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Weekly Sheet 28 February 2021

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Readings for 2nd Week of Lent
Mon:    Jeremiah 1:4-10; Psalm 16:3,5-8; 1 Thessalonians 2:2b-12; Matthew 16:24-27
Tues:    Isaiah 1:10-20; Psalm 50:7-15; Matthew 23:1-12 
Wed:    Jeremiah 18:18-20; Psalm 31:1-5, 13-16; Matthew 20:17-28 
Thurs: Jeremiah 17:5-10; Psalm 1; Luke 16:19-31 
Fri:      Genesis 37:3-4, 12-28; Psalm 17:1-8; Matthew 21:33-46 
Sat:      Micah 7:14-20; Psalm 103:1-12; Luke15:1-3, 11-32.
All can be found here

Daily Online Programme for  Lent (click for details)

The first week of Lent is nearly over, as is our first week of livestreaming or Zoom for an additional event every day. I am grateful to Fr Mark and Fr Geoff for entering into this so enthusiastically. As with our livestream masses, the audience range seems to go well beyond our parish boundaries. It was especially good to see Marja Flipse popping up on Thursday evening from her new post in the Netherlands.

We have two new additions:  DialaSermon for the cost of a local call on 01656 334557 – you don’t know which of us you will get until you dial in!
And a new and much improved and simpler QR code for online giving, which has an additional Gift Aid option. You can find this on page 4 of the Weekly Sheet and it is on our Facebook page or here. Many thanks to Fr Geoff for sorting both these things out from his house across the bay in sunny Ogmore by Sea.

This Sunday gives us the first of the three Passion predictions in Mark – (the others are in chapter 9 v 30 and chapter 10 v33); all three talk of Jesus being handed over to die but, most importantly we are told each time that after three days He will rise again. Without this Resurrection, as St Paul reminds us, we are of all people most to be pitied. The gospel-writer is reinforcing our Christian hope in the Messiah who comes to give new life to us for both this world and the next. So, as Jesus reminds us so many times ‘Do not be afraid’. He is with us not matter how dark or despairing life might be.

The slow process of release from lockdown continues; the caution I am sure is necessary but it was so good to know that the schools are beginning gradually to re-open and reconvene and we pray for the schools in this parish as that journey continues.

Take care and keep safe.
Every blessing
Fr Philip

Poem for the week:
George Herbert’s reminder that, despite our unworthiness, the God of love invites us to sit and eat

Love bade me welcome. Yet my soul drew back
Guilty of dust and sin.
But quick-eyed Love, observing me grow slack
From my first entrance in,
Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning
If I lacked anything.

‘A guest,’ I answered, ‘worthy to be here.’
Love said, ‘You shall be he.’
‘I the unkind, ungrateful? Ah my dear,
I cannot look on thee.’
Love took my hand, and smiling did reply,
‘Who made the eyes but I?’

‘Truth Lord; but I have marred them; let my shame
Go where it doth deserve.’
‘And know you not,’ says Love, ‘who bore the blame?’
‘My dear, then I will serve.’
‘You must sit down,’ says Love, ‘and taste my meat:’
So I did sit and eat.