E-Newsletter St Mary's & St Michael's Parish of Shalford & Peasmarsh Week beginning 26th July
Bishop Jo’s sermon this week explores similes for the kingdom of heaven from Matthew 13.31-33,44-52 so that even ‘bears of very little brain’ may understand and imagine better what it’s about, how it works and what is our role.
The Kingdom of God is like.................? ...the honeysuckle trailed on the garden wall brushed past which fills the air with its fragrance? ....the loyal old labrador trained to let his soft ears be tumbled through the fingers of the tentative toddler? How can you complete the sentence in your every day life? An invitation this week to ponder and fill in our own similes, our hopes, our actions, our longings, to finish this sentence in our own words and lives. Complete the sentence in a multitude of different ways through your imaginations this week, as we bring this Sunday's gospel into our weekday daily lives. An invitation to ponder and digest the whats, wheres, hows, partnerships, of the Kingdom of God now... and not yet. Don't miss Bishop Jo's sermon (click above) to feed your thoughts, and don't miss space to chew over this week's gospel words from Matthew 13: 31 ..........
He put before them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.’ He told them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with* three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.’ ‘The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field ‘Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; 46on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it. 47 ‘Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and caught fish of every kind; 48when it was full, they drew it ashore, sat down, and put the good into baskets but threw out the bad. 49So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous 50and throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 51 ‘Have you understood all this?’ They answered, ‘Yes.’ 52And he said to them, ‘Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.’
St Mary's Worship Online & Off - Sundays & Wednesdays
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Please see below other news for this week and beyond. And let us pray with thanks and hope as we live in God's grace this week and beyond:
As Generous God,
you give us gifts and make them grow:
though our faith is small as mustard seed,
make it grow to your glory
and the flourishing of your kingdom;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
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Sunday Worship at St Mary's Sundays 9.30am Weekly: Service of Holy Communion Join via one of 3 ways: In person in St Mary's Church: joining with those on St Mary's Zoom - 9.30am please wear face masks, sadly no singing or coffee
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Weekday Daily Prayers & Contemplative Worship
Online Monday to Fridays: Mondays - Thursdays: 8.30am Prayers to Go: short daily morning prayers to fit into your day
Tuesdays & Thursdays: 9pm Contemplative Compline or Night Prayer
Fridays: 8.30am A Morning Prayer service with longer reflection
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St Mary's Little Library
Sally is hoping to open a St Mary's 'branch' of her successful outdoor, free to take & donate, book library (first branch is in Somersbury Way). If you have a wooden cupboard, or you're a carpenter/crafty wood worker, and able to donate/make a cupboard such as this to stand somewhere in St Mary's churchyard for all passers by, please get in touch with Sally Schupke
News Update: St Mary's Churchyard Wall Repair
Works will begin on c. 3rd August and likely to continue for up to 16 weeks, with road lane closure for a short time within this. Please be sure not to interrupt the stonemasons as they work, or get too close to the works any other time for health and safety reasons. The works are being paid for and managed through Shalford Parish Council, but if you have any questions or concerns along the way do contact Sally, Churchwarden, or Rev Sarah, and they'll pass messages on to SPC.
Two great venues - open for all. Please spread the word far and wide that both St Mary's Church Shalford and St Michael's Village Hall Peasmarsh, are open for bookings again for the coming months
GIVING TO ST MARY'S
Please just click on the big blue button below (or the one on St Mary's website) if you would like to donate an offering to St Mary's church - life, ministry, serving community. The buttons will take you directly to our Shalford Parish church Justgiving site for one-off or regular online donations, where we can also receive gift aid. If you would like to discuss setting up regular giving through direct debit and the Parish Giving Scheme, please contact Ann Thomas. Thank you so much for your support at this difficult time.