October 24th News and Worship
To this week's newsletter
There's a very old joke, 'what's black and white and red all over?' The answer is a newspaper. On this Sunday, for numbers of folks within the congregation, the answer to the riddle, 'what's black and white and read from cover to cover?' is the Bible. It is brilliant and encouraging that numbers of congregation members have taken the opportunity of lockdown to read the whole Bible, some from front cover to last page and others using the very helpful 'Bible in a year'. This Sunday is Bible Sunday when we celebrate God's gift of Scripture.
That tells us the story of salvation,
That shows us Jesus
That brings God's word of life into our lives
That teaches us, rebukes us and trains us in righteousness
But what if, far from reading from cover to cover, the last year has seen your Bible slowly gathering dust, or you don't even have a Bible or modern translation? What are the first steps...?
1) Choose a bible to read from: The New Revised Standard Version (we use it in Church) or New International Version (another good translation) are both excellent. Both are available on-line and can be accessed on your phone. If you want a Bible but can't afford one or don't know how to get one, ask any of the ministry team and we will help you or give you one.
2) Choose where to start: The beginning of Mark or Luke's Gospel is a good place. Put a book mark in there.
3) Choose how you will find a time to read a little bit: On the train, on the bus, waiting for the kettle, instead of going on Facebook or Instagram, in the quiet of early morning, or last thing at night.
4) Chew over what you've read: Think about it, pray about it, put it into action.
5) Choose to continue to read the next line, the next section the next chapter.
The measure of the effectiveness of our Bible reading is not what more we know, but who we know more closely, and not what we understand but what we put into action.
For those who like to test their Biblical knowledge here is a short deeply theological quiz!!
Question 1: Where is the first tennis match mentioned in the bible?
Question 2: Which biblical Character (other than Adam) had no parents?
Question 3: Name two motor vehicles used in the Bible?
Question 4: Why didn't Noah go fishing?
Question 5: Who was the most flagrant rule breaker in scripture?
Question 6: What kind of man was Boaz before he got married?
Answers at the very end of the newsletter
This Week's Diary
8.30am Holy Communion, St Peter's
10.00am Holy Communion, CoRe
10.30am Baptism, St Peter's
4.30pm Choral Evensong, St Peter's
The 10.30am Service and the 4.30pm Service will be streamed on St Peter's YouTube channel.
"The existence of the Bible, as a book for the people, is the greatest benefit which the human has ever experienced. Every attempt to belittle it is a crime against humanity"
The Church Office is open from Monday to Friday 9.00am to 12noon
9.00am Morning Prayer St Peter's Rooms all welcome
9.00am Morning Prayer Zoom Code 503 346 024, Password 793684
10.30am Holy Communion, St Peter's followed by refreshments
9.00am Morning Prayer, Zoom Code 859 930 994
11.30am Holy Dusters, St Peter's (please note the new time)
"The New Testament is the very best book that was or ever will be known in the world"
1.00pm Funeral St Peter's
7.45pm Choir practice
Sunday 31st October 4.30pm Service for those who mourn
"Whatever merit there is in anything that i have written is simply due to the fact that when I was a child my mother daily read me a part of the Bible and daily made me learn a part of it by heart."
Last Sunday after Trinity
Worship Services for Sunday 24th October
Sunday 24th October Bible Readings
For use with Worship at Home booklet and reflection.
2 Timothy 3:14 - 4:5
Psalm 34:1-8, 19-22
who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning:
help us so to hear them,
to read, mark, learn and inwardly digest them
that, through patience, and the comfort of your holy word,
we may embrace and for ever hold fast
the hope of everlasting life,
which you have given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
teach us to be faithful in change and uncertainty,
that trusting in your word
and obeying your will
we may enter the unfailing joy of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Prayer focus this week
Is on the Bible: Praying for those who translate, make it accessible, producers of daily bible notes and guides. Our Church bibles to be used in services and our home bibles to be used through the week.
Those who have asked for prayer
Those who have died
1) When Joseph served in Pharaoh's court
2) Joshua son of Nun
3) Honda, the apostles were all in one Accord, Triumph, David's triumph was heard throughout the land,
4) He only had two worms
5) Moses, because he broke all the ten commandments at once.