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The Weekly Catch

Seventh Sunday of Easter
17th May 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.
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Reflection

After Jesus gives His disciples their final commission He reassures them that He will be with them: "Lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age." His own proper power is restored.  

He promised to be not only with these disciples but also with all who would subsequently believe after them. Jesus speaks to all believers who are all one body, the Church catholic. When facing difficulties fear not, for I am with you as the one who makes all things easy. Remember that this is also said repeatedly to the prophets in the Old Testament. Recall Jeremiah objecting that he is too young and Moses and Ezekiel shrinking from the prophet's office. "I am with you" is spoken to all these people. Consider the achievements of those disciples who were sent out into the whole world. Others who were called found ways of excusing themselves, but these did not beg off.

Jesus then reminds His disciples of the consummation of all things. He seeks to draw them to look not only at the present dangers only, but at the good things to come that last forever. He is in effect saying, "These difficult things that you will undergo are finished with this present life. For this world itself will come to an end, but the good things you shall enjoy remain immortal, as I have often told you before."

Having excited them by reminding them of that coming day, he sent them out with his promise: "I am with you to the close of the age." Those who live faithfully should really long that day. So let us not be afraid, but while there is opportunity do what Christ has commanded us to do. And do it with boldness in the knowledge that Jesus Himself is with us even to the closing of the age.
 

Blessings,

Canon Garth Nathaniel

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Notices

Click on the links below to find out more!
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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
Home Worship Ideas From the Diocese of Worcester
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.

Parish Giving Scheme

For those who have not yet joined the scheme there are new ways to sign up.

Online:
https://register.parishgiving.org.uk
or
https://www.parishgivingscheme.org.uk
Once submitted you will receive a phone call from a member of the PGS team to help arrange a paperless regular donation.

By Post:
If you decide to send off the gift form you have already received then please note that the address has changed from the one on the bottom of the form.
The new address is:
Parish Giving Scheme
76 Kingsholm Road
Gloucester
GL1 3BD

By Phone:
You can now register your interest by phone.
Please call:    0333 002 1271

When contacting, or being contacted by, the members of the PGS team, you may be asked for the following information:

PGS Parish Code:    420642159
Parish Ref:    Ipsley St Peter
Diocese:    Worcester

If you currently give to the church through a standing order, please ensure that you wait for confirmation from the Parish Giving Scheme before cancelling.

Prayers

Collect for Today:

O God the King of glory,
you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven:
we beseech you, leave us not comfortless, but send your Holy Spirit to strengthen us
and exalt us to the place where our Saviour Jesus Christ is gone before,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Amen

A Prayer:

Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy.
Sustain and support the anxious,
be with those who care for the sick,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may find comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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, John Knight, Iyra Dutton, Karen Lumley, Malcolm Gilks, June Gillett, Elsie, Delia Davies, Laraine Ellis
And for those who are grieving:
Please pray for the families of Janet Tegg, David Ling, Marlene Tyler and Roy Harris.
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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