Sunday 28th June 2020
3rd Sunday after Trinity
Vicar: Revd TERESA TAYLOR 01179093078 firstname.lastname@example.org
Church Warden CHRIS LLEWELLYN email@example.com
Church Warden ROGER LONG firstname.lastname@example.org
Lay Minister: BARRIE FLEET email@example.com
Lay Minister RICH HARRIS Rich.Harris@bristol.ac.uk
Lay Minister JANE HUZZEY firstname.lastname@example.org
Lay Minister: JACKIE LONG email@example.com
Lay Minister: DAVID MILES firstname.lastname@example.org
Parish Office: VENETIA RODGERS 0117 9561016 email@example.com
Church Website & FB: TERRIE WALKER-SMITH http://www.stjameschurch.co.uk
New Testament: Romans 6: 12-end New International Version (NIV)
12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13 Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. 14 For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.
Slaves to Righteousness
15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means! 16 Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. 18 You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.
19 I am using an example from everyday life because of your human limitations. Just as you used to offer yourselves as slaves to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer yourselves as slaves to righteousness leading to holiness. 20 When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. 21 What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! 22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in[b] Christ Jesus our Lord.
Gospel Reading: Matthew 10: 40-end New International Version (NIV)
40 “Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. 41 Whoever welcomes a prophet as a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and whoever welcomes a righteous person as a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward. 42 And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.”
- Matthew 10:8 The Greek word traditionally translated leprosy was used for various diseases affecting the skin.
- Matthew 10:29 Or will; or knowledge
- Matthew 10:36 Micah 7:6
The Collect for the Third Sunday After Trinity
God our saviour, look on this wounded world in pity and in power; hold us fast to your promises of peace won for us by your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ, Amen
We pray for all those who we know who have underlying health issues and for all those who are required to self-isolate at this time.
We pray especially today for: Sophie, Doreen, Pat, Karen, Sue, David, Liz, Bev, Erin, Caroline, Sophie, Chris, Pauline, Pat, Pete, Peggy, Diana, Colin (Shirley N’s brother) and Kelly.
We give thanks for the life of Michael Totterdell and pray for his family at this sad time.
SUNDAY 28th JUNE WORSHIP & ST JAMES CHILDREN’S CHURCH DIGITAL
Join with us for worship from around 9.30am this Sunday by going to St James Mangotsfield Facebook page and follow the link to the service. You can also find St James Children’s Church Digital and the Messy Church session from Friday 26th , if you missed it.
COFFEE TIME AT ST. JAMES
We meet at 11.30am each Sunday via Zoom
If you would like to join us for a coffee, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org stating your name and that you’d like to join us for coffee. Each week you will receive an email from email@example.com with the link to this week’s session.
INVITATION TO A SOCIALLY DISTANCED MEETING OR CHAT WITH THE VICAR
Despite all our new technology for communication, sometimes nothing beats a face to face conversation.
Weather permitting, my garden allows for socially distanced meeting, so if anyone is in need of a chat or prayer do please get in touch. Teresa ><>
MESSAGE FROM REVD TERESA TAYLOR
It was great to upload our first Messy Church for last Friday, thank you to those who contributed and thank you especially to Jane Huzzey our Messy Church co-ordinator for master-minding the session. I had the joy of recording the worship section and the theme as those who joined in will know, was looking at what we treasure and what is important to us.
The bible reading was the well known story of Martha and Mary – one of my favourites. I always feel slightly sorry for Martha, I love entertaining too and see hospitality as a valid part of my calling and ministry. Whilst I absolutely get what Jesus is saying about putting God first and to do that sometimes God needs our undivided attention, however, I aways secretly hope Jesus did say to Mary at some point “but you must remember to help your sister too as she is also doing my work!” There are plenty of examples in the bible where we are exhorted to be both hearers and doers of the word.
14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. James 2: 14-17
I love how Luke in his gospel places this account of Jesus’ visit to Mary and Martha between two other well known passages, the story of the Good Samaritan about the practical outworking of “loving our neighbour” and the giving of “The Lord’s Prayer” in response to the disciples request to be taught to pray. Love of God and love of our neighbour is linked by the account of Mary and Martha. To me it seems it is a question of balance as James points out in his letter. Faith and deeds, they are two sides of a coin, inseparable. For all of us life has looked very different since mid March, no-one’s routine has remained untouched by Covid 19. As we have re-fashioned patterns and methods of daily living it has given each of us an opportunity to look at the balance of our lives and where faith and deeds fit in. For me I anticipated at the start of lock down plenty of extra time to “just be” a bit like Mary, the reality has been very different, with increased time needed for worship preparation and online resources, pastoral needs, exhausting Zoom sessions and everything seeming to take longer to accomplish with social distancing etc. For others, especially those having to shelter at home, there may have been too much Mary time and not enough Martha time to feel things are in balance, especially if you naturally incline to being a “doer”.
Whatever our situations these weeks have given us all the opportunity to assess what in our faith journey is really important to us and to reassess our priorities and to maybe think about how we can adjust the balance between being “hearers” and “doers” as we gently ease out of lock down and find our new normal both in our everyday lives and in the expression of our faith. ><> Teresa <><
Thank you to all who have continued to give so generously to the regular work of St. James over the past difficult weeks. Understandably our giving has reduced as we are not able to take weekly collections and some may have difficulty getting offerings to us. Although the building is closed we do have overheads for both the Church and Hall and we are committed to pay our Parish Share to the Diocese, which is also struggling at this time. The Diocese supports us in so many, often unseen ways, such as LLM training, paying for DBS checks, general training and events and a souce of support and advice to parishes to name but a few.
Please would you search your hearts at this time about a regular commitment financially to St. James. If you would like to give regularly or alter the amount you give, our Giving Officer is Roger Long, please have a word with him about the easieist way to give. For some there may be reduced income at the moment and if this is the case and your regular giving is a burden please come and talk to one of the Leadership Team. Alternatively for some there may have been a bit of an underspend in the last few months with holidays not taken, less meals out etc., if this is the case, would you consider giving an extra one off to the work of St. James, maybe as a thanksgiving as we begin to emerge form our lock down.
Thank you too to those who are giving to our separate re-order fund, your gifts are being well used and we thank God for them. The Reorder team are meeting early next week and we are looking at how we can re-open St. James in the not too distant future – the conversations have begun and we will give a fuller update soon.
DIOCESE OF BRISTOL NEWSLETTER FOR JUNE
The following items from this Diocesan newsletter are well worth reading. Please click on the links below to open them or go to the Diocese of Bristol website. Teresa & Venetia
Reopening of church buildings for public worship
Yesterday the Prime Minister announced that church buildings will be able to open for public worship from 4 July. Bishop of London, Sarah Mullally, who leads the Church of England’s Recovery Group has issued a response The Church of England is reviewing its guidance which will soon be available here.
Black Lives Matter and racial justice Rt Revd Vivienne Faull, Bishop of Bristol speaks about racial justice, the commitments she has made and the work to be done.
NEWSLETTER AND OFFICE OPENING HOURS
Please send anything you wish to be included in the 5th July newsletter to the church office by 11am, Friday 3rd July, to firstname.lastname@example.org . Please note that while I am working from home and until the church hall is open again, my parish office hours are usually from 9.30am – 3pm (lunchbreak approx. 1-1.30pm) on Fridays. Thanks, Venetia
MESSAGE FROM SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE COUNCIL Re SOCIAL DISTANCING AND PUBLIC SPACES
The rules for social
distancing may have changed slightly today but as a council, we have a
statutory duty to make it as easy as possible to observe social distancing in
public places and our local businesses to reopen safely, and we are working on
several projects to make public places safer.
Staple Hill High Street
priority area is Staple Hill High Street. From Monday 29 June we will introduce
a trial scheme, installing shuttle traffic signals on the High Street, reducing
the carriageway space to one lane of traffic across the junction with Page
Road. This will create additional space on the footpaths. Vehicle traffic will
be separated from the wider walking and cycling areas with barriers. Parking
bays on the north side of the High Street, a bus bay and the signal controlled
crossing will be suspended.
Page Road will be closed to through traffic between the free car parks and there will be no direct access to the High Street for motor vehicles. We will signpost routes to free car parks on Page Road from the High Street.
To prevent congestion on nearby roads and improve access to the Bristol-Bath railway path for cyclists and pedestrians, we will close Signal Road and Charnell Road to through traffic from Monday 29 June.
We will monitor these changes for the first four weeks and listen to feedback. We are confident that the extra space in the High Street will support the local economy by giving customers space to shop with social distancing.
Frampton Cotterell – temporary part time road closure
Following a request from Frampton Cotterell Church of England Primary School and liaising with residents directly affected, we are planning to trial a ‘school street’ on the road directly outside the school starting from 25 June. This means a section of Rectory Road outside the school will be closed to motorised traffic between 3:00 and 3:45pm, Monday to Friday during term time. A member of staff from the school will put out and remove the cones and ‘road closed’ signs at the end of each day and permanent diversion signs will be in place around the area to ensure drivers are aware of the closure. Access for emergency vehicles will be maintained. Residents within this section of road will be asked to avoid entering and leaving during the 45 minute closure each day. However, a member of staff will be present during the closure to let residents use the road if it is necessary
NEW WINE VIRTUAL EVENT!
As this year it’s not possible to hold the annual New Wine Bible Week (due to social distancing restrictions) it’s going to be a bit different. The good news though, is that it’s still going ahead, but this time virtually, in homes, gardens, local churches, parks/green spaces (within current rules!). For the information (including the programme) simply click on the United Breaks Out banner below. Let me encourage you to save the date and get involved in the New Wine United Breaks Out event https://www.new-wine.org/breaksout
CURRENT MESSAGE FROM RESOUND FOODBANK
Thank you so much for all your plastic bag donations for foodbank. We now have more than enough for the moment so please can we ask for NO more until further notice. We are always amazed how quickly and generously you respond to our needs. Thank you!
Best wishes, Claire and Steve, Resound Foodbank Joint Co-ordinators
Resound, Blackhorse Road, Mangotsfield, Bristol BS16 9BP Tel: 0117 3050969. As usual the best day to deliver items is Friday between 9am – 1pm. Monday and Wednesday mornings there may also be someone at Resound but please call the office first to check
Resound Shopping List June 2020
Tinned Mince Meat & Onions
Tinned Stewing Steak
Tinned Chicken in Sauce
Fray Bentos Pies
Tinned Cold Meats (Ham, Spam, Corned Beef etc)
Tinned Macaroni Cheese
Tinned Green/Broad Beans
Jars of Fish/Meat Paste
Female Shower Gel
THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO ATTENDED THE PLANT SALE
Thank you to all who supported our “Socially Distanced” Plant sale in the grounds of St James. I’m sure our gardens are looking better already. It was a great success and it was great to be able to get out to see everyone.
The magnificent sum of £681.00 was raised, a fantastic result and this has given us the confidence to know we can hold suitable events in this current situation, Ruth and Teresa
Following on from the success of the plant sale, another event has been planned in July. Please print out the poster below and display it if you can. Please note that help is needed with this event, as well as donations for the stalls.
BBC Young Chorister of the Year
Songs of Praise and BBC Radio 2 have joined forces to find The BBC Young Chorister Of The Year. Former choristers Aled Jones and Katherine Jenkins will coach the 5 boys and 5 girls aged 10-16 who are selected to go through to the radio and television competition, where they will sing in front of an expert panel of judges.
The competition launched on 21st June and singers have until midnight on Monday 20th July to submit their entries. The recording will be at The Monastery in Manchester in mid-September. Singers apply online by submitting two short films of themselves singing a Christmas carol or song and a sacred song such as a hymn, classical solo, spiritual, inspirational, gospel or worship song.
The winning chorister will receive a trophy, appear on future BBC Radio programmes and on Songs of Praise and have a recording session with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.