3rd Sunday before Lent
Almighty God, who alone can bring order to the unruly wills and passions of sinful humanity: give your people grace so to love what you command and to desire what you promise, that, among the many changes of this world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; 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.
Old Testament Jeremiah 17. 5-10
New Testament 1 Corinthians 15. 12-20
Gospel Luke 6. 17-26
Jeremiah the prophet stood against the comfortable picture of life in Jerusalem. The Country was threatened by Babylonian aggression because it sided with Egypt, Babylon’s great enemy. In 597 B.C. the Babylonians captured Jerusalem and deported all the important citizens. They then appointed Zedekiah to be king. But he could not suppress the strong nationalist hostility towards the conquerors and in 586 the Babylonians abruptly exiled Zedekiah and destroyed Jerusalem. The misguided nationalists believed that God resided in the Jerusalem Temple, therefore he would never allow the city to be captured. Jeremiah had warned against this folly and had been punished severely yet he continued fearlessly to challenge the belief that offering sacrifices without spiritual conviction would keep Jerusalem safe. His great cry “Thus says the Lord” echoes down the Ages as a warning to us against ritual for its own sake just because it sounds good or looks nice! Luke gives us his version of the “Sermon on the Mount”. As in Mark’s Gospel, it follows a list of the men who would be the companions of Jesus in his ministry. We remember the Beatitudes from Sunday School days as found in Matthew’s version. But Luke identifies the disciples directly from the beginning, while Matthew only does so in the last Beatitude. There both he and Luke warn that the fate of the prophets before them was no easier than that which awaited his disciples. Luke finishes the section by challenging those he saw perhaps as successors to Jeremiah’s opponents. False prophets still gained honour and prestige. But that empty spirituality which was the undoing of Jerusalem in 586 B.C. would also be the doom of those who opposed the love of God in Christ in Luke’s day.
Services Next Sunday – 24th February 2nd Sunday before Lent
|Hope Mansel||Parish Communion||9.30 a.m.|
|The Lea||Children’s Church||10.00 a.m.|
|Aston Ingham||Holy Communion||8.00 a.m.|
|Upton Bishop||Parish Communion||9.30 a.m.|
Forthcoming Services & Events
Upton Bishop. NEW style family services at Upton Bishop. These services are not only for children: there is something for everyone, young or old. Join us at 11.15am for our First-Sunday-of-the-Month programme of Parables and Miracles.
BELL RINGERS NEEDED – We are very short of bell ringers and are anxious to recruit fresh talent. Perhaps you have thought of trying to learn this traditional craft and meeting its challenges. Now is the time – a perfect New Year resolution! If you are interested, please contact Mike Williams on 01989 750873 or Robin Noble on 01989 566748 for further details.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you are interested. And GUS? We’ll leave you to work that out for yourself…
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Please pray for all who are sick, Ken Edwards (AI), Frank Gooch (AI), Jean Parsons (AI)
And remember all who have died, Robert Blenkin (HM)
Rev David Howell 01989 568736 email: email@example.com
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