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St David's Church, Broom Leys
March 20th - 27th 
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
 
Motivations matter, Lent is a season of penitent and intentional self reflection but it is a risky one. Firstly its risky because if we take the process of fasting, prayer, scripture meditation and examining our lives seriously, then God might just show us things we need to repent of! The Holy Spirit might use our Lenten disciplines to show us more of what we need to nail to the cross on Good Friday, He might even ask us to let go of things we enjoy, or long held and habitual sins we have turned a blind eye to by hardening our conscience. Secondly, Lent is risky because it is by virtue of the disciplines we adopt a season of extra effort, of outward works, which always run the risk of becoming perfunctory. While I certainly encourage all Christians to wholeheartedly engage with Lent, treating it like a spiritual health check-up, I'm always mindful that what matters most to God is our motivations. Our Lenten disciplines (and all outward practices of our Christian faith) should only ever be an expression of deep inward transformation. 
We Christians can very easily think, say and do things that are resoundingly displeasing to God but still go through all the motions of church as if nothing is the matter. We can even fool ourselves into thinking we are doing something righteous by being sinful for the greater good! We should perpetually be aware that according to scripture our hearts are easily deceived by sin, even if we we achieve what we perceive to be good things by sinful means then we aren't actually living and serving according to God's will. Others may never know our sinful motivations, but what is often at the forefront of my prayer life is that God sees and knows everything. Lent ought to be the season where we put all our secret sins that only God sees to death in our hearts, where we address the core motivators of why we do, think and say what we do, inviting the Holy Spirit to burn away all that does not please the Lord in preparation for the Holy season of Eastertide. 
"The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart: These, O God, You will not despise." - Psalm 51:17

Lenten Blessings, 
Rev'd Brett 
20th March 2022
Third Sunday of Lent
Bible Readings
Isaiah 55.1-9; 1 Corinthians 10.1-13; Luke 13.1-9

 
Collect
We beseech thee, Almighty God, look upon the hearty desires of thy humble servants, and stretch forth the right hand of thy Majesty, to be our defence against all our enemies; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

This Week

Sunday 20th         Lent 3
8:00am                Holy Communion (BCP)
10:00am              Family Holy Communion

Wednesday 23rd 
1.00pm                Open the book- Broom Leys School
7:00pm                PCC Meeting

Thursday 24th      
10:00am              Midweek Eucharist (BCP)
1:30-3:00pm        Lent Course Session 4 A (in choir vestry)
7:00-8:30pm        Lent Course Session 4 B (in choir vestry)

Saturday 26th
9:30am                Prayer Meeting (Lady chapel)

Sunday 27th         Lent 4
10:00am              Family Holy Communion 
 
**Congratulations to Audrey and David Lawson on their Diamond Wedding Anniversary (60 years)!**
An excerpt from The Bible in One Year 
Job 8-10 and Acts 8:26-40
(Contributed by Adrienne, Thankyou!)
(Contributed by 'Anonymous'. Thankyou!)
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UKRAINE CRISIS RESPONSE FUND

You can donate to the Samaritan's Purse Ukraine appeal by clicking HERE. They are working hard to secure medical supplies, food and other essentials for the massive influx of Ukrainian refugees entering neighbouring countries such as Romania and Poland. Below is a Youtube video explaining just some of the work Samaritan's Purse is doing to help the people of Ukraine. 

To my St. Davids family and friends.

Thank you for all of your lovely cards, messages and prayers after the unexpected sudden death of my husband Barry. It was of great comfort to know that my family and I were in so many people thoughts.

Thank you also for respecting our wishes not to be contacted during this difficult time.

God bless you all.

Sue Clamp
Prayer Focus
(Taken from Leicester Diocese Prayer Diary)
  • Is there anything significant that God is asking you to repent of and who else may this assist?
  • Pray for the C of E House of Bishops meeting this Thursday.
  • The Anglican Church of Mexico Archbishop Enrique Treviño the clergy and people. 
Prayers for our own church and community
  • Pray for unity and good relationships within our church family
  • Ask for the Holy Spirit to revive and refine us
  • Pray that the new folks who have begun attending recently will feel loved, welcomed and receive the gospel of salvation
Please pray for healing of body, mind or spirit for:

Stephen Allen, Eileen & John Baldwin, John & Margaret Brown, Don & Norma Drury, Len & Meg Dutton, Julie Eames, Margaret Hulbert, June & Roy Jarvis, Michael Kirby, Joyce Price, Brian Smith, Frances Murphy.

The bereaved: family and friends of
Barry Clamp, Peter Knight, Gillian Harlow, Shelia Hulme, Barbara Mawer.


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