St John’s and St Michael’s Churches – Notices for Sunday 8th 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 5:27-32*

St John’s Outdoor Morning Worship (and Livestream – link below) @ 11am: A warm welcome to our service this morning led by Vikki. Matthew continues our sermon series A New Way of Living today looking at *‘Marriage & Divorce’ *Matthew 5:27-32 and Matthew 19:3-12 Please find below the link for today’s outdoor service which will be livestreamed at 11am on the church’s YouTube channel, St John’s Muxton. Please follow this link…..* <https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCB6N81vubkdzSYD7rCPFw5Q>*

St John’s Please note. After our recent review we have now increased our capacity within St John’s to 45 (can vary slightly depending on bubbles, couples and family units). We have slightly reduced the distance between chairs and continue operating a one way system with hand sanitising on entry. We would still like you to wear face masks, especially when moving around the building and singing. Socialising should continue to take place outside of church. We will continue to monitor the situation and our next review is planned for the end of August.

During August it would still 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. https://www.stjohnsmuxton.org.uk/category/sermons or http://www.stmichaelslilleshall.org.uk/home/

MEN ONLY! It’s been a while since we have been able to have a men’s breakfast. We are planning to meet at the Whitehouse Hotel in Muxton *THIS EVENING (Sunday 8th)* from 7.30pm…look forward to seeing you there… Keswick: Bible school seminars online and new wine..follow the links below https://vkc.keswickministries.org/week/week-three/ https://breaksout.new-wine.org/programme/

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. You can pick up a leaflet (or two) from St John’s church and post through your neighbours/friends door…or you could even put up a poster in your window, also available from church.

ARE YOU 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

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY: Ride & Stride Saturday 11th September and Lilleshall Scarecrow Festival Saturday 18th September (See poster at the end of these notices).

 

REGULAR GROUPS/MEETINGS/RESOURCES/INFORMATION

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 JoLefroy 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: west.familywest@btinternet.com or St Michael’s prayer chain coordinator Chris R 07834162343 or 01952 604330 or Email: scip@blueyonder.co.uk 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.

Psalms 59:16 But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.

OFFICE HOURS: Monday 9-12noon, Tuesday 9-12noon and Friday 9-4pm 01952 670033
Email: admin@stjohnsmuxton.org.uk  or admin@stmichaelslilleshall.org.uk
Website: www.stjohnsmuxton.org.uk or http://www.stmichaelslilleshall.org.uk
Matthew’s Email: matthew.lefroy@tiscali.co.uk (Usual day off Friday)
Vikki’s Email: revdayvik@gmail.com (Normal day off Friday)

St Michael’s only – Matthew 5:27-32
27 ‘You have heard that it was said, “You shall not commit adultery.” 28 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.  31 ‘It has been said, “Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce.” *32 *But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, makes her the victim of adultery, and anyone who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

St John’s first Reading is from Matthew 5:27-32
27 ‘You have heard that it was said, “You shall not commit adultery.” 28 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell. 31 ‘It has been said, “Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce.” *32 *But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, makes her the victim of adultery, and anyone who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

Our second Reading is taken from Matthew 19:3-12
3 Some Pharisees came to him to test him. They asked, ‘Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any and every reason?’ 4 ‘Haven’t you read,’ he replied, ‘that at the beginning the Creator “made them male and female,” 5 and said, “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh”? 6 So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.’ 7 ‘Why then,’ they asked, ‘did Moses command that a man give his wife a certificate of divorce and send her away?’ 8 Jesus replied, ‘Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning. 9 I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery.’ 10 The disciples said to him, ‘If this is the situation between a husband and wife, it is better not to marry.’ 11 Jesus replied, ‘Not everyone can accept this word, but only those to whom it has been given. 12 For there are eunuchs who were born that way, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by others – and there are those who choose to live like eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it.