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Proverbs 15.17

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Better is a dinner of vegetables where love is

than a fatted ox and hatred with it”

 

Proverbs 15.17

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August reflection

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“My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand.”

John 10:27-28

 It is August and some of us may be fortunate enough to be taking a holiday; a break away from the daily routine, seeking rest and refreshment. Even if we are not going away, we may be aware of a lull: the schools have broken up for the summer holidays, there’s less traffic on the roads in the rush hour and some of our regular meetings have a break over the summer.

 Thinking of rest and refreshment made me ponder how we spend our time with God. Does life sometimes feel frantic? Rushing to church, hurrying our prayers, or do we get to the end of the day feeling despondent if we have not quite managed to spend the time with God we had planned to. Sometimes, even if we often spend time alone at home, it can be hard to set aside a regular time to rest with God in prayer.

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As you go, proclaim the good news (Matthew 10.7)

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This time last year we were in the middle of the run-up to the 2012 Olympic Games in London. I remember sitting in the Vicarage lounge, surrounded by boxes with removal men; who had kindly connected the television in order to watch the games, whilst we all ate fish and chips!

Many of you will have watched the final of four hundred metres relay race. We cheered our teams, as each of them ran their lap, pushing themselves to their limit. The baton was handed on smoothly. Afterwards the exhausted runner staggered to the side of the track to cheer their team mates, as each completed their lap. A relay is very much a team effort and victory demands the best effort of every runner. When you take the baton the responsibility is yours.

Jesus hands on the baton to those who follow him. He sent out his closest disciples to continue the mission which he began. He completed the first stage of the race for the Kingdom of God. Then he handed the baton on to his disciples; it was then their turn to run the race.

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This Joyful Eastertide

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A few years ago I was asked to lead an evening service on the Sunday after Easter, which the church calls, Low Sunday. Traditionally, in this particular church, the service was led without music, so we sang all the hymns unaccompanied. The reason was a good one; it provided the choir and musicians with a well-earned Sunday off, after the busyness of Holy Week and Easter Sunday. But in another way, it rather missed the point.

A common view in our community is that Easter provides us with an opportunity for a long bank holiday weekend, and then it’s over. Just the Easter eggs to finish, but even that, don’t take too long at the Vicarage!

For Christians though, Easter is a season, it begins on Easter Sunday and stretches right out for fifty days culminating in the great feast of Pentecost or Whitsun.

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We are an Easter people

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Surprises, because they are unexpected, can be both delightful or shocking. It happened to me, not so long ago. The doorbell rang and I went to open the door. There stood a friend, who had come in a Bentley, at 7.00am to take me to church. It was my last Sunday morning as Curate. What a wonderful surprise! But shocking too, because I was still printing out my sermon and in my pyjamas! Either way, I just wasn’t ready to receive a guest so early in the morning. I was both surprised and shocked. Multiply these emotions by at least a hundred times and I think that you might be somewhere near how the women felt at the empty tomb on Easter morning. Surprised and shocked.

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Charity Number: 1134127

Address: All Saints Parish Church Streetly, Foley Road East, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B74 3JL

Regular Services


Sunday
7.00am Morning Prayer 
8.00am Holy Communion
10.00am Parish Family Eucharist
6.00pm Evening Service 
 
Monday-Saturday 8.30am Morning Prayer 
Tuesday 10am Holy Communion

 

Special Events- Dates for your Diary

Saturday 21st April Time 7.00pm- Quiz Night 

Saturday 28th April 7.30pm- Jean Martyn in Concert

Saturday 12th May 10.30am- Coffee Concert with Simon Lumby and Angela Sones (Organ) 


 

 

 

 




 


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