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20th August 2017

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Notices for Sunday 20th 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 ALL AGE MORNING WORSHIP: A warm welcome to our service this morning led by John and he continues our sermon series on ‘’David ‘ today looking at Saul and David. 1 Samuel 19:1-10 and 24:1-13

HAVE YOU CONSIDERED GETTING CONFIRMED? Confirmation is a stepping stone on the journey of Christian faith – a chance to claim faith in God for yourself publicly and marking your intention to be a committed disciple of Jesus Christ.  Our Confirmation Service is at St John’s on Sunday 1st October.  If you are interested and want to find out more, please speak to Rich.

DO YOU BUY YORKSHIRE TEA? St Michael’s are collecting the bar codes from boxes of Yorkshire Tea Bags. This project is being coordinated by the Newport Rotary Lite club and used to buy wheelchairs via the Wheelchair Foundation UK with funds provided by Yorkshire Tea. One packet of 80 Teabags = 1 credit;  For every 10 credits returned, Yorkshire Tea donates £1. It only requires £75 to buy and deliver one new wheelchair. Please give to Lesley.

AUTUMN CLEAN: Can you help on the morning of Saturday 9th September?, we would like to give the Church a deep clean and all help would be really appreciated…doesn’t matter if you can only stay for a short time…many hands make light work…anytime between 9am-1pm ish.  THANK YOU

RIDE AND STRIDE: Help preserve the history on your doorstep by taking part in a sponsored cycle or walk on Saturday 9th September, for further details take a look at the poster or http://www.rideandstrideuk.org/ or see Lesley.

GraveTalk: It’s not easy to think about your own funeral. Talking about death, dying and funerals raises big questions that we need to face at some point, but it can be hard. GraveTalk is a café space where people can talk about these big questions. The conversation is helped along by GraveTalk cards offering useful questions. Come along to St Michael’s from 10am-noon on Thursday 14th      September. Speak to Rich for more information.

Our next Join us 4 a Cuppa! takes place on Friday 15th September 11am-1pm also Litter Pickers are meeting the usual time of 11am. 

PLEASE NOTE: Joint All Age Harvest Service on 17th September at St      Michael’s (No 11am service at St John’s),

PARENTALK is a great course that covers essential topics for parents of      children aged 4 to 11 years…it helps mums and dads do the best job they can at bringing up their children.  This course takes place over 6 Thursdays beginning on 21st September 8pm at St John’s Church.   Leaflets available in church and please call the Office to book your place 670033.

LADIES BREAKFAST: Let somebody prepare your breakfast and enjoy some     fellowship with friends on Saturday 23rd September  8.45am at St Michael’s Guest speaker is Gill Banks who will be speaking about ‘Faith on the Street’s.

CAP MONEY COURSE: A free course to help you manage your money better and learn to budget, save and spend well. No matter what your financial situation is, the CAP Money Course can benefit you. The tools that are taught on the CAP course are vital life skills, so whether you are financially well-off or not, on benefits or in debt this course is for you!  The next course will be held at St John’s Muxton starting on Saturday 30th September at 11am. This free course takes place over 3 consecutive sessions and all resources and refreshments are also provided free of charge. (More information can be found at www.capmoneycourse.org).

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY: Shared lunch 24th September (Johnny and Beth visiting) Please put your name down if you intend to come to help with catering and Women’s evening Saturday 7th October 7.30pm here at St John’s.

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 £7 from Lesley 670033.

SHROPSHIRE CHURCHES DAY CONFERENCE: You are invited to the     Shropshire Churches Day Conference which is being hosted by the Bishop of Shrewsbury and the Bishop of Ludlow ‘A REASON FOR HOPE’ on 18th November 2017  (0930 Registration, welcome and refreshments)   taking place at Holy Trinity Centre Meole Brace.  The Guest speaker is Revd Dr  Michael Lloyd further details can be found on the main page www.trinitychurches.org/hope. Please note tickets are £8 if booked by the end of October and £10 if booked in November.  Lunch is available for an extra £5. Book yourself in by going to.. https://trinitychurches.churchsuite.co.uk/events/usruu8d8  (Poster on the notice board).

Tuesday 22nd August 8.30-9am Morning Prayer in Church

Thursday 24th 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. Please let Simon T or Lesley know you are going.

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 9.30am – 12noon.  (No Film in August)

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Sidesperson: The Umataliev family         AV: James       Coffee: Volunteer Please

Chairs: Cyril, Mike and Steve


Sidesperson: Lynne Stanley             AV:  Rob            Communion: Barbara & Vicky

Coffee:  Alan & Gill Banks                                   Counting: Moira & Colin

Chairs:  Tony, John Perry & Terry

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

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



1 Samuel 19:1-10 (NLT) Saul Tries to Kill David

19 Saul now urged his servants and his son Jonathan to assassinate David. But Jonathan, because of his strong affection for David, told him what his father was planning. “Tomorrow morning,” he warned him, “you must find a hiding place out in the fields. I’ll ask my father to go out there with me, and I’ll talk to him about you. Then I’ll tell you everything I can find out.”

The next morning Jonathan spoke with his father about David, saying many good things about him. “The king must not sin against his servant David,”      Jonathan said. “He’s never done anything to harm you. He has always helped you in any way he could. Have you forgotten about the time he risked his life to kill the Philistine giant and how the Lord brought a great victory to all Israel as a result? You were certainly happy about it then. Why should you murder an innocent man like David? There is no reason for it at all!”

So Saul listened to Jonathan and vowed, “As surely as the Lord lives, David will not be killed.”

Afterward Jonathan called David and told him what had happened. Then he brought David to Saul, and David served in the court as before.

War broke out again after that, and David led his troops against the Philistines. He attacked them with such fury that they all ran away.

But one day when Saul was sitting at home, with spear in hand, the tormenting spirit from the Lord suddenly came upon him again. As David played his harp, 10 Saul hurled his spear at David. But David dodged out of the way, and leaving the spear stuck in the wall, he fled and escaped into the night.

1 Samuel 24:1-13 (NLT)  David Spares Saul’s Life

24 After Saul returned from fighting the Philistines, he was told that David had gone into the wilderness of En-gedi. So Saul chose 3,000 elite troops from all Israel and went to search for David and his men near the rocks of the wild goats.

At the place where the road passes some sheepfolds, Saul went into a cave to relieve himself. But as it happened, David and his men were hiding farther back in that very cave!

“Now’s your opportunity!” David’s men whispered to him. “Today the Lord is telling you, ‘I will certainly put your enemy into your power, to do with as you wish.’” So David crept forward and cut off a piece of the hem of Saul’s robe.

But then David’s conscience began bothering him because he had cut Saul’s robe. He said to his men, “The Lord forbid that I should do this to my lord the king. I shouldn’t attack the Lord’s anointed one, for the Lord himself has chosen him.” So David restrained his men and did not let them kill Saul.

After Saul had left the cave and gone on his way, David came out and shouted after him, “My lord the king!” And when Saul looked around, David bowed low before him.

Then he shouted to Saul, “Why do you listen to the people who say I am trying to harm you? 10 This very day you can see with your own eyes it isn’t true. For the Lord placed you at my mercy back there in the cave. Some of my men told me to kill you, but I spared you. For I said, ‘I will never harm the king—he is the Lord’s anointed one.’ 11 Look, my father, at what I have in my hand. It is a piece of the hem of your robe! I cut it off, but I didn’t kill you. This proves that I am not trying to harm you and that I have not sinned against you, even though you have been hunting for me to kill me.

12 “May the Lord judge between us. Perhaps the Lord will punish you for what you are trying to do to me, but I will never harm you. 13 As that old proverb says, ‘From evil people come evil deeds.’ So you can be sure I will never harm you.