…Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, take up your bed and walk’ MARK 2.9 As the Scribes recognised “Only God has the power to forgive sins” – so Jesus is effectively hinting about his true nature. When I pronounce the absolution of sins, it is not me doing it,but Christ, who has called me to make this known to people. Very few people Jesus met at the time truly understood who he truly was, and even then oftengot the wrong end of the stick (Peter would be a good example) and especially what the true meaning and purpose of the Messiah would be – not (as many in Israel believed) a great warrior king from God, but a humble suffering servant of the people. The OT speaks of the Messiah being both but when you are under Roman rule, it’s easier to hope for the former to free you, rather than to truly ‘free’you from your sin.
FIRST OF A NEW SERIES: Fr Simon tries to explain some common and key questions about the faith in “There is no such thing as a dumb question” The first thing to say is that there are a lot of different perspectives on this, which is at its heart an almost unfathomable mystery: all theology and faith is grasping the edge of something quite beyond our human understanding, but we can see glimpses, and the best clue we have to getting a grip on what God is, and what he wants, was when he stepped into this world as a human in the form of Jesus Christ. This mystery is call the atonement and is about the reconciliation of God with us. We broke the system because we do the bad things: ‘sin’. Metaphorically this is described as the Fall in Genesis (eating the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil – not an apple!) but that is just an ancient way of trying to describe why we as humans mess up. God is constantly trying to win us back (sending prophets etc) but we still didn’t listen and went our own way. Finally he comes himself in the form of Jesus (understand that ‘Son of God’ means the same as ‘God’ himself). That was a bit of a threat, so they had him killed. He foretold this in the Parable of the Wicked Tenants (Matthew 21:33–46; Mark 12:1–12; Luke 20:9–19). The purpose of the Incarnation (God born in human form) anyway was […]
The Parishes of Bickleigh & Shaugh Prior are planning on holding it on Dec 25th this year, if that’s okay with you…
Each year I produce a custom handbook for our weekend Pilgrimage to run alongside the Shrine one.
As some of the Mass Cards are looking a little worn, I have made some minor revisions and will be rolling out these new cards shortly. They are essentially the same: the liturgy hasn’t changed! I have just brought in line some of the options and some clearer teaching for new people. I hope you like them.
The closest you have come to a cocktail might have been one of those pre-mixed cans or a large bright-blue thing in a pitcher at Spoons. But we’re going to introduce to you some proper cocktails, some new ones, some classics and some of our favourites, coupled with food to match and to enhance. We hope it will be a fun, informative and above all delicious evening to raise funds for the Friends of S. Mary’s. From Martinis and Margaritas to Old Fashioneds, Mohitos, Gimlets and Sparkling Wine cocktails like the LPF, there is something here for all tastes and perhaps an introduction to something new. All this for just a measly tenner. Spaces are limited, so book your place now. Call Fr Simon on 07976 802123 firstname.lastname@example.org or Lou Rundell on 07971 527734 email@example.com.
An Offical Job Description from the NGA:
The Annual Parochial Church Council Meeting will take place after the 9.30am Team Eucharist at S. Anne, Glenholt PL6 7JA on Sunday 29th April 2018 (approx 10.30am-ish) Anyone is welcome to attend. Download: Complete Annual Report 2017 (pdf, 1.5Mb) Minutes of the 2017 APCM: APCM Minutes 2017 (pdf, 60k) The reports will not be read at the meeting, but are available above. Questions on any of the reports may be raised from the floor, but only AOB notified to the chair (firstname.lastname@example.org) will be taken.
Download as PDF: Vespers for the Dead
Download the Sacrament of Reconciliation ¶ The Gathering In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. The Lord Jesus, who came to reconcile sinners, welcomes all who are penitent. Grace, mercy and peace be with you and also with you. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1.8,9 The priest and penitent say together Have mercy on me, O God, in your great goodness; according to the abundance of your compassion blot out my offences. Wash me thoroughly from my wickedness and cleanse me from my sin. Make me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Psalm 51.1,2,11 ¶ Confession and Counsel The Lord be in your heart and on your lips that you may truly and humbly confess your sins. The penitent makes confession of sins in his or her own words, beginning Almighty God, long-suffering and of great goodness: I confess to you, I confess with my whole heart my neglect and forgetfulness of your commandments, my wrong doing, thinking, and speaking; the hurts I have done to others, and the good I have left undone. In particular I confess [since my last confession in … / in this my ﬁrst confession] … O God, for these, and all other sins that I cannot now remember, […]
1. “Father, forgive them; they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23: 34) (1:07) Forgiveness is terribly easy to ask from others, and yet so very hard to give from ourselves. As Our Lord was nailed to the instrument of his passion, he spoke asking the Father’s forgiveness, whilst he freely forgave them himself, for as St. John repeatedly notes: “I am in the Father and the Father is in me”. Forgiveness is at the heart of the Gospel: at the beginning of the Gospel of Mark, Christ calls for repentance, metanoia to herald the Kingdom of God. His whole ministry is to seek to reconcile God and his creation once more, and the route to that reconciliation is forgiveness: The woman accused of adultery was told “go, and sin no more” (John 8:11), the paralysed man lowered through the roof told that “his sins were forgiven” (Mark 2:5), and the woman who anointed Our Lord’s feet was given the same dispensation (Luke 7:48): “your sins are forgiven”: simple words, such power, such authority. We pray that we too may be forgiven, for our manifold sins. Forgiveness is part of God’s grace and is freely given, if we but have the courage to ask for it. We pray that we may also forgive: “forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us”. It is not only those who bear hammer and nails against us whom we need to forgive; but those whose offenses are in comparison, quite small. “How many […]
DATA PRIVACY NOTICE The Parochial Church Councils (PCCs) of S. Mary the Virgin, Bickleigh and S. Edward, King & Martyr, Shaugh Prior 1. Your personal data – what is it? Personal data relates to a living individual who can be identified from that data. Identification can be by the information alone or in conjunction with any other information in the data controller’s possession or likely to come into such possession. The processing of personal data is governed by the General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”). 2. Who are we? The PCC of the parishes of S. Mary the Virgin, Bickleigh and S. Edward, King & Martyr, Shaugh Prior is the data controller (contact details below). This means it decides how your personal data is processed and for what purposes. 3. How do we process your personal data? Our PCCs complies with its obligations under the “GDPR” by keeping personal data up to date; by storing and destroying it securely; by not collecting or retaining excessive amounts of data; by protecting personal data from loss, misuse, unauthorised access and disclosure and by ensuring that appropriate technical measures are in place to protect personal data. We use your personal data for the following purposes: – To enable us to provide a voluntary service for the benefit of the public living in, or worshipping at our Churches within the Parishes of Bickleigh & Shaugh Prior; To administer membership records; To fundraise and promote the interests of the charity; To manage our employees and volunteers; To maintain our own […]