September 2013 Two weeks ago I got the opportunity to hear Justin Welby, our new Archbishop speak at the New Wine conference at the Bath and West Showground. To be honest I didn’t know he was going to be there. But when I found out he was on I thought to myself that I better go and listen to the new boss and see what he has got to say for himself. I am so glad I did. I came away from the two talks, inspired and really pleased to call myself an Anglican! You can listen to his main talk on at www.archbishopofcanterbury.org or have a word with me as I have a cd. During the talk he reflected on the challenges that the church in the west is facing, but he wasn’t downhearted. Instead he reflected on how, in the course of the history of the church, when all seemed lost, time and time again God visited his people with a renewed power, and renewed vision. Always led by a renewal in prayer and renewal of religious/faith communities. He told us what his three priorities for the church are. Renewal of prayer, to be a place of reconciliation (He said ‘We are to love our enemies, love our neighbour and love one another - if anyone can spot any cracks let me know!) and to reach out with God’s love and make new disciples. He talked about how, in our pursuit of knowing Jesus, the consequences of living transformed lives will see the communities that we are called too transformed as well. Finally he called for a new revolution “What it looks like I don’t know, but I want to be in it. What it feels like is Jesus centered, fire filled, peace proclaiming, disciple creating.”
As I continued my holiday I spent quite a bit of time reflecting and praying what this may mean to us at the Good Shepherd. The reflections on the consultations are already helping us to identify areas where we can grow and change. All of which are going to be helpful as we seek to reach out to our community, to demonstrate God’s love. Where I felt most challenged was over the issue of prayer, in my own life and corporately as a church. I’ve resolved to make some personal changes in my routine to make sure that I have space to listen to God more. I would also encourage you to join in with me in the monthly prayer meetings First Call. From September 1st these will be held at the church, 8pm on the first Sunday of each month and will follow a similar format to the summer housegroups, some worship, a short reflection and some prayer. I feel excited about the vision that the Archbishop has set before us, so I want in - I hope you do too! Dave
PARISH DIRECTORY Vicar Rev. David Maher Honorary Assistant Curate Rev. John Polkinghorne Assistant Priest Rev. Harry Rose Licensed Lay Minister Linda Dean Licensed Lay Minister Martha Clark Authorised Lay Minister (Admin & Music) Ruth Banger Authorised Lay Minister (Pastoral Care) Lilas Davison Authorised Lay Minister (Social Awareness) Liz Collinson Churchwarden Terry Barringer Churchwarden Rhodri James PCC Chairman Rev. David Maher PCC Vice Chairman Rhodri James PCC Secretary Ruth Banger PCC Treasurer Ginni Carroll PCC Electoral Roll Officer Lilas Davison Administrator Ruth Banger Convenor PCC Buildings and Grounds Team David Wilson Convenor PCC Children and Families Team Hazel Maher Convenor PCC Discipleship and Teaching Team David Maher Convenor PCC Pastoral Team Linda Dean Convenor PCC Social Awareness Team Liz Collinson Convenor PCC Worship and Music Team Ruth Banger Altar Linen Finsetta Cummings Assistant Treasurer Bill Elsey Assistant Treasurer Jim Bass Chalice Bearers Bill Elsey Child Protection Co-ordinator Ruth Banger Children's Society Ruby Leyshon Children's Work John & Alison Phillips Church Cleaners Ruth Banger Church Hall Bookings Ruby Leyshon Coffee Makers Gill Ambrose Coffee & Rolls Fiona Blows Music Co-Ordinator Ruth Banger Friends of Etterbeek John & Elizabeth Lamont Fund Raising Events Co-ordinators Eva Hutson Fund Raising Events Co-ordinators Ruby Leyshon Fund Raising Events Co-ordinators Evelyn Walker Good Shepherd Players Liz Collinson Good Shepherd Players Ruth Banger Intercessors John Lamont Jimmy's Night Shelter Ann Callear Lesson Readers Lilas Davison Monday Club Eva Hutson Good Shepherd News Editor Ruth Banger North Cambridge Area Deanery Synod John Phillips North Cambridge Area Deanery Synod Ginni Carroll North Cambridge Council of Churches Michael Lovell Pastoral Care Co-ordinator Linda Dean Planned Giving Secretary Lilas Davison Registrar of Planned Giving Envelopes Tom Shipp Rural Development Movement Henry Disney Sacristan Stuart Keir Servers Bill Elsey Sidesmen & Sideswomen Terry Barringer Sidesmen & Sideswomen Rhodri James Sound System David Wilson
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READINGS FOR SEPTEMBER Sundays and holy days 1 FOURTEENTH SUNDAY TRINITY Hebrews 13: 1-8, 15-16 Luke 14: 1, 7-14 8
FIFTEENTH SUNDAY OF TRINITY Philemon 1-21 Luke 14: 25-33 SIXTEENTH SUNDAY OF TRINITY 1 Timothy 1: 12-17 Luke 15: 1-10 SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY OF TRINITY 1 Timothy 2: 1-7 Luke 16: 1-13 HARVEST ALL AGE tbc tbc
Wednesdays 11 Colossians 1: 1-8 Luke 4: 38 - end 11
Colossians 3: 1-11 Luke 6: 20-26
1 Timothy 3: 14 - end Matthew 10: 1-7
Ezra 9: 5-9 Luke 9: 1-6
FIRST CALL Sunday September 1 at 8pm in the Church
REGULAR SERVICES IN SEPTEMBER Sundays
8.30am Holy Communion 10am Parish Communion
9.30am Morning Prayer
9.30am Morning Prayer
9.30am Holy Communion
9.30am Morning Prayer
9.30am Morning Prayer
SPECIAL SERVICES IN SEPTEMBER Sunday September 15 The 10am service is a service of healing and the laying on of hands Sunday September 29 at 10am All Age Parade Service for Harvest
EVENTS IN SEPTEMBER Sunday September 1 at 12 noon Sunday Lunch Club meets in the Church Hall.
Prayer Shawl Update On July 14th, the great day arrived for the blessing of the prayer shawls! 19 were on show and much admired! Some of the shawls were to go to specific people and others were for distributing to Buchan House and Arthur Rank. We have also kept some in church so that they can be taken to those of our congregation who are ill. All go out with a short message of love and prayers attached. We would love more people to become involved. You can knit a shawl as easy or as difficult as you wish – we have many patterns! Dave has the idea of perhaps knitting some baptism shawls to give to babies who are baptised in our church. We have a small knitting fund to provide wool for those who knit. If you can’t knit, but would like to donate some money to the fund, that would be great! We are hoping to get together in the autumn for a knitting session and also to pray together for those who will receive out shawls. Please pray for all the knitters who are contributing to this important ministry and do join us - we would love to see you! We are planning that our next shawl blessing will be on Sunday November 24. A shawl would be a great Christmas present for someone you loved or a great way to spread God’s love to those who don’t yet know him. You have time if you get knitting now! Liz Collinson
Pictures of Jideâ€™s Ordination
Jonathan and Daniel have both been away from us over the summer, gaining experience in different churches and communities. While they have been away, we had the pleasure in July of welcoming Ben Topham and now we welcome Reid Humble – all part of the rich pattern of church life. It’s good to get glimpses of church life outside The Good Shepherd, so Jonathan and Dan were asked to update you on what they have been doing.
Remind us what you were doing …? We spent 5 weeks in an Episcopal (Anglican) parish in Charlotte, North Carolina, as part of my ordination training. It’s the time when we get to shadow a vicar full-time, and see what s/he gets up to the rest of the week :) So I joined in with all the behind-the-scenes activities that make a church community tick, like finance, pastoral visits, website updates, monthly magazine, music planning, working on small group material, visioning day with the PCC (confusingly known as the ‘Vestry’), and sorting out the aftermath of a flooded building. Plus some of the more obvious things, like planning and leading services, going to Bible studies, praying and preaching. It wasn’t all work, though: we did manage two breaks away, visiting Atlanta to see relatives, and also Virginia visiting old friends of ours. And Martha quickly made friends amongst the ladies in the congregation, persuading them to take her out to sample the best of the natural and historical sites around Charlotte. And a few patisseries too. She also continued to improve her jewellery-making skills, and bought new supplies at the cheaper American prices.
What did you like the most? It has to be the friendliness and welcome of the people. It certainly helps to look like them, and to have an English accent, though. One man we met proposed to Martha after hearing her say “Can I pay for gas at pump 7, please” just twice! Apart from that particular incident, there’s a greater politeness and slower pace, that’s still noticeable in the South. And the roads: they’re much wider and easier to drive on than most ones here.
And the least? The unhealthiness of much of the food available in restaurants, particularly the “fast food” joints, with lots of added sugar, fats and salt. I know we have the same here, but it felt more obvious there. They eat out much more than we do, so it’s little wonder they have an obesity problem. It also felt that they were much less concerned yet about “being green” as we in Europe have become. As the petrol and electricity prices go up, they’re becoming more aware, but (for example) everywhere we went had air conditioning, and set to be much cooler than they needed. And we shuddered to think about the water used and the fertiliser pollution that results from their obsession with having large green lawns around their properties. At least they look neat, with the equivalent of bye-laws making sure they’re mown very frequently.
What did you learn? It felt a very formational time for me. I admit to struggling with the idea of getting ordained – or at least the reaction of others, who can then see you as becoming a more special or holy person. Because the truth is that as Christians, we have all been called by
God; we’re all saints becoming more holy, and we’re all loved equally. No-one is “more special” to God. We’re all called to help support the body of Christ with our different gifts and talents, and it’s almost incidental that some are called to ordination to support and serve in a particular way. So, having the opportunity to ask the Rector Sarah, “How do you come at this situation [for example the flooded room] as a priest differently from being a community leader?” and discussing the overlaps and distinctions between being ordained and being a church leader, was very helpful. Both to her and to me, as she rarely gets this chance to reflect on her calling and work in this way. I also had some great conversations with others in that Diocese who are working on making the Episcopal Church more fit for the coming challenges. Some of these are similar to the church in the UK (falling attendance and finances), but others are different (including how clergy are paid makes them feel less able to speak out on important issues than here). And different signs of life as well: people coming back to the more catholic and liturgical Episcopal church, having been turned off the huge independent churches by their seeming unwillingness to let people think for themselves and ask genuine questions. We didn’t get to Texas, but still we learned to say “y’all” when talking to more than one person. I also discovered a Bible version that uses you only when a single person is being addressed, and y’all otherwise*. English is apparently quite rare amongst languages by not being able to distinguish between singular and plural when talking to people. And it sometimes makes a real difference: for example we often read Jeremiah 29:11 as being to individuals, but really it’s to God’s people as a whole: “For I know the plans I have for y’all, declares Yahweh, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give y’all a future and a hope.”
What surprised you? The way that the people in this Episcopal congregation seem to rely on prayers that other people had written, rather than making up their own. There are plenty of good prayers in their version of the Book of Common Prayer (revised in 1979 from our one of 1662, so its significantly easier to follow), so it makes good sense to use ones that have been tried and tested. But that isn’t going to work when you’re out and about, or in a situations the prayer book doesn’t cover. Or you’re praying at home for people you know and their specific situations. However, perhaps the biggest surprise for us ‘home birds’, was just how at home we felt there. To the point that we really didn’t want to come back.
What’s next for you? Our final year in Cambridge (sob) while I finish my Practical Theology degree at Ridley Hall. We’ll be staying part of the family at The Good Shepherd (yay), continuing our journey together to become more committed disciples of Jesus. After that I’ll be getting ordained and then moving back to Gloucestershire to start working as a Curate for an experienced Rector there. But after a few years there, who knows? Perhaps North Carolina will continue to be calling out to us …
Jonathan Clark * The Texas Bible plugin, available for several online versions of the Bible, including my favourite, biblegateway.com.
Where have I been? The eagle eyed among you will have noticed an absence of ordinands at the Good Shepherd lately. This is because as part of our study we have to go on a placement away from our home church. So where have I been? I have been with the Franciscan brothers for the last month. I have spent two weeks at the friary and retreat house at Alnmouth in the north east coast followed by time at Hillfield Friary in Dorset
My main aim while I've been away has been to consider Christian patterns of life, considering how to maintain everyday spiritual living, balancing the things of God with worldly necessity, and to consider Christian community, how groups of people might live together and keep God at their centre among all the demands of the world, and how in both contexts the love of God and the transformative power of the cross might be revealed. During this time I have been fortunate enough to visit the brothersâ€™ new house in the very deprived areas of Newcastle, and made an ecumenical pilgrimage to Lindisfarne. I've swum in the North sea (chilly!) cooked for 120, cleaned, made yoghurt in massive quantities and been fortunate enough to be involved with the spiritual growth and good fun of a group of teenagers on a summer families camp. Sitting here in the sun looking out over the beauty of undeveloped farmland, wildflower meadows and wet woodland which comprise part of the friary Iâ€™ve finally got a few minutes to reflect on what I have been doing. The rhythms of each day have been defined by a disciplined commitment to prayer, to spending time in and seeking Gods presence. The frequent bells have become a welcome signal that it is time to refocus my attention onto the one who is the source of all goodness, and, far from becoming an unwelcome intrusion in my day, they have formed a framework which everything else seems effortlessly to slot into place. How different from the hectic and often frantic life I have experienced in the past, and it is not that there is less to do I can assure you. The Hillfield small holding has and inexhaustible variety of jobs! This regular daily commitment to prayer, to God, to each other and to ourselves is the bedrock of a transformative way of life that values those things that are most important first. The loving accountable, mutually dependent communities I have been with feel like polite extended families. Whilst disagreements do occur, the grace, love and patience that they arise alongside do much to resolve potential issues before they become a problem, and I have yet to witness genuinely cross words. Those visiting with no faith are deeply affected by this loving Christ centred life style. Even the death of one of the community here has, rather than becoming a tragedy, been a cause for celebration of their life, and the life that is to come for all of us in Christ. I cannot bring you all here to experience it for yourself, although I am sure the brothers would be glad to meet new faces, but I hope to return with some of the love and grace and wisdom that I have learned from what have been called "this poor sort". As far as I can see, they are rich in things that cannot be taken from them![quote] Daniel Ingles
Thank You For those who don't know, in February our car decided to pack up and try to kill me at the same time. Having failed to remove me from the equation, I was left with the problem of how to replace my kamikaze car with a more reliable steed! We ordinands are given a reasonable amount to live on but there is not much left at the end of the month, so I knew from the outset that a minor miracle might be required to replace the car with anything other than an old banger which might simply attract more garage bills. Praise God who knows our needs before we do and provides for them! I must say a huge thank you to the anonymous donor or donors at the Church of The Good Shepherd, who, in imitation of Christ and the early apostles, have freely given us from their own resources a substantial amount of money towards the cost of what became clear would need to be a replacement. After several months of careful and prayerful research and scouring of car ads, another timely release of Funds in the form of an unexpected grant (thanks, Lord) and a vehicle which more than satisfied the requirements list, we, still short of the asking price, in faith put down a deposit, and within days God provided the remainder of the money we were short in another unexpected windfall. Other generous discounts, special offers and inclusions took care of the remaining practical issues. Thanks be to God we have a nice new car which has already been able to be put to the Lordâ€™s service, and with which we hope to not only meet our own needs, but to use as a blessing to others. The Generous Spirit of God is alive and well in Arbury. My prayer is that we can all receive what God has for us, and share with others from the supply God provides for us. Daniel Ingles
PAYING IT FORWARD IS GREAT! While I was awkwardly trying to move items from my motorized shopping cart to the conveyor belt, Jared, without me asking, took over and did it for me. He insisted on taking the bags to my truck. "But I have nothing to give you," I said. "I wouldn't take a thing from you. I love helping." "Then who's your manager? I've got to tell someone how amazing you are." He was too shy to tell me. I teased him. "I'll find out anyway." He still wouldn't say. Then I felt too timid and lazy to go back in the store. So I gave myself one of my talks: "Any action, no matter how seemingly small, can change a life." What motivates me to break through my bashfulness and do-nothingness? It's how badly I'll feel if I don't. So I went back in the store. Daron, the assistant store manager, was elated, though not surprised, to hear how wonderful Jared was to me. That day, he gave Jared a reward. I began a quest. One in which I receive as much happiness as my recipients do. Nancy, a pharmacist, is the queen of helpfulness. I said, "Everyone's so caring here. Is there a supervisor I could tell that to?" Shyly she said, "Taking our survey would help if you wouldn't mind." That survey took 2 minutes. What a small thing to do for someone who's so exceptional. My helpers modestly claim that kindheartedness is a part of their jobs. I know it's more than that. Extraordinary kindness is a result of who people are on the inside, not the product of a job description. I also have a crush on a guy named Zack. He works at a pet shop. He'd walk a mile to save me 4 steps. At first I focused on the hassle of calling his manager. Then I thought sarcastically, "Such torture to press 11 numbers on my touchtone handset." I picked up the phone. The manager, Steve, proudly told me that Zack is more than a great worker; he's an outstanding human being who cares deeply about everyone. That day, he surprised Zack with free stuff. Last week Jared texted me. "It was a blessing meeting you." He feels blessed? It's because of Jared that I began this pursuit of helping myself by helping others sparkle even more than they already do. If we look around, we'll find Jareds and Nancys and Zacks everywhere. But they won't be conspicuous. They'll be in the background, busily doing for others by quietly running those extra miles.
The Divine Knitter - Sister Theresa Ann, The pattern selected, the color chosen, the Knitter rejoices in loving anticipation. Jesus, The Knitter sits silently casting on the yarn, touching with reverence its texture, feeling its softness flowing through His fingers. I, the pattern I, the yarn held in loving anticipation.
I am Being knit Into being. Into the Image and Likeness of God. God, Who delights in My unfolding, God, Who finds joy In the shawl I am Becoming. Jesus, The knitter, Loves me, Cherishes me Holds me Close to His heart. For I am the shawl The work of His hands.
(I knitted a prayer shawl for Jide and sent him this poem with the shawl)
The Magic of Art ‘Magic of the Ordinary’ is an art exhibition with a difference. Initiated by White House Arts, it takes place in November and gives everyone the chance to take part to help raise funds for 2 charities with local connections - SOS Children and Rowan. Whatever your level of artistic experience you have the chance to create and exhibit an artwork based on a 12” square canvas. They will all be exhibited anonymously, with the work of acclaimed professional artists appearing alongside novices and all the same price of £45. There is the fun of being creative, wondering who the artist might be and choosing an original artwork at an affordable price. Refreshments will be available throughout the day and cake contributions are also welcome! At the previous exhibition entitled ‘World of Difference’ there was an amazing display of over 300 works including painting, collage, textiles, glass, metal and ceramics with artists ranging in age from 18 months to 92 years! Over £11,500 was raised for the new SOS Children’s village in Chipata, Zambia. This year will enable us to give more support to the project which has now been open for a year, and will also help to raise funds for Rowan, a charity providing creative opportunities for learning disabled adults. For those wishing to contribute an artwork, the entry fee is £10 which includes a 12” canvas. Completed canvases need to be submitted by 4th November. The exhibition will take place at Chesterton Community College, Gilbert Road on 16th and 17th November from 10.30am to 4pm. Make a date in your diary and if you’d like to do a canvas or bake a cake you can get in touch with Mary Pountain on 01223 311055 email: email@example.com or contact White House Arts Tel: 01223 420018 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.whitehousearts.co.uk
CHURCH SERVICE of THE FUTURE PASTOR: "Praise the Lord!" CONGREGATION: "Hallelujah!" PASTOR: "Will everyone please turn on their tablet, PC, iPad, smart phone, and Kindle Bibles to 1 Corinthians 13:13. And please switch on your Bluetooth to download the sermon." P-a-u-s-e...... "Now, let us pray committing this week into God's hands. Open your Apps, BBM, Twitter and Facebook, and chat with God" S-i-l-e-n-c-e "As we take our tithes and offerings, please have your credit and debit cards ready." "Please log on to the church wi-fi using the password 'Lord909887. ' " "Please use your iPad to make your electronic fund transfers directly to the church account. Or if you prefer, the ushers will circulate mobile card swipe machines among the pews. If you forgot to bring an electronic device, you are directed to computers and laptops at the rear of the church. Those who prefer telephone banking, take out your cellphones to transfer your contributions to the church account." The holy atmosphere of the Church becomes truly electrified as ALL the smart phones, iPads, PCs and laptops beep and flicker! Final Blessing and Closing Announcements: "This week's ministry cell meetings will be held on the various Facebook group pages where the usual group chatting takes place. Please log in and don't miss out. Thursday's Bible study will be held live on Skype at 1900hrs GMT. Please don't miss out. You can follow your Pastor on Twitter this weekend for counseling and prayers. God bless you and have a nice day
Firstly, thank you for coming. I want to tell you a few things about my Mum Doreen. She was a lovely lady She was a good wife, a lovely Mother, Auntie, sister and cousin. Everyone who knew my Mum knew she was a strong lady, she always knew what she wanted. And she always got what she wanted! Mum always supported me with my horse-riding. Even flying to Austria -and she hated flying! Because my Mum believed in me, I won dozens of medals. Mum always told me to "put your best foot forward" and so I always will. On Tuesday afternoons she would come to visit and would sit in the garden with a coffee and a fag. She was just like another member of staff, at one of our Christmas parties, the fire alarm went off and Mum kept everyone entertained by singing carols. She always used to say "you've got to have a laugh". That is what Mum would want us to do. (This is what Jeanette said at her Mumâ€™s funeral. The stress of the occasion meant that it was difficult to hear what she said and several people have asked me to print this)
1 JOHN 4: 16 It's strange the way the church adheres To psalms and creeds expressing thoughts No longer in accord with what Our knowledge since obtained supports. Or else with facile phrase of hymns, We sing to modern tunes, reverts To sloppy sentiment to make One wince. The Gospel still converts The hardest hearts as long as lamp Is not concealed beneath a cloak Of atavistic nonsense drawn Against the light. When words evoke Desire for right that world be filled With joy and peace, it's then one knows The lines of verse as poetry's song; And grace consoles our darkest woes As spirit soars aloft redeemed. And as for rest we only need To grasp that 'God is love' and Christ's Return from dead confirmed this creed. Henry Disney
The Childrens' Society home collection boxes The Good Shepherd has a well-deserved reputation for making regular, generous donations to the Childrens' Society by filling home collection boxes with loose change. The boxes are opened twice a year and the last Opening in June brought in a magnificent ÂŁ526-00. As time goes by, we have lost several regular donors and we would like to encourage more members of the congregation to take a home collection box. Maybe use it as a family box, encouraging the children to contribute a few pence to a good cause, for children less fortunate than themselves. In our house, we put in all the 5p pieces, but there's nothing to stop us collecting smaller or larger coins, too!If you feel that you can take a box to collect your change, then please ask me at Church and I'll be happy to provide one. The next opening will be in December, so there's plenty of time to begin filling one up! Ruby Leyshon
A child was asked to write a book report on the entire Bible. -- Author unknown In the beginning, which occurred near the start, there was nothing but God, darkness, and some gas. The Bible says, the Lord thy God is one, but I think He must be a lot older than that. Anyway, God said, 'Give me a light!' and someone did. Then God made the world. He split the Adam and made Eve. Adam and Eve were naked, but they weren't embarrassed because mirrors hadn't been invented yet. Adam and Eve disobeyed God by eating one bad apple, so they were driven from the Garden of Eden. Not sure what they were driven in though, because they didn't have cars. Adam and Eve had a son, Cain, who hated his brother as long as he was Abel. Pretty soon all of the early people died off, except for Methuselah, who lived to be like a million or something. One of the next important people was Noah, who was a good guy, but one of his kids was kind of a Ham. Noah built a large boat and put his family and some animals on it. He asked some other people to join him, but they said they would have to take a rain check. After Noah came Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Jacob was more famous than his brother, Esau, because Esau sold Jacob his birthmark in exchange for some pot roast. Jacob had a son named Joseph who wore a really loud sports coat. Another important Bible guy is Moses, whose real name was Charlton Heston. Moses led the Israel Lights out of Egypt and away from the evil Pharaoh after God sent ten plagues on Pharaoh's people. These plagues included frogs, mice, lice, bowels, and no cable. God fed the Israel Lights every day with manicotti. Then he gave them His Top Ten Commandments. These include: don't lie, cheat, smoke, dance, or covet your neighbor's stuff. Oh, yeah, I just thought of one more: Humor thy father and thy mother. One of Moses' best helpers was Joshua who was the first Bible guy to use spies. Joshua fought the battle of Geritol and the fence fell over on the town. After Joshua came David. He got to be king by killing a giant with a slingshot. He had a son named Solomon who had about 300 wives and 500 porcupines. My teacher says he was wise, but that doesn't sound very wise to me. After Solomon there were a bunch of major league prophets. One of these was Jonah, who was swallowed by a big whale and then barfed up on the shore. There were also some minor league prophets, but I guess we don't have to worry about them.
After the Old Testament came the New Testament. Jesus is the star of The New. He was born in Bethlehem in a barn. (I wish I had been born in a barn too, because my mom is always saying to me, 'Close the door! Were you born in a barn?' It would be nice to say, 'As a matter of fact, I was.') During His life, Jesus had many arguments with sinners like the Pharisees and the Democrats. Jesus also had twelve opossums. The worst one was Judas Asparagus. Judas was so evil that they named a terrible vegetable after him. Jesus was a great man. He healed many leopards and even preached to some Germans on the Mount. But the Democrats and all those guys put Jesus on trial before Pontius the Pilot. Pilot didn't stick up for Jesus. He just washed his hands instead. Anyways, Jesus died for our sins, then came back to life again. He went up to Heaven but will be back at the end of the Aluminum. His return is foretold in the book of Revolution.
In memory of William Pickering who died Dec 24th 1845 aged 30 years also Richard Edger who died Dec 24th 1845 aged 24 years The spiritual railway The line to heaven by Christ was made with heavenly truth the rails are laid, from earth to heaven the line extends to life eternal where it ends. Repentance is the station then where passengers are taken in, no fee for them is there to pay for Jesus is himself the way. God’s word is the first engineer, it points the way to heaven so dear. Through tunnels dark and dreary here it does the way to glory steer. God’s love the fire, his truth the steam, which drives the engine and the train, all you who would to glory ride must come to Christ, in him abide in first and second and third class, repentance, faith and holiness. You must the way to glory gain or you with Christ will not remain. Come then, poor sinners, now’s the time to any station on the line. If you’ll repent and turn from sin the train will stop and take you in.
This is to be found on a memorial tablet in the porch at Ely Cathedral and commemorates two young railway workers who were killed on Christmas Eve 1845. It was sent by Kathleen Skin
Shoebox Sunday November 17th As I sat down to write this note, it seemed that November was a whole world away from these glorious Summer days, but it will be here soon enough, I suppose. During the next few weeks, I'll be leaving some empty shoe boxes at the back of the Church. Each box will have a Good Samaritans leaflet, explaining what happens to the boxes and what to pack in them. Please take one and fill it as it will help to bring the spirit of Christmas to deprived children all over the world. Ruby Leyshon
PRAISE CHORUSES vs HYMNS: Two Stories Story #1: An old farmer went to the city and attended a big city church. He came home and his wife asked him how it was. "Well," said the farmer, "it was good. They did something different, however. They sang praise choruses instead of hymns." "Praise choruses?" said his wife, "What are those?" "Oh, they're okay. They're sort of like hymns, only different." "Well, what's the difference?" asked the wife. The farmer said, "Well, it's like this. If I were to say to you, 'Martha, the cows are in the corn.' Well, that would be a hymn. If on the other hand, I was to say to you, 'Martha, Martha, Martha, Oh Martha, MARTHA, MARTHA, the cows, the big cows, the brown cows, the white cows, the black and white cows, the COWS, COWS, COWS, are in the corn, are in the corn, are in the corn.' Well that would be a praise chorus." Story #2: A young, new Christian went to his hometown one weekend and attended the small church there. He came home and his wife asked him how it was. "Well," said the young man, "It was good. They did something different, however. They sang hymns instead of regular chorus songs." "Hymns," said his wife, "what are those?" "Oh, they're okay. They're sort of like regular songs, only different." "Well, what's the difference?" asked his wife.
The young man said, "Well, it's like this. If I were to say to you, 'Martha, the cows are in the corn.' Well, that would be a regular song. If, on the other hand, I were to say to you: O Martha, dear Martha, hear thou my cry Inclinest thine ear to the words of my mouth. Turn thou thy whole wondrous ear by and by, To the righteous, inimitable, glorious truth. For the way of the animals who can explain There in their heads is no shadow of sense, Hearkenest they in God's sun or his rain Unless from the mild, tempting corn they are fenced. Yea, those cows in glad bovine, rebellious delight, Have broke free their shackles, their warm pens eschewed. Then goaded by minions of dark and night They all my mild Chilliwack sweet corn hath chewed. So look to that bright shining day by and by, Where all foul corruptions of earth are reborn. Where no vicious animal makes my soul cry And I no longer see those foul cows in the corn. Amen.'" He continued, "Then, if I were to do only verses one, three, and four, and do a key change on the last verse, well, that would be a hymn."
Welcome to Reid I am currently an ordinand at Westcott House from the Diocese of Sheffield, but that does not come close to giving you a sense of me. I was born in Lubbock, Texas but shortly moved to Austin, Texas where I lived until leaving for University. I went to University in Oklahoma to study Biblical Studies and Theology. Although I was not raised an Anglican I found a home at the Episcopal Cathedral in Oklahoma City and was confirmed during my time there. I also met my wife, Charlotte, at University through mutual friends and a common curiosity of the liturgical life of the Episcopal Church. Charlotte is from Southampton, but found her way to Oklahoma on a Basketball scholarship from the University. After finishing our Undergraduate degrees I chased Charlotte back to the UK to do her Master’s Degree at the University of Sheffield. After that we were married and continued to live in Sheffield for me to complete my Master’s in Biblical Studies Research. After completing the MA, I worked at Santander while going through the process of discerning my calling to the priesthood. We moved to Cambridge in July 2012 for me to begin training and I am about to begin my second of four years at Westcott House. After completing the Certificate in Theology for Ministry last year, I am beginning my PhD in Biblical Studies this coming year. Fortunately, Charlotte has fallen on her feet in a good job at the county council. In my spare time I simply like to hang out with Charlotte, which usually involves some combination of food and wine. I am also a little obsessed with cycling, both riding and watching it. When I don’t have time to cycle, I try to convince myself that I also enjoy running just as much, but that just isn’t true. Charlotte and I enjoy travelling together. Sadly it is not something that we are able to do much of outside of visiting my family in Texas. Reid Humble
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THE MONDAY CLUB Monday 2.30 - 4pm
Mrs B Wright
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ROYAL BRITISH LEGION Mr. Gawthrop 3rd Wednesday of the month 2.30 - 4.30pm March to November
TGWU 4th Wednesday of the month 2 – 4pm
THE GOOD SHEPHERD SCOUTS Thursday 7.30 – 9.00pm
CHURCH TODDLERS’ CLUB Friday 9.15 – 11.30am
Arbury Road Vet. Surgery
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