Good News Sheet

 

 

 

ST PETER, SLINFOLD and

ST NICOLAS, ITCHINGFIELD

 

28th JUNE            THE THIRD SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY

Collect

 

Almighty God, you have broken the tyranny of sin

 and have sent the Spirit of your Son into our hearts whereby we call you Father:

give us grace to dedicate our freedom to your service,

that we and all creation may be brought to the glorious liberty of the children of God;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

 

 

Bible readings

Romans 6:12-23

Do not let sin exercise dominion in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions. No longer present your members to sin as instruments of wickedness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and present your members to God as instruments of righteousness. For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.

What then? Should we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God that you, having once been slaves of sin, have become obedient from the heart to the form of teaching to which you were entrusted, and that you, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. I am speaking in human terms because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to greater and greater iniquity, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness for sanctification.

When you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. So what advantage did you then get from the things of which you now are ashamed? The end of those things is death. But now that you have been freed from sin and enslaved to God, the advantage you get is sanctification. The end is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Matthew 10:40-42

Jesus said to the twelve: ‘Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward; and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive the reward of the righteous; and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple—truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.’

 

Reflection

A successful man known for his generosity was driving his new car through a poor part of town. A boy tried to flag him down. The man didn’t want to get involved, so he pretended he didn’t see the child. As he slowed for a red traffic light, he heard a loud crash. Someone had thrown a brick at his car, denting the boot.

The man stopped, jumped out of his car and grabbed the boy that threw the brick. “You juvenile delinquent!” he yelled. “You’ll pay for this or go to jail!”

“I’m sorry, mister,” the boy cried. “My mum’s lying on the floor in our apartment. I think she’s dying. Our phone’s been cut off and I’ve been trying for ten minutes to get someone to stop. I didn’t know what else to do! Take me to jail, but please, call a doctor for my mum first.”

The man was filled with shame. “I’m a doctor,” he said and asked, “Where is she?” The boy took him to his mother and the doctor administered CPR and called an ambulance.

“Will she live?” the boy sobbed. “Yes, son, she will,” the doctor said. “Then it’s worth going to jail. I’m sorry I ruined your car. You can take me in now.”

“You’re not going anywhere,” the doctor said. “It was my fault you had to throw a brick to get my attention.”

The doctor made sure the boy was taken care of, and as he drove home he resolved not to fix the dent. He would keep it as a reminder that not everyone in need has a brick to throw.

What Jesus is telling us to do in the Gospel reading is similar to the famous Golden Rule: “Do unto others”. A cup of cold water is a gift that everyone can give because it is the smallest of gifts. Even this, the smallest of gifts, is precious to the person receiving it, because sometimes it is the gift of life.

We are to do this for everyone we meet, because the recipient could be an angel, prophet or Jesus in disguise. It can mean providing material support such as food, clothing or shelter. It can also mean accepting the truth of our guest’s message.

Those who do God’s work can be assured that those who help them will be rewarded. Doing God’s work includes healing and those who are in the health care profession, caring for others, often sacrifice personal comforts to care for their needs. When they care for them, they show the love Jesus showed us when he lived among us. When we serve others, we serve Jesus, just like Jesus and his disciples served others.

We are to show compassion for others by caring for the sick, comforting those who mourn, visiting or calling the lonely or distressed, donating to those less fortunate and caring in any way for those in need. This is contrary to our “me-first”, selfish culture. It will loosen our hold on our possessions, lives, and so on, but these small beginnings are the seed of a different kind of happiness-the happiness that the Christian life provides.

Even small gifts can make a big difference. It is a reminder of the old adage that “big things come in small packages”. To offer hospitality, care and compassion, we simply have to bring who we are and what we have to where we are. It requires attention to the person receiving the hospitality. We have to receive the person first before they can receive the benefit of the gift we offer.

To Jesus, hospitality meant acceptance, even those who, in his society and in his day, were deemed to be unacceptable. That is why he put his arms around lepers, ate with tax collectors and sinners, forgave adulterers and broke Sabbath laws. Hospitality was not only important to Jesus, it was at the very heart of being God, and it didn’t make any difference to him where such hospitality took place, or to whom, or on what day.

When it comes to hospitality, we take turns being the host and being the guest. Sometimes we are the ones who simply need the hug or cup of water and kindness comes. Other times, we are the ones providing the hug or cup of water. The “little ones” Jesus refers to are frequently the scapegoats or victims in our society. They are the powerless, the weak, the hurting, the abused, the abandoned, the elderly or children, and they are often the easiest targets. They need the help and compassion that Jesus offers through us. When we help them, we have the power to bring others into a relationship with God, the power to show others God’s love by showing them our love, the power to bring them face to face with God by bringing them face to face with us. And we will receive the promised reward. Amen.

Intercessions  

Let us pray to God, the source of all prophecy and all righteousness.

 

Give to the Church the gifts that inspired the prophets of old, to warn and to encourage your people. Make us worthy to be prophets of your word and counted as righteous through your grace.

 

Be with those in the world who speak the words of truth and the message of salvation. Open the hearts of the powerful and the humble alike to receive those who come in your name.

 

Grant us grace to discern the presence of Christ in those we know and in the stranger. May we be hospitable and welcoming, may the doors in our homes, churches and communities be open to the Lord who comes in many ways.

 

We pray for those who are suffering from drought, all who are thirsty and must go far to find water. Guide and enable those who work for their relief and grant the blessing of clean water where it is lacking.

 

May the faithful departed receive their reward and share in the fountain of living water in heaven. Grant that we may be constant in this world and enter at last into the world to come.

 

May our prayers be accepted in the name of Christ who has called us to be his messengers.

 

FOR YOUR PRAYERS ……

 

All who have recently been bereaved, and especially:

the families and friends of Jagan Asthana, Bob Rae and Raymond Burdfield.

 

Those who are sick, and all who care for them, remembering:

Pamela Campbell, Peggy Johnson, Lucy Dalrymple, Adrian Skeates, Matt, Ian McBean, Jacqueline Dacey, Heather, Alex, Anna Holmes, Jane Busby, Becky, Linda Howard, Barbara, Sarah, Molly Bonsor, Louis Venni, Christine Lister, Martin, Diana Metson, Frances Aldridge, David Glaister, Michael Barling, David Bourn, Ashlyn, Ann Godfrey, Geoff Fuller, Madge, Chris Godfrey, Hazel, Jenny, Sally, Helen

                                                                                     

                                                                                                          

Let us pray for the coming of the kingdom in the words our Saviour taught us:

 

Our Father, who art in heaven hallowed be thy name,

thy kingdom come, thy will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory

for ever and ever. Amen.

 

Final Blessing

 

The peace of God, which passes all understanding,

keep our hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord;

and the blessing of God almighty,

the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

be amongst us and remain with us and those we love, now and always. Amen.

 

Notices

 

Foodbank contributions are much needed, at present they are asking particularly for Long life sponge puddings, Tinned fruit, Tinned potatoes, instant mashed potato, Tinned meat, Hand soap, custard and Long life fruit juice. Please drop donations to The Rectory and they will be picked up from there.  

 

Horsham Matters are pleased to announce that their Charity Shop and Donation Centre will be open once again from 16th June 2020 albeit on significantly reduced hours. Our Charity Shop will be open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am – 2pm and our Donation Centre will be open for two mornings only; Tuesdays and Saturdays, 9.00am – 10.30am. Further important information regarding our new arrangements is on our website home page.

 

Lifespring Kids LIVE – Sundays @9am Lifespring church is streaming a kids service every Sunday for children of primary school age (+/- a couple of years). This is a live and interactive show full of fun, laughs, quizzes and featuring a pre-recorded video lesson from the Bible. At the moment we are working through a series of messages to help children & families navigate lockdown, exploring topics such as anger, trust, revenge, love, generosity and more! The show is accessible for children to enjoy whether they normally attend a church or not and is a great way for families who wouldn't normally engage with church to do so. We also provide follow-up resources via our website each week to help parents and children talk about and apply the teaching as a family. You can watch past shows on our Facebook & YouTube channels and if families in your church would like to tune in, all are welcome! www.wearelifespring.church/kids

 

Revd. Sandra has the latest copies of the Christian Newspaper ‘Heart’, please let her know if you would like a copy.

 

The Slinfold Magazine is available on the website www.stpeterslinfold.co.uk

 

Daily Hope National phone line for hymns and prayers. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has launched a free national phone line as a simple new way to bring worship and prayer into people’s homes while church buildings are closed because of the coronavirus. Daily Hope, offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line. Call on: 0800 804 8044

 

FEGANS RESOURCES TO SUPPORT CHILDREN AND PARENTS The Fegans Digital Family Hub https://www.fegans.org.uk/family-hub/ has a whole host of online resources to support parents during these tricky times, including a free Parenting in a Pandemic email course https://www.fegans.org.uk/parenting-in-a-pandemic/ Additionally, Fegans Parent Support Workers are ready to answer questions from mums and dads with problems or concerns, all for free on https://www.dad.info/forum/parent-support In response to the pandemic, Fegans is also offering online therapy for children (year 7 and above) via video conferencing, and using the same technology to deliver 1-1 parent support too.  More information can be found at https://www.fegans.org.uk/online_counselling_teenagers/   and self-referrals can be made by emailing info@fegans.org.uk.

 

HEARING YOU - A local response to the Coronavirus crisis

The Diocese of Chichester has a simple statement for people to take into hospital with them.  Some people will need it printed by a friend, neighbour or parish priest.

We advise that every household should have one of these statements ready for use.

This statement will explicitly declare a person’s Christian faith, and request access to a Church of England chaplain while in hospital.   

A template for this statement is available on the Diocesan website https://www.chichester.anglican.org/ or Revd. Sandra can supply one for you.

 

While we are unable to worship in church there are other alternatives for prayer: the following link will direct you to services of Morning Prayer, Prayer During the Day, Evening Prayer and Night Prayer in which you will be joining with people all over the world.   https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/join-us-service-daily-prayer

 

Churches together in England are offering prayers for this ongoing situation, along with Christians all over our nation and our world at this time. A range of prayer resources are being collated within this article:

https://www.cte.org.uk/Publisher/Article.aspx?ID=568755&utm_source=CTBI+Newsletter+Subscribers&utm_campaign=204985aeae-CTBI_Monthly_Newsletter_March2020&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e94acb8d57-204985aeae-508071405&ct=t(CTBI_Monthly_Newsletter-March2020)

 

Please do contact Revd. Sandra if you need to talk or require assistance. Tel: 01403 790197 or email sandra.richard@tiscali.co.uk   Sandra’s day off is Tuesday

 

Revd. Rosemary can be contacted on 01403 264396  or email r.a.cattell@btinternet.com   Rosemary’s day off is Monday

 

Carol Shepherd can be contacted on 01403 730001 or email carol_shepherd46@hotmail.co.uk

 

This document is also available on the websites, if you know anyone who might want a copy, please print one off and drop it through their door, or let Revd. Sandra know.

 

With love in Christ and continued prayers,  Revd Sandra