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: ‘Delighting the 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.
God, who in generous mercy sent the Holy Spirit upon your Church in the burning fire of your love: grant that your people may be fervent in the fellowship of the gospel that, always abiding in you, they may be found steadfast in faith and active in service; 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.
This week in our prayers we celebrate the wedding of Naomi Cobden and John Jones on the 23rd September at West Wittering.
If you know of anyone who needs our prayers or would appreciate a visit, please let the Rector or the Parish Administrator know.
Eric Eyre will be preaching at the main service at Birdham (9.30am). At West Wittering (9.30) Susan Monks’ sermon theme will be Delighting the Heart and at 11.00 Alistair Ghinn’s sermon theme will be Redland Camp Review finally comes to St Peter & Paul. Jim Mould will be preaching at Itchenor (11.00) and his sermon theme will be Why don’t I deserve more?
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 Birdham.
There will be Evensong at West Wittering at 6.00
27th September Commemoration of St Michael & All Angels 10.00 West Wittering
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
Sunday 1st October – Trinity 16
Harvest Festival readings please contact those preaching at each Harvest Festival Service.
Ephesians 3. 13-end; Luke 7. 11-17
Ezekiel 37. 15-end; 1 John 2. 22-29