St Bartholomew & St
Worshiping together at
24th Sunday and week in Ordinary Time. 6th September
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 Lord , you were born from the Virgin Mary for the salvation of the
world: Lord have mercy.
Others: Lord have mercy.
Leader Christ, you died on the cross to heal the wounds of Sin:
Christ, have mercy.
Others: Christ have mercy.
Leader Lord, you rose from the dead to open for us the gates of heaven:
Others: Lord have mercy.
Leader May Almighty God have mercy on us,
forgive us our sins,
and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.
Look upon us, O
Creator and ruler
of all things,
that we may feel the working of your mercy,
that we may serve you with all our heart.
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
21 Then Peter came and said to him, ‘Lord, if another member of the church sins
against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?’ 22Jesus said to him, ‘Not seven times, but, I tell you,
The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant
23 ‘For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to
settle accounts with his slaves. 24When he began the reckoning, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him; 25and, as he could not pay, his
lord ordered him to be sold, together with his wife and children and all his possessions, and payment to be made. 26So the slave fell on his knees before him, saying, “Have patience with me, and
I will pay you everything.” 27And out of pity for him, the lord of that slave released him and forgave him the debt. 28But that same slave, as he went
out, came upon one of his fellow-slaves who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat, he said, “Pay what you owe.” 29Then his fellow-slave fell down
and pleaded with him, “Have patience with me, and I will pay you.” 30But he refused; then he went and threw him into prison until he should pay the
debt. 31When his fellow-slaves saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place. 32Then his lord summoned him and
said to him, “You wicked slave! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. 33Should you not have had mercy on your fellow-slave, as I had mercy on
you?” 34And in anger his lord handed him over to be tortured until he should pay his entire debt. 35So my heavenly Father will also do to every one of you, if you do not forgive
your brother or sister from your heart.’
Forgiveness is something very creative and goes beyond the existing facts. It
recognises the deeper goodness in people, despite what they have done.
As theologian Romano Guardini pointed out, there is no forgiveness if one wants
punishment. Forgiveness means pardoning and letting go completely, creating and making the offender new again. It requires great grace to forgive.
Justice can be the enemy of love. It indicates the normal legal way of proceeding.
We often hear people say: ‘We want justice done’. But mercy or forgiveness is far nobler and says, ‘I want the person to be fully well and alive again’.
Forgiveness can be very hard. C.S. Lewis wrote: “Everyone says forgiveness is a
lovely idea, until they have something to forgive”. But when I fail to forgive, I am shackled to the evil which has been done to me. I cannot move forward. How free am I, or am I tied to
If we must be prepared to forgive seventy-seven times, then we must also be ready
to ask for forgiveness – and believe we are forgiven – seventy-seven times.” Does forgiveness flow back and forth in my dealings with others, or is it rare in my life?
Taken from: Sacred Space 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.