Third Sunday Before Lent
Sunday 17th February
8.30am Holy Communion St. Andrew’s Church
10.00am Parish Communion All Saints’ Church
Services During the Week
8.15am Morning Prayer - Monday All Saints’ Church
8.45am Morning Prayer - Tuesday & Friday St. Andrew’s Church
- Wednesday & Thursday All Saints’ Church
Sunday 24th February
8.30am Holy Communion All Saints’ Church
10.00am Parish Communion St. Andrew’s Church
Almighty God, who alone can bring order to the unruly wills and passions of sinful humanity: give your people grace so to love what you command
and to desire what you promise, that, among the many changes of this world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; 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
Merciful Father, who gave Jesus Christ to be for us the bread of life, that those who come to him should never hunger: draw us to the Lord in faith and love, that we may eat and drink with him at his table in the kingdom, where he is alive and reigns, now and for ever.
Jer. 17. 5-10
Thus says the Lord:
Cursed are those who trust in mere mortals
and make mere flesh their strength,
whose hearts turn away from the Lord.
They shall be like a shrub in the desert,
and shall not see when relief comes.
They shall live in the parched places of the wilderness,
in an uninhabited salt land.
Blessed are those who trust in the Lord,
whose trust is the Lord.
They shall be like a tree planted by water,
sending out its roots by the stream.
It shall not fear when heat comes,
and its leaves shall stay green;
in the year of drought it is not anxious,
and it does not cease to bear fruit.
The heart is devious above all else;
it is perverse—
who can understand it?
I the Lord test the mind
and search the heart,
to give to all according to their ways,
according to the fruit of their doings.
1 Cor. 15. 12-20
Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say there is no resurrection of the dead? If there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation has been in vain and your faith has been in vain. We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified of God that he raised Christ—whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised. If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have died in Christ have perished. If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.
But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died.
Luke 6. 17-26
He came down with them and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea, Jerusalem, and the coast of Tyre and Sidon. They had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured. And all in the crowd were trying to touch him, for power came out from him and healed all of them.
Then he looked up at his disciples and said:
‘Blessed are you who are poor,
for yours is the kingdom of God.
‘Blessed are you who are hungry now,
for you will be filled.
‘Blessed are you who weep now,
for you will laugh.
‘Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of Man. Rejoice on that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is great in heaven; for that is what their ancestors did to the prophets.
‘But woe to you who are rich,
for you have received your consolation.
‘Woe to you who are full now,
for you will be hungry.
‘Woe to you who are laughing now,
for you will mourn and weep.
‘Woe to you when all speak well of you, for that is what their ancestors did to the false prophets.
The Week Ahead
Tues 19th 2.30pm Church Development Meeting All Saints’ Church
Thurs 21st 9.30am Church Cleaning All Saints’ Church
Sat 23rd 3.30pm Messy Church All Saints’ Church
The APCM will be held on Thursday 28th February at 7pm at the Market House. We currently have vacancies for 3 churchwardens, a Treasurer and looking to elect 3 new member to the PCC. If you are interested in any of these vacancies please speak to Revd Liz or one of the current churchwardens.
Each year at the APCM we select 6 charities to support in the coming year – 2 international, 2 national and 2 local. Please nominate any charity that you would like to be considered at the APCM by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
There will be no 10am service at All Saints’ Church on Sunday 3rd March as there is a United Service at the Methodist Church.
All Saints' Cleaning. Thursday 21st February 9:30am-10:30am. All help appreciated.
TOGETHER magazine is looking for someone to take over the role of supervising its distribution. Simple computer skills are required to maintain and update lists as required. Help with proof reading and general input into the magazine would also be most welcome but is not essential. This person need not necessarily be a church attender but must be in sympathy with our aim of serving the Churches and People of Castle Cary and Ansford through the production of the magazine.
It would be ideal for someone recently retired and looking for a new interest, or new to the area and wanting to get to know the place and people, or feeling that the time has come for some new or different community involvement.
If you are interested in finding out more about this valuable role, please telephone: 351398 or 204186. Alternatively email: email@example.com
Revd. Liz’s day of rest this week is Friday 22nd
Gluten free wafers are available. If you require one please contact the churchwarden.