INVITATION FROM JESUS
In Matthew's Gospel, we are told not to store up treasures on earth because (6.21) 'where your treasure is, there your heart shall be also.' In other words, we can become focused on earthly goods, and distracted from heavenly treasures. If we up-turn this phrase, it helps us work out where our treasure is - i.e. where we put our money tells us what it is we really value. In the encounter in Mark's Gospel, the young man learns a serious lesson. He believes he has given his heart to God, and is doing all the right things. Jesus' response to him, is that he loves him. That's why the next invite is issued: Sell everything, then come and follow me.' This is not a verse which says none of us should have possessions, or that wealth is wrong. It does challenge us as to what we should do with that - the scriptures clearly teach we must be generous with others as God is generous with us. That should be reflected in our giving - to the church, to charities, to good causes. Where we put our money will indeed tell us where our heart lies, and I believe we are to give in a way that costs us. The invitation to this young man is, however, a very specific one. He is invited to be a disciple of Jesus, as the 12 were. With sadness, he is unable to respond - his possessions after all, are where his heart is located, rather than total dedication to God. The young man's salvation is not in question, but I am sure there would have been many times when he looked back on his decision that day, and wondered about all that had been offered to him, and all he had missed. Let us ensure we do not miss God's invitation to us, whatever that is, however that comes.
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 - Common Worship
8.00 a.m. Tuesday, Thursday to Saturday: - Said 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 and Saturday:- Said Evening Prayer in the Lady Chapel
ST. BARNABAS, BOX
9.00 a.m. Eucharist with hymns.
8.00 a.m. Wednesday – Eucharist
For additional services please use the Calendar.
In the weeks leading up to Advent, the group will be meeting on Tuesday mornings at Cotswold, Amberley (GL5 5AB) from 9 – 10 a.m.
October 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th
November 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th
We will be reflecting on the Gospel reading for the following Sunday, and be led in sharing how these words are spoken into our lives today. It can be a time of surprise, excitement and encouragement. So do come and try out this way of studying the Bible – just for one morning or up to all eight sessions.
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.
We are looking to grow our choirs! Please consider joining at the level of commitment / frequency you feel able to offer. The choirs (adult & junior) sing a wide range of music not only for regular church services but also for weddings, funerals, carols in church, special events and even a recent film! Junior singers are trained according to the RSCM's Voice for life scheme – recently a chorister was accepted by Gloucester Cathedral choir. Choral scholarships available for over 16-year-olds still in full-time education. Adults singers commit only to what they are able to do. Details on the church website and on the Choirminch Facebook page. If you think you might enjoy singing, contact Julian Elloway for an informal chat