Sunday 17th September
Fourteenth Sunday After Trinity
Almighty God, whose only Son has opened for us a new and living way into your presence: give us pure hearts and steadfast wills to worship you in spirit and in truth; 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.
Post Communion Prayer
Lord God, the source of truth and love, keep us faithful to the apostles' teaching and fellowship, united in prayer and the breaking of bread, and one in joy and simplicity of heart, in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Gen. 50. 15-21
Realizing that their father was dead, Joseph’s brothers said, ‘What if Joseph still bears a grudge against us and pays us back in full for all the wrong that we did to him?’ So they approached Joseph, saying, ‘Your father gave this instruction before he died, “Say to Joseph: I beg you, forgive the crime of your brothers and the wrong they did in harming you.” Now therefore please forgive the crime of the servants of the God of your father.’ Joseph wept when they spoke to him. Then his brothers also wept, fell down before him, and said, ‘We are here as your slaves.’ But Joseph said to them, ‘Do not be afraid! Am I in the place of God? Even though you intended to do harm to me, God intended it for good, in order to preserve a numerous people, as he is doing today. So have no fear; I myself will provide for you and your little ones.’ In this way he reassured them, speaking kindly to them.
Rom. 14. 1-12
Welcome those who are weak in faith, but not for the purpose of quarrelling over opinions. Some believe in eating anything, while the weak eat only vegetables. Those who eat must not despise those who abstain, and those who abstain must not pass judgement on those who eat; for God has welcomed them. Who are you to pass judgement on servants of another? It is before their own lord that they stand or fall. And they will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make them stand.
Some judge one day to be better than another, while others judge all days to be alike. Let all be fully convinced in their own minds. Those who observe the day, observe it in honour of the Lord. Also those who eat, eat in honour of the Lord, since they give thanks to God; while those who abstain, abstain in honour of the Lord and give thanks to God.
We do not live to ourselves, and we do not die to ourselves. If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ died and lived again, so that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living.
Why do you pass judgement on your brother or sister? Or you, why do you despise your brother or sister? For we will all stand before the judgement seat of God. For it is written,
‘As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me,
and every tongue shall give praise to God.’
So then, each of us will be accountable to God.
Matt. 18. 21-25
Then Peter came and said to him, ‘Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?’ Jesus said to him, ‘Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.
‘For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves. When he began the reckoning, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him; and, as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, together with his wife and children and all his possessions, and payment to be made.
The Week Ahead
Mon 18th 9.00am Monday Mugs All Saints’ Church
Wed 20th 2.00pm Holy Communion Catherine’s Close
7.00pm PCC Primary School
Sat 23rd 3.30pm Messy Church All Saints' Church
Electricians will be working in St. Andrew’s Church this week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
In this month’s charitable giving we are focussing on Water Aid. Envelopes are on the notice boards for your donations, which may be put with the Sunday service collection or in the wall safe.
Monday Mugs is an opportunity to start the week on a friendly note with a coffee and a chat with friends. Every Monday morning during term time.
Everyday Faith is an informal group, gathering together to look at the day’s lectionary reading and share how our faith works in our everyday lives. Second and fourth Monday of the month. For more information contact Sue Kellagher or Katya Duncan
We need another driver to help transport Anne and Patience, who live in South Cary House, to our Sunday services. We work on a rota basis. If you can help get in touch with me, Sue Kellagher 351992 or Bill Mortimer, 351615
We are having a Market House Coffee Morning on October 7th and are planning to have a jam and pickle sale. If you are making jam or pickles over the summer or have fruit and would like someone else to make jam please speak to Gillian Sinclair. Offers of jars and help on the day welcomed.
Harvest Supper at Caryford Hall on September 30th with local guest speaker Robert Bond. An experienced and amusing raconteur, Robert’s talk will be on the theme “Tales from the Cider Cellar” and will describe local cider-making. This promises to be a lively and enjoyable evening; tickets are on sale, £12.50 for adults, children under 14 free of charge. Please book by Wednesday 27th September so that the caterers can prepare.
Harvest Festival will be on October 1st. There will be an All Age service in All Saints’ at 11.00am followed by a Bring and Share lunch. This service will replace the 10.00am Parish Communion.
Revd. Liz will be out of the parish on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday this week