Sunday 23rd July

Thought for the week

Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand. Mother Teresa

 

Action for the week

Tell a friend or family member that you love them

  

CALENDAR

Sunday July 23rd

    8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist

6 pm – Said Eucharist

Monday  

    9.15 am – Morning prayer, 55 Masonfield Crescent

Tuesday

9.30 am – Church cleaning – volunteers welcome.

2.15 pm – Mirth and moaning

5.30 pm – Evening Prayer

6pm – Vestry – wedding and baptism bookings

7 pm – Eco – Church meeting, 55 Masonfield  Cresc

Wednesday

5.30 pm – Silent Meditation

6 pm – Evening Prayer

Friday

    9.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – 11.45 am – Tiddlers (Pre-school group)

Sunday July 30th

    8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist

12.30 pm – Holy Baptisms, Leo and Matilda

6 pm – Said Eucharist

 

EVENTS COMING SOON:

 

WEDDING

A HUGE THANK YOU from Bernie and Phil following their wedding here last Sunday. It was lovely to see a full church and lots of hats! Thank you from them for good wishes, presents and presence xx

 

Gardening Afternoon – Saturday 22nd July

Please come along and help us tidy up the grounds and do some gardening. Tools will be provided along with drinks and cake!

 

Eco – Church

We have a theme each month for how we can adjust our lifestyle to be more environmentally friendly. This month we are focusing on ‘Green Gardening’ and how we can encourage Bees, bugs, birds and butterflies.

Our next meeting is at 7pm on Tuesday July 25th at 55 Masonfield Crescent

 

Tiddlers

Our last Tiddlers group will be on Friday July 28th. We will start again after the summer holidays on Friday September 8th. We are short of people to help us run these valuable sessions for pre-school children and their parents and carers. If you would like to volunteer to help, perhaps one Friday a month, please talk to Rev Susan.

 

CONFIRMATION

We are looking forward to welcoming Bishop Philip at the end of November to confirm children and adults. We need to start getting an idea of numbers, so please think if your children (school year 6 and above) and you might like to do this. There will be a small number of classes in October leading up to the event itself. Please speak to any of the clergy to find out more.

 

MIRTH AND MOANING

The informal support group for those living with pain or distress meets on the following dates at 2-15 in the church hall: 25 July. All welcome. More details from Jacqueline Stamper.

 

PRAYER REQUESTS You can send requests for prayer by text to 07980 351855. If you would like to join the prayer group who respond to these requests, or you would like to know more, then talk to Pat.

The Bible readings for today …

 

Isaiah 44

Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: I am the first and I am the last; besides me there is no god. Who is like me? Let them proclaim it, let them declare and set it forth before me. Who has announced from of old the things to come? *Let them tell us* what is yet to be. Do not fear, or be afraid; have I not told you from of old and declared it? You are my witnesses! Is there any god besides me? There is no other rock; I know not one.

 

Romans 8

So then, brothers and sisters,* we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh— 13for if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. 15For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, ‘Abba!* Father!’ 16it is that very Spirit bearing witness* with our spirit that we are children of God, 17and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ—if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him. I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us. 19For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God; 20for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labour pains until now; 23and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. 24For in* hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes* for what is seen? 25But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

 

Matthew 13

He put before them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field; 25but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away. 26So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared as well. 27And the slaves of the householder came and said to him, “Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where, then, did these weeds come from?” 28He answered, “An enemy has done this.” The slaves said to him, “Then do you want us to go and gather them?” 29But he replied, “No; for in gathering the weeds you would uproot the wheat along with them. 30Let both of them grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Collect the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.” ’ 36 Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples approached him, saying, ‘Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.’ 37He answered, ‘The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man; 38the field is the world, and the good seed are the children of the kingdom; the weeds are the children of the evil one, 39and the enemy who sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels. 40Just as the weeds are collected and burned up with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. 41The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all evildoers, 42and they will throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Let anyone with ears* listen!