This week’s Worship

3rd Sunday after Trinity 3rd July (1st Sun.)
                      8:00 am     BCP Holy Communion, Mawdesley
9:00 am      Family Worship, Bretherton
9:15 am       Holy Communion, Croston
11:00 am              Baptism & Holy Communion, Mawdesley
Wednesday     9:00 am      Morning Prayer, Croston
Friday          9:00 am      Morning Prayer, Mawdesley

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ

Well all our villages are looking beautiful with all the flowers, 2 walking days are done with just 1 to go, the Tour de France has started and we are now on the last leg of term heading towards the summer holidays.

Many people will be looking forward to a break over summer and perhaps setting of on a journey to a holiday destination.
When Jesus picks seventy followers and sends them out into the Galilean countryside to preach the Good News, he orders them to take nothing for the journey, “No purse, no bag, no sandals”, perhaps this is to avoid distractions, so that they can be  totally focused on the task, “Greet no one on the road,” Jesus says.

In other words they are to travel light, staying where they are welcome and moving on where they are not.

Surely it would have been more sensible, to tell them to be well prepared?

After all they didn’t know what they might find, and their reception might be hostile.

Perhaps they would have been better to find a safe base and some friendly people and to work from there.

It seems, though, that Jesus wants them to learn from their task and report back to him – both the disciples he sent out earlier and now these seventy – and perhaps he knows that the quickest way to learn something new is to be thrown into the unexpected, the untried and seek out a different path.

Jesus tells them to stay in whatever house they go to first, the only proviso being that they are welcomed; through this experience they will realise that even strangers can provide a welcome, but this also gives them an opportunity to build a relationship with the stranger, and it would give them an opportunity to hear the disciples story of hope.  Jesus told them ‘whoever listens to you listens to me.’

So off they go and it must have been a bit of a daunting challenge that they undertook, but then we are told that the followers returned to Jesus and they were bursting with joy, having found that they too had something of the power of God in their hands, just as the disciples had found it a chapter or two earlier.

So here we clearly see what is perhaps the most important thing we will ever do as Christians, and that is pass on the Good News, here is the start of it all, Luke showing us that after the seventy it is the next generation of followers, and after that the next, and that has continued right on down the millennia and that is why we brothers and sisters are here today.

So perhaps there is something in this travelling light; in taking nothing for the journey that has a spiritual cause at its heart.  But we need to be willing to allow God to use us, we need trust God and be prepared to risk the untried path.

It would be the opposite of the Scout motto: “Don’t Be Prepared.”

I really believe that if we do take that risk and trust God as we journey on, unencumbered by all the things we rely on, we will find our hearts and minds breaking open as we too realise even more clearly what this good news really means.

With love & Prayers

       Michael   (Rector)

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

Next Sunday – 4th Sunday after Trinity 3rd 10th July (2nd Sun.)
           9:15 am       Family Worship, Croston
11:00 am       Family Worship, Bretherton
11:00 am       Tea Party Eccumenical Worship, Mawdesley
                             In the Marquee at the Cricket Ground
No service at Bretherton, please come and join us at Mawdesley

Revd Janet Taylor will be licenced to St Leonards Penwortham on Tuesday 26th July at 10 am by Bishop Philip during Morning Prayer
There will be a service to give thanks for Revd Janet’s Ministry at Croston on Sunday 17th July at 4 pm and plates will be at the back of our church’s for the next 2 weeks for any contributions you would like to make to a farewell gift, or pass them to the Rector or Churchwardens.

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 weeks Church of England worship from Lancaster Priory where the Vicar of Lancaster, Rev Leah Vasey-Saunders is preaching.
You can view this from 9am on Sunday at https://www.facebook.com/thechurchofengland or via
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9VVd9QpAlM

Farewell opportunities to mark Bishop Julian’s retirement
Bishop Julian will be saying goodbye to Chorley Deanery on Tuesday 5th July at 3pm in St. Laurence’s, Chorley and all are welcome to join us at that service.

The diocesan farewell is at 2pm on the 16th July at Blackburn Cathedral  all are welcome and are invited to book online at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/farewell-eucharist-tickets-341761998337

Walking day celebrations across the3churches.

Thanks to everyone who made our walking days in Bretherton and Croston such a success this year after a 3 year gap.

 

 

 

 

Mawdesley Tea Party Weekend is back
Friday 8th to Sunday 10th July

Tea Party Weekend is back – Friday 8th to Sunday 10th July

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Friday 8th July 6-8pm Childrens Disco £3 incl. Hot Dog & drink
    U3’s free. Tickets from Spar.
  • Saturday 9th July Walking day – short service in church at 1pm.
    The Tea Party in the Marquee will start when the Walk arrives.
  • Sunday 10th. July – Ecumenical Service @ 11.00am
    In the Marquee at the cricket ground.

As always we need people to help out in many ways with Marshalling, carrying the banner (it’s a long walk so it’s good to share the load) or with the Tea Party itself.  Please contact the Churchwardens, David and Elaine
or Revds. David or Michael.

House Group [Prayer & Bible Study], Tues. 8th July 10:45 for 11am
Meets at The Cottage, Bradshaw Lane, L40 3SF – All are welcome, please see Louise with any queries, and bring your Bibles!

The Mawdesley Mothers Union meeting is on Wednesday July 6th.
We are meeting at Mr. and Mrs Staples house, 2.00p.m. Come and join us

Bretherton Church and Grounds Maintenance
Can you help with cleaning inside church and/or the maintenance of our churchyard?  Please speak to Churchwarden Naomi or the rector if you would like to help – many hands make light work!

Can you help with the cleaning of Mawdesley Parish Room once per week?
If so please call Barbara 01704 822468

Can you help at Croston Church?
New people are needed to join both the cleaning team on a rota basis, and also to help maintain the church and cemetery Grounds.


The Collect
God our saviour, look on this wounded world in pity and in power; hold us fast to your promises of peace won for us by your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ.          Amen

First Reading
God promises that Jerusalem will be a place of nourishment and comfort for all who choose to be included.
Isaiah 66.10-14
Rejoice with Jerusalem, and be glad for her, all you who love her; rejoice with her in joy, all you who mourn over her – that you may nurse and be satisfied from her consoling breast; that you may drink deeply with delight from her glorious bosom.  For thus says the LORD: I will extend prosperity to her like a river, and the wealth of the nations like an overflowing stream; and you shall nurse and be carried on her arm, and dandled on her knees.  As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you; you shall be comforted in Jerusalem. You shall see, and your heart shall rejoice; your bodies shall flourish like the grass; and it shall be known that the hand of the LORD is with his servants, and his indignation is against his enemies.

Second Reading
Paul urges the Christians in Galatia not to be discouraged but to continue to make Christ their priority.
Galatians 6.(1-6)7-16
My friends, if anyone is detected in a transgression, you who have received the Spirit should restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness. Take care that you yourselves are not tempted.  Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfil the law of Christ.  For if those who are nothing think they are something, they deceive themselves.  All must test their own work; then that work, rather than their neighbour’s work, will become a cause for pride.  For all must carry their own loads.  Those who are taught the word must share in all good things with their teacher.
Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for you reap whatever you sow.  If you sow to your own flesh, you will reap corruption from the flesh; but if you sow to the Spirit, you will reap eternal life from the Spirit.  So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up.  So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith.
See what large letters I make when I am writing in my own hand!  It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh that try to compel you to be circumcised – only that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ.
Even the circumcised do not themselves obey the law, but they want you to be circumcised so that they may boast about your flesh.  May I never boast of anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.  For neither circumcision nor uncircumcision is anything; but a new creation is everything!  As for those who will follow this rule peace be upon them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.

The Gospel
Jesus gives his followers a practical lesson in putting the kingdom of God first.
Luke 10.1-11,16-20
The Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go.  He said to them, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest.
Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves.  Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and greet no one on the road.  Whatever house you enter, first say, “Peace to this house!”  And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you.  Remain in the same house, eating and drinking whatever they provide, for the labourer deserves to be paid. Do not move about from house to house.  Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you; cure the sick who are there, and say to them, “The kingdom of God has come near to you.”  But whenever you enter a town and they do not welcome you, go out into its streets and say, “Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet, we wipe off in protest against you. Yet know this: the kingdom of God has come near.”
Whoever listens to you listens to me, and whoever rejects you rejects me, and whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me.’
The seventy returned with joy, saying, ‘Lord, in your name even the demons submit to us!’  He said to them, ‘I watched Satan fall from heaven like a flash of lightning.
See, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing will hurt you.  Nevertheless, do not rejoice at this, that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.’

Prayer after Communion
O God, whose beauty is beyond our imagining and whose power we cannot comprehend: show us your glory as far as we can grasp it, and shield us from knowing more than we can bear until we may look upon you without fear; through Jesus Christ our Saviour.                     Amen

   

 

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