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'Listen To God: Hear the Poor' - Thursday 10 April

10/04/2014 10:11 am

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Each day we're offering prayers, psalms and Bible readings to help us come together as a Christian community to focus on the church's work serving those in need.

On day five of Cardinal Vincent Nichols' and Archbishop Justin Welby's week of prayer for the church's work serving the poor Fr Dominic McKenna, parish priest for the Catholic parishes of Borehamwood, reflects on reaching out to those in need, drawing on the example of Jesus feeding the five thousand.

This reflection can be found in the top right hand corner of this page.

Preparation
 
O God, make speed to save us.
O Lord, make haste to help us.
 
Blessed are those who consider the poor and needy;
The Lord will deliver them in the time of trouble
Psalm 41.1
 
My heart exults in the Lord;
my strength is exalted in my God.
The Lord makes poor and makes rich;
he brings low, he also exalts.
He raises up the poor from the dust;
he lifts the needy from the ash heap,
to make them sit with princes and inherit a seat of honour.
For the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s,
and on them he has set the world.
1 Samuel 2.1a, 7-9

Psalm 36(35) 6-13 (Grail Psalter, 1963)

6 Your love, Lord, reaches to heaven;
your truth to the skies.
7 Your justice is like God's mountain,
your judgments like the deep.
To both man and beast you give protection.
8 O Lord, how precious is your love.
My God, the sons of men find refuge in the shelter of your wings.
9 They feast on the riches of your house;
they drink from the stream of your delight.
10 In you is the source of life
and in your light we see light.
11 Keep on loving those who know you,
doing justice for upright hearts.
12 Let the foot of the proud not crush me
nor the hand of the wicked cast me out.
13 See how the evildoers fall!
Flung down, they shall never arise.

Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever. Amen.

Bible Reading
 
Luke 9:12-17 (New Jerusalem Bible)

It was late afternoon when the Twelve came up to him and said, 'Send the people away, and they can go to the villages and farms round about to find lodging and food; for we are in a lonely place here.' He replied, 'Give them something to eat yourselves.' But they said, 'We have no more than five loaves and two fish, unless we are to go ourselves and buy food for all these people.' For there were about five thousand men. But he said to his disciples, 'Get them to sit down in parties of about fifty.' They did so and made them all sit down. Then he took the five loaves and the two fish, raised his eyes to heaven, and said the blessing over them; then he broke them and handed them to his disciples to distribute among the crowd. They all ate as much as they wanted, and when the scraps left over were collected they filled twelve baskets.

Prayers
 
Pray for your local community, for those in need and for work there to serve them. Pray that Christians of all churches may draw together to fulfil Christ’s commandments and that God’s kingdom will come in our world and in our time.
 
Attend with favour to the prayers of your people, we ask, O Lord, and grant that the hearts of believers may be united in your praise and in repentance together, so that, with division among Christians overcome, we may hasten with joy to your eternal kingdom in the perfect communion of the Church. Through Christ our Lord. Amen
The Roman Missal
 
Heavenly Father, you have called us in the Body of your Son Jesus Christ to continue his work of reconciliation and reveal to you the world: forgive us the sins which tear us apart; give us the courage to overcome our fears and to seek that unity which is your gift and your will; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen
Common Worship
 
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.
 
The Conclusion
 
May Christ our Saviour give us peace.
Amen.

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Copyright

Grail Psalter Psalms are taken from The Psalms: A New Translation © 1963 The Grail (England) published by HarperCollins.

Readings from the New Jerusalem Bible are taken from The New Jerusalem Bible, published and copyright 1985 by Darton, Longman & Todd Ltd and Les Editions du Cerf, and used by permission of the publishers.

Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England (2000) (including the Psalter as published with Common Worship), material from which is included in this service, is copyright © The Archbishops’ Council 2000

NRSV readings are from The New Revised Standard Version of the Bible copyright © 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches in the USA. Used by permission. All Rights Reserved.

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Listen to God - 10 April

Fr Dominic McKenna is reflecting on today's Psalm and Bible reading: Psalm 36 and Luke 9:12-17