GOD’S GOOD NEWS IN CHRIST
In today’s Gospel a good picture is given of the necessary sacrifice of Jesus. Unless a kernel of wheat is buried in the ground, it will not become a blade of wheat producing many more seeds. Jesus had to die to pay the penalty for our sin, but also to show his power over death. His resurrection proves he has eternal life and Jesus can give this same eternal life to all who believe in him. By laying aside our striving for advantage, our own self-centeredness, security and pleasure, we can serve God lovingly and freely. Releasing control of our lives and transferring control to Christ brings eternal life and joy. When Jesus said ‘whoever serves me must follow me,’ he was talking to all. His message is for everyone. Jesus knew his crucifixion lay ahead and because he was human he dreaded it. He knew he would have to take the sins of the world on himself and he knew this would separate him from his Father. He wanted to be delivered from this horrible death, but he knew that God sent him into the world to die for our sins, in our place. Jesus said no to his human desires in order to obey his Father and glorify him. Although we will never have to face such a difficult and awesome task, we are still called to obedience. Whatever the Father asks we should do his will and bring glory to his name. To do this we need faithful allegiance to God’s word, determination to stay away from sin and the support of other believers. For Jesus and for Christians, obedience offered to God is a response to and of love. It is not always easy. On this Passion Sunday, we hear again the invitation to follow Jesus like faithful servants. We are invited to have obedient hearts, hearts inclined to God, that is what God has promised, indeed longs, to give.
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.
Lilies for Loved Ones
This Easter we will again have a display of lilies in remembrance of someone special. Those wishing for their loved ones to be remembered in this way should give the name of that person to either Mrs. Virginia Lloyd (873404) or Mrs Deborah Smith (883611), together with any appropriate donation (cash or cheque). Cheques should be made payable to Minchinhampton Church Flower Guild.
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: Home Made Soup, Baked Potatoes, Bread Rolls & Cheese, tea or coffee, as well as some good company. Donations go to our chosen Lent charities. Your help and support is greatly appreciated.
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
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.