WITTERSHAM CHURCH

ST JOHN THE BAPTIST


Wittersham Church

working in the community



Link to the service on Sunday 9th click here 

https://youtu.be/mNz3x0snqsE  

and a copy of the service sheet click here


Good morning and welcome today

IN BOTH CHURCHES WE NEED CHURCHWARDENS SO PLEASE PRAY FOR PEOPLE TO COME FORWARD FOR THESE POSITIONS.


THE SERVICES FOR NEXT WEEK ARE PARISH EUCHARIST AT WITTERSHAM 10.30 AM AND HOLY COMMUNION AT 9.00 AM AT EBONY

PLEASE REMEMBER TO SANITISE YOUR HANDS, SIGN IN AND KEEP SOCIAL DISTANCING. WE WILL ALSO RECORD A SERVICE FOR THOSE WHO PREFER TO ACCESS A SERVICE ONLINE.


WITTERSHAM CHURCH WILL BE OPEN FOR PRIVATE PRAYER ON MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY 10 – 12 AND 2 – 4 AND SATURDAY 10 – 12, AT THAT TIME YOU CAN ALSO BORROW A BOOK OR A JIGSAW FROM OUR LIBRARY. WE ALSO HAVE A FAIRLY EXTENSIVE CHILDREN’S LIBRARY IN THE CHILDREN’S AREA. THIS INCLUDES BOOKS AND PUZZLES FOR ALL AGES TO BORROW.


If you need any help in any way or wish to speak to me regarding Home Communion do please get in touch. 01797 270227


Our readings today: Acts 16: 11 - 15, Psalm 149, John 15: 26 – 16: 4


Jesus warns the disciples about troubles that they will face. He says that He warns them "that [they] may be kept from stumbling." It is easy to understand this. They have followed Jesus. He has cared for them and shielded them from all of the dangers and troubles that might have happened to them. They probably did not understand or even see the providential care of Jesus for His disciples, but nothing happened to them. He fed them, and taught them, and led them around the whole of what was once called the "promised land". 


 They had enemies, and there were all sorts of local issues and political parties, just as there are today in the middle east - just different parties, but, it seems, they had the same old hatreds and animosities. The Disciples never seemed to have been confronted by them. None of the enemies of Jesus attacked them physically - or seemed to have any success in shaping public opinion against them. Jesus simply gave them a few years of peaceful instruction, as He modelled the faith and showed them how they were to live once He was gone - without telling them in advance that this was what He was doing.


But now they were about to be cast out on their own, more or less - Jesus was going to die and rise again and ascend and leave them to be His witnesses. He was going to take His visible presence from them and withdraw a portion of the providential care that gave them such peaceful times with Jesus.


Our reflection

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cNQFB0TDfY


Prayer

Please pray today for all who are unwell or receiving treatment

Amen.


May God bless you today

with my love

Judy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmbTxiwunxI


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