This week’s Worship

Sunday 4th October (1st of the month)

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 9th Sept. 10 am Holy Communion, Croston
Friday 11th Sept. 9:00 am Morning Prayer, Mawdesley

We are still allowed to continue with Worship.

Face masks are now compulsory in church unless you are exempt

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
So much seems to have happened in the last week tighter restrictions in the North West and the disgraceful televised debate in the USA between the presidential candidates which was quickly followed by positive test results for Donald Trump and the First Lady.  I do hope they make a swift and full recovery.  We have also seen some shameful behaviour in parliament by the SNP member who had tested positive for Covid–19 who didn’t self-isolate, there have now been calls for her to step down.  Earlier in the week we also saw a government Minister and even the Prime Minister confused about what the current regulations are!  There is also Talk of a ‘circuit breaker’ mini lockdown if the situation continues to get worse!  It’s no wonder that so many of us who are trying to keep to the guidelines are confused about what we are being required to abide by!  I am finding it challenging even when using Google to find what I am expected to do.  However if you are confused like me don’t forget the basics – to wash our hands, minimise our contact with others and when we do meet keep a safe distance and wear our masks if they are not from our own household.  It will be the actions of individuals, people like you and me, that will control and defeat this virus and what we all do affects others as well as ourselves.
Today’s readings all refer to the vine as a metaphor for the Jewish people, with a common theme of fruitfulness.  In the Gospel those wicked tenants, acting out of selfish greed, saw people only in terms of what they represented for their own ends.  Jesus shows in both word and deed that true fruitfulness is found by living out the ideals of justice, kindness and humility.  In order for us to live fruitfully it takes a small but important shift of outlook to start living and behaving in a way that supports and enables those around us to live more fruitful lives. To do this we need first to really recognise and acknowledge each person as a child of the living God, rather than simply seeing what she or he represents.  As we become more connected to one another our lives become richer, more vital, more purposeful, and we in turn become more alive to God working in and through our lives.
Do not underestimate the difference we can all make – to our church, to our communities, to our own lives, especially when we trust that God’s grace and the Holy Spirit is there to help us.

As always please do remember:

  • Do not come to church if you are feeling unwell or have experienced any COVID-19 symptoms in the past seven days
  • Limit contact with other people
  • Keep your distance from people not in your household
  • (2m apart where possible or 1m + when wearing a mask)
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Work from home if possible

With love & prayers.  Michael (Rector)
Tel: 01772 600548 mobile: 07960309005, email: revmwoods@gmail.com

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Sunday 11th October – 18th Sunday after Trinity (2nd of the Month)
 9:15 am           Family Worship, Croston
11:00 am           Holy Communion, Bretherton
11:00 am           Holy Communion, Mawdesley

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Church opening times on Wednesdays & Sundays

Bretherton                      9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Croston                        10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Mawdesley                     open via the side door most days

Coronavirus Village support groups
        Croston COVID-19 Croston Village Support Group

Mawdesley     Mawdesley – Coronavirus help each other out.

Bretherton     Via Bretherton WI (01772 601495)
email bethertoonwi@btinternett.com

Facebook Pages
There is worship in all our churches this weekend and online there is also the Diocesan worship which is led this week by Revd Sarah Gill with a sermon from Archdeacon Mark.  It can be found on the Diocesan YouTube Site from 9am on Sunday:

https://www.youtube.com/user/blackburndiocese/videos

In addition there will be worship from Blackburn Cathedral, also from 9am on Sunday on their YouTube channel.

Our facebook pages are:

https://www.facebook.com/St-John-the-Baptist-Church-Bretherton-439088266487676/

https://www.facebook.com/StMichaelAllAngelsChurchCroston/

https://www.facebook.com/St-Peters-Mawdesley-w-Bispham-442669382795886/?ref=bookmarks

The Church of England posts on Facebook and YouTube a national service of worship every Sunday at 9 am this week’s service will celebrate those who have helped keep food on our plates during the pandemic.
Farmers, lorry drivers and supermarket workers will contribute to the service, led by Sarah Spencer, from The Diocese of Lincoln, and Nick Shepherd, from The Diocese of Southwark.
https://www.facebook.com/thechurchofengland or

https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/church-online

Church Attendance records for school applications
The cards for the Autumn term, starting 6th September are now available in each church, please return your last record for the Spring term. If you want to register please complete a form and take a copy of the guidance notes which are available at Church.

This resource may be helpful for those who are unable to return to church services at the moment, or for anyone who is feeling isolated or lonely and who doesn’t have access to the internet.
There are also the daily prayer resources on the Church of England Website where you can download apps at:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/join-us-service-daily-prayer/subscribe-our-prayer-podcasts

Thank you to everyone who decorated our Churches for Harvest & supported the work of the foodbank with your generous donations.

Please continue to support the Food Banks
Please to continue to support the foodbanks being as generous as you can be with your donations they are much appreciated by the foodbanks and the growing number of people who depend upon their support.

They need all the usual tins & packets, such as:
Cereals & cereal bars, Little bags of sugar (500g)
Instant mash, Tinned carrots, Laundry tablets/pods

In Croston Please leave your donations at either 19, Highfield Rd or 32, Westhead Rd, or bring to church.
In Bretherton – The box will remain at the gate, 154 South Road.
Thank you to everyone for your support to date!
In Mawdesley – please bring to church

Thank you to everyone who has been supporting our local food banks and all the other good causes at this time.

Could you make a donation to support Church?
All our churches rely upon the generous donations of our parishioners to provide the financial support that both maintain our buildings and provide care and support to all those in the local community.  Although some use standing orders or other methods of online giving, many donors use cash, either on the plate or in weekly planned giving envelopes.

Even though we can now meet again for public worship we cannot hand a plate round for our usual collections, so we just leave a plate at the back of Church.

Donations or regular giving can be made by using ‘Online banking’ facilities, the bank details you will require to do this are given below for each church:

 

 

 

Bretherton – St. John the Baptist
St. Johns Bretherton PCC Account, No: 10031333, Sort code: 16 17 41

Croston – St. Michael & All Angels
St. Michaels PCC Account, No. 11215462, Sort Code 16-17-41

Also if you have no facility to pay electronically, envelopes can be dropped off with our Treasurer Derek Alty, 12 Lostock Road, Croston.

Mawdesley w Bispham St. Peter
Mawdesley PCC Account, No 87032805, Sort code 60 24 02.

If you decide to make a donation electronically you may be given the opportunity to set up a standing order, which will be far easier for us ensuring that we will have a more regular income.


The Collect

Almighty God, you have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you: pour your love into our hearts and draw us to yourself, and so bring us at last to your heavenly city where we shall see you face to face; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.    Amen

First Reading             

The prophet tells of planting a vineyard which yields only wild grapes. What will he do? He will remove the hedge and break down the wall, leaving it to be trampled and given over to weeds.

Isaiah 5.1-7                                         

Let me sing for my beloved my love-song concerning his vineyard: My beloved had a vineyard on a very fertile hill.
He dug it and cleared it of stones, and planted it with choice vines; he built a watch-tower in the midst of it, and hewed out a wine vat in it; he expected it to yield grapes, but it yielded wild grapes.

And now, inhabitants of Jerusalem and people of Judah, judge between me and my vineyard.  What more was there to do for my vineyard that I have not done in it?  When I expected it to yield grapes, why did it yield wild grapes?

And now I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard.
I will remove its hedge, and it shall be devoured;
I will break down its wall, and it shall be trampled down.
I will make it a waste; it shall not be pruned or hoed, and it shall be overgrown with briers and thorns; I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it.  For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel, and the people of Judah are his pleasant planting; he expected justice, but saw bloodshed; righteousness,
but heard a cry!

Second Reading                                                                    

Paul is writing about loss and gain. Although his social status and professional standing would normally be considered advantageous, he has, he writes, come to regard it all as “rubbish”, because of the greater prize of knowing Christ.

Philippians 3.4b-14

If anyone else has reason to be confident in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, a member of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless.

Yet whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ.  More than that, I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but one that comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God based on faith.  I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death, if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead.  Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.  Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on towards the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.

The Gospel

Jesus tells the parable of the wicked tenants, who beat and murder the landowner’s servants and son. He rounds off with some pointed remarks addressed to the chief priests and Pharisees. Much as they’d like to retaliate they are powerless to do so, because Jesus has made such a big impact on the crowd.

Matthew 21.33-46

Jesus said to the chief priests and the elders of the people: ‘Listen to another parable.  There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a watch-tower. Then he leased it to tenants and went to another country.  When the harvest time had come, he sent his slaves to the tenants to collect his produce.  But the tenants seized his slaves and beat one, killed another, and stoned another.  Again he sent other slaves, more than the first; and they treated them in the same way.  Finally he sent his son to them, saying, “They will respect my son.”  But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, “This is the heir; come, let us kill him and get his inheritance.”  So they seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him.  Now when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?’  They said to him, ‘He will put those wretches to a miserable death, and lease the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the produce at the harvest time.’

Jesus said to them, ‘Have you never read in the scriptures:
“The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord’s doing, and it is amazing in our eyes”?
Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that produces the fruits of the kingdom.  The one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; and it will crush anyone on whom it falls.’  When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they realized that he was speaking about them. They wanted to arrest him, but they feared the crowds, because they regarded him as a prophet.

Prayer after Communion

Lord, we pray that your grace may always precede and follow us, and make us continually to be given to all good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord.   Amen

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