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Weekly Sheet 7 March 2021

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Readings for 3rd Week of Lent
Mon:     2 Kings 5:1-11; Psalm 42:1, 2; 43:1-4 Luke 4:24-30
Tues:     Song of Three 1:2, 11-20; Psalm 25:4-10; Matthew 18:21-35
Wed:     Deuteronomy 4:1,5-10; Psalm 147:12-20; Matthew 5:17-20                                   
Thurs:   Jeremiah 7:21-28; Psalm 95:1-9; Luke 11:14-23
Fri:       Hosea 14:1-9; Psalm 81; Mark 12:28-34
Sat:      Hosea 5:13-6:6; Psalm 51:1-4,16-19; Luke 18:9-14.
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Daily Online Programme for  Lent (click for details)

Greetings:
Gradually, as the vaccine take up increases (and as the weather improves) the numbers attending worship in person is gradually increasing.
There is, of course, no compulsion in this – the only compulsion is to keep well and safe. Nonetheless, it always good to see people in the flesh again.

Some of you must be meeting Fr Mark for the first time….Singing, alas, is still a way off being allowed, so we exist with a diet of online imports.

Our Lenten offerings seem to have built up a reasonable following (without our ever knowing how many watch all the way through!) If there is anything you think we could or should offer, please let us know. Similarly, we are always wishing to improve the way we do things, so observations on that are welcome as well.

The March magazine is available here – we are very grateful to Helen Murdoch for editing this as well as looking after our website. Colleagues have commented saying how clear and easy to use it is, another cause for gratitude. I would particularly commend part 1 of Doris Sadeghi’s amazing story.

In this Sunday’s gospel we have the drama of Jesus overturning the tables of the moneychangers in the temple – which John puts right at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry. This is followed by John’s version on the passion prediction that we heard last week in Mark. The true temple, which is Jesus’ body, will be destroyed and will rise again in three days. Puzzling words for them then but which they understood once Easter has come. Remember always Jesus is the light the darkness of evil and death cannot overcome, there for us who follow him.

We offer our congratulations to Mr David Philpot MBE, 96 last Tuesday. Not as mobile as he would wish to be but otherwise bright and chatty.

Every blessing,
Fr Philip

Poem of the week: Thomas Campion recognises his sin and the greatness of God’s mercy: he is filled with hope.

With broken heart and contrite sigh,
A trembling sinner, Lord, I cry:
Thy pard’ning grace is rich and free:
O God, be merciful to me.

I smite upon my troubled breast,
With deep and conscious guilt oppress,
Christ and His cross my only plea:
O God, be merciful to me.

Far off I stand with tearful eyes,
Nor dare uplift them to the skies;
But Thou dost all my anguish see:
O God, be merciful to me.

Nor alms, nor deeds that I have done,
Can for a single sin atone;
To Calvary alone I flee:
O God, be merciful to me.

And when, redeemed from sin and hell,
With all the ransomed throng I dwell,
My raptured song shall ever be,
God has been merciful to me.