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- Welcome to everyone. Our sermon today is from Fr Michael. Today is the Second Sunday after the Epiphany.
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- No 10am Mass on Sundays until the situation improves. This is a decision Fr Michael has taken with great reluctance. The telephone conference call service will continue as normal.
- Please look out for each other. Keep in touch by email or telephone. And pray.
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- At this time restrictions on funerals means limited numbers, which usually mean that the church family will not be able to attend. However, we can pray and therefore I have printed below a list of dates on which the funerals of some our dearly loved church brothers and sisters will take place.
Funerals: Mrs Florence Hunter RIP on 22nd January
Mrs Dorrel Calder RIP on the 28th January
Mrs Louise Salmon RIP on the 29th January
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YOU MAY WISH TO PRAY FOR:
Sarah, our Bishop, Pete our Area Bishop and all with ministerial responsibilities in our Church especially Nicole Sutherland and all who support the Telephone Conference Call Service.
All those on our church membership roll, especially Shereen Corbin, Gabriella Cristina, Ethel Cuff, Augustine Dankwah, Jamele Dankwah
Our Church School: John Keble Primary School; staff and children, and St Michael’s Nursery.
Local Hospitals: Central Middlesex and Willesden Centre for Health and Care; and Rosemary House.
Those in need: especially those who care for the dying and funeral directors and those who wno prepare and conduct funerals.
We give thanks: for our faith and hope in the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The sick: those on our Prayer Tree and specially Beatrice Babalola, Ethel Cuff, Lorna Taylor, Eric and Vena Oglesby, Eddie Brave, Chris Wilson, Owen Duggan, Sylvia Roye, Beverley Smart, Carlton Cuff, and Leane St Louis Wilson.
In memory: Godson Romeo (Gillian's sister's father),Judith Payne (Chris' mother), Eustace Ifill, Dorrel Calder, Florence Hunter, Louise Salmon recently, Helen St Louis and all whose anniversaries fall this week.
BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Jonelle Antwi (Today), Christiana Dunbar, Azara Cato (Tuesday), Shirley Graham (Wednesday), Edwina Makumbi (Friday), Joan Thorpe Anderson (Saturday).
FOR ENQUIRIES: concerning the Sacraments (baptism, marriage, communion, confirmation and confession) or pastoral matters talk to Fr Michael. We are not taking hall bookings at this time.
HEALING MINISTRY: We offer a confidential prayer line or contact Fr Michael by phone or email.
YOUNG PEOPLE: Our children’s activities have been suspended for now but Sandra and Fr Michael are working at maintaining contact with Youth in Action through our new webpage on this site and by other means.
THE SECOND SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY
INTRODUCTORY SENTENCE: You know the generous act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich. 2 Corinthians 8:9
our beginning and our end:
bring us with the whole creation to your glory,
hidden through past ages
and made known in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
FIRST READING 1 Samuel 3:1-10
On the surface, this is a delightful story of a child’s response to the call of God. However, we can also see in this story how faith is passed from generation to generation, within the traditions, service and rituals of the time. Samuel learnt well from Eli and became a great prophet.
The psalm is a prayer is thanksgiving for recovery after a long illness.
A reading from the first book of Samuel.
The boy Samuel was ministering to the LORD under Eli. The word of the LORD was rare in those days; visions were not widespread. At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his room; the lamp of God had not yet gone out,and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was. Then the LORD called, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ and he said, ‘Here I am!’ and ran to Eli, and said, ‘Here I am, for you called me.’ But he said, ‘I did not call; lie down again.’ So he went and lay down.
The LORD called again, ‘Samuel!’ Samuel got up and went to Eli, and said, ‘Here I am, for you called me.’ But he said, ‘I did not call, my son; lie down again.’ Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, and the word of the LORD had not yet been revealed to him. The LORD called Samuel again, a third time. And he got up and went to Eli, and said, ‘Here I am, for you called me.’ Then Eli perceived that the LORD was calling the boy. Therefore Eli said to Samuel, ‘Go, lie down; and if he calls you, you shall say, “Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.”’ So Samuel went and lay down in his place. Now the LORD came and stood there, calling as before, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ And Samuel said, ‘Speak, for your servant is listening.’
This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God
RESPONSORIAL PSALM from Psalm 40
R. Here I am Lord! I come to do your will.
1. I waited, I waited for the Lord
and he stooped down to me;
He put a new song into my mouth,
praise of our God. (R.)
2. You do not ask for sacrifice and offerings,
but an open ear.
You do not ask for holocaust and victim.
Instead, here am I. (R.)
3. In the scroll of the book it stands written
that I should do your will.
My God, I delight in your law
in the depth of my heart.(R.)
4. Your justice I have proclaimed
in the great assembly.
My lips I have not sealed;
you know it, O Lord.(R.)
SECOND READING Revelation 5.1–10
John has a vision of a sealed scroll which contains God’s secret plan for the coming of his kingdom on earth. Only someone authorized and worthy can open the scroll. This proves to be Christ, the Lamb whose sacrifice achieves victory over evil.
A reading from the Book of Revelation
I saw in the right hand of the one seated on the throne a scroll written on the inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals; and I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, ‘Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?’ And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it. And I began to weep bitterly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. Then one of the elders said to me, ‘Do not weep. See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.’ Then I saw between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders a Lamb standing as if it had been slaughtered, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. He went and took the scroll from the right hand of the one who was seated on the throne. When he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell before the Lamb, each holding a harp and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. They sing a new song: ‘You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slaughtered and by your blood you ransomed for God saints from every tribe and language and people and nation; you have made them to be a kingdom and priests serving our God, and they will reign on earth.’
This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
GOSPEL John 1:43 -51
At the beginning of his ministry, Jesus calls disciples to follow him: first Andrew and Peter, and, now, Philip and Nathaniel. Jesus tells Nathaniel he had a vision of him before he was called. In the Jewish tradition the fig tree symbolises the place where the Torah is studied, but Jesus tells us to expect greater things to be revealed as his ministry unfolds.
Hear the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.
Glory to you, O Lord.
The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee.He found Philip and said to him, ‘Follow me.’ Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.’ Nathanael said to him, ‘Can anything good come out of Nazareth?’ Philip said to him, ‘Come and see.’
When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, ‘Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!’ Nathanael asked him, ‘Where did you come to know me?’ Jesus answered, ‘I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.’ Nathanael replied, ‘Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!’ Jesus answered, ‘Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.’ And he said to him, ‘Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.’
This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.