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THE WELLAND FOSSE BENEFICE RETURNING TO CHURCH STRATEGY SEPTEMBER 2020

THE WELLAND FOSSE BENEFICE RETURNING TO CHURCH STRATEGY SEPTEMBER 2020

The Welland-Fosse Benefice.

Returning to Church Strategy, 

for SEPTEMBER 2020

 

Sunday 6th September 2020

 10.am          Zoom service                            Transition Service  (CA)

11.00am       South Luffenham Church     Transition Service   (CA)

 

Sunday 13th September 2020

11.00am      Barrowden Church                   Transition Service (SA)

11.00am      Zoom service                              Transition Service  (SA)

Martin Beattie’s Personal Meeting Room

 

 

Sunday 20th September 2020

9.30am        Tixover                                        Holy Communion  (CA)(AR)

11.00am        Zoom                                           Transition Service (SA)

 

 

Sunday 27th September 2020

9.30am       Morcott Church                           Transition Service      (CA)

11.00 am      Zoom                                              Transition Service      (CA)

 

 

SERVICES AND READINGS FOR SUNDAY 20TH SEPTEMBER 2020

SERVICES AND READINGS FOR SUNDAY 20TH SEPTEMBER 2020

SERVICES AND READINGS FOR THE 15TH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY

Tixover church       9.30a.m.    BSP.                                    Holy Communion  (CA)(AR)

Zoom meeting 11.00a.m.
Simon Aley is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
 
Topic: Welland Fosse Sunday Morning Zoom service
Time: Sep 20, 2020 11:00 AM London
 
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Meeting ID: 476 116 4739
Passcode: 1234
 
READINGS

 

Exodus 16. 2 – 15   Ps. 103  1 -6  37 – end  Phil. 1.  21 – end

Matt. 20  1 – 16

BSP :  Josh. 24.  14 – 25    Ps. 92.  1 – 6  Gal. 6. 11 – end

Matt. 6. 24 – end

 

THE WELLAND FOSSE BENEFICE RETURNING TO CHURCH STRATEGY SEPTEMBER 2020

THE WELLAND FOSSE BENEFICE RETURNING TO CHURCH STRATEGY SEPTEMBER 2020

The Welland-Fosse Benefice.

Returning to Church Strategy, 

for SEPTEMBER 2020

 

Sunday 6th September 2020

 10.am          Zoom service                            Transition Service  (CA)

11.00am       South Luffenham Church     Transition Service   (CA)

 

Sunday 13th September 2020

11.00am      Barrowden Church                   Transition Service (SA)

11.00am      Zoom service                              Transition Service  (SA)

 

Sunday 20th September 2020

9.30am        Tixover                                        Holy Communion  (CA)(AR)

11.00am        Zoom                                           Transition Service (AR)

 

Sunday 27th September 2020

9.30am       Morcott Church                           Transition Service      (CA)

11.00 am      Zoom                                              Transition Service      (CA)

 

 

THE WELLAND FOSSE BENEFICE RETURNING TO CHURCH STRATEGY SEPTEMBER 2020

THE WELLAND FOSSE BENEFICE RETURNING TO CHURCH STRATEGY SEPTEMBER 2020

The Welland-Fosse Benefice.

Returning to Church Strategy, 

for SEPTEMBER 2020

 

Sunday 6th September 2020

 10.am          Zoom service                            Transition Service  (CA)

11.00am       South Luffenham Church     Transition Service   (CA)

 

Sunday 13th September 2020

11.00am      Barrowden Church                   Transition Service (SA)

11.00am      Zoom service                              Transition Service  (SA)

 

Sunday 20th September 2020

9.30am        Tixover                                        Holy Communion  (CA)(AR)

11.00am        Zoom                                           Transition Service (AR)

 

Sunday 27th September 2020

9.30am       Morcott Church                           Transition Service      (CA)

11.00 am      Zoom                                              Transition Service      (CA)

 

 

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.Sunday 23rd August 2020

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.Sunday 23rd August 2020

 

 TRINITY IX

 

  • Please remember in your prayers those who are sick: Janette Saunders, Barry Broughton, Betty Tyler, Graham Robinson, Catherine Tanser, and Derek Barker.                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
  • We pray also for all those who put their lives in danger to serve others suffering from Coronavirus and for those who have lost their jobs in the crisis.
  • Zoom services continue throughout the week, including Sunday, 10am (via sialey@aol.com) but today we continue our gradual return to church with worship at Morcott, 11am and next week at Barrowden. Face masks are obligatory.

 

SOUTH LUFFENHAM

Our Church is open every day from 10am to 4pm for quiet time or private prayer.

 

 

THIS WEEK’S MEDITATION: How to meditate

Thinking

Think:

  • Jesus asks me, “What do you say I am?”
  • God lives in us, we can surrender to Him. Where is God leading me these days?

 Personal Prayer

In the next moments of silence, talk about this with Jesus. Tell him what you think, what you feel, what you want. Ask him for the grace that you need for … (make your conversation with God).

Contemplation – Quiet moment with God

Now be silent; simply present in God, as He is quietly present in you. Perhaps from this silence, hear God’s speak, perhaps focus on thanksgiving and worship or open yourself and accept him in your life and work, maybe He gives you  the courage to …

Action

When you walk into a personal relationship with God, he changes you, makes you more loving, and encourages you to the concrete action, which is….. (write down your insights for concrete action).

Prayer at the end

Lord, the living God, thank you for giving each of us the promise of prosperity, goodness, fullness. Thank you for giving me the grace to recognize you as alive and to surrender to you. Thus you make me a spiritual stone, a rock, and as such, I can also serve others, the Church.

 

 

See wellandfosse.org for much more information, including contact details for

The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong and the churchwardens

SUNDAY SERVICE FOR 16TH AUGUST 2020

SUNDAY SERVICE FOR 16TH AUGUST 2020

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Confession: The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart God will not despise. Let us come to the Lord, who is full of compassion and acknowledge our transgressions in penitence and faith.

Most merciful God, father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we confess that we have sinned in thought, word and deed. We have not loved you with our whole heart. We have not loved our neighbour as ourselves. In your mercy forgive what we have been, help us to amend what we are and direct what we shall be that we may do justly, love mercy and walk humbly with you, our God. Amen.

 

 

 

 

READING   Matthew 15: 21-28 read by Sally

Jesus went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. A Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, ‘Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon.’ But he did not answer her at all. And his disciples came and urged him, saying, ‘Send her away, for she keeps shouting after us.’ He answered, ‘I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.’ But she came and knelt before him, saying, ‘Lord, help me.’ He answered, ‘It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.’ She said, ‘Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.’ Then Jesus answered her, ‘Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.‘ And her daughter was healed instantly.

 

 

 

Sermon      Very Reverend Christopher Armstrong

Face Masks

Sunday 16 August 2000

 

Face Masks

Face Masks are so irritating!  They tickle, they are suffocating especially in this hot weather but worst of all, they hide our faces and those with whom we speak. So much of our characters are expressed through facial expressions and we don’t see much of that behind a mask. We can easily misjudge a look when half of the face is covered.  Is that a scowl, a grimace or a smile? Perhaps that is what is happening in our reading today (Mt. 15. 21 – 28).  The woman who pleads with Jesus to heal her daughter is completely ignored by him.  What is going on behind that mask?

The colour of masks do not help much either. Some of the floral ones are quite attractive and may say something about their owner but the black ones are very menacing.  We could be forgiven for thinking that we are about to be attacked by Darth Vader!

 

Biblical Faces

In the bible the face was seen as a true representation of the whole person. Your face was you. It fully described your personality: grumpy, peaceful or happy. It was the great desire of the Israelites to seek God’s face in worship. So Moses goes up the mountain to speak to God face to face. The result was that his face shone so brightly that he had to put a veil over it so that the Israelites weren’t shocked. The angelic figures who accompanied God – the cherubim – had to cover their faces because the glory of God was too much to bear.

The early Christians inherited this view of God’s face.  But the face of God has now been revealed in the person of Jesus.  In the life of Christ we can see close up the attributes of God – a God who is generous, hoping the best for each one of us; a God who heals, who brings people together, who forgives us, picks us up and suffers for us. Paul speaks for us all when he says that we see God as in a mirror, dimly but we shall see him face to face. He also promises us that with unveiled faces we shall behold the glory of God and it will not be ruinous but magnificent. How I long for that experience for myself and for others! That is why we gather in beautiful buildings like this, tailor-made to glimpse the glory of God.  But we know too that the glory of God may also be glimpsed as we come face-to-face with the sick, the bereaved, the badly housed and those exhausted by giving themselves to others on the Coronavirus front-line.

If Jesus is the human face of God, then how many faces has God? The early Christians wrestled with this problem as they tried to explain their various understandings of God as Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier.  Is that 3 people or one person who has 3 masks, faces, modes of being?  You wouldn’t believe the grief that such discussions caused! In the end The Church settled for the phrase “one substance” to include all three masks of God.  And this is not just an academic question.  In Lancashire where I come from, the Muslims find it very difficult to get their heads around our One God in 3 persons.

 

 

 

Gerald.

My father-in-law was a very good local GP. He was also an excellent DIY enthusiast and an engaging entertainer. After a day’s work in the surgery, he would throw off his suit and settle down to re-wire the house or change into a Dinner Jacket to host some medical event in town.  So was that the doctor, blaspheming under the eaves to sort out the fuse-box or the DIY expert entertaining an archbishop at the top table? We can usually cope with this confusion of roles and sometimes it is entertaining.  On one occasion, a rather otherworldly archiepiscopal guest leaned over to his medical host at dinner to complain about a sharp pain in his shoulder. The two of them retired to an anti-room and the archbishop slipped off his frock coat only to reveal a rather painful coat hanger still in place. Was the archbishop appealing to a generous host, to a DIY expert or to a doctor for help with his pain?

Similarly, with this woman whose daughter was ill in our reading today. Her pleas were ignored by Jesus.  We don’t know why.  Perhaps he was wearing his worried mask but she knew that was not the normal way which Jesus dealt with people, especially the sick. She was not rebuffed by what appeared to be a mask of pre-occupation. So she persevered and was rewarded for her faith, her love and her persistence.

There is a lesson for us here too.  Masks can deceive us.  What appears to be a rebuff from God or our neighbour may just be a hesitation. Our scriptures are filled with examples of those who persevere to see the face of God.  Think of the boy Samuel in the Temple, the man with the barren fig-tree, the woman caught in adultery, the raising of Lazarus and today, Marcus Rashford’s campaign for free school meals.

                “Teach me my God and King, in all things thee to see;”   (George Herbert)            

                                                                Amen.

 

 

HYMN

PLEASE MUTE YOUR MICROPHONE THEN SING LOUDLY AS ZOOM DOES NOT SYNC SINGING

Bright the vision that delighted
once the sight of Judah’s seer;
sweet the countless tongues united
to entrance the prophet’s ear.

Round the Lord in glory seated
cherubim and seraphim
filled his temple, and repeated
each to each the alternate hymn:

‘Lord, thy glory fills the heaven;
earth is with its fullness stored;
unto thee be glory given,
holy, holy, holy, Lord.’

Heaven is still with glory ringing,
earth takes up the angels’ cry,
‘Holy, holy, holy,’ singing,
‘Lord of hosts, the Lord most high.’

With his seraph train before him,
with his holy Church below,
thus unite we to adore him,
bid we thus our anthem flow:

‘Lord, thy glory fills the heaven;
earth is with its fullness stored;
unto thee be glory given,
holy, holy, holy, Lord.’

 

Creed    Do you believe and trust in God the Father,

        source of all being and life,

        the one for whom we exist?

All    We believe and trust in him.

 

Do you believe and trust in God the Son,

        who took our human nature,

        died for us and rose again?

All    We believe and trust in him.

 

        Do you believe and trust in God the Holy Spirit, Who gives life to the people of God  And makes Christ known in the world?

All    We believe and trust in him.

 

        This is the faith of the Church.

All    This is our faith.

        We believe and trust in one God,

        Father, Son and Holy Spirit.          Amen.

PRAYERS read by Martin and Françoise

 

 

Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
Gathering our prayers and praises into one, let us say the Lord’s Prayer together. 

 

 

 

 

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all evermore AMEN

 

 

 

 

SUNDAY SERVICE FOR AUGUST 7TH 2020 TRINITY 9

SUNDAY SERVICE FOR AUGUST 7TH 2020 TRINITY 9

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Sermon

One of the things which frightens me is water. I don’t like swimming and being in a boat fills me with dread. But I love being by the sea and watching the waves and the power of the tides. One holiday we went to St Abbs Head in the Borders and there was a storm. Not to be deterred we walked to the harbour and watched in fascination at the spectacle unfolding. Someone had left their Range Rover on a slipway and the vehicle had slid into the water and was carried away. There was nothing anyone could do because the sea was so rough and gradually as we watched the whole car was broken into pieces!

So I can understand the fear that the disciples felt in their fishing boat on the lake as the wind buffeted them, although they were less likely to be panic stricken as they would have encountered these storms before. They had been so recently with Jesus but Jesus had needed some time alone with his Father after feeding 5000 and performing other miracles and healings. He sent the disciples ahead of him, in fact in some versions it states that he compelled them to go, probably telling them he would catch them up. The disciples were on their own.

They were not there through any fault of their own and in fact were there because they were being obedient to Jesus. The storm was one thing but seeing a figure walking towards them was quite another and they were afraid. Jesus spoke and said, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” Three phrases which meant so much. “Take courage” giving the disciples encouragement not rebuking them. “It is I”, referring to God’s name of I am. “Do not be afraid” words used when the twelve were sent out on their mission, at the tomb to the women and at the Transfiguration to the disciples frightened by the great light.

How did the disciples feel when they realised who it was? Well, we know how Peter reacted!! Impulsively he said that if Jesus asked him to he would be able to go to him. And at first, Peter walked towards his Lord. But then he realised what he was doing, felt the buffeting wind and the tumultuous waves and dropped into the sea.

Peter acted on impulse but his heart was in the right place and he always acted out of love. Yes, he often failed and came to grief but Jesus had warned that following him would not be easy. And Peter never finally failed. In the moments of failure he turned to Jesus and clutched at him to be saved.

If we think of times when we have felt adrift then we come near to recognising what this story can tell us today. When Peter took his eyes away from Jesus he was afraid and thought that he could not do as Christ did. Jesus reached out and took his hand asking why he doubted. That is a question which Christ often asks us!!

 

Jesus climbed into the boat and the storm stopped. And the disciples were no doubt very grateful that it had. They showed how they felt in the words “Truly you are the Son of God.” There is a story told by William Barclay from St Francis of Sales who had noticed that a young girl who was fetching water always put a piece of wood into the pail before she lifted it. He asked her why and she told him that it was to keep the water from spilling, to keep it steady. When the bishop later wrote to a friend he said, “So when your heart is distressed and agitated put the Cross into its centre to keep it steady.”

 

We all have moments or even longer times when we suffer doubt. Jesus came to the disciples in their time of need and we need to believe that that is what happens for us. That is what faith is: reaching out to grasp Christ’s hand and knowing that he will catch us and hold us. Yes, sometimes we feel he asks us to do the impossible but we don’t have to do it alone.

 

 Many of us are overwhelmed by what is happening in the world today. We see the effects of the Covid 19 virus, the conflict in various places and the destruction of so much. But each one of us is beloved by God and even when we falter, God never does! Neither doubt nor faith are easy each bringing their own problems but faith is far more powerful as it comes with love, calmness. Doubt simply brings uncertainty and despair.

 

At this point I was having real problems about how to finish the talk. I spent several days trying to work it out and then found this piece from (Tony Peterson, The Africana Worship Book: Year A, Discipleship Resources, 2006, p. 91.)

 

Lord If It’s You …

Lord, it it’s you, we need to hear from you

When we are alone
When we go away to pray
When we have little faith
When we are battered by the waves
When the wind is against us
When we get in the boat
When we’re terrified by our ghosts
When we seek you on the mountain
When we cry out in fear
When we start walking on water
When we begin to sink
When we are far from land

Lord, if it’s you,
speak to us
calm our fears
calm our storms
Strengthen our resolve
Remind us who you are
Walk to us
Call to us
Save us
Reach out your hand and catch us
Quiet the wind around us.

Lord, if it’s you, we worship you for “Truly you are the Son of God.”