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where 'we accept and share the generosity of God's Love'
 
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TRINITY 18 - POLITICS AND RELIGION

Archbishop Desmond Tutu once said, 'Whoever said religion and politics do not mix, has not read my Bible.' He's right. Faith that is a personal affair, that doesn't have any bearing on society, has misunderstood Christianity. If faith has nothing to contribute to ethics and values, if our faith does not speak out against injustice or defend the oppressed, it is not much use. In today's Gospel, Jesus the politician replies to a question about taxes designed to entrap him. It reads like a modern day Jeremy Paxman on Newsnight (when he was there!) asking difficult questions of politicians during election time. Except in this scenario, Jesus comes off well, and the pharisees are made to seem foolish. They think Jesus will not agree taxes should be paid to the Roman Empire - and if he denies the Emperor, it is treason. His answer keeps within the law, yet recognises God's supremacy. The pharisees daren't ask the obvious: 'What belongs to God?' because it will be too challenging for their self-centred lives. Taxes then were very different from today, of course. Today, we all benefit; then, it was extracted from those who rarely saw benefit themselves. Jesus' answer is in fact a subversive comment on the corrupt regime: for of course, as a coin bears the image of the Emperor, so we ourselves bear the image of God, and therefore belong to him. God's Kingdom is greater than all Empires, and the rightful demands of God on our hearts and lives, greatest of all.

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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.

 Prayer Vigil  

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Saturday
15 November
10.00am - 12 noon
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'International Prayers for Peace'

Holy Trinity,
Minchinhampton

Please put your prayers in the box at the back of the Church.
All prayers are welcome.
Come for as little or as long as you like.

Refreshments will be served during and after the service

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 Cotswold Flute and Harp Duo
 
Sun 26 October 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.