|Some of us are getting older and often laugh together about the aging process – to laugh is a
choice we make about what can be an embarrassing situation. We laugh about going
upstairs and then forgetting why we have gone up there, about losing names of people, even
people we have known for such a long time, or losing words, or perhaps forgetting where our
keys or glasses are. C’est la vie – that’s life, but getting older does have many compensations
too, so don’t feel too sorry for us you young ones!
This morning I was reminded of one thing we must never forget. Reminded because a quite
small picture frame which lives on a shelf in the corner of our bedroom fell over, seemingly
for no reason, inviting me to look at it again. Sometimes things become so much part of the
scenery that we dust them and pass on to the next thing. This pretty little frame was given to
me as an ordination gift more than twenty years ago and contains words which we must
never forget. Verses 1 and 2 from Psalm 121.
“I lift up my eyes to the hills
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord.”
These ancient words from the psalms must have reminded many a person, held in the grip of
some terrible circumstance of life that God truly is with us, never abandoning us or leaving
us without resource to his love.
As I write this, we have just celebrated Pentecost when the early church first came together
as a body, experiencing the presence of God in new ways through the Holy Spirit’s power
falling upon them. It is easy to think that they had it easy but just a little imagination
reminds us that they didn’t. All the sadness of life which torments us, all the fear for our
loved ones, sickness, death, happened to them too, just as two thousand years later it
happens to us. The words of psalm 121 would have been such a comfort to them, as they can
be to us.
These words inform our thinking and more importantly our actions. God’s loving Spirit is
shown through people, through others, who do indeed help when we hit hard times of
whatever making. Sometimes the situation cannot change but for a person to listen, a hand
to be held, a shoulder to safely cry on can make all the difference as to how we cope. We
may be the giver or the receiver in this.
When we gathered for our outdoor service at Pentecost last week, some of the Rainbows and
Brownies and Guides helped plant a bed of forget-me-nots by the main gate from Church
Street. This is to remind us that God, through our Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit
never, ever forgets us, and to encourage us not to forget that this love is there for us at any
time. So as you walk through the Church Yard in these next weeks, look for the new growth
sprouting in that bed and remember his love – just as he remembers you – eternally.
We are here to help people love and worship God.
We aim to be, and encourage others to become, committed and active disciples of Jesus,
who love God and worship him, who know the power of the Holy Spirit and who show
God’s love in every part of their lives.
|Prayer for the month
|Thought for the month
|Below you will find extracts from this month's Parish Magazine
First Words..., A Prayer for the Month & A Thought for the Month
as we celebrate the ninetieth birthday of Her Majesty the Queen,
receive our heartfelt thanks
for all that you have given her in these ninety years
and for all that she has given to her people.
Continue, we pray, your loving purposes in her,
and as you gather us together in celebration,
unite us also in love and service to one another;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
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|Our next vicar, Revd. Dr Tim Gill, will be moving with his
family to Ecclesfield at the beginning of July.
The service to install Tim as Vicar of Ecclesfield will take place
on Thursday 28th July at 7.30pm when the Rt. Revd. Peter
Burrows, Bishop of Doncaster, will lead the proceedings.
Please hold Tim, his family and his current parish of Roby,
Liverpool, in your prayers.
|Until such time as our new vicar takes over the reins next summer, Sunday Services and
Thursday Communion will continue as normal with the help of visiting clergy and our
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‘For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for
harm, to give you a future with hope.’ Jeremiah 29:11
|To celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday we are holding an Afternoon Tea in the Gatty
Hall after the Morning Service on Sunday 12th June 12pm - 3pm. Tickets are available from
Church at a cost of £6 for adults and £3 for children. Do join us to celebrate this remarkable
event – dress code ‘posh’, ‘period’ or just ‘come as you are’.
On 19th June, Stephen Impey will be with us in our Morning Service to bring us up
to date with all that is happening with the project he is undertaking, with his family, in
Don’t neglect to cast your vote on 23rd June in the Referendum. So much has been
said, there are so many points of view. Pray that God will lead you to the right decision on
In preparation for Tim Gill and his family coming to join us on 28th July, we are
going to ask you to sign up for an In House Retreat. Although this sounds daunting, it
simply means that during June we will be asking members of the congregation to sign up for
one day between 1st and 28th July. On that day we ask that you take a little time to pray for
Tim and Mandy and their family and also to pray for whoever has signed up to pray for
them on the next day. Your prayers may be as brief or as long as you wish and take
whatever form you wish and be wherever you wish. It simply means that we will be holding
Tim and Mandy in our prayers as they leave their parish in Liverpool and move house,
before Tim’s Induction Service on 28th and that we will also be praying for each other at this
time of transition.
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