25th August

10th Sunday after Trinity

 

Collect

Lord of heaven and earth, as Jesus taught his disciples to be persistent in prayer, give us patience and courage never to lose hope, but always to bring our prayers before you; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Readings

Old Testament                        Jeremiah 1. 4-10

New Testament                      Hebrews 12. 18-end

Gospel                                     Luke 13. 10-17

 

A few years ago there was a televised conversation between Prof Richard Dawkins, scientist and militant atheist, and Johnathan Sachs, Chief Rabbi.  Prof Dawkins pointed out several abuses of religion; cruelty, violence, bigotry and division (alas there are plenty) and concluded that religion in general was a bad thing and therefore he would have nothing to do with it.  Rabbi Sachs said he understood, but took the debate into the Dawkins court.  He said there were plenty of examples of bad science.  But the answer to bad science was not no science, but good science. Similarly, the answer to bad religion is not no religion but good religion.

In today’s Gospel Jesus grapples with bad religion.  The Sabbath, originally a good thing, had become a monster, dominant and legalistic and full of contradictions.  Jesus healed a sick woman on the Sabbath, in the Synagogue, and went on to point out that compassion and healing, kindness and relationships, mattered more than religion, no matter how traditional.

This is a matter of proportion.  Religion is man-made.   It is a world of customs, rules, definitions, rituals, ceremonial and other buttresses to our insecurities.  Real faith is based on a relationship with God.  In the case of Christianity this relationship centres on the person of Jesus.  Now, man-made religion can be helpful – the beauty of buildings and adornments, the loveliness of music, the lilt of poetry and many other features which are far from “bad” religion.  But we must preserve a sense of proportion – these are not a substitute for faith.  The relationship with God, and each other, should be our sharpest focus.  Otherwise we risk drifting by default into the Dawkins camp, and we wouldn’t want that, would we?     Robin

 

Services Next Sunday – 01st September 11th Sunday after Trinity                        

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

Weston WHAT RUBBISH! Plastic Waste – What can WE do?

Café Church at Weston Village Hall HR9 7PA Sunday 29th September at 11:45 am – 12:45 pm Weston Church is hosting a special event at Weston Village Hall. Find out what Tear Fund is doing about PLASTIC WASTE.  How can we help others? What can we do to reduce waste? Quiz to start at 11:45 am Lunch will be served at 12 pm Interactive Presentation for all ages / Pop up shops / Soup, Bread & Cheese Lunch / Coffee and Puddings After.  All welcome! Bring your friends and Family!  No other services will be held on this Sunday. Please book your lunch with Linda. For more info  contact Rev David Howell 01989 568736, Helen helen@candhmorris.co.uk

Book your Lunch with Linda on lmarydunn@sky.com

Lea.  Lea Friday Painters are holding a Macmillan coffee morning on Friday 27th September at 10:30am in Lea Village Hall. Everyone welcome.

New Fellowship @ Hunsdon Manor HR9 7PE. The last session of the Y course will be held at 1:30 pm on Wednesday 4th September. Then there will be a break. Next month October 9th we will be starting afresh! NEW COURSE ! NEW TIME! BUT SAME PLACE! Puzzling Questions! A magazine style to explore together questions of faith for those who have a lot, a little or none at all. Refreshments at 7:00pm Video at 7:30pm followed by informal discussion. Finish at 8:30pm. All welcome. For Info contact Rev David Howell revdavidhowell@btinternet.com  01989 568736 or Helen helen@candhmorris.co.uk  01989762221

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:

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

 


18th August

9th Sunday after Trinity

 

Collect

Gracious Father, revive your Church in our day, and make her holy, strong and faithful, for your glory’s sake in Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Readings

Old Testament                        Isaiah 5. 1-7

New Testament                      Hebrews 11. 29 thru 12 .2

Gospel                                     Luke 12. 49-56

 

The Greek poet Homer tells of the prophetess Cassandra. The god Apollo gave her the gift of prophecy in exchange for her love. But she was unfaithful, so in revenge he ensured that her prophetic gift would remain, but nobody would believe her and think her insane.  Her fate has been shared by visionaries ever since. For example, we have the Old Testament Prophet Jeremiah, who warned of forthcoming national disaster. His words were scorned and like Cassandra, he was thought to be mad. But his prophecy came true when Jerusalem was captured by the Babylonians in 587 B.C.

The capture of Jerusalem in A.D. 70 by the Romans and the destruction of the Temple were recent events for the Gospel writers and still terribly painful to the Nation. Yet when Jesus warned of the coming doom of Jerusalem, his words were derided and even thrown back at him by the inhabitants at his crucifixion. Luke also tells us that Jesus quotes from Chapter 7 verse 6 of the Book of the prophet Micah when describing family members turning against each other in Israel as the threat of Babylonian invasion grows.

In 410A.D. the city of Rome in its turn, was sacked by Alaric the Visigoth and St. Jerome describing the event in a letter, wrote;

“Who could imagine that the proud city, with its careless security and its boundless wealth, is brought so low that her children are outcasts and beggars?”  He could have been an inhabitant of Jerusalem some 340 years before, experiencing the merciless destruction of the city by the Roman Army and the desecration of the Temple.

In another work St. Jerome writes;

“Tell this tale to those who come after, so that they may know that even in the midst of swords and deserts and wild beasts, virtue is never made a captive and that he who has surrendered himself to Christ may be slain but cannot be conquered.”

In our day, modern tyrants who attack Christians in many parts of the world quite as viciously as any Roman Emperor did, would probably think Jerome to be mad also.

Brian

Services Next Sunday – 25th August 10th Sunday after Trinity                        

Weston-under-Penyard Evensong 6.30 p.m.
Hope Mansel Parish Communion 9.30 a.m.
 The Lea
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  

Fellowship@Hunsdon Manor HR9 7PE Wednesdays @ 1.30pm – 3.00pm Good cakes! Good video talk!  Good discussion!   led by Rev. David.

Community Larder in Ross Most benefice churches support the Ross Community Larder. It is much needed and stocks of groceries are often very low at this time of the year. There tends to be a glut at Harvest Festival time, and again at Christmas when consciences are pricked, but a dearth for much of the year. This is even worse during school holidays with kids around. Can we ask you to think again about your support?

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)

And remember all who have died: William Bennett (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

 

 


11th August

8th Sunday after Trinity

 

Collect

Lord God, your Son left the riches of heaven and became poor for our sake: when we prosper save us from pride, when we are needy save us from despair, that we may trust in you alone; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Readings

Old Testament                        Isaiah 1. 1, 10-20

New Testament                      Hebrews 11. 1-3, 8-16

Gospel                                     Luke 12. 32-40

 

Words of comfort and assurance, that God wants to give us the kingdom, are followed by an exhortation to live simply and charitably, relying on heavenly rather than earthly treasure. Jesus likens faithful people to slaves waiting for their master to return from a wedding. Those who wait in a state of watchful preparedness will be rewarded.

 

Today’s Gospel follows on from the beautiful and often-quoted passage in which Jesus illustrates his teaching with the examples of the birds and the lilies. God provides for them, so they have no need to stockpile food, toil or spin. This, then, provides the context and sets the tone for today’s reading, as Jesus continues with more words of comfort and reassurance, telling his listeners, “it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom”. He then tells them to live charitably and simply – “Sell your possessions, and give alms.” Next, he likens people of faith to servants waiting for their master to return from a wedding celebration. The master might come home “during the middle of the night… near dawn”, or “at an unexpected hour”.

 

Suddenly I’m jolted out of my comfort zone. What’s that I just heard? I have to give away my material possessions? Surely, I’ve been told that God will provide for me without my having to toil? And why should I force myself to stay awake? I need my beauty sleep! Also, what’s this about Jesus catching me unawares? That’s very unsettling. I prefer the stuff about the birds and the lilies. This teaching makes me uncomfortable, so I’m just going to nod along.

 

But we will never find fulfilment by simply nodding along. We need the Holy Spirit working through us, to tap into that elusive quality of relaxed alertness that already exists within, but which we lose when we take our eye off the ball. To get to this point we need discipline and practice. This involves engaging fully with the word of God, training in prayer, honest reflection and worship, and practising love and charity all day, every day.                                                                                                                                                  David

 

Services Next Sunday – 18th August 9th Sunday after Trinity                        

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  

 

Aston Ingham Church warmly invite you to a free BBQ with songs of Praise at Aston Ingham Village Hall on Saturday 17th August @ 6.30pm.

Fellowship@Hunsdon Manor HR9 7PE Wednesdays @ 1.30pm – 3.00pm Good cakes! Good video talk!  Good discussion!   led by Rev. David.  Community Larder in Ross Most benefice churches support the Ross Community Larder. It is much needed and stocks of groceries are often very low at this time of the year. There tends to be a glut at Harvest Festival time, and again at Christmas when consciences are pricked, but a dearth for much of the year. This is even worse during school holidays with kids around. Can we ask you to think again about your support?

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)

And remember all who have died: William Bennett (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

 

 


4th August

7th Sunday after Trinity

 

Collect

Generous God, you give us gifts and make them grow: though our faith is small as mustard seed, make it grow to your glory and the flourishing of your kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Readings

Old Testament                        Hosea 11. 1-11

New Testament                      Colossians 3. 1-11

Gospel                                     Luke 12. 13-21

 

The rich man lived only for himself and resolved to build more storage for his expanding worldly goods. Others may have considered him wise and prudent, but God considered him a fool. In his preoccupation with wealth the man had lost the sense of what really matters. True riches, Jesus teaches, are of another kind.

The rich man in the parable had devoted his life and talents to accumulating goods and property, and when the abundance exceeded his ability to store and hoard, he might have considered giving some of it away, or at least sharing it with others. But, no, his covetousness prevailed and in the end it consumed him. In chilling words God said to him, “You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?” Whose indeed? As St Paul reminded Timothy, we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.

With society’s preoccupation with pension pots and the whole business of providing for a comfortable retirement, the parable of the rich fool has an uncomfortable message for many of us. What might Jesus have said to this man, given some counselling time with him at an earlier stage in his life before the accumulation of riches became his undoing? It is important that we do not misunderstand the teaching of the parable. Jesus is not taking a swipe at rich people. He is not quibbling over whether we own property worth millions or no property at all. He is not making a judgement on whether we run a big chauffeur-driven limousine, an old banger or a bicycle. What he is questioning is whether our possessions have become so important in our lives that they blot out God’s searching light. He might have counselled this particular man to get his priorities right, to realise that he was more valuable than his possessions. Instead of worrying about building larger barns and a settling for a life of ease, he might consider using his time and talents to get out into the world and help others less fortunate. Jesus may also have quoted the prophet Isaiah: “Ah, you who join house to house, who add field to field, until there is room for no one but you”. Note that Isaiah’s objection is not to owning one house, possibly a mansion with many rooms and swimming pool and much else. The objection was to having multiple properties, adding house to house, field to field, leaving no room for others who might be in need. That was greed, and greed is unacceptable to God                                                David

 

Services Next Sunday – 11th August 8th Sunday after Trinity                        

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  

Aston Ingham Church warmly invite you to a free BBQ with songs of Praise at Aston Ingham Village Hall on Saturday 17th August @ 6.30pm.

Fellowship@Hunsdon Manor HR9 7PE Wednesdays @ 1.30pm – 3.00pm

Good cakes Good video talk and Good discussion!  New Y Course led by Rev. David.  ‘Do we believe the evidence of history?’

Community Larder in Ross Most benefice churches support the Ross Community Larder. It is much needed and stocks of groceries are often very low at this time of the year. There tends to be a glut at Harvest Festival time, and again at Christmas when consciences are pricked, but a dearth for much of the year. This is even worse during school holidays with kids around. Can we ask you to think again about your support?

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)

And remember all who have died: William Bennett (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


28th July

6th Sunday after Trinity

 

Collect

Merciful God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as pass our understanding: pour into our hearts such love toward you that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; 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                        Hosea 1. 2-10

New Testament                      Colossians 2. 6-15

Gospel                                     Luke 11. 1-13

 

Today’s Gospel passage furnishes us with a wealth of spiritual common sense from the lips of Jesus. First comes the giving of the Lord’s Prayer (compare with Matthew 6 v 9). This is more than the wording of a prayer. It is also a pattern for prayer, and a paradigm for the spiritual life. Matthew’s version goes on to emphasise forgiveness, and explain that God’s forgiveness of us is related to our willingness to forgive each other. This sounds cosy, but the mandate to forgive is one of the most demanding features of Christian living, and many find it impossible. The retired Bishop of Hereford, Anthony Priddis, has just written a book on the subject, called “Forgiveness”. (Canterbury Press)

St Luke’s account on the other hand picks up on the Daily Bread request. How far should we bother God with our material needs when he has the whole universe to run! Jesus uses the famous story of the importunate friend to illustrate (importunate means he was a chancer!) Even if it is pure cheek, the needy chap gets what he needs from a reluctant neighbour. Jesus adds an example from family life: any semi-decent parent will provide for his child and defend it from harm. By using these anecdotes from life we learn not only that Jesus is an astute observer of human behaviour, but that God’s love is to be trusted entirely. This is not an invitation to be improvident: our own capacities to plan and provide are part of the overall package of providence and care that is God’s loving gift to each of us. Pray then, and don’t be shy about it. And when you can’t think what to say don’t be afraid just to use the words Jesus has given us. (The Gloria appears in some manuscripts of the Matthew version, reflecting Psalm 148).   Robin

 

Services Next Sunday – 4th August 7th Sunday after Trinity                        

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  

 

Aston Ingham Church warmly invite you to a free BBQ with songs of Praise at Aston Ingham Village Hall on Saturday 17th August @ 6.30pm.

Fellowship@Hunsdon Manor The fellowship group is now back and running. Wednesday’s 1.30pm – 3.00pm at Hudson Manor.

Community Larder in Ross Most benefice churches support the Ross Community Larder. It is much needed and stocks of groceries are often very low at this time of the year. There tends to be a glut at Harvest Festival time, and again at Christmas when consciences are pricked, but a dearth for much of the year. This is even worse during school holidays with kids around. Can we ask you to think again about your support?

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)

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 July

5th Sunday after Trinity

 

Collect

Almighty God, send down upon your Church the riches of your Spirit, and kindle in all who minister the gospel your countless gifts of grace; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Readings

Old Testament                        Amos 8. 1-12

New Testament                      Colossians 1. 15-28

Gospel                                     Luke 10. 38-end

I think every student studying Economics should read the Prophet Amos and every politician too. In Britain we have had generations of politicians from all sides of the House of Commons who promise much yet achieve little. Amos gives ample warning that by whatever means, the collapse of a society driven by greed and sharp dealing is in the end inevitable. Here are the profit-makers, trampling on the needy and ruining the poor, who speculate on future profit and close work-places to off-set present losses while skilled engineers lose even the respect due to them as they search for jobs well below their abilities.

False trading is an abiding problem. Amos sees it not as a matter for the Trading Standards, but for the out- and- out condemnation by God himself. The religious ceremonies have become an hindrance to commerce, even if some attempt remains to remember the reasons for Temple worship, though of little value it may be. The great choral events we can still glimpse in the Psalms, yet the processions, the sacrificial offerings and all the incense are but symbolic, getting in the way of tomorrow’s trading.  It was a foundation stone of the Northern Kingdom of Israel that God could not possibly desert his people, so long as they went through the motions in the Temple at Bethel, the Northern Capital, but “I will turn your feasts into mourning and all your songs into lamentations” and Amos gives that terrible warning of a famine, not just of food and water, but the words of God shall be no longer heard by a nation which has so lost its faith that it is spiritually lost. “They shall run to and fro, seeking the word of the Lord, but they shall not find it”.

We have to appreciate that Amos came from the Southern Kingdom, from Tekoa, on the edge of the southern wilderness. The North had enjoyed a long period of peace and considerable wealth. The merchants traded in wine, oil and grain throughout the Middle East, living lives of luxury, while the poor had to be content with the left-overs, the sweepings. Economic control was vested in a small but powerful elite, controlling the value of the nation’s currency entirely for their own benefit.

The book as we have it dates mainly from 750 B.C. Round about 720 B.C. the kingdom was overrun by the Assyrians, the important people deported and the end, prophesied by Amos, took place. The people were distributed throughout the Assyrian Empire, so we do not know what happened to them. They disappeared from the chapters of History and were no more. Perhaps you can see now why economists and politicians should study the Book of Amos diligently!

Brian

Services Next Sunday – 28th July 6th Sunday after Trinity                        

Weston-under-Penyard Evensong 6.30 p.m.
Hope Mansel Parish Communion 9.30 a.m.
 The Lea
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                                      

Fellowship@Hunsdon Manor The fellowship group is now back and running. Wednesday’s 1.30pm – 3.00pm at Hudson Manor.

Community Larder in Ross Most benefice churches support the Ross Community Larder. It is much needed and stocks of groceries are often very low at this time of the year. There tends to be a glut at Harvest Festival time, and again at Christmas when consciences are pricked, but a dearth for much of the year. This is even worse during school holidays with kids around. Can we ask you to think again about your support?

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)

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 July

3rd Sunday after Trinity

 

Collect

God our saviour, look on this wounded world in pity and in power; hold us fast to your promises of peace won for us by your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Readings

Old Testament                        2 Kings 5. 1-14

New Testament                      Galatians 6. 7-16

Gospel                                     Luke 10. 1-11, 16-20

 

On this third Sunday after Trinity, we continue to rejoice in the miracle of three. Our loving Creator came among us in our Saviour and remains with us today through the Holy Spirit. Only Luke tells today’s story. In the previous chapter he records (like Matthew and Mark) how Jesus sent out the twelve. Now he sends these “others”, in pairs for mutual support. Teams of two! Clearly they were also well trained and Jesus knew he could depend on them. The team chat he gave them was even more demanding than the one given to the twelve – not just to travel light, but to avoid all distractions. Greet nobody on the road? Jewish etiquette would demand more than a brief “hello”, and time was short.                                                                          Jesus, apparently, didn’t think even a squad of seventy was big enough: he says, “the labourers are few”. But he knows that will change. The prayers he urges from the seventy, and the mission they will help him accomplish, will recruit even more members to the squad. Who might these include? An important aspect of Luke’s Gospel is just how inclusive it is. It records Jesus reaching out to some people that his contemporaries might not have selected for the squad, let alone the first team. Jesus twice urges the seventy to eat the food their hosts provide. Whatever it is – even if it doesn’t comply with strict Jewish food laws – accept it. Anticipating the mission to the Gentiles that Luke records in his sequel, the Acts of the Apostles, we’re reminded that Jesus places a higher value on human beings than on their race or religious practices. Scholars even suggest that the figure of seventy represents the number of known nations, so it would eventually be a truly international tour. And since Luke elsewhere names a number of women among the “others” who followed Jesus, clearly gender was no barrier either.                    David

Services Next Sunday – 14th July 4th Sunday after Trinity                        

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                                      

Weston Under Penyard.

Pudding and Quiz night. Friday 12th July 7.30 pm @ Weston Village Hall. £4.00 per person, with teams of NO more than 6. Contact Linda for more info 01989 562818

Fellowship@Hunsdon Manor The fellowship group is now taking a break due to holidays. Next Meeting Wednesday July 10th More info to follow.

Community Larder in Ross Most benefice churches support the Ross Community Larder. It is much needed and stocks of groceries are often very low at this time of the year. There tends to be a glut at Harvest Festival time, and again at Christmas when consciences are pricked, but a dearth for much of the year. This is even worse during school holidays with kids around. Can we ask you to think again about your support?

Lea. Take a Pew. How Good Does It Get?! Alongside local legend Dick Brice, we now have the lovely voice of Tracey Dixon accompanied by local harpist. With a fresh cream tea of sandwiches, scones, home-made cakes and drinks included, tickets are £10 available from Gill Davis:  01989 750442 or gilldavis55@hotmail.com  Lea Church Sun 14th July,3.30 – 5pm.

 

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


30th June

2nd Sunday after Trinity

 

Collect

Faithful Creator,

Whose mercy never fails;

Deepen our faithfulness to you

And to your living word,

Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Readings

Old Testament                        2 Kings 5. 1-14

New Testament                      Galatians 6. 7-16

Gospel                                     Luke 10. 1-11, 16-20

 

In today’s Gospel Jesus uses the metaphor of the plough to explain his meaning. First-century Palestinian farmers used oxen, with one hand on the plough and the other used to direct the animals. If the farmer did not concentrate, looking forward, the furrows would be poor quality and the crops would not flourish.

Jesus’ harsh-sounding statements in today’s Gospel might make people question his caring credentials. How could it be wrong to bury your father before setting off to follow Jesus? Surely it is inhumane to leave family and friends without saying goodbye and explaining where you are going?

This passage follows on from the story of the transfiguration, when Peter, James and John heard God’s words: “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!” The story of the transfiguration is an echo of the story of Moses, his face shining, coming down from the mountain after talking with God. The Israelites, having escaped Egypt, constantly looked back. Instead of looking forward to the future and the good things that God had for them, they complained about their temporary circumstances, lost their vision of freedom, and began to see the slavery of the past as preferable.

Jesus is offering a transformation, but many of those who hear his teaching and see his miracles still lack the courage to look forward.               David

 

 

Services Next Sunday – 07th July 3rd Sunday after Trinity                        

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                                      

 

Weston Under Penyard.

Pudding and Quiz night. Friday 12th July 7.30 pm @ Weston Village Hall. £4.00 per person, with teams of NO more than 6. Contact Linda for more info 01989 562818

Fellowship@Hunsdon Manor  The fellowship group is now taking a break due to holidays. Next Meeting Wednesday July 10th More info to follow.

Community Larder in Ross  Most benefice churches support the Ross Community Larder. It is much needed and stocks of groceries are often very low at this time of the year. There tends to be a glut at Harvest Festival time, and again at Christmas when consciences are pricked, but a dearth for much of the year. This is even worse during school holidays with kids around. Can we ask you to think again about your support?

Lea. Take a Pew. How Good Does It Get?! Alongside local legend Dick Brice, we now have the lovely voice of Tracey Dixon accompanied by local harpist. With a fresh cream tea of sandwiches, scones, home-made cakes and drinks included, tickets are £10 available from Gill Davis:  01989 750442 or gilldavis55@hotmail.com  Lea Church Sun 14th July,3.30 – 5pm.

Upton Bishop.  Dog Show Sunday 7th July from 2.30pm at Felhampton Farm (in the barn if wet) HR9 7UB by kind invitation of Bill Wiggin MP. Fun classes and agility for ALL friendly family dogs; rosettes to 6th place, cup for best in show. Teas and Tombola. Enquiries 780611

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

 


23rd June

1st Sunday after Trinity

 

Collect

O God the strength of all those who put their trust in you, mercifully accept our prayers and, because through the weakness of our mortal nature we can do no good thing without you, grant us the help of your grace, that in the keeping of your commandments we may please you both in will and deed; 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                        1 Kings 19. 1-4, 8-15a

New Testament                      Galatians 3. 23-end

Gospel                                     Luke 8. 26-39

 

What a wealth of interest today’s readings give us.  The Old Testament passage and the Gospel explore mental health issues, good strong meat for a sermon.  I want to look at the Epistle passage which is short, direct and of astonishing consequence.  Paul advises us that the world of faith establishes humanity as all one before God.  There is no-one for whom Christ did not die. There is no-one outside the scope of God’s love.   Each human, evaluated by that love, is of infinite value.  The result of this is that we are all equal before God, whoever and wherever we are. Racial differences, national differences, economic differences, social differences, gender differences, any of the ideas by which we construct division and self-importance fade away before the dazzling truth of God’s love and redemption of us in Christ.  The message is one of universalism and equality.  We each owe to everyone around us the same value and estimation that we award ourselves.  If I know how much God loves me then I must know that God loves the person beside me just as much, and that should guide and inform my attitude towards him or her whoever and whatever he or she is.  This might not be easy, considering how entrenched our attitudes and prejudices are, but that is the information provided by this revolutionary passage.  It is a message for a divided world.  It is an immense challenge.  It is also an opportunity.                             Robin

 

 

Services Next Sunday – 30th June 2nd Sunday after Trinity                        

Weston-under-Penyard ARICONIUM BENEFICE SERVICE @

THE LEA

10.30 am
Hope Mansel
 The Lea
Aston Ingham
Linton
Upton Bishop

 

Forthcoming Services & Events                                      

 

Weston Under Penyard.

Pudding and Quiz night. Friday 12th July 7.30 pm @ Weston Village Hall. £4.00 per person, with teams of NO more than 6. Contact Linda for more info 01989 562818

Fellowship@Hunsdon Manor 

The fellowship group is now taking a break due to holidays.

Next Meeting Wednesday July 10th

More information to follow.

Community Larder in Ross 

Most benefice churches support the Ross Community Larder. It is much needed and stocks of groceries are often very low at this time of the year. There tends to be a glut at Harvest Festival time, and again at Christmas when consciences are pricked, but a dearth for much of the year. This is even worse during school holidays with kids around. Can we ask you to think again about your support?

 

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

 

 

 


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