21st April

Easter Sunday

 

Collect

Lord of all life and power, who through the mighty resurrection of your Son overcame the old order of sin and death to make all things new in him: grant that we, being dead to sin and alive to you in Jesus Christ, may reign with him in glory; to whom with you and the Holy Spirit be praise and honour, glory and might, now and in all eternity.

 

Readings

Old Testament                        Isaiah 65. 17-end

New Testament                      Acts 10. 34-43

Gospel                                     Luke 24. 1-12

 

Before today’s reading from Acts, Peter and John are sent by the Jerusalem church to Samaria to correct a situation in which Samaritan believers have been baptised in the name of the Lord Jesus, but have not received the Holy Spirit. But now we have a significantly different situation. Cornelius a Gentile, a Roman soldier, is experiencing a spiritual crisis, and seeks out Peter. Here Luke, who wrote both the Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles, is showing us how the Faith expands from Jerusalem to Samaria, both territories of Jewish people with shared traditions. Then comes that unique event which is the key to the rest of the book of Acts. Cornelius and his friends are clearly at a turning point in their lives and by their actions Peter sees that the Holy Spirit is not to be confined to any one group or nation. From this encounter with a Gentile, Peter and the people who knew Jesus came to accept that although Jesus experienced death, yet from what should have been a disastrous and ignominious end came hope and a world ready to be changed, because of his resurrection.

The Gospel reading gives an account of an event which still remains a mystery to us. To establish the trustworthiness of their account, the women were named and so became known to Christians of their generation and presumably open to being questioned about their experiences. They were the only people to get an explanation of what had taken place, given by Luke’s two men dressed in dazzling clothes.

Sadly, the women, who throughout the terrible events surrounding the execution of Jesus had shown greater loyalty and courage than even the closest men disciples, were not believed. It was such a dramatic story, but the men seemed not interested in what they took to be an idle tale. True, Peter did go and see, was amazed, then, instead of rushing back to confirm the women’s account, he went home!  He, like his fellow disciples, had not yet reached that moment when the significance of the story would become the reality which transformed him to such an extent that he became the first great missionary hero of the Church. It is in Luke’s sequel, the Acts of the Apostles, which tells how the Holy Spirit works so dramatically, yet through people just like us.                                                         Brian

Services Next Sunday – 28th April 2nd Sunday of Easter                        

Weston-under-Penyard Evensong 6.30 p.m.
Hope Mansel Village Praise 9.30 a.m.
 The Lea Children’s 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

BENEFICE CONFIRMATION’s Upton Bishop 26th May @ 10.30 am.

If you would like to be confirmed or know anyone in your Parish that would like to confirmed please contact David 01989 568736.

UPTON BISHOP. Christian Aid Coffee Morning, Sat 11th May 10am at Upton Bishop Church Home made cakes, bric-a-brac, plants and raffle.                                                                                                                               

 

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, Frank Gooch (AI), Jean Parsons (AI)

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

 

 


 

 

14th April

Palm Sunday

Collect

True and Humble King, hailed by the crowd as Messiah: grant us the faith to know you and love you, that we may be found beside you on the way of the cross, which is the path of Glory.

Readings

Old Testament                        Isaiah 50. 4-9a

New Testament                      Philippians 2. 5-11

Gospel                                     Luke 23. 1-49

Perhaps one of the most common opening lines when we meet someone is: ‘Hello, how are you? We British, being the reticent people we are, will most probably reply with a: ‘Fine thank you.’ It is a common reply whatever is going on in our lives at that moment. ‘How are you?’ is nevertheless an important question. How are we as a society and as a nation at this moment in time? Given our recent history; the ‘How are you?’ question I think touches quite deep.   Certainly, when looking back over several decades, I find it quite hard to remember a time when that sense of insecurity and being generally unsettled were so prominent and palpable in society. The political squabbles of Brexit have left many of us with a profound feeling of dismay. Factional and individual interests seem constantly to trump and overrule what many of us had taken for granted, namely a good sense of British pragmatism and common sense. There is a real fear that whoever shouts loudest or pushes hardest will get their way. A few years ago, when studying ethical approaches to making good decisions, those teaching me pointed out the importance of balancing the rights of the individual with perspectives that looked carefully at what might be for the overall good of society. The good of the many is to be an essential part of what is required. Perhaps it as an obvious thing to say but not everyone can have everything they want. A healthy society requires attentiveness to the overall good of its members especially the powerless, voiceless and marginalised.    A society that is ill at ease can very easily become a society where anger broods. I share, with others the deep concern at the rise in knife crime. Those on the social margins, often in dysfunctional families and lacking resources are prone to enter gangs where their longing for identity comes linked to crime and violence. Alice Thomson writing recently in the Times wrote…Violence is not a craze, it’s a symptom showing these children need care and consideration. “There’s an African saying, ‘If a child doesn’t feel part of a village they will burn it down for heat.”  Of course, we cannot excuse or overlook violence. The question is to how best to address it with lasting solutions. To the young everything can look precarious and fractious.  As Christians we have a long heritage of emphasising and working for the common good. The Old Testament longing for shalom and wellbeing overflow into the New Testament ethics of Christ’s kingly rule and reign. As Easter people we believe that death, destruction and evil do not have the last word. Ours are the values of love and hope and ours is the season to make a difference.   +Alistair  May 2019

Services Next Sunday – 21st April Easter Sunday                         

Weston-under-Penyard Family Communion 11.15 a.m.
Hope Mansel Parish Communion 9.30 a.m.
 The Lea Parish Communion 9.30 a.m.
Aston Ingham Parish Communion 9.30 a.m.
Linton Easter Vigil

Village Praise

Easter Egg Hunt

5.45 a.m.

10.00 am 11.00 am

Upton Bishop Parish Communion 11.15 a.m.

Forthcoming Services & Events

HOLY WEEK. Walks and Easter Services flyers are available in Churches.

BENEFICE CONFIRMATION’s Upton Bishop 26th May @ 10.30 am.

If you would like to be confirmed or know anyone in your Parish that would like to confirmed please contact David 01989 568736.

LINTON LENT. Every Thursday during Lent at 3pm starting on 7 March at Wrens Nest, Linton and will be studying Mark’s Gospel.

ASTON INGHAM LENT. On 6th March (for 6 weeks) Village Hall @ 2pm. WESTON LENT. On 13th March (for 5 weeks) The Rectory @ 7.30 pm.

UPTON BISHOP. Christian Aid Coffee Morning, Sat 11th May 10am at Upton Bishop Church Home made cakes, bric-a-brac, plants and raffle.                                                                                                                               

 

 

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, Frank Gooch (AI), Jean Parsons (AI)

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

 


07th April

5th Sunday of Lent

 

Collect

Most Merciful God, who by the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ delivered and saved the world: grant that by faith in him who suffered on the cross we may triumph in the power of his victory; 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 43. 16-21

New Testament                      Philippians 3. 4b-14

Gospel                                     John 12. 1-8

 

At Bethany, while Jesus is at dinner with Lazarus and Martha is serving, Mary anoints Jesus’ feet with costly perfume. When Judas Iscariot censures her for doing it, which he does for selfish and corrupt reasons, Jesus rebukes him and tells him to leave her alone.

 

Today’s Gospel reading is one of those intensely atmospheric stories, told with such powerful immediacy that, thousands of years later, we can envisage the scene unfolding before us. Jesus and his disciples have arrived in Bethany and he eats with his friends, Lazarus, Martha and Mary. We’re told that Lazarus is among the diners and Martha is serving at table. We might imagine that, amid the chatter and clatter, Mary’s entrance goes almost unnoticed, as she approaches Jesus and produces the costly oil. Then, perhaps, as the fragrance fills the air and people start to realise what she is doing, the noise dies down and a different, deeper atmosphere pervades the room.

 

This, of course, is an embellishment of the story as John relates it – an interpretation which brings out the humble boldness of Mary’s gesture, and the possible discomfort that people might feel at witnessing the scene. Although there were rituals associated with foot-washing and the use of nard, Mary’s actions were unusual, even eccentric. Although it is Judas who pipes up, perhaps it isn’t only he who disapproves. We might imagine the censorious frowns of the gathered assembly, who find Mary’s lavish and extravagant demonstration of love unseemly, uncomfortable, perhaps even disturbing.

David

 

Services Next Sunday – 14th April Palm Sunday                         

Weston-under-Penyard Parish Communion 9.30 a.m.
Hope Mansel
 The Lea Holy Communion 8.00 a.m.
Aston Ingham Service & 1st Walk 5.30 p.m.
Linton Family Service 11.15 a.m.
Upton Bishop Parish Communion 9.30 a.m.

 

Forthcoming Services & Events

BENEFICE CONFIRMATION’s Upton Bishop 26th May @ 10.30 am.

If you would like to be confirmed or know anyone in your Parish that would like to confirmed please contact David 01989 568736.

LENT. With Lent approaching it is time to ask yourself again – ‘am I a GUS or a TOM?’  If you are a TOM (Take On More), you might like to think about coming along to a Lent group.  It will be meeting every Thursday during Lent at 3pm starting on 7 March at Wrens Nest, Linton and will be studying Mark’s Gospel.  Please contact Charlotte and Adrian Newton on 01989 721124 or c.newton365@btinternet.com to let us know you are interested.  And GUS?  We’ll leave you to work that out for yourself… ASTON INGHAM LENT. On 6th March (for 6 weeks) Village Hall @ 2pm. WESTON LENT. On 13th March (for 5 weeks) The Rectory @ 7.30 pm.

UPTON BISHOP. Christian Aid Coffee Morning, Saturday 11th May 10am at Upton Bishop Church Home made cakes, bric-a-brac, plants and raffle.

HOPE MANSEL.  We are hosting a Coffee Morning in the church on Saturday 13th April from 10am – 12 Noon.    

 

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, Frank Gooch (AI), Jean Parsons (AI)

And remember all who have died, Ken Edwards (AI),

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

 

 


31st March

Mothering Sunday

 

Collect

God of compassion, whose son Jesus Christ, the child of Mary, shared the life of a home in Nazareth, and on the cross drew the whole human family to himself: strengthen us in our daily living that in joy and in sorrow we may know the power of your presence to bind together and to heal; 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                        Exodus 2. 1-10

New Testament                      2 Corinthians 1. 3-7

Gospel                                     Luke 2. 33-35

 

In an old episode of the American sitcom Roseanne, it is Mothers’ Day. The children are expected to cook for their mother, buy her gifts and make sure she has a relaxing, pleasant day, knowing how much she is valued. “Why isn’t there a kids’ day?” asks one of the children, grumpily. “Every day is kids’ day,” replies their father. Of course they don’t get it. They don’t yet have the life experience to understand the amount of work involved in bringing up children or the kind of self-sacrificing love that parents give.

Having children is a huge emotional risk and Mary was to find out just how big a risk bearing God’s Son really was. It is said we only borrow our children. In the end they are their own people and if they belong to anyone, they belong to God.

In the UK, Mothers’ Day is a festival at which, in times gone by, those who were scattered returned to their mother church. Its proper title, Mothering Sunday, tells us that it is not so much a day to celebrate mothers, as a day to celebrate mothering. If human mothers dedicate themselves to their children, so the Church dedicates itself, like a mother, to all who belong to it.

Some of us may have our own children, but we all live within the community of the Church, where each has a place in God’s plan. As God gave Mary and Joseph the huge responsibility of raising this child, whose task in life was to be so momentous, each of us is given those around us to support and nurture. But, as we do not own our children, neither do we own the people whom God has given to accompany us. They too belong to God. As the Church, our role is to provide the mothering we all need, whether children or adults.

If giving just the right amount of support is hard to judge, it may be even harder to accept the mother-like support that others would give us. It takes grace to recognise our need and to allow others to give us help. So let us learn to nurture one another as a mother nurtures her children – unselfishly – and let us work to make our own congregation and the wider Church a place of nurturing which does not judge, but loves unconditionally.

David

 

Services Next Sunday – 07th April 5th Sunday of Lent                         

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

BENEFICE CONFIRMATION’s Upton Bishop 26th May @ 10.30 am.

If you would like to be confirmed or know anyone in your Parish that would like to confirmed please contact David 01989 568736.

LENT. With Lent approaching it is time to ask yourself again – ‘am I a GUS or a TOM?’  If you are a TOM (Take On More), you might like to think about coming along to a Lent group.  It will be meeting every Thursday during Lent at 3pm starting on 7 March at Wrens Nest, Linton and will be studying Mark’s Gospel.  Please contact Charlotte and Adrian Newton on 01989 721124 or c.newton365@btinternet.com to let us know you are interested.  And GUS?  We’ll leave you to work that out for yourself… ASTON INGHAM LENT. On 6th March (for 6 weeks) Village Hall @ 2pm. WESTON LENT. On 13th March (for 5 weeks) The Rectory @ 7.30 pm.

 

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, Frank Gooch (AI), Jean Parsons (AI)

And remember all who have died, Ken Edwards (AI),

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