21st October 2018
21st Sunday after Trinity
Almighty God, in whose service lies perfect freedom: teach us to obey you with loving hearts and steadfast wills; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Old Testament Job 38. 1-7
New Testament Hebrews 5. 1-10
Gospel Mark 10. 5-45
René Magritte, who lived from 1898 until 1967, was a Belgian surrealist artist known for his witty, thought-provoking and sometimes unsettling images. He often depicted ordinary objects in unusual contexts, challenging the observer’s perception of reality. Perhaps his best-known painting is of a pipe, with the words beneath it written in French: “Ceci n’est pas une pipe”, meaning “This is not a pipe.” In 1933 Magritte painted The Unexpected Answer. It shows a wooden door with a hole in it that could almost, but not quite, be a human form. Ironically, perhaps, The Unexpected Answer provokes many questions in the observer’s mind. Whose profile is it in the door? What room does the door lead from, and what does it lead to? It could possibly be a pregnant figure, but it doesn’t quite look right, the proportions don’t quite work. Over the years other artists have tried to answer the questions by adding their own interpretation, perhaps trying to make sense of it, as though it’s too unsettling to leave the questions unanswered. In today’s Gospel reading James and John want to ask Jesus a question that they think is important. But it appears that they haven’t thought it through, or considered the implications of any answer that Jesus might give. They ask him if he’ll grant them the two places of honour, one on either side of him, when he comes into his glory. Do we have questions we want to ask Jesus? If so, how will we hear and receive an unexpected answer, or one that is challenging or unsettling? James and John got a difficult response from Jesus and, when it provoked the disciples into arguing among themselves, they all got a lesson in what it would mean to be great in God’s kingdom. We may not know what sort of answer we will get to our questions, but we do know that it will be an answer that comes from love, from someone who has set us an example of service.
Services Next Sunday – 28th October 22nd Sunday after Trinity
|Hope Mansel||Parish Communion||9.30 a.m.|
|The Lea||Children’s Church||10.00 a.m.|
|Aston Ingham||Holy Communion||8.00 a.m.|
|Upton Bishop||Parish Communion||9.30 a.m.|
Forthcoming Services & Events
The Lea. “It’s that time of year again folks! The Samaritans Purse Shoe Box appeal is up and running again for this year! Could you possibly fill a box for a youngster to open? Seeing the joy on that child’s face when they open a box is so heartwarming! There are leaflets in your church for you to pick up which give you all the information you need to fill a box. I will be quite willing to come and collect them from you. They need to be ready to go by 5th November please. You can also donate online at www.samaritans-purse.org.uk/.Thank you for your support and if you have any questions, just ring me. Marion Martin 01989 750808”
Weston. November 30th Weston Village Hall the return of Michael Lunts, performing ‘Tickling the Ivories’ Tickets available now contact Rod 563696 or Linda 562818
Linton Quiz and Pudding night – don’t miss out, book now!
Linton’s Quiz and Pudding evening will take place on Friday 16th November. (doors open at 7 for 7.15 start;). Teams are of 4 but let us know if you haven’t got a team and we will try to put one together. This is always a popular event with tickets selling out well in advance. Book now so as not to miss out (on not only the quiz but the fantastic puddings!). Tickets £8 from Liz Denbigh at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 01989 721014. Proceeds to St Mary’s Wall Fund. Alpha@Hunsdon Manor! You are invited! A light lunch is followed by excellent talk by acclaimed speaker Nicky Gumbel and friendly discussion. Do come and bring a friend. Hunsdon Manor, Weston-under-Penyard HR9 7PE. Every Weds 1pm – 3pm a free, friendly 12 week course. For more contact: email@example.com or Rev David Howell on 01989 568736.
Uprooted is the name of a national exhibition put together by Christian Aid to tour the UK during the months of 2018. Uprooted is a moving photographic exhibition featuring stories of those displaced in Nigeria, Kenya & Iraq. Coming to Ross Baptist Church October 25th-27th.10. am-4pm. Why not volunteer to steward? Contact Sue Harding 01989720528 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Weston. Stir Up Saturday 24th November 10am – 12:30 Weston Village Hall Come and have fun and make your own Christmas puddings! Make 1 for yourself and 1 for Weston Christmas Bazaar. Ingredients supplied, please bring a 700ml bowl (1.25 pint) and your own utensils. £5 per head all proceeds to repair Weston Church Pathway. Book with email@example.com (01989 762221)
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And remember all who have died, George Stevenson (WuP) Harry Prew (UB)
Rev David Howell 01989 568736 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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