26th July

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                        Genesis 29. 15-28

New Testament                      Romans 8. 26-end.

Gospel                                      Matthew 13. 31-33, 44-52.

Today’s parables revolve around things hidden: a mustard seed that requires sowing to germinate; yeast that is mixed (“hid” in some translations) to be effective; buried treasure; a pearl that must be searched for; fish trawled from the depths of the sea. Out of the tiny, the insignificant, the hidden, the kingdom of heaven blossoms.  There is a surfeit of abundance in this blossoming. The mustard seed, which at best grows to an annual bush nine feet high, is transformed into a mighty tree, reminiscent of that described by Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel 4, which shelters all the birds of the air. The yeast is added to three measures of flour – the same volume that Sarah uses to provide for the three heavenly visitors in Genesis 18 – which produces enough bread to feed a small village. The hidden treasure and the great pearl are worth everything that their finders possess, and the net thrown into the sea catches fish of every kind.  More than that, the kingdom is derived from ordinary people’s daily toil – farming, home-making, commerce, fishing – not the actions of political, military or religious powerbrokers. It is not a kingdom of borders but of shelter – all the birds of the air are welcome in its branches; fish of every kind are caught in its net. It offers abundant food to every resident. The parables of the hidden treasure and the great pearl link back to Solomon in our Genesis reading – the kingdom also values wisdom over riches and earthly power. But there is an important corollary in the parable of the net, which reinforces the message of the parable of the weeds earlier in this chapter. Not everyone accepts God’s kingdom offer, shares its values or lives by its precepts.  There is a tendency to view these parables as images of the Church working its purposes out, developing from small seed to massive tree. But they aren’t about the Church; they are parables of the kingdom. It is not a treasure to be acquired or something that an individual can exclusively possess. Rather, it is a gracious gift from God, a way of being, ongoing and eternal, into which we are offered the opportunity to enter, freely, wholeheartedly and with total commitment. This kingdom is less like a physical nation and more akin to Solomon’s wisdom – God’s gift of knowledge that, if used well,                      David

Services Next Sunday – 02nd August– 8th Sunday after Trinity                        

Weston-under-Penyard Mattins 11.15 a.m.
The Lea Said Communion 10.00 a.m.
Hope Mansel Said Communion 9.00 a.m.
Aston Ingham    
Linton Informal Mattins 11.00 a.m.
Upton Bishop Said Communion 10.30 a.m.

Forthcoming Services & Events

The latest on the Coronavirus WE ARE OPEN to welcome you back for Services, albeit slightly different from what we are used to.     

Evening Prayer 5.30pm Monday & Wednesday, through Zoom, link below https://us04web.zoom.us/j/745267001, & at Upton Bishop church on Tuesdays at 5.30pm and Linton church on Thursdays at 5.30pm

The 2nd Sunday Zoom Service will be broadcast from The Rectory @ 10.30am and will be through the link below.

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/76597749515?pwd=SThNUHRHeWcxVFp2L3hZZitUU1ZMZz09

Meeting ID: 765 9774 9515         Password: 1662

Using the above link you can join the Benefice Zoom Service at 12 Noon on the 1st, 3rd and 4th Sundays, for those people unable to attend Church.

Alice and Jessica’s Wyemegen 100 mile road-walking challenge           Alice Basey’s challenge in Nijmegen, The Netherlands has been cancelled so she is doing it closer to home.  25 miles per day on four consecutive days and Jessica plans to walk 5 miles a day in support.  See the attached info sheet for more details.  Please support them in aid of Lea Church either via  www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/alicebasey-wyemegen, 07753 771214 or email alicebasey@btinternet.com

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

Please pray for all who are sick, Tirsh Grigor, Louise Tuttiett (Lin),

And remember all who have died:

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

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


12th 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                        Genesis 25. 19-end.

New Testament                      Romans 8. 1-11

Gospel                                      Matthew 13. 1-9, 18-23.

I’ve lost count of the number of times politicians have told bishops to keep their noses out of politics. We are meant to be concerned about spiritual matters, but we should leave the business of government and politics to trained professionals. I’m not sure what they would have said to Jesus. He often spoke about matters to do with money and justice that would appear to be firmly in the political realm. In fact, all of the Bible writers, particularly the prophets, saw our spiritual lives as integral to our political and economic ones.

In Isaiah’s day there was a spiritual revival with very intense worship and fasting going on in the Temple. Unfortunately, it seemed to have had no effect on the way people behaved, leading him to make the pronouncement, “Is this not the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free.”

Someone once said worship without justice is self-indulgence. If worship doesn’t make us more concerned about the unjust structures of society or determined to exercise better stewardship of the earth, its probably not the sort of worship the bible envisages.

To truly worship is to tune our hearts to God’s heart. If our hearts are tuned to his, they will beat to the same rhythm. God doesn’t measure people’s worth by the colour of their skin, the size of their bank balance, their educational attainment or their social status. The basis for justice is that we are all created in the image of God, and that creative diversity of colour and culture is a crucial part of the way God reveals himself to us. The basis for humility is that we have all fallen short and all alike need God’s forgiving love.

Our problem is we get so used to being beneficiaries in the dynamics of power that we can’t even see there’s a problem. Its hardly surprising that our BAME brothers and sisters call our commitment to representative leadership into question when frankly, most of our senior church leaders look like me. There is a long way to go in achieving genuine justice in our society, and we need to be part of both the conversation and by our actions the solution as well.

Services Next Sunday – 19th July– 6th Sunday after Trinity                        

Weston-under-Penyard Said Communion 11.00 a.m.
The Lea Said Communion 9.00 a.m.
Hope Mansel Said Communion 11.00 a.m.
Aston Ingham Said Communion 10.00 a.m.
Linton Informal Mattins 11.00 a.m.
Upton Bishop Said Communion 10.30 a.m.

Forthcoming Services & Events

The latest on the Coronavirus WE ARE OPEN to welcome you back for Services, albeit slightly different from what we are used to. For more information contact David.                                                               

Evening Prayer 5.30pm Monday & Wednesday, through Zoom, link below https://us04web.zoom.us/j/745267001, & at Upton Bishop church on Tuesdays at 5.30pm and Linton church on Thursdays at 5.30pm

The 2nd Sunday Service will now be broadcast from The Rectory @ 10.30am and will be through the link below.

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/76597749515?pwd=SThNUHRHeWcxVFp2L3hZZitUU1ZMZz09

Meeting ID: 765 9774 9515         Password: 1662

By using the above link, you can also join in to A Benefice Zoom Service at 12 Noon on the 1st, 3rd and 4th Sundays, for those people who are unable to attend Church.

David will be available on the telephone, by email and through letters if anyone would like to talk to him, or is in isolation and would like a chat. 01989 568736. Please do contact him he is very happy to chat to people.   The Office remains open, although I am working from home. I am contactable via email as always. Debs

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

Please pray for all who are sick, Tirsh Grigor, Louise Tuttiett (Lin),

And remember all who have died:

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

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


5th July

4th Sunday after Trinity

Collect

Gracious Father, by the obedience of Jesus you brought salvation to our wayward world: draw us into harmony with your will, that we may find all things restored in him, our Saviour Jesus Christ.

 

Readings

Old Testament                        Genesis 24. 34-38, 42-49, 58-end

New Testament                      Romans 7. 15-25a

Gospel                                      Matthew 11. 16-19, 25-end.

 

Both Jesus and John the Baptist before him faced those who refused to be impressed. Whether it was the forerunner bringing the sober message of repentance, or Jesus himself bringing the joyful news of God’s mercy, they couldn’t get it right in the eyes of their critics.

Such encounters tell us as much about their audience as about the message – people who resist listening and learning anything new from God. They already know it all. Chief among them are the religious experts, well versed in theology and doctrine, who see themselves as equipped to exercise power over others’ lives in matters of religious observance and judgement.

But Jesus is not impressed. He proclaims the truth that as the Son he alone has the fullest, unique knowledge of God from the inside. Human beings cannot attain this knowledge themselves. It can only be revealed by Jesus, with the authority that God has given him.

Those who can grasp such knowledge of God are not the religious experts, but those who know themselves to be as powerless as tiny children. These people are most open to encountering God afresh, as Jesus offers not a headful of theological information and instruction but a direct personal relationship with the divine. Such people have no illusions of grandeur. Indeed, they can become overwhelmed by the sheer demands of daily living as they try to meet the expectations placed upon them – sometimes by those of a religious persuasion. It is to these people that Jesus gives a particularly tender welcome. He invites them to come close, be willing to learn and follow him. The outcome will be souls set free to move more lightly by the power and love of his accompanying presence. It is not God’s nature to crush his creation by imposing unreachable expectations. It is only human beings who do that.                                                   David

 

Services Next Sunday – 12th July– 5th Sunday after Trinity                        

Weston-under-Penyard  
The Lea Mattins 8.00 a.m.
Hope Mansel Ariconium Benefice

ZOOM

Service

For Everyone

10.30 a.m.
Aston Ingham
Linton
Upton Bishop

 

Forthcoming Services & Events

The latest on the Coronavirus WE ARE OPEN to welcome you back for Services, albeit slightly different from what we are used to. For more information contact David.           

Evening Prayer 5.30 Monday to Thursday.  Through Zoom, link below https://us04web.zoom.us/j/745267001

The 2nd Sunday Service will now be broadcast from The Rectory @ 10.30am and will be through the link below.

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/76597749515?pwd=SThNUHRHeWcxVFp2L3hZZitUU1ZMZz09

Meeting ID: 765 9774 9515         Password: 1662

By using the above link, you can also join in to A Benefice Zoom Service at 12 Noon on the 1st, 3rd and 4th Sundays, for those people who are unable to attend Church.

David will be available on the telephone, by email and through letters if anyone would like to talk to him, or is in isolation and would like a chat. 01989 568736. Please do contact him he is very happy to chat to people.   The Office remains open, although I am working from home. I am contactable via email as always. Debs

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

Please pray for all who are sick, Tirsh Grigor, Louise Tuttiett (Lin),

And remember all who have died:

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

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

 


28th June

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                        Genesis 22. 1-14

New Testament                      Romans 6. 12-end

Gospel                                      Matthew 10. 40-end

 

After I was ordained in 1968 I had a few weeks off to recover from the long grind of study and training and before starting work.  I decided to spend that time visiting the great cathedrals of England, travelling by rail and staying in B and Bs.  I got to Oxford quite late and started hunting for a B and B in the city centre.  There were several.  As I approached each one there was a sign that read “no blacks or Irish”.  After a long hunt and before I started looking for a hospitable hedge I finally found a B and B without the sign.  As I signed in I remarked on the experience and the landlord replied “I need all the customers I can get”.  As I relaxed I reflected on the events and my main feeling was puzzlement.  Why?  What had I done to merit this exclusion apart from being born in Belfast?  What had “the blacks” done?  This got me nowhere and the puzzlement gave  way to frustration then impatience.  I began to understand why some people would get angry about this sort of thing.

Writing a label and applying it to a group of people so that it governs your entire attitude is irrational and ultimately unjust.  If all you see is an Irishman and you think he is therefore a drunken lout so you will exclude him and all his group you might just be missing out somewhere. If you look at a black man and all you see is his skin then you remain uninformed about his talents and abilities and what Martin Luther King calls the content of his character.  Like all prejudice it is impoverishing as well as irrational.  Why do we do it?  We do it out of insecurity through not knowing who our father is.  Jesus tells us that God is the father of all. The result of that is that we are all, including blacks and Irish, brothers and sisters to each other.  This must be for Christians the governing principle of their approach to the wonderful variety of peoples that make up the global village.                                                                                                  Robin

Bible refs – Leviticus 19 v 33-34 and Galatians 3 v 28.

 

Services Next Sunday –  5th July– 4th Sunday after Trinity                        

Weston-under-Penyard  
The Lea
Hope Mansel
Aston Ingham
Linton
Upton Bishop

 

Forthcoming Services & Events

The latest on the Coronavirus is that churches can reopen for Services on the 4th July, we are currently open for private prayer only. For more information contact David.                     Evening Prayer 5.30 Monday to Thursday.  Through Zoom, link below https://us04web.zoom.us/j/745267001

The Sunday Service will now be broadcast from The Rectory @ 10.30am and will be through the link below.

David Howell is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: David Howell’s Zoom Meeting
Time: This is a recurring meeting Meet anytime, To Join Zoom Meeting
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/76597749515?pwd=SThNUHRHeWcxVFp2L3hZZitUU1ZMZz09

Meeting ID: 765 9774 9515         Password: 1662

David will be available on the telephone, by email and through letters if anyone would like to talk to him, or is in isolation and would like a chat. 01989 568736. Please do contact him he is very happy to chat to people.   The Office remains open, although I am working from home. I am contactable via email as always. Debs

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

Please pray for all who are sick, Tirsh Grigor, Louise Tuttiett (Lin),

And remember all who have died: Joyce Curtis (Lea), Rog Morris (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


21st 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                        Genesis 21. 8-21

New Testament                      Romans 6. 1b-11

Gospel                                      Matthew 10. 24-39

WHERE DID WE COME FROM?

One day, little Johnny asked his father, “Daddy, where did I come from?”  Daddy did his best to enlighten his young son. At the end, he asked Johnny if he understood. Johnny replied “Well, Daddy, I only asked because my friend George told me he came from Gloucester.” But, where do we come from, as a Species? Charles Darwin claimed that in many ways we shared the same sort of inherited characteristics as other animals. Galileo showed that like other Planets, Earth went round the Sun. We now think human origins may well go back some 10 million years. Then at some point a group of primitive creatures walked out of Africa and began to explore their new world. They walked until eventually their descendants had found their way around much of the world’s surface. We glimpse something of them in what they have left behind, their stone tools, pottery, their skeletons, with Turkana boy, found in Kenya, at some 3.2 million years, the most complete skeleton so far. These early creatures walked because they walked upright and the size of their brain was unusually large. They were tool-makers who used fire, coupled with a wanderlust which drove some of them out of Africa to begin the history of modern humans.  Jesus was, after all, like most of his early followers, Jewish, but tell that to people in England holding still deeply entrenched Antisemitic views! The Christian Church has a long history of racial intolerance. Greek and Roman theologians might have been Christians, but the Greeks regarded the Roman theologians with contempt. The centrality of God within Judaism. Islam and Christianity has shaped many generations of lives, but there exists little mutual understanding. The three Faiths all carry too many lifeless images which need to be thrown into a harbour if proper understanding is going to happen.  Like our African risk-taking originators, we can move out into a new world and into an unknown future. Although unlike other species we walk upright, yet we crawl on all-fours towards meaningful change. In some parts of Africa now, little girls are being mutilated, women raped, beaten and enslaved. Whatever their colour, women suffer today from a past history of deliberate forms of violence and inferiority. Here is a present cause, so perhaps we need to say “Women’s lives matter!” more loudly. When all the statues have gone, how tragic if that still needs to be said.                              Brian

Services Next Sunday –

Weston-under-Penyard NO CHURCH SERVICES
The Lea
Hope Mansel
Aston Ingham
Linton
Upton Bishop

Forthcoming Services & Events

The latest on the Coronavirus is that churches can open for private prayer on the 15th June. For more information contact David.          

Evening Prayer 5.30 Monday to Thursday.  Through Zoom, link below https://us04web.zoom.us/j/745267001

The Sunday Service will now be broadcast from The Rectory @ 10.30am and will be through the link below.

David Howell is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: David Howell’s Zoom Meeting
Time: This is a recurring meeting Meet anytime, To Join Zoom Meeting
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/76597749515?pwd=SThNUHRHeWcxVFp2L3hZZitUU1ZMZz09

Meeting ID: 765 9774 9515         Password: 1662

David will be available on the telephone, by email and through letters if anyone would like to talk to him, or is in isolation and would like a chat. 01989 568736. Please do contact him he is very happy to chat to people.   The Office remains open, although I am working from home. I am contactable via email as always. Debs

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

Please pray for all who are sick, Tirsh Grigor, Louise Tuttiett (Lin),

And remember all who have died: Joyce Curtis (Lea), Rog Morris (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


14th June

1st Sunday after Trinity

Collect

God of truth, help us to keep your law of love and to walk in ways of wisdom, that we may find true life in Jesus Christ your Son.

Readings

Old Testament                        Genesis 18. 1-15

New Testament                      Romans 5. 1-8

Gospel                                      Matthew 9. 35-10.8

G.K. Chesterton is probably best known for his Father Brown detective stories about a priestly sleuth. Chesterton also asked the thought-provoking question: “If you were accused of being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?” What a challenge! In some countries being convicted of Christianity results in severe punishment, even death. Yet in other parts of the world people seeking asylum, who claim to be fleeing persecution for their religious faith, are asked questions by officials to “prove” their faith. These might include, for example, a requirement to name the twelve disciples, recite the Ten Commandments or state how many books there are in the Bible. If an asylum seeker fails to answer superficial questions such as these, he or she may be returned to their country of birth, potentially to face persecution. Without having heard today’s Gospel, even regular churchgoers might struggle to name the twelve, particularly as lists in the various Gospel accounts differ slightly. Would correct answers really prove someone a Christian? Or vice versa? The instructions Jesus gives in today’s Gospel reading to those twelve disciples might at first seem to be at odds with what we know about him. “Go nowhere among the Gentiles,” he says, “and enter no town of the Samaritans.” Does he really mean that the good news of the kingdom should not be shared with foreigners? Fortunately, we know the good news did spread beyond Israel. We also know that this was done with the blessing of Jesus, indeed on his later instructions. For at the end of Matthew’s Gospel, the final time he appears to the disciples after the resurrection, he tells them, “Go… and make disciples of all nations”. In his ministry Jesus never excluded those outside the Jewish faith. On the contrary, he healed a Roman centurion’s servant and Samaritan lepers, and discussed theology with a Samaritan woman. Foreigners, outcasts, women – nobody was outside the scope of his love. So why, in today’s reading, does he tell the disciples to go only to the lost sheep of Israel? Why just the Jewish people, who had frequently lost sight of God’s loving promise to them, worshipping idols or turning faith into lists of petty rules? Well, you need to start somewhere – and it’s best to start with what, or who, you know. Even Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles, began with the Jewish communities in those places he visited. Only after they rejected the good news did he turn to the Gentiles. And of those twelve disciples, we know from elsewhere in the Gospels that Andrew first told his brother Peter about Jesus, and Philip told his friend Nathanael, usually identified with Bartholomew in today’s list. They started with those who were closest to them. What did they tell? In the words of Jesus, the good news that “the kingdom of heaven has come near”. But words were not enough. Those disciples were instructed to heal and to help, just as Jesus had.   David

Services Next Sunday –

Weston-under-Penyard NO CHURCH SERVICES
The Lea
Hope Mansel
Aston Ingham
Linton
Upton Bishop

Forthcoming Services & Events

The latest on the Coronavirus is that churches can open for private prayer on the 15th June. For more information contact David.          

Evening Prayer 5.30 Monday to Thursday.  Through Zoom, link below https://us04web.zoom.us/j/745267001

The Sunday Service will now be broadcast from The Rectory @ 10.30am and will be through the link below.

David Howell is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: David Howell’s Zoom Meeting
Time: This is a recurring meeting Meet anytime, To Join Zoom Meeting
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/76597749515?pwd=SThNUHRHeWcxVFp2L3hZZitUU1ZMZz09

Meeting ID: 765 9774 9515         Password: 1662

David will be available on the telephone, by email and through letters if anyone would like to talk to him, or is in isolation and would like a chat. 01989 568736. Please do contact him he is very happy to chat to people.   The Office remains open, although I am working from home. I am contactable via email as always. Debs

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

Please pray for all who are sick, Tirsh Grigor, Louise Tuttiett (Lin), MaryVoss (UB),

And remember all who have died: Joyce Curtis (Lea), Rog Morris (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


07th 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                        Isaiah 40. 12-17, 27-end

New Testament                      2 Corinthians 13. 11-end

Gospel                                      Matthew 28. 16-20

As Paul bids farewell to the Corinthians, exhorting them to mend their ways, his prayer for them is for three things – grace, love and fellowship.

Here is the great affirmation that the Gospel is for everyone. Like the promise of God though the whole of scripture, Jesus tells his disciples he will be with them for all eternity.

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit… And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)

The Gospel reading for this Trinity Sunday is the end of Matthew’s Gospel, commonly referred to as the Great Commission. It takes place in the days after the resurrection. The disciples are still trying to make sense of what has happened. Jesus has been appearing to many people, but faith in him is not straightforward. Matthew makes clear that even in this final resurrection appearance to the eleven disciples, some worshipped but some doubted. It is into that mix of faith and doubt that Jesus speaks these extraordinary words. He tells them that he has all authority in heaven and on earth – nowhere, no one, nothing is outside his jurisdiction. And he gives them two things – a task and a promise. These two things go together. He tasks them with going and making disciples of all nations. Interestingly, Matthew makes no mention of requiring people to have faith before baptism. The thrust of Matthew’s Gospel has always been about the inclusion of all people in the Gospel. Jesus is not just for the Jews who believed in him, he is for the Gentiles – that means everyone. So his disciples are to baptise people in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit – the Trinity. Most contemporary scholars see this triadic baptismal formula as authentic – it used to be assumed that the words had been added in by the early Church. However, most wonderfully of all, Jesus gives them a promise – he will be with them always.

In baptism, through God’s great grace, people come into this divine relationship that is God. And it doesn’t end there – loved eternally by God, we are to love one another, and so to reflect the image of God in us. This is the Great Commission – that, by our lives, all people may know that they too are invited into God’s great love.                                         David

Services Next Sunday –

Weston-under-Penyard NO CHURCH SERVICES
The Lea
Hope Mansel
Aston Ingham
Linton
Upton Bishop

Forthcoming Services & Events

The latest on the Coronavirus is that all church buildings MUST be closed until further notice.

Evening Prayer 5.30 Monday to Thursday.  Through Zoom, link below https://us04web.zoom.us/j/745267001

The Sunday Service will now be broadcast from The Rectory @ 10.30am and will be through the link below.

David Howell is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: David Howell’s Zoom Meeting
Time: This is a recurring meeting Meet anytime, To Join Zoom Meeting
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/76597749515?pwd=SThNUHRHeWcxVFp2L3hZZitUU1ZMZz09

Meeting ID: 765 9774 9515         Password: 1662

David will be available on the telephone, by email and through letters if anyone would like to talk to him, or is in isolation and would like a chat. 01989 568736. Please do contact him he is very happy to chat to people.   The Office remains open, although I am working from home. I am contactable via email as always. Debs

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

Please pray for all who are sick, Tirsh Grigor, Louise Tuttiett (Lin), MaryVoss (UB),

And remember all who have died: Joyce Curtis (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


31st May

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                      1 Corinthians 12. 3b-13

Gospel                                      John 20. 19-23

 

The Holy Spirit, promised by Jesus, is poured out upon the first disciples at Pentecost. The Spirit, the energy of God, enables them – and enables us – to go out and share the good news of God’s deeds in Jesus Christ with the whole world. Second Reading 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13 The Holy Spirit is the giver of gifts, which, although many and varied, are given by God for the building up of the Body of Christ. Gospel John 20:19-23 God the creator brought Adam to life by breathing into his nostrils. Now Jesus breathes new life into the disciples, giving them the Holy Spirit. For centuries, human beings have harnessed the power of the wind. We learned long ago that boats with sails move faster than boats without. Windmills have caught the wind and ground wheat into flour. Even in the twenty-first century, huge turbines rotate in the wind and provide some of the electricity that powers our homes. Fire, likewise, has enabled us to live: cooking food and heating houses, even at the most basic level. Nature’s elements provide us with energy. After the crucifixion, the disciples are locked away together in fear of their lives. They have seen their friend and teacher tortured and killed. Jesus stands among them and speaks peace, and then tells them that he is sending them out. They cannot remain behind locked doors for ever. He breathes on them, giving them the Holy Spirit, and immediately we should recognise the connection with the second creation story in Genesis (2:7), where God the creator breathes life into the nostrils of the newly formed man to bring him to life. What Jesus is doing is giving the disciples their new life, giving them power and energy, enabling them to go out and speak of him to the world.              David

Services Next Sunday –

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The latest on the Coronavirus is that all church buildings MUST be closed until further notice.

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The Sunday Service will now be broadcast from The Rectory @ 10.30am and will be through the link below.

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David will be available on the telephone, by email and through letters if anyone would like to talk to him, or is in isolation and would like a chat. 01989 568736. Please do contact him he is very happy to chat to people.   The Office remains open, although I am working from home. I am contactable via email as always. Debs

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

Please pray for all who are sick, Tirsh Grigor, Louise Tuttiett (Lin), MaryVoss (UB),

And remember all who have died: June Smith (Lea),  Steve Marfell (WuP), Joyce Curtis (Lea),

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

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24th May

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 1. 6-14

New Testament                      1 Peter 4. 12-14, 5. 6-11

Gospel                                      John 17. 1-11

 

And so, suddenly, we find ourselves in Ascensiontide.  Ascension Day, coming forty days after Easter, always falls on a Thursday, although the event and its message tends to receive due attention on the Sunday following.  The event is a mystery.  It is depicted as if Jesus rose up, rocket-like, vertically into the air. It is also depicted as if he wandered into a hilltop fog.  Either way, allowing for a bit of hyperbole and the storyteller’s art, the central fact is that Jesus vanished from the sight of his disciples and was never again to be seen in human form.  Whatever happened, something happened.  It was the end of the Incarnation; the conclusion of what began at the Nativity. The presence of God at human level would no longer be concentrated in one human person who could only be located in one place at one time.  Now that presence would be available everywhere all the time.  So following the Ascension our attention turns to the next step, which is the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, ten days later. Those ten days were a kind of spiritual vacuum, a lockdown, when the disciples wondered what life would be like in the aftermath.  Would it be like the life they had known previously?   They hadn’t a clue until the time came and they discovered that things would be very different.
We await an end to our lockdown. We are only certain of one thing; that the ‘new normal’ will not be the same as the old normal, though in what manner we must wait and see.  We can revert to our old norms of greed and self-interest, or we can build on our freshly awakened sense of community and caring.  One thing we can be sure of is that we have the same resource as the disciples had; the Holy Spirit. Here is a powerful presence who can be relied upon to provide the guidance of godly wisdom. It is up to us whether or not we pay heed.                                     Robin

 

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The latest on the Coronavirus is that all church buildings MUST be closed until further notice.

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The Sunday Service will now be broadcast from The Rectory @ 10.30am and will be through the link below.

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David will be available on the telephone, by email and through letters if anyone would like to talk to him, or is in isolation and would like a chat. 01989 568736. Please do contact him he is very happy to chat to people.   The Office remains open, although I am working from home. I am contactable via email as always. Debs

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

Please pray for all who are sick, Tirsh Grigor, Louise Tuttiett (Lin), MaryVoss (UB),

And remember all who have died: June Smith (Lea),  Steve Marfell (WuP), Joyce Curtis (Lea),

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

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17th May

6th Sunday of Easter

Collect

Risen Christ, by the lakeside you renewed your call to your disciples: help your Church to obey your command and draw the nations to the fire of your love, to the glory of God the Father.

Readings

Old Testament                        Acts 17. 22-31.

New Testament                      1 Peter 3. 13-end.

Gospel                                      John 14. 15-21.

 

ABSENT FRIENDS. In this curious situation that has dominated our lives recently, I think we have discovered again the value of human contact. We never value anything until we have lost it and this has been shown to be the case. Virtually all sporting events are in suspense and for quite a few people this is a real hardship, a real hole in their lives. This reveals a lot about human nature, because we need to have hopeful expectations in our daily routine. Even the person who rapidly dismisses any sort of religious faith, because it lacks positive proof, can still hope that their team will do well. That there can be no real positive certainty to merit such expectation does not stop them hoping for some miracle or some mysterious outcome quite as fragile as that which they imagine Christians depend on. We often speak of having good, or bad luck, as a factor in our lives, like anyone else. Some precious object falls out of your pocket as you park your car. You only realise this when you return to find it lying on the pavement. You tell your friends about the incident and their reaction is probably “It’s your lucky day!”. The gipsy woman who offers you a bunch of heather “For good luck!” trades upon a world-wide conviction that some mysterious force exists beyond human control, invisible yet influencing human life. In sport, a coin is tossed and the winning captain can then influence the whole game. Team-mates remark upon his good luck, while the looser is consoled by his team, because of his bad luck. Sportsmen who are superstitious rely on some fixed routine or an item, made by human hands, to improve their performance during a game. Then there is Fate, or Destiny. The Greek Classical world denied Free Will, so you could not avoid your Fate, or Destiny, whatever you did. But Christians know that God does not rob us of our Free Will to act as we see fit. God does not go in for Fate, because to accept Fate would make Fate dominate even him. Instead, in Christ he reveals our right to change, to become different. It means also that we have a responsibility for our lives and actions, because with God we are for ever our own selves, exercising our right to Freedom and sometimes getting it wrong.                                                         Brian

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The latest on the Coronavirus is that all church buildings MUST be closed until further notice.

Evening Prayer 5.30 Monday to Thursday.  Through Zoom, link below https://us04web.zoom.us/j/745267001

The Sunday Service will now be broadcast from The Rectory @ 10.30am and will be through the link below.

David Howell is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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David will be available on the telephone, by email and through letters if anyone would like to talk to him, or is in isolation and would like a chat. 01989 568736. Please do contact him he is very happy to chat to people.   The Office remains open, although I am working from home. I am contactable via email as always. Debs

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

Please pray for all who are sick, Tirsh Grigor, Louise Tuttiett (Lin), MaryVoss (UB),

And remember all who have died: June Smith (Lea),  Steve Marfell (WuP),

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

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3rd May

4th Sunday of Easter

Collect

Almighty God, whose Son Jesus Christ is the resurrection and the life: raise us, who trust in him, from the death of sin to the life of righteousness, that we may seek those things which are above, where he reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

 

Readings

Old Testament                        Acts 2. 42-end.

New Testament                      1 Peter 2. 19-end.

Gospel                                      John 10. 1-10.

 

Good Shepherd Sunday

 

The Gospel presents us with a challenge, especially when set alongside the other readings. We might reflect on how we have been vulnerable, lost or foolish from time to time in life, and how Christ has called us home. But we ought also to acknowledge those times when we have been called to be shepherds rather than sheep. If Christ is the pattern for our life, then surely, as he is the Good Shepherd, we might strive to be shepherds too.

 

We can be shepherds, caring for others. This means deliberately having a care for those in real danger in our world, having compassion for people who are fearful about life for whatever reason, and being kind to all in need, without limit. We might also be gates, called to offer the liberation of Christ to others. Our words and our deeds can give others a sense of being led to find “pasture”, nourishing their spirit and giving life in abundance. We might be encouragers, the openers of eyes and hearts and minds, as well as protectors and people who offer warmth, welcome and safety.

 

We do this because we believe that God, in Christ, cares for us and has done so throughout our life. We believe that God, in Christ, is our liberation, our life in abundance. We might also acknowledge those people who, practically and literally, have guided us, cared for us, encouraged us, nourished our souls, healed us and protected us. People who have, like shepherds, looked out for us. We have been cared for, we are cared for, and so, in turn, we care. We are Christ’s sheep. But we are also co-shepherds – called to care for those who are vulnerable and offer guidance, that all may dwell safely in the fold.                                                                               David

 

Services Next Sunday –

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The latest on the Coronavirus is that all church buildings MUST be closed until further notice. 

Evening Prayer 5.30 Monday to Thursday.  Through Zoom, link below https://us04web.zoom.us/j/745267001

The Sunday Service will now be broadcast from The Rectory @ 10.30am and will be through the link below.

David Howell is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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David will be available on the telephone, by email and through letters if anyone would like to talk to him, or is in isolation and would like a chat. 01989 568736. Please do contact him he is very happy to chat to people.   The Office remains open, although I am working from home. I am contactable via email as always. Debs

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

Please pray for all who are sick, Tirsh Grigor, Louise Tuttiett (Lin), MaryVoss (UB),

And remember all who have died: June Smith (Lea),  Steve Marfell (WuP),

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

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26th April

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                        Zephaniah 3. 14-end

New Testament                      Acts 2. 14a, 36-41

Gospel                                      Luke 24. 13-35

 

The story of the road to Emmaus, which is only in Luke, is full of interest. The risen Jesus appears to two disciples wending their way home on the evening of the first Easter Day. The disciples are not among the twelve, they are a layer out. One of them might be the husband of one of the women who were at the cross (John 19 v 25). Emmaus was sixty stadia from Jerusalem. The stade, a Greek measure, was about six hundred feet (hence our word stadium), making Emmaus nearly seven miles away. Jesus joins them on the way. They don’t recognise him; perhaps because they weren’t expecting him, he was dressed differently, his experiences had altered him. He gave them a thorough Bible study (my bible lists fifteen cross references) but it was in a Eucharistic gesture or mannerism that full recognition came. Perhaps they had had inklings coming up to then, they almost say as much. Jesus makes an exit, and the two disciples race back to Jerusalem. They know where the twelve (now eleven) are to be found and relate their story, whereupon Jesus appears again to them all.

 

Our current experience of lockdown and all its inconveniences, even hardships, is a road like that to Emmaus, hard, dusty and distant. The trick is to recognise that Jesus is walking it with us. Jesus shares our pain. In fact, it is the Crucifixion that gives Christianity its credibility; we do not shy away from the reality of suffering, we confront it head on at the foot of the Cross. But the journey ends with the recognition that Jesus has been with us all along, and that new life lies before us. The Cross, though real, is not the whole story, there is more, there is life, new life. The resurrection gives Christianity its hope. This is a pattern to hold in our minds whatever the journey, the hardships, the pain. The journey will end, and, as Julian of Norwich reminds us, all shall be well. All manner of thing shall be well.

Robin Noble

 

Services Next Sunday –

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Forthcoming Services & Events

The latest on the Coronavirus is that all church buildings MUST be closed until further notice.

Evening Prayer 5.30 Monday to Thursday.  Through Zoom, link below https://us04web.zoom.us/j/745267001

The Sunday Service will now be broadcast from The Rectory @ 10.30am and will be through the link below.

David Howell is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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David will be available on the telephone, by email and through letters if anyone would like to talk to him, or is in isolation and would like a chat. 01989 568736. Please do contact him he is very happy to chat to people.   The Office remains open, although I am working from home. I am contactable via email as always. Debs

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

Please pray for all who are sick, Tirsh Grigor, Louise Tuttiett (Lin), MaryVoss (UB),

And remember all who have died:

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

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19th April

2nd Sunday of Easter

Collect

Risen Christ from 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 10. 34-43

New Testament                      Colossians 3. 1-4

Gospel                                      John 20. 1-18

THE PASSOVER CELEBRATIONS.

Our Festival of Easter is always linked to the date of the Jewish Passover, so when Easter comes, you also know you are keeping company with Jewish families wherever they are found the world over. Passover tradition starts in Exodus Chapter 12. The Israelites were spared from death during the last of the ten deadly plagues of Egypt because they marked their doors with the blood from a lamb which was ritually slaughtered for the occasion. So, the Angel of Death “passed over” their houses. The ten plagues of Egypt were attributed to the Egyptian refusal to allow the Israelites to leave the country. Exodus, the second book of the Old Testament Scriptures is, of course, describes these events and most importantly, at the end it describes the founding of the nation of Israel. For Orthodox Jewish families so many things in every-day life, like Sabbath, are reminders of the Exodus, because on the seventh day in the Wilderness God provided food freely. Central to Passover is the worship and recognition that their God was and is powerful enough to determine the destiny of nations and empires.

A Jewish family goes through lengthy preparations and all of them relate to the first Passover as laid out in the ancient scriptural accounts in Exodus 12. Thus, verses 14-20 explain why the elaborate cleansing routines for cutlery. Then any cooking utensils in which yeast might well have been used previously for making the family’s bread or cakes, are scoured or scalded over a fire. They are then subsequently kept apart until the Festival. On the night before Passover, extensive searches of the dwellings are carried out and any leavened bread or cake which is discovered, is kept until the following morning and ceremonially burnt. The reason for this deep-clean approach is best explained in Exodus Chapter 12, v, 39 where we are told that the Israelites were expelled from their homes and took only unleavened bread with them in their haste to escape.

Above all else, for Jewish people Passover is a joyful celebration of liberation and a time for children to remember and share great moments in their history. It is also one of the three Festivals of Pilgrimage as they remember the many years of wandering through deserts and featureless lands by their ancestors until they found the Land promised to them. Brian

Services Next Sunday –

Weston-under-Penyard NO CHURCH SERVICES
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Linton
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Forthcoming Services & Events

The latest on the Coronavirus is that all church buildings MUST be closed until further notice.

Evening Prayer 5.30 Monday to Thursday.  Through Zoom, link below

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/745267001

The Sunday Service will now be broadcast from The Rectory @ 10.30am. https://ibm.webex.com/join/mike_nelson

If you need help or info to join please contact David.

David will be available on the telephone, by email and through letters if anyone would like to talk to him, or is in isolation and would like a chat. 01989 568736. Please do contact him he is very happy to chat to people.   The Office remains open, although I am working from home. I am contactable via email as always. Debs

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

Please pray for all who are sick, Tirsh Grigor, Louise Tuttiett (Lin), MaryVoss (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


12th April

Easter Day

 

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                        Acts 10. 34-43

New Testament                      Colossians 3. 1-4

Gospel                                      John 20. 1-18

 

Dear Friends,

I am writing this just after the Archbishop of Canterbury has told us about the suspension of public worship and other measures to limit the possible spread of Covid-19. It seems as if April 2020 will be one of the strangest and most difficult months most of us have ever known. Many passages of Scripture may speak to you; I am reminded of the opening of Ezekiel 34, where the people of Israel are described as sheep scattered on the mountains. We have been told that, for our own good and more so that of those vulnerable to illness, we must be scattered and into our own separate places.

And it is this which suggests the best thing we can all do in response – we may not be able to meet in person, but we can connect in other ways, and these are especially important for those who may find it hard to bear the isolation and uncertainty. We can message and email one another. If we telephone (especially on Skype/Facetime or similar) we shall have more of the human interaction we all need, both to receive and to give. The Archbishops have suggested that we should place a lit candle in our windows at 7pm each day as a sign that we are praying for our neighbours.

Above all, we can connect with God in prayer. Of course, that has always been true, but in the long waits we may now be enduring, there will be real and unexpected space to pray and listen to the Spirit, and pour out our fears and concerns. If you continue in Ezekiel 34, you will read God’s recognition of the limits of worldly leaders, and promises, “I myself will seek out my sheep.” In Jesus Christ he did seek and find us, and in him is our hope as in so many past ages of doubt and danger. Revd Neil Patterson

 

Services Next Sunday – 05th April– Palm Sunday

Weston-under-Penyard NO CHURCH SERVICES
The Lea
Hope Mansel
Aston Ingham
Linton
Upton Bishop

 

Forthcoming Services & Events

The latest on the Coronavirus is that all church buildings MUST be closed until further notice. 

Evening Prayer 5.30 Monday to Thursday.  Through Zoom, link below https://us04web.zoom.us/j/745267001

The Sunday Service will now be broadcast from The Rectory @ 10.30am. https://ibm.webex.com/join/mike_nelson If you need help or info to join please contact David.  There will also be a Maundy Thursday Service @ 4.00 pm, and a Good Friday Service @ 3.00 pm, through Webex link above.

David will be available on the telephone, by email and through letters if anyone would like to talk to him, or is in isolation and would like a chat. 01989 568736. Please do contact him he is very happy to chat to people.   The Office remains open, although I am working from home. I am contactable via email as always. Debs

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

Please pray for all who are sick, Tirsh Grigor, Louise Tuttiett (Lin), MaryVoss (UB),

And remember all who have died: Brenda Robbins (UB)

 

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

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05th April

Palm Sunday

Collect

Almighty and everlasting God, who in your tender love towards the human race sent your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ to take upon him our flesh and to suffer death upon the cross: grant that we may follow the example of his patience and humility, and also be made partakers of his resurrection; 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 50. 4-9a

New Testament                      Philippians 2. 5-11

Gospel                                      Matthew 21. 1-11

 

First Reading Isaiah 50:4-9a

God blesses us with the gifts we need, such as fortitude and resolve. However hard things may get, if we stay true to God, God will help us.

 

Second Reading Philippians 2:5-11

Paul exhorts his readers to imitate Christ, who in humility took the form of a slave, being born in human likeness and obedient to God’s will. Therefore, Christ is exalted above all others.

 

Gospel Matthew 21:1-11

Having commanded two of his disciples to untie a donkey and bring it to him, Jesus rides into Jerusalem as the crowd’s praise and glorify him.

 

Today’s short reading from Matthew 21 tells of Jesus’ triumphant ride into Jerusalem. For Matthew, the early part of the text is almost as important as the actual entrance into the city. Jesus tells two of his disciples to bring him a donkey and a colt, adding: “If anyone says anything to you, just say… ‘The Lord needs them.’ And he will send them immediately.”

 

Matthew continues: “This took place to fulfil what had been spoken through the prophet” and quotes from the Old Testament. This is in fact an amalgamation of a verse from Isaiah, combined with a verse from Zechariah 9: “Lo, your king comes to you; triumphant and victorious is he, humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”

 

All four Gospels tell the story of the disciples being commanded to fetch the donkey. While John’s account refers back to the Old Testament, it’s Matthew who really lays it on thick, even implying that the animals’ owner is playing a part in fulfilling ancient prophecy. Indeed, throughout his Gospel, Matthew goes to great lengths to refer back to the Jewish scriptures, trying to demonstrate that Jesus was the promised and longed-for Messiah.                                                                                      David

Services Next Sunday – 05th April– Palm Sunday

Weston-under-Penyard NO CHURCH SERVICES
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Hope Mansel
Aston Ingham
Linton
Upton Bishop

Forthcoming Services & Events

Palm Sunday. As we can’t be together in Church on this day, below is a link for you to make your own Palm Crosses, thank you Jane for the link. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VY-JsnDNuiE#action=share

The latest on the Coronavirus is that all church buildings MUST be closed until further notice.                                                                                     

Evening Prayer 5.30 Monday to Thursday.  Through Zoom, link below https://us04web.zoom.us/j/745267001                                                        

The Sunday Service will now be broadcast from The Rectory. If you need help or info to join please contact David.

David will be available on the telephone, by email and through letters if anyone would like to talk to him, or is in isolation and would like a chat. 01989 568736. Please do contact him he is very happy to chat to people.

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

Please pray for all who are sick, Tirsh Grigor, Louise Tuttiett (Lin), Mary Voss (UB),

And remember all who have died: Sybil Besant (Lea) Mervyn Tommey (UB) Brenda Robbins (UB)

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

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


29th March

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                        Ezekiel 37. 1-14

New Testament                      Romans 8. 6-11

Gospel                                      John 11. 1-45

 

First Reading Ezekiel 37:1-14

The Lord shows Ezekiel a valley of dry bones, commanding the prophet to speak forth God’s life. As an enfleshed and breathing multitude arises, God declares an intention to renew and restore the people.

Second Reading Romans 8:6-11

Paul exhorts his readers to focus on the Sprit that dwells in them, reminding them that the Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead will give life to their mortal bodies.

Gospel John 11:1-45

At Bethany, Jesus raises his friend Lazarus from the dead, foreshadowing his own death and emergence from the tomb. Many of those who witness this miracle believe in Jesus.                                                                       Today’s Gospel reading is long and powerful and brings us right into the heart of Passiontide at every level. There are many people and voices within it, and one who stands out from the crowd is Martha, a woman whom Jesus loved. She speaks here in the immediate moments after her beloved brother has died. She has longed for Jesus to come and make him well, but he hasn’t. The worst has happened.

When Jesus does arrive, Martha opens her heart to him. She gives him both her grief and her faith. For Martha the two things do not cancel each other out, but co-exist. In Martha we see a woman in the midst of grief, standing in a place of faith. In today’s passage she makes two extraordinary statements. First, in verses 21 and 22, she tells Jesus: “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him.” Then, in verse 27, she makes an astonishing statement of faith: “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world.”

Church history being what it is, we have placed much more emphasis on Peter’s declaration of faith than on Martha’s. But hers is just as great, if not greater, especially given the experience that she speaks out of.                                                                                David

Services Next Sunday – 05th April– Palm Sunday

Weston-under-Penyard NO CHURCH SERVICES
The Lea
Hope Mansel
Aston Ingham
Linton
Upton Bishop

Forthcoming Services & Events

The latest on the Coronavirus is that all church buildings MUST be closed until further notice. For those who have Zoom David is planning to do Evensong on Wednesdays, (although not up and running yet) more details to follow. The Sunday Service will now be broadcast from The Rectory. If you need help or info to join please contact David.

David will be available on the telephone, by email and through letters if anyone would like to talk to him, or is in isolation and would like a chat. 01989 568736. Please do contact him he is very happy to chat to people.

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

Please pray for all who are sick, Tirsh Grigor, Louise Tuttiett (Lin), MaryVoss (UB),

And remember all who have died: Sybil Besant (Lea) John Tommey (UB) Brenda Robbins (UB)

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

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

 


22nd March

Mothering Sunday

Collect

God of Love, Passionate and Strong, Tender and Careful: watch over us and hold us all the days of our life; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Readings

Old Testament                        Exodus 2. 1-10

New Testament                      2 Corinthians 1. 3-7

Gospel                                      Luke 2. 33-35

 

We have had storm, tempest and flood.  Now we have pestilence in the shape of corona virus.  As we take action to combat this invisible but vicious foe we find our world coming apart.  Our normal activities are falling away because they mostly involve associating with other people.  The elderly (70 plus) withdraw as far as they can from circulation.  We are all called upon to practise social distancing and even that most innocent of gestures, the handshake, is no longer an option.  Even such a simple matter as shopping for groceries has become problematic.  All the while our nation, and others, grind to a halt and business life is threatened.  Travel, transport, hospitality and entertainment concerns are taking the hardest hits and post-virus economic chaos looms, including possible mass unemployment.  How can God let it happen?  Well, it wasn’t God, it was human agency that brought it about.  We are free to mess things up and we have.

Are there any good things to grasp at in the midst of all this?  Well, yes.  We have at the same time been seized by a sense of desiring to act responsibly, to comply with the leadership offered by our authorities who, we assume, have access to the best scientific and medical information.  While it might be too pious to hope that clean hands will lead to pure hearts, we have a huge opportunity to be aware of the needs of others especially the housebound and vulnerable, to offer help in emotional and practical ways.  Caring for our neighbour can become the central currency of how we handle things now, and I mean this within households, between households, communities and indeed nations.  We all have to pull together, co-operate with each other and care for each other to defeat this threat and hopefully restore “normality”.  Why has it come down to a mindless, microscopic organism to bring us to this?  In any case, the Christian mandate to love our neighbour at all levels is glaringly obvious as the means of handling this emergency.  It might even lead to an improved pattern of how we can approach life in general, virus or no virus.

Robin Noble

 

Services Next Sunday – 29th March– 5th Sunday of Lent                        

Weston-under-Penyard NO CHURCH SERVICES
The Lea
Hope Mansel
Aston Ingham
Linton
Upton Bishop

 

Forthcoming Services & Events

 Rev David will be available on the telephone if anyone is in isolation and would like a chat. 01989 568736

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

Please pray for all who are sick, Tirsh Grigor, Louise Tuttiett (Lin), MaryVoss (UB), Brenda Robbins (UB)

And remember all who have died: Colin Lees, Sybil Besant (Lea) John Tommey (UB)

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


15th March

3rd Sunday of Lent

Collect

Eternal God, give us insight to discern your will for us, to give up what harms us, and to seek the perfection we are promised in Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Readings

Old Testament                        Exodus 17. 1-7

New Testament                      Romans 5. 1-11

Gospel                                      John 4. 5-42

 

Paul, as a Pharisee was trained to express legal opinions based upon his knowledge of the Law of Moses.  Pharisees enjoyed respect and became a powerful influence within Israelite society. They interpreted the law and were in effect regarded as lawyers. We see that Paul’s life was a mixture of contrasts. He was born into a wealthy Jewish family in the prosperous Port of Tarsus and committed at an early age to a lifelong study of the Law of Moses, yet his father had become a Roman Citizen. Paul became a devout follower of the traditions and faith of Israel, but when his father died, he willingly inherited the citizenship of pagan Rome. His devotion to his religious convictions was such that he left the Holy Land in pursuit of  people who were causing trouble in the small Jewish colony at Damascus when he encountered the Risen Lord on the road. From then on he became no longer the hunter, but a man pursued by Jewish and Roman authorities and distrusted even by former friends within the Christian membership.

As the Lawyer he was, when he wrote “Since we are justified by faith”, he was using the word “Justified” in a technical sense. In Jewish Law, the accused could not justify himself. Someone else spoke for him. It is our Lord Jesus Christ who speaks for us. What is central to this extract is to understand that it is not our own faith in God, but God’s faith in us, which brings about our salvation. It is one of Paul’s insights into the love and the grace of God that we were guilty as charged and still we rebelled against accepting a just punishment for our rejection of God. Yet through the death of Jesus on the cross, we found that we had been forgiven and brought back into a new and living relationship with God. It is the reconciliation, the remaking of a channel from God to us which allows us to move on to live as citizens in God’s kingdom. In 1559 John Calvin, the great French protestant reformer wrote that faith is evidence of God’s benign benevolence towards us. Calvin accepts that we will still struggle with our lack of faith and be troubled by it, but what is granted to us by the Spirit remains God’s divine benevolence towards those set free by the sacrificial act of Jesus on the cross.                                                                    Brian

Services Next Sunday – 22nd March– Mothering Sunday                        

Weston-under-Penyard Mother’s Day Evensong 3.30 p.m..
The Lea Mother’s Day Children’s Church 10.00 a.m.
Hope Mansel Mother’s Day Parish Comm 9.30 a.m.
Aston Ingham Holy Communion 8.00 a.m.
Linton Mother’s Day Service 11.15 a.m.
Upton Bishop Mother’s Day Parish Comm 10.30 a.m.

Forthcoming Services & Events

Weston Under Penyard. Benefice Service 29th February @ 10.30 a.m. Experience Easter through Stations of the Cross. All Welcome.

Lea. “Love your Garden” talk by Catherine Williams, 26th March, 7.30pm Lea Village Hall. Tickets £7.50 on the door or from Rose 01989 750334. Drinks & Nibbles, Raffle. Doors Open 7pm. All Proceeds to Lea Church.

Start in Linton. Start is a free, informal, 6 week course, for anyone who wants to find out more about the big questions in life

Tuesday Evenings. Begin with puddings, tea and coffee at 7pm followed by video clips and discussion. Please let Adrian or Charlotte Newton know if you are interested  (adrian501newton@btinternet.com or 721124)

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

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

 

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

Please pray for all who are sick, Tirsh Grigor, Louise Tuttiett (Lin)

And remember all who have died: Colin Lees, Sybil Besant (Lea) John Tommey (UB)

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

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

 


08th March

2nd Sunday of Lent

Collect

Almighty God, by the prayer and discipline of Lent may we enter into the mystery of Christ’s sufferings, and by following in his Way come to share in his glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Readings

Old Testament                        Genesis 12. 1-4a

New Testament                      Romans 4. 1-5, 13-17

Gospel                                      John 3. 1-17

Spring officially begins this month and with it a new season. The traditional pattern of spring cleaning derived from the understanding that with winter past and the promise of better weather now was a good moment to refresh and make new. The season of Lent also begins this month. It similarly encourages us to reflect, take stock and focus on the things that really matter. With that in mind I, with others wish to encourage us all this Lent to give time for some particular attention to prayer. You will have received a letter with venues, dates and times. If not, details can be checked on our Diocesan Website. Four services are planned, to be led by me with the assistance of Bishop David Thomson and Tessa Wilkinson. Services start at 11am, and will include a period of extended prayer (with different “ways” available including silence), and will end by 1pm, with drinks available afterwards. Attenders can bring a packed lunch if they wish. Dates and times are:

Tuesday 3rd March St George, Pontesbury                                                   

Monday 9th March St Mary, Ross on Wye                                                       

Saturday 14th March Holy Trinity, Hereford                                                 

Wednesday 18th March St Laurence, Ludlow

Do take note. As a diocese we are in a time of change and transition, both challenging and exciting. Please, if you can, join me to pray. We will have a range of topics including our diocese, our communities, our commitments as an Eco Diocese to care for the environment and importantly for our new Bishop Richard. My wish is for the renewal of our own lives as we live Lent together. Two booklets are available, for adults and for families. You can download at https://www.chpublishing.co.uk/features/live-lent. There will also be an updated #LiveLent app, an email feed, a social media campaign, a skill for smart speakers and more. See The Church of England website for more information and for details. Please help publicise the campaign by using the online resources from The Church of England and visiting our #LiveLent web pages. On a personal note this will be my last parish letter as Bishop of Ludlow. After nearly 11 years I am retiring in early May with my final farewell service being at Cathedral Evensong on the 26th April. All are welcome and there will be refreshments afterwards. Simply let the Cathedral know numbers. It has been a joy and privilege to be part of this diocese over these years. I leave with many happy memories from sharing ministry, embracing our common life together and in seeking to serve over these years. In a poignant way this is for me certainly a new season.                                                                                                           +Alistair

Services Next Sunday – 15th March– 3rd Sunday of Lent                        

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

Forthcoming Services & Events

Lea. “Love your Garden” talk by Catherine Williams, 26th March, 7.30pm Lea Village Hall. Tickets £7.50 on the door or from Rose 01989 750334. Drinks & Nibbles, Raffle. Doors Open 7pm. All Proceeds to Lea Church.

Start in Linton. Start is a free, informal, 6 week course, for anyone who wants to find out more about the big questions in life such as:

What’s life about and where are we going?

       Does God exist and what is he like?

       Why is the world in such a mess?

       Who was Jesus, and is he relevant?

       What does Jesus’ death on the cross mean for me today?

       How far can I go forward with God in my life?

Tuesday Evenings. Begin with puddings, tea and coffee at 7pm followed by video clips and discussion. Please let Adrian or Charlotte Newton know if you are interested  (adrian501newton@btinternet.com or 721124)

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

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

Prayer Spaces in Schools There is an opportunity to find out more about Prayer Spaces in Schools on Friday 6th March, 10 -12 pm, Highnam Church of England Primary Academy.  Contact Charlotte Newton for more details.

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

Please pray for all who are sick, Tirsh Grigor, Louise Tuttiett (Lin)

And remember all who have died: Colin Lees, Peter Attenborough, Pat Sollis (WuP), Sybil Besant (Lea) John Tommey (UB)

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

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


01st March

1st Sunday of Lent

Collect

Heavenly Father, your Son battled with the powers of darkness, and grew closer to you in the desert: help us to use these days to grow in wisdom and prayer that we may witness to your saving love in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Readings

Old Testament                        Genesis 2. 15-17,  3. 1-7

New Testament                      Romans 5. 12-19

Gospel                                      Matthew 4. 1-11

In the Old testament Genesis reading, Adam and Eve are tempted by the serpent to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. They succumb to temptation and their eyes are opened so they know that they are naked. They hide their nakedness with fig leaves.  In the letter to the Romans St Paul explains how Sin and death came into the world because of Adam’s disobedience, and held sway until the time of Moses, when God gave the Law to humankind. However, through the grace and obedience of Jesus Christ, humanity is offered the free gift of forgiveness and life.  In rebutting the devil’s temptations in today’s Gospel reading, Jesus quotes the Old Testament. In response to the first temptation, to turn the stones of the desert into bread, Jesus quotes from Deuteronomy 8: “One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” This in turn refers back to the book of Exodus, to the time when the Israelites were hungry, homeless and wandering in the wilderness.  Then, in response to the devil’s efforts to tempt him into proving his divinity, Jesus again quotes the Old Testament: “Do not put the Lord your God to the test.” Jesus is quoting Deuteronomy 6: “Do not put the Lord your God to the test, as you tested him at Massah.” Again, this refers even further back in the story in Exodus, to the time when the Israelites were thirsty and complaining about the lack of water. Moses asked them: “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the Lord?”  The location of Massah may be lost in history, but massah is the Hebrew word for “testing”. Wherever it is, it ended up being so named because it was where the Israelites had tested God.                                                                                      David

Services Next Sunday – 08th  March– 2nd Sunday of Lent                        

Weston-under-Penyard Parish Communion 9.30 a.m.
The Lea Holy Communion  & 8.00 a.m.
Hope Mansel ARICONIUM BENEFICE HEALING SERVICE @

Linton

10.30 a.m.
Aston Ingham
Linton
Upton Bishop

 

Forthcoming Services & Events

Start in Linton. Start is a free, informal, 6 week course, for anyone who wants to find out more about the big questions in life such as:

What’s life about and where are we going?

Does God exist and what is he like?

Why is the world in such a mess?

Who was Jesus, and is he relevant?

What does Jesus’ death on the cross mean for me today?

How far can I go forward with God in my life?

The first session is on Tuesday 25th February.  Evenings will begin with puddings, tea and coffee at 7pm followed by video clips and discussion. Please let Adrian or Charlotte Newton know if you are interested or want to know more (adrian501newton@btinternet.com or 721124)

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

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

Prayer Spaces in Schools There is an opportunity to find out more about Prayer Spaces in Schools on Friday 6th March, 10 -12 pm, Highnam Church of England Primary Academy.  Contact Charlotte Newton for more details.

 

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

Please pray for all who are sick, Tirsh Grigor, Louise Tuttiett (Lin)

And remember all who have died: Martin Lamport (WuP) Peter Attenborough, Pat Sollis (WuP), Sybil Besant (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

 

 

 


23rd February

Sunday next before Lent

Collect

Holy God, you know the disorder of our sinful lives: set straight our crooked hearts, and bend our wills to love your goodness and your glory in Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Readings

Old Testament                        Exodus 24. 12-end

New Testament                      2 Peter 1. 16-end

Gospel                                      Matthew 17. 1-9

 

People climb mountains for various reasons:  the panoramic views, the sense of achievement, coming to terms with the environment and oneself, to name but a few.  Today’s readings feature three people, two mountains.  Moses climbed Mount Sinai and found God in a cloud.  Elijah climbed Mount Sinai and heard God in a still small voice though the mountain was erupting around him.  Jesus climbed Mount Tabor and was transfigured.  Moses and Elijah appeared beside him and the voice of God, from a cloud, proclaimed Jesus to be his son who should be heeded.  The importance of the appearance of Moses and Elijah is very great.  Moses is the figure who embodies the Law, Elijah the Prophets.  “The Law and the Prophets” is the phrase by which the whole Israelite religion is known.  Jesus, in this tableau, stands as the fulfilment of all that Moses and Elijah mean.

All too soon it is necessary to descend the mountain and resume the challenges of life at the mundane level.  In the case of Moses to confront the Israelites with God’s Law.  In the case of Elijah to confront the king with God’s judgement.  In the case of Jesus to confront the cross, armed only with God’s love.

As we approach Lent, we might be prompted to climb a mountain.  It could be the mountain of discipline, which we are free to choose for ourselves according to our own capabilities and limitations.  It could be the mountain of improving our biblical knowledge, or our prayer life, or our study life, or our lifestyle.  In the case of these mountains the climax comes at Easter, when the mountains result in enduring newness of life rather than a climbdown.

The Transfiguration presents us with something fresh and radical and invites a response.  What is our response going to be?        Robin Noble

 

Services Next Sunday – 01st March– 1st Sunday of Lent                        

Weston-under-Penyard Mattins 11.15 a.m.
The Lea Family Communion 9.30 a.m.
Hope Mansel Holy Communion 8.00 a.m.
Aston Ingham Garrold Bread Service 11.00 a.m.
Linton Parish Communion 11.15 a.m.
Upton Bishop Family Service 10.30 a.m.

 

Forthcoming Services & Events

Weston. ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE, 26th February @ 7.30 pm.

Upton Bishop Millennium Hall, Shrove Tuesday, 25th February, 5.30-7pm. Pancake fun for all ages. No charge but donations welcome. Ring Olivia (780321) for more details.

Aston Ingham. Garrold Bread service Sunday March 1st 11am followed by ploughman’s lunch in the Village Hall.

Start in Linton. Start is a free, informal, 6 week course, for anyone who wants to find out more about the big questions in life such as:

What’s life about and where are we going?

Does God exist and what is he like?

Why is the world in such a mess?

Who was Jesus, and is he relevant?

What does Jesus’ death on the cross mean for me today?

How far can I go forward with God in my life?

The first session is on Tuesday 25th February.  Evenings will begin with puddings, tea and coffee at 7pm followed by video clips and discussion. Please let Adrian or Charlotte Newton know if you are interested or want to know more (adrian501newton@btinternet.com or 721124)

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

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

 

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

Please pray for all who are sick, Tirsh Grigor, Peter Attenborough.

And remember all who have died: Martin Lamport (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 February

2nd Sunday before Lent

Collect

Almighty God, give us reverence for all creation and respect for every person, that we may mirror your likeness in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Readings

Old Testament                        Genesis 1. 1 thru 2. 3

New Testament                      Romans 8. 18-25

Gospel                                      Matthew 6. 25-end

Paul’s letter to the Roman congregation of Christians reveals that he accepts the typical understanding of Creation. The Universe was what little of the Northern Hemisphere visible to the naked eye. Moon and Sun together with the other planets went round the Earth, while the distant stars held messages for mankind, systematised by Astrology and consequently open to false information from the forces of Evil-“Fake News”! . But now the whole created universe has become involved in the drama of the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Henceforth Creation owed its destiny to God alone. He eagerly awaits that moment when the whole creation is freed, just as the Spirit has freed Christians from the enslavement of death. Evil in the created universe will be brought under the authority of the Spirit of God. Paul took it for granted that planet Earth, as the home of humankind, God’s supreme created beings, made in his image, was also the arena wherein battles between the Spirit and forces of Evil took place. Earth alone was the place where God met with mankind and Earth alone would witness the day when Evil would be overcome and the faithful believers rewarded.  Paul’s earlier letters proclaimed that in his lifetime the Spirit’s overwhelming power to banish the ancient powers of death and destruction over human life would triumph. The evidence for the forthcoming liberation of all creation had already been demonstrated in the resurrection of Jesus. The Spirit would flow through the Christian believers at the centre of this exciting new situation, out into the whole inanimate universe. Like a woman in labour, there was an inevitability about it, but the exact moment remained hidden. Yet already benefits, which granted the believers” The glorious liberty of the children of God.” were not simply a vain hope, but had already arrived. But this letter shows us that Paul accepts that his generation is fading away and he now believes that Christians are living in the middle, rather than at the conclusion of the triumph of the Spirit. Paul first met the Risen Lord on the road to Damascus and that encounter became the foundation of his teaching. We read this extract, written a generation before the first Gospel appeared, and it still gives us that positive certainty that our own liberation daily draws nearer.                                                                                        Brian

Services Next Sunday – 23rd February– Sunday next Before Lent                        

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

Forthcoming Services & Events

Upton Bishop Millennium Hall, Shrove Tuesday, 25th February, 5.30-7pm. Pancake fun for all ages. No charge but donations welcome. Ring Olivia (780321) for more details.

Upton Bishop Church, 6pm Fish & Chip Service 14th Feb jane.e.ayres@me.com

Aston Ingham. Garrold Bread service Sunday March 1st 11am followed by ploughman’s lunch in the Village Hall.

Start in Linton. Start is a free, informal, 6 week course, for anyone who wants to find out more about the big questions in life such as:

What’s life about and where are we going?

Does God exist and what is he like?

Why is the world in such a mess?

Who was Jesus, and is he relevant?

What does Jesus’ death on the cross mean for me today?

How far can I go forward with God in my life?

The first session is on Tuesday 25th February.  Evenings will begin with puddings, tea and coffee at 7pm followed by video clips and discussion. Please let Adrian or Charlotte Newton know if you are interested or want to know more (adrian501newton@btinternet.com or 721124)

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

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

 

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

Please pray for all who are sick, Tirsh Grigor

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


9th February

3rd Sunday before Lent

Collect

Eternal God, whose Son went among the crowds and brought healing with his touch: help us to show his love, in your Church as we gather together, and by our lives as they are transformed into the image of Christ our Lord.

Readings

Old Testament                        Isaiah 58. 1-9a

New Testament                      1 Corinthians 2. 1-12

Gospel                                      Matthew 5. 13-20

“I’m not busy”

This year Lent begins in the last week of February and I have been reflecting recently on the various traditions and activities that surround this season of the churches year. We all love Shrove Tuesday with pancakes and all the fun associated with it and Ash Wednesday with its very visible sign of penitence but if you are anything like me then Lent loses its focus.        Don’t misunderstand me I have tried giving things up and can easily go without chocolate or alcohol but it doesn’t make me feel much more holy. In truth, I am more likely to be less holy and more Victor Meldrew. I have tried taking things up and again I can set out a bit like New Year Resolutions with lots of good intentions but very quickly things crowd in and the opportunity is swamped. We are not short of initiatives to help both from National Church and local, we have Lent courses and Lent lunches and a plethora of things we can do.

In fact, this is my problem we tend to give value to activity and action and much less value on reflection and contemplation. Lent is ultimately a penitential season so we console ourselves with the sense we are as the Prayer Book puts it ‘acknowledging our wretchedness and lamenting our sins.’ Yet I think if we are honest many of us feel chased from pillar to post constantly busy and to use a different metaphor ‘chasing our tails.’

We live in a world of instant everything not least because smart phones, email, tablets and the like make us instantly contactable and before we know it we are controlled and ruled by the very technology that was supposed to make our lives easier. Yet actually we are or at least should be in control of our own destiny and time. As the Clinical Psychologist Dr Henry Cloud has observed: ‘If you don’t learn to say no and be a steward over your time and energy, then you are not going to have any to give.’

We often find we don’t have capacity to do stuff but the reality is often all of us fill our time with the first thing we are asked to do rather than consider whether it is the right thing or whether we are the best person to do it. We are responsible for our own actions and we shouldn’t blame anyone else when we get overloaded. Self-management, self-discipline and self-control are all part of managing our capacity and stewarding our time.

So I have committed myself over the last few years to use Lent to say: ‘I am not busy.’ To actively when people ask not to use the words ‘I am busy’ or ‘I am so busy’. Instead to stop reflect and create space to say No. To not talk about my capacity, or my full diary but instead to refuse to give in to unnecessary business and to give space to the things that matter. It is not about taking something up or giving something up it is instead about discipline, self-control and being kind to myself and others.

So why not join me in rejecting the sense of business? It is both disabling and guilt inducing and instead embrace the freedom that is found in being a ‘human being’ rather than a ‘human doing’                                   AD Derek

Services Next Sunday – 16th February– 2nd Sunday Before Lent                        

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

Forthcoming Services & Events

Aston Ingham. Garold Bread service Sunday March 1st 11am followed by ploughman’s lunch in the Village Hall.

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

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

 

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

Please pray for all who are sick, Tirsh Grigor

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

 


2nd February

Presentation of Christ in the Temple

Collect

Lord Jesus Christ, light of the nations and glory of Israel: make your home among us, and present us pure and holy to your heavenly Father, your God, and our God.

 

Readings

Old Testament                        Malachi 3. 1-5

New Testament                      Hebrews 2. 14-end

Gospel                                      Luke 2. 22-40

 

“Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation.” (Luke 2:29-30).  Today’s story of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple Is a bit of puzzle – indeed, a veritable collection of puzzles! First of all, it was two ordinary people who recognised Jesus. God-fearing people, yes, but not priests or rabbis, nor young religious activists. Simeon’s words about departing in peace suggest he was elderly and we’re told that Anna certainly was. It’s especially puzzling, perhaps, as a woman at that time was not even allowed to testify in court, yet Anna bore witness about Jesus, eagerly spreading the word about this child and praising God.                                        It’s also puzzling that God’s salvation should be recognised in a human baby – but especially one whose family could afford only two doves rather than the lamb a wealthier couple might have offered, according to the “law of the Lord”. No wonder the child’s parents were amazed. This was not a royal baby, nor a child born into a wealthy or influential family, nor the child of a priestly Jerusalem family, but from a working-class northern home in Galilee. To those who had for generations been longing for a messiah to restore Israel’s fortunes, this would be puzzling indeed. They expected a royal prince, a warrior, to send the Romans packing. The answer to this puzzle lies in the interpretation of that word “salvation”. It didn’t simply mean a way to make Israel great again!

By coming to the Temple as a human baby, like any other firstborn son, and growing up in a human family, God was laying the foundation for restoring that relationship in the ministry, teaching and ultimate sacrifice of Jesus. As both God and human, Jesus alone could do that – by dying for our sins and rising again for the redemption not just of Jerusalem, but of all humanity.                                                When we feel guilty about the way we’ve treated others, or even feel we’ve let God down, let’s remember God’s loving forgiveness, proclaimed from the cross. When we hurt, let’s still hope. We may not see all the answers in this life, but with God’s help we can keep trying to solve those difficult puzzles – until eventually everything falls into place.                        David

Services Next Sunday – 9th February– 3rd Sunday Before Lent                        

Weston-under-Penyard Parish Communion 9.30 a.m.
The Lea Holy Communion & 8.00 a.m.
Hope Mansel Ariconium Benefice Service

The Lea

(Love)

10.30 a.m.
Aston Ingham
Linton
Upton Bishop

 

Forthcoming Services & Events

Aston Ingham. Garold Bread service Sunday March 1st 11am followed by ploughman’s lunch in the Village Hall.

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

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

 

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

 

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

And remember all who have died:  John Griffiths (UB) David Herrod (WuP) Kath Mayo (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

 


26th January

3rd Sunday of Epiphany

Collect

Almighty God, whose Son revealed in signs and miracles the wonder of your saving presence: renew your people with your heavenly grace, and in all our weakness sustain us by your mighty power; 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 9. 1-4

New Testament                      1 Corinthians 1. 10-18

Gospel                                      Matthew 4. 12-23

 

Recent discussion has revealed a strain of thinking which is rather disturbing.  It is that we should, as a matter of first resort, use force, cruelty, acts of dubious legality and morality, in order to bend others to our will and cause them to see sense and change their ways.  Send a gunboat.  Or a drone.  those who claim the Christian label, even if only in lip service, must resist this trend.  The way of conciliation, neighbourliness, diplomacy, understanding, even kindness might actually prove more fruitful in smoothing the path of human relationships even at an international level.  It can be true at a personal level as well.  I heard an economist on the Today Programme (unfortunately I missed his name) recommend as the economic model for the future the idea that consumption would be subordinated to the idea of helping our neighbour rather than competing with him, outdoing him or getting the better of him.  What a novel idea.  It reminds me of, well, something Jesus said about how we should treat our neighbour.  Jesus went on to define our neighbour as anybody and everybody including those from whom we differ.  Jesus was quoting from the Old Testament, so the idea of kindly neighbourliness has been around for a long time. Yet at no point can history be said to have been characterised by it.   Threat, coercion, bullying; the way to the dark side are these, as Yoda might say.  Perhaps it is time for “love your neighbour” to be given a chance.

Robin

 

 

Services Next Sunday – 2nd February– Presentation of Christ                        

Weston-under-Penyard Mattins 11.15 a.m.
The Lea Family Communion 9.30 a.m.
Hope Mansel Holy Communion 8.00 a.m.
Aston Ingham Evensong 6.30 p.m.
Linton Parish Communion 11.15 a.m.
Upton Bishop Family Service 10.30 a.m.

 

 

Forthcoming Services & Events

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

And remember all who have died:  John Griffiths (UB) David Herrod (WuP) Kath Mayo (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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


19th January

2nd Sunday of Epiphany

Collect

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

Readings

Old Testament                        Isaiah 49. 1-7

New Testament                      1 Corinthians 1. 1-9

Gospel                                      John 1. 29-42

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

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

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

Forthcoming Services & Events

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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


12th January

Baptism of Christ

Collect

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

 

Readings

Old Testament                        Isaiah 42. 1-9

New Testament                      Acts 10. 34-43

Gospel                                      Matthew 3. 13-end

 

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

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

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

 

David

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

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

 

Forthcoming Services & Events

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

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

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

info: contact Helen Morris 01989 762221

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

  


5th January

Epiphany

Collect

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

 

Readings

Old Testament                        Isaiah 60. 1-6

New Testament                      Ephesians 3. 1-12

Gospel                                      Matthew 2. 1-12

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

+Alistair

Services Next Sunday – 12th January – Baptism of Christ                       

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

Benefice Service @

Aston Ingham

10.30 a.m.
Aston Ingham
Linton
Upton Bishop

 

Forthcoming Services & Events

Aston Ingham Church. Plough Sunday January 12th Benefice Communion

  1. 30 am, with refreshments. All invited.

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

                                                          

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

 


22nd December

4th Sunday of Advent

Collect

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

Readings

Old Testament                        Isaiah 7. 10-16

New Testament                      Romans 1. 1-7

Gospel                                      Matthew 1. 18-end

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

Robin

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

Weston-under-Penyard Ariconium Benefice Service

@

Hope Mansell

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

Services Christmas Eve – 24th December

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

Midnight Mass

4.00 p.m.

11.30 p.m.

Upton Bishop

Services Christmas Day – 25th December

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

 

Forthcoming Services & Events

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 


15th December

3rd Sunday of Advent

Collect

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

Readings

Old Testament                        Isaiah 35. 1-10

New Testament                      James 5. 7-10

Gospel                                      Matthew 11. 2-11

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

Brian

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

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

 

Forthcoming Services & Events

ASTON INGHAM CAROL SERVICE  18TH DECEMBER @ 6.30PM.

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

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

                                                                                     

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

 

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

And remember all who have died:

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

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

 

  


08th December

2nd Sunday of Advent

Collect

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

 

Readings

Old Testament                        Isaiah 11. 1-10

New Testament                      Romans 15. 4-13

Gospel                                      Matthew 3. 1-12

Christmas at the Cathedral

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

Wednesday 11 December, 1.30 pm

Thursday 12 December, 12.30 pm

Thursday 19 December, 11.30 am and 1.30 pm

Friday 20 December, 1.30 pm

Monday 30 December, 11.30 am and 1.30 pm

Tuesday 31 December, 11.30 am and 1.30 pm

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

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

Michael Tavinor Dean

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

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

& Carol Service

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

 

Forthcoming Services & Events

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

more info from Jane 07989572356

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

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

                                                                                     

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

 

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

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

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

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

 


01st December

1st Sunday of Advent

Collect

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

 

Readings

Old Testament                        Isaiah 2. 1-5

New Testament                      Romans 13. 11-end

Gospel                                      Matthew 24. 36-44

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

Forthcoming Services & Events

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

 


24th November

Christ The King

Collect

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

 

Readings

Old Testament                        Jeremiah 23. 1-6

New Testament                      Colossians 1. 11-20

Gospel                                      Luke 23. 33-43

 

What’s in a name?

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

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

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

Robin

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

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

 

Forthcoming Services & Events

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

 


17th November

2nd Sunday before Advent

Collect

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

Readings

Old Testament                        Malachi 4. 1-2a

New Testament                      2 Thessalonians 3. 6-13

Gospel                                      Luke 21. 5-19

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

Brian

Services Next Sunday – 24th November   Christ The King                       

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

 

Forthcoming Services & Events

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

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

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

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

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

And remember all who have died:

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

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

 

 


10th November

Remembrance Sunday

Collect

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

Readings

Old Testament                        Readings for this

New Testament                      Service will be in your

Gospel                                      Church Service Sheet

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

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

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

Forthcoming Services & Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

And remember all who have died:

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

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


3rd November

All Saints Day

Collect

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

 

Readings

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

New Testament                      Ephesians 1. 11-end

Gospel                                     Luke 6. 20-31

 

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

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

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

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

 

Services Next Sunday – 10th November Remembrance Sunday                        

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

 

Forthcoming Services & Events

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 


 

27th October

Last Sunday after Trinity

Collect

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

 

Readings

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

New Testament                      Ephesians 1. 11-end

Gospel                                     Luke 6. 20-31

 

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

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

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

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

 

Services Next Sunday – 10th November Remembrance Sunday                        

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

 

Forthcoming Services & Events

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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27th October

Last Sunday after Trinity

 

Collect

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

 

Readings

Old Testament                        Joel 2. 23-end

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

Gospel                                     Luke 18. 9-14

 

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

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

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

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

Robin Noble

 

Services Next Sunday – 03rd November All Sai