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During Grenvilles absence and the changes to the normal service times it has been wonderful to see people from all services getting together to celebrate at 10 am as one family. We are also grateful to those priests who have come each Sunday to ensure that we could have an act of worship at All Saints.
On Sunday 10th and 17th April, there will be 8am and 10am Services, both taken by Rev Richard White, who took services last year when Grenville was away. Please note on 10th, the 10am will be a communion service, not the usual '2nd Sunday matins'. Sadly, there will not be a 6pm service on these Sundays.
Please remember in your prayers this week Grenville Gibbons who is unwell in hospital and his family at this time. Please note there will be no 6pm evensong today, 3rd April or 10 am service on Thursday 7th April. We wish Grenville a speedy recovery. Please contact the church wardens David or Richard if you need any assistance this week in Grenvilles absence
Good to see so many people at the annual meeting of parishioners today. 10 new names added to the electrol role since last year. Thanks be to God for our continuing growth.
Don't forget Tuesday evenings during Lent there is meditations in church on 1 Corinthians chapter 13. Thought provoking start last week. You can come to just one or all of them, definitely worth making an effort. Start at 7.30 and ends with Compline by 8.15. You'll know the chapter when you hear it.
From Next Sunday's Sermon.... If people are basically good, why do we need to teach children right from wrong?
Christmas congregations increase across the country. We had many children returning from Christingle and lots of people we didn't know but do now.
It has been good to see so many people and children particularly in church this year. Next year we intend to change the format to make it more family friendly. Happy Christmas to friends and don't forget to read my Christmas message on allsaintsblaby.btck.co.uk
Great start to Christmas. Many new faces and a lovely atmosphere
The Christmas Sermon is now on-line. See our website.
From the Sermon on the Virgin Mary....Bethlehem is nowhere special. Mary is no-one and Joseph claims the line of David which is the same as saying he is in-line to the throne but thousands could do the same. God choses the little things; the little places and the little people to work miracles and to advance his purpose in history.
Packed Christingle yesterday loads of people and lots of money for the Children's Society. Thanks to Mads Morgan and one family that made all the Christingles.
Christingle on Sunday
Christingle on Sunday 10am don't forget and bring people with you.
From Next Sunday Evenings Sermon...The Butler-Sloss report does the same. Let’s be nice and get along as best we can. Let’s all try to be British; but I have to ask again, “What does it mean to be British? Is it some thing the government dreamed-up and will change when it suits?”
From Next Sunday's Sermon....The Roman Empire was corrupt. It was morally reprehensible to what the Jews of the OT had learned and practised. There was all kinds of sexual licence that no one dared to challenge. There were politicians that made laws to suit themselves. In fact, have a good look around modern Europe.
Thought for the Week.....It isn't the tiredness of the body that matters; that can be cured by sleep; the matter is the tiredness of the soul.
From Next Sunday's Sermon...If you watch TV you will have heard it said, “This programme contains strong language..sexually explicit scenes...violence and drug abuse. We are warned about them and they will take place. I won’t watch Casualty because I am often offended by its content; as for soaps, I haven’t seen one since I worked for the health service. So we are given these warnings that we may avoid strong language and drug abuse and the rest. It is expected that it is common place. Our cinema’s show films with such content all the time but, The Lord’s Prayer might cause offence.
Thought for the Month...So here we go again. The Easter eggs will soon be in the shops and people will be saying, "Are you ready for Christmas?" and "Of course its your busy time!" Let me tell you that I am always busy. The centre of my faith is Easter and the resurrection. We were baptised in to the resurrection and not the birth of Jesus. The life of Jesus is an historical fact attested in other works not only the New Testament. Newspapers make a big thing of Church attendance, I don't, it isn't that important. Christmas carols are mostly a load of tripe and theologically inaccurate. Father Christmas was invented by Frank L Baum who also wrote about a Tin Man and a Cowardly Lion. This year church attendance has increased again. We have started another food bank. I have been told by two people that I have saved their lives simply by talking with them. (I didn't know) I have also buried people who have been abused. ( so we don't save them all. But we do try.) Is Christmas important?
Thought for the Week.....Blessed are the peacemakers
From Next Sunday's Sermon....Christ stood silent before Pilate for a long time. We are told that Pilate was amazed by his strength and courage. Pilate had no control over Jesus because Jesus did not allow him that control.
Thought for the Week... We are heading in a dangerous direction whenever we forget the truth.
From Next Sunday's Sermon...Where do we find our hope? Have you read scripture? Last Sunday at the war memorial the Beatitudes were read. The meek shall inherit the earth; those who work for peace shall be called children of God; those who hunger and thirst for the right and justice as a starving man does for food; they shall be satisfied.
Thought for the Week....And if you do not listen to me, I will discipline you again and I will break your pride. Lev26:19
Thought For The Week....I became a Christian after some difficult times in my life. I considered become a contemplative but it was not to be. If God had called me to be celebrate, that is what I would have become. I know the laws and rules the scriptures lay down and I accept them as they are. I believe it would be wrong to try to change them to suit myself. On Sunday I shall become the longest serving parish priest in Blaby All Saints Church sine 1900 (or 1936 whichever way you look at it) It means that I have given half my life so far to this one place. Half my life is as nothing in the course of a thousand years; and is less than Christ gave by a long long way.