This week’s Worship

6th Sunday after Trinity 24th July (4th Sun.)
           9:15 am           Holy Communion, Croston
9:30 am          Family Worship, Mawdesley
11:00 am          Holy Communion, Bretherton
Mon.   11:30 am       Funeral – Jean Parker – Mawdesley
Tues.  1:00 pm         Funeral – Jeff Abbott – Mawdesley
Wed.   10:00 am      Holy Communion, Croston
Frid.     9:00 am      Morning Prayer, Mawdesley

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ

In this week’s Gospel Jesus gives his disciples and the world ‘The Lord’s Prayer’ which in many ways is a summary of the entire Gospel. The prayer comprises seven petitions to God which expressions of human longing and of faith it is a wonderful prayer.
Jesus Himself gave us this prayer as the model of all prayer, so it is good that we use the Lord’s Prayer regularly in our prayer life.  However, saying this prayer is not enough, it needs to be lived out as we entrust our lives to God, so let’s examine the structure.

The Lord’s Prayer does not begin with a petition but rather an acknowledgment of our identity as children of the God as we say:
“Our Father who art in Heaven.”  As children of God we must trust that God loves us no matter what a mess we may make of our lives.  The humanity of Jesus is what unites us to God and we now share in a deep bond with Him.
Calling God “our” Father also reveals the union we share with one another, for all who call God their Father in this intimate way are brothers and sisters in Christ.  So we are deeply connected together as part of Gods family and we worship God together, regardless of our denomination or tradition within Church.   So in a way when we worship God using this prayer we leave behind our individualism but we gain that fraternal unity with all Christians throughout the world.
We are members of this one divine family and that as a glorious gift of God to the world through his grace, it’s not something that we can earn, it is God’s gift to the world.

Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done on earth,
as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us,
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

God has taught us to pray let’s just get on and do it – together.

 With love & Prayers
Michael   (Rector)
Tel: 01772 600548, email:

Next Sunday – 7th Sunday after Trinity 31st July (5th Sun.)
           9:15 am       Holy Communion, Croston
11:00 am       Holy Communion, Mawdesley
11:00 am       Communion by extension, Bretherton

Funerals in Mawdesley Church
Mon. 25th July 11:30 am Jean Parker,
Tues. 26th July 1:00 pm Jeff Abbott
May they rest in peace.

Changes to services over summer period
31st July (5th Sun.) –                    11 am Communion by extension, Bretherton
14th August (2nd Sun.) –      11 am HC at Bretherton
no service at Mawdesley
21st August (3rd Sun.) –      11 am HC at Mawdesley
no service at Bretherton
                     Other services remains the same.

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: or on their facebook page
This weeks Church of England worship from Lambeth Palace Chapel ahead of the Lambeth Conference which begins on Tuesday.
Bishop Anthony Poggo will be leading the service with Archbishop Justin Welby preaching on ‘the importance of love and hospitality in our walk as Christians’. or via

Financial support for our Churches mission and ministry
As a charity we are dependent upon the generosity of our supporters, apart from a small amount of income from weddings and funerals our main source of income comes from what people regularly give.
Could you consider setting up a standing order?
Any donations you could make will be greatly appreciated and one off donations or regular giving can be made by using ‘Online banking’ facilities, the bank details you will require to do are:


Bretherton – St. John the Baptist
St. Johns Bretherton PCC Account,
No: 10031333, Sort code: 16 17 41

Croston – St. Michael & All Angels
St. Michaels PCC Account,
No. 11215462, Sort Code 16-17-41

Also if you have no facility to transfer funds electronically, envelopes can be
dropped off with our Treasurer Derek Alty,
12 Lostock Road, Croston.

Mawdesley w Bispham St. Peter
Mawdesley PCC Account,
No 87032805, Sort code 60 24 02.

The Annual inspection of the Graveyards in all our Churches will hopefully take place during August.

Revd Janet Taylor  Thank you to everyone who contributed to last week’s farewell service for Revd Janet who will be licenced to St Leonards Penwortham on Tues. 26th July at 10 am by
Bishop Philip during Morning Prayer – all are welcome to attend.

Review of services across the3churches
Over the summer the rector will be reviewing the times and types of worship we offer across the3churches.  He would welcome any thoughts or comments you may have.

The Collect
Creator God, you made us all in your image: may we discern you in all that we see, and serve you in all that we do; through Jesus Christ our Lord.   Amen

First Reading
Abraham’s Dutch auction reveals his growing confidence in God’s forgiveness.
Genesis 18:20-32
The LORD appeared to Abraham by the oaks of Mamre and said, ‘How great is the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah and how very grave their sin!  I must go down and see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry that has come to me; and if not, I will know.’
So the men turned from there, and went towards Sodom, while Abraham remained standing before the LORD.  Then Abraham came near and said, ‘Will you indeed sweep away the righteous with the wicked? Suppose there are fifty righteous within the city; will you then sweep away the place and not forgive it for the fifty righteous who are in it?  Far be it from you to do such a thing, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous fare as the wicked! Far be that from you! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do what is just?’  And the LORD said, ‘If I find at Sodom fifty righteous in the city, I will forgive the whole place for their sake.’  Abraham answered, ‘Let me take it upon myself to speak to the Lord, I who am but dust and ashes.  Suppose five of the fifty righteous are lacking? Will you destroy the whole city for lack of five?’ And he said, ‘I will not destroy it if I find forty-five there.’
Again Abraham spoke to the Lord, ‘Suppose forty are found there.’ He answered, ‘For the sake of forty I will not do it.’  Then Abraham said, ‘Oh do not let the Lord be angry if I speak. Suppose thirty are found there.’ The Lord answered, ‘I will not do it, if I find thirty there.’ Abraham said, ‘Let me take it upon myself to speak to the Lord. Suppose twenty are found there.’ The Lord answered, ‘For the sake of twenty I will not destroy it.’ Then he said, ‘Oh do not let the Lord be angry if I speak just once more. Suppose ten are found there.’ The Lord answered, ‘For the sake of ten I will not destroy it.’

Second Reading
God has forgiven us our trespasses on the cross and given us new life in Christ.
Colossians 2:6-15 [16-19]
Brothers and sisters, as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the universe, and not according to Christ.  For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have come to fullness in him, who is the head of every ruler and authority.  In him also you were circumcised with a spiritual circumcision, by putting off the body of the flesh in the circumcision of Christ; when you were buried with him in baptism, you were also raised with him through faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.  And when you were dead in trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive together with him, when he forgave us all our trespasses, erasing the record that stood against us with its legal demands. He set this aside, nailing it to the cross.  He disarmed the rulers and authorities and made a public example of them, triumphing over them in it.
Therefore do not let anyone condemn you in matters of food and drink or of observing festivals, new moons, or sabbaths.  These are only a shadow of what is to come, but the substance belongs to Christ.  Do not let anyone disqualify you, insisting on self-abasement and worship of angels, dwelling on visions, puffed up without cause by a human way of thinking, and not holding fast to the head, from whom the whole body, nourished and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows with a growth that is from God.

The Gospel
In the Lord’s Prayer we confidently ask God’s forgiveness, promising to forgive others, and Jesus stresses the need to be persistent in such prayer.
Luke 11:1-13
He was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.’  He said to them, ‘When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name.  Your kingdom come.  Give us each day our daily bread.  And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us. And do not bring us to the time of trial.’  And he said to them, ‘Suppose one of you has a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say to him, “Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; for a friend of mine has arrived, and I have nothing to set before him.”  And he answers from within, “Do not bother me; the door has already been locked, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything.”  I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, at least because of his persistence he will get up and give him whatever he needs.
So I say to you, Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.
For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.  Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for a fish, will give a snake instead of a fish?  Or if the child asks for an egg, will give a scorpion?  If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!’

Prayer after Communion
God of our pilgrimage, you have led us to the living water: refresh and sustain us as we go forward on our journey, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.          Amen


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