St. Mary’s, Finedon, Newsletter 28th February, 2021.
FIRST READING Genesis 17.1–7, 15–1
A reading from the book of Genesis.
When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said to him, ‘I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless. And I will make my covenant between me and you, and will make you exceedingly numerous.’
Then Abram fell on his face; and God said to him, ‘As for me, this is my covenant with you: You shall be the ancestor of a multitude of nations.
No longer shall your name be Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you the ancestor of a multitude of nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you.
I will establish my covenant between me and you, and your offspring after you throughout their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you.’
God said to Abraham, ‘As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. I will bless her, and moreover I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall give rise to nations; kings of peoples shall come from her.’
GOSPEL Mark 8.31–38
Jesus began to teach his disciples that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.
He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, ‘Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.’
He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.
For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life?
Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.’
Church Electoral Roll
It is time to update the Church Electoral Roll. If you would like to be included on the Roll and are not already on it please contact Joanne Weatherill for an application form before the end of March to Joanne Weatherill, 7 Bell Hill, telephone number 682212, email@example.com
Watch this space for further announcements re AGM etc
From the Chapel
The funeral of Ray Cross will take place at 9.30am in St. Mary’s Church, Finedon on 16th March. If you would like to take part in the funeral service inside Church please give your name to Rita West on 398188.
Roy Hillson’s funeral will take place on 10th March at 11am in St. Mary’s Church. This is a private funeral.
Thank you Corner
Thank you to Barry our Church Archivist, who has utilised his time well during the ‘Lock Down’ by re-cataloguing and updating the books in the monks cell plus recording them on a spreadsheet. He has also digitised the registers, accounts, folders and other papers for easy accessibility.
(A snippet from the Church Archives:- “ extract from the will of Elizabeth Whitworth of Earls Barton bequeathing two stuff gowns yearly to the ‘most aged infirm, pious and necessitous virgins”. (Too late ladies the money has been well spent).
In our Cycle of Prayer this week we pray for:
Remember in your prayers the departed:
Lesley Metcalfe, Roy Hillson, William Pothecary, Ray Cross.
Remembering Terry, a dearly loved Husband, Father and Gramps on what would have been their diamond wedding anniversary.
In memory of Colin Mears on what would have been his birthday.
Each week a poster is displayed in the Church and porch with the floodlight dedications.
For copies of the poster please contact Carol Mitchell.
Another snippet from the Diary of Rev Kilvert
Monday, 27th February, 1871
Fifteen people summoned for neglecting to have their children vaccinated, but they got off by paying costs. A full bench of magistrates, 5, and the Chief Constable was present.
An old magistrate, Mr Bond came in late and in long riding leggings, very dirty, for he had ridden from Boughrood.
He amused himself during the dull part of the proceedings by combing his grey hair with a pocket comb.
(This was the smallpox vaccine which has eradicated the disease).