Sunday 12th July 2020
5rd Sunday after Trinity
Vicar: Revd TERESA TAYLOR 01179093078 email@example.com
Church Warden CHRIS LLEWELLYN firstname.lastname@example.org
Church Warden ROGER LONG email@example.com
Lay Minister: BARRIE FLEET firstname.lastname@example.org
Lay Minister RICH HARRIS Rich.Harris@bristol.ac.uk
Lay Minister JANE HUZZEY email@example.com
Lay Minister: JACKIE LONG firstname.lastname@example.org
Lay Minister: DAVID MILES email@example.com
Parish Office: VENETIA RODGERS 0117 9561016 firstname.lastname@example.org
Church Website & FB: TERRIE WALKER-SMITH http://www.stjameschurch.co.uk
New Testament: Romans 8: 1-11, New International Version (NIV)
Life Through the Spirit
8 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you[a] free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh,[b] God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering.[c] And so he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
5 Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.6 The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. 7 The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. 8 Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.
9 You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. 10 But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life[d] because of righteousness. 11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of[e] his Spirit who lives in you.
Gospel Reading: Matthew 13: 1-9, 18-23, New International Version (NIV)
The Parable of the Sower
13 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. 2 Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. 3 Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow.6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. 9 Whoever has ears, let them hear.”
18 “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means:19 When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. 20 The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy.21 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. 22 The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. 23 But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”
The Collect for the Fifth Sunday After Trinity
Almighty God, send down upon your Church the riches of your Spirit, and kindle in all who minister the gospel your countless gifts of grace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, 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
SUNDAY 5th JULY 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.
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 email@example.com stating your name and that you’d like to join us for coffee. Each week you will receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org 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 CANON PETER HUZZEY
One of my problems is a sad lack of geographical direction. I often say I could get lost crossing the road. My heart always sank when a passer-by in the parish, seeing my clerical collar, stopped to ask me directions. It can’t be familial because my father was in the Reconnaissance during the war and always knew where he was.
But it made me think. If I need a map (or Jane my wife) to find my way around the countryside, how much more do I need God’s help to find my way through life? And not just once-off or occasionally but all the time. We all do. What seemed right to us ten years ago may not be right for us now. We’re all looking forward to getting back into our lovely refurbished church (one day). I know I am. We also know that as a people we are God’s Church. The building is just a wonderful place to meet, to pray and to worship together.
So let’s ask ourselves a few questions about our own suitability to be God’s people, his Church. In what direction is God guiding us? What new or refurbished attitudes and relationships does God expect of us? How can we be sensitive to the social and emotional needs of our society now? How should we be welcoming and truly responsive to whoever comes through the church doors or meets us in the street? Only God knows. But we will know if we are listening to him.
’Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth’ (Psalm 86:11)
Every blessing, Peter
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 met recently and looked 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.
JULY MESSAGE FROM RESOUND FOODBANK
Use of our FoodBank services has settled down to about what we would normally expect at this time of year, but we need to stay prepared for any upward change in the number of people requiring our help. In particular, the school summer holiday will be with us soon which can cause additional problems for families due to the absence of school meals though some families, but not all, will receive vouchers in lieu of ‘Free School Meals’.
Attached below, is our current ‘Shopping List’ which contains several items that we will be providing to families with school-age children, in addition to the usual food items, to ease the pressure of providing lunchtime snacks. If you could help with any of these items, your generosity will be greatly appreciated.
Donations can be brought to the Resound Centre on Mondays and Wednesdays between 1000 – 1200 or on a Friday between 0900 – 1300. Alternatively, there are permanent collection boxes in the Sainsburys stores at Emersons Green and Lyde Green. Your continued support for the FoodBank is greatly appreciated. Many thanks to you all.
Shopping List July 2020
Please can you help us by donating any of the following:-
Tinned Mince Meat & Onions
Tinned Macaroni Cheese
Tinned Vegetables (Carrots, Green/Broad Beans, Mushrooms)
Beans with Sausages
Jars of Fish/Meat Paste
Chocolate Biscuits (KitKats, Penguins etc)
Snack Bars (Mars, Marathon etc)
NEWSLETTER AND OFFICE OPENING HOURS
Please send anything you wish to be included in the 19th July newsletter to the church office by 11am, Friday 17thJuly, to email@example.com . 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
CHRISTIANS IN SCIENCE
As the coming months under Covid-19 remain uncertain, we thought we would update you with our intentions for the coming year, and to point you to some online resources that have been developed recently.
We have decided to continue to postpone our Bristol speaker programme going forwards, with the aim of resuming talks when rules allow. We will be hosting both Keith Fox and David Wilkinson as well as further speakers which we hope to confirm when we are able to start planning.
1. Our CiS Bristol discussion group continue to meet online with Zoom calls – please contact me to be added to the email list.
2. CiS UK have created a dedicated YouTube channel: http:// https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXB19JcIwnwJIdyzRvZW_4A, featuring recorded talks, many from the Bristol series.
3. This week Faraday Institute are running a free online conference on “Why faith and science belong together”: https://www.faraday.cam.ac.uk/event/telling-a-better-story-why-faith-and-science-belong-together/. You may find the excellent talk by Prof Russell Cowburn FRS on “Making sense of randomness in the physical world” especially worthwhile. All the previous talks this week are available to view.
4. The God and the Big Bang project are continuing to recruit and train science communicators to go into schools. We will be seeking funding for a science day conference for school children and teachers, to be held in Bristol after lockdown; please get in touch to know how you can offer your skills and support to this high-impact project.
5. CiS UK will be holding our next annual conference in August this year – “God and Pandemics” which will be online Monday 10th to Friday 14th at 4pm each day, with 4 speakers Monday to Thursday and a panel discussion on the Friday. If you join formally as a CiS member (only £36 per year), you can be kept informed of details.
• Prof Bob White – Faraday Institute for Science and Religion
• Mirjam Schilling – University of Oxford
• Dr Simon Kolstoe – University of Portsmouth, UK
• Oliver Barclay Lecture winner 2020
We hope these resources will nourish your intellectual and spiritual life until we can meet again in person! Yours in Christ, Christina Biggs Christians in Science Bristol