I wonder how many in our church families have England ‘car’ flags fluttering from their car?
I’m guessing none….
I’ve bought a set of flags but, as yet, I haven’t put them on the car. I did take them into my school assemblies and talked about the values behind the flag. The usual worthy stuff… It’s not about the football team but about what the flag says about us as a nation yah di yah… We were very good and looked at the ‘British values’ the government requires the school to promote, namely: Democracy – The rule of law – Individual liberty and, of course – Mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
I think it’s good we instil a sense of ‘values’ in the hearts and minds of children. I’m confident that both our primary schools are ‘incubators’ of the not only ‘British’ values but also ‘Christian values’. Each of our schools are regularly inspected in terms of how those values are authentically embedded in the life of the school. Pupils and staff are expected to be articulate in how those values operate within the school community.
It makes you wonder what would happen if each of our churches was regularly inspected on the values we hold and how we live them out corporately as well as individually?
Today we celebrate two saints – Peter and Paul. Simply put, in the lives of the saints we encounter a living witness to those Christian values – values lived, values alive.
In our Gospel reading Jesus (you could argue) asks his disciples to ‘inspect’ his work and witness: ‘Who do people say that I am?’.
If that question were asked of us how would we answer? What are the values of your local church? How are they lived out? Do you see the transforming love of God in Christ working in and through your church family – through you?
PS What does it say about us if we think we are not like those who stick flags on their cars….?
Almighty God, whose blessed apostles Peter and Paul glorified you in their death as in their life: grant that your Church, inspired by their teaching and example, and made one by your Spirit, may ever stand firm upon the one foundation, 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
We continue to pray for:
Clemmie, Peter Barnett and Michael Palmer
And those who have recently died and their loved ones:
Donald Emerick and Marjorie Morgan
Wedding and Baptism
We also pray for Elle Caldwell and Sam Henshaw for their wedding at Itchenor on Friday and for George Carter for his baptism at West Wittering on Sunday.
If you know of anyone who needs our prayers or would appreciate a visit, please let the Rector or the Parish Administrator know.
Should you wish to contact the Rector his mobile number is 07538 011579.
Services for this weekend
8.00 BCP Holy Communion at West Wittering and Itchenor.
At the main service at Birdham (9.30am) Eric Eyre’s sermon theme will be “Firm Foundation”. At West Wittering (10.00) Jonathan Swindells’ sermon theme will be “Come on England”. At Itchenor (9.00) Susan Monks’ sermon theme for Little Nick’s will be “Healing: God’s sticking plaster!”
There will be Choral Evensong at 6.00 at West Wittering
Wednesday 4th July Commemoration of St Thomas 10.00 Holy Communion at West Wittering
The Ministry Team are only too happy to talk through aspects of their Sermon.
Sunday 1st July
Commemoration of St Peter & St Paul
Zechariah 4. 1-6a; 10b-end; Acts 12. 1-11; Matthew 16. 13-19
Acts 12. 1-11; Matthew 16. 13-19
Ezekiel 34. 11-16; John 21. 15-22
Sunday 8th July – 6th Sunday after Trinity
Ezekiel 2. 1-5; 2 Corinthians 12. 2-10; Mark 6. 1-13
Romans 6. 3-11; Matthew 5. 20-26
Jeremiah 20. 1-11a; Romans 14. 1-17