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The Weekly Catch

Ninth Sunday After Trinity
9th 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

Last week we looked at the Kingdom of God and it’s scope of authority and influence. Tom Wright wrote a book titled, “How God Became King.” In this book Wright makes the point that we have misread the Gospels if we only see the presence of the Kingdom as starting with Jesus and reaching its completion in the future.

A careful study of Jesus’ parables and teaching on the kingdom, (and remember last week – Parables are set beside a teaching to explain) reveals that God’s Kingdom is from everlasting to everlasting.
While it does have the prophetic proclamation of the Kingdom, Jesus’ teaching took it as foundational that the Kingdom of God has always been there. Who better than Jesus the Word Himself who had been there with God from the beginning. From before creation God has always been King of not only our universe but every universe and galaxy that there is. And in our case He has set His reign and rule over all the earth. Even though the Garden of Eden saw the devil being given territorial authority by Adam and Eve’s disobedience, he does so by sufferance. When the Israelites asked for a king like the other nations, Samuel saw it as a rejection of God who had always been their King. Consider God giving Adam and Eve and all their descendants the earth to subdue and inhabit and steward for Him. He gave Abraham the land in Canaan which his offspring eventually settled. God could only do this if He already owned it.
Since the disobedience of Adam and Eve, God has always had a plan to restore the fullness of His Kingdom. The central story of all Scripture leads up to that pivotal moment in history when Jesus enters the world.

Next week: The Kingdom of Heaven and Jesus.
 

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 God,
who sent your Holy Spirit
to be the life and light of your church:
open our hearts to the riches of your grace,
that we may bring fforth the fruit of the Spirit
in love and joy and peace;
through 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.

And those who are grieving:

Please pray for the family of Gordon, uncle to Judy Bainbridge.
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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