St Bartholomew's Milehouse, Plymouth
St Bartholomew's Milehouse, Plymouth

Worship at home

 

 

St Bartholomew & St Mark

Milehouse, Plymouth

 

Worshiping together at home.

 

Twelfth Sunday and week of Ordinary time 20th June 2021.

 

Anyone can lead this service, with another or by themselves.

Fr Richard may ask to lead this over the phone when he calls.

 

The Welcome.

 

Leader:  In the name of the Father, and of the Son,

                and of the Holy Spirit.

 

Others:  Amen

 

Penitential rite.

 

Leader:  Lord, you were born from the Virgin Mary for the salvation of the world, Lord have mercy.

People: Lord, have mercy.


Leader:  Christ, you died on the cross to heal the wounds of Sin: Christ, have mercy. 

People: Christ, have mercy.
 

Leader:   Lord, you rose from the dead to open for us the gates of heaven: 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.

 

 

 

 

 

Collect.

Leader:  

Grant, O Lord,
that we may always revere and love your holy name,
for you never deprive of your guidance
those you set firm on the foundation of your love.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.  Amen

 

Mark 4:35-41

Jesus Stills a Storm

On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, ‘Let us go across to the other side.’ And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. A great gale arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, ‘Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?’ He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, ‘Peace! Be still!’ Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. He said to them, ‘Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?’ And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, ‘Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?’

 

Reflection

 

Yesterday, Jesus invited me to trust, and today he shows me I can do so with confidence. He is with me throughout the storms of my life, and is able with a word to bring a great calm. But he understands my fears, and allows me to express them to him, like the disciples who cried out “do you not care?”

In the storms of my own life, I too can cry out “Lord, do you not care?”. He will hear me, reassure me and say “why are you afraid? I am here with you.”

 

The little phrase, ‘Let us go over to the other side’ has strategic importance for Mark, and for my training as a disciple. I am delighted to accept Jesus’ invitation to board the boat, and all goes well for a while. But then the crossing proves difficult, indeed it almost claims the lives of the little group. In fact were it not for Jesus’ presence, all would be lost. Let me be the one who has the presence of mind to wake him up and scream a warning into his ear. Let me watch in astonishment as he saves the day with a word.

 

In this dramatic episode Mark is warning us that we are moving into a new depth of discipleship. The hostility of Jesus’ enemies grows more intense, and will play itself out in his passion and death, when all of the disciples deserted him and fled (Mark 14:50). I beg that my faith in him will keep me close to him in the storms that threaten to swamp not only me but the Church, the world, and nature itself.

 

The little phrase, ‘Let us go over to the other side’ has strategic importance for Mark, and for my training as a disciple. I am delighted to accept Jesus’ invitation to board the boat, and all goes well for a while. But then the crossing proves difficult, indeed it almost claims the lives of the little group. In fact were it not for Jesus’ presence, all would be lost. Let me be the one who has the presence of mind to wake him up and scream a warning into his ear. Let me watch in astonishment as he saves the day with a word.

In this dramatic episode Mark is warning us that we are moving into a new depth of discipleship. The hostility of Jesus’ enemies grows more intense, and will play itself out in his passion and death, when all of the disciples deserted him and fled (Mark 14:50). I beg that my faith in him will keep me close to him in the storms that threaten to swamp not only me but the Church, the world, and nature itself.

 

This is the first time in Mark that Jesus crosses from the predominantly Jewish to the predominantly Gentile side of the Sea of Galilee. He is accompanied by a small flotilla of boats. It can be a dangerous crossing if a windstorm suddenly whips up, something that happens now. To make matters worse it is night and the boats lose contact with each other. The disciples are terrified, fearing for their lives. But Jesus, like Jonah before him (Jonah 1:4-6), is sleeping through it all!

 

Take your place in Jesus’ boat and allow yourself to be drawn into the whole experience. Let the drama unfold. How do you feel when the waves pour into the boat, threatening to sink her? Do you cry out to Jesus and find him unresponsive because he is asleep? After a while he wakes and calms the wind and the sea; and chides the disciples for their lack of faith. Do you share their awe as they realise that they are in the presence of some extraordinary power? Are you as faithless are they are when storms arise in your life and Jesus seems distant and unconcerned?

 

From the Irish Jesuits

 

The Peace.

 

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. Alleluia!

 

 

Intercessions.

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 heaven,

                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.

 

Others:  Amen. 

 

THE ANGELUS

 

The angel of the Lord brought tidings to Mary:

And she conceived by the Holy Spirit.

 

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 word.

 

Hail Mary...

 

And the Word became flesh.

And dwelt among us.

 

Hail Mary...

 

Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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