16th June

Trinity Sunday

 

Collect

Holy God, faithful and unchanging: enlarge our minds with the knowledge of your truth, and draw us more deeply into the mystery of your love, that we may truly worship you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

 

Readings

Old Testament                        Proverbs 8. 1-4, 22-31

New Testament                      Romans 5. 1-5

Gospel                                     John 16. 12-15

 

Judaism and Islam deny Christian understanding of the nature of God, three Persons, equal yet distinct, which the Church holds and teaches. We disagree because for us Jesus is not a man who either became chosen at his baptism as the Son of God, nor was he created from the beginning of Creation by the Father to enter human life at a time chosen by the Father to redeem the world, but we hold that being of the very substance of God, he could be at no time other than God. Neither Jews nor Muslims can believe in the divinity of Jesus. At best, both Faiths respect Jesus as a prophet.

But the ideas we do share are important and need to be remembered and respected. We are all people of the Book; we might hold different interpretations, but we all believe in one God. We are all aware that he operates in us and through us and we recognise he has given us rules of conduct to obey. We are all called to willing obedience of a loving and merciful God. Together we share, however broadly, the idea of God as creator of the universe. To a limited degree, we share a belief in life after death, though not what such a life holds for us.

Trinity Sunday reminds us of that particular and unique understanding of God, Father, Son and Holy Ghost, who we call the Trinity. Though perhaps hinted at, the notion of the Trinity is never clearly stated in detail in the New Testament.  As late as 325 A.D. the Council of Nicea gave us the Creed which we use at the Eucharist and is the Church’s basic understanding of the nature of God. It was hammered out during the fourth century, and disputes about what should be included occupied most of the century. The problem then, as it is now, lay in human inability to express adequately just what the nature of God is and we can easily make him too human, too small, to be God.                                         Brian

 

Services Next Sunday – 23rd June 1st Sunday after Trinity                        

Weston-under-Penyard Evensong 6.30 p.m.
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.
Linton Mattins 11.15 a.m.
Upton Bishop Parish Communion 9.30 a.m.

 

Forthcoming Services & Events

 

THE LEA.  ‘Open Garden & Afternoon Tea’ at Castle End, Lea, HR9 7JY, by kind permission of Captain Martin Lowe & Mrs Sarah Lowe, on SATURDAY 22ND JUNE, from 2pm-4.30pm – Entry £10 to include Pimm’s and Afternoon Tea.  Raffle.  All proceeds to St John the Baptist Church, Lea. Please book via Rose Savidge 01989 750334, Alice Basey 07753 771214.

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,

And remember all who have died: Barry Holmes (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

 

 


09th June

Pentecost

 

Collect

Holy Spirit, sent by the Father, ignite in us your Holy fire; strengthen your children with the gift of faith, revive your Church with the breath of love, and renew the face of the earth, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Readings

Old Testament                        Acts 2. 1-21

New Testament                      Romans 8. 14-17

Gospel                                     John 14. 8-17

Corpus Christi – what does it mean?

I spent Easter Day in Rome this year, as part of my sabbatical/study leave– my first ever Holy Week away from ministry since ordination!  I visited the Venerable English College, the Roman Catholic seminary in the heart of Rome, where I had been an Anglican student on placement for four months, 1981-2, prior to ordination.  It was lovely to relive memories of that time, which was very important in my formation.  Of course, I can never resist an extract from my diary.  It refers to a procession of the Blessed Sacrament taking place:

22 October 1981  The neighbouring church of San Lorenzo is having a ‘forty hours devotion’ of the Blessed Sacrament, so I go next door to look on.  As the procession of the Sacrament is forming up, one of the servers turns to me and asks if I’m from the college.  On replying ‘si’ he gets me to carry one of the 8 poles attached to the canopy over the Sacrament. Dressed in my jeans, the only religious garments provided are a pair of white nylon gloves, which I don.  The procession sets off – alas my ‘other half’ on the canopy is an Italian man about four feet tall, so our end of the canopy bucks and stutters, rather like a pantomime horse…..

I mention this, as this month, of course, sees the great feast of Corpus Christi, on Thursday 20 June – always the Thursday after Trinity Sunday – so a moveable feast.  It’s kept with great solemnity in Catholic countries, and the procession of the Sacrament is a great community event, with all involved, and the procession moving through the streets of towns and villages.   In this country, our celebration of the feast is more muted but still important, and I do encourage us to remember and keep it.  Why?  Because I think that, sometimes, we take the Holy Communion for granted – even as routine.  Corpus Christi encourages us to realise afresh the enormity of what we believe – that God himself comes down to us – that we can receive him into our very selves under the form of bread and wine and that this Real Presence gives us hope and strength for the pilgrim journey.  What a wonderful gift we are offered each week in our churches – if we will but hold out our hands to receive that gift!

Why not join us at Hereford Cathedral, where we have a lovely celebration of the feast of Corpus Christi?   It may not be quite as they do it in Rome but it always revives my faith and I hope it will yours too.

Here’s the note for your diary: Thursday 20 June, 5.30pm.  Choral Eucharist and Procession of the Sacrament, followed by wine and other refreshments in the Chapter House Garden. You’ll find a warm welcome!  There’s a special invitation to members of the Bishop’s Council to attend, prior to their evening meeting. With prayers and good wishes           Michael Tavinor        Dean

Services Next Sunday – 16th June  Trinity Sunday                       

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 Village Praise 9.30 a.m.
Linton Holy Communion 8.00 a.m.
Upton Bishop Evensong 6.00 p.m.

 

Forthcoming Services & Events

WESTON UNDER PENYARD “Flower Demonstration Weston Church Wednesday 12th June 10.30 am, Julia Wilde demonstrates simple flower arrangements. £5 to include coffee and cake. Proceeds to Weston Church. More Info Marilyn 564584, marilynebrookes@gmail.com. All welcome.

WESTON..  Do you have ONE hour to spare for our Annual Spring Clean, Saturday June 15th 10 -12mid day, tea & biscuits provided,

THE LEA.  ‘Open Garden & Afternoon Tea’ at Castle End, Lea, HR9 7JY, by kind permission of Captain Martin Lowe & Mrs Sarah Lowe, on SATURDAY 22ND JUNE, from 2pm-4.30pm – Entry £10 to include Pimm’s and Afternoon Tea.  Raffle.  All proceeds to St John the Baptist Church, Lea. Please book via Rose Savidge 01989 750334, Alice Basey 07753 771214.                                                                                                                              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,

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


02nd June

7th Sunday of Easter

 

Collect

Risen, ascended Lord, as we rejoice at your triumph, fill your Church on earth with power and compassion, that all who are estranged by sin may find forgiveness and know your peace, to the glory of God the Father.

Readings

Old Testament                        Acts 16. 16-34

New Testament                      Revelation 22. 12-14, 16-17, 20-end

Gospel                                     John 17. 20-end

 

“Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do.” (John 14:12)

 

In today’s Gospel reading Jesus affirms that the Father dwells within him, and that he dwells within the Father. The things he says and does are said and done by the Father who is within him. In today’s passage from Acts we hear the first part of Peter’s sermon. In the verse immediately following this reading, Peter affirms that the miracles, wonders and signs that everyone had witnessed Jesus perform were done by God through Jesus. So if you’ve seen Jesus and what he does and how he behaves, you’ve seen what the Father is like, too. In our reading from John’s Gospel this is what Jesus tells Philip in response to his request, “show us the Father, and we will be satisfied”.

 

Jesus also says that the Father will send the Spirit in his name. Just as Jesus is within the Father and the Father is within him, this Spirit, he says, will abide with you and be “in you” and will teach you. In Acts we see this come to fruition; the Spirit rushes like the wind to rest upon and dwell within the followers of Jesus. And it is indiscriminate. Jews “from every nation” are present, and Luke lists many of the nationalities in attendance (everyone was in Jerusalem to celebrate Pentecost). Peter, quoting the prophet Joel, makes it clear that women as well as men, slaves as well as free, those who are old as well as young, would have God’s Spirit poured upon them, “upon all flesh”.                                                               David

Services Next Sunday – 9TH June Pentecost

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

Forthcoming Services & Events

WESTON UNDER PENYARD “Flower Demonstration Weston Church Wednesday 12th June 10.30 am, Julia Wilde demonstrates simple flower arrangements. £5 to include coffee and cake. Proceeds to Weston Church. More Info Marilyn 564584, marilynebrookes@gmail.com. All welcome.

WESTON  Do you have ONE hour to spare for our Annual Spring Clean, Saturday June 15th 10 -12mid day, tea & biscuits provided,

HOPE MANSEL Flower festival 7th-9th June 10am to 4pm, refreshments served all day. Theme this year is “ I AM ……………………”

Fellowship @ Hunsdon Manor HR9 7PE New Series 1: 30pm till 3pm. Rev David will lead a 6 title series – Puzzling Questions. Light informal and friendly, start with tea and chat, then video to discuss. Come when you can, whether each week or only one, you are always welcome. info Helen Morris 762221 helen@candhmorris.co.uk Park in Hunsdon Manor Gardens.

THE LEA.  ‘Open Garden & Afternoon Tea’ at Castle End, Lea, HR9 7JY, by kind permission of Captain Martin Lowe & Mrs Sarah Lowe, on SATURDAY 22ND JUNE, from 2pm-4.30pm – Entry £10 to include Pimm’s and Afternoon Tea.  Raffle.  All proceeds to St John the Baptist Church, Lea. Please book via Rose Savidge 01989 750334, Alice Basey 07753 771214.

Thy Kingdom Come After the very first Ascension Day the disciples gathered with Mary, constantly devoting themselves to prayer while they waited for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost (Acts 1 v 2).  What started in 2016 as an invitation from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to the Church of England, The Kingdom Come has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer, focussed on these 11 days, that invites Christians around the world to pray for more people to come to know Jesus.   Specifically, we are all invited to pray that God’s Spirit might work in the lives of 5 friends who have not responded with their ‘Yes’ to God’s call.  For more information and resources please visit the website www.thykingdomcome.global.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.                                                 

And remember all who have died,  Peggy Laws (Lea/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


26th May

6th Sunday of Easter

 

Collect

God our redeemer, you have delivered us from the power of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of your Son: grant, that as by his death he has recalled us to life, so by his continual presence in us he may raise us to eternal joy; 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                        Acts 16. 9-15

New Testament                      Revelation 21. 10, 22-22.5

Gospel                                     John 14. 23-29

 

I sometimes hear the expression P L U.  It means “people like us”.  It is used to identify those with whom the user wants to associate, make friends with or even live among.  P L Us will reflect my own appearance, tastes, opinions, “social position”, sounds, values and sporting allegiance.  The fact that they exist assures me that I am right to be what I am.

As for non P L Us, they are to be looked down on, looked up to, looked askance at or at any rate to be contacted as little as possible.  There is an argument that this attitude is normal and natural.  But there is another view.

Scripture commands us to love our neighbour.  When asked, Jesus defined our neighbour in terms of a Samaritan.  To his listeners this was deeply shocking, because the Samaritans were as non P L U as it was possible to be.  The challenge Jesus issues is for our fulfilment of the command to lead us into encounter with the non P L U world, to experience its enriching variety, to overcome our narrowness, to lift our eyes above the illusions of race and nationality, to meet the people and to love them.

We need feel no threat; our identity is secured by our experience of God’s love for us.  And we know that God loves our neighbour just as much, P L U or not, so he is our brother.  We owe him our love, not our suspicion.   We are called to live in the whole abundant wonder of God’s wide world rather than in a small mirror-lined box.                                         Robin

Services Next Sunday – 2nd June 7th Sunday of Easter                        

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

ASCENSION DAY. 30th May Ariconium Benefice Service 7.30 pm @ Weston Under Penyard, all welcome to join the service even if you do not wish to climb the Tower.

WESTON UNDER PENYARD “Flower Demonstration – Come and join us in Weston Church on Wednesday 12th June 10.30 am to see Julia Wilde demonstrate simple flower arrangements.  £5 to include coffee and cake.  Proceeds to Weston Church Funds. If possible, please let Marilyn know if you can come 564584 or email marilynebrookes@gmail.com. All welcome.

BENEFICE BIBLE GROUP. New initiative! We are hoping to start a small regular Bible Study in the Benefice on a Wednesday afternoon at 5.00pm here at Broomhall, Upton Bishop to start with. First meeting planned for May 22nd, and all welcome. Questions? Ring Graham or Ann on 780600

Fellowship @ Hunsdon Manor HR9 7PE New Series Wed May 1st, 1: 30pm till 3pm. Rev David will lead a new 6 title series – Puzzling Questions. Light informal and friendly, start with tea and chat, then video to discuss. Come when you can, whether each week or only one, you are always welcome. info Helen Morris 762221 helen@candhmorris.co.uk Park in Hunsdon Manor Gardens.                                                                            Thy Kingdom Come  After the very first Ascension Day the disciples gathered with Mary, constantly devoting themselves to prayer while they waited for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost (Acts 1 v 2).  What started in 2016 as an invitation from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to the Church of England, The Kingdom Come has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer, focussed on these 11 days, that invites Christians around the world to pray for more people to come to know Jesus.   Specifically, we are all invited to pray that God’s Spirit might work in the lives of 5 friends who have not responded with their ‘Yes’ to God’s call.  For more information and resources please visit the website www.thykingdomcome.global.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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,

And remember all who have died,  Peggy Laws (L)

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


19th May

5th Sunday of Easter

Collect

Risen Christ, your wounds declare your love for the world and the wonder of your risen life: give us compassion and courage to risk ourselves for those we serve, to the glory of God the Father.

Readings

Old Testament                        Acts 11. 1-18

New Testament                      Revelation 21. 1-6

Gospel                                     John 13. 31-35

The book of the Revelation of St. John the Divine, to give it its full title, is not just odd, it was written to be odd, or at least it is how it seems to me. Usually in any study of a document as old as this, we look for clues as to its author, its date of composition and what was happening at the time when it was written. In this book we are up against a number of problems because there are no reliable answers to our questions.  So, that being the case, and being mindful of the tourist who asked the oldest inhabitant of Ross how to get to Monmouth, only to be told “If I were you, I wouldn’t start from here at all!”, we can at least have a look at what has to be the most regular reading at a funeral. There are several interesting points here.  We begin by asking just what is wrong with things as they are? Do we need a new HEAVEN as well? Of course, from day 1 somebody, usually around election time, has offered us their vision of the NEW Earth, which happily coincides with their election manifesto. But notice, we are due for a new Heaven as well. So, what is wrong with our present issue, which seems pretty remote anyway and beset by harps and choir practices?  It is genuinely difficult to reconcile marriage practices then and now. In our Western culture today, we look askance at an arranged marriage, even if it has always been the norm in countries of the Middle East and the Orient generally. We see the parable of the wise and foolish bridesmaids, when some remained awake and others dozed in the New Testament, when the first time the bride saw her husband as he came to collect her. Here the Holy City, rebuilt after the destruction by the Romans in AD70, but now fully restored to be enjoyed by the whole world, is returned to that position which every bride fulfils as the focus of hope for the future, the bonding of two families and the foundation of a new family life distinct from either.   The idea of God dwelling with his people belongs to the more primitive stories in the Old Testament, when he led them through the wilderness to the promised land and saw off any rival gods around. But as a result of this vision of John, the population is to be in a sort of spiritual frozen land, where the normal human experiences of life and the accompanying pain will cease. But how then will there be a future generation, if pain, suffering, death are to be no more?  Then there are the alpha and the omega, the first and the last letters of the Greek alphabet. Between them, all the wisdom, the philosophy and the science which we still treasure, were written by the most amazing thinkers any civilisation ever produced. The Revelation was written in Greek, thus all its puzzling wisdom also fell between the same letters used by Socrates and the same great thinkers, though it offers nothing to compare. But finally, to return to our moment in time, if you have a spiritual thirst, you will not have to pay the water-carrier for that which satisfies for a moment, but drink of those eternal truths which alone satisfy.                                                                                      Brian

Services Next Sunday – 26th May 6th Sunday of Easter                        

Weston-under-Penyard UPTON BISHOP ARICONIUM BENEFICE

CONFIRMATION SERVICE & LMDG COMMISSIONING

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

Forthcoming Services & Events

WESTON UNDER PENYARD “Flower Demonstration – Come and join us in Weston Church on Wednesday 12th June 10.30 am to see Julia Wilde demonstrate simple flower arrangements.  £5 to include coffee and cake.  Proceeds to Weston Church Funds. If possible, please let Marilyn know if you can come tel 564584 or email marilynebrookes@gmail.com.  Every one welcome.”

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.

BENEFICE BIBLE GROUP. New initiative! We are hoping to start a small regular Bible Study in the Benefice on a Wednesday afternoon at 5.00pm here at Broomhall, Upton Bishop to start with. First meeting planned for May 22nd, and all welcome. Any questions? Ring Graham or Ann on 780600 anytime.

UPTON BISHOP. Join us on 24th May at 6pm at Upton Bishop Church for a Friday night ALL AGAES EUCHARIST, followed by a fish and chip supper. All welcome. No charge but donations for the food welcome.

Fellowship @ Hunsdon Manor HR9 7PE New Series Wed May 1st, 1: 30pm till 3pm. Rev David will lead a new 6 title series – Puzzling Questions. Light informal and friendly, start with tea and chat, then video to discuss. Come when you can, whether each week or only one, you are always welcome. info Helen Morris 01989 762221 helen@candhmorris.co.uk Park in Hunsdon Manor Gardens.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             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, 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

 


12th May

4th Sunday of Easter

Collect

Risen Christ, faithful shepherd of your Fathers sheep: teach us to hear your voice and to follow your command, that all your people may be gathered into one flock, to the glory of God the Father.

Readings

Old Testament                        Acts 9. 36-end

New Testament                      Revelation 7. 9-end

Gospel                                     John 10. 22-30

Years ago, when I was teaching in a large Comprehensive School in Oxfordshire, the class-room next door was the domain of Harold. He taught English and part of the kit supplied to his Department by a progressive Education Authority, was a tape-recorder. I don’t mean small and flimsy; this was a big, heavy machine using 7-inch spools of magnetic tape. A range of teaching material suitable for his classes was pre-recorded, so all Harold had to do was switch it on It was one of Harold’s chief complaints that the machine did not play parts of the lesson.  The Technical Department was baffled. But one day I found Harold laboriously winding the magnetic tape around a chair, rather like someone with a skein of wool. As he was winding the best part of a thousand feet of tape, he was taking most of the lunch-break and every so often, by accident, he twisted it so that a signal did not reach the play-back head. It seems that nobody had told him that the machine could rewind the tape all on its own! You pressed the rewind button and off it went. Harold became a changed man! He also ate lunch!

God’s love is there for all people to experience. But recent events world-wide have shown just how many people, while pretending to be teachers of their Faith have turned over a vital part of the tape and only hear a message which lacks important elements for all humanity. The truths of Islam are not faithfully reproduced in minds capable of mass-killing today, anymore than Christian truths were in the history of imperial colonialism, going back to the Crusades. Muslim extremists are using modern methods to rewind the faith expressed in the Koran while twisting and distorting the message to influence the minds of young people who by the very nature of adolescence are always going to be revolutionary, whatever their religious faith. Perhaps the violent mass-murder of Christians in Sri Lanka and the attacks upon Mosques in Britain may call Christian and Muslim together to make sure the right button is pressed to allow our shared heritage to be better understood by both. Do we have the courage to press the rewind button and hear the complete message?                 Brian

Services Next Sunday – 19th May 5th Sunday of Easter                        

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 LEA. “Come Fly and Dine With Me” 2 Course meal and Talk by airline pilot Captain Richard Basey, Thursday 16th May, Lea Village Hall @ 7.30 pm. Tickets £12.50, bring your own drink. Tickets to be reserved in advance from Rose Savidge 01989 750334, or Alice Basey 07753 771214, proceeds to Lea Church. Please inform us of any dietary requirements.

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.

BENEFICE BIBLE GROUP. New initiative! We are hoping to start a small regular Bible Study in the Benefice on a Wednesday afternoon at 5.00pm here at Broomhall, Upton Bishop to start with. Our first meeting is planned for May 22nd, and everyone is welcome no matter which church you attend or none. Any questions? Ring Graham or Ann on 780600 anytime.

UPTON BISHOP. Join us on 24th May at 6pm at Upton Bishop Church for a Friday night ALL AGES EUCHARIST, followed by a fish and chip supper. All welcome. No charge but donations for the food welcome.

Fellowship @ Hunsdon Manor HR9 7PE New Series The group restarts Wednesday May 1st, 1: 30pm till 3pm. Rev David will lead a new 6 title series – Puzzling Questions. Light informal and friendly, we start with tea and chat, then video to discuss. Come when you can, whether each week or only one, you are always welcome.  More info Helen Morris 01989 762221 helen@candhmorris.co.uk Please park round the corner in Hunsdon Manor Gardens                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             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, 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


05th May

3rd Sunday of Easter

Collect

Risen Christ, you filled your disciples with boldness and fresh hope: strengthen us to proclaim your risen life and fill us with your peace, to the glory of God the Father.

Readings

Old Testament                        Acts 9. 1-6

New Testament                      Revelation 5. 11-end

Gospel                                     John 21. 1-19

This is the third time that the risen Christ appears to the disciples, who are fishing but have caught nothing all night. At Jesus’ command they cast their nets on the right side of the boat, and the catch is too great to haul in. Jesus then gives Simon Peter an instruction in three variations: “Feed my lambs”; “Tend my sheep”; “Feed my sheep”.

Let’s stand in Simon Peter’s shoes and hear Jesus’ words addressed to us. For this instruction – the command to sustain, nurture and take care of one another – is as surely addressed to each and every one of us, here and now, as it was to the great fisherman on the lakeshore, two thousand years ago.

Daunting, isn’t it? Often we shrink in stature in the face of it. We might suddenly feel underfed ourselves, more in need of being fed, sustained and nurtured than capable of feeding, sustaining and nurturing anyone else. We’re just here to sing and pray and, well, put in an appearance, while other people – Simon Peter, or Saul, are better placed to actually feed Jesus’ lambs and tend his sheep.

But, contrary to what our shrinking selves might think, each of us does indeed have the gifts and talents we need. In today’s Bible readings we have heard the stories of people fulfilling their potential. Yet they had no history, precedent or Christian tradition to follow. There were no saints, no churches, no hymns, prayers, priests, scripture or liturgy to follow, yet they found a way to be obedient to Jesus’ command.

Your sheep-feeding talents may be obvious, or may be completely unexpected – something you might not dream you’re capable of. It may be volunteering at a food bank, or fixing bicycles, or even, literally, feeding sheep – who knows? So let’s start by praying for grace and guidance, and leave today committed to exploring new ways of being obedient to Jesus’ command.

David

Services Next Sunday – 12th May 4th Sunday of Easter                        

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

Forthcoming Services & Events

THE LEA. “Come Fly and Dine With Me” 2 Course meal and Talk by airline pilot Captain Richard Basey, Thursday 16th May, Lea Village Hall @ 7.30 pm. Tickets £12.50, bring your own drink. Tickets to be reserved in advance from Rose Savidge 01989 750334, or Alice Basey 07753 771214, proceeds to Lea Church. Please inform us of any dietary requirements.

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. BENEFICE BIBLE GROUP. New initiative! We are hoping to start a small regular Bible Study in the Benefice on a Wednesday afternoon at 5.00pm here at Broomhall, Upton Bishop to start with. Our first meeting is planned for May 22nd, and everyone is welcome no matter which church you attend or none. Any questions? Ring Graham or Ann on 780600 anytime.  UPTON BISHOP. Join us on 24th May at 6pm at Upton Bishop Church for a Friday night ALL AGAES EUCHARIST, followed by a fish and chip supper. All welcome. No charge but donations for the food welcome.

Fellowship @ Hunsdon Manor HR9 7PE New Series The group restarts Wednesday May 1st, from 1: 30pm till 3pm. Rev David will lead a new 6 title series – Puzzling Questions. Light informal and friendly, we start with tea and chat, then video to discuss. Come along when you can, whether you can manage each week or only one, you are always welcome.  More information from Helen Morris 01989 762221 helen@candhmorris.co.uk Please park round the corner in Hunsdon Manor Gardens

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, 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

 


28th April

2nd Sunday of Easter

Collect

Risen Christ, for whom no door is locked, no entrance barred: open the doors of our hearts, that we may seek the good of others and walk the joyful road of sacrifice and peace, to the praise of God the Father.

 

Readings

Old Testament                        Acts 5. 27-32

New Testament                      Revelation 1. 4-8

Gospel                                     John 20. 19-end

 

The joy of Easter was this year overshadowed by the news from Sri Lanka of an horrific attack on Christians which has killed over 300 innocent people.  The targeting centred on Churches at worship, and hotels accommodating western guests presumed to be Christians.  It has been suggested that this action was in response to the massacre of Muslims in Christchurch New Zealand which occurred a few weeks ago.  What connection the attackers could possibly have established between the Christchurch attacker and the victims of the Sri Lanka attacks defies explanation, but then the terrorist mentality defies explanation in rational terms.  There are three things to say….

First, these attackers were not Muslims, they were terrorists, more in the I S mould.  They might wear that label as a fig leaf, but there is no connection between their actions and any content of Islam.  Ordinary Muslims will find their actions an embarrassing disgrace, just as Christians would if the Christchurch attacker claimed to be a Christian, and as they did when Anders Brevik tried it.

Second, we should value our freedom and security. We take it for granted that we are safe in this country to practise our faith as we see fit.  We should be all the more aware that there are Christians who are in disadvantage, indeed mortal danger, for their loyalty to the risen Lord.  Their example is a healthy check to our complacency.

Third, we should pray, hard and sincerely, for all those victims and those who mourn them, and for ourselves, that we be inspired by the steadfastness of imperilled Christians, be more fervent in our faith and vigilant lest our freedom here or anywhere becomes eroded by those who mean us harm or who simply don’t care.                                    Robin

 

Services Next Sunday – 05th May 3rd Sunday of Easter                        

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. “Come Fly and Dine With Me” 2 Course meal and Talk by airline pilot Captain Richard Basey, Thursday 16th May, Lea Village Hall @ 7.30 pm. Tickets £12.50, bring your own drink. Tickets to be reserved in advance from Rose Savidge 01989 750334, or Alice Basey 07753 771214, proceeds to Lea Church. Please inform us of any dietary requirements.

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.

BENEFICE BIBLE GROUP. New initiative! We are hoping to start a small regular Bible Study in the Benefice on a Wednesday afternoon at 5.00pm here at Broomhall, Upton Bishop to start with. Our first meeting is planned for May 22nd, and everyone is welcome no matter which church you attend or none. Any questions? Ring Graham or Ann on 780600 anytime.

Fellowship @ Hunsdon Manor HR9 7PE New Series The group restarts Wednesday May 1st, from 1: 30pm till 3pm. Rev David will lead a new 6 title series – Puzzling Questions. Light informal and friendly, we start with tea and chat, then video to discuss. Come along when you can, whether you can manage each week or only one, you are always welcome.  More information from Helen Morris 01989 762221 helen@candhmorris.co.uk Please park round the corner in Hunsdon Manor Gardens                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             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,

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


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