St Bartholomew & St
Worshiping together at
Second Sunday week of
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: Let us remember before God
our failings and needs.
Leader Turn to us again, O God our Saviour, and let your anger
from us: Lord have mercy.
Others: Lord have mercy.
Leader Show us your mercy, O Lord, and grant us your salvation:
Christ, have mercy.
Others: Christ have mercy.
Leader Your salvation is near to those who fear you, that glory
in our land: Lord, have mercy.
Others: Lord have mercy.
Leader May Almighty God have mercy on us,
forgive us our sins,
and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.
and merciful God,
may no earthly undertaking hinder those
who set out in haste to meet your Son,
but may our learning of heavenly wisdom
gain us admittance to his company.
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
1The beginning of the good news of Jesus
Christ, the Son of God.
2 As it is written in the prophet Isaiah,
‘See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,
who will prepare your way;
3 the voice
of one crying out in the wilderness:
“Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight” ’,
4John the baptizer
appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem
were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. 6Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist,
and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7He proclaimed, ‘The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his
sandals. 8I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.’
The good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God is a summary of the Gospel. Bringing people
to believe that is the ongoing challenge. John the Baptist began that mission introducing Jesus in the words of Isaiah. He began in the wilderness, dressed simply and eating what the wilderness
provided. John pointed the way to Jesus who will baptise with the Holy Spirit.
Where do I hear and announce Good News? Let John speak to me in the wilderness of this
time. What does his life and message say to me? I pray that he will help me to receive and announce the Good News of Jesus, the Son of God.
John the Baptist is a challenging figure. He calls us to examine ourselves, to discover
and confess our sins. That is the way to real, deep, Christian joy.
We were baptised in water and the Holy Spirit. Remember the day and renew the promises
made on your behalf.
Imagine yourself witnessing the scene, perhaps standing in the shallows, the water
flowing around your ankles. Picture the scene and allow it to unfold. What is it like? The young man from Nazareth joins the queue waiting for John’s baptism: a symbol of purifying but also of birth
– coming up out of the waters of the womb into a new life as God’s beloved child.
Lord, when I realise that you love me, and are well pleased with me, it is like the start
of a new life. As I hear your voice, I know that I have a purpose and a destiny.
Mark paints a picture of a man who spends his public life doing good, but is then
betrayed, abandoned, captured and crucified. How can this be ‘the Good News of Jesus Christ’? I ask to be shown how Jesus’ love transforms the pain and brings about the salvation of our
I mingle with the crowds listening to John the baptizer. I know that he too suffered a
violent death. Where is the ‘good news’ in that? The good news is that he plays his part in the plan of salvation and bears steady witness to the light. In the wilderness of my life I ask that I may
always witness to light and truth and love.
From the Irish Jesuits.
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.
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.
The angel of the Lord brought tidings to
And she conceived by the Holy
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you.
Blessed art you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us
sinners now and at the hour of our death.
Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
Be it unto me according to your
And the Word became
And dwelt among
Pray for us, O holy Mother of
That we may be made worthy of the
promises of Christ.
Let us pray:
We beseech you, O Lord, pour your grace into
our hearts; that as we have known the incarnation of your dear Son Jesus Christ by the message of an angel, so by his + cross and passion we may be brought to the glory of his resurrection; through
the same Christ our Lord. Amen.