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Weekly Sheet 5 September 2021

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Readings for Week 23 in Year 1

Monday           Colossians 1.24-2.3; Psalm 62. 1-7; Luke 6. 6-11
Tuesday:          Colossians 2. 6-15; Psalm 145. 1-9; Luke 6. 12-19
Wednesday      Genesis 3. 8-15;Psalm 45. 10-12, 16; Romans 5. 12-15; Matthew 1. 1-16, 18-23    
Thursday:        Colossians 3. 12-17; Psalm 150; Luke 6. 27-38    
Friday:            1 Timothy 1. 1,2, 12-14; Psalm 16; Luke 6. 39-42     
Saturday:         1 Timothy 1. 15-17; Psalm 113; Luke 6. 43-49                           

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A successful 200 club Coffee and Danish last Saturday, the bells ringing for Sunday worship for the first time since early 2020 on Sunday: more steps back to normal, with a hope that Mr Drakeford will let us travel even further next week. Already the bookings for Christmass concerts and services are mounting up and we have made plans for St John’s Harvest Supper on 9th October. Everything, of course, is conditional but there is a growing confident expectation, shall we say.

That said, as we need to be reminded frequently, Covid has not gone away and its after-effects can be longlasting. It is not defeated but is being, hopefully, better managed. Bookings are one thing: reality may be different. It is nonetheless good to have things to look forward to……

The next 4 weeks see us using readings from the Letter of James (as we would have last week were it not for our Patronal Festival). Addressed to a dispersed body of Christians it urges us to good behaviour, making the point that saying one thing and doing another leads us into hypocrisy. It has some very sharp observations of the dangers of loose tongues!  This week gets to the heart of things ‘You do well if you really fulfil the royal law according to the Scriptures ‘you shall love your neighbour as yourself’’ …….what good is it if you say you have faith but do not have works? Faith by itself if it does not have works is dead.’

Congratulations to Phillip and Jane Angell on their 40th wedding anniversary yesterday – 1981 was obviously a boom year for weddings!

Enjoy the sun while it is here,
Father Philip