St John’s and St Michael’s Churches – Notices for Sunday 1st August
St Michael’s Holy Communion @ 9.30am: A warm welcome to our service today led by Matthew. Today Matthew talks to us about Matthew 5:21-26 and 1 John 3:11-20
St John’s Morning Worship online zoom service and in church @ 11am: A warm welcome to our service this morning led by John. Matthew continues our sermon series ‘A New Way of Living’, today looking at ”Murder & Conflict’ Matthew 5:21-26 and 1 John 3:11-20.
Please note: It was so lovely to see a few more faces in church last Sunday…still spaces for a few more. We are continuing to be cautious. We have not taken out social distancing quite yet and still operating a one way system with hand sanitising on entry. We would like you to wear face masks, especially when moving around the building and passing people, and to continue to socialise outside. It was so lovely to be able to sing even though behind our masks. Restrictions will be reviewed in a couple of weeks taking into account the current risk status, continually monitoring therefore easing us back gently and safely. Our next outdoor service at St John’s is planned for 8th August…further info/details will follow.
It will be helpful to continue to book St John’s enabling Lesley to set up the appropriate number of chairs
Below are the links to our online Sunday services, including readings and sermon for you to listen to at your leisure.
PRAYERS: Please continue to pray for the families/friends of Ann Churm, Mike Harris, Joan Collin, Graham Brown and Kerry Boyce’s mum Rosemary Harris who have sadly passed away recently.
SUNDAY ROTAs: We are going to put together the rota in the next couple of weeks ready for September time. Would you like to go on the Rota? Or maybe would like to take a break …please contact either Judith or Sue Whitelaw (or the church office) with any updates. Thank you.
The EVANGELISM TEAM are to meet now on Tuesday 3rd August 7.45pm.
MEN ONLY! It’s been a while since we have been able to have a men’s breakfast. In the meantime following a successful pilot a couple of weeks ago, we are planning some social drinks meeting at the Whitehouse Hotel in Muxton on Sunday 8th August from 7.30pm…look forward to seeing you there…
DATE FOR YOUR DIARY – COMMUNITY EVENT: It’s been a long time since we were able to have big events, and we wanted to do something to bring the community together. One thing we have all missed over lockdown has been the opportunity to enjoy live music. Therefore, as part of this community picnic on Saturday 4th September 11.30am-3pm we are holding an ‘open mic’. This is a chance for local musicians to come and perform and for the rest of us to enjoy their music. (See poster below for more information). Please share with your friends and family.
ARE YOU ARE THINKING ABOUT YOUR VOCATION? whether that be ordination, reader training, community or church based, or ‘secular’ work focused Pathways is a great course for encouraging and empowering lay ministry. To find out more please follow this link https://www.lichfield.anglican.org/vocations-and-training/exploring-vocation/pathways_to_ministry/pathways_to_ministry.php or contact Helen Scheven, Lichfield Diocese Training co-ordinator at Helen.Scheven@lichfield.anglican.org
‘St John’s and St Michael’s churches are hoping to run a FREEDOM IN CHRIST COURSE this autumn at St John’s. Freedom in Christ is a bible-based discipleship course whose purpose is to help us live as the person God created us to be and do all the things He prepared in advance for us to do. For more information and a flavour of the course click on this link and watch the sample teaching videos. https://www.ficm.org.uk/discipleship-course
Sessions include: ‘Who am I?’ ‘choosing to believe the truth’, the battle for our minds’, ‘handling emotions well’, ‘renewing the mind’ If you want to know more about the course or indeed register an interest now, please contact Les in the church office or Vicky Yates on 07971972961. Currently the plans are, if there is sufficient interest, to start the course at about 11:15am on Thursday 9 September. Each session takes about 2 hours. There will be 11 sessions on most Thursdays until early December.’
MORE DATES FOR YOUR DIARY: Ride & Stride Saturday 11th September and Lilleshall Scarecrow Festival Saturday 18th September (See poster at the end of these notices).
Calling all walkers! We meet on a Wednesday 10am at St John’s for a gentle, local walk of around an hour. All are welcome. Please contact Jo Lefroy for any further information on 01952 604281.
A PLACE FOR CONTEMPLATION AND QUIET PRAYER: Please visit St John’s prayer garden, another bench has been added. The garden is situated behind the beautiful Oak tree in our front garden to the right as you face St John’s front door.
EARLY MORNING PRAYERS: Are you an early bird? A group of us pray for the work of the church at 7.30am every Thursday morning. Join us for half an hour or part of the time on Zoom. Contact Matthew for the link.
Please join us for Bible Reading/Discussion/Prayer via Zoom, weekdays at 9am. The best way to access these is through the “Daily Prayer” app. available from The Church of England but if you want to follow from your Bible this is ok. Please contact Matthew who will give you the details to login.
PRAYER GROUP continues to meet, praying into our concerns and worries and listening to what God might be saying to us on zoom, 7pm on the second Sunday of each month. If anyone would like to join us please contact: Shirley, Vicky or Pam. (Members of St John’s) or Lesley (670033) can pass on your details.
PRAYER CHAINs: If you have any prayer requests please either text (preferable) Lisa 07739 522280 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or St Michael’s prayer chain coordinator Chris R 07834162343 or 01952 604330 or Email: email@example.com
Energize website is providing materials each week to be downloaded by families. https://www.energize.uk.net/pages/kids_club_by_post.
A Monthly Youth Service called Conn3ct takes place on the last Sunday of each month. Search on Youtube ‘Conn3ct’. Please follow https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCSxLC1ssTnZr6h1l6f83ghQ
FACEBOOK www.facebook.com/stjohnsmuxton – please like our page and share our news stories with your friends.
For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.
OFFICE HOURS: Monday 9-12noon, Tuesday 9-12noon and Friday 9-4pm 01952 670033
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Website: www.stjohnsmuxton.org.uk or www.stmichaelslilleshall.org.uk
Matthew’s Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Usual day off Friday)
Vikki’s Email: email@example.com (Normal day off Friday)
St Michael’s (as below)
St John’s first Reading is from Matthew 5:21-26
21 ‘You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, “You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.” 22 But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, “Raca,” is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, “You fool!” will be in danger of the fire of hell.
23 ‘Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, 24 leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.
25 ‘Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. 26 Truly I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.
Our second Reading is taken from 1 John 3:11-20
11 For this is the message you heard from the beginning: we should love one another. 12 Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own actions were evil and his brother’s were righteous. 13 Do not be surprised, my brothers and sisters, if the world hates you. 14 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love each other. Anyone who does not love remains in death. 15 Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him.
16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
19 This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence: 20 if our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.