Parish News

News Bulletin for 4 March 3rd Sunday of Lent

Volume 8, Number 14 Friday 2nd March 2018

From Lex


I don’t know how much of the recent Winter Olympics you watched, or the Six Nations, or some other sporting event that was televised. So imagine what the backstage of the sporting event must have looked like: electrical cords, TV crew vans, tractor trailer-sized generators. And then imagine someone with a giant pair of hedge trimmers, cutting all the cords outside the venue in the middle of a game. The extra lights in the arena go out. The scoreboard goes black. The cameras stop filming. We would not say that such a person was "cleansing the sporting event. We would probably say he had stopped the game.

In the same way that some people feel you need all the extras that go along with sporting events, you needed cattle and sheep and doves and money changers to run the Jewish temple in the way it had always been.

But Jesus is effectively that man with the hedge trimmers. He makes it impossible for people to buy animals for the required sacrifices, and impossible for those who have come from all over the Empire to change their money and pay their tithes. The people gathered at the temple that day would have said Jesus is stopping the game.

So what was the problem? If you were raised in the church, you probably learned somewhere along the line that the problem was corruption: people were not just selling animals, they were cheating other people as they did. The other three gospels help us down the road to this conclusion. But in the gospel of John, Jesus is not acting against corruption, or at least he is not only acting against corruption. Jesus brings temple activity to a standstill in order to point to another holy place.

"Destroy this temple, Jesus says, "and in three days, I will raise it up. The narrator tries to help us all out. With the next verse, writing, "He was speaking of the temple of his body.

The incarnation is once again at the forefront of this week’s gospel reading. The old order isn’t needed anymore. The corruption of the worship business and the cost of pigeons doesn’t matter, because here is the new temple, the new meeting between God and human, in Jesus’ body. Jesus was not just "wearing a human body like a set of clothes. He was a human body, as inseparable from his body as you are from yours. And God was inseparable from him.

As the season of Lent continues, we follow the body of Jesus as he travels to Jerusalem. We prepare to see that self-same body beaten, crucified, taken down from the cross, and laid in a tomb.






8am Eucharist Pr Penny Fray
9:30am Sung Eucharist Pr Penny Fray

4.00pm TSS Making for Mothering Sunday Fr Simon Vivian

6.00pm Evening Prayer Fr Simon Vivian


First Reading Exodus 20:1-3, 7-8, 12-17

Then God spoke all these words:

I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before me.

You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not acquit anyone who misuses his name.

Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy.

Honour your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.

You shall not murder.

You shall not commit adultery.

You shall not steal.

You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour.

You shall not covet your neighbour’s house; you shall not covet your neighbour’s wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbour


Gospel John 2:13-25

The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money-changers seated at their tables. Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. He told those who were selling the doves, ‘Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a market-place!’ His disciples remembered that it was written, ‘Zeal for your house will consume me.’ The Jews then said to him, ‘What sign can you show us for doing this?’ Jesus answered them, ‘Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.’ The Jews then said, ‘This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?’ But he was speaking of the temple of his body. After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.

When he was in Jerusalem during the Passover festival, many believed in his name because they saw the signs that he was doing. But Jesus on his part would not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people and needed no one to testify about anyone; for he himself knew what was in everyone.






+ Alan, Bp of St Albans +Justin, Archbishop

Province de L'Eglise Anglicane Du Congo & Archbishop Zacharie Masimango Katanda




Sick & Bereaved



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

Omid Tatiae, Margaret Taylor, Len Bennett, Priscilla Watt, Matthew Baynes, priest, Gordon Hufford, Christine Danson

and immediate: Diane Luckraft, Archie Brennan and his parents Max and Alex, Sung Hee Suh, Keith Dawson,

Gwen Beddall
















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




NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Church Electoral Roll will be revised between 18th and 31st March. The 2017 roll is available for inspection at the back of church, where there are also forms for application for enrolment. These can be returned to the box in church or the parish office letterbox. Changes should be notified to the Parish Office by 31st March 2018, and the new roll will be displayed from Sunday 1st April before the APCM on 22nd April.


NEWS FROM VICTORIA SCHOOL Nursery applications are now open for Victoria School and accessible from the website:


WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER: All God’s Creation is Very Good! Friday 2nd March at 1pm. Service at Sacred Heart Church, Park Street followed by refreshments. Everyone welcome.


Please note that the PEOPLE NOT BORDERS FEBRUARY FREEZE is now MARCH MADNESS. We will be sleeping out all night outside St Peter's on March 9th from 7pm, to finish at 7am on 10th. Please do support us - through sponsorship: or by dropping by to donate/bring sleeping equipment to be sent to refugees/to say hello and drop anything from our Winter Appeal list into the box at the back of St Peter's. And do join us for breakfast at 7am at Caf Epicure. Thank you


CHRISTIAN AID The second Lent Lunch: Monday 19th March, in the Court House, from 12.30- 13.45. Home-made soups and fruit crumbles, and custard! Donations to support Christian Aid’s work for the 40 million displaced people in the world. Donations may be made direct to Christian Aid: Margaret Burbidge tel: 862139


MOTHERS' UNION: MAKE A MOTHER’S DAY Are you looking for a gift with a difference for Mothering Sunday? Receive a card to give to your mother or one in her memory. Support the MU project Make a Mother’s Day. Your gift will help mothers and families round the world and support their communities. Visit the website; see the gifts and make your donation. or take a leaflet in church on Sunday. Margaret Burbidge tel: 862139


THE FRIENDS OF ST PETER’S is appealing for any of the descendants of 17 families buried in the lower part of the Cemetery (most Northern area closest to the High Street) to get in touch. Family members or interested parties are asked to get in contact with their views about the planned work by March 30th, 2018 via, 07545 786 372 or to see the nominated monuments with full details look online at


It's been 100 years since the end of the First World War. Come and find out how THE DACORUM HERITAGE TRUST will be commemorating this momentous event. Saturday morning, 10 March in the Court House. Talk to the volunteers and contribute to an art installation for the upcoming exhibition.


Laura Fraser, the Regional Development Manager for Hope for Justice will be speaking about their work at Berkhamsted Deanery Synod, Bourne End Church on Wednesday March It is a Christian based charity and all are welcome to attend.   (


Coffee morning in aid of The Children's Society in The Court House, Sat.3rd March, 9.30 to 12noon. Open to all. Please join us to raise funds for this vital children 's charity, working in this country.


KEEP THE DATE - Parish Tea Party on Sunday 15 April in the Court House. Tea, cake and entertainment. More details to follow.





Saturday 10 March, 7:30pm in St Peter’s: Bridgewater Sinfonia plays Copland, Grieg and Dvorak. Tickets available £15 in advance from Aitchisons (High Street) or through the website, £16 on the door, under 18 free.

      Monday 12 March, 8:00pm in the Court House: Adrian Davis’s long awaited Winter Talk Getting a Handle on Handel. Free entry, retiring collection.











Sundays Together Lunch


Carolynne Charman


12:30pm in the Court House. For anyone on their own on a Sunday.

Sun 4 March






St Peter’s Ladies Club


Rosslyn Laidler 879992

7:30pm Court House

Tues 6 Mar






Lent Lectures


Fr Tim Pilkington

A Dip into the Old Testament. 8:00 pm in the Court House

Wed 7 Mar






Little Fishes


Tracy Robinson 863559

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

Fri 9 March











Choral Evensong



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

Sun 11 Mar






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






Fr Tim Pilkington

Rector (day off Friday) 01442 879739

Fr Simon Vivian

Assistant Curate (day off Thursday) 01442 864199

Fr John Russell

Team Vicar (Gt Gaddesden, Lt Gaddesden, Nettleden)

Revd Penny Nash

Team Vicar (Potten End and Youth Minister)

Parish Office

Hilary Armstrong and Kate Perera

01442 878227