Day: 23 June 2021

Weekly News 23 June

I hope this finds you well and enjoying these long days and the abundance of nature that surrounds us.

This Saturday our Curate, Helen, will be ordained Priest at the Cathedral.
You can watch the live stream and download the order of service here.
Please do pray for Helen, and all those being ordained this weekend.
I am sure that you, like me, will take the opportunity to thank God for her.

This coming Sunday there will be a Communion service, 11am at The Church of the Holy Spirit, Paganhill, and next Wednesday, 11.30 Holy Trinity, Stroud, as well as various other services you can see here on our website. 

Please do pray for Freya, that God would bless her and keep her, as her family bring her for baptism this Sunday in Randwick.

This week is also the final one of our online services and I will be leading and preaching on Jairus’ daughter and the woman who dares to touch Jesus’ hem. 

Some questions that may help you to engage with the Gospel; Mark 5: 21-43 as you prepare for Sunday:

  • Imagine yourself in Jairus’ shoes –
    What response might you have expected from Jesus?
    What risks were there?
    What hopes were there?
  • Imagine yourself in the woman who was hemorraging’s shoes –
    What response might you have expected from Jesus?
    What risks were there?
    What hopes were there?

The online service will be followed by online coffee at 11am – just press the ‘join us for a chat’ button. 

As we move into our new pattern of services, our online content will be shorter, more of a ‘thought for the day’, which may be a reflection on a reading, or painting, or poem. It may be an interview with someone, some music or a dramatic reading of a passage of scripture. This will be done in a way that is consciously orientated towards those who are not yet part of our worshipping communities. This change will also mean an end to our online after service chat, but we sincerely hope we will be able to have such interesting conversations, going deeper into the readings and sharing stories of the difference our faith has made, as we talk to each other face to face.

We are delighted that Jodie Calcutt is joining the team, picking up the good work Fiona has done. As well as this, Jodie will also be managing the hiring of our buildings, starting with St Laurence Church and Hall. She will be making sure these are well advertised, thinking about different ways they can be used and liaising with those who are using them. This is an exciting development and will mean that those spaces that are currently underutilised will become assets to our communities as well as sources of much needed income for our worshipping communities. If you would like to talk through the spaces available in your buildings and how they might be used, do get in touch with Jodie.

Our APCM’s are coming up very soon and the reports are available, or certainly will be very soon. Do read them and ask any questions you have. Our APCMs will not involve a series of reports being read out; they will assume you have read the reports, had conversations that need to be had and prayerfully considered the role you are going to help in your worshipping community. This will mean that our APCMs can be opportunities to celebrate all that has been and commission those who will serve us over the coming year.

Our new group, which will be exploring Communion, is starting this coming Wednesday evening. Please get in touch if you would like to be part of that.

Finally, many of you will have heard about the tragic death of North Vernon-White who fell from Tricorn House in Cainscross. Please do consider signing the petition that you can find on our news page asking for this awful building to be taken down.
Please pray for his parents and brother, for the whole community of Archway School and all those friends and family that are affected by this. Pray especially for our young people who have been so disproportionately affected by the pandemic.

May the Lord bless you and keep you and smile upon you and bring you peace.

Helen’s Ordination

This Saturday 26 June at 3.30pm our Curate, Helen Hill, will be ordained Priest at Gloucester Cathedral. The service will be live streamed and the order of service can be downloaded.

Please pray for Helen, Peter and all the family. Thank God for her, and ask that she would be deeply affirmed in her calling. Pray too for yourselves, that you would know your calling and have the courage to step into it as Helen has.

Readings and questions for this coming Sunday – June 27

Here are the readings and some questions that may help you to engage with scripture and prepare for Sunday:

Now as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in utmost eagerness, and in our love for you—so we want you to excel also in this generous undertaking.
I do not say this as a command, but I am testing the genuineness of your love against the earnestness of others. For you know the generous act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich. And in this matter I am giving my advice: it is appropriate for you who began last year not only to do something but even to desire to do something— now finish doing it, so that your eagerness may be matched by completing it according to your means. For if the eagerness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has—not according to what one does not have. I do not mean that there should be relief for others and pressure on you, but it is a question of a fair balance between your present abundance and their need, so that their abundance may be for your need, in order that there may be a fair balance. As it is written, ‘The one who had much did not have too much, and the one who had little did not have too little.’

2 Corinthians 8.7-15

When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered round him; and he was by the lake. Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw him, fell at his feet and begged him repeatedly, ‘My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live.’ So he went with him.

And a large crowd followed him and pressed in on him. Now there was a woman who had been suffering from haemorrhages for twelve years. She had endured much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse. She had heard about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, for she said, ‘If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well.’ Immediately her haemorrhage stopped; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, ‘Who touched my clothes?’ And his disciples said to him, ‘You see the crowd pressing in on you; how can you say, “Who touched me?” ’ He looked all round to see who had done it. But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling, fell down before him, and told him the whole truth. He said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.’

While he was still speaking, some people came from the leader’s house to say, ‘Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the teacher any further?’ But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the leader of the synagogue, ‘Do not fear, only believe.’ He allowed no one to follow him except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James. When they came to the house of the leader of the synagogue, he saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. When he had entered, he said to them, ‘Why do you make a commotion and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping.’ And they laughed at him. Then he put them all outside, and took the child’s father and mother and those who were with him, and went in where the child was. He took her by the hand and said to her, ‘Talitha cum’, which means, ‘Little girl, get up!’ And immediately the girl got up and began to walk about (she was twelve years of age). At this they were overcome with amazement. He strictly ordered them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.

Mark 5.21-43

  • Imagine yourself in Jairus’ shoes –
    What response might you have expected from Jesus?
    What risks were there?
    What hopes were there?
  • Imagine yourself in the woman who was hemorraging’s shoes –
    What response might you have expected from Jesus?
    What risks were there?
    What hopes were there?

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Petition to demolish Tricorn House

Many of you will have heard about the tragic death of North Vernon-White who fell from Tricorn House in Cainscross. Please do consider signing this petition asking for this awful building to be taken down.

Please pray for North’s parents and brother, for the whole community of Archway School and all those friends and family that are affected by this.

Pray especially for our young people who have been so disproportionately badly affected by the pandemic.