THE KINGDOM OF GOD
Sometimes the sayings of Jesus seem so demanding. His words today challenge us deeply: did he really mean someone could not go and say goodbye to his family before becoming his disciple, and did he really mean someone could not go and bury his father before following Jesus? I suspect rather more is going on here. Many are the accounts where Jesus knows what people are really thinking, and he surprises them by voicing their thoughts or mistrust and speaking God's word into their lives. Here, it seems to me, that Jesus knows he is dealing with excuses being used to get out of a commitment to God. He knows that the intention is simply to look well-meaning, but then to go home and to go back to living exactly as they had. Most of us are capable of coming up with excuses when the going gets tough. Normally I have learnt to read the warning signs. If I replay a decision in my mind, rehearsing the excuses and reasons I gave, trying to justify whatever action I took or avoided, then I usually know I'm in trouble! At the very least, I have learnt I need to ask myself honestly is there something I need to put right. Jesus is clear about the cost of following him, but is concerned with the motives of our heart. As we allow God into those, we will find we are drawn deeper into an ability to follow him in our lives.
On Sunday 26 June and following her ordination at Gloucester Cathedral on 19 June we welcomed The Reverend Deborah Curram as our new Curate. Deborah is already known to many of us as she was previously a Reader at Amberley Church and we look forward to a very happy relationship over the coming years.
Services at Parish Church of The 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
For additional services please use the Calendar.
Services at St Barnabas, Box
9.00 a.m. Eucharist with hymns.
8.00 a.m. Wednesday – Eucharist
For additional services please use the Calendar.
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
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have issued a statement following the result of the EU Referendum which readers can find at: http://bit.ly/28Xbhh8
Bishop Rachel has also commented as follows:
As I presided at the Eucharist last Sunday and divided the bread, I was acutely aware of holding two pieces in my hand as I spoke the words "We break this bread to share in the Body of Christ." Those who were present boldly proclaimed: "Though we are many we are one body because we all share in one bread."
That image is strong in my mind today as I hear the news of the outcome of the EU referendum. I am actually many miles away in Tanzania experiencing yet more of what it means to be part of the Body of Christ. I am here celebrating the Golden Jubilee of the Diocese of Western Tanganyika and today 30 bishops from all over Tanzania and Burundi have each been opening a new church somewhere in this diocese. The UK feels a long way away and yet I am aware that today people will be experiencing many different thoughts and emotions. There will be those who are rejoicing and even experiencing a sense of excitement; others will be devastated and even fearful; and no doubt some are just feeling bewildered.
Today in a church in Tanzania I have experienced much dancing and singing by people who are financially poor but rich in hope; and my prayer in these days following the EU referendum is that followers of Christ will be bearers of hope in the communities where we live and work. May we remember the breaking of bread which is a brokenness of self-giving and healing, not a brokenness of disunity and conflict.
As followers of Christ with many differences, might we be intentional about finding ways to bear witness to what it means to share in one bread. As we are 'sent out' among the people and places of our week, may God break any hardness of heart or arrogance of mind. May we be people of hope who share ourselves in ways which heal division and unite people in their common humanity:
May we who share Christ's body live his risen life,
We who drink his cup bring life to others
We whom the Spirt lights give light to the world
Keep us firm in the hope you have set before us....
SATURDAY 2 JULY at 9.30am
Held for the benefice at the Amberley Parish Rooms.
9.30am for coffee with first session starting at 10am. Lunch will be provided - please sign up for lunch on the sheets in church so we know how many to cater for. Day will end at 3pm. We hope many of you will be able to come for the whole day, but if you can only drop in, please do so.