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Bowland Benefice Pews News : 27 September 2020

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Pews News 27 September 2020

Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity

We welcome back Gary from his holiday and hope he has had a beneficial time of rest and relaxation during this strange and difficult year.

Today’s service is at St Kenelm, Upton Snodsbury at 10.30am. It is a short service of Holy Communion led by Gary Noyes and Claire Billington. (Claire’s first service as an ordained Deacon).

Next week’s services on 4 October will be:

St Kenelm’s, Upton Snodsbury at 10.30am.

Harvest Festival.

St Nicholas, Peopleton at 11.00am Holy Communion.

Being aware of Covid-19 restrictions, if you wish to attend the popular, special Harvest Festival Service in Upton Snodsbury, please do let Church Warden Helen Bennett know before Sunday that you will be there, to make sure that social distancing regulations can be observed. Don’t forget your face mask!!

Pointers for Prayer

We think of Claire as she begins her ministry in the Bowland Benefice. We pray that she may find spiritual fulfilment and contentment as she continues her journey in faith and service among us.

We say ‘thank you’ for all the unsung heroes of our churches – those that continue to work unstintingly for the benefit of our Parish Churches and communities in all sorts of ways.

Let us concentrate our minds on some situation or problem that is meaningful to us. May we find help, support and maybe a little inspiration too, as we think it through.

A thought for the week ahead

Trust in the Lord

With all your heart.

Do not depend on your own understanding.

Seek his will in all you do,

and he will show you

which path to take.

(Proverbs 3: 5 & 6)

A thought from St Francis de Sales (1567-1622)

(as supplied by Julia Dale – thank you!)

Every Christian needs a half hour of prayer each day, except when he is busy and then he needs an hour…….

Gary’s Reflection on today’s Gospel Reading Matthew 21: 23-32

As we all continue on into the autumn months, listening carefully to all the ever-changing advice and directives from the government, please be assured that, as a local church community, we will be doing all we can to support our parishioners, and to continue to provide forms of worship that will be practical and safe- some of it will be in our church buildings in the traditional way, and some will be online, such as the weekly short service that we currently offer.

Above all, we will keep praying, as I hope you do, too- for wisdom for our government as they strive to tackle this unprecedented pandemic (and work towards finding an effective vaccine)- for our world, in the grip of climate change, and for all of us, as we seek to rest in the peace and certainty of God’s love and presence on a day to day basis.

Our reading today is spot-on; the Parable of the Two Sons. I’m sure that most of us can identify with their equivocation! ‘Which of the two did what his father wanted’?, Jesus asked. ‘The first’, they answered. As we go forward in our own spiritual lives, which will we be? We are all called, as part of our personal relationship with God, to ‘work out our salvation with fear and trembling’- (Philippians 2).

This not about doubt or anxiety, but a singleness of mind and purpose in response to God’s continuing love and grace in our lives. May we all know his blessing on our lives during this coming week.

Gary.

Prayers for the week

Lord God, we thank you that you protect us in all things. We flee to you for safety. In your arms we find security and strength. We trust you, Lord Jesus: uphold us when our faith is tested, we pray, because we place ourselves into your care- every part of us-body, mind and spirit. Amen.

Thank you for the friendship and companionship offered by our church communities and villages particularly at this time and with the uncertainties laying ahead of us all in the future.

Make us aware of those who perhaps need our help and a confidential listening ear. Amen.

Thought for the week

As we look forward to special services to celebrate the bounty

of the harvest in our local fields, we think of those across the world who are not so blessed.

Where the land is just a dry, infertile dust bowl, where floods wash away all the crops and livestock, where man’s corruption denies the just rewards of toil and tears.

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