LAST SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY - TWO COMMANDMENTS OR ONE?
The Pharisees have already had their fingers burnt by asking Jesus about paying taxes (our lectionary reading last week). Undeterred, in today's reading, the Pharisees have another go. They ask which commandment is the greatest. Jesus replies not with one commandment, but with two. He is not the first to link these two commandments: to love God and to love our neighbour are commands we find at the heart of most major religions, known as 'The Golden Rule'. But when we look at the way Jesus lived his life and the other teachings he gave on love, it becomes clear he is not only linking the two, but effectively saying they are so inextricably linked, they are pretty much the same commandment. In the teaching we find in the parable of the Sheep and the Goats, Jesus says that when we give a cup of water to a stranger, or visit someone in prison, then we show that love to Jesus. It is not simply that Jesus is saying treat one another well, and God shall be pleased. It goes much deeper than that. He is saying when you show love to a stranger - or indeed a neighbour - you have shown love to me. All humankind is made in the image of God, and something of the divine love is present in all human beings. Imagine how we might treat Jesus if he suddenly walked into our congregation today. And then imagine how our world would be, if we treated each and every person in the same way. That is the call we have, difficult as it sometimes is: to look at one another, and see in the face of the stranger - and the face of our neighbour - the face of Christ. The two commandments to love God and others, turn out to be one and the same.
HOLY TRINITY, MINCHINHAMPTON
8.00 a.m. Said Eucharist
10.00 a.m. Sung Parish Eucharist except First Sunday - All Age Service.
5.30 p.m. First & Third Sunday: Evensong (BCP).
Second, Fourth & Fifth Sunday: Said Evening Prayer
8.00 a.m. Tuesday, Thursday to Saturday - Eucharist
11.00 a.m. Wednesday - Eucharist (BCP)
4.30 p.m. Friday - Said Evening Prayer in the Lady Chapel
5.30 p.m. Monday - Thursday - Said Evening Prayer in the Lady Chapel
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9.00 a.m. Eucharist with hymns.
8.00 a.m. Wednesday – Holy Communion
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10.00am - 12 noon
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Refreshments will be served during and after the service
Takes place every week from 2:30 until 4:00pm in the Porch Room or if really nice weather outside the church as in the picture.
Church members attend as well as non-church goers and a warm welcome and good cake awaits you. The Wednesday walkers often join us as they finish ready for a sit down and a cuppa. It is a good social gathering of friends and all are welcome to come and chat and meet new people.
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