HOLY TRINITY CHURCH, FORMBY NEWSLETTER: 16.05.2020
Jesus said, “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have you, you should also love one another. By this will everyone know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” John 13:34–35
Our reading begs the question how has Jesus loved us? The answer is the same way the Father has loved Jesus: perfectly, infinitely, eternally. But to these three words we have to add “unconditionally”, for Jesus loves us just as we are; with our idiosyncrasies and our brokenness – this is good news, amazing grace even. But then comes the rub – for we are called to love one another likewise. Sounds impossible? Jesus spells out that it the Holy Spirit abiding within us, the advocate, who is able to bring such transformation (Jn 14:15), through him Jesus promises that we will be able to do greater works (14:12), and there is no greater work than laying down our lives for one another, moreover it is only by such loving that the world will see that we are truly followers of Jesus (13:35). And so we pray earnestly, “Come, Holy Spirit come, and fill afresh the hearts of your faithful people”.
THY KINGDOM COME: MAY 21–31 2020
Once again we are inviting you to join Christians across the globe in praying between Ascension and Pentecost for more people to come to know Jesus Christ. Over the last few years we have found this prayer really helpful as we’ve prayed for our communities in Altcar and Formby so I commend it to you again:
Our Father in heaven,
May your name indeed be hallowed.
May your kingdom come, your will be done,
As in heaven so in our nation,
As in heaven so in our fields and cities, our homes and streets,
Our schools and offices, our factories and clubs, our hospitals and hospices,
As in heaven so in our church,
As in heaven so in our hearts and minds and spirit.
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
You’ll find lots more ways to engage with this year’s ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ here:
We also really like the prayer and bible reading resources at Lectio 365, you can find them here:
ONLINE WORSHIP THIS WEEKEND
You’ll find all our services here:
Sunday Morning Family Worship 10.45am
Evening Worship 7.00pm
Monday to Saturday: Daily Reflection 9.00am
If you would like to join the ministry team for night prayer at 6.00pm (please note the change of time and format) Monday to Saturday please email Mark and he will send you a code, you will need to download the “GoToMeeting” app to a suitable device.
The Benefice will be joining with our friends from St Peter’s, St Luke’s and St Stephen’s for a special joint Ascension Day service at 7.30pm online, look out for special Ascension Day newsletter which will have details of how you can access this.
SUPPORTING THE MISSION AND MINISTRY OF OUR CHURCH WITH OUR MONEY
If you've been used to giving to Church through the plate or the envelope scheme you can now join the Parish Giving Scheme over the phone. The Parish Giving Scheme is our preferred way of giving and is a great way to continue your support whilst the building is closed. Giving now rather than saving up for when the building is open will enable us to honour God by meeting our commitments. You’ll find the contact details here:
Alternatively here is the link to our JustGiving page:
LEAVING GIFT FOR POPPY
We will be saying goodbye to Poppy on the 31st of May, Pentecost Sunday as she leaves to take up her post as vicar of The Church of the Good Shepherd, West Derby, please pray for her, her licensing will take place on line at 3.00pm on the 27th. Do please pray for Poppy and Nathan. If you would like to contribute to a gift please pop a cheque (payable to Holy Trinity) in a an envelope through the vicarage letter box.
PRAYER HARMONY: 16th MAY 2020
Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy. Ps 96:12
We pray this week for the countryside that surrounds our town. We pray for the farmers making good use of the beautiful weather that God has blessed us with, to till and sow, to raise healthy livestock and to make repairs after the winter storms. We ask God to bless them with a bumper harvest and a fair price for their labour.
We pray for RABI (Royal Agricultural Benevolent Insttitute), the farmers charity, which provides financial and other help, in time of harvest failure etc. We pray for those farming people who are suffering loss of income during the crisis.
We bring to God those businesses in the countryside that depend on visitors, such as Farmer Ted, the little tea rooms, and the garden centres.
We pray for the small nurseries, who depend on being able to sell to the garden centres, and will suffer loss because their plants will simply go to waste.
And at the other side of our town, we pray for the asparagus growers, and the National Trust, praying for security in dealing with frustrated people, trying to reach the beach.
We bring our prayers to God, in the name of the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Please let Mark know if you are need of a food bank voucher if you are facing a significant change in income or are awaiting benefits.
Food Bank Collection points remain open at Tesco and Waitrose.
KEEPING IN TOUCH
We have endeavoured to phone everyone on the electoral roll and our aim is to phone everyone on a rolling cycle, if we’ve missed you we’re really sorry! Please let us know, there are some numbers that we’re missing and some that are wrong.
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