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Feb 28   Madron Heamoor Gulval Churches    Lent 2 

Welcome and HYMN  –   And can it be ?

The Lord is here  His Spirit is with us

Blessed are you, God of compassion and mercy, to you be praise and glory for ever. In the darkness of our sin, your light breaks forth like the dawn and your healing springs up for deliverance. As we rejoice in the gift of your saving help, sustain us with your bountiful Spirit and open our lips to sing your praise. Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Blessed be God for ever.

When Abraham was 99 years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, ‘I am God Almighty. Walk before me and be blameless’.    Genesis 17.1

Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. Let us confess our sins remembering before God the times when we have fallen from temptation into sin.

We confess to you our selfishness and lack of love: fill us with your Spirit. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

We confess to you our fear and failure in sharing our faith: fill us with your Spirit. Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.

We confess to you our stubbornness and lack of trust: fill us with your Spirit. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

 The minister declares God’s forgiveness

May Almighty God have mercy upon you, forgive you your sins, and bring you to everlasting life. Amen

Collect for the Second Sunday of Lent

Almighty God, you show to those in error the light of your truth, that they may return to the life of righteousness: grant to all those who are admitted into the fellowship of Christ’s religion, that they may reject those things which are contrary to their profession, and follow all such things as are agreeable to the same; though Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

HYMN –  Ah, holy Jesus, how hast thou offended

First Reading  – Romans 4.13-25   Rev Peter Butterfield

Second Reading   –  Mark 8.31-38   Roy Matthews

Sermon –   Helen Hawkins

HYMN –  O sacred head, sore wounded

Though he was divine, Jesus did not cling to equality with God, but made himself nothing.Taking the form of a slave, he was born in human likeness. He humbled himself and was obedient to death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God has raised him on high, and given him the name above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,and every voice proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Amen.

HYMN  –  And now, O Father, mindful of the love

Let us pray to our God in faith, knowing that he understands what is best for us.

Heavenly Father, increase our faith, that everyone in your Church may be more ready to trust you and move forward with you wherever you lead us. Lord, in your mercy.  Hear our prayer

Heavenly Father, give to all leaders and their advisers the courage to be honest, the will to be just, the greatness to be humble and the openness to learn. Lord, in your mercy.  Hear our prayer

Heavenly Father, at the door of each home place your welcome; in the rooms of each home, your love; in the eyes of each person, your truth; and in all our companionship, your own. Lord, in your mercy.  Hear our prayer

Heavenly Father, give comfort and healing to those who are ill, peace to the anxious, and reassurance to the afraid; may we know your love for us through both the good and the agonising times. Lord, in your mercy.  Hear our prayer

Heavenly Father, may the dying be prepared to meet you and the souls of those who have died in faith live for ever in the joy of your presence. Lord, in your mercy.  Hear our prayer

Heavenly Father, give us grateful hearts to bless your name in sadness and in joy, knowing that you are always there beside us.

Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory for ever and ever. AMEN

Almighty God, you see that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves: keep us both outwardly in our bodies, and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

HYMN – Take up thy cross, the Saviour said.

Christ give you grace to grow in holiness, deny  yourselves, take up the cross and follow him, and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be with you and remain with you always. Amen.

February 28th     Madron Heamoor Gulval           Lent 2

Welcome to our service today. The good news is that we shall resume  church services for Palm Sunday, March 28th, and will be holding all our  usual Holy Week services. But this does depend on case numbers and fatalities continuing to fall, not to mention government announcements.

Our March magazine is out today and will be delivered to you. Last month we ran out, so there were none in Heamoor shop – sorry. We’ve printed more this time.

We pray for Howard, recovering slowly, for the families of Ron Jones, Carol Salmon, Inez Nicholls and Miriam Edwards, who have funerals this week.

St Thomas’ internal decoration has started this week and the paved area  has been weeded.

St Thomas’ wall was further knocked down during the week by a reversing vehicle. The missing piece, now quite substantial, is close to the corner of Treneere Lane and Church Road, The incident was witnessed, and the registration number of the vehicle was passed to the police. We’ll see what happens.

Madron PCC meet on Wednesday by zoom. Comments and suggestions welcome and volunteers to be churchwarden. Three PCC places will be up for grabs at the AGM – think about if you would like to be involved.Hopefully there won’t be too many more zoom meetings !

Collect for Lent 2

Almighty God, you show to those in error the light of your truth, that they may return to the life of righteousness: grant to all those who are  admitted into the fellowship of Christ’s religion, that they may reject   those things which are contrary to their profession, and follow all such things as are agreeable to the same; though Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

First reading – Romans 4.13-25

God’s Promise Realized through Faith

For the promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law but through the righteousness of faith. If it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. For the law brings wrath; but where there is no law, neither is there violation.

For this reason it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants, not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham (for he is the father of all of us, as it is written, ‘I have made you the father of many nations’)—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. Hoping against hope, he believed that he would become ‘the father of many nations’, according to what was said, ‘So numerous shall your descendants be.’ He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was already as good as dead (for he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, being fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. Therefore his faith ‘was reckoned to him as righteousness.’ Now the words, ‘it was reckoned to him’, were written not for his sake alone, but for ours also. It will be reckoned to us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was handed over to death for our trespasses and was raised for our justification.

Second reading –  Mark 8.31-38   

Then he began to teach them 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. 32He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33But 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.” 34He 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. 35For 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. 36For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? 37Indeed, what   can they give in return for their life? 38Those 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.”

Sermon notes  – Helen Hawkins

We’re now in the final stages of clearing out my mum’s house. She lived there for nearly 40 years, and we’re still finding all manner of strange and nostalgic items. One that’s caused the greatest amusement is a doll our daughter Caroline made for her when my father died  – it was designed to keep her company and she kept it by her bedside for 28 years. Caroline was very small when the doll was made, out of a wooden spoon and some   scraps from my sewing box, but my mum valued it highly. I also found a needle-case I made as a child – it’s hideous, but likewise had been kept just because I made it.

I found this a helpful picture when I came to the Romans passage about Abraham’s faith, and in particular verse 22, which says that Abraham’s faith was reckoned to him as righteousness. I’ve often wondered exactly what  that meant – does Paul mean that if we have faith then what we do wrong doesn’t matter?

Does it mean that faith replaces the law? Those two questions fail because they have a false premise – God does not set us a test like an MOT. All his dealings with us are on the basis of a loving father waiting for his children to come to him. Our lives to him are like that doll and the needle-case – he treasures them because we, his children, made them. That doesn’t make them beautiful or useful in anyone else’s eyes, but they are of immense  value to God. What matters to him is the heart behind the gift.

When we look at Abraham, we see that faith is not simply a statement of beliefs, it is an active thing that comes from the heart. Abraham’s life is the first of many extraordinary things that happen to those who follow God. For him and Sarah to say that in their declining years they would have a son would have seemed crazy, let alone imagining that these two elderly people living in a tent would set in train a family that would become a nation. He and Sarah found it hard to accept, but because they were willing to go on a journey with God all things were possible. And the family/nation that followed them would be full of similar exercises of faith – where flawed human beings would be willing to go on a journey with God, and allow him to do great things. It didn’t make them perfect, but in God’s eyes they were righteous because they acted out of love and in a desire to act for God. In verse 16 it says: “Abraham is the father of all who believe”, and that means us. Like him we will be flawed this side of heaven, but what God asks of us is not perfection but, like the loving father he is, he asks for a loving and obedient response from us – the rest is up to him.

This leap of faith can be costly, as Jesus tells us in the Mark reading. Like Abraham, the disciples were people of faith – who nevertheless had many moments of doubt and weakness. At this point in the gospel (and here want to plug the house group study series on Mark this term) Jesus’ new followers had seen some amazing things. Jesus had healed a leper and a paralysed man, cast out spirits and healed mental illness, fed five thousand people with five loaves and two small fish and walked on water. He had also spoken to them in parables and given them direct teaching, and had floored the religious leaders in public debate. You might think this would be enough for unquestioning awe and obedience, but isn’t it encouraging to realise that the disciples still didn’t quite get it. Peter, usually the first to step out in faith wants an easy path. He cannot believe that just as the show is getting on the road and crowds are following him, Jesus can be talking not about great success but death.

Jesus’ words are a reminder that following God is not always to take the safe and comfortable option. So often we want to make our faith about us, but the whole point is it’s about God. Jesus tells us to “put aside selfish ambition” and take his example, even if it leads to disappointment, pain, rejection and death.

In 1956 a young American missionary named Jim Elliott, was murdered in Ecuador. He was only 28 and left behind a wife and 10-month old daughter. His wife Elizabeth stayed on among the people who had killed him, winning many of them over by her loving forgiveness. She recorded Jim’s memorable words about his short life, which spring straight from this passage:

He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep, to gain that which he cannot lose.

Feb 21   Madron Heamoor Gulval Churches    Lent 1  

Welcome and HYMN  – Forty days and forty nights

The Lord be with you     And also with you

Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hidden; cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Christ our Lord. AMEN

He was in the wilderness for forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him.     Mark 1.13

The sacrifice of God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart  God will not despise. Let us come to the Lord, who is full of compassion, and acknowledge our transgressions in penitence and faith.

Wash me thoroughly from my wickedness and cleanse me from my sin.   Lord, have mercy    Lord, have mercy

Make me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.        Christ, have mercy   Christ have mercy

Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Lord, have mercy.    Lord, have mercy.

The minister declares God’s forgiveness

May Almighty God have mercy upon you, forgive you your sins, and bring you to everlasting life. Amen

Collect for the first Sunday of Lent

Almighty God, whose Son Jesus Christ fasted forty days in the wilderness, and was tempted as we are, yet without sin: give us grace to discipline ourselves in obedience to your Spirit; and, as you know our weakness, so may we know your power to save; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

First Reading  –   Psalm 25.1-10     Malcolm Furneaux

This is the word of the Lord

Thanks be to God

HYMN –  Eternal ruler of the ceaseless round

Second Reading   –  Mark 1.9-15    Theresa Pritchard

This is the word of the Lord

Thanks be to God

Sermon – Tim

God of mercy and compassion, your Word calls us home to faith and love. accept all we offer you this day; in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.

God of our journey, as we walk with you on your path of obedience, sustain us on our way and lead us to your glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;

he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

HYMN  –  Thy Kingdom come, O God

The Prayers  of Intercession –    Kay Short

God our Father, in your love and goodness you have taught us to come close to you in penitence with prayer, fasting and generosity; accept our Lenten discipline, and when we fall by our weakness, raise us up by your unfailing mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory for ever and ever. AMEN

ON THE WAY PRAYER

Faithful God, as you led your people of old, into a new and fruitful place, so lead us too today we pray. Show us the way to go, and help us on the way with the courage and the faith and the imagination that we need that we may be the church that you truly called us to be. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Christ give you grace to grow in holiness, deny  yourselves, take up the cross and follow him, and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be with you and remain with you always. Amen.

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord   In the name of Christ. AMEN.

 HYMN – My God, accept my heart this day

May God’s blessing surround you each day As you trust him and walk in his way. May his presence within guard and keep you from sin. Go in peace, go in joy, go in love.   

February 21st     Madron Heamoor Gulval           Lent 1

Welcome to Lent, a word which means ‘Spring’ and which focuses us on following in the footsteps of Jesus over 40 days, just as Jesus followed in the footsteps of the Israelites in Exodus. The aim for us, as for them, is spiritual growth and realising our true identity. Today traditionally puts the spotlight on the temptations.

Pray for two new churchwardens at Madron as Sheilagh and Dorcas are finishing.  Could this be an opportunity for you to step forward? The ladies promise to give you whatever help you need as you go

‘On the Way’ (I called it ‘The Way Ahead’ last week – that was wrong) is   now going to be taken forward by means of a working group in our deanery  which will report in July. The need for change is fairly urgent, given the £2.1m shortfall in our diocese last year.

We pray for Howard, still suffering from shingles and recovering very slowly, also for those having treatment this week, those awaiting other operations delayed by the pandemic, those extra people now shielding, those involved in the On the Way process; and for those parishes soon to be in interregnum

Mark’s Gospel Bible Studies will be available to anyone on request. Five  sessions plus a read through of the first part of that gospel, following in the footsteps of Jesus for Lent. The material is printed on the Bible study page   of our website.

Scam. Watch out for a couple operating in Cornwall who seek to buy items  from you and then pay in cash; they are using counterfeit bank notes.

St Thomas’ wall was further knocked down during the week by a reversing vehicle. The missing piece, now quite substantial, is close to the corner of Treneere Lane and Church Road, The incident was witnessed, and the registration number of the vehicle was passed to the police. We’ll see what happens.

Highways have come to Madron churchyard and removed the fallen tree, clearing the churchyard path, and the hanging branch on the north east path.

Collect for Lent 1

Almighty God, whose Son Jesus Christ fasted forty days in the wilderness, and was tempted as we are, yet without sin: give us grace to discipline ourselves in obedience to your Spirit; and, as you know our weakness, so may we know your power to save; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

First reading – Psalm 25.1-10

To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul;  O my God, in you I trust; let me not be put to shame; let not my enemies triumph over me.  Let none who look to you be put to shame, but let the treacherous be shamed and frustrated. Make me to know your ways, O Lord, and teach me your paths.  Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you have I hoped all the day long. Remember, Lord, your compassion and love, for they are from everlasting. Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions, but think on me in your goodness, O Lord, according to your steadfast love. Gracious and upright is the Lord; therefore shall he teach sinners in the way. He will guide the humble in doing right and teach his way to the lowly. All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth to those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.  For your name’s sake, O Lord, be merciful to my sin, for it is great.

Second reading –  Mark 1.9-15   

In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.” And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him. Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God,  and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and   the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”

Sermon notes  – Tim

Mark, as we have found since Advent, goes along much faster than the other  gospels. We reach in our reading today Jesus’ first sermon in just a few  verses. The temptations, which are listed in other gospels, are not refered  to in detail here, and this gives a preacher an opportunity for a different focus. We tend usually to look at each temptation and wonder what the equivalent might be for us to watch out for in Lent, but here we notice something quite different, just as landscape looks quite different viewed  from a drone. We see the bigger picture. We see what happened immediately  before the temptations and immediately afterwards. The result is that we see this passage, and Lent with it, in a very different light.The temptations are not a mistake or a wobble or something negative,             but something which allows and leads to growth.

The activity of the Holy Spirit in this passage confirms this picture. We begin by seeing him descending like a dove on Jesus at his baptism. He is not simply empowered, he is a new creation, just as the Spirit hovered over the waters in Genesis 1.2. But then, straight afterwards, the Holy Spirit ejects    him into the wilderness. That is the word used in the Greek. He doesn’t wander off, he is sent !

Let’s think about where Jesus went. We might think of him as going on   some kind of retreat or going on a walking holiday in Scotland. We have rather romantic ideas about countryside these days. The Jews, who don’t have much countryside like ours, viewed the country in a different way – it was a place of devils ad a place of danger, a place where you might meet wild animals as well as get robbed (like the man in the Good Samaritan story). If we consider that such wild animals were unclean, then the wilderness becomes full of negative associations, spiritually speaking, a place of satan’s Kingdom. It is here that through the temptations Jesus is involved in a spiritual struggle. It is a struggle that Jesus won, and he had help, for as well as the beasts he found there, it says that ‘angels ministered to him’. It is not described what happened, any more than we know how Elijah was fed, watered and comforted when he had fled into the wilderness after his contest with the prophets of Baal. The main thing was that he won out after those forty days and that he was helped by his Father.

Immediately afterwards he begins his ministry with new confidence of God’s provision, a ministry which satan was wanting to prevent from starting or proceeding effectively.

So what are the lessons for us ? Simply these.

(1)If temptation arises, what is it that the devil is trying to stop? Look around and see where you might be being deflected from a certain course. What is it that you might be being called to do, but somehow that thought is being crowded out? What are you being distracted from?

(2)Are you learning what it is for God to be looking after you in difficult situations? Can you see his hand at work ? Hebrews says that our temptations are never more than we can handle, thanks to God’s mercy.

The wilderness was not just an empty space, it was a place full of possibility for Jesus, positive and negative, May your Lent not simply be going without something, or a quiet period, but one full of possibility for your future with God, a time, as the word ‘Lent’ suggests, of growing nearer to Him.

Ash Wednesday Service       Madron Heamoor Gulval

O God, make speed to save us     O Lord, make haste to help us.

Blessed are you, Lord God of our salvation, To you be praise and glory for ever. In the darkness of our sin you have shone in our hearts, To give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God In the face of Jesus Christ. Open our hearts to acknowledge your presence, That freed from the misery of sin and shame, We may grow into your likeness from glory to glory. Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Blessed be God for ever.

 Lord Jesus, think on me

And purge away my sin;

From earthborn passions set me free

And make me pure within.

 

Lord Jesus, think on me

With many a care opprest;

Let me thy loving servant be,

And taste thy promised rest.

 

As our prayer rises before you, O God, So may your mercy come down upon us, To cleanse our hearts and set us free to sing your praise Now and for ever.  Amen.

Confession                     Psalm 51   selected verses

Have mercy on me, O God, in your great goodness; According to the abundance of your compassion Blot out my offences. Wash me thoroughly from my wickedness, And cleanse me from my sin For I acknowledge my faults. My sin is ever before me. Against you only have I sinned, And done what is evil in your sight, So that you are justified in your sentence And righteous in your judgement. Turn your face from my sins And blot out all my misdeeds. Make me a clean heart, O God, And renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence And take not your Holy Spirit from me. The sacrifice of God is a broken spirit; A broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,As it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be for ever. Amen.

First reading –  Isaiah 1. 10-18

Hear the word of the Lord, you rulers of Sodom! Listen to the teaching of our God, you people of Gomorrah!  What to me is the multitude of your sacrifices? says the Lord; I have had enough of burnt-offerings of rams  and the fat of fed beasts; I do not delight in the blood of bulls, or of lambs, or of goats. When you come to appear before me, who asked this from your hand? Trample my courts no more; bringing offerings is futile; incense is an abomination to me. New moon and Sabbath and calling of convocation— I cannot endure solemn assemblies with iniquity. Your new moons and your appointed festivals my soul hates; they have become a burden to me, I am weary of bearing them. When you stretch out your hands, I will hide my eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I will not listen; your hands are full of blood. Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your doings from before my eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow. Come now, let us argue it out, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be like snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.

Second reading – John 8.1-11

Early in the morning Jesus came again to the temple. All the people came to him and he sat down and began to teach them. The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery; and making her stand before all of them, they said to him, ‘Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. Now in the law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?’ They said this to test him, so that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, ‘Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.’ And once again he bent down and wrote on the ground. When they heard it, they went away, one by one, beginning with the elders; and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. Jesus straightened up and said to her, ‘Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?’ She said, ‘No one, sir.’ And Jesus said, ‘Neither do I condemn you. Go your way, and from now on sin no more.’

God our Father, the strength of all who put their trust in you, mercifully accept our prayers; and because, in our weakness, we can do nothing good without you, grant us the help of your grace, that in keeping your commandments we may please you, both in will and deed; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Collect for Ash Wednesday

Almighty and everlasting God, You hate nothing that you have made, and forgive the sins of all those who are penitent: create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may receive from you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Trusting in the compassion of God, let us pray with confidence:

The Lord’s Prayer

Lord Jesus, think on me,

Nor let me go astray;

Through darkness and perplexity

Point Thou the heavenly way.

 

Lord Jesus, think on me,

That when the flood is past,

I may the eternal brightness see,

And share thy joy at last.

The Lord bless us and keep us, the Lord make his face to shine upon us and give us his peace. Amen.

Feb 14th     The Transfiguration     Sunday before Lent

Welcome and HYMN  –   Christ, whose glory fills the skies

Welcome in the name of Christ.

God’s grace, mercy and peace be with you  and also with you.                

Loving God, we have come to worship you. Help us to pray to you in faith, to speak your praise with gratitude, and to listen to your word with eagerness; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

When Christ appears, we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. As he is pure, all who have grasped this hope make themselves pure. So let us confess our sins that mar his image in us

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, we have sinned against you and against our neighbour, in thought and word and deed, through negligence, through weakness, through our own deliberate fault. We are truly sorry and repent of all our sins. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, who died for us, forgive us all that is past; and grant that we may serve you in newness of life to the glory of your name. AMEN.

May the God of love and power forgive us and free us from our sins, heal and strengthen us by his Spirit, and raise us to new life in Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Collect  (Sunday before Lent)

Almighty God, whose Son was revealed in majesty before he suffered death upon the cross: give us grace to perceive his glory, that we may be strengthened to suffer with him and be changed into his likeness, from glory to glory; who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

First Reading – 2 Corinthians 4.3-6      Marj Jenkin

HYMN –  Awake, awake, fling off the night

Second reading –  Mark 9.2-9      George Melio

Sermon – Tim

Creed

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father;   through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven, was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;He suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again        in accordance with the Scriptures; He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. 

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son,    who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified, who has spoken by the prophets.      We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.

The Prayers of intercession – Rev Jo Thomas

HYMN – ‘Tis good, Lord, to be here

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory for ever and ever. AMEN

Lord of glory, it is good that we are here. In peace we make our prayer to you. In trust we confirm our faith in you.Help us to set our faces steadfastly to where you would have us go. Lord of glory, look with favour on your Church, proclaiming your beloved Son to the world and listening to the promptings of his Spirit. May she be renewed in holiness that she may reflect your glory. Lord of glory, look with favour on the nations of the world, scarred by hatred, strife and war. May they be healed by the touch of your hand. According to your promise bring all Christ’s brothers and sisters to see him with their own eyes in majesty and to be changed into his likeness from glory to glory. Amen

HYMN –    Christ is the world’s light

Christ, whose glory fills the skies, fill you with radiance and scatter the darkness from your path; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be with you and remain with you this week, this coming Lent and always. Amen.

February 14th   Madron Heamoor Gulval   Sunday before Lent

Welcome to today’s paper/video service – a service focusing on the transfiguration of Jesus and therefore on our glimpses of glory, just as we glimpse the glory of Easter beyond Lent.

Archdeacon Audrey retires this month and will be replaced by the Rev Kelly Betteridge as Archdeacon of Bodmin. She has been a vicar in the Midlands and has lots of experience with children and young families and specialises  in helping all ages to worship together. She looks very young in her photo

Pray for two new churchwardens as Sheilagh and Dorcas are finishing.  Could this be an opportunity for you to step forward? The ladies promise     to give you whatever help you need as you go

Madron ringers had their AGM last week. We pray for ringers of all ages   and for the maintenance of bells and towers into the future

Deanery Synod met on zoom last week for the Bishop to introduce’ The   Way Ahead’, a new initiative to address financial shortfall and shape parish ministry in our and all areas in future. You can see a short, very good, introductory video by the Bishop by clicking this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hO8cEM1A_AI

An Ash Wednesday service has been prepared and will come your way on Tuesday via email only. It will not be in video format – sorry.

We pray for  all those who suffer in society, that they may be comforted by glimpses of your glory as well as by wise government.

Wheelchair, free to a good home. Virtually brand new. Foldable and with footrests. If interested, have a word with Tim. It is not electric.

Mark’s Gospel Bible Studies have been prepared and will be posted to  home group members and will be available to anyone on request. Five  sessions plus a read through of the first part of that gospel, following in  the footsteps of Jesus for Lent.

The Way AHead. The Bishop of St German said that we need to be like the Cornish Saints, witnessing against the background of an unknown future. The church communities of the future must be fruitful and sustainable, engaging with all people and creation too. Christ needs to be the centre of all we do, and presenting people mature in Christ should be our aim. Church House will support deaneries and parishes as they meet , pray and engage with others so as to find a plan for how we will minister and how it can be afforded. The process will start soon and should take until July.

We pray for persecuted Christians around the world, especially Rohingya converts who are persecuted by their own people as well as others, also for kidnapped ministers to be released, and for their families, for governments who turn a blind eye to persecution, for those whose jobs have been taken away and homes destroyed due to conversion  to Christianity

Collect for the Sunday before Lent

Almighty God, whose Son was revealed in majesty before he suffered death upon the cross: give us grace to perceive his glory, that we may be strengthened to suffer with him and be changed into his likeness, from glory to glory; who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

First reading – 2 Corinthians 4.3-6

And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5For we do not proclaim ourselves; we proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake. 6For it is the God who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness’, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Second reading –  Mark 9.2-9   

Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, 3and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth     could bleach them. 4And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus. 5Then Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 6He did not know what to say, for they were terrified. 7Then a  cloud  overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!” 8Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no  one with them anymore, but only Jesus. 9As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead.

Sermon notes  – Tim

It was snowing quite hard for a while this morning (as I write this) and Heamoor had disappeared from view out of my bedroom window. It was  still there, but I couldn’t see it. If someone had visited us from the north coast direction and I told them that you could see Penzance from my window, they might not believe me, if they didn’t know the area.

The Transfiguration account is also about seeing and not seeing, knowing  and not knowing. The disciples were in a high place, and it was foggy, so much so that they could barely see. But, strangely, Jesus was plain to see – the opposite of a silhouette. He shone brighter than any clothes on a soap powder advert. It was a glimpse of the glory of the cross and resurrection    at Easter, or perhaps more so, the Ascension. His true self was revealed as the Light of God shone through him, rather than being the sun’s reflection.

We have to remember that this was a fleeting experience. Peter wanted to prolong the moment by providing shelters of some kind for Moses and   Elijah, but we cannot prolong any glimpse of glory we might have. They     had to go down the mountain, where troubled times ahead for them and especially for Jesus might shake this memory out of them, although Paul had heard about it later in his letter, our other reading today.

It was also an experience for the few rather than the many. Only the inner core of the disciples group were there that day; they were alone. This reminds us not only that our glimpses of God are often private and  personal, it reminds us too that many of our friends and family just do not and cannot share what we experience. But in case we think this is just an unearned privilege for those three, note that there was a voice asking the friends to listen to Jesus. The experience, like Moses’ burning bush or  Isaiah’s vision in the temple, has or had a call with it. The following of the  call is far more important than the experience that initiated it.

CS Lewis of the Narnia stories fame saw his childhood experiences of joy ultimately as experiences of being called to find or recognise the voice of   the real joy-giver, Jesus. To focus on any experience is misplaced, it is only a sign.

Paul says more about this in our other reading. He imagines all of humanity on that mountain, with only believers being able to see the light of Jesus.  This is not because they are stupid, incurious or even unbelieving, it is because there is a spiritual battle, where ‘the god of this world’ is keeping people in the dark, away from the light of truth found in Jesus. We shy away from talking about such things but, as CS Lewis once said, ‘The devil’s greatest trick is to make people think he doesn’t exist’. He is having a field day in our society. If we are not directly unbelieving, then we are well and truly distracted, looking at our own agendas, and seeing all problems as having political and this-worldly solutions. When we feel embarrassed to talk about Jesus, it is because the ‘god of this world’ doesn’t want us to.

That’s why Paul follows up by reminding us that we preach only Christ i.e. he is our only agenda and focus, although many cannot see him for the fog. And why preach Christ ? Not because he lived an exemplary life of service, not because he died for us as a supreme act of love and sacrifice, but because he is the mirror of God, the way we know him, the way we and others  receive light in our dark places.

Feb 7th      Healing  Service        2nd Sunday before Lent

Welcome and HYMN – Before the world began

The Lord be with you        And also with you

Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hidden; cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN

The minister reminds us of God’s commands and his great love

Lord Jesus, you heal the sick: Lord, have mercy.       Lord, have mercy

Lord Jesus, you forgive sinners: Christ, have mercy.       Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you give yourself to heal us and bring us strength: Lord, have mercy.      Lord, have mercy.

The minister declares God’s forgiveness

 God, the Father of mercies, has reconciled the world to himself through the death and resurrection of his Son, Jesus Christ, not holding our sins against us, but sending his Holy Spirit to shed abroad his love among us. By the ministry of reconciliation entrusted by Christ to his Church, receive his pardon and peace to stand before Him in his strength alone this day and for evermore. Amen.

The Collect for the Second Sunday before Lent

Almighty God, you have created the heavens and the earth and made us in your own image: teach us to discern your hand in all your works and your likeness in all your children; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit reigns supreme over all things, now and for ever. Amen.

 First Reading      – Proverbs 8.1,22-31      Rona Freeman

HYMN – God who knows our darkest moments

Second Reading – John 1.1-14           Andy Freeman

Sermon- Rev Jo Thomas    (see sermon notes in newsletter below)

HYMN – Jesus is Lord !

Creed

We believe in God the Father,  from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named.

 We believe in God the Son, who lives in our hearts through faith, and fills us with his love.

 We believe in God the Holy Spirit, who strengthens us with power from on high.

 We believe in one God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

The Prayers  of intercession – Rev Peter Butterfield

HYMNFill your hearts with joy and gladness

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory for ever and ever. AMEN

Praise God, who made heaven and earth, who keeps his promise for ever.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God, who is worthy of all thanksgiving and praise.

 Blessed are you, sovereign God, gentle and merciful, Creator of heaven and earth. Your Word brought light out of darkness, And daily your Spirit renews the face of the earth. Your anointed Son brought healing to those in weakness and distress. He broke the power of evil and set us free from sin and death that we might praise your name for ever. By the power of your Spirit may your blessing rest on those we pray for in your name; may they be made whole in body, mind and spirit, restored in your image, renewed in your love, and serve you as sons and daughters in your kingdom; through your anointed Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord,  AMEN.

We bring to God ourselves, our own needs, and the needs of others we carry

In the name of God and trusting in his might alone, receive Christ’s healing touch to make you whole.

A silence is kept

The Almighty Lord, who is a strong tower for all who put their trust in him, whom all things in heaven, on earth and under the earth obey, be now and evermore your defence. May you believe and trust that the only name under heaven given for health and salvation is the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

HYMN – Come, ye faithful, raise the anthem

May God the holy and undivided Trinity preserve you in body, mind and spirit, and bring you safe to that heavenly country where peace and harmony reign; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always. Amen

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord  In the name of Christ. AMEN.

February 7th    2nd Sunday before Lent

 Welcome to today’s paper/video service – a service of prayers for healing, focusing on our collective journey towards wholeness – for us and    for everyone and everything in creation

The archbishops’ prayer for our nation
Gracious God, as we remember before you the thousands who have died, surround us and all who mourn with your strong compassion. Be gentle with us in our grief, protect us from despair, and give us grace to persevere and face the future with hope in Jesus Christ our risen Lord. Amen.

**Madron needs two new churchwardens as Sheilagh and Dorcas are finishing. Could this be an opportunity for you to step forward? The ladies promise to give you whatever help you need as you go

Madron PCC met on zoom last Wednesday at 7pm. (1) We have around £4.8k in the current account and nearly £10k in the Fabric ac and £2.2k in  the  toilet fund. (2) We voted to get a faculty for the toilet work at a cost      of around £12.4k, but to defer a go-ahead till we know what grant help we  have secured – Tim has now applied for five grants (3) We voted for the external and internal decoration of St Thomas for 2850 + 820

Lent is arriving on Wednesday week. Sadly we won’t be open for our usual Communion services in church, but there will be a service for you to use at home sent by email that week. (not a video – sorry)

Mark’s Gospel Bible Studies have been prepared and will be posted to  home group members and will be available to anyone on request. Five sessions plus a read through of the first part of that gospel, following in      the footsteps of Jesus for Lent.

We pray for those awaiting surgery soon and for all involved in healing work.

 Collect for the Second Sunday before Lent

Almighty God, you have created the heavens and the earth and made us in your own image: teach us to discern your hand in all your works and your likeness in all your children; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit reigns supreme over all things, now and for ever. Amen.

 First reading – Proverbs 8.1,22-31

The Lord created me at the beginning of his work,  the first of his acts of long ago. Ages ago I was set up, at the first, before the beginning of the earth. When there were no depths I was brought forth, when there were no springs abounding with water. Before the mountains had been shaped, before the hills, I was brought forth— when he had not yet made earth and fields, or the world’s first bits of soil. When he established the heavens, I was there, when he drew a circle on the face of the deep, when he made firm the skies above, when he established the fountains of the deep, when he assigned to the sea its limit, so that the waters might not transgress his command, when he marked out the foundations of the earth, then I was beside him, like a master worker; and I was daily his delight, rejoicing before him always, rejoicing in his inhabited world and delighting in the human race.

Second reading –  John 1.1-14   

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.* He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own,  and his own people did not accept him. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.  And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son,* full of grace and truth.

 Sermon notes  – Rev Jo Thomas

Back in the 1980s Graham Kendrick, the musician and songwriter, was extremely popular in the contemporary Christian scene. As I was involved in children’s and youth work we all sang his hymn ‘Servant King’ regularly.    Some lyrics that have remained in my memory, when describing Jesus, who    is the servant king, is the phrase, “Hands that flung stars into space”. I love that image. Kendrick’s idea that our Lord might have cast stars across the sky, in the same way as we might shake glitter or pebbles in a creative, carefree way. It brings home the personhood of the eternal God.

“All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing    came into being.” It is John’s Gospel that reveals this and is, arguably, the key passage when it comes to understanding the Christian faith and the unique nature of Jesus. As Christians we celebrate and recognise that it is Jesus who  is God in human form. “The word became flesh and lived among us.”

The writer of this Gospel is trying to describe something beyond our human, finite understanding. These words give insight into the eternal, the divine and to a creator, who is beyond our comprehension. By repeating certain phrases and reiterating the title “The Word” we gain understanding that all life came into being through the Word of God- Jesus.

It strikes me that describing the ultimate revealing of Godself, to humankind, is through ‘The Word’, who was made flesh. Almost as if God’s true self becomes known when Jesus, Emmanuel (which means God with us) was born. The passage is revolutionary, because like no other, it defines who Jesus is  and was and inevitably is to come.

Then the writer describes how this personhood of God is the light and life for everyone, not just the Jews, but every human being. I have always preferred the viewpoint of the Quakers, who ascribe to the belief that all human beings have the light of Christ in them, but maybe they need that light to be ignited more and explained. Maybe the darkness is overwhelming at times, but the spark is ever present.

“The true light that enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.” Jesus came for all people and it is up to each individual to choose how they will respond to the Love & light of Jesus. This life is a journey of responding to the light of Jesus Christ, every twist and turn has a purpose and can be transformed.

Today’s service is one of healing. Healing is receiving all that God has for us and is far more than physical relief, although that can be part of it. Certainly, I am especially grateful for my partial knee replacement and being able to walk further, without any pain relief, for many years.

However, healing is about receiving the wholeness that is being offered: the light and life that is referred to in this passage.

At the moment, there is much in the media about mental health, which is most important. Wholeness of being (physical, mental and spiritual) comes from many God given sources: doctors, diet, rest, caring compassion, prayerful receiving of God’s loving presence, the renewing of our mind from reading Scriptures, exercise. However, one aspect of healing, that I have been reminded of recently, is the laying down of anxieties and concerns. Surrendering them to God in prayer. For stress and anxiety can have a devastating, detrimental effect on our mental, physical and spiritual health.

Some prayer partners of mine refer to ‘The God Box’. Sometimes we recognise there are issues in our life, that we have no control over. We may fret, we may churn thoughts over in our mind, but ultimately we are powerless. Yes, we can do our part in some situations, but we all have areas of our life that are beyond our control. My prayerful friends suggest putting these concerns, on to paper, and then leaving them in the God Box. Surrendering everything to God, so that we might rest in the knowledge that our lives are in His safe-keeping. This week I have put many pieces of paper in here. My recent OFSTED inspection, my family, church members who are facing grief and sickness and the changes taking place as dear Tim and Helen retire. These things I can’t control, but surrender them to God. The idea of putting these concerns physically into a box is new to me. However, I have in the past, handed difficult situations over to God in prayer. By spending time at a certain place, sadly not in our church buildings at the moment, we can use the environment to create a significant space and surrender everything to God.