LEARNING TO PRAY
The disciples have heard the disciples of John the Baptist have received teaching from John about how to pray. They ask Jesus for help with this also. Isn't this one of the oldest cries we know: how can we pray? Help us! I do not believe there is anyone who doesn't wrestle with prayer. Setting the time aside is one thing - the motivation to do so and the knowing what to do with that time if we do manage it, constantly challenge us. For myself, I find the rhythm of daily prayer helpful, and I also need contemplative silence. Each of us, in our different ways, needs to find out how we relate to God and what kind of prayer may work for us. And that may change at different seasons of our life. I am convinced that we need to widen our definition of what prayer is however. Sometimes we might wish to definite it as simply spending time delighting in the presence of God. We may find it is on a walk through the beautiful countryside, or doing something we love like gardening, cooking, studying, where we feel God's presence with us and can draw close to him. At other times, we may need something more specific - formal words, or our own stumbling ones, or the lighting of a candle - and that may be all we have to offer. What the Lord's Prayer offers out to us is a prayer that in a few words, scoops up many kinds of prayer: worship and praise to God; prayers for ourselves and our needs, prayers for others (that collective word 'us' that is used - we're all in it together!), the need to know we are forgiven and the desire to extend forgiveness to others. And finally, a declaration of faith that God's kingdom is what will endure for ever. Not a bad starting point!
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.
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....
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