Harvest of the Heart…
In the Bible we read:
‘I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.’ Ezekiel 36:26
This Sunday we will be gathering in our local church to begin a ‘pilgrimage of the heart‘, as we seek to discover how having a ‘living heart of faith’ leads to that fullness of life Jesus promised for us and for those for whom we are called to ‘have a heart’.
Our worship this Sunday is themed: ‘The Disturbing Heart’
As we deepen our reflection over the coming weeks, you may also discover how God is calling you to serve those who come to us – at life’s key moments – trusting that we have a heart for them…
Those ‘key moments’ are often described within Anglican parish church life as ‘hatch, match and dispatch’. That isn’t meant to sound flippant but neatly sums up the traditional work of the parish priest and his or her congregations in serving their community. We might identify them as:
- The blessing of childhood, parenting and family life.
- The gift of a life rooted in the growing knowledge of God’s love in Jesus.
- The privilege of supporting our local church schools.
- The blessing of marriage and life-long, life-giving relationships.
- The gift of relationship as an expression of God’s love in Christ.
- The privilege to journey with those living with the reality of hurting or broken relationships.
- The blessing of hope at the end of life.
- The gift of compassion and understanding for those bereaved.
- The privilege of coming alongside those who are nearing the end of life and affirming the dignity of every life.
Those moments often offer far greater opportunities for service which is life giving than we presently realise. So, as we continue to seek a better understanding what God is calling us to be as the church in this place let us come together to prayerfully consider how we can re-imagine what being the church in this place really means for the sake of those we are called to offer that ‘fullness of life’ which was God’s gift in Christ for all.
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. Amen
We continue to pray for:
Conor Jones, Baby Clemmie, Ian Gray and family, Carole Richardson, Father Clifford, Di Cawley, Robert Shippam and Elisabeth Ropner.
And those who have recently died and their loved ones.
Kenneth Wilson Mellor, Herbert Cripps and David Scott
If you know of anyone who needs our prayers or would appreciate a visit, please let the Rector or the Parish Administrator know.
At the main service at Birdham (9.30am) Eric Eyre’s sermon theme will be “The Disturbing Heart -Holy Anger”. At West Wittering (10.00) Susan Monks will be preaching. At Itchenor (11.00) Jim Mould’s sermon theme will be ‘Forgiven to forgive’
The Ministry Team are only too happy to talk through aspects of their Sermon.
There will be 8.00 BCP Holy Communion at West Wittering and Itchenor.
The will be Evensong at West Wittering at 6.00
Wednesday 20th September Commemoration of Matthew the Apostle 10.00 West Wittering
Sunday 17th September – Trinity 14
Genesis 50. 15-21; Romans 14. 1-12; Matthew 18. 21-35
Galatians 5. 16-24; Luke 17. 11-19
Ezekiel 20. 1-8; 33-44; Acts 20. 17-end
Sunday 24th September – Trinity 15
Jonah 3. 10-4, end; Philippians 1. 21-end; Matthew 20. 1-16
Galatians 6. 11-end; Matthew 6. 24-end
Ezekiel 33. 23, 30-34. 10; Acts 26. 1, 9-25