Week beginning Sunday 20th March 2022

Traditionally, Lent is a time for reflection on our lives and identifying anything that we might want to change. This Sunday’s readings all warn against the consequences of complacency. In the Luke 13.1–9, Jesus warns his hearers to repent, to change their attitudes to avoid the judgement to come. In 1 Corinthians 10.1–13, Paul reminds the Christians in Corinth of the fate of the Israelites in the desert who turned away from God. But it is the Old Testament reading, from Isaiah 55.1–9, which calls us to turn to God and seek his ways:

6 Seek the Lord while he may be found,
call upon him while he is near.
7 Let the wicked forsake their way,
and the unrighteous their thoughts.
Let them return to the Lord, that he may have mercy on them,
and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

This Lent, let us reflect on our lives and see what leads us away from God and his righteousness. Let us turn again to God and seek his ways afresh. Let us seek out God’s mercy and live out that mercy in our lives.

This Sunday we have creative church at St Mary’s, where we will be making Easter cards. There is Holy Communion at All Saints and, in the evening at St Mary’s.

10.00 am

St Mary’s

Creative church (Easter cards)

10.30 am

All Saints

Holy Communion

6.30 pm

St Mary’s

Holy Communion

This week, we have the usual midweek services. Next Sunday is Mothering Sunday, so we have all age Holy communion in the morning at both All Saints and St Mary’s. In addition, there is a said Holy Communion at 8 am at All Saints.

Wednesday 23rd

9.00 am

All Saints

Celtic morning prayer

Thursday 24th

10.00 am

St Mary’s

Holy Communion

Sunday 27th

8.00 am

All Saints

Holy Communion (said)

Sunday 27th

10.00 am

St Mary’s

Holy Communion (all age)

Sunday 27th

10.30 am

All Saints

Holy Communion (all age)

In addition, the Living in Love and Faith courses continue this week at All Saints on Tuesday at 2.00 pm and at St Mary’s on Wednesday at 7.30 pm.

We are hoping to ruin the Family Café at All Saints again during the Easter school break. Attached is a poster giving the details for anyone that is interested in helping.

I pray that this Lent, you may grow in the likeness of God, in whose image you were made, walk in the way of Christ, who is the way, and be strengthened by the Holy Spirit, the one who is alongside us in the way.

God bless,

Mark