This week’s Worship

Sunday 5th September 2021 14th Sunday after Trinity (1st Sunday)
            8:00 am      BCP Holy Communion, Mawdesley
9:00 am      Family Worship, Bretherton
9:15 am      Holy Communion, Croston
11:00 am      Holy Communion, Mawdesley

Wednesday 10 am   Holy Communion Croston

Friday 9am Morning Prayer at Mawdesley restarts 10th September

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ
“Charity begins at home,” is often used as a reason for not giving to charitable causes, or as an argument for governments cutting their overseas aid budgets?  At the moment following the pandemic many churches, like all three in our united benefice are struggling, in terms of numbers coming to church, which also means less money in the weekly collections.  We still have all our overheads, insurance premiums need paying, and the heating systems need to be maintained. This presents churches with a great dilemma, as traditionally churches give away a proportion their money to other good causes, following Jesus lead of being generous to others.
In this week’s Gospel Jesus meets a woman who knows he has the capacity to help her plight as Jesus does not need to be careful with his resources, he has enough healing to spare for her little girl.
There is no limit to God’s grace, or to those who can receive it.
Thankfully Jesus can respond with kindness and generosity to the need in front of him.
For churches, and for individuals, there will always be hard decisions to make about how we use our resources, some of us will only have enough to survive, but others will have resources to spare, in the form of money, time or skills.  We can limit ourselves to using them in our family or local community, or we can respond to needs further away. At the moment every day we see stories of need in far away places like Afghanistan, but as refugees begin to be resettled we will see that far away need appear on our doorsteps.
The letter of James this week reminds us of the danger of separating our faith from what we do with our resources.
There is more than enough of God’s grace for everyone, and that should encourage us all to take a serious look at what we have and to offer what we can to support those in need.

With love & prayers.

Michael (Rector)
Tel: 01772 600548, email: revmwoods@gmail.com

Sunday 12th September 2021 15th Sunday after Trinity (2nd Sun.)
            9:15 am      Holy Communion, Croston

11:00 am      Family Communion, Bretherton
11:00 am      Holy Communion, Mawdesley

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Please pray for the family and friends of the recently departed:
Patricia Joyce Johnson, Jean Killingbeck
Rest eternal grant unto them O Lord may light perpetual
shine upon them, may they rest in peace and rise in glory. 

 Jean Killingbeck’s funeral will be at St. Michael & All Angels Church, Croston at 12:30 pm Wednesday 15th Septemeber

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Facebook & YouTube Online Worship
An Act of Worship from Blackburn Cathedral will be available every Sunday from 9am.  You can view this on the Cathedral YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4GsctW6SLc or on their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BlackburnCathedral
This week’s Church of England online worship will be led by Rev Tiffer Robinson, exploring how we can take a radical new perspective on the world.  You can watch the service from 9am Sunday.
https://www.facebook.com/thechurchofengland

 

 

 

 

 

Help for Asylum Seekers/Refugees
The British Red Cross is the UK’s largest provider of services for support of Refugees
& Asylum Seekers.  They are still working hard to support those people who fled from the Syrian Crisis a couple of years ago, some have still not been ‘settled’ and still need support.
Now, the Afghan situation has compounded the need, Wonder Phiri, our contact at the Red Cross expects 84 families to come to our region in the next week or so (when their quarantine ends).
They will need a supply of school uniforms, especially shoes – for all ages of children.  If you have any items which your children have out-grown please bring them to Croston Church, Church Street PR269HA:
St. Michael’s church on a Wednesday or Sunday between 10-4pm.

Please do continue to support the Food Bank
Despite the feeling that we are beginning to live ‘normally’, many families continue to struggle.
If you are able, please continue to support this worthy enterprise donations can be left at all our churches.

Walking Football team
We would like to try and put a couple of church walking football teams together, men and women’s in Croston – just a bit of social fun If you are interested please email Lizmbrown@outlook.com

Croston dates for your diary
We are planning another Harvest supper on October 2nd in the Old School.  Hotpot, dessert, live music and great company.  All for only £10.  Please let Diane or Kathryn know if you would like to join us.

The Christmas tree festival is pencilled in for Nov. 27th / 28th with the Christmas markets being on the following Sunday.

Faith reference cards for school applications
If you would like a Faith reference card please email the Rector.


The Collect
Merciful God, your Son came to save us and bore our sins on the cross: may we trust in your mercy and know your love, rejoicing in the righteousness that is ours through Jesus Christ our Lord.         Amen

First Reading
The kingdom of God is not only a renewal for broken humanity, but also for the land.
Isaiah 35.4-7a
Say to those who are of a fearful heart, ‘Be strong, do not fear!  Here is your God.  He will come with vengeance, with terrible recompense.  He will come and save you.’   Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy.  For waters shall break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert; the burning sand shall become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water.

Second Reading
Regardless of how strong our convictions are, it is how we deal with other people that gives the clearest indication of faith in Christ.
James 2.1-10(11-13)14-17
My brothers and sisters, do you with your acts of favouritism really believe in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ? For if a person with gold rings and in fine clothes
comes into your assembly, and if a poor person in dirty clothes also comes in, and if you take notice of the one wearing the fine clothes and say, ‘Have a seat here, please,’ while to the one who is poor you say, ‘Stand there,’ or, ‘Sit at my feet,’ have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts?
Listen, my beloved brothers and sisters.  Has not God chosen the poor in the world to be rich in faith and to be heirs of the kingdom that he has promised to those who love him?  But you have dishonoured the poor.
Is it not the rich who oppress you?  Is it not they who drag you into court? Is it not they who blaspheme the excellent name that was invoked over you?
You do well if you really fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’  But if you show partiality, you commit sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it.
For the one who said, ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ also said, ‘You shall not murder.’
Now if you do not commit adultery but if you murder, you have become a transgressor of the law.
So speak and so act as those who are to be judged by the law of liberty.
For judgement will be without mercy to anyone who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgement.  What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works?  Can faith save you?
If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill,’ and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that?  So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.

The Gospel
Jesus heals a girl with an unclean spirit and a deaf man with a speech impediment, to the crowd’s amazement.
Mark 7.24-37
Jesus set out and went away to the region of Tyre.  He entered a house and did not want anyone to know he was there.  Yet he could not escape notice, but a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately heard about him, and she came and bowed down at his feet.
Now the woman was a Gentile, of Syrophoenician origin.  She begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter.  He said to her, ‘Let the children be fed first, for it is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.’
But she answered him, ‘Sir, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.’
Then he said to her, ‘For saying that, you may go – the demon has left your daughter.’  So she went home, found the child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.
Then he returned from the region of Tyre, and went by way of Sidon towards the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis.
They brought to him a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they begged him to lay his hand on him.   He took him aside in private, away from the crowd, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spat and touched his tongue.
Then looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, ‘Ephphatha,’ that is, ‘Be opened.’  And immediately his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly.  Then Jesus ordered them to tell no one; but the more he ordered them, the more zealously they proclaimed it.
They were astounded beyond measure, saying, ‘He has done everything well; he even makes the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.’

Prayer after Communion
Lord God, the source of truth and love, keep us faithful to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, united in prayer and the breaking of bread, and one in joy and simplicity of heart, in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

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