19th January

2nd Sunday of Epiphany

Collect

Eternal Lord, our beginning and our end: bring us with the whole creation to your glory, hidden through past ages and made known in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Readings

Old Testament                        Isaiah 49. 1-7

New Testament                      1 Corinthians 1. 1-9

Gospel                                      John 1. 29-42

The prophet Isaiah has had a major influence upon Christian thinking. Apart from the Psalms, no other Old Testament book is quoted more often in the New Testament. Perhaps the most significant is the idea of the Suffering Servant, whose unjustified suffering brings salvation and healing to others, which is seen as a foreseeing of the fate of Jesus. However, like many ancient texts, the picture is composed of ideas and wishes of different writers from different periods, mixed together to create a sort of story-cake where the ingredients come from different sources and the cake does not resemble any one of them totally. But the Book has common themes of God as Lord of History, of the central place of Jerusalem and the Temple which give a sort of unity and the Nation as the instrument of God’s purposes for all humanity.   Today’s reading comes from the Nation’s period of captivity in Babylon. The Babylonians captured the city of Jerusalem and the inhabitants were taken to Babylon in 586B.C. Then in 539 the Babylonian Empire fell to the Persian king Cyrus.  In 538 Cyrus decreed that the captive Nation was free to return and rebuild Jerusalem and the Temple.        The foundations of the writer’s faith are the enduring support and ultimate triumph of the God who controls History, the return of the Nation and the restoration of Jerusalem and its Temple, the House of God. The theme of the Servant also is here represented as one who restores ancient ties and kinship for the Nation and for the whole world. But who does he have in mind as the Servant? Is it the writer himself, some future character, or is it the Nation? My own feeling is that the Nation is the Servant, being nurtured in captivity and reborn when the captives are freed to return to Jerusalem. It will signal the purposes of God to use the Nation to bring unity to the Nations of the World in order to worship God at Jerusalem.    So in this reading the writer considered the future role of the Nation when it was restored to its Land which God gave it. It would first attempt to bring together the ten Tribes of Israel, captured in the 8th. Century B.C. by the Assyrians who scattered them throughout their Empire and to this day remain lost to history, somewhere unknown. Only after the 10 Tribes had returned would the Nation be restored to its original power as in the days of David the King and be free to take up the challenge to become the “Light of the Gentiles”. The experience of captivity was the womb which would give birth to the reformed religious practices which marked the Nation when it finally returned, nurtured by the Holy One of Israel, who has preserved the Nation in adversity even through the Death Camps at Auschwitz, even when distant from its spiritual home.   Brian  

Services Next Sunday – 26th January – 3rd Sunday of Epiphany                       

Weston-under-Penyard Evensong 3.30 p.m.
The Lea Childrens Church 10.00 a.m.
Hope Mansel Parish Communion 9.30 a.m.
Aston Ingham Holy Communion 8.00 a.m.
Linton Mattins 11.15 a.m.
Upton Bishop Parish Communion 10.30 a.m.

Forthcoming Services & Events

Fellowship@Hunsdon Manor HR9 7PE Exciting NEW BIBLE COURSE from Bible Society with Rev David in the Drawing Room, Hunsdon Manor.

Every Wednesday 7pm – 8:40pm, free 8 week course. All welcome please park in Hunsdon Manor Gardens. info: contact Helen Morris 01989 762221

Prayer 20:20 This year (2020) Hope Together is urging all Christians to pray for 20 minutes on the 20th of every month at twenty past 8 in the evening (20:20) for opportunities to talk about Christ.  This can be done in groups and individually.  The first opportunity is Monday 20th January.

Please be aware that if you have any events you would like to advertise here, do please contact Debs directly (details below) and she will be pleased to include them.                                                 

 

Please pray for all who are sick, Tirsh Grigor, & Joshua Hall & Family (Lin)  (his surgery is scheduled for 14th Jan)

And remember all who have died:  John Griffiths (UB)

Rev David Howell 01989 568736    email:   revdavidhowell@btinternet.com

If you would like to receive this pew sheet via email please email Debs debsparishsecretary@btinternet.com


12th January

Baptism of Christ

Collect

Eternal Father, who at the baptism of Jesus revealed him to be your Son, anointing him with the Holy Spirit; grant to us, who are born again by water and the spirit, that we may be faithful to our calling as your adopted children; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

 

Readings

Old Testament                        Isaiah 42. 1-9

New Testament                      Acts 10. 34-43

Gospel                                      Matthew 3. 13-end

 

Why, did Jesus need to be baptised? Why was it necessary for the Son of God, by definition without sin, to be cleansed of sin? In fact, John the Baptist asked this very question and Jesus replied that it was to accomplish God’s righteous purpose. Jesus would not set himself apart from ordinary people. He had come from heaven to share human life to the full. He was real flesh and blood and now, at the age of thirty, part of a large crowd at the River Jordan preparing for baptism. The baptismal event, literally being plunged into water, the voice from heaven and the coming down of the Holy Spirit signified the beginning of Jesus’ ministry on earth. God was endorsing his Son, giving him power through the Holy Spirit and saying, in effect, “Now get on with it.”

Because, apart from the teaching and miracles that God had empowered Jesus to carry out, there was another reason for his baptism. This becomes clear in St Luke’s Gospel, when there is a reference to another baptism, one yet to be undergone. “I have a baptism”, Jesus said, “with which to be baptised and what stress I am under until it is completed!” (Luke 12:50). St Mark records that when James and John approached Jesus to ask for the top jobs in the kingdom, Jesus asked if they were able to face his forthcoming ordeal. “Are you able… to be baptised with the baptism that I am baptised with?” (Mark 10:38).

The baptism that Jesus steeled himself to face was to be the test of his resolve, the test of his loyalty to God’s will, the test of his readiness to die. He was no robot pre-programmed by God, going through a routine of actions already determined. God had left Jesus free to make choices. When Jesus stepped out of the River Jordan, he set out on a road that would lead inevitably to the cross and to the dramatic end of his mission on earth.

 

David

Services Next Sunday – 19th January – 2nd Sunday of Epiphany                       

Weston-under-Penyard Parish Communion 11.15 a.m.
The Lea Parish Communion 9.30 a.m.
Hope Mansel Village Praise 9.30 a.m.
Aston Ingham Parish Communion 9.30 a.m.
Linton All Ages Worship 11.15 a.m.
Upton Bishop Informal Worship 10.30 a.m.

 

Forthcoming Services & Events

NEW 2nd week Service each Month will be a Benefice service starting at 10.30am.  There will also be Parish Communion at Weston 9.30 am, and Holy Communion 8.00 am at The Lea.

Fellowship@Hunsdon Manor HR9 7PE The group start again Wednesday January 15th with Rev David in the Drawing Room of Hunsdon Manor,

Weston-u-Penyard, HR9 7PE from 7pm – 8:30pm Christian encouragement, teaching, discussion All welcome please park in Hunsdon Manor Gardens.

info: contact Helen Morris 01989 762221

Prayer 20:20 This year (2020) Hope Together is urging all Christians to pray for 20 minutes on the 20th of every month at twenty past 8 in the evening (20:20) for opportunities to talk about Christ.  This can be done in groups and individually.  The first opportunity is Monday 20th January.

Shoebox Appeal.  Marion has been informed that a lot of the shoeboxes from this area have gone to Moldova. She will update as soon as she has more information. Thank you all once again.

Please be aware that if you have any events you would like to advertise here, do please contact Debs directly (details below) and she will be pleased to include them.                                                 

 

Please pray for all who are sick, John Griffiths (UB) Tirsh Grigor, & Joshua Hall & Family (Lin)  (his surgery is scheduled for 14th Jan)

And remember all who have died:  General Pearson (WuP)

Rev David Howell 01989 568736    email:   revdavidhowell@btinternet.com

If you would like to receive this pew sheet via email please email Debs debsparishsecretary@btinternet.com

 

  


5th January

Epiphany

Collect

O God, who by the leading of a star manifested your only Son to the peoples of the earth: mercifully grant that we, who know you now by faith, may at last behold your glory face to face; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

 

Readings

Old Testament                        Isaiah 60. 1-6

New Testament                      Ephesians 3. 1-12

Gospel                                      Matthew 2. 1-12

 

It’s tradition at this time of year to wish each other a very Happy New Year. So let me begin by doing so. I trust that 2020 will be a good one. As you may know 2020 has another meaning as it is regularly used for perfect eyesight. Clear vision and happiness are two wonderful qualities and when you have them together a great gift.

What about happiness; what is it that we are wishing for each other when we say these words? For some it may be simply a greeting. For others, a genuine wish that those we greet really will enjoy a good and trouble free year. Eleanor Roosevelt famously said “Happiness is not a goal…it’s a by-product of a life well lived.” As we enter this New Year what might lives well that look like?

Christmas is past, the latest must have present truly unwrapped, the parties over: what’s next? For many January can prove a difficult month. The days remain dark and the winter weather set in. Someone worked out that the 21st January, labelled Blue Monday is the all time low. It is the day the credit card bill arrives. The transient happiness of the festive season can disappear. More lasting happiness requires travelling well, a kind of 2020 vision. May I suggest three things.

Hope and hopefulness can make a big difference. As a diocese we are looking forward to the arrival of our new Bishop, Richard Jackson.We are certainly hopeful and trust he is too. We have a new government and although it is early days there is space for hope. Our world is full of challenges and not least the environmental crisis. As a diocese we have become an eco diocese. It is a hopeful choice.

Contentment is surely another ingredient. A few years ago, we lived close to the sea. On the 28th December each year we developed a custom of going to the beach all wrapped up, buying fish and chips and sitting out and eating them as a family. It came to be one of the best things. Simple? Yes. Happiness was in being together and enjoying the moment.

Thankfulness is the third quality that comes to mind. Oprah Winfrey said: “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never ever have enough.” There is a spiritual discipline in this kind of happiness by recognising that life itself is a gift from God. Learning, as St Paul wrote, the secret of being content in any and every situation and giving thanks. It is a process. It promises a happiness rooted in hope, contentment, thankfulness and ultimately in God himself.                                               

+Alistair

Services Next Sunday – 12th January – Baptism of Christ                       

Weston-under-Penyard Parish Communion 9.30 a.m.
The Lea Holy Communion 8.00 a.m.
Hope Mansel Plough Sunday

Benefice Service @

Aston Ingham

10.30 a.m.
Aston Ingham
Linton
Upton Bishop

 

Forthcoming Services & Events

Aston Ingham Church. Plough Sunday January 12th Benefice Communion

  1. 30 am, with refreshments. All invited.

NEW 2nd week Service each Month will be a Benefice service starting at 10.30am.  There will also be Parish Communion at Weston 9.30 am, and Holy Communion 8.00 am at The Lea.

                                                          

Please be aware that if you have any events you would like to advertise here, do please contact Debs directly (details below) and she will be pleased to include them.                                                 

 

Please pray for all who are sick, John Griffiths (UB) Tirsh Grigor , Joshua Hall & Family (Lin)

And remember all who have died:  General Pearson (WuP)

Rev David Howell 01989 568736    email:   revdavidhowell@btinternet.com

If you would like to receive this pew sheet via email please email Debs debsparishsecretary@btinternet.com

 

 


22nd December

4th Sunday of Advent

Collect

God our redeemer, who prepared the Blessed Virgin Mary to be the mother of your Son: grant that, as she looked for his coming as our saviour, so we may be ready to greet him when he comes again as our judge; who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Readings

Old Testament                        Isaiah 7. 10-16

New Testament                      Romans 1. 1-7

Gospel                                      Matthew 1. 18-end

In the Middle Ages bands of monks roamed the countryside performing plays depicting biblical events. These were called mystery plays because they explained things that seemed mysteries to the common folk. When it came to Christmas they began by depicting in drama how it came about that we need a Redeemer. This meant telling the Garden of Eden story which tells how God and mankind became estranged. It is called the “Fall” of man. The Biblical account is itself written as a drama at the centre of which is a simple matter of obedience. Do we choose to live and obey God or do we go our own way?  Alas we turn away from God, leading to our estrangement from Him, each other and the environment. So the monks used the relevant props – first a tree, which was an evergreen sapling since this was done in winter. Then a fruit was needed, and the most available was an apple. The Bible does not mention an apple, the fruit is the knowledge of good and evil, but the apple myth remains strong. Then you need a serpent. A garland was used, which in modern times has become a string of frosty tinsel. And so you have it – the Christmas Tree. After the Dissolution of the monasteries the mystery plays, Christmas tree and all, dwindled away and under O Cromwell were banned. The custom was reintroduced into this country by Prince Albert and has become a huge adornment to the celebrations of the festival. So value your tree, elaborate it if you must, but remember that it represents an important Christian truth, that it is our own betrayal of God’s purpose that has led to the Christmas initiative, and value that too. And be glad if it, which is why we say – HAPPY CHRISTMAS!

Robin

Services Next Sunday – 29th December  1st Sunday of Christmas                      

Weston-under-Penyard Ariconium Benefice Service

@

Hope Mansell

10.30 a.m.
Hope Mansel
 The Lea
Aston Ingham
Linton
Upton Bishop

Services Christmas Eve – 24th December

Weston-under-Penyard Midnight Mass 11.30 p.m.
Hope Mansel Carol Service 6.00 p.m.
 The Lea Crib Service 4.00 p.m.
Aston Ingham
Linton Crib Service &

Midnight Mass

4.00 p.m.

11.30 p.m.

Upton Bishop

Services Christmas Day – 25th December

Weston-under-Penyard  
Hope Mansel Holy Communion 8.00 a.m.
 The Lea Parish Communion 9.30 a.m.
Aston Ingham Parish Communion 9.30 a.m.
Linton
Upton Bishop Parish Communion 11.00 a.m.

 

Forthcoming Services & Events

Upton Bishop. Pass the Parcel Crib Service Christmas Eve, 4pm at Millennium Hall, more info from Jane 07989572356 Everyone Welcome.

The Shoebox Appeal has been a great success again this year with 26 filled boxes going onto the collection point and another 5 completed on-line. Many, many thanks to all who donated towards this year’s appeal and as soon as I am made aware of their destination. I will let you all know. Your kindness is much appreciated! Marion Martin’

Please be aware that if you have any events you would like to advertise here, do please contact Debs directly (details below) and she will be pleased to include them.                                                 

 

Please pray for all who are sick, John Griffiths (UB) Tirsh Grigor , Joshua Hall & Family (Lin)

And remember all who have died:  General Pearson (WuP)

Rev David Howell 01989 568736    email:   revdavidhowell@btinternet.com

If you would like to receive this pew sheet via email please email Debs debsparishsecretary@btinternet.com

 


15th December

3rd Sunday of Advent

Collect

God for whom we watch and wait, you sent John the Baptist to prepare the way of your Son: give us courage to speak the truth, to hunger for justice, and to suffer for the cause of right, with Jesus Christ our Lord.

Readings

Old Testament                        Isaiah 35. 1-10

New Testament                      James 5. 7-10

Gospel                                      Matthew 11. 2-11

Matthew’s account of the baptism of Jesus by John mostly comes from Mark’s Gospel, with additions possibly due to conflicts between remaining followers of John within his own church at a later time than Mark’s. So late on in his ministry Jesus pays tribute to John, but dismisses his spiritual worth. Mark says that Jesus sees the Spirit of God like a dove descend upon him from heaven and a he hears a voice declaring “You are my beloved son in whom I am well-pleased..”  Jesus begins his ministry at that point. We have no account of his birth or early life, but after the baptism Jesus goes out into the wilderness to think things over. Next he recruits his first disciples.    The other Gospel writers record the baptism, but avoid any suggestion that John is somehow more significant than Jesus. Jesus does not need to be like John’s followers and renounce sin and live better lives. However, it is likely that John’s fearless condemnation of the social evils in his country would have had a lasting impact upon his hearers and therefore he would have attracted a following of loyal disciples who remained faithful even after his execution. Unlike Mark, Matthew, Luke and John all take much the same line that however powerful John’s social message might be, he has to be spiritually inferior to Jesus.    So is that why John declares that he is to be supplanted by someone greater and fundamentally of a higher spiritual significance, even before the ministry of Jesus had begun? Is John questioning the point and purpose of his own ministry therefore? But if John has no significance, why record the incident in the first place? To avoid this difficulty, Mark turns to the Prophet Isaiah, quoting  ”I am sending my herald ahead of you.” It was the Roman practice to have a servant, a “Forerunner”, to warn a crowd that an important person was approaching in his chariot and thus to clear the way for him. As far as the Gospel writers are concerned, that is the function which John fulfils.   Matthew deals with the issue with a new episode in the relationship between John and Jesus, where emissaries from John confront him as to his intentions. Jesus then sums up John’s ministry as a powerful religious force, more akin to the prophets of the past, yet in the words of the Prophet Isaiah, whatever impact John might have had, his message lacked the true spiritual insight that even the least in the kingdom of Heaven would have.

Brian

Services Next Sunday – 22nd December   4th Sunday of Advent                       

Weston-under-Penyard NO SERVICE
Hope Mansel Parish Communion 9.30 a.m.
 The Lea Carol Service 6.00 p.m.
Aston Ingham Holy Communion 8.00 a.m.
Linton Mattins 11.15 a.m.
Upton Bishop Carol Service 4.00 p.m.

 

Forthcoming Services & Events

ASTON INGHAM CAROL SERVICE  18TH DECEMBER @ 6.30PM.

Upton Bishop. Pass the Parcel Crib Service Christmas Eve, 4pm at Millennium Hall, more info from Jane 07989572356 Everyone Welcome.

The Shoebox Appeal has been a great success again this year with 26 filled boxes going onto the collection point and another 5 completed on-line. Many, many thanks to all who donated towards this year’s appeal and as soon as I am made aware of their destination. I will let you all know. Your kindness is much appreciated! Marion Martin’

                                                                                     

Please be aware that if you have any events you would like to advertise here, do please contact Debs directly (details below) and she will be pleased to include them.                                                 

 

Please pray for all who are sick, John Griffiths (UB) Tirsh Grigor , Joshua Hall & Family (Lin)

And remember all who have died:

Rev David Howell 01989 568736    email:   revdavidhowell@btinternet.com

If you would like to receive this pew sheet via email please email Debs debsparishsecretary@btinternet.com

 

  


08th December

2nd Sunday of Advent

Collect

Almighty God, purify our hearts and minds, that when your Son Jesus Christ comes again as judge and saviour we may be ready to receive him, who is our Lord and our God.

 

Readings

Old Testament                        Isaiah 11. 1-10

New Testament                      Romans 15. 4-13

Gospel                                      Matthew 3. 1-12

Christmas at the Cathedral

Although I’ve been Dean for almost 18 years, I’m always discovering new things about the Cathedral – it’s a never-ending source of joy and inspiration. So, this Christmas, we’re offering a glimpse into what the Cathedral can teach us about the great festival. Why not join us for a journey of festive discovery as we explore Christmas through the ages? These tours are a wonderful way to discover more about Hereford Cathedral during this very special season as our experienced guides share snippets of Christmas knowledge. Each tour will feature a selection of little-known stories and seasonal anecdotes which have been uncovered within the Cathedral archive. Here are the dates:

Wednesday 11 December, 1.30 pm

Thursday 12 December, 12.30 pm

Thursday 19 December, 11.30 am and 1.30 pm

Friday 20 December, 1.30 pm

Monday 30 December, 11.30 am and 1.30 pm

Tuesday 31 December, 11.30 am and 1.30 pm

Tickets are £7.50 from the Cathedral shop and include a mince pie and hot drink following the tour from the café. Telephone Peter Challenger on 01432 374202 to book.

2020 is a very special year at Hereford Cathedral. It is the 700th anniversary of the Canonisation of St Thomas of Hereford and we plan a series of events throughout the year – lectures, services, walks, a fun day for young people, ecumenical events and much more. There’s a new range of merchandise available from the Cathedral Shop and we plan several visits to churches in the diocese (especially Much Wenlock, Abbey Dore and Leominster Priory).  How might your church join in the celebrations? How about inviting one of the Cathedral clergy to come and give a talk about St Thomas (we have a good power-point presentation)? Or why not consider having a parish morning at the Cathedral? Time for prayer at the shrine (we’ll meet you there) – a visit to Mappa Mundi – lunch or tea in the café – Evensong? We can tailor an event to your time-scale/interests. Do give it some thought; it’s a unique opportunity and won’t come again for many years!  God bless you all at this Christmas-tide and throughout the coming year.

Michael Tavinor Dean

Services Next Sunday – 15th December   3rd Sunday of Advent                       

Weston-under-Penyard Carol Service 11.15 a.m.
Hope Mansel Village Praise 9.30 a.m.
 The Lea Parish Communion 9.30 a.m.
Aston Ingham Parish Communion 9.30 a.m.
Linton Holy Communion

& Carol Service

8.00 a.m. & 5.00 p.m
Upton Bishop Evensong 6.00 p.m.

 

Forthcoming Services & Events

Upton Bishop. Talent Show & Nativity play 13th December 6pm, Stay for a Bring-and-share Supper and Sleepover in the Church.

more info from Jane 07989572356

Upton Bishop. Pass the Parcel Crib Service Christmas Eve, 4pm at Millennium Hall, more info from Jane 07989572356 Everyone Welcome.

The Shoebox Appeal has been a great success again this year with 26 filled boxes going onto the collection point and another 5 completed on-line. Many, many thanks to all who donated towards this year’s appeal and as soon as I am made aware of their destination. I will let you all know. Your kindness is much appreciated! Marion Martin’

                                                                                     

Please be aware that if you have any events you would like to advertise here, do please contact Debs directly (details below) and she will be pleased to include them.                                                 

 

Please pray for all who are sick, John Griffiths (UB) Tirsh Grigor , Joshua Hall & Family (Lin) Ann Fowler (UB)

And remember all who have died:  Bryan Long (Lea)

Rev David Howell 01989 568736    email:   revdavidhowell@btinternet.com

If you would like to receive this pew sheet via email please email Debs debsparishsecretary@btinternet.com

 


01st December

1st Sunday of Advent

Collect

Almighty God, as your kingdom dawns, turn us from darkness of sin to the light of holiness, that we may be ready to meet you in our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

 

Readings

Old Testament                        Isaiah 2. 1-5

New Testament                      Romans 13. 11-end

Gospel                                      Matthew 24. 36-44

 

Today, children all around the world will open the first window on their Advent calendar. These days they are more likely to find a chocolate than a picture from the nativity story, but along with all the other Christmas preparations taking place this month, it contributes to a sense of expectation. This will peak on Christmas Eve, when many children will try to stay awake long enough to hear sleigh bells and reindeer hooves on the roof, sounds that they believe will herald the arrival of Father Christmas bringing presents. But, of course, they don’t know what time Santa will come, and they won’t manage to stay awake long enough!

In today’s readings there is also a sense of expectation. Paul writes to the Romans urging them to “wake from sleep”, because “salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers”, and in the Gospel reading Jesus urges the disciples to stay awake because “the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour”. Earlier in the chapter, Jesus tells the disciples that wars, international conflict, famines and earthquakes will herald the coming of the Son of Man.

For those who first heard Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus’ words would have had particular resonance, as the political situation under Roman occupation had been getting worse and the Temple had been destroyed. They must have wondered if this meant that Jesus’ return was imminent. They were probably expecting him to come to save them by bringing God’s judgement on Rome and other nations and establishing the kingdom of God in their place. And they were expecting it to happen very soon. They may even have been worried that it ought to have happened by now, so it must have been reassuring in some ways to hear Jesus telling his disciples that no one knows exactly when this will happen. Reassuring, but also challenging, because Jesus also tells them that they must keep awake and be ready, even as they continue with their everyday activities.    David

 

Services Next Sunday – 08th December   2nd Sunday of Advent                       

Weston-under-Penyard Parish Communion 9.30 a.m.
Hope Mansel
 The Lea Holy Communion 8.00 a.m.
Aston Ingham Village Praise 9.30 a.m.
Linton Family Service 11.15 a.m.
Upton Bishop Mattins 8.00 a.m.

 

Forthcoming Services & Events

The Lea. ‘Fun with Festive Flowers’ – a floral demonstration evening by Marion Martin at Lea Village Hall on Friday 6th December at 7.30pm. Tickets on the door or in advance @ £7.50 (from Rose on 01989 750334) to include Mulled Wine and Nibbles. The floral arrangements produced will then be the Raffle. All proceeds to Lea Church

The Shoebox Appeal has been a great success again this year with 26 filled boxes going onto the collection point and another 5 completed on-line. Many, many thanks to all who donated towards this year’s appeal and as soon as I am made aware of their destination. I will let you all know. Your kindness is much appreciated! Marion Martin’

Upton Bishop. Christmas Fayre, Millenium Hall, 7th December 10am. Father Christmas at 11am, Tea, Cakes, Games, Stalls, Crafts, Gifts Raffle. Trug Making & Lace making demonstration, £2 entry to include a drink.

Pitstop@HunsdonManor HR9 7PE  7pm – 8.30pm. Starting with a hot dish, then a sweet bite, then a nourishing talk. A fulfilling evening all round. PLEASE BOOK SUPPER on hunsdon_manor@hotmail.com                                                                                     

 

Please be aware that if you have any events you would like to advertise here, do please contact Debs directly (details below) and she will be pleased to include them.                                                 

 

Please pray for all who are sick, John Griffiths (UB) Tirsh Grigor , Joshua Hall & Family (Lin) Ann Fowler (UB)

And remember all who have died:  Bryan Long (Lea)

Rev David Howell 01989 568736    email:   revdavidhowell@btinternet.com

If you would like to receive this pew sheet via email please email Debs debsparishsecretary@btinternet.com

 

 

 


24th November

Christ The King

Collect

God the Father, help us to hear the call of Christ The King and to follow in his service, whose kingdom has no end; for he reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, one Glory.

 

Readings

Old Testament                        Jeremiah 23. 1-6

New Testament                      Colossians 1. 11-20

Gospel                                      Luke 23. 33-43

 

What’s in a name?

Next month we are going to the USA to visit our daughter and new grandson.  His name is Odin.  It’s not as unfamiliar as you might suppose, being the Norse god after whom Wednesday is named (the ‘W’ is Saxon).  In fact, all the days of the week are named after Norse gods in English, their Roman equivalents in French and Italian, although French and Italian call our Sunday “the Lord’s Day” and Italian calls Saturday “the Sabbath”.  Pagan gods’ names are also used to name the first six months of the year.  Many remain popular – from Norse Odin, Thor, Freya; from Latin Hercules, Diana, June; from Greek Phoebe, Athena; even from Egyptian, Isidore.

Of course, many names are derived from the Bible.  There is the name of Jesus.  It means saviour and is popular in Spain.  It is popular in English too but in the Hebrew form Joshua.  Christ is the Greek for Messiah and means anointed.  So, Jesus is our anointed (by God) saviour.  Of course, God famously has no name, he cannot be pinned down in that way.  The word Yawweh is derived from the Hebrew verb “to be” and is untranslatable, but is basically something to do with existence.  It is so holy that the whole verb in all its forms is not used at all in Hebrew.  When it appears in text it is substituted by “the Lord” (adonai).  If you take the consonants of Yawweh and the vowels of Adonai, and transliterate into English you get Jehovah, a meaningless hybrid and certainly not a name.

But for us names matter.  We should not be judged by them, after all not all Rogers are champion tennis players or wonderful kings.  Not all Edwards are kings or potatoes.  As for (not so) little Odin, he is thriving; an easy baby full of smiles, and we are really looking forward to meeting him, by Jove!

Robin

Services Next Sunday – 01st December   1st Sunday of Advent                       

Weston-under-Penyard Mattins 11.15 a.m.
Hope Mansel Holy Communion 8.00 a.m.
 The Lea Family Communion 9.30 a.m.
Aston Ingham Evensong 6.30 p.m.
Linton Parish Communion 11.15 a.m.
Upton Bishop Family Service 11.15 a.m.

 

Forthcoming Services & Events

The Lea. ‘Fun with Festive Flowers’ – a floral demonstration evening by Marion Martin at Lea Village Hall on Friday 6th December at 7.30pm. Tickets on the door or in advance @ £7.50 (from Rose on 01989 750334) to include Mulled Wine and Nibbles. The floral arrangements produced will then be the Raffle. All proceeds to Lea Church

The Shoebox Appeal has been a great success again this year with 26 filled boxes going onto the collection point and another 5 completed on-line. Many, many thanks to all who donated towards this year’s appeal and as soon as I am made aware of their destination. I will let you all know. Your kindness is much appreciated! Marion Martin’

Upton Bishop. Christmas Fayre, Millenium Hall, 7th December 10am. Father Christmas at 11am, Tea, Cakes, Games, Stalls, Crafts, Gifts Raffle. Trug Making & Lace making demonstration, £2 entry to include a drink.

Pitstop@HunsdonManor HR9 7PE  7pm – 8.30pm. Starting with a hot dish, then a sweet bite, then a nourishing talk. A fulfilling evening all round. PLEASE BOOK SUPPER on hunsdon_manor@hotmail.com                                                                                     

 

Please be aware that if you have any events you would like to advertise here, do please contact Debs directly (details below) and she will be pleased to include them.                                                 

 

Please pray for all who are sick, John Griffiths (UB) Tirsh Grigor , Joshua Hall & Family (Lin) Ann Fowler (UB)

And remember all who have died:  Bryan Long (Lea)

Rev David Howell 01989 568736    email:   revdavidhowell@btinternet.com

If you would like to receive this pew sheet via email please email Debs debsparishsecretary@btinternet.com

 

 


17th November

2nd Sunday before Advent

Collect

Heavenly Lord, you long for the world’s salvation: stir us from apathy, restrain us from excess and revive in us new hope that all creation will one day be healed in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Readings

Old Testament                        Malachi 4. 1-2a

New Testament                      2 Thessalonians 3. 6-13

Gospel                                      Luke 21. 5-19

Our three readings today are concerned with the Temple at Jerusalem. It was the nucleus of the Faith of Israel and Luke records visits by Jesus to share in moments of that Faith. If we construct a time-line, Malachi is the last of the 12 writing prophets who are found at the end of our Old Testament collection of documents, but probably he wrote at a time when the Temple was becoming that nucleus for the Tribes returning from their Babylonian Captivity about 330 BC. Luke’s Gospel on the other hand was written after the Romans had reduced the Temple to rubble in AD 70. It is a feature of the Gospel writers that they present the life of Jesus at a time when the Temple was still standing. Probably they might have known one-time inhabitants of Jerusalem and thus learnt of the bitter disaster which the destruction of the Temple meant to such people. In fact “The House of God” had ceased to be and with it the Israelite religion which shaped the thoughts and outlook of Jesus and his friends. What had been a religion based on sacrifices offered to God in one place alone, had been eternally destroyed. Here we have a significant contrast. Paul becomes an exile spending his time wandering throughout the Middle East, spreading the Gospel to the world, while those remaining faithful to their ancient Faith are driven out and are forced into exile to preserve their unique spiritual inheritance while keeping apart from the world. We have to keep this firmly in mind when we read Paul’s letters, written while the Temple still stood. In his writings he attempts to plot a course which allows for his Jewish roots while accepting that in the resurrection of Jesus something else world-changing and way outside the formal Temple worship had taken place. For Paul the sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross had effectively ended the false notion that by the sacrificial taking of the life of an animal somehow his own life would be preserved.  In Thessalonica some new Christians believed that there was no point in preserving their old ways, because they were living in the New Age and the promised Messiah had brought it into being on the Cross. By contrast, Paul regards this as a great hindrance to the mission and the overwhelming reason to work hard is to establish the Kingdom of God as widely as possible and he tells them so in no uncertain words. It is generally thought that this the  second letter is more likely the work of someone who shares Paul’s views, but finds themselves in a situation which has developed some time after Paul’s death.

Brian

Services Next Sunday – 24th November   Christ The King                       

Weston-under-Penyard Evensong 6.30 p.m.
Hope Mansel Parish Communion 9.30 a.m.
 The Lea Childrens Church 10.00 a.m.
Aston Ingham Holy Communion 8.00 a.m.
Linton Mattins 11.15 a.m.
Upton Bishop Parish Communion 9.30 a.m.

 

Forthcoming Services & Events

The Christmas Bazaar@Weston Sat 23rd November 11-3pm, Weston Village Hall High quality Christmas stalls : Original Cards, Calendars, Candles, Ceramics, Crafts, Christmas Wreaths, Hamper Raffle, Tombola, Christmas Tree Auction, Jewellery, Interior Gifts + new Kiddies Corner. Sit down café for coffee, teas, fresh cakes, soups. Free gift from Father Christmas 12-1pm! Donations of Cakes and raffle prizes required please. helen@candhmorris.co.uk & lmarydunn@sky.com

It’s that time of year again folks! Yes – shoebox time! Could you fill a shoebox for a child this Christmas please ring Marion on 750808. If you need help or advice.  ‘toothpaste and sweets not allowed due to import controls’

Pitstop@HunsdonManor HR9 7PE  7pm – 8.30pm. Starting with a hot dish, then a sweet bite, then a nourishing talk. A fulfilling evening all round. PLEASE BOOK SUPPER on hunsdon_manor@hotmail.com                                                                                     

Please be aware that if you have any events you would like to advertise here, do please contact Debs directly (details below) and she will be pleased to include them.                                                 

Please pray for all who are sick, John Griffiths (UB) Tirsh Grigor , Joshua Hall & Family (Lin) Ann Fowler (UB)

And remember all who have died:

Rev David Howell 01989 568736    email:   revdavidhowell@btinternet.com

If you would like to receive this pew sheet via email please email Debs debsparishsecretary@btinternet.com

 

 


10th November

Remembrance Sunday

Collect

God our refuge and strength, bring near the day when wars shall cease and poverty and pain shall end, that earth may know the peace of heaven through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Readings

Old Testament                        Readings for this

New Testament                      Service will be in your

Gospel                                      Church Service Sheet

The winter wheat in the fields opposite my house have recently been harvested. The grain is gathered in. As I write the bails of straw remain, soon to be stored. It looks as if this year has been good with sensible yields.  Watching the season’s progression has been a joy. The familiar patterns with the early green shoots developing into standing grain, then turning from green to golden and then to harvest itself is both age old and expected.  We trust and look for seedtime and harvest relying upon the consistency of the seasons. However, what is becoming more and more apparent is that we must not be lulled into a false sense of security. Fruitful harvests and stable climates are deeply connected. Rather late in the day there is a realisation, both of the fragility of these systems and of their importance. Very few will now deny that global warming is a reality. The factors are many and complex. Over my lifetime the world population has doubled. The very fact that there are more of us has an impact. How the more act responsibly is of vital importance. Average global temperatures are now measurably higher and if this continues unchecked will prove devastating.  Extreme weather events are becoming more frequent and their impact in many places being both tragic and cataclysmic. The powerful protests of Greta Thunberg, the visceral marches and action of Extinction Rebellion, and the winsome yet powerful work of Sir David Attenborough all point to the necessity of treating these matters with the utmost seriousness. As a particular commercial slogan puts it…every little helps. One of the big problems is that as human beings we each have a tendency to self protection. We can genuinely want things to be better but only so long as it doesn’t hurt too much or overly interfere with life. Inertia to necessary change is real. Learning to move into that necessary change demands action, some of which will include uncomfortable changes in habits and consumption.  Our long term global protection requires a different way of living. Two dangers exist. The first is to deny the realities the second is to act more out of emotion than reason. Given the route by which we have got here there can be a tendency to distrust both science and technology. Harder, but more useful will be the concerted efforts to use both with the clear end in view of sustainability.  As a Diocese we have recently opted to being a Eco diocese In order to support positive change. The ancient wisdom of the Bible is worth heeding. It challenges us all to be stewards not exploiters and to treat creation as a precious resource not a possession.

Services Next Sunday – 17th November 2nd Sunday before Advent                       

Weston-under-Penyard Family Communion 11.15 a.m.
Hope Mansel Village Praise 9.30 a.m.
 The Lea Parish Communion 9.30 a.m.
Aston Ingham Parish Communion 9.30 a.m.
Linton Holy Communion 8.00 a.m.
Upton Bishop Evensong 6.00 p.m.

Forthcoming Services & Events

The Christmas Bazaar@Weston Sat 23rd November 11-3pm, Weston Village Hall High quality Christmas stalls : Original Cards, Calendars, Candles, Ceramics, Crafts, Christmas Wreaths, Hamper Raffle, Tombola, Christmas Tree Auction, Jewellery, Interior Gifts + new Kiddies Corner. Sit down café for coffee, teas, fresh cakes, soups. Free gift from Father Christmas 12-1pm! Donations of Cakes and raffle prizes required please. helen@candhmorris.co.uk & lmarydunn@sky.com

THE LEA. Sat 16th November – Christmas Fayre & Soup Kitchen at Lea Village Hall 11am – 2.30pm – Artisan stalls selling crafts, gifts, paintings, Cakes & Local Produce, delicious homemade soups for sale. Free Entry and all proceeds to Lea Church. Few spare tables please contact Rose on 01989 750334 for further details.

It’s that time of year again folks! Yes – shoebox time! Could you fill a shoebox for a child this Christmas please ring Marion on 750808. If you need help or advice.  ‘toothpaste and sweets not allowed due to import controls’

Pitstop@HunsdonManor HR9 7PE  7pm – 8.30pm. Starting with a hot dish, then a sweet bite, then a nourishing talk. A fulfilling evening all round. PLEASE BOOK SUPPER on hunsdon_manor@hotmail.com                                                                                     

Please be aware that if you have any events you would like to advertise here, do please contact Debs directly (details below) and she will be pleased to include them.                                                 

Please pray for all who are sick, John Griffiths (UB) Tirsh Grigor , Joshua Hall & Family (Lin)

And remember all who have died:

Rev David Howell 01989 568736    email:   revdavidhowell@btinternet.com

If you would like to receive this pew sheet via email please email Debs debsparishsecretary@btinternet.com


3rd November

All Saints Day

Collect

God of holiness, your glory is proclaimed in every age: as we rejoice in the faith of your saints, inspire us to follow their example with boldness and joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Readings

Old Testament                        Daniel 7. 1-3, 15-18

New Testament                      Ephesians 1. 11-end

Gospel                                     Luke 6. 20-31

 

Today we celebrate all the saints who have gone before us. Some are famous, others quite ordinary. Most of them were people like us – women and men who opted into the way of living and believing shown by Jesus, citizens of a kingdom that is of this life as well as in heaven. That is a kingdom where all are valued, where failings are recognised and forgiven; a kingdom that is characterised by kindness and generosity, where blame and revenge have no place. In this kingdom we have hope that, despite our worst moments, we are loved for ourselves, and always included among God’s saints.

Who are God’s special people, the ones who will find joy with God in heaven? They are not necessarily the “great and the good”. They are not necessarily those who are powerful and successful. “Blessed are you who are poor,” says Jesus. Blessed are you who are hungry, who weep, who are excluded and defamed. Entry to God’s kingdom does not depend on wealth, power or happiness, or on being a respectable member of society. But it does involve a particular attitude of mind.

“Blessed are you who are poor,” he says, not because it’s comfortable being poor, not because anyone wouldn’t rather be rich, but because God will make sure there is a place for those who are poor in the kingdom, where all will be rich. Blessed are those who are hungry, not because it’s nice to be hungry, but because there is a heavenly banquet waiting. Life may be uncomfortable and difficult, but that’s not a reason for bitterness and hatred; it’s a reason for hope.

And what if we are not poor, or hungry, or excluded? That is possibly the most difficult bit of what Jesus says: “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you.” Those are very difficult things to do. They go against our human instincts. Our anger and resentment do not always seem to be under our control. We naturally want to blame those who hurt us, and we get angry with those who are close to us. But for that there is forgiveness, and another chance to live now within God’s kingdom with its values of generosity, kindness and love.                           David

 

Services Next Sunday – 10th November Remembrance Sunday                        

Weston-under-Penyard Remembrance Service 10.45 a.m.
Hope Mansel Remembrance Service 9.30 a.m.
 The Lea Remembrance Service 10.50 a.m.
Aston Ingham Remembrance Service 10.50 a.m.
Linton Remembrance Service 10.50 a.m.
Upton Bishop Remembrance Service 10.50 a.m.

 

Forthcoming Services & Events

WESTON CHRISTMAS BAZAAR Sat 23rd November 10 – 3 pm Weston Village Hall. helen@candhmorris.co.uk or Linda lmarydunn@sky.com

HOPE MANSEL CHURCH. Ukulele Concert, Fri 8th November 7pm, tickets £10 to include nibbles and a glass of wine from Mary, 01989762337, Mob 07791028793 or maryfreeman370@btinternet.com

THE LEA. Saturday 16th November – Christmas Fayre & Soup Kitchen at Lea Village Hall from 11am until 2.30pm – Artisan stalls selling crafts, gifts, paintings, Cakes & Local Produce, delicious homemade soups for sale. Free Entry and all proceeds to Lea Church. There are a few spare tables please contact Rose on 01989 750334 for further details.

It’s that time of year again folks! Yes – shoebox time! Could you fill a shoebox for a child this Christmas please ring Marion on 750808. If you need help or advice.  ‘toothpaste and sweets not allowed due to import controls’

Pitstop@HunsdonManor HR9 7PE Session 4. 7pm – 8.30pm. Starting with a hot dish, then a sweet bite, then a nourishing talk. A fulfilling evening all round. PLEASE BOOK YOUR SUPPER with Leila on  hunsdon_manor@hotmail.com 

 

Please be aware that if you have any events you would like to advertise here, do please contact Debs directly (details below) and she will be pleased to include them.                                                 

Please pray for all who are sick, John Griffiths (UB) Tirsh Grigor

And remember all who have died:  Sid Wall (WuP)

Rev David Howell 01989 568736    email:   revdavidhowell@btinternet.com

If you would like to receive this pew sheet via email please email Debs debsparishsecretary@btinternet.com

 

 


 

27th October

Last Sunday after Trinity

Collect

God of holiness, your glory is proclaimed in every age: as we rejoice in the faith of your saints, inspire us to follow their example with boldness and joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Readings

Old Testament                        Daniel 7. 1-3, 15-18

New Testament                      Ephesians 1. 11-end

Gospel                                     Luke 6. 20-31

 

Today we celebrate all the saints who have gone before us. Some are famous, others quite ordinary. Most of them were people like us – women and men who opted into the way of living and believing shown by Jesus, citizens of a kingdom that is of this life as well as in heaven. That is a kingdom where all are valued, where failings are recognised and forgiven; a kingdom that is characterised by kindness and generosity, where blame and revenge have no place. In this kingdom we have hope that, despite our worst moments, we are loved for ourselves, and always included among God’s saints.

Who are God’s special people, the ones who will find joy with God in heaven? They are not necessarily the “great and the good”. They are not necessarily those who are powerful and successful. “Blessed are you who are poor,” says Jesus. Blessed are you who are hungry, who weep, who are excluded and defamed. Entry to God’s kingdom does not depend on wealth, power or happiness, or on being a respectable member of society. But it does involve a particular attitude of mind.

“Blessed are you who are poor,” he says, not because it’s comfortable being poor, not because anyone wouldn’t rather be rich, but because God will make sure there is a place for those who are poor in the kingdom, where all will be rich. Blessed are those who are hungry, not because it’s nice to be hungry, but because there is a heavenly banquet waiting. Life may be uncomfortable and difficult, but that’s not a reason for bitterness and hatred; it’s a reason for hope.

And what if we are not poor, or hungry, or excluded? That is possibly the most difficult bit of what Jesus says: “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you.” Those are very difficult things to do. They go against our human instincts. Our anger and resentment do not always seem to be under our control. We naturally want to blame those who hurt us, and we get angry with those who are close to us. But for that there is forgiveness, and another chance to live now within God’s kingdom with its values of generosity, kindness and love.                           David

 

Services Next Sunday – 10th November Remembrance Sunday                        

Weston-under-Penyard Remembrance Service 10.45 a.m.
Hope Mansel Remembrance Service 9.30 a.m.
 The Lea Remembrance Service 10.50 a.m.
Aston Ingham Remembrance Service 10.50 a.m.
Linton Remembrance Service 10.50 a.m.
Upton Bishop Remembrance Service 10.50 a.m.

 

Forthcoming Services & Events

WESTON CHRISTMAS BAZAAR Sat 23rd November 10 – 3 pm Weston Village Hall. helen@candhmorris.co.uk or Linda lmarydunn@sky.com

HOPE MANSEL CHURCH. Ukulele Concert, Fri 8th November 7pm, tickets £10 to include nibbles and a glass of wine from Mary, 01989762337, Mob 07791028793 or maryfreeman370@btinternet.com

THE LEA. Saturday 16th November – Christmas Fayre & Soup Kitchen at Lea Village Hall from 11am until 2.30pm – Artisan stalls selling crafts, gifts, paintings, Cakes & Local Produce, delicious homemade soups for sale. Free Entry and all proceeds to Lea Church. There are a few spare tables please contact Rose on 01989 750334 for further details.

It’s that time of year again folks! Yes – shoebox time! Could you fill a shoebox for a child this Christmas please ring Marion on 750808. If you need help or advice.  ‘toothpaste and sweets not allowed due to import controls’

Pitstop@HunsdonManor HR9 7PE Session 4. 7pm – 8.30pm. Starting with a hot dish, then a sweet bite, then a nourishing talk. A fulfilling evening all round. PLEASE BOOK YOUR SUPPER with Leila on  hunsdon_manor@hotmail.com 

 

Please be aware that if you have any events you would like to advertise here, do please contact Debs directly (details below) and she will be pleased to include them.                                                 

Please pray for all who are sick, John Griffiths (UB) Tirsh Grigor

And remember all who have died:  Sid Wall (WuP)

Rev David Howell 01989 568736    email:   revdavidhowell@btinternet.com

If you would like to receive this pew sheet via email please email Debs debsparishsecretary@btinternet.com


27th October

Last Sunday after Trinity

 

Collect

Merciful God, teach us to be faithful in change and uncertainty, that trusting in your word and obeying your will we may enter the unfailing joy of Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Readings

Old Testament                        Joel 2. 23-end

New Testament                      2 Timothy 4. 6-8, 16-18

Gospel                                     Luke 18. 9-14

 

Recently there have been several ugly incidents of racism at soccer matches, in Hungary and here in UK.  The racism is based entirely on skin colour.

The Humanae Project has revealed that it is meaningless to talk in terms of black and white.  The whole of humanity is spread across a range of skin tint between measures of 30 to 340.  Everybody falls into this range somewhere.  The variety is simply explained.  Modern humans originated in Africa, probably in the region now known as Kenya, with a tint of 320 or 330.  As numbers rose humans spread into other regions, mostly northern and eastern.  In cooler climes the tint reduced so that vital vitamin D could be absorbed from the weaker sunlight.

Skin tint is unrelated to other features.  It says nothing about build, superiority, intellect, morality, character or any ability.  To assess someone on the basis of skin tint is to deceive oneself; the judgement is based on nothing.  Prejudice is revealed not only to be empty but a reflection on the judger, and his own deficient mentality.  Far from dividing us, colour unites us because we are all on the same spectrum.

In the Bible St Paul tells the Athenians that God made from one all the nations of the earth (Acts 17 v 26).  Our quest should be to pursue and celebrate our fundamental human unity, and the equality conferred by God’s love on each one.

Robin Noble

 

Services Next Sunday – 03rd November All Sai