The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.
Sunday 10th October 2021: Trinity XIX
- Please pray for the sick including Jane Williams, Judith Piggott, Sylvia Martin and Derek Barker. Pray too for the departed.
- Please remember in your prayers Paul Elwis from South Luffenham who is to be Confirmed today in Peterborough Cathedral. Pray too for Eliza Lane to be Baptized into the Church of God today at South Luffenham.
- Zoom Morning Prayer continues on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8.30am. Compline is on Thursday at 6pm.
- Next Sunday, 17 October, we are in church at Tixover, 9.30 am, with Archdeacon Gordon; Zoom is at 11 am and at 3pm The Benefice Recovery Service at Morcott.
- Face Masks: up until now we have encouraged people to wear face masks in church but with the break between infections and hospitalization, the immunization rate and the space and airiness of our churches we invite you now to wear a mask or not, as you feel most comfortable. The Covid restrictions on the Holy Communion service will continue.
- Thanks for your support for the book sale. The next Rectory Yard Sale is on Saturday 16 October, 10 – 12 noon when furniture, antiques, silverware, crockery, kitchenware, sports equipment, bric-a-brac and some vintage clothing will be on sale. Many items 50p. 50% of proceeds to benefice funds.
- The county Council, working with Leicestershire, are busy housing Afghan refugees in our area. They have asked us to hold fire on further donations as the critical need at the moment is detached housing. If you can help for at least a year, please visit the government website for refugees.
Sunday 10th October 9.30am Morning Worship.
Sunday October 10th 12.30pm – Eliza’s baptism. Please join us if you would like to.
Sunday 24th October 9.30am Holy Communion.
How many crises can one government cope with? They keep piling up! Coronavirus, Brexit, fuel, pigs, security on the streets, climate change. Not all of these crises can be laid at the door of No.10 but the government of the day has to respond. There is no one answer to fix all but with our own two-party political system the answer tends to be a short-term fix, if there is one. Governments are out to retain power which means not upsetting the voters. This does not get us much further than the next five years.
There has been much outrage and sucking of teeth for instance about the safety of women on our streets, and rightly so. But can there be a political answer? We can create more laws which will inevitably keep the police spinning in confusion and our prisons over-full but it can’t be a political solution. It is deeper than that. Some pundits have bravely called for an educational solution for men – but surely women too? – but our schools and colleges do that anyway.
What is missing in some of these crises, though not all, is a deep respect for one another and a code of conduct to live by. Christianity as well as other faiths has traditionally provided this, but their voices are quieter now, more marginalized, for a variety of reasons.
If you find yourself in church today, the readings we will hear are moral exhortations. There are a series of ‘do-nots’, echoing the 10 Commandments but the solution lies within. It cannot be imposed from without. We live by Grace, not by Law. The camel cannot get through the eye of a needle but it is possible for a rich man who takes on the gospel of Jesus. (Mark 10.25). That is one of Jesus’ jokes but it is also a challenge.
The Golden Rule applies; ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you’.
See wellandfosse.org for much more information, including contact details for
The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong and the churchwardens