep in honor of the risen Lord,
and that what we relive in remembrance
we may always hold to in what we do.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen
9As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. 10If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my
Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.
12 ‘This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved
you. 13No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14You are my friends if you do what I command
you. 15I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you
everything that I have heard from my Father. 16You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give
you whatever you ask him in my name. 17I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.
The core of the Christian message is love, God loves me! How is it to sit with this
reality? If we could grasp God’s unconditional love for us, life would be radically a journey of joy. To accept that God loves me is also to accept the reality that God loves all others in the same
way. I am called to love myself and others, and it is clear from the Gospel that I am called to love the poor, the excluded, and the marginalised in a special way. I am also called to care for the
earth, described by Pope Francis as “our common home”; which God has entrusted us.
“God, who calls us to generous commitment and to give him our all, offers us the light
and the strength needed to continue on our way. In the heart of this world, the Lord of life, who loves us so much, is always present. He does not abandon us, he does not leave us alone, for he has
united himself definitively to our earth, and his love constantly impels us to find new ways forward.” (Pope Francis, Laudato Si 245).
A person blind from birth cannot understand colour. A person who has never been loved can
find love a baffling word. I feel I have an inkling of love's meaning, but how? Whose love was it that taught me the meaning of the word? What do I know about the sort of self-giving that is
unearned, unquestioning, looking for no return?
Lord, I have so much to learn from you about love.
My love for others must not be conditioned by how they respond. Jesus loves me totally,
whether I am good or bad or indifferent. My love must have that quality too. This is costly love – it could demand my very life!
This costly love will bear rich fruit, whether I see it or not. Just so, Jesus’ love
bears fruit only after his death. I must not be discouraged when my love seems to be wasted. True love never comes to an end (1 Corinthians 13:8). Loving actions are the building blocks of eternal
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Leader: In fellowship with the whole Church of God,
with all who have been brought together
by the Holy Spirit to worship on this day,
let us rejoice that we are called
to be part of the body of Christ.
Alleluia! The Peace of the Lord be with you.
Others: And also with you.
Pray for your families, your
friends, those who are alone, those who are scared or in pain and those who are passed from this world. (Use the sheet).
Leader: As our Saviour has taught us so we pray:
All say: Our Father who art in
Hallowed be thy name,
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.
Leader: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
be with us all evermore.
Easter Anthem to Our Lady
Joy to thee, O Queen of Heaven. Alleluia!
He whom Thou wast meet to bear. Alleluia!
As He promised hath arisen. Alleluia!
Pour for us to God thy prayer. Alleluia!
Priest: Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia.
People: For the Lord is risen indeed, alleluia.
Priest: Let us pray:
O God, who through the resurrection of Thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ
didst vouchsafe to give joy to the world:
grant, we beseech thee, that through His Mother, the Virgin Mary,
we may obtain the joys of everlasting life.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.