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Church Newsletter - Wed 17th February 2021
 
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Worship in church
 
In light of the national lockdown there will be no services in the church building this week.

We hope to be back worshipping together again soon.


Church will be open on Sunday from 9-11am for Quiet Reflection and candle lighting (with background music playing).
 

Virtual Worship

Sunday 21st February 2021

The services will be sent out
via email on Saturday 20th February 


 Sunday Worship
Preacher: Steve Crossley
Readings- 1 Peter 3.18-22; Mark 1.9-15

Celtic Prayer
Leader: John Edmund

You will also be able to pick up Sunday School packs and notices.

Please join us over zoom for....
Sunday School 
Coffee and chat 
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
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Tonight - Ash Wednesday
Wednesday 17 February 2021
7.00-7.45pm


To mark the start of Lent, there will be an opportunity to join our Ash Wednesday service on zoom. 

The link for the service can be found below (we will take part over zoom).
If you have not tried zoom before I encourage you to do so as it allows us to worship togethe
r. 

Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85365827067?pwd=ci9DRGVGQVZyZkFzYU1YWXlIdTR5UT09
Meeting ID: 853 6582 7067 Passcode: Ashes

For those unable to join us tonight
you might like to use this in your devotions
Dust to Dust - Robb and Ruth Sutherland
The Greatest Story Ever Told
Lent Course: Session 1 
 

This Lent we are studying the Archbishop's Lent Course: 
Living His Story.


Here is the introduction to session 1:

The Greatest Story Ever Told

Bible verses:

  • Matthew 24:14

  • 1 Corinthians 9:14

  • Mark 16:15


The gospel of Jesus Christ is a story. It is a story about God that can be told and recited, studied and analysed, debated and discussed. Robert McKee is a lecturer in storytelling who has coached many Hollywood screenwriters and he says this is about our sense of connection with the idea of stories: ‘Our appetite for story is a reflection of the profound human need to grasp the pattern of living, not merely as an intellectual exercise, but within a very personal, emotional experience.’ We show this hunger through the stories that we tell of our lives, often using a narrative to describe how our day has been. When we meet someone for the first time, we tend to get to know them through recounting experiences we have had rather than presenting a list of facts.

The gospel of Jesus Christ is a story, but it is quite unlike any other story we will ever encounter. In fact it is not something that we simply hear and understand but a reality in which we live and find our sense of belonging. His story is the living story that makes sense of all the other stories in our lives.

On the first Easter Sunday morning the women set off for the tomb, taking with them spices that they had prepared for Jesus’ dead body. They thought that Jesus’ story had come to an end. Peering into the tomb these women began to grasp that something in the fundamental structure of the world had changed. Though they did not fully realise this at that moment, they had seen into a world where death was no longer the final frontier, where sin did not get the last word. They glimpsed a new world where resurrection is possible and where death is defeated. To the other disciples this announcement initially sounded unbelievable, so much so that they had to check it out for themselves. What these disciples discovered that first Easter morning was that the Jesus story was far from over; in fact, it was only just beginning.

The gospel is the good news of the risen Jesus. It is the narrative which stands at the centre of human history and upon which the Christian faith is built.

The good news of the risen Jesus is the story we are called to pass on to others. We must be reminded once again of why the good news is really good news for those around us. We need to learn not only to say what Jesus did but to communicate in the way that Jesus did.

As witnesses, one of our roles is to connect this story with the stories of those that we meet. Our job is not to change the story to try and make it fit better with contemporary values. Our role is to help people to see its relevance and significance to them. We do this in a number of ways, through speaking of our own story and talking of the difference that Jesus makes here and now. We do it through connecting the gospel with the stories that shape our cultural landscape, which so often point to the gospel but which we can often fail to see. We do it through listening to others and finding points of connection. We do it through prayer and through living out the story in our character and actions.

Interview between Justin Welby and author Helen Steele

LENT GROUPS
In the first session we will be exploring:
How did you first come to hear Jesus’ story?
How did his story help you to make sense of your own?
What are the fears or concerns that hold you back from sharing the story?
What can you learn from the people that helped you on your journey of faith?
How can you connect the story of the gospel to people in your local community?

 
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/
or if you would prefer to buy it as an e-book you can buy from: 
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B08FX4B6R4/
God at Work?

As working Christians, we are deeply aware of the gap that exists between Sunday and Monday. Although the two days are next to each other on the calendar, they seem miles apart.

On Sunday we hear that we are children of God, saved by grace in Jesus Christ. On Monday, there are endless emails to be answered, spreadsheets to be completed, people to be hired and fired, meetings to attend, and important decisions to be made.

How can we better think about the relationship between our faith life and work life?

The intrinsic value of our work within God's big picture plan and why all work, not just “ministry work,” matters to God. But how does knowing that purpose impact the way you actually work on a day-to-day level?

It comes together in this idea:

Just be NICER.

Let’s take a look at each of the five letters in the word N-I-C-E-R.

N: No Compromises

Daniel 1:8-14 is a wonderful introduction to a young Jewish man, Daniel, who is willing to stay true to his beliefs and faith in God despite unfavorable circumstances.

As part of the Babylonian “management training program,” Daniel is told to eat certain foods that violate Jewish dietary rules. Daniel comes up with a creative, “win-win” solution that allows him to stay true to his beliefs and meet the requirements of his job. He negotiates his solution with his manager, lays the risks before God in prayer, and passes the program with flying colors.

Being a Christian in the workplace means that you should not compromise any of your core beliefs for the sake of your employer. Like Daniel, look for the creative solution and seek God’s direction.

Are you compromising any part of what you believe in your work?

I: Integrity

The story of Daniel continues in Daniel 6:1-5. Daniel’s work product was impeccable and those around him could find nothing wrong that would hold him back from eventual promotion over them.

Daniel’s success at work was shaped by his faith in God and life’s experiences. He stood out at work because of his integrity. But that drew criticism from his colleagues—especially when they were vying for the same job opportunity.

When his competitors looked to find a way to eliminate Daniel from the promotion opportunity, Daniel’s track record spoke for itself. So much so that his jealous competitors resorted to underhanded ways to undermine Daniel’s reputation and his faith, to no avail.

Does your integrity speak for itself?

C: Compassionate in Relationships

As we read the gospels, we see Jesus often preach about the kingdom of God. Despite his busy work and travel schedule, he never missed an opportunity to be compassionate. Throughout his ministry, Jesus encountered people who were sick, demon-possessed, hungry, poor, and blind.

From a project management point of view, taking time to show compassion might well have been seen as hindering overall progress. But not for Jesus. He took the time to show compassion because that’s what the gospel is all about.

For Jesus, and for us today, having compassion means to enter into the pain and suffering of others. However, our reaction, all too often, is to walk away from the difficult life situations of others, especially in the workplace. After all, we are at work to get the work done, right?

But let’s look again at Jesus. He had a busy, three-year work-and-travel schedule and still he made time to enter into people’s suffering.

Jesus teaches us not to walk away from those who face difficult situations in life but to have compassion. We might not have all the answers, but we can still be a companion and walk with someone who is suffering.

Jesus calls us to be compassionate at work—can you do that too?

E: Excellence

Excellence in your work is perhaps the most obvious way to be a Christian at work.

After all, the Bible makes it very clear that God values excellence, and that no matter what your job—as an employee or as an employer—you should do your very best, as if working unto the Lord himself.

In Colossians 3:22-24, Paul writes the following for the Christian worker: 

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

Whatever job we hold, wherever we work, we should serve to the best of our ability for the pleasure and the glory of God.

The motto “Do your best, and let Jesus do the rest” exactly captures this idea.

Are you doing your best—and with the right spirit—at your work?

R: Responsible to Others

Our lives and our jobs are not about us. Life is about glorifying our creator in whose image we have been made, sometimes by serving as the very hands and feet of God himself.

In fact, God often will choose to help others through you to draw them closer to him. The story of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:25-37 is a great example. In this story, the businessman passing by the injured man acts to help, something that the priest and Levite avoid. The businessman makes a detour and spends his own money and effort on someone with whom he has no official “business.”

In telling the parable, Jesus walks his listeners through the story to help them realize that the responsibility to help others is for everyone, not just “religious” workers. In the kingdom of God, it is the stranger—like you and I—who is to help and show responsibility for others.

The point of the story is that we are not to be so caught up in our work that we walk by those needing our help and care. Jesus’ story is an invitation to take responsibility for the ‘other.’

In this case, Jesus may be telling you something that you might not want to hear—don’t only do good within the bounds of your job, but go one step further and look for an opportunity to help others, even outside your normal work area.

Can you make the necessary detour to help others?

In conclusion, can you be NICER at work?

Roland Heersink from the Institute for Faith Work and Economics

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 (or asking for a paper electoral roll form from the office)
Please note the link on the previous form was broken this has been corrected
The BIG church quiz
Saturday 20th February 2021
Zoom in for 7.30 - 9 pm

Quiz masters - The Smiths
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87453350286?pwd=cHkwMmVMUzNrbkFkaDJKL01uVHJLUT09

Meeting ID: 874 5335 0286
Passcode: questions
Prayers
Wednesday 17th February - Friday 24th February 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


Ash Wednesday (17th) - Psalm 103:8-14
Thu 18th February - Matthew 5.13-14
Fri 19th February - Matthew 5.17-20
Sat 20th February - Luke 4. 42-44
Monday 22nd February - Mark 1. 35-39
Tuesday 23rd February – Mark 1. 40-45
Wednesday 24th February - Mark 2.1-12
Thursday 25th February – Mark 2.23-28
Friday 26th February - Mark 3.1-5

Lantern Tower Lights
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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