This week’s Worship

4th Sunday after Trinity 10th July (2nd Sun.)
              9:15 am       Family Worship, Croston
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
Wednesday  10:00 am      Holy Communion, Croston
Friday          9:00 am      Morning Prayer, Mawdesley

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ

This week we encounter perhaps the most well known parable when Jesus is asked to define the extent of neighbourliness.  The question is a test, we are told where the lawyer is perhaps finding out whether the new young rabbi is up to speed with all the current debates.
This question was a common matter for scholarly discussion.  God’s law commanded his people to show charity to their neighbours. They were especially obligated to help those with the least ability to help themselves – widows, orphans, resident aliens without land to live off. But how far did the obligation extend?
Clearly the law could not mean that they should show love to everybody, could it?

So was it just people from the extended family?
Or fellow Jews?
Or must they include righteous Gentiles?

Where should they draw the boundaries around the demands placed on their charity?

So when asked, “Who is my neighbour?” Jesus answers, “Who would I like to be neighbour to me when I am in trouble?”
His story implies that neighbourliness does not stop at national and religious boundaries.  The Samaritan in the story acts not out of duty but out of common humanity, even though the victim is a foreigner and an oppressor.  Everyone is a neighbour, when people are in need.
He doesn’t apparently stop to question the limits of his duty, he just responds to a fellow human being, made in the image of God, who is in need.

Charity begins at home, is an often used saying.

But Jesus’ famous parable clearly indicates that it does not.
Charity begins wherever there is a fellow human being in need, and therefore has no end.  But we have to be realistic because we cannot rescue everyone in the world who is in trouble.

But that does not let us off the obligation to be generous with those in need, because they are all our neighbours, and are children of our heavenly Father.

Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan turns the contemporary debates about the extent of neighbourliness on their head by making the question about what we would want others to do for us.

The story tells of action to help another arising from common humanity rather than religious or cultural obligation and is just as relevant today as it was when Jesus first told it.

Charity, according to Jesus, begins not at home but anywhere there is need, and has no end.

 With love & Prayers

       Michael   (Rector)

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

Next Sunday – 5th Sunday after Trinity 17th July (3rd Sun.)
           9:15 am       Holy Communion, Croston
11:00 am       Baptism & Holy Communion, Bretherton
11:00 am       Communion by extension, Mawdesley
4:00 pm      Farewell service for Revd Janet Taylor, Croston
Service Pattern
I am sorry that in recent months we have had to cancel some services, particularly at 11 am, this will need to continue over the summer.  There is a meeting of the senior leadership in the Diocese on the
18th July where I hope to get some indication of whether we are likely to get any additional clergy support following Revd Janet’s departure.  Over the summer period I will also review the service pattern and types of services we offer across all three of our Churches.

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.
We would welcome any cakes etc for refreshments after the service.
If you would like to make a contribution to a farewell gift for Revd Janet please pass them to the Rector or Churchwardens by Thursday 14th July.

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 comes from
St Christopher’s Church, Hanwell, London.
Rev Suzanne Vernon-Yorke will preside over the service, and Lay Preachers, Prince Hewitt and Nigel Clarke, will be sharing about The Good Samaritan.
https://www.facebook.com/thechurchofengland or via

Bishop Julian’s farewell 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

Bretherton PCC meets in Church on Tuesday 12th July at 7 pm.

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!

Prayer & Bible Study House Group, Tues. 19th July
This will be the final meeting before a break in August and it will be in the evening to coincide with Sunset, time to be confirmed next week.
Meet at The Bungalow, High Street, L40 3TD – All are welcome
Parking available at Church -please bring your Bibles!

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
Gracious Father, by the obedience of Jesus you brought salvation to our wayward world: draw us into harmony with your will, that we may find all things restored in him, our Saviour Jesus Christ.               Amen

First Reading
God exhorts his people to choose life by following God’s gentle commandments.
Deuteronomy 30:9-14
The Lord your God will make you abundantly prosperous in all your undertakings, in the fruit of your body, in the fruit of your livestock, and in the fruit of your soil.  For the Lord will again take delight in prospering you, just as he delighted in prospering your ancestors, when you obey the Lord your God by observing his commandments and decrees that are written in this book of the law, because you turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
Surely, this commandment that I am commanding you today is not too hard for you, nor is it too far away.  It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will go up to heaven for us, and get it for us so that we may hear it and observe it?’ Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will cross to the other side of the sea for us, and get it for us so that we may hear it and observe it?’  No, the word is very near to you; it is in your mouth and in your heart for you to observe.

Second Reading
Paul praises the Colossians and prays that they may continue in their good ways.
Colossians 1:1-14
1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,
To the saints and faithful brothers and sisters in Christ in Colossae:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father.
In our prayers for you we always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. You have heard of this hope before in the word of the truth, the gospel that has come to you. Just as it is bearing fruit and growing in the whole world, so it has been bearing fruit among yourselves from the day you heard it and truly comprehended the grace of God.  This you learned from Epaphras, our beloved fellow-servant. He is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf, and he has made known to us your love in the Spirit.
For this reason, since the day we heard it, we have not ceased praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,  so that you may lead lives worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, as you bear fruit in every good work and as you grow in the knowledge of God.  May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light.  He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

The Gospel
Paul praises the Colossians and prays that they may continue in their good ways.
Luke 10:25-37
Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. ‘Teacher,’ he said, ‘what must I do to inherit eternal life?’  He said to him, ‘What is written in the law? What do you read there?’
He answered, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbour as yourself.’ And he said to him, ‘You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.’
But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbour?’ Jesus replied, ‘A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead.  Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.  But a Samaritan while travelling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity.  He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.  The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, “Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend.”
Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?’
He said, ‘The one who showed him mercy.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Go and do likewise.’

Prayer after Communion
Eternal God, comfort of the afflicted and healer of the broken, you have fed us at the table of life and hope: teach us the ways of gentleness and peace, that all the world may acknowledge the kingdom of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen 

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