Feast of St. Willibrord (658-739)
St Willibrord was the first of the great Anglo-Saxon missionaries to Europe. He was known, not only for devotion to preaching the Gospel, but also for his joyfulness of character and holiness of life.
O God, you have set before us a great hope
that your kingdom will come on earth,
and have taught us to pray for its coming.
We thank you for the signs of its dawning,
and we pray and work for the perfect day
when your will shall be done on earth as it is in heaven.
We pray in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Scripture Romans 12:5-16
5So in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.
9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honour one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervour, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.
13 But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, 14 and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.’
15 When one of those at the table with him heard this, he said to Jesus, ‘Blessed is the one who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God.’
16 Jesus replied: ‘A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. 17 At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, “Come, for everything is now ready.”
18 ‘But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, “I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.”
19 ‘Another said, “I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I’m on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.”
20 ‘Still another said, “I have just got married, so I can’t come.”
21 ‘The servant came back and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and ordered his servant, “Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.”
22 ‘“Sir,” the servant said, “what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.”
23 ‘Then the master told his servant, “Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full. 24 I tell you, not one of those who were invited will get a taste of my banquet.”’
Luke demonstrates (to his mainly gentile, well-to-do audience) the inclusive nature of Jesus’s kingdom banquet. He shows that God, through Jesus, was faithful to promises made to Israel but in an unexpected way, to include gentiles, the unclean, the poor, women, Samaritans, rich tax-collectors, and other outcasts and late-comers.
(from the New Jerome Bible Handbook)
The blessing of the Trinity….
the blessing of God
who is in this place and every place;
the blessing of Jesus
who is among us, often unrecogtnised;
the blessing of the Holy Spirit
encouraging us to welcome, and to feel at home;
…be with us all.
As we leave this place, may our life in community reflect the dance of the Trinity, by which the world is blessed.
Prayers adapted from Iona Abbey Worship Book
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