This week’s Worship

Sunday 27th June 2021 4th Sunday after Trinity (4th Sunday)
            9:15 am      Holy Communion, Croston
9:30 am      Family Worship, Mawdesley

11:00 am      Holy Communion, Bretherton

Wednesday   10am Holy Communion, Croston

** Friday 9am Morning Prayer at Mawdesley **
** cancelled until further notice **

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ
In this week’s gospel reading the two key people in the story are of vastly different status, Jairus was the synagogue ruler and of high standing.  For him to come to Jesus, the very person who was speaking out and challenging the organised religion he represented would have been a significant event which would not have gone unnoticed by people.  The woman on the other hand, was seen as a second-class citizen, a female, and isolated from the community because of her illness, she was an outcast.  It is also symbolic that she also comes from the back of the crowd.
Yet both of these people from the extremes of society come to Jesus and both are transformed by coming to Him.
Jesus always takes people just as he finds them, simply because he loves them, cares about them, but he doesn’t leave them as he found them.   This clearly illustrates that Jesus does not care what our background or status is, or has been, Jesus loves all people and is constantly waiting for us to reach out and touch Him.  If we can do that then we too can be transformed, just as these two people were.
Jesus is deeply compassionate and cares for everyone, no matter what their circumstances.
Jesus came into the world bringing something new, yes the old was restored but the new was coming and it was very different.  Jairus represents the old way of doing things coming to Jesus, falling at His feet and pleading with Him to save his daughter.  He was very brave as he was prepared to risk everything to save his daughter, who was brought to life, new life, by the touch of Jesus, she was renewed and restored.  The woman coming to Jesus represents that he is here for everyone, and he comes to meet them where they are, reaching out to them whatever their circumstances, even if they had only had the faintest understanding or glimpse of who He is.
At different times in our lives we may relate to both of these different situations, times when perhaps we need to reach out to God because of things that may have happened in the past, we may feel embarrassed or ashamed.   We may need to come to God asking for our own forgiveness, restoration and renewal so that we can move on. There may also be different times of need, where we may just feel that the situation we find ourselves in is hopeless.   We may find that we are so fearful and desperate that all we are able to do is come before God in silence.  Neither Jairus nor the woman who came to touch Jesus seem to make any great expression or statement of faith. But for both seem to have a great hope that Jesus could change things and make a difference to their lives.   That act in itself is a great expression of faith.  This gospel passage shows that lives are transformed as a result of the coming to know Jesus and his transformational love.  This new life and transformation that Jesus offers is open to all who come to him, no one is excluded.
Jesus reaches out to everyone, whatever their situation or background, with the offer to touch and transform lives that are not completely as God intended them to be, through coming to Jesus all can know His eternal peace, healing and wholeness

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

Sunday 4th July 2021 5th Sunday after Trinity (1st Sunday)
            8:00 am      BCP Holy Communion, Mawdesley
9:00 am      Family Worship, Bretherton
9:15 am      Holy Communion, Croston

11:00 am      Holy Communion, Mawdesley

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Please pray for the family and friends of the recently departed:

Dinah Mee

Rest eternal grant unto her O Lord may light perpetual shine upon her, may she rest in peace and rise in glory.
Dinah’s family would like to express their sincere thanks to everyone who turned out in the village on Thursday to pay their respects by standing at the side of the Road as she made her way through Bretherton for that last time. 

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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’s Church of England worship comes from Sunderland Minster  where Rev Canon Stuart Bain will explore the call of God.
You can watch the service from 9am Sunday.
https://www.facebook.com/thechurchofengland

Celebration for Croston Coffee Day 2021 Saturday 3rd July
People are encouraged to make their own individual arrangements to mark the day, perhaps a picnic at home with family and friends, or maybe have a Meal at one of our many Village Eateries.  There will be a Church Service at 1.00pm, due to the current Covid guidance numbers are restricted. Please contact lizmbrown@outlook.com to book a seat.  Eccleston Brass Band are playing outside church from 1.30pm to 3.00pm.  An online QUIZ will soon be on local websites – The SCOUT BAND will play at the Sports Club and the village pubs.

Croston Village Place plan (Blackburn Diocese).
The diocese have been let down by the people charged with the distribution of the leaflets, more are being printed and they should be distributed early this week.  Please do take this opportunity to be involved in meeting the future needs of the village.  Also don’t forget Project Space that was launched earlier this year by the Sports Club and Croston together details can be found at: https://crostonsportsclub.co.uk/space/

Notice of Croston Graveyard Inspection – August 2021
We are required to conduct an annual inspection of the headstones in our graveyard, this will be undertaken during August and the inspection will follow the relevant Diocesan procedures. If you would like to speak to someone, would like to give us your contact details or have any concerns please contact Revd Michael at the church or by emailing revmwoods@gmail.com

Croston Village Place plan (Blackburn Diocese).
As one of the major owners of undeveloped land in Croston the Diocese is consulting the residents of Croston as to how the village could be shaped in the future.  Leaflets should be delivered to all residents in early June and there will be links provided online through facebook etc.  https://www.caconsultation.info/
This is an opportunity for residents to be involved in meeting the future needs of the village for years to come so please do respond.  Also don’t forget Project Space that was launched earlier this year by the Sports Club and Croston together details can be found at: https://crostonsportsclub.co.uk/space/
If you do not receive a leaflet please do let the rector know as I am aware a number of people have not yet received them.

Croston St. Michael and All Angels
The grounds around church and our graveyard are always so well maintained and a delight for all who visit.
If you can spare a few hours each week to help with the mowing and general maintenance and tidying up please contact:
Derek Alty – tel. 600584 or derek_alty@sky.com

Celebration to mark Mawdesley Tea Party day Saturday 10th July
The Tea Party Weekend cannot take place in its normal format this year due to the uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 Pandemic.
But we do want to still mark the weekend so we encourage people to make their own individual arrangements to mark this traditional day in our village.  Perhaps a picnic on the Millennium Green or at home with family and friends, or maybe have a Meal at one of our Village Establishments.  The Sunday Church Service in St. Peters at 11 am will also focus on the Tea Party, we will follow the current Covid guidance as we do at all our services.

St. Peters Mawdesley w Bispham
Do you have time to help keep YOUR Graveyard tidy at St. Peters
If so please ring DAVID 07919558259

Do you have time to help clean the brasses in Church?
If so please contact the Churchwardens.

Baptisms have restarted
We have now restarted baptisms in our 3 churches and we will be complying with Covid-19 restrictions and numbers will be limited, following the governments roadmap announcement last Monday.
We will mirror the restrictions placed on Weddings which are:
Currently: maximum guests allowed by each church, whist complying with current social distancing guidelines.
No earlier than 19th July possibly all restrictions lifted
Note: dependent upon the government guidelines being confirmed
We have been overwhelmed by requests for baptisms so it is taking us some time to respond to all enquires.
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 currently indicates that the earliest that all restrictions will now be lifted is 19th July.  It is very unlikely now that we will monitor attendance before the start of the new term in September. This will be reviewed over the summer.


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 is the God of life, and did not create us for death.
Wisdom of Solomon 1:13-15. 2:23.24
because God did not make death, and he does not delight in the death of the living.  For he created all things so that they might exist; the generative forces of the world are wholesome, and there is no destructive poison in them, and the dominion of Hades is not on earth.  For righteousness is immortal.  for God created us for incorruption, and made us in the image of his own eternity, but through the devil’s envy death entered the world, and those who belong to his company experience it.

Second Reading
Paul holds up Jesus’ life as an example of generosity for us to follow.
2 Corinthians 8.7-15
You excel in everything – in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in utmost eagerness, and in our love for you – so we want you to excel also in this generous undertaking. I do not say this as a command, but I am testing the genuineness of your love against the earnestness of others. For you know the generous act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich.  And in this matter I am giving my advice: it is appropriate for you who began last year not only to do something but even to desire to do something – now finish doing it, so that your eagerness may be matched by completing it according to your means. For if the eagerness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has – not according to what one does not have. I do not mean that there should be relief for others and pressure on you, but it is a question of a fair balance between your present abundance and their need, so that their abundance may be for your need, in order that there may be a fair balance. As it is written, ‘The one who had much did not have too much,and the one who had little did not have too little.’

The Gospel
Jesus restores life to a woman living a half-life and raises a young girl from death.
Mark 5:21-43
When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered around him; and he was by the lake. Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw him, fell at his feet and begged him repeatedly, ‘My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live.’ So he went with him.
And a large crowd followed him and pressed in on him. Now there was a woman who had been suffering from haemorrhages for twelve years.  She had endured much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse.  She had heard about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, for she said, ‘If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well.’  Immediately her haemorrhage stopped; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, ‘Who touched my clothes?’  And his disciples said to him, ‘You see the crowd pressing in on you; how can you say, “Who touched me?”’  He looked all around to see who had done it.  But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling, fell down before him, and told him the whole truth.  He said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.’  While he was still speaking, some people came from the leader’s house to say, ‘Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the teacher any further?’  But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the leader of the synagogue, ‘Do not fear, only believe.’  He allowed no one to follow him except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James.  When they came to the house of the leader of the synagogue, he saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly.  When he had entered, he said to them, ‘Why do you make a commotion and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping.’ And they laughed at him. Then he put them all outside, and took the child’s father and mother and those who were with him, and went in where the child was.  He took her by the hand and said to her, ‘Talitha cum,’ which means, ‘Little girl, get up!’  And immediately the girl got up and began to walk about (she was twelve years of age). At this they were overcome with amazement.  He strictly ordered them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.

Prayer after Communion
Grant, O Lord, we beseech you, that the course of this world may be so peaceably ordered by your governance, that your Church may joyfully serve you in all godly quietness; through Jesus Christ our Lord.             Amen.

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