CHURCH OF MARY IMMACULATE, REFUGE OF SINNERS

13th August 2017


Theme: In a world that seems determined to self-destruct, can the message of Jesus help us to have hope for the future?



Entrance: Harvest for the World


All babies together, everyone a seed

Half of us are satisfied, half of us in need

And love's beautiful in us, tarnished by our greed

Oh, when will there be a harvest for the world

Harvest for the world


A nation planted so concerned with gain

As the seasons come and go, greater grows the pain

And far too many are feeling the strain

Oh, when will there be a harvest for the world

Harvest for the world


Gather every man, gather every woman

Celebrate your lives, give thanks for your children

Gather every one, gather all together

Overlooking none, hoping life gets better


Dress me up for battle, when all I want is peace

Those of us who pay the price, come home with the least

And nation after nation are turning into beasts

Oh, when will there be a harvest for the world


When will there be (Harvest for the world)

I wanna know right now






Psalm: Hope


Long ago, and far away, they say a young man died

And looking back two thousand years, you wonder why He tried

But yet though time distorts the view and images grow vague

Still shines His light though shooting stars go spinning to the grave


Ch: Hope is the light that fills your eyes

Hope is the word which Christ devised

Reflecting His world, green grass, blue skies

Hope is the strength you need


And if you should go by His door when nothing else is right

You'll find the light inside your heart will still be burning bright

But if your courage fails you then, you still must venture forth

And leave your footprints in the sand as tribute to your birth


Chorus…For life, for love your hope





Offertory: Nothing More


To be humble, to be kind
It is the giving of the peace in your mind
To a stranger, to a friend
To give in such a way that has no end.


Ch: We are love. We are one.
We are how we treat each other when the day is done.
We are peace. We are war.
We are how we treat each other and nothing more.


To be bold, to be brave.
It is the thinking that the heart can still be saved
And the darkness can come quick
The danger’s in the anger and the hanging on to it.


Chorus


Tell me what it is that you see
A world that’s filled with endless possibilities?
Heroes don’t look like they used to, they look like you do.


Love. One. Love. One.


Chorus


We are how we treat each other and nothing more
We are how we treat each other








Consecration Acclamation: We Must Reach Out


We must reach out to one another

In every land and every race

So that in Christ our Lord

We form a single chord

And then, our Father, we can praise



Communion: Heaven Help Us All


Heaven help the child who never had a home

Heaven help the girl who walks the streets alone

Heaven help the roses if the bombs begin to fall

Heaven help us all


Heaven help the black man if he struggles one more day

Heaven help the white man if he turns his back away

Heaven help the man who kicks the man who has to crawl

Heaven help us all


Ch: Heaven help us all, heaven help us all

Heaven help us, Lord hear our call when we fall

Heaven help us all


Heaven help the boy who won't reach 21

Heaven help the man who gave that boy a gun

Heaven help the people with their backs against the wall

Lord, heaven help us all


Chorus


Now I lay me down, before I go to sleep

In a troubled world I pray the Lord to keep

Hatred from the mighty and the mighty from the small

Heaven help us all


Chorus x2



Communion Reflection:


With threat of war, starvation, terrorism, and uncontrollable climate change upon us, is there anything we, as individuals, can do to affect this?


Society in Ireland has changed dramatically over the last few years. We have adopted a “we hold what we have” attitude. We make outcasts of people who lose their jobs or their homes and have no visible means of support. We, in Ireland, have allowed the creation of a second-class society, which robs people of the dignity which is their right. The message of Jesus is very direct – love your neighbour as yourself, not our own version of neighbour, but that of Jesus Christ which places the weakest of our society at the top of his priorities.


Our challenge is simple. Let us do everything possible to restore dignity and acceptance to those who, through no fault of their own, have been excluded from society as we know it.


The last shall be first, and the first shall be last”.


Recessional: Heal the World

There’s a place in your heart and I know that it is love
And this place could be much brighter than tomorrow
And if you really try, you’ll find there’s no need to cry
In this place you’ll feel there’s no hurt or sorrow
There are ways to get there, If you care enough for the living
Make a little space, Make a better place

Ch: Heal the world, make it a better place
For you and for me and the entire human race
There are people dying, If you care enough for the living
Make a better place for you and for me


If you want to know why there’s a love that cannot lie
Love is strong, it only cares for joyful giving
If we try we shall see, in this bliss we cannot feel
Fear or dread, we stop existing and start living
Then it feels that always, Love’s enough for us growing
So make a better world, make a better world
Chorus


And the dream we were conceived in will reveal a joyful face
And the world we once believed in will shine again in grace

Then why do we keep strangling life

Wound this earth, crucify its soul
Though it’s plain to see this world is heavenly

Be God’s glow


We could fly so high, let our spirits never die

In my heart I feel you are all my brothers

Create a world with no fear, Together we’ll cry happy tears

See the nations turn their swords into ploughshares

We could really get there, If you cared enough for the living

Make a little space, To make a better place

Chorus x3

you and for me, you and for me, you and for me