This week’s Worship

Sunday 25th July 2021 8th 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
All our schools have now come to the end of a very challenging year and as they begin a well-deserved summer holiday and what happens??
The weather changes, the temperature has dropped, the clouds are rolling in and the rain is on its way!  Let’s hope it’s a minor blip to keep us all a bit cooler and provide some much needed rain for our farmers and their crops.  In some ways the ebb and flow of life is quite predictable but in others ways it seems so unpredictable, and the Pandemic seems to be following that path.  I remember this time last year when talking to wedding couples and rescheduling their plans hoping that in 12 month’s time we will be through this!  Whilst restrictions have been lifted by the government we are far from through this.  If you have been keeping an eye on the government’s interactive map (https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/details/interactive-map/cases) over the last few months you will have seen the colour change.  Initially there were a few dark patches, which indicates the highest rates, focused around Bolton and Blackburn, to almost the whole nation being at very high infection rates.  This virus will not leave us for some time to come and in our area we are at the highest levels of infection that I have seen throughout the pandemic, 818 cases per 100,000 of the population.  This is why we have at the moment decided to ask people to keep some of the restrictions to help us protect one another, so we ask that we continue to:

  • sanitising when entering & leaving
  • sign in for track and trace
  • wear your mask when arriving, leaving or coming into close contact with others
  • use alternate pews

When seated masks can be removed, but please be mindful of those who wish to keep their masks on.
We are now allowed to sing.
We will keep this under review throughout the summer we are still asking people to think about others who may be really nervous and we still need to remember the HANDS – FACE – SPACE advice.
This week’s Gospel is the miracle of the feeding of the five thousand which points back to God’s miraculous provision of manna to the hungry Israelites in the desert and it looks forward to the Last Supper and the celebration of the Eucharist in churches throughout the world today.   Jesus was able to satisfy everyone’s hunger with his compassion and love and there was even plenty left over.  God’s abundant provision is for all our needs – physical, mental and spiritual, the bread of heaven is available at all times and to all people.
I do hope that people will become more confident over the summer hopefully as infection rates begin to fall soon, I hope that more may feel able to return to our churches to find spiritual nourishment, when they feel the time is right for them.  But wherever you are you can count on God’s spiritual nourishment – the bread of heaven – being available to us at all times 24/7.  Jesus insisted that all the fragments should be picked up from the ground, that nothing should be left behind, which is symbolic of his intention that no soul should be lost to the kingdom of heaven, wherever they may be.

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

Sunday 1st August 2021 9th 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

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 celebrates the Feast of
St James with a sea-themed service!  Rev Canon Dr Crispin Pailing from Liverpool Parish will lead the worship.
You can watch the service from 9am Sunday.
https://www.facebook.com/thechurchofengland

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

John’s funeral will take place at St. Michael & All Angels, Croston  on Wednesday 28th July at 1 pm

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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 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

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
We have been overwhelmed by requests for baptisms and at the moment the Rector is waiting to plan a two week break so it is taking us some time to respond to all enquires, we apologise for the delay.
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
Lord God, your Son left the riches of heaven and became poor for our sake: when we prosper save us from pride, when we are needy save us from despair, that we may trust in you alone; through Jesus Christ our Lord.                     Amen

First Reading
The story of David’s adultery with Bathsheba, his plan to murder Uriah her husband, and the extreme lengths to which David goes to cover up his sin.
2 Kings 4.42-44
A man came bringing food from the first fruits to Elisha, the man of God: twenty loaves of barley and fresh ears of grain in his sack. Elisha said, ‘Give it to the people and let them eat.’  But his servant said, ‘How can I set this before a hundred people?’ So he repeated, ‘Give it to the people and let them eat, for thus says the LORD, “They shall eat and have some left.”’  He set it before them, they ate, and had some left, according to the word of the LORD.

Second Reading
Paul’s prayer is that Christians may be grounded with a love that will both make them understand the true extent of Christ’s love and also comprehend the secrets of the universe and God’s creation.
Ephesians 3.14-21
I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name.  I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love.  I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.  Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Gospel
The story of Jesus feeding the five thousand, achieved by the miraculous multiplication of five loaves and two fish.
John 6.1-21
Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias.  A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick.  Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples.  Now the Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near.  When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming towards him, Jesus said to Philip, ‘Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?’  He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do.  Philip answered him, ‘Six months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.’
One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Jesus, ‘There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?’  Jesus said, ‘Make the people sit down.’ Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they sat down, about five thousand in all.  Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted.  When they were satisfied, he told his disciples, ‘Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.’
So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets.  When the people saw the sign that he had done, they began to say, ‘This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world.’ When Jesus realized that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain by himself.
When evening came, his disciples went down to the lake, got into a boat, and started across the lake to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them.  The lake became rough because a strong wind was blowing.   When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the lake and coming near the boat, and they were terrified.  But he said to them, ‘It is I; do not be afraid.’  Then they wanted to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the land towards which they were going.

Prayer after Communion
Holy Father, who gathered us here around the table of your Son to share this meal with the whole household of God: in that new world where you reveal the fullness of your peace, gather people of every race and language to share in the eternal banquet of Jesus Christ our Lord.       Amen

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