This week’s Worship

Sunday 11th October (2nd of the month)

9:15 am      Family Worship, Croston
11:00 am                Holy Communion, Bretherton
11:00 am                Holy Communion, Mawdesley
Wednesday 10 am Holy Communion, Croston
Friday 9:00 am Morning Prayer, Mawdesley

Face masks are now compulsory in church unless you are exempt

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
One of the great privileges as a priest is to support families at key moments in their lives such as Baptisms, Weddings and funerals, and so in the midst of so much bad news about this virus it was a great joy for me to conduct another wedding on Saturday.  So many couples have rescheduled their wedding arrangements because of the virus, some several times.  But the weddings aren’t the same restricted numbers, masks to be worn and no singing, and yesterdays was the first with the numbers reduced from 30 to 15 guests.  But all the weddings have very personal and intimate with the closest of family and friends in attendance but they have been very joyous occasions.  Everyone still puts their finest clothes on to witness and celebrate as the couple freely come together and commit themselves to one another, so we wish Stuart and Lauren every blessing as they begin this new life together as husband and wife.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus uses a wedding feast to illustrate the inauguration of God’s kingdom and all God’s people are invited to join that Kingdom.  There is no guest limit and no one is beyond being invited into God’s kingdom, but we are invited, not forced, and if we refuse or ignore the invitation we exclude ourselves.  There is a lesson for us all to share the Gospel and pass on that invitation from God, especially to those who feel they could never be wanted by God.
Yesterday Lauren and Stuart walked through the doors of Church to begin a new stage of their lives and so it is with us when we accept the invitation from God.   Walking through the doors of God’s kingdom is just the start as our Father God has bigger plans on this journey of transformation by the Spirit’s power.  It is God, who knows us better than we know ourselves, who calls us and we are not asked to do what we cannot.  Jesus urges us to say yes to him, not just once, but each and every day of our lives as we seek to live out those Kingdom values of love, truth and justice.

Please pray for the families of the recently departed souls of:

Richard English,
Beryl Williams,
Herbert Archibald Hughes,
Martin Bentham

May they all be at rest and peace in the nearer presence of God in his heavenly Kingdom and may God hold their families and friends in his loving arms at this time of great sadness.

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

Resources – 18th Sunday after Trinity
1)         The 3 bible readings set for this week.
2)         The Prayer and worship at home sheet for the 18th after Trinity.

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Sunday 18th October – 19th Sunday after Trinity (3rd 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 comes from Christchurch Fulwood.  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 is celebrating chaplaincy in care homes.  Debbie Thrower, founder of Anna Chaplaincy, leads the service, with contributions from care home chaplains and residents, as well as a poetry reading from Bob Weighton, once the oldest man in the world.

https://www.facebook.com/thechurchofengland or

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

Please continue to support the Food Banks
All the food brought into the3Chuches is taken to the ecumenical food bank in Skemersdale, supported by the Trussell Trust and between us we donated 240kg of food (& toiletries).
Our congregations are smaller, but still so many people have made the effort to support the important work of the food banks. MANY THANKS.
Sadly, this will soon be distributed – so please keep donating whatever, whenever you can – things look like getting worse in the next few weeks…
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
God, our judge and saviour, teach us to be open to your truth and to trust in your love, that we may live each day with confidence in the salvation which is given through Jesus Christ our Lord.    Amen

First Reading
Isaiah responds to God’s faithful love by praising the Lord’s care and compassion and rejoicing in the promise of salvation.
Isaiah 25.1-9
O LORD, you are my God; I will exalt you, I will praise your name; for you have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure. For you have made the city a heap, the fortified city a ruin; the palace of aliens is a city no more, it will never be rebuilt.  Therefore strong peoples will glorify you; cities of ruthless nations will fear you.  For you have been a refuge to the poor, a refuge to the needy in their distress, a shelter from the rainstorm and a shade from the heat.  When the blast of the ruthless was like a winter rainstorm, the noise of aliens like heat in a dry place, you subdued the heat with the shade of clouds; the song of the ruthless was stilled.
On this mountain the LORD of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-matured wines,
of rich food filled with marrow, of well-matured wines strained clear.  And he will destroy on this mountain the shroud that is cast over all peoples, the sheet that is spread over all nations; he will swallow up death for ever. Then the Lord GOD will wipe away the tears from all faces, and the disgrace of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the LORD has spoken.  It will be said on that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, so that he might save us.  This is the LORD for whom we have waited; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.

Second Reading
Paul urges Christians to live in peace with one another and with God, building relationships based on positives, and bringing problems to God in prayer.
Philippians 4.1-9
My brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, my beloved.
I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord.  Yes, and I ask you also, my loyal companion, help these women, for they have struggled beside me in the work of the gospel, together with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life.  Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near.  Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.  Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.

The Gospel
In Jesus, God’s invitation to salvation is for everyone, whatever our background, but we need to respond positively to that invitation and keep our promise.
Matthew 22.1-14
Once more Jesus spoke to the chief priests and Pharisees in parables, saying: ‘The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son.  He sent his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding banquet, but they would not come.  Again he sent other slaves, saying, “Tell those who have been invited: Look, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready; come to the wedding banquet.”  But they made light of it and went away, one to his farm, another to his business, while the rest seized his slaves, maltreated them, and killed them.  The king was enraged. He sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city.
Then he said to his slaves, “The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy.  Go therefore into the main streets, and invite everyone you find to the wedding banquet.”  Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both good and bad; so the wedding hall was filled with guests.
But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing a wedding robe, and he said to him, “Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding robe?”  And he was speechless.  Then the king said to the attendants, “Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”  For many are called, but few are chosen.’

Prayer after Communion
We praise and thank you, O Christ, for this sacred feast: for here we receive you, here the memory of your passion is renewed, here our minds are filled with grace, and here a pledge of future glory is given, when we shall feast at that table where you reign with all your saints for ever.    Amen

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