This week’s Worship

2nd Sunday before Lent 20th February (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        9 am     Morning prayer, Mawdesley

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ
All of the bible readings set for today describe events that are literally beyond human comprehension unless we suspend belief in the purely physical nature of our world.  In Genesis, God takes a rib (or side) from Adam and brings forth Eve as the creation of man and woman is described.  Revelation describes the glory of the heavenly world, a paradise of splendour and majesty where angelic beings worship at the throne of the lamb, the king of creation, another amazing story.  The language of the book of Revelation is richly symbolic and the importance of the visions described is in the imagery used.   John, the author of Revelation, describes God as the true and only Emperor, enthroned in heaven, surrounded by true worshippers. The book is very broad in content and it shows the unchanging realities on which our faith is founded, God’s promise to be with His people, protecting them and saving them irrespective of the circumstances at any particular time in history or their personal lives.  God’s promise was the foundation of the confidence in Him we read in the Old Testament.  The promise of the risen Christ that, ‘I am with you always; yes, to the end of time’, has given life to the church and Christians down through the ages to the present time.
The gospel reading describes another fantastic event, the calming of a storm as Jesus demonstrates authority over the elements of nature and the creation.  For the disciples in the boat this was no academic exercise in understanding the authority of Jesus, no tutorial on the power of Christ.  It was a practical demonstration of the creation and the creator at work, demonstrating for them and us the irrefutable truth that God is with us whatever we happen to be going through at the time and whatever our fears.  When we step out with God on our journey of faith, he will never leave us stuck in the middle of nowhere, isolated from Him, in danger of going under, but will be with us always as our creator and Father, saviour and friend.  The Lord God, the almighty, the ruler of all, whom we worship with our lives at His throne.  The truth contained in the gospel passage is designed to calm all our fears and enable us to have inner peace.  God himself, through Jesus, invites our spirits to relax and let him take care of the events that are raging beyond our control in our lives and the world.

With love & prayers.                   Michael   (Rector)

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

 

 

 

 

Next Sunday – Last Sunday before Lent 27th February (4th Sun.)

9:15 am       Holy Communion, Croston
9:30 am              Family Worship, Mawdesley
11:00 am               Holy Communion, Bretherton

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Please pray for the family and friends of the recently departed:
Doreen Grisedale, Norman Highfield, Mildred Hitchon, Tom Taylor
Rest eternal grant unto her O Lord may light perpetual
shine upon her, may she rest in peace and rise in glory. 

Dates for funerals

Norman Highfield 12 noon Friday 25th February, Croston

Tom Taylor 2:30 pm Tuesday 1st March, Mawdesley

Mildred Hitchon 12 noon Wednesday 2nd March, Croston

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Covid Guidance Thankfully the high infection rates are receding but:

  • Do not come to church if you are feeling unwell or have experienced any COVID-19 symptoms in the past seven days
  • We are no longer required to wear face masks but please be mindful of those who may be less confident and choose to wear a mask.

 

 

 

Be Vigilant – Flagstone thefts from churches in the Northwest
Please keep an extra watch over the churches
and report any suspicious activity to the police
immediately, also take a note of number plates.

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 Church of England worship features Rev Richard Allen, from The Benefice of Trelawny, Cornwall, who leads the service, and is preaching about Jesus calming the storm.  You can view this from 9am on Sunday at https://www.facebook.com/thechurchofengland or via

Confirmations 2022 at St. Michael’s Church, Croston
Saturday evening 14th May with Bishop Jill of Lancaster
Young people must be year 6 or above – no upper age limit!
Lists at back of Church or contact the Rector for further details

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Mawdesley Tea Party 8-10th July 2022
Thanks to all who supported the very positive meeting last week and planning is now well under way to organise this year’s event once again.  There are extensive notes on the facebook page of
David J Reynolds and other village pages, more details to follow.

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Mawdesley Prayer Group, Tues. 1st March 10:45 for 11am start.
Meet at Robin Hood Cottage (Bluestone Lane, opposite Nook Lane)
We will continue to discuss “Who is the Holy Spirit?’ before our prayer time, so bring Bibles to help us consider.  Hope you can come and pray alongside us for our community.

Exciting News at St. Michael & All Angels!

Starting again on Sunday 6th March is our Childrens Sunday Club. Please see the below poster for more details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please do continue your support of the Food Bank
Thank you for your support throughout 2021 but as we all hear in the news financial pressures are increasing and more families are struggle with the basic necessities, your donations are so important and will continue to make a real difference to people’s lives

 

 

 

 

 


The Collect
Almighty God, give us reverence for all creation and respect for every person, that we may mirror your likeness in Jesus Christ our Lord.               Amen

First Reading
This passage tells us that God created people, animals and plant life and suggests that humanity has a special responsibility to care for God’s creation.
Genesis 2:4b-9. 15-end
These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created.
In the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens, when no plant of the field was yet in the earth and no herb of the field had yet sprung up – for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was no one to till the ground; but a stream would rise from the earth, and water the whole face of the ground – then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being.  And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east; and there he put the man whom he had formed.  Out of the ground the Lord God made to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food, the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, ‘You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die.’
Then the Lord God said, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper as his partner.’  So out of the ground the Lord God formed every animal of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. The man gave names to all cattle, and to the birds of the air, and to every animal of the field; but for the man there was not found a helper as his partner.  So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then he took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh.  And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man.  Then the man said,
‘This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; this one shall be called Woman, for out of Man this one was taken.’
Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and clings to his wife, and they become one flesh.  And the man and his wife were both naked, and were not ashamed.

Second Reading
An incredible vision of heaven, in which John sees God seated on a throne, surrounded by twenty-four elders, worshipping God.
Revelation 4
After this I looked, and there in heaven a door stood open! And the first voice, which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet, said, ‘Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.’  At once I was in the spirit, and there in heaven stood a throne, with one seated on the throne!  And the one seated there looks like jasper and cornelian, and around the throne is a rainbow that looks like an emerald.  Around the throne are twenty-four thrones, and seated on the thrones are twenty-four elders, dressed in white robes, with golden crowns on their heads. Coming from the throne are flashes of lightning, and rumblings and peals of thunder, and in front of the throne burn seven flaming torches, which are the seven spirits of God; and in front of the throne there is something like a sea of glass, like crystal.
Around the throne, and on each side of the throne, are four living creatures, full of eyes in front and behind: the first living creature like a lion, the second living creature like an ox, the third living creature with a face like a human face, and the fourth living creature like a flying eagle.  And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and inside. Day and night without ceasing they sing,
‘Holy, holy, holy, the Lord God the Almighty, who was and is and is to come.’
And whenever the living creatures give glory and honour and thanks to the one who is seated on the throne, who lives for ever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall before the one who is seated on the throne and worship the one who lives for ever and ever; they cast their crowns before the throne, singing,
‘You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honour and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.’

The Gospel
Jesus and the disciples set off in a boat. When he is asleep a storm sweeps in; he commands the winds and water to calm down.
Luke 8:22-25
One day he got into a boat with his disciples, and he said to them, ‘Let us go across to the other side of the lake.’ So they put out, and while they were sailing he fell asleep.  A gale swept down on the lake, and the boat was filling with water, and they were in danger.  They went to him and woke him up, shouting, ‘Master, Master, we are perishing!’ And he woke up and rebuked the wind and the raging waves; they ceased, and there was a calm.  He said to them, ‘Where is your faith?’  They were afraid and amazed, and said to one another, ‘Who then is this, that he commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him?’

Prayer after Communion
God our creator, by your gift the tree of life was set at the heart of the earthly paradise, and the bread of life at the heart of your Church: may we who have been nourished at your table on earth be transformed by the glory of the Saviour’s cross
and enjoy the delights of eternity; through Jesus Christ our Lord.         Amen

 

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