20th Sunday of Year 18th August 2013 Cycle C

16/08/2013

St John the Evangelist

New Ferry, in the Diocese of Shrewsbury, Reg. Charity 234025

Fr. Frank Rice;

Revd. Philip White; Revd. Michael Daly

phone: 0151 645 3314

email: stjohntheevangelist

websites: www.stjohnevang.co.uk www.lpa24.org

20th Sunday of Year 18th August 2013 Cycle C

FAITH IN FOCUS: NOTHING BUT TROUBLE?

Maybe it’s because most of us get our first impressions of Jesus while we are still young that we tend to think of him as a gentle person. After all, the meek and mild image seems to fit in well with what we want to say to small children.

But when we grow up it’s a different matter. Do we still think of Jesus as the quiet, gentle mannered preacher who never spoke a word in anger? If we do, then we’re in for a shock in today’s gospel.

The Jesus whom we glimpse today is full of passion and single-minded about his mission. He’s the activist from heaven, the zealous, fiery, frustrated messenger of change. Do you think I’ve come to bring peace? No, he says. If you listen to me then the trouble will really start. My message brings not peace but division.

To believe in Jesus is to accept a whole set of values that threaten many people, a life so radical that it looks down on what others deem success, an all-consuming dedication to fight for the downtrodden which makes more enemies than friends. Even your own family will be divided, says Jesus. That’s because the message you bring and the life you live will prove too much for them.

The temptation of human frailty is constantly to downgrade the demands of the gospel. Our tendency is to pass off Christianity as if it were as domesticated as bingo, as socially acceptable as a round of golf and as unthreatening as a rubber cutlass.

Over the next five or six weeks St Luke will present us with some of the social implications of following Jesus, showing us that the values which society considers normal are often far from Christianity. We will see Jesus calling us to give our lives for others with no thought of reward. And we will be called upon to be so outspoken that it will stick in people’s throats. Not very comforting? Perhaps not, but that’s what Jesus promises us in today’s uncompromising gospel.

Word of God

Do you suppose that I am here to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division.

Luke 12: 51

WORD FOR TODAY

Are you a little on the reticent side when it comes to talking about your religion? Do you think that religion like politics is best kept a private matter? Or are you the sort who wants everyone to know you are a Christian and that they too can live life on a different level if they follow Jesus? Are you here for peace or division? You may get a surprise in today’s gospel.

Jesus of Nazareth always comes asking disciples to follow him–not merely “accept him,” not merely “believe in him,” not merely “worship him,” but to follow him: one either follows Christ, or one does not. There is no compartmentalization of the faith, no realm, no sphere, no business, no politic in which the lordship of Christ will be excluded. We either make him Lord of all lords, or we deny him as Lord of any. Lee Camp

Year of Faith Week 46

By faith the Apostles left everything to follow their Master. (Mark 10: 28) They believed the words with which he proclaimed the Kingdom of God present and fulfilled in his person (Luke11: 20)

20th

Sunday

18th 5.30pm

10am

7.30pm

Robert McDermott

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 19th 9.15 Private Intention.
Tues 20th 9.15 Canon Brian McEvoy
Wed 21st. 9.15 Fr. Frank’s birthday intentions
Thur 22nd. 8am Pauline Codd
Fri 16th 9.15 Tony Armstrong
20th

Sunday

18th 5.30pm

10am

7.30pm.

Kathleen McNair

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for Colette Howes, Barbara Gillespie, Doreen Wrigg,, Frances Heslin, Liam Halpen, Margaret Randles, Teresa McLean, Josie Cohen, Peter Williamson, Kathy Smith, Marjorie Hoey, Esther Roche, Fay Challoner, Sheila Stockley, Joan & Charles Reynolds, Kath Holland, Mary Bryden, Josie Toohey, Betty Kennedy, Helen Worth, Christopher Hadfield, Christopher & Raymond McNally & Colette Reevey. Remember also those in the parish who do not wish their illness to be made public but who also need our prayers.

Please note that Morning Prayer is celebrated 15 minutes before the start of each weekday mass

Money- thank you for your generosity

Offertory: £ 653 58 p

Boiler: £13.50p

Book Sales: £ 4.30p

120 Club winners: No. 54 C Richards £20

Fr. Frank is back tomorrow just a couple of days short of his 85th birthday. We hope he is feeling more rested and we wish him many happy returns on 21st. All welcome to cake and coffee after Wednesday’s Mass

All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership.

John Kenneth Galbraith

Fear looks; faith jumps. Faith never fails to obtain its object. If I leave you as I found you, I am not God’s channel. I am not here to entertain you, but to get you to the place where you can laugh at the impossible.

Smith Wigglesworth

Do you know anyone who might be eligible for Confirmation later this year? Please ask them to write down their names and contact details and post them through the letter box of the house and the team will be in contact when the date of the initial meeting has been arranged. Thanks.

Do you have a special ministry in the parish? Please ensure whether you be a welcomer, a reader or a minister of the Eucharist that you find someone to deputise in the event of you being away on holiday.

St. Bernard (1090-1153) was born near Dijon and died in Clairvaux, France. He was of a noble family and received a careful education in his youth. With his father, brother and thirty noblemen he entered the Benedictine monastery of Citeaux. Two years later he led a group of monks to establish a house at Clairvaux, and became its abbot. The monastic rule which he perfected at Clairvaux became the model for 163 monasteries of the Cistercian reform. He was a theologian, poet, orator, and writer. He is sometimes considered as a Father of the Church.

Pope Francis@Pontifex

One cannot separate Christ and the Church. The grace of Baptism gives us the joy of following Christ in and with the Church.

On Saturday 7th September Fr. Pat Collins will be speaking at a Day of Renewal at The Marian Centre, St Marie on the Sands, Southport PR9 0EJ from 10.00 am – 3.00 pm. Tickets £10 from Cathy Cameron Tel: 01704 224286.

“Why Pope John Called the Council – Vatican II’s teaching on Christian Unity”.

This study day has been organised by the Diocesan Ecumenical Commission as its particular contribution to the Year of Faith. There are to be two talks with discussion led by Fr.Peter Phillips. Saturday, 21st September, 10am – 1pm at St.Columba’s Parish Centre, Chester, CH2 1SA. Starts promptly at 10am. Those from other Christian traditions also welcome!

You will recall that we didn’t have a collection for flowers prior to Easter because the pre-Christmas collection had carried us through. Now we need to replenish the coffers and so we propose to have a collection over the next couple of weeks. If the funds are swollen sufficiently as a result, we will be able to skip the Advent collection when people are less likely to be able to afford to contribute. Thanks.

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