This week’s Worship
Sunday 6th June 2021 1st 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 10am Holy Communion, Croston
** Friday 9am Morning Prayer at Mawdesley **
** cancelled until further notice **
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ
last week on Trinity Sunday we reflected that God is really beyond our understanding fully, but yet that same God, came amongst us as one of us, and sent us the gift of the Holy Spirit which is as close to us as the air that we breathe.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus talks about the way seeds grow to illustrate the kingdom of God, Jesus teaches that the kingdom of God is not a place, but a process. It is something that grows. He is trying to help us understand this great mystery that is God and his Kingdom, in simple terms that we can understand.
The kingdom of God is “as if” someone scatters seed and it grows; it is “like” a small seed that grows into a huge tree.
In saying this Jesus is actually sowing seeds of interest and stirring the curiosity of those who listen to him, way back then and now.
Throughout the Gospels, Jesus illustrates the complexities of the kingdom with parables, which are simple everyday illustrations that we can then begin to get our heads around, they also hopefully stir our interest. If you’re anything like me you will be asking yourselves, “What does that mean?” as we try to find out more. That’s why he uses parables so often, they get us thinking. They provoke us to ask questions, so we have to acknowledge that we will never get answers unless we ask questions.
So, if Jesus is suggesting that the kingdom of God is a process, we may then ask, what kind of process is it? Well the answer to that is amazingly that it is one that involves us. As he says elsewhere, “the kingdom of God is among you” (Luke 17:21), which can also be translated as “within you”. God is trusting us to help the kingdom grow, here on earth today. The second parable tells us that our gifts, however insignificant we might think they are, can – just like that tiny mustard seed – grow into something great: God’s kingdom of peace, love and justice, here on earth.
But we can’t do it all on our own, just as God makes the seed grow in due course, and the farmer “does not know how”, God can help us to do amazing things in the service of the kingdom.
So now we may want to ask, how can we help the kingdom grow?
And how can we allow God to help us in this task?
First, we should tell others, remembering that Christ died for all.
We don’t need to be preachers or teachers to do this, what we say and do, how we behave are the best illustrations of our faith in Christ. What we do, as much as what we say, can begin to sow the seeds of faith in all those around us. All of that is of course a huge responsibility, so let’s keep studying the Bible and listening to God through so that we can all grow the kingdom here on earth.
With love & prayers. Michael (Rector)
Tel: 01772 600548 mobile:07960309005, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Please pray for the family and friends of the recently departed:
Rodney Robinson, Mary Taylor
Rest eternal grant unto them O Lord may light perpetual shine upon them, may they rest in peace and rise in glory.
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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 worship Led by Fr Oliver Coss comes from All Saints’ Church, Northampton, the service celebrates Corpus Christi, the day of thanksgiving for the sacramental gifts of Christ’s body and blood in Holy Communion.
Get the order of service at cofe.io/CorpusChristi
You can watch the service from 9am Sunday.
Baptisms have restarted
We have now restarted baptisms in our 3 churches and we will be complying with Covid-19 restrictions and numbers will be limited, following the governments roadmap.
We will mirror the restrictions placed on Weddings which are:
Currently: limit 30 people excluding workers
No earlier than 21st June: hopefully all restrictions lifted
Note: dependent upon the government guidelines being confirmed
Please email: email@example.com for further details.
Faith reference cards for school applications
Whilst Covid 19 restrictions remain in place across our churches, as they have done since the start of this pandemic we will treat all requests for a faith reference as full attendance. The Government Roadmap indicates that the earliest that all restrictions will be lifted is 21st June, if this is the case the period from that date through to the end of August will need to be monitored. Therefore we are not yet issuing replacement attendance records.
The traditional walks of witness in our villages and the activities around them cannot take place in their normal formats this year due to the uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 Pandemic. Hopefully we will be able to mark these traditional days in a safe but different way this year.
More details to follow in the weeks ahead regarding the feast of St. John the Baptist in Bretherton, Coffee Day in Croston and Tea Party Weekend in Mawdesley w Bispham.
St. Peters Mawdesley w Bispham
Do you have time to help keep YOUR Graveyard tidy at St. Peters
If so please ring DAVID 07919558259
Do you have time to help clean the brasses in Church?
If so please contact the Churchwardens.
Croston Village Place plan (Blackburn Diocese).
As one of the major owners of undeveloped land in Croston the Diocese is consulting the residents of Croston as to how the village could be shaped in the future. Leaflets should be delivered to all residents in early June and there will be links provided online through facebook etc. https://www.caconsultation.info/
This is an opportunity for residents to be involved in meeting the future needs of the village for years to come so please do respond. Also don’t forget Project Space that was launched earlier this year by the Sports Club and Croston together details can be found at: https://crostonsportsclub.co.uk/space/
If you do not receive a leaflet please do let the rector know as I am aware a number of people have not yet received them.
God of truth, help us to keep your law of love and to walk in ways of wisdom, that we may find true life in Jesus Christ your Son. Amen
The man and woman hide from God, who realises what they must have done.
They heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. But the LORD God called to the man, and said to him, ‘Where are you?’ He said, ‘I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.’ He said, ‘Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?’ The man said, ‘The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit from the tree, and I ate.’ Then the LORD God said to the woman, ‘What is this that you have done?’ The woman said, ‘The serpent tricked me, and I ate.’ The LORD God said to the serpent, ‘Because you have done this, cursed are you among all animals and among all wild creatures; upon your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.’
Amidst life’s troubles, Paul encourages Christians to set their hopes on their eternal heavenly home: God, who raised Jesus from the dead, will raise his people into his glorious presence.
2 Corinthians 4:13 – 5:1
Just as we have the same spirit of faith that is in accordance with scripture – ‘I believed, and so I spoke’ – we also believe, and so we speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus, and will bring us with you into his presence. Yes, everything is for your sake, so that grace, as it extends to more and more people, may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God. So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.
For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
Those who attribute Jesus’ healing power to Satan rather than the Holy Spirit are rejecting God’s kingdom.
The crowd came together again, so that Jesus and his companions could not even eat. When his family heard it, they went out to restrain him, for people were saying, ‘He has gone out of his mind.’ And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, ‘He has Beelzebul, and by the ruler of the demons he casts out demons.’ And he called them to him, and spoke to them in parables, ‘How can Satan cast out Satan?
If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but his end has come. But no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his property without first tying up the strong man; then indeed the house can be plundered.
Truly I tell you, people will be forgiven for their sins and whatever blasphemies they utter; but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit can never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin’ – for they had said, ‘He has an unclean spirit.’
Then his mother and his brothers came; and standing outside, they sent to him and called him.
A crowd was sitting around him; and they said to him, ‘Your mother and your brothers and sisters are outside, asking for you.’ And he replied, ‘Who are my mother and my brothers?’ And looking at those who sat around him, he said, ‘Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.’
Prayer after Communion
Eternal Father, we thank you for nourishing us with these heavenly gifts: may our communion strengthen us in faith, build us up in hope, and make us grow in love;
for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen