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1st October 2017

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Notices for Sunday 1st October

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 CONFIRMATION with HOLY COMMUNION: We would like to give a very warm welcome to Bishop Michael and also to the confirmation candidates and their families and friends as they come along today to this special service. Please stay for refreshments after the service today followed by a shared lunch.  Philippians 2:1-13 and Matthew 21:23-32.

ST JOHN’S PDT are due to meet tomorrow evening 7.30pm at the home of Rich Cresswell.

HOUSEGROUP LEADERS meet next tomorrow evening 7.45pm at the home of Terry & Jan.

DEBT COACH – CHRISTIANS AGAINST POVERTY DEBT CENTRE – TELFORD If you know anyone who might be interested in becoming a debt coach to assist the Centre Manager, Jane Preston, please bring this advert to his/her attention. Full details are available on request from: captelford@gmail.com or by calling Jane Preston 07910 779345. Closing date for applications 6/10/17

LUNCHCLUB takes place this  Friday (6th) 12noon in church. 

WOMEN’S EVENING: St John’s are holding a women’s evening on Saturday 7th October 7.30pm. We welcome guest speaker Rev’d Sharon Lord, wife and mother who trained as a midwife then took a very different career path….. Tickets £5 to include supper and a glass of wine 670033 available from Lesley.      

BRYN HAWORTH IN CONCERT: Bryn is an acclaimed slide guitarist and singer songwriter who has been delighting audiences with his own unique brand of rock, country and gospel blues for over 35 years.  He will be performing at St Michael’s on Saturday 14th October 7.30pm.  Tickets are £7 available from Angie Vann 606008 or Lesley 670033.

Our next Healing Service takes place on Sunday 15th October 6.30pm at St John’s. A quiet reflective service.

The EVANGELISM TEAM have their next meeting on Monday 16th October 7.45pm at the home of Terry and Jan.

DEMENTIA FRIENDLY CHURCHES: There are two good opportunities coming up to help make our church more dementia-friendly. Firstly, a FREE four week course with a focus on making and keeping links with those affected by dementia will be running at St Andrew’s Church Hall, Church Aston on Tuesday evenings from 7.30 to 9.30 pm starting on 17 October. Secondly, there will be a FREE day training session on dementia friendly worship on Saturday 28 October from 9.30 am to 4 pm at St Thomas’ & St Andrew’s Church, Doxey, Stafford. If you are interested in either of these events, please contact Jo Lefroy.

JOIN US 4 A CUPPA! takes place on Friday 20th October 11-1pm.  Our theme will be ‘Baking a difference’ with all proceeds going to Tearfund.  If anyone is able to bake a cake/small cakes then this would be appreciated. 

BRIGHT LIGHTS PARTY: Calling all ages 5-11 – Come to our Bright Lights on Sunday 29th October from 4-6pm at St John’s church. The fun packed       evening will include Songs, Activities, Games and Food.

SHROPSHIRE CHURCHES DAY CONFERENCE is being hosted by the Bishop’s of Shrewsbury and Ludlow ‘A REASON FOR HOPE’ on 18th November 2017  (0930 Registration) taking place at Holy Trinity Centre Meole Brace with guest speaker Revd Dr  Michael Lloyd …for further details please look on www.trinitychurches.org/hope. Tickets are £8 if booked by the end of         October.  Lunch is available for an extra £5. To book go on.. https://trinitychurches.churchsuite.co.uk/events/usruu8d8  (Poster on noticeboard)

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD SHOEBOX APPEAL:  It is time to start thinking and collecting bits and pieces for our annual Shoe Box appeal taking place on Sunday 19th November.  Take a look on the display in the main hall for ideas and ready to fill boxes will be available shortly.  Knitting patterns are also available from Lesley.

Tuesday 3rd October  8.30-9am Morning Prayer at St John’s

Thursday 5th October 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: We continue to run a regular prayer time for the CAP Debt Centre, monthly on the 3rd Tuesday at St John’s in the Acorn Room 9am. 

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 usually on the 4th Thursday of each month from 9.45am – 12noon.  (19th October)

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 new mid week 11’s-14’s group. It takes place between 6-7:30pm on Wednesdays at Lilleshall memorial hall. Contact Thom 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. including ABSOLUTE:ZERO approx 5.30pm (during Sub:Zero)…..A chance to ask questions about God and about being a Christian…

FUSION: (14 – 18 year olds) will meet weekly at the home of Thom Foster 3A Fieldhouse Drive, Muxton. The meeting time is Sunday evenings 7.15 – 8.30pm during term time. We meet for Bible study, prayer and discussion. Call 670760 for info.

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THIS WEEK

Sidesperson:   The Trotmans               AV:   Simon         Coffee:  The Trotmans       

Communion: Jan, Wendy, Revd Fr Edward Ward & Simon

Counting: D/S Whitelaw & Norman                       Chairs: Cyril, Andy & Simon H

NEXT WEEK

Sidesperson: 9.30am Dora & 11am The Tsang family  Communion: Geoff & Vicky   

AV: 9.30am John F & 11am James                                 Chairs: John Perry & Jon

Coffee: 9.30am Dave & Sue Whitelaw & 11am Charlotte & Julie H   

CHURCH ADMINISTRATOR: Normal Office hours Monday and Friday

9.00am – 3.00pm and Tuesday 9.00am – 1.00pm.   

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

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

RICH’S DAY OFF is usually WEDNESDAY  Email: revrichcresswell@gmail.com

Philippians 2:1-13 Imitating Christ’s humility

Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ     Jesus:

who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant,
    being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself
    by becoming obedient to death – even death on a cross!

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,  and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Do everything without grumbling

12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed – not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence – continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfil his good purpose.

Matthew 21:23-32  The authority of Jesus questioned

23 Jesus entered the temple courts, and, while he was teaching, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him. ‘By what authority are you doing these things?’ they asked. ‘And who gave you this authority?’

24 Jesus replied, ‘I will also ask you one question. If you answer me, I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things. 25 John’s baptism – where did it come from? Was it from heaven, or of human origin?’

They discussed it among themselves and said, ‘If we say, “From heaven”, he will ask, “Then why didn’t you believe him?” 26 But if we say, “Of human origin”– we are afraid of the people, for they all hold that John was a prophet.’

27 So they answered Jesus, ‘We don’t know.’

Then he said, ‘Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.

The parable of the two sons

28 ‘What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, “Son, go and work today in the vineyard.”

29 ‘“I will not,” he answered, but later he changed his mind and went.

30 ‘Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, “I will, sir,” but he did not go.

31 ‘Which of the two did what his father wanted?’

‘The first,’ they answered.

Jesus said to them, ‘Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you. 32 For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him.