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14 th June S t Mary’s Honley & St George’s Brockholes
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14th June Trinity Sunday Service on Zoom
Service sheet can be found on the worship tab on the website
Why not share this and invite your friends and neighbours to join with us?
Time: Jun 14, 2020 09:45 AM London
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Service starts at 10.00 on Sunday 14th June you can join this from 9.45am
A version of this service will be available on the you tube later. Services of Daily prayers can be found on the link on our worship page. And accept the invite to pray morning prayer at home at 10.00 am each day.
https://www.facebook.com/thechurchofengland/ keep up to date. Most of all keep in touch. Martin

 

Opening Churches for Private Prayer.
Our church buildings will at present remain closed.

The future remains uncertain, but we can be sure that any return to ‘normal’ is a long way off.
We cannot expect an overnight return to normal and so it is sensible to plan for a phased return that enables us to move forward, cautiously, and responsibly. We also need to be mindful that this is not a one-way street and we may need to move backwards, as well as forwards, in response to Government advice.
We know there are a number of people in our congregations and communities who are particularly at risk and so must be protected until the dangers of the pandemic have passed. Those with health conditions and those over 70 are generally vulnerable and need to be shielded in the early phases of emergence. This places a real burden on leaders as we seek to ensure accessibility, without encouraging people to put themselves or others at risk.
This includes reminding people that they should not attend Church if they, or someone in their household, is feeling unwell with any of the COVID-19 symptoms. As we begin the process of emerging, there is still a risk of transmission, so we need to be intentionally seeking to minimise risk.
Anyone who is considered vulnerable and with an underlying health condition should be encouraged to stay at home and not assist in cleaning at this time. [Those with health conditions and those over 70].
The government has made announcements before speaking to the church or indeed other faith communities. We will continue to work towards opening church for limited periods and limited areas. We do however also have to be aware that work on our organ at St Mary’s has started. Any access therefore needs to take this into account.
At this moment in consultation with the Wardens I believe we need both to take time to prepare to keep people safe, we are still awaiting government clarification on certain requirements so our church buildings will at present remain closed for now.

GIVING DURING THE LOCKDOWN
If you have accumulated giving envelopes and want them to be put into the collection you can
contact Pauline who is happy to arrange a collection from you. You can contact Pauline on 01484
663510.
Or perhaps you may wish to start a standing order instead.
If you would like to discuss other options please contact Pauline Adams,
Roger Kenworthy or Clive Green.
You can still please keep putting your weekly giving aside and bring your offertory to church when
things get back to normal.
Now more than ever, please consider giving generously to support our Mission and Ministry
during these difficult times and beyond.

Thank you for your support. Martin
 

We remember:
Years Mind for this week are:
Mabel Hildred, Eunice Bray, Barbara Stead, Bill Jones and Alex Doran
Those who have lost loved ones.
At this time the families and friends of
Dorothy Bray.
 

Face Coverings.
Guidance from the government briefing on 4th June said people in England should
wear face coverings, in "enclosed public spaces", such as in shops and on public
transport.
Elizabeth Jones is offering to make these as modelled by me. Three sizes child,
medium and adult. Contact number 01484 645401.

The Prayer for this week.
God of truth, help us to keep your law of love and to walk in ways of wisdom, that we may find true life in
Jesus Christ your Son. Amen

 

Reading from the Bible Matthew 9.35 - 10.14
35Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming
the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. 36When he saw the
crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep
without a shepherd. 37Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are
few; 38therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest.’ 1Then Jesus
summoned his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out,
and to cure every disease and every sickness. 2These are the names of the twelve apostles: first,
Simon, also known as Peter, and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John;
3Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax-collector; James son of Alphaeus, and
Thaddaeus; 4Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed him. 5These twelve
Jesus sent out with the following instructions: ‘Go nowhere among the Gentiles, and enter no
town of the Samaritans, 6but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7As you go,
proclaim the good news, “The kingdom of heaven has come near.” 8Cure the sick, raise the dead,
cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. You received without payment; give without payment. 9Take
no gold, or silver, or copper in your belts, 10no bag for your journey, or two tunics, or sandals, or a
staff; for labourers deserve their food. 11Whatever town or village you enter, find out who in it is
worthy, and stay there until you leave. 12As you enter the house, greet it. 13If the house is worthy,
let your peace come upon it; but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. 14If anyone will
not welcome you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet as you leave that
house or town.
 

Martin’s Talk.
'But how will I know the way?' I asked, setting off on my first solo car journey. To which the reply came
'Don't be silly,'. 'We've been going there for years! You'll know it all right.' But I didn't. I recognized many
parts of the road. But there is a world difference between sitting in a car, while someone else makes the
decisions about which road to take and doing it yourself. I got lost just five miles into the journey!
Up until this moment, Jesus' disciples have been passengers in the car, and He's been doing the driving.
Now it is their turn! Firstly, Jesus instructs them to pray. He looked at the crowds following him and
referred to them as a field ripe for harvest. Many people are ready to give their lives to Jesus if someone
would show them how. Jesus commands us to pray that people will respond to this need for workers.
Often, when we pray for something, God answers our prayers by using us.
So, it’s not unusual to wonder what it would have been like to be one of those first disciples of Jesus. What
it would be like to be with Him every day, hearing him preach and teach, watching him heal people?
I wonder how the disciples felt when he sent them out among the villages. Maybe people in the villages
would have known them, wondered why they had left their homes and their jobs to be with Jesus, perhaps
laughed at them when they talked about the Kingdom of God.
How vulnerable did those disciples feel without food, or money, or spare clothing? How did it feel to be
asked to heal people? As they quickly found out, being a follower of Jesus was not safe or easy.
And fast forward a bit, to the early church. The people then knew what had happened to Jesus because of
how he had lived and taught. They knew about the resurrection, but they also knew what preceded it. And
through the letters of Paul and the stories recorded in the Gospels they were hearing clearly the
consequences of discipleship.
They are called to be healers, restorers, people who will bring life and hope to others, not grand status to
themselves. So in our community, in our church, what does this reading say to us?
Where do we see the Kingdom among us? How and where are we called to go and share the gospel? For far
too long not just recent times the church has been in effective self-imposed lockdown waiting for others to
come to us. But now through all that has happened we realise we are in a community which wants to know
wants to share. But are we ready?
These verses may help. Matt 9 V11-13 You don't need a lot of equipment. You are the equipment, "When
you knock on a door, be courteous in your greeting. If they welcome you, be gentle in your conversation.
Celebrate with people, cry with people, be with them, share with them, and as we do this pray for them
and let God do the work through your actions, your friendship, your support. Respond always in love.
V14-15 If they don't welcome you, quietly withdraw. Don't make a scene. Shrug your shoulders and be on
your way. It is no concern of yours now.
We know that in the response to Covid 19 many of the people continuing to work and are putting their lives
on the line in order to carry out their calling. They continue to pay a heavy cost in terms of the risks to their
own health and that of their families.
Perhaps this modern context helps to frame the sense amongst the community to which Matthew was
writing and gives focus to the sense of anguish and worry, the costliness of serving a community through
bringing healing and wholeness that the disciples and their later followers experienced.
This teaching in our reading is focused about what discipleship means, about the cost of following Jesus’
way, and the likely challenges that it may rouse from other people. Here Jesus is giving a model to the
church. We note that the disciples do not go out alone. They go out as a mutually supportive group bound
by the bonds of their shared ministry to go and do as Jesus did. Church continues to be the supportive
group in which we pray and support.
We must be prepared for God to use us to show another person the way to him.
Pray for your neighbours, those new relationships that have developed in these strange times and ask God
to guide your footsteps as you follow him.
 

 

Learners & Activity.
J
esus was a teacher and his friends were learners. Sometimes we call them disciples or followers or
apostles. All of our lives we are learners because there is always something new to find out.
• Can you think of something new that you found out about this week?
There are different ways of learning things. You can watch someone working or listen to someone talking.
You can use Google. • Can you think of any other ways?
Jesus taught people in lots of different ways. One way that people really enjoyed was that he told stories,
stories about things they saw everyday seeds, flowers, sheep, coins. Another way that Jesus taught was
that he did kind things and encouraged his friends to do the same.
• Which story that Jesus told do you like best and why?
Another way that Jesus taught was to do something and then get his friends to do the same. Sometimes he
sent them out on their own to tell people about God and to help people. He told them that God would help
them to do these things.
• There is an old saying: Practice makes perfect. Can you work out what that saying means?
Share something that you have had to practice.
The bible is a book full of different poems and stories and letters, reading it helps all of us, children and
grown-ups, to learn more about God.
Why not find, read or tell your favourite story about Jesus. Or even mime it and see if someone else can
guess it.
Revd Martin

 

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printed order of service Martin needs to know by Friday night.
So that we can get it to you on Saturday. Details below.

News Sheet
Please send your short reports on events that have taken place and those that you may be
involved in that you would like to publicise by Thursday to: Martin
Vicar: Revd. Martin Short 01484 661751 martin.short@Leeds.anglican.org
Who you can also contact for Baptisms and Weddings:

Restoration song:
God called forth a people, and we responded to His call, ‘Rebuild this ancient ruin, restore
my city walls.’ He has led us day by day, as we listened to His voice, and we were fed on
finest wheat, and manna from the skies. When we started, we were strangers. We hardly
knew each other’s names. Now we are brothers and sisters, and we will never be the
same. As we built, brick by brick, we discovered the corner stone, and as we let Him mould
and fashion us, He built us up in love. Now we have seen, and we have heard, that the
Lord our God is great, for a wilderness has been transformed, into His holy place.
Northumbria Community. Celtic Daily Prayer