JESUS GOD’S DIVINE SON
If John's baptism was for repentance from sin, why was Jesus baptised? While even the greatest prophets, Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel had to confess their sinfulness and need for repentance, Jesus didn't need to admit sin - he was sinless. Although Jesus did not need forgiveness he was baptised for the following reasons: to begin his mission to bring the message of salvation to all people; to show support for Johns ministry; to identify with our humanness and sin and to give us an example to follow. At the baptism the Spirit descended like a dove on Jesus, and the voice from heaven proclaimed the Father's approval of Jesus as his divine Son. For Mark, the most significant event is that this is the moment when Jesus' identity is given the absolute seal of divine approval. God himself declares Jesus to be His Son. The reader is in no doubt now, the story to come is the story of the Son of God. The Son of God signifies Jesus' full divinity as a member of a divine Trinity. Here we see all three members of the Trinity together - God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
That Jesus is God's divine Son is the foundation for all that we read about Jesus in the Gospels.
Services at Parish Church of The Holy Trinity, Minchinhampton
The 8am Sunday service and all weekday services and activities are continuing in the Porch room and the 10am Sunday service is now being held in the main body of the church building. Whilst the work will not be complete we look forward with anticipation to this day and ask all parishioners to note the following:
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
Services at St Barnabas, Box
For additional services please use the Calendar.
Come and join us for a Lent Lunch in the Porch Room on Wednesday 21st, 28th, February and 7th, 14th, and 21st March. As in past years the following will be available: Soups (usually home made), Baked Potatoes, Bread Rolls & Cheese. Donations go to local charities. Your help and support is greatly appreciated.
Benefice of Minchinhampton with Box and Amberley
LENT STUDY GROUPS
This year the Lent groups will be studying a York Course booklet & CD “On the Third Day”. It is a 5 session ecumenical course which lends itself well to discussion groups.
Course Rationale: The resurrection is the Big Story that turned a little Jewish protest movement into a world-transforming religion. How can we re-capture the explosive power of the resurrection that ricocheted around the world? How can we live in the glow of resurrection and be an Easter people? How can ‘there and then’ become ‘here and now’?
1. Have I got news for you!
2. So what? The implications of the Resurrection
3. ‘Let him easter in us’
4. Celebrating and praying Easter
5. A risen Church
The course booklet includes a good selection of questions at the end of each of the five sessions, designed to stimulate wide-ranging discussion.
Parish breakfasts resume on the first Sunday of each month, in the Porch Room, starting 7th January at 8.50am. Apart from the luxury of having your breakfast made for you, this is a great chance for the 8 o’clock congregation to meet up with those who attend the 10 o’clock service, enjoy a chat and get to know each other. On offer each month is delicious porridge, a range of cereals, bacon rolls, croissants, toast as well as tea, coffee, juice and much more.
All proceeds from the donations go to charity.
Wednesday Cuppa Continues
Do you enjoy Worship?
Do you enjoy Singing?
We are growing our choirs! Adult & Junior choirs 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 film! Junior singers receive special training – past choristers are currently singing in the Gloucester Cathedral boys and girls choirs. Choral scholarships are 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