Holy Ground Liturgy April 2016

(Videos will be added shortly and will be available for download)


As people arrive they will be met by Hoodies who will have collection bags and offer them money… hand in take a coin Point – to surprise people – that’s not what I expected – church takes money doesn’t give it away  !

6.50pm – Video: Beatitudes Homeless

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Ends with “God is here. Make yourself at home


God is here. Make yourselves at home.

My dear friends, Welcome to Holy Ground, a safe, sacred space where all are valued, all are loved, all are respected.

Tonight we consider the upside down nature of the Kingdom of God: where the rich are poor, and he poor are rich, and where we discover that it is more blessed to give than receive.

As you came into this sacred space tonight, you were invited to take a coin – unusual, I know, don’t we usually do it the other way round and ask you for money in Church? How did it feel? Especially now that I tell you that it’s yours, a gift freely given, to do with as you wish, to do with as God calls you.

Tonight we think of prosperity and poverty, of security and homelessness, of the values of the Kingdom and the awkward questions that that poses to society.

To help us tonight, we are pleased to welcome David Rhodes, a former journalist and parish priest. His extensive work among homeless people resulted in a series of ground breaking books on spirituality and social justice and his innovative Retreats on the Streets. David’s contact with marginalised people led to the discovery that the Gospel is not only good news for the poor but may also be good news from among those we call the poor.
So, tonight in this holy place, as we prepare to enter into the holy mysteries of God and share his life-giving sacraments, we come to Him, the way, the truth and the life…

Jesus says, ‘I am the Way for you’
And so we come to follow Christ

Jesus says, ‘I am the Truth for you’
And so we come to dwell in the Light.

Jesus says ‘I am the Life for you’
And so we come
Leaving behind all else to which we cling.

Song : The Love of Christ

The love of God comes close
Where stands an open door
To let the stranger in,
To mingle rich and poor:
The love of God is here to stay
Embracing those who walk his way.

The peace of God comes close
To those caught in the storm,
Forgoing lives of ease
To ease the lives forlorn:
The peace of God is here to stay
Embracing those who walk his way.

The joy of God comes close
Where faith encounters fears,
Where heights and depths of life
Are found through smiles and tears:
The joy of God is here to stay
Embracing those who walk his way.

Reading: Luke 21:1 – 4 The Widows Mite

Hear the Holy Gospel according to Luke
Glory to you, O Lord

Video: Widow’s Mite

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Live reading:

At the Synagogue, Jesus looked up and saw rich people putting their gifts into the treasury; 2he also saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. 3He said, ‘Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them; 4for all of them have contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in all she had to live on.’

This is the Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you, O Christ

Video: Better to Give

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Stillness/ silence. Video: Rotating Coin Loop (on loop)

Penitential Rite:
Three images on screen. Live voices.

I am a widow, a refugee, longing to return home and raise my orphaned children in peace. Who will give me a voice today?
I am that person, Lord have mercy

I am an old person, struggling to live on my pension, lonely and fearful of what tomorrow will bring. Who will give me a voice today?
I am that person, Christ have mercy

I am a child growing up believing that because I have less, I am worth less. Who will give me a voice today?
I am that person, Lord have mercy


The Lord Jesus who hears the cries of the least,
the lonely and the lost +Grant you his pardon and peace
And set you free to serve your neighbour
Through the power of his Spirit at work within you.

Offertory – ‘Thou who was rich beyond all splendour’.

Thou who wast rich beyond all splendour,
All for love’s sake becamest poor;
Thrones for a manger didst surrender,
Sapphire-paved courts for stable floor.
Thou who wast rich beyond all splendour,
All for love’s sake becomes poor.

Thou who art God beyond all praising,
All for love’s sake becamest man;
Stooping so low, but sinners raising
Heavenwards by thine eternal plan.
Thou who art God beyond all praising,
All for love’s sake becamest man.

Thou who art love beyond all telling,
Saviour and King, we worship thee.
Emmanuel, within us dwelling,
Make us what thou wouldst have us be.
Thou who art love beyond all telling,
Saviour and King, we worship thee.

Eucharistic Prayer

Video: HG Preface

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The Lord is here
God’s Spirit is with us.

Lift up your hearts
We lift them to the Lord

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God
It is right to give God thanks and praise.

It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation, always and everywhere to give you thanks, Father of mercies and faithful God.

For you have given us Jesus Christ, your Son, as our Lord and Redeemer.

He always showed compassion for children and for the poor, for the sick and for sinners, and he became a neighbour to the oppressed and the afflicted.

By word and deed he announced to the world that you are our Father and that you care for all your sons and daughters.

And so, with all the Angels and Saints, we exalt and bless your name and sing the hymn of your glory, as without end we acclaim:

Video: HG Sanctus

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Holy, Holy, Holy Lord
God of Power and God might
Heaven and Earth are full of your glory
Hosanna in the Highest

Blessed is he who comes
who comes in the name of the Lord
Hosanna in the highest!

Video: HG Institution

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We praise and bless you, loving Father,
through Jesus Christ, our Lord;
and as we obey his command,
+send your Holy Spirit,
that broken bread and wine outpoured
may be for us the body and blood of your dear Son.

On the night before he died he had supper with his friends
and, taking bread, he praised you.
He broke the bread, gave it to them and said:

Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;
do this in remembrance of me.

When supper was ended he took the cup of wine.
Again he praised you, gave it to them and said:

Drink this, all of you;
this is my blood of the new covenant,
which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.

So, Father, we remember all that Jesus did,
in him we plead with confidence his sacrifice
made once for all upon the cross.
Bringing before you the bread of life and cup of salvation,
we proclaim his death and resurrection
until he comes in glory.

Lord of all life,
help us to work together for that day
when your kingdom comes, the chains that bind us will be broken
and justice and mercy will be seen in all the earth.

Look with favour on your people,
gather us in your loving arms
and bring us with all who have worked for justice
to feast at your table in heaven.

Through Christ, and with Christ, and in Christ,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all honour and glory are yours, O loving Father,
for ever and ever.

The Lord’s Prayer

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.


We break this bread to share in the body of Christ
Though we are many, we are one body we all share in one bread


Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world
Lord I am not worthy to receive you but only say the word and I shall be healed.


Screen: Come followed by HG Distribution Loop (on loop)

Blessing & Peace.

May God bless you
With enough foolishness
To believe that you can
Make a difference in the world,
So that you can do
What others claim cannot be done.
And the blessing of God Almighty,
The + Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be with you always.

May the God of grace who raises up the lowly, casts down the mighty from their thrones bring you all the peace promised to all generations…

The Peace of the Lord be always with you – Allelulia!  Allelulia!
And also with you- Alleluia! Alleluia!

We share the peace as we go to coffee