St John’s and St Michael’s Churches

Notices for Sunday 2nd August

Good morning and welcome to our zoom service today.

Also a very warm welcome to those attending St Michael’s (9.30am Morning Worship)  and St John’s (11am live showing of our zoom service) for the first time in a while.

Heiko leads our service and James continues our sermon series from “Questions our Young People Are Asking”.  Today’s question is “Hasn’t science disproved God exists?  Genesis 1 (whole chapter) and Colossians 1:15-20.

Below are the links to our online Sunday services, including readings and sermon for you to listen to at your leisure.

https://www.stjohnsmuxton.org.uk/category/sermons/

or https://www.stmichaelslilleshall.org.uk/home/

PLEASE remember to book St Michael’s and St John’s by the Friday before the Sunday service you would like to attend.

for St Michael’s, please contact Frances Taylor (604718)

for St John’s, please contact Lesley Trotman (670033)

Bible Story Minecraft Competition 2020 – The Bible Society: Recreate your favourite Bible story in Minecraft to be in with a chance of being crowned competition winner 2020! The Bible Society will be judging entries on originality, design skill and the ability to portray the story. Click here to find out more information, some ideas from last years entries and what you need to do to enter…. Go for it!

CHURCH OPEN FOR PRAYER: After Tuesday St Michael’s will be open for pray on a Sunday afternoon between 2 and 4pm.

PRAYER GROUP: Lockdown has allowed many people to pause and take stock. At the same time there seems to have been a renewing movement of the Holy Spirit. We will be praying into this and listening to what God might be saying to us on zoom, 7pm on the second Sunday of each month (at least initially). If anyone would like to join us please contact: Shirley, Vicky or Pam. (Members of St John’s) or Lesley can pass on your details.

Childrens resources for Sunday services – Energize website is providing materials each week to be downloaded by families. https://www.energize.uk.net/pages/kids_club_by_post

ST JOHN’S TINY TOTS is running a regular slot on a Tuesday morning 10.45 – 11.15am via zoom… If you would like to join in or know someone who would then please contact the church office.

#FaithAtHome  features weekly video content to help families to talk about faith and pray together. The videos will be led by children, young people, staff and school leaders from across the country. Over the next three months, #FaithAtHome will explore themes including courage, patience, generosity, resilience, love and hope. Go to churchofengland.org/faithathome

SERVICE PHONE LINE: The Church of England has set up a service phone line for those who cannot access email or online services. Info about “Daily Hope” is at

https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-parishes/daily-hope-phone-line    Please pass on to anyone you think would be interested.

Conn3ct – MONTHLY YOUTH SERVICE: Here’s the link to the recent monthly youth service called Conn3ct, which takes place on the last Sunday of each month, take a look now…… https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=OEC3PuXnuOk&t=887s with a guest appearance by Bishop Sarah!

MORNING BIBLE READING/DISCUSSION/PRAYER join us for Bible Reading, Discussion and Prayer via Zoom, 9am weekdays.  The best way to access these is through the “Daily Prayer” app. available from The Church of England but it will be fine if you want to follow with your own Bible. Please contact Matthew who will give you the details to login.

Please Light a Candle each Sunday at 7pm and pray for Lilleshall and Muxton.

PRAYER CHAINs: If you have any prayer requests please either text (preferable) Lisa 07739 522280 or Email:  west.familywest@btinternet.com or St Michael’s prayer chain coordinator Chris R 07834162343 or 01952 604330 or Email: scip@blueyonder.co.uk

ANSWER TO PRAYERS:  Please send Shirley any blessings/encouragements/ answers to prayer that you would like to share with others. These will be going in the church magazine.    shirley_barton@hotmail.co.uk

FACEBOOK www.facebook.com/stjohnsmuxton – please like our page and share our news stories with your friends.

CHURCH ADMINISTRATOR Monday and Friday 9-3pm

Email:  admin@stjohnsmuxton.org.uk or admin@stmichaelslilleshall.org.uk

Website: www.stjohnsmuxton.org.uk or www.stmichaelslilleshall.org.uk

MATTHEW’S Email: matthew.lefroy@tiscali.co.uk

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5

      

Genesis 1

The beginning

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light ‘day’, and the darkness he called ‘night’. And there was evening, and there was morning – the first day.

And God said, ‘Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.’ So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so. God called the vault ‘sky’. And there was evening, and there was morning – the second day.

And God said, ‘Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.’ And it was so. 10 God called the dry ground ‘land’, and the gathered waters he called ‘seas’. And God saw that it was good.

11 Then God said, ‘Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.’ And it was so. 12 The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening, and there was morning – the third day.

14 And God said, ‘Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.’ And it was so. 16 God made two great lights – the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. 17 God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, 18 to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening, and there was morning – the fourth day.

20 And God said, ‘Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.’ 21 So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 God blessed them and said, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.’ 23 And there was evening, and there was morning – the fifth day.

24 And God said, ‘Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.’ And it was so. 25 God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

26 Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’

27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

28 God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.’

29 Then God said, ‘I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground – everything that has the breath of life in it – I give every green plant for food.’ And it was so.

31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning – the sixth day.

Colossians 1:15-20

The supremacy of the Son of God

15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.