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Prayer focus for April:     Loving God, we bring before you our city, our nation and our world as we struggle with an enemy we can not see.  We come in confidence to ask for your help because we also celebrate the victory of your Son, our saviour Jesus, who died on the cross and rose to life again for our salvation.   We ask for your mercy and your grace to sustain all who are suffering illness, those who care for them and those who have been bereaved.  We ask for wisdom and perseverance for our leaders, scientists and decision makers.  We ask for a spirit of compassion to prevail that all may look to the good of others and continue to work for the common good.  We ask all these things in the name of Jesus.  Amen

Weekly Prayer Focus: Loving God, as we believe and trust in Jesus we ask for the living water of your Holy Spirit to flow through our lives, to guide and sustain us to live for you.  Amen

Vicar: Revd Sheri Gidney.   The Vicarage, 30 Lickey Square, B45 8HB   0121 445 1185     sherigidney@gmail.com  

Sheri’s Rest Day is usually a Tuesday

Church Office: Trinity Centre, Lickey, B45 8ES.  Monday & Thursday

Please note the new office opening hours have changed to 9:30am – 12:30pm Monday and Thursday, if you need to pop into the office, please do so during these times. Kindly note that Sandra works outside of these hours

Tel: 0121 445 1425   lickeyoffice@bt internet.com  www.holytrinitystcaths.org.uk 

                                                

Weekly News Letter

   

Readings for the week

 

Report from Christmas Shelter

 

Picture and thoughts for Holy Week

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                   Prayer Attachment

(Print and fold the attachment or email me asking for a hard copy)

Bible Reading(s):

Read the passages of scripture slowly and mindfully, and allow words and verses to linger through the hours of our day.

In response to God’s word, we affirm our faith with the following words of commitment:

We believe in light beyond our seeing,

flowing forth from the flame of life in God

who goes on creating in us

down through the ages of ages.

We believe in healing beyond our knowing,

from the Christ

whose robe stands close

to the reach of our hand

and the pain of our struggle

beyond the end of time.

We believe in the energy of God’s Spirit,

stirring in our being

with a rhythm of courage and passion

moving our feet

to risk Christ’s way again

as those who are always called to be

the humble, human witnesses

to the faithfulness of God.

In prayer, we remember the needs of the world:  

  • for those who are most disadvantaged through war and violence, displacement, injustice, poverty, hunger and homelessness 
  • for all who are working to alleviate inequality and bring about long lasting peace
  • for the victims of crime, prisoners and their families, and all who work in prisons and for rehabilitation projects 
  • for those who are vulnerable and suffer through sickness of mind, body and spirit,
  • for all who support and care for frail and sick people, and those in the grip of addiction, that their work may bring about wholeness, healing and comfort
  • for those who are isolated, especially those who are feeling lonely, forgotten, neglected or abandoned
  • for medical, nursing and care staff, all front line and emergency workers, for their strength and protection
  • for the Christian church and our leaders, for the wellbeing, protection and growth of our faith communities
  • for political leaders, that they may govern with compassion, honesty, wisdom and discernment, and inspire the people of their nations to follow their example
  • for a renewed respect for our natural world and the healing of creation 
  • for people of all faiths and none, that together we may co-operate to usher in a future of mutual respect and tolerance

With all those who follow Christ, 

we say the prayer that Jesus taught us:

Our father in heaven

Hallowed be your name

Your kingdom come

Your will be done

On earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins 

as we forgive those who sin against us

Lead us not into temptation 

but deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power and

the glory are yours

now and for ever,

Amen.

We embrace this day with faith and joy, 

confident that Jesus dwells within our hearts and homes, 

and our community of prayer, gathered and dispersed.  

And through your goodness O Lord, 

may this blessed day lead to another and another. 

Amen.

Morning Prayer

In silence we open our hearts to the living God, mindful that through Jesus we are one body and empowered by the Holy Spirit. 

Loving God

We thank you that we have risen this day

that you call us to live in your light

celebrating your mercy and goodness.

We bless you for all that today brings

trusting that you will guide us

and fill us with hope and grace.

Amen. 

We recall our frailty and reflect on the times we fail God,

other people and our own best intentions:

Merciful God, our sins are too heavy to carry, too real to hide and too deep to undo. Set us free from a past that we cannot change; open us to a future in which we can be transformed, and give us grace to grow more and more in your likeness and image, 

through Jesus Christ, the light of the world, Amen.

Psalm 103.8, 10-12:  The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in loving kindness.  He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.  For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His loving kindness towards those who fear him.  As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.

 

Evening Prayer

Reading(s):

Read the passages of scripture slowly and mindfully and allow words and verses to draw the day to a peaceful close.

In response to God’s word, we affirm our faith with the following words of commitment:

O Christ, you are within each of us.

We are your temple not made with hands.

We are your body, holy and imperishable.

If every wall should crumble, and every church decay,

we are your dwelling place.

Nearer are you than breathing,

closer than hands and feet,

ours are the eyes with which you

look out with compassion on the world.

In prayer we hold before God the needs of the world.

Loving God,

encircle those who wake or watch or weep tonight,

and protect those who rest and sleep.

Tend your sick ones,

bless your dying ones,

soothe your suffering ones,

shield your joyous ones,

and give us all your peace,

for your love’s sake.

Amen.

With all those who follow Christ, 

we say the prayer that Jesus taught us:

Our father in heaven

Hallowed be your name

Your kingdom come

Your will be done

On earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins 

as we forgive those who sin against us

Lead us not into temptation 

but deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power and

the glory are yours

now and for ever,

Amen.

Jesus said: ‘Come unto me all you who are heavy laden, 

and I will give you rest.’ (Matthew 11:28)

O God our protector,

by whose mercy the world turns safely into darkness

and returns again to light;

we give into your hands our unfinished tasks,

our unsolved problems,

and our unfulfilled hopes;

for you alone are our sure defence

and bring us lasting peace

in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

The night is for stillness;

let us be still in the presence of God.

The night is for quietness;

let the quietness of your peace calm us

all those who are dear to us

and those who have no peace.

The night heralds the dawn;

we look expectantly to a new day,

new joys,

new possibilities,

through Jesus Christ,

our shield, protector and giver of new life.

Amen.

That this evening may be holy, good and peaceful,

we pray with one heart and mind.

We prepare to worship God by spending a moment in silence to quieten our minds and to allow God’s peace to settle in our hearts.

As our evening prayer rises before you, O God,

so may your mercy come down upon us

to cleanse our hearts

and set us free to sing your praise

now and for ever.

Amen.

Spend time recalling the day’s events:

  • giving thanks for all the pleasure it has given
  • accepting any challenges it has presented
  • acknowledge and confess sin and failure 
  • recognising Jesus as constant companion along the way.

Loving God

You have remained alongside us throughout this day

and in gratitude we offer you our worship.

We bless you for revealing yourself in joyful ways,

in quiet moments of grace,  

and in the strength given to face anxiety and sadness.

Enfold us in your mercy and forgiveness 

For the sake of Jesus our Lord and Saviour, Amen.