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The Weekly Catch

Twelfth Sunday After Trinity
30th August 2020
Dear Friends,
Welcome to this week's Catch. Make sure to check the notices section of this email so that you don't miss anything.

Please note the corrected Reflection below.

Reflection

Last week we learned that the Kingdom of God describes the ruling, saving, liberating and redemptive acts of God and that Jesus declares the Kingdom of Heaven is here. How does the presence of Jesus reflect and reveal the Kingdom of Heaven?

Jesus did not just declare the Kingdom of God, but His very presence itself as the Incarnate God, the Word made flesh, meant that God had come to us in human form.  As God incarnate, Jesus is the King, and so in His human form, the King has come to His own. Wherever the King resides, the kingdom is there. So Jesus embodied the kingdom. The use of the phrase “at hand” was just a way of saying, it’s here, right now. With this declaration Jesus means that the King – Messiah – had arrived in the person of Himself. By his very redemptive actions he demonstrated the King is here, ergo the Kingdom is here.  It was more than a exhibitive demonstration, for all that Jesus did was the work of the kingdom of heaven. The healing, the miracles, the delivering, the proclamation was all part of the kingdom presence and kingdom work.

Right on the very face of the earth, where the devil held sway, Jesus enters and establishes the working of the Kingdom of Heaven. He is declaring with great clarity that “the kingdom of God is here!” And it is here to stay.

The devil tried to destroy or thwart this work, but the Lord Jesus continued establishing not an embassy but “The Kingdom of Heaven.”
Next week: Jesus Came to Save, Liberate, and Redeem.
 
 

Blessings, 

Canon Garth Nathaniel

Our live Sunday service
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From Monday, 31st August, St. Peter's video services and Morning Prayer will no longer be uploaded onto Garth's YouTube channel.
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St. Peter's Church, Ipsley
St. Peter's Church, Ipsley
Daily Prayer is also streamed live from 10am - keep an eye on YouTube and Facebook to join in!

Notices

Click on the links below to find out more!
We're excited to announce that we've reopened for private prayer!
This is for one day a week on a Wednesday between the hours of 11am and 1pm.
Please see the announcement for further details.
Daily Hope - a free phone line of hymns, reflections and prayers. 0800 804 8044
Church of England Resources for Maintining Good Mental Health During Periods of Isolation
The Diocese of Worcester have launched a consultation on a proposal to reduce the number of deaneries from 13 to 6.
More information on this and how to contribute to this consultation are available on the Diocese of Worcester website.

There are also a series of open conversations planned by the Diocese focusing on the future of the Church.
These will be held via Zoom or telephone conference calls and look at the strategy for mission and ministry across the Diocese. More details, as well as information on how to join in, are available on the Diocese of Worcester website.

Giving

To everyone who currently give to the work of the church through either weekly cash donations and weekly giving envelopes please prayerfully consider one of  the following options to enable you to continue your giving.

The Parish Giving Scheme is open to everyone who gives regularly and if you currently give by standing order and would like to join the Parish Giving Scheme please see the details below. Your standing order can be cancelled once you have received confirmation of the start date of your Direct Debit.
 
By joining the Parish Giving Scheme
The following information will be required when contacting the PGS
 
PGS Parish Code:         420642159
Parish Ref:                     Ipsley, St Peter
Diocese:                         Worcester
By Phone:
You can now register your interest by phone
Please call:       0333 002 1271
 
Online:
https://www.parishgivingscheme.org.uk
 
By post:
If you decide to send the gift form you have already received please note that the address has changed from the one given on the bottom of the form.
 
The new address is:
Parish Giving Scheme
76 Kingsholm Road
Gloucester
GL1 3BD
 
By BACS Transfer:
Lloyds Bank
Account Name: St Peter’s Church, Ipsley
Sort Code:        30-96-97
Account No:    30971660
 
By sending a cheque:
Made payable to St Peter’s Church, Ipsley
Please post it to:
St Peter’s Church
c/o 53 Edgmond Close
Winyates West
Redditch
B98 0JQ

Please consider giving to the Diocese of Worcester Ministry Fund:
As many churches see a reduction in regular giving due to the ongoing pandemic, the Diocese are asking for donations to help fund clergy stipends. Please see the Ministry Fund page on the Diocese website for more details.
Cash Donations:
The Diocesan Board of Finance have asked that when we return we use non-cash giving wherever possible. As they stated ‘Money is God’s provision and we are grateful for it but at the present time cash is considered dirty.’

We have been advised not to use an offertory plate/box to try to limit the cash we receive in this way. However, as weekly giving envelopes are still being used, the offertory box will still be in place.
Anything placed in the offertory box will have to be stored safely for 72 hours before being handled. During this time the contents will not be counted and the box containing the envelopes and any loose cash will be locked away. The box will be wiped with cleansing wipes before and after being handled.

When we return we hope to have use of a SumUp terminal that will enable offerings to be made by card.
Alternatively the Parish Giving Scheme is a good way of giving on a regular basis and I encourage everyone to prayerfully consider joining it.

Collect for Today:

Almighty and everlasting God,
you are always more ready to hear than we to pray
and to give more than either we desire or deserve;
pour down upon us the abundance of your mercy,
forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid
and giving us those good things which we are not worthy to ask
but through the merits and mediation
of 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.

Amen

Please pray for those who are ill:

Pastor Robin Baker, Pat Hale, Jenny Latham, Graham Twist, Betty Wood, Tia, Kate Bainbridge, Chris Tilley, Andrew Johnson, Alex Street, Peter Barcham, Erica Dilger, Michael Hawkins, Mark Brunner, Glynis Horton, Linda Grummet, Steve Thomas, Jane Gray, Iyra Dutton, Karen Lumley, Malcolm Gilks, June Gillett, Elsie, Delia Davies, Laraine Ellis, David Spencer, Irene Spencer, Eleanor East, John Knight (particularly for his hand), Steve (a friend of Pat Hale), Jatinder, John Stain.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6-7
Keep in touch:
Website: ipsley.org/st-peters
Email: stpeter_ipsley@btopenworld.com
Phone: 01527 516351
Facebook:
fb.me/StPetersIpsley
facebook.com/groups/stpetersredditch
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