Opening Hymn: “Speak Lord I am listening” (by Michael B Miller)
Our Father ……
Hail Mary ….
Glory be ……
Opening Prayer (say together)
As we gather tonight we thank you for your presence among us. Help all of us in the Pallottine family to be grateful for all the ways in which we are blessed by your presence. May we become more and more like your son Jesus who, by his words and actions, showed your unconditional love for all people. May we learn to be like him, trusting in you and reaching out to those around us. May your Holy Spirit be the source of inspiration and wisdom as we journey together in faith.
We make this prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen
“I am convinced that for a Christian today it is difficult, if not impossible, to keep one’s faith without nourishing oneself through listening to the Word personally or with others” (Carlo Martini)
Scripture Reading: John 15:5-9
I am the vine and you are the branches. As long as you remain in me and I in you, you bear much fruit; but apart from me can do nothing. Whoever does not remain in me is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; and the withered branches are thrown into the fire and burned.
If you remain in me and my words in you, you may ask whatever you want and it will be given to you. My Father is glorified when you become my disciples, that, when you bear much fruit.
As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; remain in my love.
This is the Word of the Lord. (Short silence to reflect on God’s Word)
You came among us as a teacher, to share with us the Good News of the Father’s infinite love. In sharing your compassion and wisdom you opened the eyes of the blind and unblocked the ears of the deaf. May we who are also privileged to be your followers learn from your compassion and wisdom, so that we too may encourage everyone we encounter in hearing and heeding the truth that will set them free. As members of the UAC may we be willing to learn from your example of gentle service. May we become sources of hope and enthusiasm in our parish and may our work always be guided by the inspiration of your Spirit. Amen.
(Select one of the following passages of Scripture and share with the group what it means to you.)
So is my word that goes forth out of my mouth: it will not return to me idle, but it shall accomplish my will, the purpose for which it has been sent. Isaiah 55:11
In the beginning, when God began to create the heavens and the earth, the earth had no form and was void; darkness was over the deep and the Spirit of God hovered over the waters. God said, “Let there be light”, and there was light. Genesis 1:1-2
… instead, he finds delight in the law of the Lord and meditates day and night on his commandments. He is like a tree beside a brook producing its fruit in due season, its leaves never withering. Everything he does is a success. Psalm 1:2-3
He sends his command to the earth and swiftly runs his word. He spreads snow like wool; he scatters frost like ashes. He hurls down hail like pebbles; his icy blasts make waters freeze. But he sends his word and melts the snow; he makes his breeze blow, and again the waters flow. He proclaimed his word to Jacob, his laws and decrees to Israel. Psalm 147:15-19
On the contrary, my word is very near you; it is already in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can put it into practice. Deuteronomy 30:14
This is why we never cease giving thanks to God for, on receiving our message, you accepted it, not as human teaching, but as the word of God. That is what it really is, and as such it is at work in you who believe. 1 Thes 2:13
For the word of God is living and effective, sharper than any two-edged sword. It pierces to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and judges the intentions and thoughts of the heart.
Hebrews 4: 12
And the Word was made flesh; he had his tent pitched among us, and we have seen his Glory, the Glory of the only Son coming from the Father: fullness of truth and loving kindness. John 1:14
When all the wine provided for the celebration has been served and they had run out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” Jesus replied, “Woman, your thoughts are not mine! My hour has not yet come”. However his mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” John 1: 3-6
… so do away with all the impurities and bad habits that are still left in you – accept and submit to the Word which has been planted in you and can save your souls. Be doers of the Word and not just hearers, lest you deceive yourselves. James 1:21-22
Glory be to the Father ………………..
St. Vincent Pallotti pray for us.
Our Lady Queen of Apostles pray for us