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Church Newsletter - Wednesday 3rd March 2021
 
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Worship in church

We will slowly and gently return to worship in the building this week.

In order to facilitate this we will hold short services of the word before returning to offering Holy Communion.


8.00am Morning Prayer
9.30am Service of the Word
11.15am The 11.15 Service
6.30pm A Simple Evensong


These services can only take place safely under the following conditions:
  1. Face covering are worn (unless your are exempt)
  2. There will be no congregational singing
  3. People do not chat to those outside your household (either inside or outside church)
  4. Hands are sanitised 
  5. People of different households sit 2m apart
  6. You sign in for track and trace. 
  7. There will be no Sunday school at the moment
The church will be fully cleaned between services.
 

Virtual Worship

Sunday 7th March 2021

The services will be sent out
via email on Saturday 6th February 

 
Sunday Worship

Readings: Exodus 20.1-17, John 2.13-22

The Praise Service
with guest Jane Speck


Please join us over zoom for....
Youth Group


Details will follow on the worship email which will be sent out on Saturday
You can find all the previous services here
 Join us for worship
Further Church Opening 
After April 12th we expect to be able to open up children's activities and groups and the hall

After the 17th May we expect to be able to open church for visitors.

Please keep an eye on the weekly sheet.
Transformation
Lent Course: Session 3
 

Session 3
Jesus was in the transformation business

Featured Bible Passages

Mark 5:1-20, 1 Thessalonians 2:5-8, 1 John 1:1-3

This session explores the transformational power of stories. Jesus was, and is, in the transformation business. As a result, we have powerful stories of what Jesus has done to share with others. The session aims to embolden you and give you the tools you need to tell your story. It also features an interview between Hannah Steele and Justin Welby.

This session is based around Chapter 3 of Hannah Steele’s book Living His Story. 

Featured Passage

One of the most remarkable stories of instant transformation is in Jesus’ dealings with the demoniac in Mark 5. Jesus travels by boat to an area called the land of the Gerasene's. It is one of the first encounters that we see Jesus having in Gentile territory. In this remote place, Jesus encounters a man who is possessed by multiple demons. The initial description that Mark gives us of this man is distressing: wild and unkempt, ostracized from the local community, even his own family, wailing out loud and a danger to himself. We can only presume that this troubled man had no prior knowledge of Jesus, yet he is drawn to him and falls down on his knees before him. It becomes clear that the man is entirely riddled with demons and that only the all-powerful word of Jesus can break his chains. Jesus instantly sets the man free, although it does not turn out so well for the herd of pigs nearby. Mark is keen to report that by the time the crowd had heard of this story they were faced with an entirely different picture of the man, who now sat clothed, calm and able to communicate articulately. The transformation under-gone by this man was complete: from chaos to peace, from danger to security.

This miracle is one of many instances in the Gospels when en-counter with Jesus brings complete and utter transformation and freedom. You might think that this story of transformation would be met with great relief by the town who no longer have to listen to the terrifying screams of the man wandering around the tombs. However, their fear now turns away from this man and focuses on Jesus instead. They are unsure what to make of his power and were possibly also concerned about the impact on the local farming community. The town turns out and begs Jesus to leave. This is so different from the many occasions where people beg Jesus to stay. Here his presence is not welcome. It is therefore not surprising that the freed man now wants to follow the one who has set him free. Why stay in the town that has exiled him? The man tries to climb in the boat with Jesus when he goes to leave, but Jesus says these words to him: ‘Go home to your friends, and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and what mercy he has shown you’ (Mark 5.19).

It is surprising that Jesus doesn’t take the man with him, isn’t it? Only a few chapters ago he had been recruiting followers for his newly formed band of disciples. Surely this man would be the perfect new apprentice with a miraculous story to share? Jesus knows the home crowd are hostile. Why not save the man the hardship and take him on board? However, Jesus resists the man’s desire to follow him and instead sends him back as a witness to his own community, the very community that had been so fearful of him. What is also striking is that this man has very little experience of Jesus other than this one exchange. He hasn’t listened to the hours of teaching that the other disciples had. However, Jesus sends him back, simply to tell ‘how much the Lord has done’ for him. This man was called to witness to the story of God’s work in his life, to speak of his utter transformation and his present experience of freedom and peace. And we soon read that ‘every-one was amazed’ in the surrounding towns (Mark 5.20). Where Jesus had caused initial confusion and fear, this man’s story of his encounter with Jesus in turn began to transform the lives around him.

I love this story from Mark’s Gospel because it is a powerful illustration of the influence of personal story. Jesus leaves the man in his home town, untrained but full of his own personal encounter. And the results speak for themselves. This way of witnessing is one of the first and easiest ways we can start to share our faith with people and can be one of the simplest ways to get started on imaginative evangelism.

Video Interview. Living His Story Session 3 with Phil Knox

LENT GROUPS
In the second third we will be exploring the following:
  1. Think of a story of encountering God that you have shared with others or others have shared with you. What did you learn from the experience?

  2. In what practical ways might you express God’s love to a neighbour this week?

  3. At this point in your Lenten journey, be still for a while and imagine Jesus gazing into your eyes in love. How do you find yourself responding?

If you would like to join a group (meeting over zoom) please contact Becky at stmarys.beverley@gmail.com or call 881437.

Groups are meeting at different times and on different days so we hope to find a time which suits you.

The book is not essential but if you would like to buy it - it can be found here at a discounted
rate:https://www.aslanchristianbooks.com/living-his-story-9780281085170/.
Electoral Roll
It is more important than ever to keep in touch and the easiest way to allow us to keep in touch with you is by signing up for the electoral roll which is revised every year before the annual meeting in April.

Please sign up by clicking this link
Please note there was an error on the previous link which has been corrected
(or asking for a paper electoral roll form from the office)
The BIG church quiz
Saturday 6th March2021
Zoom in for 7.30 - 9 pm

Quiz-masters: Karl and Anna
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87453350286?pwd=cHkwMmVMUzNrbkFkaDJKL01uVHJLUT09

Meeting ID: 874 5335 0286
Passcode: questions
Prayers
Wednesday 3rd March - Friday 14th March 2021
(broadcast each evening on Facebook)

A simple form of evening prayer and candle lighting *

At St Mary's we would like to invite you to join us in a short time of prayer every day at 7pm. It involves lighting a candle and placing it in the window and then saying the following prayers as individuals or as households.  You can join with others in these prayers on our Facebook page.

The Lord almighty grant us a quiet night and a perfect end. Amen.

Our help is in the name of the Lord
who made heaven and earth.

A period of silence for reflection on the past day may follow.

O God, make speed to save us.
O Lord, make haste to help us.

Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever. Amen.


The reading for the day (see below)**

The candle is lit and the following prayer is said
Heavenly Father, accept this burning candle as a sign of faith and love.
Like this candle, bring light into our world
Even as this candle is lit may we know your presence
and be consumed in the warmth of your love.
In your mercy, Lord hear our prayer.

In peace we will lie down and sleep;
for you alone, Lord, make us dwell in safety.

Abide with us, Lord Jesus
for the night is at hand and the day is now past.

As the night watch looks for the morning
so do we look for you, O Christ.

The Lord bless us and watch over us;
the Lord make his face shine upon us and be gracious to us;
the Lord look kindly on us and give us peace. Amen.

Readings

Wednesday 3rd March - Matthew 5.17-20
Thursday 4th March - Matthew 5. 21-30
Friday 5th March - Matthew 5. 33-37

Saturday 6th March -Matthew 5. 43-48
Monday 8th March -Matthew 6.1-4
Tuesday 9th March - Matthew 6.5-15
Wednesday 10th March - Matthew 6.16-18
Thursday 11th March - Matthew 6.19-24
Friday 12th March - Matthew 6.25-34

Lantern Tower Lights
8th March - In memory of The Rev'd Dennis Lumb
Please let us know if you would like the tower lights lit in memory of someone you love. You can leave a donation in a pink envelope in church.
Write on the back
  1. Your name
  2. Your contact details
  3. The person you would like to remember
  4. The date you would like the towers lit 
Alternatively e mail us at stmarys.beverley@gmail.com
Giving
Thank you to those who have sent through their weekly offering

We would be grateful if you are able to help us either by setting up a standing order through your bank (details below) or by sending a cheque addressed to 'St Mary's PCC' (preferably a lump sum rather than weekly amounts as this avoids multiple trips to the bank) to the vicarage - 15 Molescroft Road Beverley HU17 7DX

Please do let us know if you are setting up a standing order.so we can allocate gift aid accordingly - St Mary’s P.C.C. account 90775800, sort code 20-43-47

 
Alternatively you can give online by clicking here
My gift to church
Keeping in touch
If there is anyway you think we can help please do not hesitate to get in touch:-  07598 518426
 
A number of healthy and mobile church members are offering their services to help with food deliveries etc.  If you need practical help please do not hesitate to call.
 Our contact details are:
St Mary's Church
Northbar Within
Beverley
HU17 8DL

Telephone:  07598 518426

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