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where 'we accept and share the generosity of God's Love'
 
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SECOND SUNDAY BEFORE ADVENT - A PARABLE OF TWO KINGDOMS?

The joy and the difficulty of parables is that as stories they can be interpreted in different ways. In Matthew, the parable he presents in today's Gospel seems to have a different emphasis and interpretation from the version of it found in Luke chapter 19. For Luke, it may well be a political comment about a historical situation: about a son of Herod, Archelaus, who in 4BC went to Rome to try and claim his father's throne, to which there was fierce Jewish resistance which was crushed on his return. It then becomes a story about unfair treatment and the kingdoms of this world ruling with oppressive power. A warning that being faithful to God may sometimes mean our refusing to go along with injustice, which in turn may cost us the laying down of our lives rather than compromise our values. But if we stick with Matthew's treatment of it, we get something else again. Matthew has placed this parable in a series of parables about the coming of the Son of Man, and so the man who goes away and then returns is interpreted as being Christ. The talents he gives to his servants become the gifts and resources given to the church, and it becomes a story about our using these things wisely for Christ's sake: being ready for Christ's return and the coming of God's kingdom in full. Perhaps we should not be dismayed the parable seems to mean different things to two Gospel writers. Rather, we should recognise the truth of both: the corrupt use of power in earthly kingdoms is pitted against the justice which comes with the kingdom of God. We know which is the kingdom to which we are called to belong.

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Services

HOLY TRINITY, MINCHINHAMPTON

SUNDAY

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

WEEKDAYS
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

ST. BARNABAS, BOX

SUNDAY
9.00 a.m. Eucharist with hymns.

WEEKDAYS
8.00 a.m. Wednesday – Holy Communion

For additional services please use the Calendar.

messychurch
Our next Messy Church event
Wednesday 17 December 2014 - Christingle
We start at 3.30pm and at 5.30pm we share a meal together.
 
What to expect:
A warm welcome – Refreshments – Craft activities – Celebration worship
A story – Songs – Prayer
 
Messy church is something different.
It's about people who want to do church differently and want to
share it with others.
 
Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Wednesday Cuppa

Wednesday Cuppa
 
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.
MusicatMinch MUSIC@MINCH
  
The Cappella Singers
 Music for Saint Cecilia
Sat 22 November 2014 from 7:00pm.
 
For details click here

Parish Magazine Articles

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A selection of articles, including Greenfingers is chosen each month and can be viewed by clicking here.

Letters and Notes from Ministry Team

Each month our rector writes a letter to the Parish and this is published on this website and in the Parish Magazine. In addition Notes are produced in which you will find information on events and happenings that have taken place or are to take place in the near future. To view these publications Click Here
 

Sermons

The sermon delivered at the Sung Eucharist Service held on Sundays at 10.00am is usually recorded and an MP3 version posted to this website. Normally the recordings are available for up to three months before being removed and if you wish to listen to any of them please go to our Sermons page.
 

Daily Prayer

The Church has a tradition of daily prayer which embraces the three key elements of praise, intercession and engagement with scripture.

This page links to the C of E Daily Prayer website allowing us all to join in this daily pattern of prayer. When using the Offices individually read both the priest's and people's part.

The Offices are from the Book of Common Worship for today GMT.