This week’s Worship

4th Sunday before Lent 6th February (1st Sun.)
          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
Wednesday 10 am    Holy Communion Croston
Friday        9 am     Morning prayer, Mawdesley

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ
Now we leave the celebrations of Jesus’ birth and revelation behind and we are back to the more ordinary aspects of our Christian faith.  We see Jesus teaching frequently in the Gospels, it was right at the heart of the Gospel message.  What a good model he sets us as a teacher, showing patience with his hearers and persistence in his teaching.  Despite labouring all night catching nothing Peter could be forgiven for being more than a little sceptical, but yet he obeys, to be rewarded with an amazing catch.  Here we see Jesus taking this very frustrating and anxious state of affairs and completely turning it around to such a joyous situation.  This is the God who is present in all places and who is interested in all aspects of lives at work and home.
This was a great moment of revelation for Peter as he realises the awesome power of God, and perhaps that this person in his boat may look very ordinary, but has somehow brought God right into his boat.
Due to his human frailty Peter becomes afraid and begs the Lord to leave, however Jesus reaches out to Peter saying “Do not be afraid.” This is a turning point in Peter’s life: this revelation of the nature of Jesus is followed by his confession of sin and a call to service. Just like the Isaiah reading, Peter’s response is to leave everything and follow Jesus, and he is not alone: his others do the same.
It is the presence of Jesus that changes everything as he brings a new freshness and hope to the situation.  So when our lives just seem to be fruitless and going nowhere and our frustrations increase we need to make room in our boat for Jesus, so that he can turn our situations around.
But this is a two way process and we need to listen, and respond, doing as peter did, what Jesus asks of us, as obedience to God will always makes a difference, despite any doubts we may have.  Jesus makes a difference at Peter’s place of work, showing that God is not to be confined to church.  God is for all times and all places, God can unlock problems and situations at work and at home. We need to bring our work as well as our homes to God.  Prayer will change things.
This week’s Gospel shows the life-changing revelation that happened at Peter’s place of work, God can pull back the curtains of our hearts anywhere, at any time.  Who would ever think that we could receive such a revelation at work?  We need to widen our expectations and open our eyes and ears to allow God to speak to us through all sorts of people and situations.
All three of our readings follow a similar pattern of revelation, repentance, calling, revelation is something we ourselves cannot manufacture, but we can ask for it.   So let us ask God for revelation in our own lives, so that we may turn, be transformed, follow Jesus and serve the Gospel.

With love & prayers.                   Michael   (Rector)

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

Next Sunday – 3rd Sunday before Lent 13th February (2nd Sun.)

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

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Please pray for the family and friends of the recently departed:
John Sharrock
Rest eternal grant unto him O Lord may light perpetual
shine upon him, may he rest in peace and rise in glory. 

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Covid Guidance; we are still experiencing high infection rates
so please:

  • 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.

 

 

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 can be viewed from 9am on Sunday at https://www.facebook.com/thechurchofengland or via
www.youtube.com/watch?v=f80rm0Klpm0

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The 6th February is Accession Day which marks the day Her Majesty the Queen took the throne following the death of her father King George VI.  This year it marks the beginning of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, giving thanks for her faithful service as both Supreme Governor of the Church of England and head of state.

A prayer for the Queen

Almighty God, the fountain of all goodness,
bless our Sovereign Lady, Queen Elizabeth,
and all who are in authority under her;
that they may order all things
in wisdom and equity, righteousness and peace,
to the honour and glory of your name
and the good of your Church and people;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.    Amen.

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St. Michaels Church Croston Saturday 12 Feb. from 10 am – 2pm
A Big & Little Trains show presented by
Chorley & District Model Railway Club

 

 

 

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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

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Collect
Lord of the hosts of heaven, our salvation and our strength, without you we are lost: guard us from all that harms or hurts and raise us when we fall; through Jesus Christ our Lord.     Amen

First Reading
Isaiah sees a vision of the Lord and becomes aware of his own sinfulness. In the longer reading the prophet receives his commission to declare God’s word until just a holy remnant of Israel remains.
Isaiah 6:1-8 [9-end]
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple.  Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew.  And one called to another and said: ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory.’
The pivots on the thresholds shook at the voices of those who called, and the house filled with smoke.  And I said: ‘Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!’
Then one of the seraphs flew to me, holding a live coal that had been taken from the altar with a pair of tongs.  The seraph touched my mouth with it and said: ‘Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out.’  Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I; send me!’

Second Reading
Paul reminds the believers of the essentials: that Christ died for our sins, was buried and raised on the third day. He gives a thorough list of those to whom Christ appeared, finally including himself as “the least of the apostles”.
1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Now I should remind you, brothers and sisters, of the good news that I proclaimed to you, which you in turn received, in which also you stand, through which also you are being saved, if you hold firmly to the message that I proclaimed to you – unless you have come to believe in vain.
For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.  Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers and sisters at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died.  Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to someone untimely born, he appeared also to me.  For I am the least of the apostles, unfit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.  But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace towards me has not been in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them – though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.  Whether then it was I or they, so we proclaim and so you have come to believe.

The Gospel
Jesus teaches the crowd from a boat at the lakeside, then tells Peter to put out to the deep and throw in his net. The miraculous catch provokes Peter’s repentance, calling and discipleship.
Luke 5:1-11
Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets.  He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat.  When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, ‘Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.’  Simon answered, ‘Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets.’   When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break.  So they signalled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both boats, so that they began to sink.  But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, ‘Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!’  For he and all who were with him were amazed at the catch of fish that they had taken; and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon.  Then Jesus said to Simon, ‘Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.’  When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him.

Prayer after Communion
Go before us, Lord, in all we do with your most gracious favour, and guide us with your continual help, that in all our works begun, continued and ended in you, we may glorify your holy name, and finally by your mercy receive everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord.            Amen

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