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12th August 2018

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Notices for Sunday 12th August

8.15am GOOD MORNING SUNDAY: On a busy Sunday, start the day with God and be fed and ready to go by 9:15! Breakfast from 8.15 am, the Sunday papers, conversation, prayer and reflection. 

11am HOLY COMMUNION: Our service this morning is led by Jan and James continues our sermon series ’The Life of the Prophet – Elijah and Elisha’ with ‘A Boy’s Rescue’. 2 Kings 4:8-37 and John 19:16-18.

WONDERFULLY MADE is a brand new holiday club for children with additional needs and their families taking place on 15th August 2-4pm at All Saints Parish Centre in Wellington.  See the poster on the notice board for further details.

The Place In The Park – 4 -19 August 2018: Oakengates Theatre moves to the Town Park QEII Arena in August as part of a very special ‘big top’             experience, that will seat up to 1,000 people. The last of these concerts is the Big Gospel Sing  on August 18th. Tickets cost £10-£12 and can be booked online at: https://theplacetelford.com/whats-on/music/big-sing-gospel-voices/2772#details  

DOGS WITHOUT COLLARS are at Dawley Town Hall on Friday 19th October 7.30pm. They are a band of five (real) vicars who got together in 2005 to enjoy playing rock music. Over the next decade, they performed over 70 concerts in the south of England, raising over £50,000 for churches and charities with positive reviews and mentions in various local and national media. Nowadays they play a couple of concerts a year … and in October they will be visiting Telford (the home of guitarist Tim Storey). A mixture of sit’n’listen and up’n’boogie, their sets are a collection of favourites from the 50s to the 90s (which often matches their audience). Every penny of ticket sales will go to the Great Dawley Breakfast Club so that kids in the area can have a good start to the day. Go along, have a giggle and get up and dance!  To book go to www.eventbrite.co.uk

Dates for your Diary: 10th November – Remembrance Concert and other       musical pieces by the Jackfield Band at the Memorial Hall, Lilleshall. 16th      December – Christmas Concert by the Gallery Singers at St Michael’s.

Tuesday 13th August 8.30-9am Morning Prayer at St John’s

Thursday 16th August 7.30-8am Early Morning Prayers at St Michael’s

A MEN’S BREAKFAST takes place on the second Saturday of each month 8.30am at The Whitehouse Hotel in Muxton.  Please let Simon T, Matthew or Lesley know you are coming.

PRAYERS FOR CAP Debt Centre takes place monthly on the 3rd Tuesday 4.30-5pm at St John’s in the Acorn Room.

DO YOU LIKE WALKING FOR PLEASURE? We meet at St John’s every Wednesday at 10am for a gentle walk of around an hour.  All are welcome. Moredetails from Jane Preston or Jo Lefroy.

FORGET ME NOT FILMS: Do you like watching old musicals while enjoying a cup of tea and a slice of cake?  If so, join us at St John’s usually on the 4th Thursday of each month from 9.30am – 12noon.   No film in August

PATHFINDERS: School Years R-Y6. Meets every Thursday at 5pm during term time at St Michael’s. Tea served at 5.05pm.  Come and join the fun £2 per      session includes food. Email to help with catering.  

BLAZE: A mid week 11’s-14’s group. It takes place between 6.30-7:30pm on Wednesdays at St Michael’s Church during term time. Contact the office for further details.

SUB:ZERO – cafe style youth club for School years 7+ at St John’s 4-6pm on Friday’s during term time.

FUSION: (14 – 18 year olds) will meet weekly at St John’s. The meeting time is Sunday evenings 7.15 – 8.30pm during term time. We meet for Bible study, prayer and discussion. Call the office for info.

The TELFORD FOOD BANK has a new address, they are now located at 78-83 Severn Walk Sutton Hill TF7 4AS (Previously Leegomery). 01952 586646.

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THIS WEEK

Sidesperson:  Trotmans                  Communion: Myers/Pam                     AV: Rob

Coffee: Moira & John         Counting:  Tony & Janet          Chairs: Dom & Helpers

NEXT WEEK

Sidesperson:  Mike & Sheila                                                          Coffee:  Jane P

AV: Dan                                                                       Chairs:  Simon H + Helpers

 CHURCH ADMINISTRATOR:

Monday and Friday 9-4pm and Tuesday 8.30am-12.30 and 2-4pm 

Email:  admin@stjohnsmuxton.org.uk   Web: www.stjohnsmuxton.org.uk

    MATTHEW’S DAY OFF is usually FRIDAY  Email: matthew.lefroy@tiscali.co.uk

2 Kings 4:8-37  The Shunammite’s son restored to life

One day Elisha went to Shunem. And a well-to-do woman was there, who urged him to stay for a meal. So whenever he passed by, he stopped there to eat. She said to her husband, ‘I know that this man who often comes our way is a holy man of God. 10 Let’s make a small room on the roof and put in it a bed and a table, a chair and a lamp for him. Then he can stay there whenever he comes to us.’

11 One day when Elisha came, he went up to his room and lay down there. 12 He said to his servant Gehazi, ‘Call the Shunammite.’ So he called her, and she stood before him. 13 Elisha said to him, ‘Tell her, “You have gone to all this trouble for us. Now what can be done for you? Can we speak on your behalf to the king or the commander of the army?”’

She replied, ‘I have a home among my own people.’

14 ‘What can be done for her?’ Elisha asked.

Gehazi said, ‘She has no son, and her husband is old.’

15 Then Elisha said, ‘Call her.’ So he called her, and she stood in the doorway. 16 ‘About this time next year,’ Elisha said, ‘you will hold a son in your arms.’

‘No, my lord!’ she objected. ‘Please, man of God, don’t mislead your servant!’

17 But the woman became pregnant, and the next year about that same time she gave birth to a son, just as Elisha had told her.

18 The child grew, and one day he went out to his father, who was with the reapers. 19 He said to his father, ‘My head! My head!’

His father told a servant, ‘Carry him to his mother.’ 20 After the servant had lifted him up and carried him to his mother, the boy sat on her lap until noon, and then he died. 21 She went up and laid him on the bed of the man of God, then shut the door and went out.

22 She called her husband and said, ‘Please send me one of the servants and a donkey so I can go to the man of God quickly and return.’

23 ‘Why go to him today?’ he asked. ‘It’s not the New Moon or the Sabbath.’

‘That’s all right,’ she said.

24 She saddled the donkey and said to her servant, ‘Lead on; don’t slow down for me unless I tell you.’ 25 So she set out and came to the man of God at Mount Carmel.

When he saw her in the distance, the man of God said to his servant Gehazi, ‘Look! There’s the Shunammite! 26 Run to meet her and ask her, “Are you all right? Is your husband all right? Is your child all right?”’

‘Everything is all right,’ she said.

27 When she reached the man of God at the mountain, she took hold of his feet. Gehazi came over to push her away, but the man of God said, ‘Leave her alone! She is in bitter distress, but the Lord has hidden it from me and has not told me why.’

28 ‘Did I ask you for a son, my lord?’ she said. ‘Didn’t I tell you, “Don’t raise my hopes”?’

29 Elisha said to Gehazi, ‘Tuck your cloak into your belt, take my staff in your hand and run. Don’t greet anyone you meet, and if anyone greets you, do not answer. Lay my staff on the boy’s face.’

30 But the child’s mother said, ‘As surely as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you.’ So he got up and followed her.

31 Gehazi went on ahead and laid the staff on the boy’s face, but there was no sound or response. So Gehazi went back to meet Elisha and told him, ‘The boy has not awakened.’

32 When Elisha reached the house, there was the boy lying dead on his couch. 33 He went in, shut the door on the two of them and prayed to the Lord. 34 Then he got on the bed and lay on the boy, mouth to mouth, eyes to eyes, hands to hands. As he stretched himself out on him, the boy’s body grew warm. 35 Elisha turned away and walked back and forth in the room and then got onto the bed and stretched out on him once more. The boy sneezed seven times and opened his eyes.

36 Elisha summoned Gehazi and said, ‘Call the Shunammite.’ And he did. When she came, he said, ‘Take your son.’ 37 She came in, fell at his feet and bowed to the ground. Then she took her son and went out.

John 19:16-18 

16 Finally Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified.

The crucifixion of Jesus

So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. 17 Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). 18 There they crucified him, and with him two others – one on each side and Jesus in the middle.