Grapevine 12th September 2021

 


st paulGood afternoon everyone,

The theme for the sermon this week ‘What do we Worship?’ We will be learning about Psalm 100 which is one of the best known and most often sung of all the psalms. ‘The Lord is God’ – he made us – ‘The Lord is good.’ Let all the world sing and be glad.
We will also learn about Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, 2:1-10., which was written when he was a prisoner under house arrest in Rome. (Under the Romans prison was not a form of punishment, they simply held what they believe to be the worst criminals in custody awaiting sentence.) At the time Paul may have recognised that despite its challenges and immorality, Ephesus was where most people lived and was therefore where the gospel needed to impact the most, and it was in such cities that he planted churches as a base for evangelism into the surrounding regions. This letter was also different as it contained none of his usual personal greetings, despite having lived there himself and probably had many friends there. Some believe that it began as circular written to a group of churches.

Our online services this Sunday, 12th September are:
BCP Holy Communion – Revd. Moira Astin leading, preaching and presiding.
There will be no online Morning Worship this week.

Music will be provided by St Martin’s in the Field, Libby, and our worship band.
 
Hall HireOnsite Sunday 12th September
 
10am Holy Communion with Revd. Moira Astin leading, preaching, and presiding.
 
10am Youth Group (Ignite) onsite (in the Orchard)
 
10am Children’s Groups onsite (in the Orchard)
We are very much looking forward to welcoming our Children back into the Orchard this week as groups recommence.
 
A reminder that next week, Sunday 19th September, our 10am service will be an ‘All Together’ and we look forward to welcoming children and young people into church.
 
Autumn Term Diary Dates
 
Maggies SongMaggie’s Song Will Now Return Friday 24th September at 9.30am
Maggie and Elaine are still working through the details, and I will have more news for you next week.
  



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911Today is a time of poignant reflection and grief, the 20th anniversary of 9/11 where terrorists hijacked four commercial airplanes, deliberately crashing two of the planes into the upper floors of the North and South Towers of the World Trade Center complex and a third plane into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. 
 
The parallels with the past 18 months and COVID19 cannot be ignored. This unseen enemy has left so many bereft, in some instances unable to say goodbye to their loved ones. The consequences of both the attacks and COVID19 are still raw, and the respective tragedies have changed our outlook on the world.
 
We also remember those children that lost a parent, among them some were teenagers, toddlers and infants, some were also unborn. Their collaborative stories have been told in a new book written by Payton Lynch, ‘Rise from the Ashes,’ it talks about how together they became a force for healing and their indomitable human spirt. Whilst this book is primarily about 9/11, the same feelings and emotions will be felt by those who have lost a parent from COVID19.
 
The bible quote from James 1:2-3 at the beginning of the book “Consider it pure joy, whenever you face trials of many kinds. Because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.”
 
In both cases we remember not only those who lost their lives but also to the first responders, emergency services and the NHS Staff many of whom will have paid the ultimate sacrifice with their own lives. We think of their loved ones and send them silent prayers.
 
A Prayer for those who died - Church of England
Almighty and eternal God,
from whose love in Christ we cannot be parted,
either by death or life:
hear our prayers and thanksgivings
for all whom we remember this day;
fulfil in them the purpose of your love;
and bring us all, with them, to your eternal joy;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.
 
A Prayer of Hope - Jane Holloway, World Prayer Centre
 
Father,
Thank you that in a world of despair,
You are our Hope.
In a world of darkness,
You are our Light.
In a world of sorrow,
You are our joy.

Help us to share the Hope of our hearts with one another
Enable us to give Hope to others through Your work amongst us
Use us to transform our nation and to spread Your Hope to every corner of this nation.
May our land flourish by the preaching of Your word and the praising of Your name.
In Jesus Name. Amen.
 
This week I leave you with words from Lemony Snicket, Horseradish “We all know that our time in this world is limited, and that eventually all of us will end up underneath some sheet, never to wake up. And yet it is always a surprise when it happens to someone we know. It is like walking up the stairs to your bedroom in the dark and thinking there is one more stair than there is. Your foot falls down, through the air, and there is a sickly moment of dark surprise as you try and readjust the way you thought of things.”
 
Wishing you all a happy week.
Deborah



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