This week’s Worship

Sunday 18th April 2021 2nd Sunday of Easter (3rd Sunday)
            9:15 am      Holy Communion, Croston
11:00 am       Holy Communion, Bretherton
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
It’s been a strange week following the death of HRH Prince Phillip with the official 8 days of mourning being declared in the build up to the funeral.  We then had the much anticipated reopening of pubs for outdoor food and drinks, thankfully we have had some good weather, which thankfully looks to be continuing for a while to come.
But in the midst of all this life still goes on, we have in this last week conducted a funeral and booked another, married a young couple, and we have started to rebook baptisms and our schools continue their work.  Each one of us will just be getting on with life even in the midst of these strange circumstances which are dictated by this pandemic and it doesn’t matter whether we are the Queen or an ordinary citizen.  It’s the same with death, it’s the one thing that is certain for all of us from the moment we are born one day we will die whether are a prince or a pauper.  But for Christians there is hope, because of the resurrection death is not the end for our world is transformed by the resurrection – which was not just an event, but opened up a different way of living.
Once again our Gospel this week takes us back to the end of Easter Day with the disciples unable to recognise Jesus, which isn’t surprising as they have witnessed his arrest and death and are now mourning his great loss.  They have been told unbelievable tales from various people claiming to have seen Jesus alive.  So they are understandably confused, alarmed and excited by all of this news. Then Jesus appears and greets them and offers reassurance, he makes himself right at home with them, even eating with them in the old familiar way.
Things that he has taught them in the past seem to suddenly become clear as he gently gives them confidence, that all will be well.   They begin to see that the resurrection is not some sort of magic trick, but God’s message of salvation.  Jesus has opened the disciples’ minds to a new way of seeing the world. The resurrection changes everything – there is life beyond death.   That is the sort of relationship that Jesus wants with all of us, a relationship, founded on prayer and reading scripture, so that we come to know him as our teacher and friend.  It is in the bread and wine of communion, the meal that he gave to his disciples that we can all draw close to him, it is in study of scripture that we see God’s intention for the world and for our own lives.  Jesus then gives them – and us – a new role, for those who call themselves disciples are to be witnesses sharing the Good News of the Gospel with others.   So as life continues, as it always will, let us all do our bit to share the love of God with those around us.

With love & prayers.  Michael (Rector)
Tel: 01772 600548 mobile:07960309005, email: revmwoods@gmail.com

Resources – 3rd Sunday of Easter
1)       The 3 bible readings set for this week.
2)       Prayer and worship at home for 3rd Sunday of Easter
3)       Young Church Mag activity and colouring sheets

Sunday 25th April 2021 4th Sunday of Easter (4th Sunday)
            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:

HRH HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,
Kathleen Farrington, Chris Lyons, Laurence Rawstorne

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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HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh 1921-2021
The 8 days of official mourning following the death of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, have now come to an end.   Please do keep Her Majesty the Queen and all the members of the Royal Family in your prayers.  If you would like to leave a message of condolence you can do so online at:
https://www.churchofengland.org/remembering-his-royal-highness-prince-philip.

Facebook & YouTube Online Worship
This week’s Diocesan worship comes from All Saints Clayton-le-Moors and is led by the Revd Toby Webber. This will be livestreamed at 11am on their Facebook site which is here and will also include prayers for HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.  The service will also be on the Diocesan YouTube channel after the broadcast.
https://www.youtube.com/user/blackburndiocese

 

This weeks Church of England worship will be remembering HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.  It comes from the Bishopthorpe Chapel and will be led by the Archbishop of York.
https://www.facebook.com/thechurchofengland

The order of service can be accessed at cofe.io/RememberingService

Baptisms to Recommence after Easter
We are now restarting 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 15 people excluding workers
No earlier than 17th May: limit 30 people excluding workers
No earlier than 21st June: hopefully all restrictions lifted

Note: dependent upon the government guidelines being confirmed
Please email: revmwoods@gmail.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 Collect
Risen Christ, you filled your disciples with boldness and fresh hope: strengthen us to proclaim your risen life and fill us with your peace, to the glory of God the Father.     Amen

First Reading
Peter tells the crowds what they have done in killing Jesus, and offers them a chance to repent.
Acts 3:12-19
When Peter saw it, he addressed the people, ‘You Israelites, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we had made him walk?
The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our ancestors has glorified his servant Jesus, whom you handed over and rejected in the presence of Pilate, though he had decided to release him.
But you rejected the Holy and Righteous One and asked to have a murderer given to you, and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses.
And by faith in his name, his name itself has made this man strong, whom you see and know; and the faith that is through Jesus has given him this perfect health in the presence of all of you.  ‘And now, friends, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers.  In this way God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, that his Messiah would suffer.  Repent therefore, and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out’.

Second Reading
We are God’s children, whose sins Jesus has taken away.
1 John 3:1-7
See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are.  The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.  Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed.
What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is.
And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure. Everyone who commits sin is guilty of lawlessness; sin is lawlessness.
You know that he was revealed to take away sins, and in him there is no sin.  No one who abides in him sins; no one who sins has either seen him or known him. 7Little children, let no one deceive you. Everyone who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.

The Gospel
The risen Jesus comes to his disciples and helps them to understand that his death and resurrection were foretold by scripture. He then calls them to be witnesses to that truth.
Luke 24:36b-48
While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’  They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost.  He said to them, ‘Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts?  Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.’  And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet.  While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, ‘Have you anything here to eat?’  They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate in their presence.
Then he said to them, ‘These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you – that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.’ Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, ‘Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.  You are witnesses of these things.

Prayer after Communion
Living God, your Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: open the eyes of our faith, that we may see him in all his redeeming work; who is alive and reigns, now and for ever. Amen

CategoryBretherton, Mawdesley
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