July 4th News and Worship
What a fantastic and wonderful occasion for all those of us who were there in person, after waiting for so long it was a great celebration, crowds gathered, voices raised, singing out familiar songs, a wonderful atmosphere of colour and joy and so much more.
No, it's not a description of the England victory over Germany in the football at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday, but the 800th Celebration Service outside St Peter's on Sunday.
Our Celebration Service reminded me of three important truths about Church:
We are a people of joy, praise and life - Jesus came to bring life in all its fullness now as well as eternal life, in the future. That is a reason to give thanks and praise with joy and songs of celebration.
We are a people of all ages and races, personalities and languages, hairstyles and hymn tastes - it is wonderful when we gather as a multi-generational church family with nearly a century between the oldest and youngest.
We are open to all: worshipping outside there were no walls hiding what happens and no doors locking people out. Anyone could just watch from the back or wander in and grab a seat.
As we prepare for life in a post-pandemic world - a multi-generational community of joy and hope, which is open to all, might be what many people are looking for. As they come in they will discover not only a wonderful community but the amazing love of God who is the beating heart of all we do.
This Week's Worship
Sunday, 9.00am Family Service at CoRe
Sunday, 10.30am Baptism at St Peter's
Sunday, 4.30am Reflective Worship at St Peter's
Sunday, 7.00pm Sanctuary at St Peter's
Wednesday, 10.30am Holy Communion at St Peter's
This Week's Diary
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9.00am Morning Prayer Zoom Code 503 346 024, Password 793684
10.30am Holy Communion, St Peter's
9.00am Morning Prayer, Zoom Code 859 930 994
10.30am Holy Dusters, St Peter's
10.00am -12noon Private Prayer, St Peter's
Sunday 11th July Wild Church
Sunday 18th Parent and Children Consultation
Fifth Sunday After Trinity
Worship Services for Sunday 4th July
St Peter's Rooms
Sunday Bible Readings
For use with Worship at Home booklet and reflection.
10.30am Morning Worship
This is the day
One more step
The Lord’s my Shepherd (Townend)
Shine, Jesus Shine
4.30pm Reflective Service
172 Glorious things of Thee are spoken
394 Lord of all hopefulness
214 Guide me O thy great Redeemer
431 We have a gospel to proclaim
Almighty and everlasting God,
by whose Spirit the whole body of the Church
is governed and sanctified:
hear our prayer which we offer for all your faithful people,
that in their vocation and ministry
they may serve you in holiness and truth
to the glory of your name;
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.
send down upon your Church
the riches of your Spirit,
and kindle in all who minister the gospel
your countless gifts of grace;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Those who have asked for prayer
Paul Nadin Salter
Those who have died
Prayers from yesterday, for today
O Lord Jesus Christ, who has said –
“The harvest indeed is great but the labourers are few.
Pray therefore to the Lord of the harvest
that he may send labourers into his harvest” –
grant to members in our society the gift of
a vocation to the religious life and priesthood.
Grant them the grace to accept your invitation and
the strength to fulfil their vocation
that they may do great things for God
and the salvation of the human family.
Call men and women to serve you
both religious and laypeople.
And as all of us are called to be a royal priesthood,
help us work – in whatever way is pleasing to you –
to build up the Kingdom of Heaven. Amen.
Adapted from a Spanish Carmelite Prayer
Church Family News
Celebration Sunday Hymn Quiz
Well done to everyone who took part in the competition to date the hymns on Sunday. Before announcing the winner, here are the answers:
1st Hymn Jesus Christ is Risen today: the translation we sing is from 1708 but the original is 1347.
2nd Hymn My Lighthouse by Rend Collective: was written in 2014.
3rd Hymn The Advent favourite, Lo he comes with Clouds descending was written in 1758.
4th Hymn All people that on earth do dwell dates from 1551.
Anthem Perspice Christola is the earliest of our selection, dating from 1250.
5th Hymn 10,000 Reasons is probably the post popular hymn in the world today, written in 2011.
6th Hymn Great is thy faithfulness was written in 1923.
7th hymn To God be the Glory dates from 1872.
The winning entry was from Pat Sym and a prize will be dropped round to her, in the next week. Well done Pat!
Children and Parents
When we start back in September it will have been over a year and a half since Young Church last met. Much has happened and we thought it would be good to hear from Parents and Children on what is important for them in our provision for children and families on Sundays. The plan is that on Sunday 18th July those children who want to can go out into the Rooms during the service. Using a mixture of age appropriate activities, stories, and fun we will explore what their thoughts and ideas are, what they enjoy, what helps them in their faith. After the service there will be an opportunity for parents to join a similar conversation, that will shape plans for the autumn and for the future. There will be further information about this in next week's newsletter.
Pop Up Cafe
Every Tuesday afternoon our friends at Prestbury Methodist Church have their Coffee Pop-up Cafe outside their Church at 2.00pm.
All are welcome to stop, chat have a cup of tea or coffee and a slice of home made cake.