Wrington Website All Saints’             Daily Retreat              Contributor:                          Martin O’Connor                                      Tuesday 9th March
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Reflection 3rd Sunday of Lent Salvation
Hymn: He Lives! (I Serve A Risen Saviour) Hymn: He Lives! (I Serve A Risen Saviour)
Benefice Diary
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In our prayers this week
Please pray for: Unwell/Recovering within the Benefice: Helen Ayres, John Bennett, Robin Brooks, Jane Hosegood, Jean Pitt, Valerie Tincknell, Mike Wool, Joseph (14) Outside the Benefice: Harry Banks, Sheila Campbell, Danny Carroll, Sheila Doleman, Phoebe Dowling, Tom Ekin, Tracey Gray, Hannah Montagu, Howard Petherick, Henry Schofield, Janet Richards, Maggie Waker, Ann, Sarah Those who have recently died: Christopher Bradshaw, Barbara Coates, Gregory Lambert, Dennis Sleigh, John Tyler, Fern Urquhart Years’ Mind: Elinor Pollard, Treasure Febrey, Brian Bendall, Sheila Woolgar, David Knox, Vivienne Ford, Nicholas Burnett, Angela Portch, Esmé Collins, Jonathan Perks, Jocelyn Mildon.. for wisdom as schools, businesses, churches and community groups try to work out the implications for them of the Government's four step plan our schools as they prepare for the return of pupils from March 8th our NHS - particularly for those staff exhausted by the demands of the last twelve months for the million refugees from Venezuela finding sanctuary in Colombia those who are working on the rollout of the coronavirus vaccination programme Those who are sick or ill as a result of the coronavirus and those who have been bereaved Bishop Peter as he continues to recuperate away from the Palace
Useful Contacts
David Gent: 01934 862348 or 07773 537626 <david@rectory.org.uk> Andrew Hemming: 07584 124198 <andrewmhemming@btinternet.com> Sue Hoskins: 07771 579543 <sue@rectory.org.uk> The Church Office, currently closed 01934 861294 Please continue to contact Sarah by e-mail: <rector@rectory.org.uk> <https://wrington.net/allsaints/dailyretreat/>
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Well done Francis, in your Sunday sermon you inadvertently helped me to introduce my take on the subject of salvation! In Francis’s story the ‘crusty’ old bishop was asked by the ‘hyped up’ Salvation Army girl, “are you saved?” I have to confess to the same disdain as the old bishop when being asked that question, especially in the period around the 1970’s. I was tempted to react by saying something like, “What business is that of yours and what do you mean anyway, ‘saved’? - on yer bike ya looney! Of course, I didn’t say that as no doubt the question was well meant after all these were the days of Billy Graham and the like. Thanks to Bible Gateway’s word search, I looked up all the bible references to salvation and, a bit like Francis’s three Greek words meaning saved, there are different types of salvation. The first reference is in Exodus 14:13 “ And Moses said to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today; for the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again”. This of course - at the crossing of the Red Sea. So God saved his chosen people from oppression, a kind of ‘national’ salvation. Possibly the most prolific user of the word salvation was David in his Psalms. Over and over he prays for and praises God for his salvation. His very life was often in great danger from enemies, not to mention the troubles he brought on himself; but his faith in God’s salvation never wavered. So his was a kind of ‘personal’ salvation, and God rescued him many times. History has moved on and we now know that we can have ‘eternal’ salvation through the death and resurrection of our Saviour Jesus Christ. Jesus said in John 3;17 “For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world may be saved through him”. I don’t know about you but if I had to make a choice, this ‘eternal’ salvation sounds like the best option (perhaps we can have them all). Am I saved though? I believe I am saved, I believe I was saved and I believe I will be saved – but only God knows that (my favourite expression!). Something to ponder during Lent? Prayer Lord God, I pray that I may see your heavenly kingdom Through Jesus Christ, my Saviour. Amen.
LENT COURSE 2021
Using material from USPG, the Lent course will be an opportunity to explore such ideas. Unable to meet in homes, the course is taking place at 7pm on Wednesday evenings by Zoom - from 24th February. No need to book. The course is open to all! You can find the booklet for this series here: <https://www.uspg.org.uk/engage...>
Tuesday 9th March 9am Benefice Prayers <https://zoom.us/j/99876784983> 11am Bring your own Coffee <https://zoom.us/j/91249429566> 6.30 pm Wrington PCC <https://zoom.us/j/94839340425> All Saints’ is closed all day due to repairs to the Sound System. Wednesday 10th March 9am Morning Prayer <https://zoom.us/j/7521073898> 7pm Lent Course <https://zoom.us/j/7521073898> Thursday 11th March 5.30pm Evening Prayer <https://zoom.us/j/7521073898> Worship in our churches is currently suspended throughout the Benefice. We are keeping the situation constantly under review, but please do join with these on-line alternatives.
Please note
All Saints closed all day Wednesday This is to allow the re-installation of the sound system
This is to allow the re-installation of the sound system
Wrington Website All Saints’             Daily Retreat              Contributor:                          ANDREW HEMMING                               Monday 8th March
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Reflection 3rd Sunday of Lent Salvation
Hymn: Blessed Assurance. Jesus is mine Hymn: Blessed Assurance. Jesus is mine
Benefice Diary
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In our prayers this week
Please pray for: Unwell/Recovering within the Benefice: Helen Ayres, John Bennett, Robin Brooks, Jane Hosegood, Jean Pitt, Valerie Tincknell, Mike Wool, Joseph (14) Outside the Benefice: Harry Banks, Sheila Campbell, Danny Carroll, Sheila Doleman, Phoebe Dowling, Tom Ekin, Tracey Gray, Hannah Montagu, Howard Petherick, Henry Schofield, Janet Richards, Maggie Waker, Ann, Sarah Those who have recently died: Christopher Bradshaw, Barbara Coates, Gregory Lambert, Dennis Sleigh, John Tyler, Fern Urquhart Years’ Mind: Elinor Pollard, Treasure Febrey, Brian Bendall, Sheila Woolgar, David Knox, Vivienne Ford, Nicholas Burnett, Angela Portch, Esmé Collins, Jonathan Perks, Jocelyn Mildon.. for wisdom as schools, businesses, churches and community groups try to work out the implications for them of the Government's four step plan our schools as they prepare for the return of pupils from March 8th our NHS - particularly for those staff exhausted by the demands of the last twelve months for the million refugees from Venezuela finding sanctuary in Colombia those who are working on the rollout of the coronavirus vaccination programme Those who are sick or ill as a result of the coronavirus and those who have been bereaved Bishop Peter as he continues to recuperate away from the Palace
Useful Contacts
David Gent: 01934 862348 or 07773 537626 <david@rectory.org.uk> Andrew Hemming: 07584 124198 <andrewmhemming@btinternet.com> Sue Hoskins: 07771 579543 <sue@rectory.org.uk> The Church Office, currently closed 01934 861294 Please continue to contact Sarah by e-mail: <rector@rectory.org.uk> <https://wrington.net/allsaints/dailyretreat/>
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Salvation is probably the most important, fundamental, principle of the Christ’s Gospel. The Evangelists, Mark and Luke, hold it up for all to behold: ‘Jesus himself sent out through them, from east to west, the sacred and imperishable proclamation of eternal salvation.’ (Mark 16 shorter ending) ‘And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, to give knowledge of salvation to his people by the forgiveness of their sins.’ (Luke 1:76-77) Problem is that it is difficult to share that ‘proclamation of salvation’ with others, as Jesus charged us, if we are not entirely sure what it is like. When I was training, and in a one-to-one tutorial, I was trying to explain to my tutor what I thought was the purpose of my ministry. Struggling, I blurted out ‘I want people to come to salvation! To be saved!’ My tutor, who had me exactly where he wanted me, then asked ‘Saved from what, exactly?’ Down such a path lies the trap of judging the lives of other people and assuming that they will agree that your life is better than theirs. This is all to do with living in a consumer society, where you give, or give up, things in order to gain something better. You hand over money to gain a better car, or you give up chocolate to become slimmer and healthier. In our evangelistic fervour we can imagine that the Gospel of Salvation works on the same principle; give up your sinful life and you will have Salvation and be happy. However, the life that many non-Christians see Christians living is a life of discipline and deprivation; having to go to Church, not enjoying a life of excess. Where’s the attraction? We need to start again. Do we appreciate that we live a life of salvation, even though at least once a week we ask God to forgive the sinful lives we have again been living? Are we not still marked with guilt and fear? The fact is that we are living a life of Salvation, by the very fact that we know we can repent of our sin, ask God for forgiveness and be forgiven. This gives us an immutable sense of having been saved. This I find reflected in one of my favourite Bible quotes: Isaiah 43:1b ‘Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine’. If we, Christians; no better than any other individual on earth; can live a life that reflects this knowledge, we would never have to strain to encourage anyone to ‘come to Christ’. People would be queuing at the door; kicking the door down to be able to share in that knowledge. Please do not think I am telling you what to do, that would be judgemental on my behalf. I am simply using the opportunity of writing this article to reflect on my own sense of Salvation. To remind myself, just how blessed we are. Prayer Lord, thank you for the joy You have brought to my life. May I not be embarrassed or shy in my sharing of it with all. Grant us the confidence to fling wide the doors of Your Church welcoming all to share in the feast of Your love. Amen.
LENT COURSE 2021
Using material from USPG, the Lent course will be an opportunity to explore such ideas. Unable to meet in homes, the course is taking place at 7pm on Wednesday evenings by Zoom - from 24th February. No need to book. The course is open to all! You can find the booklet for this series here: <https://www.uspg.org.uk/engage...>
Tuesday 9th March 9am Benefice Prayers <https://zoom.us/j/99876784983> 11am Bring your own Coffee <https://zoom.us/j/91249429566> 6.30 pm Wrington PCC <https://zoom.us/j/94839340425> All Saints’ is closed all day due to repairs to the Sound System. Wednesday 10th March 9am Morning Prayer <https://zoom.us/j/7521073898> 7pm Lent Course <https://zoom.us/j/7521073898> Thursday 11th March 5.30pm Evening Prayer <https://zoom.us/j/7521073898> Worship in our churches is currently suspended throughout the Benefice. We are keeping the situation constantly under review, but please do join with these on-line alternatives.