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The Weekly Catch

Eighth Sunday After Trinity
2nd 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.

Reflection

Many of Jesus’ parables begin with the words “The kingdom of heaven is like …” I always understood, as I suspect many of us did, that a parable was a story with a moral, but did you know that it’s more than that?

The Greek word for “parable” literally means a teaching aid cast alongside the truth being taught. This throws additional light by using an interesting and familiar analogy. The purpose of using a parable was to highlight a truth being taught. Jesus was not just telling His followers good stories with a moral to entertain them, but seriously teaching them about the Kingdom of God.

Jesus taught the Kingdom of God as a reality. It was not just a concept of godly living or Christian identity but a reality where God literally rules. The kingdom of heaven, as Jesus and the early disciples describe it, is where God claims and exercises His royal power, kingship, dominion and rule. Jesus at His trial proclaimed that His kingdom is divine and not earthly or political.

Jesus teaches of the Kingdom of God as it is in the present and what it will be like in the future. In the present, God reigns in His kingdom. He reigns in the heavens, far above all principalities and powers, kingdoms and dominions, and Jesus is seated in the heavenly places. By His very place His kingdom extends overall that is below. It is from here that He will return in glory. The New Testament writers speak of the royal power of Jesus as the triumphant Messiah, coming in His Kingship, clothed with this power.

As Christians who accept the Lordship of Christ in every aspect of our lives having surrendered ourselves to Him, we live in the Kingdom of God and the kingdom of God lives in us. We are called to more than “living a good life”. We are called to live under God’s kingdom.

Whose rule are we living under?

 

Blessings, 

Canon Garth Nathaniel
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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
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.
Diocesan Vacancy: Deputy Diocesan Secretary: Restructuring
The Diocese has been awarded funding by the national church to appoint someone who has the change and programme management skills to help transform the Church across the diocese.
The job involves:
  • Changing the way the Diocese and its buildings are organised to help to keep churches healthy and sustainable.
  • Enabling those in ministry to have roles that allow them to flourish.
  • Transforming the way that the cost of ministry is shared between churches.
More information is available on the Diocese of Worcester website.
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.

Parish Giving Scheme

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.
 

  1. By joining the Parish Giving Scheme - details available below.
  2. By BACS transfer:
    Lloyds Bank
    Account name: St Peter’s Church, Ipsley
    Sort Code: 30-96-97
    Account No.: 30971660.
  3. By sending a cheque, made payable to St Peter’s Church, Ipsley.
    Please post it to:
    St Peter’s Church, Ipsley
    c/o 53 Edgmond Close,
    Winyates West,
    Redditch,
    B98 0JQ.

    Please put a note in to say how many weeks are covered by the amount you have sent.

For those who have not yet joined the Parish Giving Scheme there are a number of ways to sign up.

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

Further information is available from the Parish Giving Scheme website.

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.

Collect for Today:

Almighty Lord and everlasting God,
we beseech you to direct, sanctify and govern both our hearts and bodies
in the ways of your laws and the works of your commandments;
that through your most mighty protection,
both here and ever,
we may be preserved in body and soul;
through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,
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), and Jatinder.

And those who are grieving:

Please pray for Judy Bainbridge and her relatives on the death of her Uncle Gordon aged 94. Pray for Hazel, his wife of 71 years, and her family at this sad time.
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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