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News Bulletin for 8 October Harvest



Volume 7, Number 46 Friday 6th October 2017

From Richard

 

Our Old Testament reading is from Deuteronomy. The book is set out as a long speech by Moses to the Israelites when they arrive at the end of their long trek through the wilderness from Egypt and they stand on the threshold of their promised land of Canaan.

It describes Canaan as a land of enormous riches and abundance where the Israelites need want for nothing – space, fresh water, fertile ground, raw materials of every kind, abundant livestock, everything they could dream of and hope for. And it is theirs only because of the goodness of God to the Israelites, and Moses wants them never to forget this. He commands them to bless the Lord for the land he has given them, always to remember that it is God who gives them their wealth and always to keep God’s commandments. Their successes will not flow from their own efforts alone, but only with the power and blessing of God alongside them. Moses’ main point is not the prosperity they will enjoy, but the thanks they should give to God for all his blessings.

In our reading from Luke Jesus meets ten lepers on the road between Galilee and Samaria. The lepers have no land. They were outcasts wandering the wilderness alone and they would be excluded from both Galilee and Samaria. They call to Jesus for his mercy and he simply told them to present themselves to the priests in Jerusalem (priests were responsible for examining lepers and proclaiming them clean). On their way to Jerusalem they begin to be cured. To be cured of leprosy was an enormous blessing. It meant they could go home to their families, they could touch them, hold children, they could belong to a community again. For them this was prosperity beyond measure and it was all due to God’s mercy. A cure meant a big celebration

One of the lepers, but only one (and a Samaritan at that) sees that his leprosy is cured and runs back to Jesus to thank him and praise him. Unlike the other nine, he put his celebrations on hold to show gratitude and to praise Jesus. He put worship of God before all else, even his cure. That is the main point of this story.

These stories are both about prosperity but of very different kinds. The Israelites anticipated great riches which promised to transform their nation. The lepers experienced a miraculous cure which promised to transform their lives. Both were the result of God’s blessing, and in both cases thanks and praise are due to God above all else.

Today we celebrate Harvest and thank and praise God for the blessings he has given us. We shouldn’t forget to share the prosperity we enjoy with others by contributing to the Bishop’s Harvest Appeal ‘Full of Beans’ which supports a rural community in the Philippines. That generosity is part of the thanks we offer to God for all that we have.

Richard

 

SUNDAY’S SERVICES:

8:00am Eucharist Pr Lex Bradley
9:30am Sung Eucharist Pr Lex Bradley

6:00pm Choral Evensong Fr Simon Vivian

 

 

 

First Reading Deuteronomy 8:7-18

For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land with flowing streams, with springs and underground waters welling up in valleys and hills, a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey, a land where you may eat bread without scarcity, where you will lack nothing, a land whose stones are iron and from whose hills you may mine copper. You shall eat your fill and bless the Lord your God for the good land that he has given you.

Take care that you do not forget the Lord your God, by failing to keep his commandments, his ordinances, and his statutes, which I am commanding you today. When you have eaten your fill and have built fine houses and live in them, and when your herds and flocks have multiplied, and your silver and gold is multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied, then do not exalt yourself, forgetting the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, who led you through the great and terrible wilderness, an arid waste-land with poisonous snakes and scorpions. He made water flow for you from flint rock, and fed you in the wilderness with manna that your ancestors did not know, to humble you and to test you, and in the end to do you good. Do not say to yourself, ‘My power and the might of my own hand have gained me this wealth.’ But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, so that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your ancestors, as he is doing today.

 

Gospel Luke 17:11-19

On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, they called out, saying, ‘Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!’ When he saw them, he said to them, ‘Go and show yourselves to the priests.’ And as they went, they were made clean. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. He prostrated himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus asked, ‘Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they? Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?’ Then he said to him, ‘Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well.’

 

 

INTERCESSIONS

 

 

 

+Justin, Archbishop

St Albans (Canterbury) & Bishop Alan Smith, St Albans Bedford & Bishop Richard Atkinson; St Albans Hertford & Bishop Michael Beasley

 

 

 

Sick & Bereaved

 

 

Long term: Christina Billington, Judith Hill, Yvonne Rix,

Anna Gibbs, Omid Tatiae, Margaret Taylor, Christine Danson,

Len Bennett, Priscilla Watt, Pam Pennock

and immediate: Diane Luckraft, Gordon Hufford

 

 

 

RIP

 

 

 

 

 

Memorial

 

Harry Forest

 

 

WEEKDAY SERVICE TIMES NEXT WEEK:

Morning Prayer Monday 9:00am; Tuesday 9:00am at All Saints Shrublands Road;

Wednesday 8:00am; Thursday & Friday 9:00am

Eucharist Tuesday 9:30am at All Saints’ Shrublands Road; Wednesday 8:30am in St Peters

Evening Prayer Monday – Friday 5:00pm; Saturday 6:00pm

 

NOTICES

CHANGE OF THE WALSINGHAM PILGRIMAGE DATE: The Parish Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham will be from Friday 27th April until Monday 30th April, one week later than previously arranged. Further details will follow after Christmas.

 

Don’t forget the SAFARI SUPPER SATURDAY 14 OCTOBER AT 7:30PM.

 

SERVICE OF THANKSGIVING AND COMMEMORATION at All Saints for those who have died which will be at 4pm on Sunday October 15th this year. All are very welcome, whether your bereavement has occurred recently or a long time ago. There will be an opportunity to light a candle and also to have a name or names read out. There will be refreshments after the service. More information from Ruth Treves Brown (863268).

 

We are looking for a volunteer to help with the JOHN SAYERS ALMSHOUSES. Duties can be adapted to availability but would include acting as a second key holder to the properties and identifying any maintenance issues that need to be addressed. Also attending two Trustee Meetings a year in the Court House. For further information please contact Christine Cowie at cm.cowie@btinternet.com or 01442 873375

 

 

OKTOBERFEST 2018 If you are interested in helping out with Oktoberfest 2018, please contact Uli Grego, Jon Lee, Hilary Armstrong or the church office.

 

PEOPLE NOT BORDERS have got together with other local groups to provide what refugees in France say they need most - robust boots for winter. We've donated as a group but so can you, as individuals. Two friends of ours will take the boots to France themselves. https://mydonate.bt.com/events/boots1000 We hope to resume collections soon on a different basis but are looking for a volunteer to spend a morning once a week sorting and loading donations. If you can help please email us on https://www.peoplenotborders.org/

 

PEW LEAFLET notices copy-ready & rota swaps by 2pm Wednesday please.

 

 

MEETING THIS WEEK

 

 

 

 

 

 

Choral Evensong

 

 

Cathedral style Choral Evensong in St Peter’s, 6:00pm

Sun Oct 8

(Harvest)

 

 

 

 

 

Little Fishes

 

Tracy Robinson 863559

Fridays in term time: 9:30-11:15am Court House. With today: Jacob runs away

Fri 13 Oct

 

 

 

 

 

ABC Prayer Breakfast

 

Peggy Sear

01296 584530

8:00am at the Way Inn; third Saturday of the month. Prayer requests to Peggy Sear by the previous Monday, please

St 14 Oct

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONTACT US

 

Fr Tim Pilkington

Rector (day off Friday) 01442 879739

rector@greatberkhamsted.org.uk

Fr Simon Vivian

Assistant Curate (day off Thursday) 01442 864199

curate@greatberkhamsted.org.uk

Fr John Russell

Team Vicar (Gt Gaddesden, Lt Gaddesden, Nettleden)

john_russell@live.co.uk

Revd Penny Nash

Team Vicar (Potten End and Youth Minister)

vicar@holytrinitypottenend.org.uk

Parish Office

Hilary Armstrong and Kate Perera (Mon-Fri 9.30 -12)

01442 878227

churchoffice@greatberkhamsted.org.uk