Trinity Sunday

Readings Acts 11:1-18 & 22-31, Romans 5:1-5 , John 16:12-15

Sermon – Rev. Gill Webb

With the recent coverage of all the 75th anniversary events to mark the D-day landings in Normandy I watched again the film the Monuments Men. If you haven’t seen the film it is about an allied task force that was given the job of recovering the stolen art works that the Nazis had taken from across Europe and attempt to return these pieces to their original owners. Hitler had planned a massive museum to be built in his home town of Linz where he would exhibit the greatest collection of masterpieces that would eclipse any other collections across the world. In his Fuhrer Museum he planned to display paintings and sculptures from a multitude of famous artists. He took these priceless pieces forcibly from homes, galleries, town halls and churches without a moment’s thought.

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Thy Kingdom Come – stones

Today we have prayed together as a family… Find five small stones (light coloured ones are best) and write each of the people on your list onto each ofthe stones. Place them on your desk, bedside table or fireplace as a reminder to pray. Alternatively, you could place each stone in a different room of … Read more

Thy Kingdom Come – post-it

Today I have used the post-it note method to pray for five people I know… Use five post-it notes and write one name onto each.Stick them onto your mirror, above your bed or somewhere that you’ll see them regularly and will be reminded to pray.

Thy Kingdom Come – Lego

Today I have prayed with my daughter… On the side of a piece of Lego, write the name of someone you want to pray for. Each time you pray for that person, put another piece of Lego on top of the name to create a prayer tower.

Thy Kingdom Come – knots

So today I have made a string prayer … Take a piece of string or cord, and tie five knots in it to represent each of the five people you have committed to pray for. You could carry the knotted string in your pocket, tie it round your wrist or place it somewhere that you’ll … Read more

Them and Us

Readings Acts 11:1-18 

Sermon – Rev. Kate McFarlane

A revolution – that’s what today’s reading from Acts is – a revolution. It changes the church forever because it is the point at which the first Christians realise that Jesus’s message was not just for the Jews but for the world.

In it, we hear that evocative phrase; them and us…them and us! –  an idea that has been so exploited for political gain and a phrase to ponder critically in the week ahead as we ponder how to vote next Thursday.  And let’s be clear, in this story ‘we’ are not the ‘us’. We are ‘them’; as non-Jews we are the profane ones, the ones outside the boundaries of true religion, outside the laws for right living and we were not wanted! But in today’s reading we, the non-Jewish Gentiles, receive God’s Spirit and become ‘us’.

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Silver Anniversary

Congratulations and celebrations! Twenty five years of women’s ordination, and twenty five years of priesthood for Rev. Gill Webb who continues to serve Marston and Lidlington with kindness and generosity. [columns] [span6] [/span6][span6] [/span6][/columns]