This Sunday: The Second Sunday After the Epiphany

19 January 2020

Collect
Almighty God, in Christ you make all things new: Transform the poverty of our nature by the riches of your grace, and in the renewal of our lives make known your heavenly glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The First Reading: Isaiah 49: 1–7
Listen to me, O coastlands, pay attention, you peoples from far away! The Lord called me before I was born, while I was in my mother’s womb he named me. He made my mouth like a sharp sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me a polished arrow, in his quiver he hid me away. And he said to me, ‘You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will be glorified.’ But I said, ‘I have laboured in vain, I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity; yet surely my cause is with the Lord, and my reward with my God.’ And now the Lord says, who formed me in the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob back to him, and that Israel might be gathered to him, for I am honoured in the sight of the Lord, and my God has become my strength – he says, ‘It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to restore the survivors of Israel; I will give you as a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.’ Thus says the Lord, the Redeemer of Israel and his Holy One, to one deeply despised, abhorred by the nations, the slave of rulers, ‘Kings shall see and stand up, princes, and they shall prostrate themselves, because of the Lord, who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.’

Psalm 40: 1–12
I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He brought me out of the roaring pit, out of the mire and clay; he set my feet upon a rock and made my footing sure. He has put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God; many shall see and fear and put their trust in the Lord. Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, who does not turn to the proud that follow a lie. Great are the wonders you have done, O Lord my God. How great your designs for us! There is none that can be compared with you. If I were to proclaim them and tell of them they would be more than I am able to express. Sacrifice and offering you do not desire but my ears you have opened; Burnt offering and sacrifice for sin you have not required; then said I: ‘Lo, I come. ‘In the scroll of the book it is written of me that I should do your will, O my God; I delight to do it: your law is within my heart.’ I have declared your righteousness in the great congregation; behold, I did not restrain my lips, and that, O Lord, you know. Your righteousness I have not hidden in my heart; I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation; I have not concealed your loving-kindness and truth from the great congregation. Do not withhold your compassion from me, O Lord; let your love and your faithfulness always preserve me,

The Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 1: 1–9
Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes, to the church of God that is in Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, together with all those who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind— just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you— so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

The Gospel Reading: John 1: 29–42
The next day he saw Jesus coming towards him and declared, ‘Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is he of whom I said, “After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because he was before me.” I myself did not know him; but I came baptizing with water for this reason, that he might be revealed to Israel.’ And John testified, ‘I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, “He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.” And I myself have seen and have testified that this is the Son of God.’ The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, ‘Look, here is the Lamb of God!’ The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, ‘What are you looking for?’ They said to him, ‘Rabbi’ (which translated means Teacher), ‘where are you staying?’ He said to them, ‘Come and see.’ They came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon. One of the two who heard John speak and followed him was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his brother Simon and said to him, ‘We have found the Messiah’ (which is translated Anointed). He brought Simon to Jesus, who looked at him and said, ‘You are Simon son of John. You are to be called Cephas’ (which is translated Peter).

Post-Communion Prayer
God of glory, you nourish us with bread from heaven. Fill us with your Holy Spirit that through us the light of your glory may shine in all the world. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Parish Notices

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
An ecumenical service will be hosted at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Trim at 7pm on Tuesday 21 January 2020.

Select Vestry
There will be a meeting of the Select Vestry at 8pm on Wednesday 22 January 2020, which will include the revision of the electoral register.

Confirmation 2020
Parishioners are asked to let Dean Paul Bogle know of any young people who wish to be confirmed this year.

Parish Notices

Family Carol Service

The Family Carol Service, including the Nativity drama, will be held on Sunday 15 December at 11.30am in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Trim.

Advent Giving Tree

The Advent Giving Tree is an opportunity to help families in need through the Meath Women’s Refuge. Please return unwrapped gifts in a bag, with the label attached, by Wednesday 18 December.

Service of Nine Lessons & Carols

The Service of Nine Lessons & Carols with the Meath Diocesan Choir will be held on Friday 20 December at 7.30pm. Refreshments will be provided afterwards.

Athboy Carol Service

The Athboy Carol Service will be held on Sunday 22 December at 4pm. There will be no morning service in Athboy on Sunday 22 December.

Christmas Services

Christmas Eve: Eucharist at 11.30pm in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Trim.

Christmas Day: Eucharist at 10am in St James’ Church, Athboy and Eucharist at 11.30am in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Trim.

Parish Notices

Remembrance Sunday
A service of commemoration will be held on Remembrance Sunday, 10 November, at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Trim at 11:30am.

The annual service will remember the fallen of the two World Wars and more recent conflicts, and pray for peace.

Scatter Club
The next meeting of Scatter Club will take place at the slightly earlier time of 4.45pm on Saturday 9 November at the Diocesan Hall in Trim.

Scatter Club caters for children of primary school age and new members are always welcome.

Parish Notices

Heritage Week

Heritage Week runs from 17-25 August and Trim Cathedral will be open to visitors during this time. Click here for opening hours.

‘Mind Yourself’

In connection with the diocesan mental health project, there will be a walk and picnic for the rural deanery including Mullingar, Castlepollard, Dunboyne and our group of parishes on Saturday 31 August 2019. We will meet at the Diocesan Hall at 11.30am for a walk lasting around one hour. People are asked to bring their own picnic, which we will have back at the hall.

Coffee Morning

There will be a coffee morning on Sunday 1 September after service to raise funds for repairs to Fazal Memorial Church, Alomahar, Pakistan. The church recently suffered storm damage.

Retirement Group

An outing is planned for Wednesday 11 September 2019 to Hillsborough Castle. The cost will be €35 including tea, coffee and scones and this must be paid for in advance by Sunday 25 August 2019 as tickets need to be booked and paid for. Please inform Jennifer McKenna if you wish to join us. Bus departure times are 8.45am (Athboy) and 9am (Trim).

Heritage Week 2019

As part of Heritage Week 2019, St Patrick’s Cathedral in Trim will be open to visitors during the following times:

  • 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm on Saturday 17 August;
  • 2pm to 7pm on Sunday 18 August;
  • 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm on Friday 23 August;
  • 2pm to 7pm on Saturday 24 August; and
  • 2pm to 7pm on Sunday 25 August.

John Arnold will also deliver a talk on the Cathedral’s recently refurbished national treasure, the Burne-Jones stained glass window, at 6pm on Sunday 25 August.

All visitors are welcome.

Parish Notices

Fuchsia Appeal
The Fuchsia Appeal in aid of ex-Defence Service personnel who are homeless or in need of support is now live. Refer to the literature at the rear of Trim Cathedral for more information.

Athboy Concert
There will be a concert in St James’ Church, Athboy on Monday 29 July featuring the United Methodist Choir from Vista, California and local choir, CREDO. Tickets cost €10 and are available at the door.

Retirement Outing
The next retirement outing will take place on Tuesday 6 August to an exhibition of couture at the museum of style at Newbridge Silver. There will also be a tour of St Brigid’s Cathedral. Please inform Jennifer McKenna if you wish to attend.

Clonmacnoise Service
The Clonmacnoise Service will take place on Sunday 28 July at 4pm. The preacher will be Rt. Revd. Patrick Rooke, Bishop of Tuam.

Heritage Week
Heritage Week will begin on Sunday 17 August. If you are willing to volunteer to enable the Cathedral to be kept open for periods during the day or evening during Heritage Week, please inform Jennifer McKenna.

Pastoral Cover
Pastoral cover will be provided by Rev. Damien O’Catháin (044 966 1123) while Dean Paul Bogle is on leave.

Parish Notices

Confirmation class
Confirmation class will be held on Friday 24 May at 5.15pm in the Deanery and Confirmation Service will be on Sunday 16 June in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Trim at 11.30am. There will be NO SERVICE in Athboy that Sunday.

Car boot sale
The monthly car boot sale will take place on the morning of Saturday 25 May in the Diocesan Hall in Trim.

Mind Yourself
The ‘Mind Yourself’ Diocesan mental health project will host a service of healing in Trim Cathedral on Sunday 9 June at 6.30pm.

Diocesan youth weekend
The Diocesan youth weekend will take place from 21-23 June. Please contact the rector for details.

Parish barbecue
The annual parish barbecue will take place on Saturday 22 June at 7pm in the Diocesan Hall, Trim.

Annual Steak BBQ

The annual St Patrick’s Cathedral Steak BBQ will take place on Saturday 22 June at 7pm in the Diocesan Hall, Loman Street.

Tickets cost €20 for adults, €10 for teenagers and there is no charge for children under 12. Tickets are available from An Siopa Caislean, Castle Street, Trim and The Deanery, Loman Street, Trim. Tickets will also be available at the door on the night.

For more information, call 046 943 6698.