2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time. Cycle A. 19th January, 2014

17/01/2014

St John the Evangelist

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

Fr. Emeka (in residence)

Revd. Philip White; Revd. Michael Daly phone: 0151 645 3314

email: stjohntheevangelist

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

2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time. Cycle A. 19th January, 2014

FAITH IN FOCUS: THE LAMB OF GOD

When John the Baptist called Jesus the “Lamb of God” what did his hearers think he was talking about? To us it seems such a strange thing to say. Was it any less strange for the people on the banks of the River Jordan?

Those who knew about the scriptures would think of two things. They would remember some mysterious passages in the prophecies of Isaiah, and their minds would also go back to the Exodus and its annual celebration at Passover.

At one stage in their history the Jews were deported to Iraq, to Babylon, close to Baghdad. Their hopes seemed dashed as for about fifty years they were separated from Jerusalem and the proper practice of their religion. At that time Isaiah (or one of his disciples) begins to talk about a mysterious “suffering servant” who would take on the troubles of the people and ultimately save them by giving his own life.

The Jews in today’s gospel might have been back home in Jerusalem but once more they were under army occupation, this time by the Romans. When John points Jesus out as the “Lamb of God” his hearers would have made the connection with the “suffering servant” of Isaiah. Some would have hoped for a revolutionary leader to overthrow the Romans, but others would remember the perfect disciple of God who proclaims the true faith in the midst of errors, who suffers to atone for the sins of the people and who is ultimately glorified by God.

Of course, not everyone would have immediately taken all this in. But every Jew would have made the connection with the Exodus and the Passover. For the lamb was the animal by which the people were saved from Egyptian slavery and brought into the Promised Land. It was with the blood of the lamb that sacrifices were made daily in the Temple and at the annual celebration of Passover it was a lamb that was eaten. The lamb was a central spiritual symbol.

So when John the Baptist called Jesus the “Lamb of God” it started to ring bells for his hearers. Who was this man? What did he want? What would he do?

Little did they suspect. And little did they know..

Our religion is the expression of our baptism. We are baptised into a living, believing community that worships collectively, that publicly makes its stand for the power of God’s word in our world and is ready to come to the aid of those whose human dignity is under threat. That’s because our baptism calls us to be other Christs in our world. Far from being a private hobby it is a reminder that our vocation is to be part of the ever-advancing People of God. And if we’re to be part of a people, then we need others.

WORD FOR TODAY

John the Baptist not only saw Jesus but recognised him as the Lamb of God. Christ promises to be with us all our days in the faces of those we come into contact with. We see all these people, but how do we recognise the Lamb of God?

WORD OF GOD

Look, there is the lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world.

(John 1:29)

WORDS FOR WORSHIP

May God the Father make you a light for the nations and a beacon of faith in the midst of his people. Amen.

May Jesus Christ show you the way that leads to salvation and happiness, to justice and peace. Amen.

May the Holy Spirit come upon you with the fire of his love and inspire you to proclaim the Good News to the ends of the earth. Amen. And may almighty God bless you, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

There will be a retiring collection this week end for the Retired Priests Fund. If you are a tax payer, envelopes for Gift Aid are available at the back of church

2nd Sunday

In Ordinary Time. Peace

Day

19th 5.30pm

10am

7.30pm

Eleanor McGuigan

Golden Wedding Annv.

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 20th 9.15 am Joan Hall
Tues 21st 9.15 Thanksgiving MM
Wed 22nd 9.15 Alice Hudson
Thurs 23rd 9.15 Parishioners
Friday 24th 9.15 John Joseph Kelly
Saturday 25th 12 Noon Monthly
Sunday

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

9th 5.30pm

10am

7.30 pm.

Parishioners

Angela Dimelow RIP

Prayer Meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for Colette Howes, Barbara Gillespie, Doreen Wrigg, Frances Heslin, Liam Halpen, 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, Helen Worth, Christopher Hadfield, Christopher & Raymond McNally. 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: £

Boiler: £

Book Sales: £

Crib Offering: £247.54p Many Thanks

This will be sent to the Children’s Society

120 Club winners: No: 97 M Duffy £ 20

There are 3 numbers available. If interested please see Vera Brockway.

Mums & Tots will re-open on Monday,

20th January, 9.30-11.30am in Parish Centre. This is a parish based group and

all welcome. Please contact Simone Larkin.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity entitled “Is Christ Divided?” will be hosting second meeting at URC Church, Hr. Bebington Road, starting at 4.30pm entitled “Together…..we give thanks for God’s Grace in one another (1 Cor. 1.7) ” “bring and share supper” followed by service. Please see Notice Board for details of further meetings.

St Anne’s 55+ Club’s next meeting is at 12.30pm on Tuesday, 4th February in the Club Lounge. Guest Speaker will talk about Traidcraft. All welcome. Tea/Coffee/ Biscuits are served.

The Mass for Marriage & Family will be celebrated on Saturday, 15th February at St Columba’s, Chester, Bishop Mark Davies presiding. All married couples and families are welcome but if you are a couple celebrating a significant wedding anniversary and you wish to attend, please let your Parish Priest know by 2nd February and he will arrange for a special invitation to be sent to you on behalf of the Bishop. See Poster at back of church for details.

Catholic Education Service has a part-time vacancy for RE Adviser based in London. Closing date for applications Friday,

14th February. See Notice Board for details and job description.

The Knights of St Columba present the Wirral Ukulele Orchestra at St Anne’s Parish Centre, Friday, 31st January, 7.30pm. Proceeds to Marie Curie Cancer Care and KSC Charities. Tickets £6 from the centre or phone Bernard McGuigan 645 7929

Spend a week in Medjugorje this Easter, 16th-23rd April. Cost £499 which includes return flights from Gatwick, coach transfers to Medjugorje, half board accommodation and experienced guide. For further information contact Jonathan Baylis 01423546175 or email travel

Holy Trinity Church, Poulton Lancelyn, invite you to their 5th Annual Hymn Concert on Saturday, 22nd February at 7.30pm. See Notice Board for details.

Justice and Peace has a diary of events which are displayed on the Notice Board.

There are many events and items of interest on our Notice Boards. Please take a minute to have a look. There may be something of interest for you. Please also remember if you have any items to publicise, please pop the posters in the box at the back of church and they will be put on display.

Sandymount Retreat House, Liverpool has issued a programme for Retreats and Workshops. For details see Notice Board and also ring

924 4850 or contact info

We would be most grateful, after morning mass, if the rosary could be delayed for 5 or 10 minutes to allow time for the altar elements to be cleared and put away. Many thanks for your co-operation.

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