Third Sunday of Lent
Sunday 24th March
8.30am Holy Communion All Saints’ Church
10.00am Parish Communion St. Andrew’s Church
Services During the Week
8.15am Morning Prayer - Monday All Saints’ Church
8.45am Morning Prayer - Tuesday & Friday St. Andrew’s Church
- Wednesday & Thursday All Saints’ Church
Sunday 31st March
8.30am Holy Communion St. Andrew’s Church
10.00am All Age Service All Saints’ Church
Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; 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.
Post Communion Prayer
Merciful Lord, grant your people grace to withstand the temptations of the world, the flesh and the devil, and with pure hearts and minds to follow you, the only God; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Isa. 55. 1-9
Ho, everyone who thirsts,
come to the waters;
and you that have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without price.
Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
and your labour for that which does not satisfy?
Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good,
and delight yourselves in rich food.
Incline your ear, and come to me;
listen, so that you may live.
I will make with you an everlasting covenant,
my steadfast, sure love for David.
See, I made him a witness to the peoples,
a leader and commander for the peoples.
See, you shall call nations that you do not know,
and nations that do not know you shall run to you,
because of the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel,
for he has glorified you.
Seek the Lord while he may be found,
call upon him while he is near;
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.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
1 Cor. 10. 1-13
I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, and all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual rock that followed them, and the rock was Christ. Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them, and they were struck down in the wilderness.
Now these things occurred as examples for us, so that we might not desire evil as they did. Do not become idolaters as some of them did; as it is written, ‘The people sat down to eat and drink, and they rose up to play.’ We must not indulge in sexual immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in a single day. We must not put Christ to the test, as some of them did, and were destroyed by serpents. And do not complain as some of them did, and were destroyed by the destroyer. These things happened to them to serve as an example, and they were written down to instruct us, on whom the ends of the ages have come. So if you think you are standing, watch out that you do not fall. No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it.
Luke 13. 1-9
At that very time there were some present who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. He asked them, ‘Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners than all other Galileans? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as they did. Or those eighteen who were killed when the tower of Siloam fell on them—do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others living in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish just as they did.’
Then he told this parable: ‘A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. So he said to the gardener, “See here! For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none. Cut it down! Why should it be wasting the soil?” He replied, “Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig round it and put manure on it. If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.” ’
The Week Ahead
Sun 24th 3.00pm Winter Teas St. Andrew’s Church
Mon 25th 9.00am Monday Mugs All Saints’ Church
7.30pm Lent Course The Vicarage
Weds 27th 6.30pm Radical Welcome Lent Course All Saints’ Church
Thurs 28th 9.30am Church Cleaning All Saints’ Church
7.00pm APCM Market House
The APCM will take place on Thursday 28th March at 7pm at the Market House.
We currently have vacancies for 3 churchwardens, a Treasurer and looking to elect 3 new member to the PCC. If you are interested in any of these vacancies please speak to Revd Liz or one of the current churchwardens.
Lent Groups - 4 week Radical Welcome Lent Course starting at All Saints’ Church on Wednesday 13th March 6.30pm – 8.30pm, to include a meal and discussion.
- Lent group based on the film The Greatest Showman starting Monday 11th March at 7.30pm.
If you are interested in either group please let Revd. Liz know.
Easter Lillies - As is the custom, lilies given in memory of loved ones will be arranged in All Saints' and St. Andrew's Churches. Donations of £3 per lily can be sent for All Saints' Church - Christine Outhwaite, Wason House, Upper High Street, tel.350302 St Andrew's Church Sarah Stringer
It will be helpful if donations are received by Wednesday 19th April
Living Well in God’s world - join the Bishops’ Lent Challenge. This year, Bishop Peter and Bishop Ruth are focussing on care for the environment for their Lent Challenge to parishes. There are a suite of resources available to download for individuals, children & families and schools on the diocesan website at www.bathandwells.org.uk/Living-Well-Lent-2019 or sign up for challenges, readings, prayer and reflection direct to your inbox.
Lent 2019 - Christian Spirituality Explored. The following series of addresses are being given at Wells Cathedral on Sundays afternoons. All are welcome. If you wish to attend please let Paula Denyer know on email@example.com.
24 March : The Spiritual Vision of St. Augustine : Professor Gillian Clark, Bristol University.
31 March : The Spiritual Vision of Mother Julian of Norwich : Canon Melvyn Matthews, Wells Cathedral.
7 April : The Spiritual Vision of the Reformation and Counter Reformation : Dr. David Hoyle, Dean of Bristol.
All Saints' Cleaning Thursday 28th March. 9:30am - 10:30am
Lent is a season of prayer and fasting. As a church community we are encouraged to pray for each other. You will find in your seat a piece of coloured card. You are invited to write down something that is happening in your life in the coming week for which you would like God's help. You can add your name or it can remain anonymous. These cards will be gathered up at the offertory and placed on the altar ready to be returned and redistributed during the final hymn. Please take a card home with you and commit to praying for that person or that situation in the coming week. This will happen each week during Lent.
On Saturday 16 March, Jon Pickard entertained the 56 members of the audience playing a variety of traditional and original tunes on his amazing 23 stringed harp-guitar. It was a wonderful evening and thanks go to all those involved in the organisation. We raised £410.00 for the Development fund.
More than 2 million people have been affected by Cyclone Idai in Malawi, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. An estimated 80,000 people have been displaced. The death toll is rising fast, with over 1,000 predicted lost. Christian Aid is already on the ground in Malawi and Zimbabwe working with local partners, and has joined the rest of the DEC (Disaster Emergency Committee) to raise urgent funds. You can donate via the website https://www.christianaid.org.uk/, sending a cheque to Christian Aid, 35-41 Lower Marsh, London SE1 7RL, or giving it to David Osborne who will pass it on.
Revd. Liz’s days of rest this week are Friday 29th and Saturday 30th
Gluten free wafers are available. If you require one please contact the churchwarden.