Church of England Diocese of Blackburn Fleetwood St. Nicholas

Weekly News Sheet

21 Aug 2021, 11:45 a.m.

St Nicholas Parish Church, Fleetwood

Week beginning 22nd August 2021

Please continue to take great care in church. Face coverings are still required.

Sunday 22nd August

8.30 am Holy Communion in Church

9.30 am Worship via Zoom

10.45 am Holy Communion in Church

Sidespersons – Karen & June: Reader - Elizabeth

12.30 pm Baptism of Evelyn Sperrin

Tuesday 24th August

2.00 pm Holy Communion in Church

Thursday 26th August

1.30 pm Funeral of Brian Beavers in Church

Friday 27th August

2.45 pm Funeral of Rita Rodkill at Carleton

Sunday 29th August

8.30 am Holy Communion in Church

9.30 am Worship via Zoom

10.45 am Holy Communion in Church

Sidespersons – Carole & Sandra: Reader - Karen

12.30 pm Baptism of Arlo Pirie

John Chapter 6 – This week brings us to the end of a five week focus on chapter 6 in John’s gospel. Last week I summarised the first three weeks. Here now is a short summary of this and last week.

Week 4 – “I am the bread of life that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever.” We said that eternal life, rather than a place where we go to when we die, is as much about experiencing the presence of God in this life now; an experience which continues into eternity. When we experience perfect love or perfect peace or joy in this life, these are tiny experiences of the presence of God, glimpses of what is still to come, for all eternity. Jesus says this gift of eternal life is given to those who “eat this bread and drink this cup.”

Week 5 – In the final part of chapter 6 we have the disciples’ response to this teaching and we’re told that many found it too hard and turned back and no longer followed Jesus. In response to the question, “Will you go too?” Simon Peter replied, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” We experience something of eternal life when we meet with Jesus in word and sacrament. We are nourished and strengthen and empowered to go on, receiving glimpses of life lived in the eternal presence of God.

I do hope and pray that you have taken something new and helpful from this chapter of John’s gospel. It is always a privilege for me to share Holy Communion with you at home. Please do not hesitate to be in touch with me to arrange a visit.

God be in my head, and in my understanding; God be in my eyes, and in my looking; God be in my mouth, and in my speaking; God be in my heart, and in my thinking; God be at my end, and at my departing....

100 Club

Winners last week were:

Dorothy Warren (No 15 - £15), Christopher Ashworth (No 77 - £10) and Jillian Muir (No 94 - £5)

Please add to your prayers;- Elsie and Gerald, Nigel, Jane, Margaret, Elliott, Janet, Alison, Nick, Elizabeth, June and Maureen, whose needs at this time are known to God. And also, for the families of Brian Beavers and Rita Todkill who funerals are due to take place this coming week.