Resources for Harvest Sunday (26th Sep.)

Links and resources to download for our Sunday services

Please check back before the services for the most up-to-date information.

Services this week:

8.30pm BCP Communion In Church (Not on Zoom)

9.00am Meditation group 9.00am (meditation), 9.30am (Conversation)
Take time to pray and reflect, using a recorded meditation on a Gospel story from TakeTime. Our current pattern is to meditate separately in our homes from about 9am and then to get together about 9:30am via Zoom. You can choose a meditation from 5 minutes to 20 minutes, and of course you can use (or reuse!) the meditation during the week as well.

10.00am Harvest Sunday – Holy Communion Harvest Festival In Church and On Zoom with Junior Church outside
Our chosen charity to support this Harvest is Farm Africa

Links for this week:

Resources for this week:

Harvest Sunday
Pewsheet
Activities

Resources for Commitment Sunday (19th Sep.)

Links and resources to download for our Sunday services

Services this week:

9.00am Meditation group 9.00am (meditation), 9.30am (Conversation)
Take time to pray and reflect, using a recorded meditation on a Gospel story from TakeTime. Our current pattern is to meditate separately in our homes from about 9am and then to get together about 9:30am via Zoom. You can choose a meditation from 5 minutes to 20 minutes, and of course you can use (or reuse!) the meditation during the week as well.

10.00am Commitment Sunday – Third Sunday Service In Church and On Zoom
An informal service which looks at what people do and where they fit in the life of the church. How might you commit to the Body of Christ here in St. Mary and St. Michael’s, Trumpington?

1.00pm Baptism In Church

6.30pm Evening Prayer In Church (Not on Zoom)

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Resources for this week:

Commitment Sunday
Videos

Watch videos from commitment Sunday on subjects from Volunteering and children’s groups to organisation and safeguarding:

Pewsheet
Activities

8th – 15th October 2020

A Thought for Remembrance time

1 John 4:7

Dear friends, [it says in Holy Scripture] let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. (NIV)

Christians are under the command of Christ to love even our enemies. And there are no limits to that command. We cannot make the exercise of power in human affairs, and in human institutions such as the armed forces, a separate sort of activity outside the range of Christ’s command. On the other hand, as we can see from the history of the second world war – amongst many, many other examples – for this world is full of evil (and full of people within it who do evil) and we need in the world an ordering restraint. In other words, we need institutions, and the people who serve in them, which are empowered to restrain and to order.

Power and love cannot be mutually exclusive. Love, in order to exercise its proper works, such as charity and forgiveness, must provide for a place in this world in which this can be done. And one way of providing such a place is through a work of judging and punishing. In order to destroy what is against love, love must sometimes be united with power; and not only with power, but with compulsory power. God’s work of love is expressed through human loves in a variety of manners. He does the work of love, by evoking our love through his love; he does the work of love by inspiring our mercy through his mercy; and our forgiveness through his forgiveness. And he does the work of love by giving people the will to act forcefully to restrain evil.

Let us not forget, that in restraining evil with force, people are killed. Some of them have their names inscribed on the memorial in Trumpington, or memorials over the whole world. I know of others who were my close friends. So do many of you. Let us give thanks to God that we live in a place and a time in which love can exercise its work. Let us thank God, too, for these people. And give to God the glory that out of the evil that is war – and war most certainly is evil, let us not kid ourselves on that score – out of the evil that is war God has the strength, and the love, to bring great good. And new life.

May God direct this nation, and every nation, in the ways of justice and peace; that people may honour one another, and seek the common good.

Amen.

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1st – 8th November 2020

Reflection for the Week – November 1st –November 8th

What can we learn from the Gospels about Jesus?

Last week the reflection asked ‘What is God like? ’If we want to know what God is like we need to study Jesus, who came to show us what God is like. So, what is Jesus like?

  • Jesus loved the unlovely; prostitutes, lepers and criminals (Luke 7:36‐50; Mark 1:40-42; Luke 23: 39‐43).
  • Jesus loved the marginalised; women, children and tax‐collectors (Mark 5:25‐34; Mark 10:13-16; Luke 19: 1-10).
  • Jesus had compassion for people with material needs and provided for them. He helped the spiritually lost to find their way to God (mark 6: 32‐44).
  • Jesus had power over nature (Luke 8: 22-25), over illness and disease (Mark 1: 29-34), and even over death (John 11: 1‐44).
  • Jesus had no time for injustice. He drove out the traders from the Temple Courts (Mark 11: 15-‐17).
  • Jesus disliked hypocrisy. He pointed out that some Jewish leaders were not practising what they preached (Luke 11: 37‐54).
  • Jesus wanted people to know that God loved them. Because God loves us He offers forgiveness when we wander away from Him. Jesus told a story known as The Lost Son to explain that God is always ready to forgive and that he wants to have a parent/child relationship with us. (Luke 15: 1-32).

Jesus reveals the character of God to us.

To reflect: If you could write a letter to Jesus, what would you really like to say to him?

(From Faith Rediscovered: CPO –www.cpo.org.uk)

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25th October – 1st November 2020

Reflection for the Week -­‐October 25th–November 1st

What is God like? Many of us have views of God that have been conditioned by cultural and social history. As we age, our view of God perhaps changes. Being fond of art, my own mind is conditioned with a lot of images from religious paintings. Some religions strictly forbid any representation of the divine and consider any attempt to do so as a form of idolatry. However, as Jesus was both God and man, there are many paintings that represent Jesus in scenes from the Gospels.

If you were asked for your view on what God is like, how would you respond?

Do you think of God as He or She or gender neutral?

Does God represent love to you or inspire awe or even fear?

A few years ago I held a course called Faith Rediscovered for a group of older people who wanted to think more deeply about what they believed.

Session Two asked ‘What is God like?’ and gave some suggestions for how people might relate to God. I am listing them below.Who does God represent to you?

  • A kindly old gentleman –gentle, kind and patient.
  • Santa Claus –provides what I want.
  • Someone ‘out there’ somewhere –beyond our knowing.
  • Someone in charge of the world but not doing much about the state it is in.
  • Someone who expects us to keep too many rules.
  • Someone who wants to stop the fun.
  • Someone who gets angry when I mess up.
  • Someone who is there when I call.
  • Someone who is there to put me back together if I fall to pieces.
  • How do we know what God is like? LOOK AT JESUS: ‘Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father’, (John 14:9)

(From: Faith Rediscovered:CPO –www.cpo.org.uk)

To Reflect: Look at he list above and reflect upon your own image of God. Do any of the images above resonate with how you see God?

Why do you think that is?

And, do you think the statements are true or false, and why?

Next week we will ask what ideas come to mind at the mention of ‘Jesus’.

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