Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
The good news is that we are reopening all our churches from Wed. 24th June the churches will be open on Wednesdays and Sundays for a fixed period each day.  This is for personal private prayer and funerals only and we are not yet able to recommence any form of communal worship, it is possible that some sort of worship with restricted numbers may be possible in July?  If you do decide to visit one of our churches for personal prayer please follow the instructions in each Church, use the sanitiser provided and be aware of others and move safely through the church maintaining appropriate social distancing (ideally 2 metres).  You will not be able to use any of the bibles, booklets or hymn books – so you may wish to bring something to assist you with prayer.

Thanks to those who have been helping to prepare for the re-opening and we have decided to begin with just the 2 days per week to minimise the amount of cleaning required and to reduce the risk to visitors.   We will continue to publish online worship on Sunday mornings although this week we won’t have our own worship as an alternative we will join the Diocesan worship at 9am, which will be led by Bishop Philip who will be assisted in word and song by some of the boy and girl choristers from Blackburn Cathedral and by musicians from St Andrew’s, Leyland.

“Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth,” Jesus said, “I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.  For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother ….”   These seem such harsh words, perhaps even the opposite of what we would call Christian love. But then Jesus explains what he means. “Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever does not take up the cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.”  Christian love isn’t the easy option it’s tough and it’s so hard for us to embrace this aspect of our faith.

But it is Jesus himself that gives us the lived out example; through his total self-giving in death the new life of resurrection is revealed.
The challenge that we face is the giving up of our natural self-centeredness which will then lead us to discover that we are then freer to be ourselves. Chasing after wealth and prestige often at other peoples expense can so often turn out to be a very shallow form of satisfaction.  However following in the way of Jesus will lead to a deep inner peace and a very real sense of fulfilment which also enables others to discover the same.  Eternal life is life lived with God in glorious freedom, because the truth really does set us free.  If we really want to enjoy the rewards of Christianity, then we too must take up our cross and follow Jesus.

Please remember the recently departed souls of:

Ernie Ashcroft
Marian Heaton
Jean Critchley

Rest eternal grant unto them O Lord may they rest in the peace of Christ and rise in his glory.

With love & prayers.  Michael (Rector)

Tel: 01772 600548 mobile: 07960309005, email: revmwoods@gmail.com

Resources – 1st Sunday after Trinity

Attached to this email are:

1)         The 3 bible readings set for this week.
2)         The Prayer and worship at home sheet for this week

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Church opening times on Wednesdays & Sundays from 24th June.

Bretherton                     9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Croston                        10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Mawdesley w Bispham       10:30 am – 4:30 pm

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

This week’s worship video will be available from 9 am

Join in personal daily prayer using the resources on the Church of England Website at:

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

Or you can download the ‘Daily Prayer’ App to your phone or tablet.
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 recognise racism as one of three pandemics, alongside the climate crisis and COVID-19.

Marking Windrush Day, Father Andrew Moughtin-Mumby will lead the online service.
https://www.facebook.com/thechurchofengland/

https://www.youtube.com/thechurchofengland

The3churches YouTube Channel

We now have a YouTube channel for the3churches.

Access the videos by searching for ‘the3churches youtube’ on your search engine or the3churches directly on YouTube or follow the link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdXC7P9kQ3xEk_kKf5JZE-A

 

***Note:This week’s worship is on the Diocesan You Tube Channel***
Available from 9 am on Sunday

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

Mawdesley Tea Party Weekend Saturday 11th July

The normal Tea Party day that brings everyone together in a Walk of Witness and Celebration of our Community has been cancelled this year.

Following on from the VE day celebrations Revd David Reynolds has kindly agreed to work with others as he says: ‘to explore how we can celebrate Tea Party in other ways. Picnics in your garden or other favourite place with family and allowed circle of friends, making your own walk around the village, watching our online worship singing our usual familiar hymns Onward Christian Soldiers and The Church’s One Foundation!!
The Mawdesley FaceBook pages have been brilliant during lockdown.
Why not dig out ANY old or recent photos of family in the past or present (weddings, baptisms, Waking Days, anything really). Tell us the stories that go with them.  Let us create a sense of community by doing this.   We will start posting photos the week before and that would build up excitement for the Day.

After or during the day post your pics and tell us how you celebrated.’
Please check out the Mawdesley facebook pages for more up to date information in the build up to the big day and please do join us to celebrate.
Facebook pages: St-Peters-Mawdesley-w-Bispham, Mawdesley – Help each other out, Mawdesley Memories

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Please continue to support the Food Banks

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

In Croston Please leave your donations at either 19, Highfield Rd or 32, Westhead Rd.  There are regular runs to the Food Bank.
In Bretherton – The box will remain at the gate, 154 South Road.
Thank you to everyone for your support to date!

In Mawdesley – we have been giving donations of money rather than food which gives the foodbank flexibility to buy what they need at specific times.  Any donations can be dropped at Robin Hood Cottage, Bluestone Lane, Mawdesley, L40 2RG (opposite Nook Lane), cheques should be made payable to ‘Ormskirk Food Bank’ these will then be delivered to the Food bank on a regular basis. Eggs are also available from Robin Hood Cottage (thanks to Rosemary & the hens of course)

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 in the plate or in weekly planned giving envelopes.

As good stewards, although at present we are unable to meet together in our church buildings, but we are still the church and together we share the privilege and responsibility of ensuring that the ministry can go on and we can continue to be a symbol of God’s presence in our local communities.

Even though the doors of the buildings are presently closed, there are many ways of giving to support our local churches and we will explore these over the coming weeks.  We can make donations or send our regular giving 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

Lord, you have taught us that all our doings without love are nothing worth: send your Holy Spirit and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of love, the true bond of peace and of all virtues, without which whoever lives is counted dead before you.  Grant this for your only Son Jesus Christ’s sake, 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, overcome and overpowered by God, is compelled to cry out despite the derision he suffers. He has faith that his persecutors will stumble and be shamed.

Jeremiah 20:7-13

O LORD, you have enticed me, and I was enticed; you have overpowered me, and you have prevailed.  I have become a laughing-stock all day long; everyone mocks me.  For whenever I speak, I must cry out, I must shout, ‘Violence and destruction!’
For the word of the LORD has become for me a reproach and derision all day long.
If I say, ‘I will not mention him, or speak any more in his name’, then within me there is something like a burning fire shut up in my bones; I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot.  For I hear many whispering: ‘Terror is all around!  Denounce him! Let us denounce him!’ All my close friends are watching for me to stumble.
‘Perhaps he can be enticed, and we can prevail against him, and take our revenge on him.’  But the LORD is with me like a dread warrior; therefore my persecutors will stumble, and they will not prevail. They will be greatly shamed, for they will not succeed.
Their eternal dishonour will never be forgotten.  O LORD of hosts, you test the righteous, you see the heart and the mind; let me see your retribution upon them, for to you I have committed my cause. Sing to the LORD; praise the LORD!  For he has delivered the life of the needy from the hands of evildoers.

Second Reading        

Death no longer has dominion over whoever has died to sin, for they are alive to God in Christ.

Romans 6:1b-11

Should we continue in sin in order that grace may abound?
By no means!  How can we who died to sin go on living in it?  Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.

We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin.  For whoever has died is freed from sin.  But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.
We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him.
The death he died, he died to sin, once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.  So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

The Gospel

Having gathered his disciples, Jesus imparts his wisdom to them before sending them out to spread the good news. The underlying message is one of hope – not to be afraid but to have faith, despite the difficult times that lie ahead.

Matthew 10:24-39

Jesus summoned the twelve and sent them out with the following instruction: ‘A disciple is not above the teacher, nor a slave above the master; it is enough for the disciple to be like the teacher, and the slave like the master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household!  So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known. What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim from the housetops.
Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.  Are not two sparrows sold for a penny?  Yet not one of them will fall to the ground unperceived by your Father.  And even the hairs of your head are all counted.  So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows.  Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before others, I also will acknowledge before my Father in heaven; but whoever denies me before others, I also will deny before my Father in heaven.  Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.  For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and one’s foes will be members of one’s own household.
Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever does not take up the cross and follow me is not worthy of me.  Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.’

Prayer after Communion

Loving Father, we thank you for feeding us at the supper of your Son: sustain us with your Spirit, that we may serve you here on earth until our joy is complete in heaven,
and we share in the eternal banquet with Jesus Christ our Lord.                       Amen

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