This week’s Worship

Sunday 17th October 2021 20th Sunday after Trinity (3rd Sun.)
              9:15 am   Holy Communion, Croston

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

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ
Whenever I read Mark 10:45 I am reminded of Graham Kendrick popular worship song: “The Servant King”.  It’s written around those memorable words “not to be served but to serve”, which are woven beautifully into the context of a God who came down from heaven as a helpless baby, to share our human life, with all its joys and all its suffering.  This incarnational, paradoxical image of the God who is our king and yet our servant is at the heart of our Christian faith.

When James and John come to Jesus and ask to sit either side of the heavenly throne, it isn’t simply because they want to be close to Jesus! The brothers want power, status, superiority.  Peter would have known James and John from their time as fishermen together. So Peter was fully aware of his friends’ shortcomings… and his own!  But Jesus seizes this opportunity to teach them, and us, about his mission and purpose.  In so doing, he teaches something about discipleship itself: that following Jesus doesn’t bestow some kind of superior status. Quite the opposite in fact it gives us a responsibility to care for others and to serve them.  Jesus himself has come to serve and to save, to heal and restore broken people, to show us the better way, of living with our neighbours: not seeking our own greatness but serving God in our fellow human beings.
As a nation we are trying to come to terms with the murder on Friday of Sir David Amess MP who was a loyal servant to the people of Southend for many years.  As a faithful Christian he modelled his own servanthood on these words from our Gospel this week, he didn’t seek status and to be served himself, but simply to serve those he represented.  Justin Welby (Archbishop of Canterbury) said: We are richer for his life and his example, and we are all the poorer for his untimely death.’  Sir David Amess strived to follow the advice and example of Jesus in his earthly ministry, by serving God in the here and now, by serving the people of his constituency. But it would take the ultimate sacrifice, his death (which he had just, yet again, predicted) to deal with the problem of sin.   That ministry of Jesus was costly to him and ultimately it was costly to Sir David.
The miracle of the cross only works if Jesus is both God and human. Sin is real, it is the gulf between God and humans.  In Jesus, God came into the world to live and die as a human being, to take our sins upon himself, bearing the punishment on our behalf.  In Jesus, humanity is restored, sins are forgiven, and we are saved.  Jesus gave his life for us.  We canal dedicate our lives to serving God, ministering to one another, some of us, like Sir David, who rather than seeking status or superiority, will even give our lives in loving service.

This is our God, The Servant King
He calls us now to follow Him
To bring our lives as a daily offering
Of worship to The Servant King

May Sir David rest in the eternal peace of his Lord and Saviour and may his family and loved ones feel the comfort and peace of Christ, the light that refuses to be overcome by the darkness of this world.

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

Next Sunday Bible Sunday after Trinity (4th Sun.)
            9:15 am      Holy Communion, Croston

9:30 am      Family Worship, Mawdesley
11:00 am      Holy Communion, Bretherton

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 is led by Rev Canon Dr Chigor Chike, and the Bishop of Tonbridge, is preaching.
You can watch the service from 9am Sunday.
https://www.facebook.com/thechurchofengland

Mothers Union Wave of Prayer – Thursday 21st October
10:30 am St. Peters Church Mawdesley w Bispham

 

Confirmations 2021 Final Call for Candidates
Wednesday 1st Dec. 7:30 pm. 

Confirmation is an important part of a lifetime journey of faith as a follower of Jesus Christ, where a person confirms the promises that were made when they were baptized, often as a young child.  Final call for candidates list at the back of church or email the Rector.

Covid Guidance in church – 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
  • Be mindful of those who may be less confident, especially those choosing to wear a mask
  • Don’t forget Hands, Face Space guidance

The One Voice Community Choir with Bretherton School Choir
Concert in St. Michaels Church on Saturday 20th November 6pm
Tickets are just £5 for adults – children free.
There will be a raffle and refreshments available.
Tickets available from Kathryn 01772600768 or
email carversbrow@aol.com.  Also available on the door.
This promises to be a joyful music event to celebrate interfaith week.

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

Baptisms – we currently have a waiting list for baptisms and are looking now at dates in December and January, thank you for your patience.

Help for Asylum Seekers/Refugees – paused for now

Thank you for your support of the Food Bank
As more families are beginning to struggle these donations are so important.  If you are able, please continue to support this worthy enterprise. Donations can be left at all our churches.


The Collect
God, our light and our salvation: illuminate our lives, that we may see your goodness in the land of the living, and looking on your beauty may be changed into the likeness of Jesus Christ our Lord.      Amen

First Reading
Isaiah describes a suffering and wounded servant, later identified with the person of Jesus.
Isaiah 53.4-12
Surely he has borne our infirmities and carried our diseases; yet we accounted him stricken, struck down by God, and afflicted.  But he was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the punishment that made us whole, and by his bruises we are healed.  All we like sheep have gone astray; we have all turned to our own way, and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.
By a perversion of justice he was taken away.  Who could have imagined his future?
For he was cut off from the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people. They made his grave with the wicked and his tomb with the rich, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth.
Yet it was the will of the LORD to crush him with pain.
When you make his life an offering for sin, he shall see his offspring, and shall prolong his days; through him the will of the LORD shall prosper. Out of his anguish he shall see light; he shall find satisfaction through his knowledge. The righteous one, my servant, shall make many righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities.
Therefore I will allot him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he poured out himself to death, and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

Second Reading
Christ is called by God to be a high priest who, through his perfect sacrificial obedience to God, becomes the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.
Hebrews 5.1-10
Every high priest chosen from among mortals is put in charge of things pertaining to God on their behalf, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins.   He is able to deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is subject to weakness; and because of this he must offer sacrifice for his own sins as well as for those of the people.   And one does not presume to take this honour, but takes it only when called by God, just as Aaron was.
So also Christ did not glorify himself in becoming a high priest, but was appointed by the one who said to him,
‘You are my Son, today I have begotten you’;  as he says also in another place, ‘You are a priest for ever, according to the order of Melchizedek.’
In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.
Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered; 9and having been made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him,  having been designated by God a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.

The Gospel
Two disciples ask for privileged places in their Lord’s glorious kingdom, causing friction with the other ten and a strong reminder from Jesus of kingdom values.
Mark 10.35-45
 James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to Jesus and said to him, ‘Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.’   And he said to them, ‘What is it you want me to do for you?’ And they said to him, ‘Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.’
But Jesus said to them, ‘You do not know what you are asking.  Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?’
They replied, ‘We are able.’ Then Jesus said to them, ‘The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized;  but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.’
When the ten heard this, they began to be angry with James and John.
So Jesus called them and said to them, ‘You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them.   But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all.
For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.’

Prayer after Communion
God our Father, whose Son, the light unfailing, has come from heaven to deliver the world from the darkness of ignorance: let these holy mysteries open the eyes of our understanding that we may know the way of life, and walk in it without stumbling; through Jesus Christ our Lord.             Amen

 

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