Barham Downs Churches

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Biblical thought, Spiritual Reflection & Pastoral Care 

Sunday 20th June 2021
Trinity 3
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Christ at the helm

Collect (Prayer)

God our Saviour,
Look on this wounded world in pity and in power;
hold us fast to your promises of peace
won for us by your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ.  Amen.

Readings

Psalm 9:9-11,19-20
Job 38:1-11
Mark 4:35-41

Homily
The thunderstorm that we experienced this weekend was terrific -  
with fork-lightening, strong winds accompanied by torrential rain
(and welcomed by the thirsty ground). When these acts of nature
occur, it reminds us of the awesome power of creation and where from
within the midst of that whirlwind we hear God reminding
us of the intricate design of existence, what the philosopher Leibniz
would call “the best of all possible worlds.”  There is a primordial
fascination in witnessing the approaching storm and yet we are quite
relieved when the calm follows; where Christ reassures us that in the
storms of our life he is the helmsman of our boat navigating the
channels of doubt and despair; and eternally there to reach out
to us mortals who cannot prevail without the
pattern of the divine
embracing us, and where our destination is greeted by the heavenly
beings who shout for joy!
(RevT) 



Sunday 13th June 2021
Trinity 2
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Trinity 2 2021

Collect of the day

 Faithful Creator,
Whose mercy never fails:
deepen our faithfulness to you
and to your Living Word,
Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Psalm 92:1-8
Ezekiel 17:22-24
Mark 4:26-34

Homily

“How great are your works” exalts the psalmist and with the wonderful
 June landscape displayed before us we see creation at its most potent
within the varying colours of flora and fauna; with leaves literally
unfurling before our eyes and blossoms long already in glory. In our
gardens we try to keep up with the pace of growth in weeding and
perhaps thinning out our plants and bushes.
God’s gardening is a bit different to ours with a specific beneficial purpose for us all as he removes the sprig from the top of a Cedar to plant on his holy mountain.
Ezekiel like many prophets recognises that the people of the Covenant
require a new kind of tree and new growth, but more so, a divine
evergreen, an emblem of the Messiah, who would one day hold all God’s
people in his branches so that all who respond to his Gospel may nest
with room to spare. Mark assures us that all we need to do to find
our place in the tree is to have faith, even if it starts out as small
as a mustard seed.



Sunday 6th June 2021
Trinity 1
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Trinity 1 2021

Collect of the day

God of truth,
help us to keep your law of love
and to walk in ways of wisdom,
that we may find true life
in Jesus Christ your Son. Amen.


Readings

Psalm 130
2 Corinthians 4:13-15
Mark 3:20-35

Homily
When we awake each morning, does your soul remember to wait for the Lord? In the silence of that moment do we remember to hope for him?

It is in that moment we must remember that we are indeed of this world but not in this world for our new world has been recreated and transformed by the resurrection of Christ and where in the words of the Benedictus ‘the tender compassion of our God [like] the dawn from on high shall break upon us; to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.’ In the purity of the divine light, no evil can stand and be accountable to itself – it shatters and fragments. Christ our Pioneer, our strong Incarnate God, tore asunder the gates of hell so that all, past, present and future souls can share in the forgiven and risen world. As we ask Christ to be with us we cry, come Holy Spirit, come!   (RevT)



Sunday 30th May 2021
Trinity Sunday
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Trinity

A prayer for Trinity Sunday

Holy God,
faithful and unchanging:
enlarge our minds with the knowledge of your truth,
and draw us more deeply into the mystery of love,
that we may truly worship you,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever
Amen.


From Isaiah 6
 I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty;
and the hem of his robe filled the temple.
Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings:
with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet,
and with two they flew.  And one called to another and said:

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
the whole earth is full of his glory.

From John 3
Jesus answered, Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God
without being born of water and Spirit.  What is born of the flesh is flesh,
what is born of the Spirit is spirit. 
Do not be astonished that I said to you,
You must be born from above.” 
The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do
 not know where it comes from or where it goes.
So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.’
  



Sunday 23rd May 2021
Pentecost/Whitsun
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Come Holy Spirit

The Collect (Prayer for the coming week)

God, who as at this time taught the hearts of your faithful people
by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit:
grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgement in all things

and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort;
through the merits of Christ Jesus our Saviour,
who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Acts 2:1-4  The Coming of the Holy Spirit

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 
And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind,
and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 
Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested
on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak
 in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.

John 16:13  The Spirit of Truth
When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth;
for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears,
and he will declare to you the things that are to come. 


Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your people
and kindle in us the fire of your love.



Sunday 16th May 2021
Ascensiontide
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Ascensiontide 2021

The Collect (Prayer for the coming week)
Risen, ascended Lord,
as we rejoice at your triumph,
fill your Church on earth with power and compassion,
that all who are estranged by sin may find forgiveness
and know your peace,
to the glory of God the Father.  Amen.

Readings:   Acts 1:15-17,21-26  & John 17:6-19

Faith Point

The doctrine of the Ascension forms a bridge between the Incarnation of Jesus and the eternal nature of Jesus as God. Through liturgical worship we are enabled to keep this bridge open. In worship we recall the life and teaching of the incarnate Christ.

The Scripture tells of this record and form the basic word that is heard in worship.
This hearing is amplified through the application of the word to the daily life and witness of the worshippers through their silent meditation and the words of the sermon. Worship like the Ascension, forms the bridge between the incarnate Word and the contemporary word. 

Peter Atkins



14th - 22nd  May 2021

Novena Prayer Days (Thy Kingdom Come)
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TKC 2021

Please do join us each morning at 10 am at St John the Baptist,
Barham for prayers (except 16th when at St Giles Kingston)
to usher in God's kingdom as we journey to Pentecost / Whitsun.

Almighty God,
your ascended son has sent us into the world to
preach the good news of your kingdom:
inspire us with your Spirit
and fill our hearts with the fire of your love,
that all who hear your word
may be drawn to you,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



Thursday 13th May 2021
Ascension Day
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As

There will be Holy Communion Service at St John's Barham 6pm with a Quartet to sing in this feast day.

The Collect of the day is said

Grant, we pray, almighty God,
that as we believe your only-begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ
to have ascended into the heavens,
so we in heart and mind may also ascend
and with him continually dwell;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.


Luke 24:46-53

and he said to them, ‘Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.’ Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and, lifting up his hands, he blessed them. While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven. And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy; and they were continually in the temple blessing God.



Sunday 9th May 2021

6th Sunday of Easter (Rogationtide)
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PCSO Julia James

We continue to hold the family, friends, and communities of
PCSO Julia James in our thoughts and prayers plus of our support for
the congregation and mission minister (Rev Nick Ratcliffe) of St Peter's 
Aylesham.

Today the church begins the short period of Rogationtide.
Rogation comes from the Latin noun rogario = asking,
where we ask God to to provide for us and to remember that the seasons
are so important for sowing the seed and in harvesting the cops.

At 3pm there will be a Rogation Walk starting out from St Margaret's in
Womenswold across the Downs followed by a short Evening Prayer.
All are welcome and bring own refreshments with you.

This year this will be a saddened event due to the evil action which
took Julia's life in the heart of our countryside. She was a custodian of our
communities, alongside her Police colleagues and we pray that she resides
in the care and grace of God.

Heavenly Father,
Hear our our lament and our outcry against the injustice of Julia's life
being taken away from her and of the pain and suffering felt by her
loved ones. Shelter them under the protection of your almighty wings;
bring peace in your presence and guidance to those who investigate: 
may we become one in you through Christ our crucified and risen Lord.
Amen.



Sunday 2nd May 2021
5th Sunday of Easter
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Vine and Branches
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The Collect
Risen Christ,
your wounds declare your love for the world
and the wonder of your risen life:
give us compassion and courage
to risk ourselves for those we serve,
to the glory of God the Father.  
Amen.

Readings
Acts 4: 26-40   Philip & The Ethiopian Courtier
John 15:1-8      Jesus is the True Vine

Faith Point

Like our earth without the sunshine and its seasons
Like our faith without its reasons;
We whither, perish, return fruitless to the ground
We lose life and become uncrowned;
Scripture nourishes, fellowship encourages
Soaked in baptism the vine thrives;
We cling to Christ, glorified vine, eternal root
We abide in Him bearing fruit.


Sunday 25th April 2021
4th Sunday of Easter
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Good Shepherd

The Collect
Risen Christ,
faithful shepherd of your Father’s sheep:
teach us to hear your voice and to follow your command,
that all your people may be gathered into one flock,
to the glory of God the Father.  
Amen.

Readings
Acts 4:5-12 Peter before the Sanhedrin
John 10:11-18  Jesus is the Good Shepherd



Sunday 18th April 2021
3rd Sunday of Easter
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Easter Downs

Faith point

What is it that we just don’t get?   

A dead man rising to life!
Doesn’t happen, does it?
They, the disciples, saw and witnessed so much about Jesus, why don’t they get it?
Do we?

It’s not about all life adhering strictly to the parameters of this physical world but of a God who creates the universe and offers a glimpse beyond quantum sight – that all things are possible.

Jesus is not just human but also divine and the gateway between the two. We just need to remember what he told the disciples. They are witnesses, and so are we along The Way.

How many times like the Disciples do we need to return to our Bibles and see God’s salvation plan blue-printed in the messages of the Prophets to the Word-made-flesh and to a New Jerusalem?

The world we inhabit is a wonderful testament to the holy and tremendous life-giving power of the Lord-of-All. Now how much more will that life be in union with Christ starting in this world and being fulfilled in the next, world without end?
Amen.


Readings: Psalm 4:1,3, 6     Acts 3:12-19     Luke 24:36b-48


The Collect

Risen Christ,
you filled your disciples with boldness and fresh hope: strengthen us to proclaim your risen life and fill us with your peace,
to the glory of God the Father. Amen.


Saturday 17th April 2021
Funeral of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
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Merciful God, be close to all who mourn, especially The Queen and all members of the Royal Family. May they know the hope of your promises and the comfort of your love, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Eternal God, we give thanks for the life of Prince Philip, founder of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. We remember his vision and imagination, his interest in young people and his support for them. Inspire us with the same commitment to serve friend, neighbour, and stranger alike, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.




Sunday 11th April 2021
2nd Sunday of Easter
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Easter 2 Upper Room

Faith point
How would we react in suddenly facing the risen Jesus with the
crucified scars seared into the infinite grace of his divinity?
Would we just gape, or like the camel passing through the eye
of a needle allow our faith to become firmer as our finger
pushes through? (RevT)

Collect (prayer for the day)
Risen Christ,
for whom no door is locked, no entrance barred:
open the doors to our hearts, that we may seek the good of others
and walk the joyful road of sacrifice and peace, to the praise of God the Father.
Amen.

Readings

Acts 4:32-35   The early church shares its possessions
Psalm 133       Unity
John 20:19:31 Jesus appears to the disciples and then to Thomas



Friday of Easter Week  9th April 2021
HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, RIP
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Duke of Edinburgh RIP

It is with great sadness that we hear about the death of HRH Prince Philip,
Duke of Edinburgh. Our deepest sympathy and our prayers go with HM
The Queen and the Royal Family. The Duke was a dedicated 
husband and family man as well as tirelessly serving his nation and the
Commonwealth 
and always for the common good. 
I wonder how many of us were involved and participated  in the Duke of

Edinburgh Award scheme?

Condolences may be given online via the Church of England: -

https://www.churchofengland.org/remembering-his-royal-highness-prince-philip

Condolences may also be written after church services on Sunday and the
following churches will be open over the weekend. It must be stressed that
social distancing, mask wearing and sanitising must be adhered to:
  
St John's Barham: Saturday 10am-2pm & Sunday 10:30am to 1pm
St Margaret's W'wold: Saturday & Sunday 10am-5pm
St Mary's Bishopsbourne:  Saturday & Sunday 10am-4pm
St Giles Kingston: Saturday 12-12:30 & Sunday 9am-12pm
Holy Innocents Adisham: TBA


Collect (Prayer for today)

Most Merciful Father,
hear our prayer and comfort the Queen, her family and nation; 
renew our trust in your Son, whom you raised from the dead;
strengthen our faith that all who have died in the love of Christ
will share in his resurrection:
who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.



Sunday 4th April 2021
Easter Day
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Easter Sunday 2021

Alleluia! God raised Christ from the dead,
the Lamb without spot or stain. Alleluia!

Collect

God of glory,
by the raising of your Son
you have broken the chains of death and hell:
fill your Church with faith and hope;
for a new day has dawned
and the way to life stands open
in our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Amen.

Readings

Acts 10:34-43
Psalm 118:14-24
Mark 16:1-8


3rd April 2021
Holy Saturday / Easter Eve
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Holy Saturday 2021

Collect

In the depths of our isolation
we cry to you, Lord God:
give light in our darkness
and bring us out of the prison of our despair;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Readings

Job 14:1-14
Matthew 27:57-end


Friday 2nd April 2021
Good Friday

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Good Friday 2021

Join us for Good Friday Meditation (Last Three Hours) 
Time: Apr 2, 2021 12pm  London

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Collect

Eternal God, 
in the cross of Jesus
we see the cost of our sin and the depth of your love:
in humble hope and fear may we place at his feet
all that we have and all that we are,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Readings

Isaiah 52:13-end of 53
Hebrews 10:16-25


The Quiet View, Kingston
We are fortunate that Lizzie Hopthrow offers us all a spiritual "Good Friday Taize Prayer & Labyrinth Walk" to mark our own journeys.For details see 
https://www.facebook.com/quietview and https://www.quietview.co.uk/ 




Thursday 1st April 2021

Maundy Thursday
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Maundy Thursday 2021

The Collect 

God our Father,
you have invited us to share in the supper
which your Son gave to his Church
to proclaim his death until he comes:
may he nourish us by his presence,
and unite us in his love;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen. 

Readings

Exodus 12:1-4, 11-14
John 13:1-17,31b-35



Monday 29th March 2021
Monday of Holy Week
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An invite by Rev Lesley to visit our Easter Gardens of our Benefice
during Holy and Easter Week.
Why not make it a family pilgrimage and see the wonderful work
of our flower ladies.

Easter Garden Poster 2021


Sunday 28th March 2021
Palm Sunday (triumphant entry of our Lord into Jerusalem)
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Palm Sunday 1 2021

Palm Sunday 2 2021

Palm Sunday 3 2021

The Collect of the day
True and humble king,
hailed by the crowd as Messiah:
grant us faith to know you and love you,
that we may be found beside you on the way to the cross,

which is the path of glory. 
Amen

Readings
Zechariah 9:9-12
Mark 11:1-11



Thursday 25th March 2021
Annunciation of Our Lord to the Blessed Virgin Mary
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Paolo de Matteis, Italian, 1662–1728

BVM 2021

Luke 1:38
Then Mary said, "Here am I , the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word." 
Then the angel departed from her.

What if Mary had said no?

Collect (prayer for Today)
We beseech you, O Lord,
pour your grace into our hearts,
that as we have known the incarnation of your Son Jesus Christ
by the message of an angel, so by his cross and passion
we may be brought to the glory of his resurrection;
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.



Tuesday 23rd March 2021
National Day of Reflection
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NDR 2021

A year on from the beginning of National Lockdown we have all
been touched by the indiscriminate nature of the coronavirus, whether
directly or through the suffering and death of loved ones and of 
neighbours. We remember them. (RevT)

Loving God,
you hold all our times in your hands,
our past, our present, our future.
Be close to us now as we remember all the
difficulties and sadness of the past year.
Be especially close to all of us who are thinking
of someone we loved and knew,
but see no longer, whether family, friend, colleague or neighbour.
Help us to trust that they are at peace with you,
and comfort us with your presence.
Amen.

"To Heal We Must Remember" reflection by Rev Lizzie (Quiet View)




Sunday 21st March 2021

Lent 5 (Passiontide begins)
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Passiontide 2021

The Collect of the day
Most merciful God,
who by the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ
delivered and saved the world:
grant that by faith in him who suffered on the cross

we may triumph in the power of his victory;
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.

Readings

Jeremiah 31:31-34 A New Covenant 
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Jeremiah+31%3A31-34&version=NRSV

John 12:20-33 The Son of Man to be Glorified
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+12%3A20-33&version=NRSV



Sunday 14th March 2021
Mothering Sunday 
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A Prayer for Mothering Sunday

Praise God who loves us.
Praise God who cares.

God of love,
passionate and strong, tender and careful:
watch over us and hold us all the days of our life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.


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Friday 12th March 2021
A Service of Lament, Healing & Hope
St John's &  Barham House Nursing Home
 
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Farewell Barham Nursing Home 2021

A service of Lament, Healing & Hope was held at St John the Baptist for the wonderful caring staff of Barham House Nursing Home as the home closes and the staff face an uncertain future. Through Prayers, Psalms, Mark 16:1-8, remembering in the lighting of tealights and in in being anointed by holy oil we gathered and were held. I give thanks for the ministry of worship, witness, holding, and praying for staff and residents. "The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.




Sunday 7th March 2021
Lent 3 
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Lent 3 2021

The Collect (Prayer for the day)
Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; 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.

Readings:
Exodus 20:1-17
John 2:13-22.



Friday 5th March 2021
Lent 2 -Monthly Taize

Our monthly Taize prayer offers a comforting and joyful expression of Lent! We have created a little wilderness in the yurt and with chants and candles and flowers we bring beauty into the darkness. A peaceful 30 minutes.
Rev Lizzie Hopthrow



Thursday 4th March 2021
Lent 2 

Lent Course 2021

Lent 2021:
Approaching the Father Through the Gospel of John

Four weeks of reflection in troubling times. 

The forty days of Lent are set aside as a time of contemplation; when we can think things through, ask questions and absorb the answers given. Join us this Lent for four short meetings to aid your reflection.

The meetings will be held on Thursday Evening at 6pm on the following dates:

Thursday March 4th The Bread of Life - John 6: 27-40

Thursday March 11th Drawing in the Sand- John 7 :53-8:11

Thursday March 18th    The Fragrance of Perfume - John 12: 1-8 

Thursday March 25th Do you Know What I have Done for You? - John 13: 2-17

Please contact Rev Lesley Hardy if you would like to join

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Sunday 28th February 2021
Lent 2 

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Morning Prayer out in the open at the Gold Park Caravan site (Barham)
with our small community attached to St John the Baptist, Barham,
informally called "St John of the Park."
n.b. they are in their own social-bubble

St John of the Park 1 Lent 2

St John of the Park 2 Lent 2

A Gospel for all and to remind us that
Church = Ecclessia = People


Lent 2


The Collect of the day

Almighty God,
by the prayer and discipline of Lent may we enter into the mystery of Christ’s sufferings, and by following his Way come to share in his glory:
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Readings

Genesis 17:1-7,15-18   The Sign of the Covenant
Mark 8:31-38   Jesus predicts his death and resurrection



Sunday 21st February 2021
Lent 1 
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Lent 1

The Collect of the day

Almighty God,
whose Son Jesus Christ fasted forty days in the wilderness,
and was tempted as we are, yet without sin:
give us grace to discipline ourselves in obedience to your Spirit;
and, as you know our weakness, so may we know your power to save;
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.

Readings

Psalm 51   Have Mercy on Me, O God
Genesis 9:8-17  God's promise to Noah
Mark 1:9-15  Jesus the beloved Son

Barham House Nursing Home

Barham House Nursing Home

It is with great sadness to learn that Barham House Nursing Home will be closing its doors this coming week. Please keep the residents and the dedicated carers in your prayers and thoughts who are devastated by this news. We participated in ✝️Holy Communion in the Home today with emphasis on gratitude, of service and of sending out with Blessings.

“Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink?  And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing?  And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?”  And the king will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”  (Matthew 25:37-40)



Wednesday 17th February 2021
Ash Wednesday (the beginning of Lent)
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Ash Weds

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Feb 17, Ash Weds Meditation, please check it out.
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Collect (Prayer for the day)

Almighty and everlasting God,
you hate nothing that you have made and
forgive the sins of all those who are penitent:
create and make in us new and contrite hearts that we,
worthily lamenting our sins and and acknowledging our wretchedness,
may receive from you, the God of all mercy,
perfect remission and forgiveness;
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.



Sunday 14th February 2021
Sunday before Lent
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Transfiguration - Mark

The dazzling brightness of recent snow reminds us how pure and
 transformative Creation can be. God said,
"'Let light shine out of darkness,' who has shone in our hearts to give the
light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ."
[2 Cor.4:3-6]. Even Jesus, at one time, appeared to be transfigured before
three of his disciples, "and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no
one on earth could bleach" [Mark 9:3].
How does God transform us so that we are able to shine before others who
need physical and spiritual aid and comfort?

The Collect of the day

Almighty Father,
whose Son was revealed in majesty before he suffered death upon the cross:
give us grace to perceive his glory, that we may be strengthened to suffer with him and be changed into his likeness, from glory to glory: who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
Amen.



Sunday 7th February 2021
2nd Sunday before Lent
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A lovely painting of Jesus as our shepherd by two of our primary school
children reminds us also that Jesus is the visible image of God and the
Firstborn of all Creation - now that is worth reflecting upon!

Jesus Shepherd

The Collect (Prayer) of the day

Almighty God,
you have created the heavens and the earth and made us in your own image: teach us to discern your hand in all your works and your likeness in all your children; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit reigns supreme over all things, now and for ever.
Amen.



Friday 5th February
Monthly Taize  The Quiet View

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So many people who have been bereaved during Covid have not had a helpful opportunity to grieve and remember because of the necessary restrictions and waiting until we can meet together again seems to us, such an unsatisfactory option. In a very, very small way we would like to offer a digital occasion to remember those who have died over this last year.
‘To Heal, We Must Remember’  (Inauguration words by Joe Biden )– will be a tender ritual in the yurt. It will include music, art, poetry and a time to read out the names of those who have died and to light an individual candle for them. IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW WOULD LIKE TO TAKE PART DIGITALLY, PLEASE SEND US THE NAMES OF THE PEOPLE YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED BY SATURDAY 27TH FEBRUARY. The video will be available on YouTube on 13th March. email: lizziehopthrow@gmail.com


Candlemas  - 31st January 2021

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Candlemas marks 40 days after Christmas (the traditional ending of the
season)
normally celebrated on the 2nd February or on the nearest Sunday.
It was also a time for new candles to be blessed for the year.

Candlemas 2021

The Collect of the day
Almighty and everlasting God,
clothed in majesty,
whose beloved Son was this day
presented in the Temple,

in substance of our flesh:
grant that we may be presented to you
with pure and clean hearts,

by your Son Jesus Christ our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen.

Luke 2:27-32

Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying,
‘Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace,
   according to your word;
for my eyes have seen your salvation,
   which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
a light for revelation to the Gentiles
   and for glory to your people Israel.’



3rd Sunday of Epiphany  - 24th January 2021
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The Collect of the day
Almighty God,
whose Son revealed in signs and miracles
the wonder of your saving presence:
renew your people with your heavenly grace,
and in all our weakness sustain us by your mighty power;
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.

Legend

Snowdrops - first gleaming of distant Spring and of hope.
Legend has it that a distraught Eve sitting outside of Eden (after the Fall) was comforted by an angel who caught a snowflake and breathed upon it, then let float down to the ground from which the first snowdrop appeared. 


2nd Sunday of Epiphany  - 17th January 2021

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Collect

Eternal Lord, 
our beginning and our end: 
bring us with the whole creation 
to your glory, hidden through past 
and made known
in Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

January

Under a white coverlet of snow
The infant year is lying,
A leaden canopy of cloud above.
Now to this cradle haste
The royal seasons, in their robes,
Of green, crimson, and rich russet,
Bearing their gifts - the sunshine gold of spring,
Incense of summer flowers, and acrid tang
Of autumn's burning leaves.

John Heath-Stubbs



Baptism of Christ (Epiphany Season)  - 10th January 2021
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The Baptism of Christ reminds us of our own baptismal journey and where we are indelibly marked by God with water and the anointing of the Holy Spirit with oil. So in this week's gospel we are, with our minds eye, called to be there with John the Baptist on the banks of the River Jordan and to witness Jesus' baptism and anointment by God, visibly demonstrated by the dove and reaffirmed by God's words "You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased."
The message is clear Christ is truly chosen for mission, he is the messiah, the Christ, God incarnate. 
When we are baptised it reaffirms God's calling, for we are all special in his creation and with us he is 'well pleased' in the same way when humanity was the culmination of creation God saw that what he created was 'very good' and not just 'good'.

Collect

Heavenly Father,
at the Jordan you revealed Jesus as your Son:
may we recognise him as our Lord
and know ourselves to be your beloved children:
through Christ our Saviour.
Amen




Epiphany  - 6th January 2021

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Collect
Creator of the heavens,
who led the Magi by a star
to worship the Christ-child:
guide and sustain us,
that we may find our journey's end
in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

From Isaiah 60

Arise, shine; for your light has come,
   and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you...
Nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.
Lift up your eyes and look around;they all gather together, they come to you...

Then you shall see and be radiant; your heart shall thrill and rejoice...
They shall bring gold and frankincense, and shall proclaim the praise of the Lord.

From Matthew 2

In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea,
wise men
 from the East came to Jerusalem, asking,
‘Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews?
For we observed his star at its rising,
 and have come to pay him homage...

They set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen
at its rising,
 until it stopped over the place where the child was. 
When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. 
On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother;
and they knelt down and paid him homage.
Then, opening their treasure-chests, they offered him gifts of gold,
frankincense, and myrrh. 
And having been warned in a dream not to return
to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.

Prayer
Jesus,
may we not hoard,
but freely give
the gold of our hearts,
the myrrh of our grief,
the frankincense of our dreams,
to you. Amen                                       (Mary Palmer)



2nd Sunday of Christmas  - 3rd January 2021
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2nd Sun after Xmas

Collect

Almighty God, you have poured upon us the new light of your incarnate Word: Grant that this light, enkindled in our hearts, may shine forth in our lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

The Word was made flesh and lived among us:

and we have seen his glory.

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

In the name of Christ. Amen.



New Years Day - 1st January 2021

Lizzie Hopthrow invites to her Epiphany Taize and who knows

 what might be 'revealed' in song and prayer





Christmas Day - 25th December 2020
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Christmas 2020


When peaceful silence lay over all,
and night was in the midst of her swift course:
from your royal throne, O God,
down from the heavens,
leapt your almighty Word.

Collect for Midnight Mass

 Eternal God,
in the stillness of this night you sent your almighty Word
to pierce the world's darkness with the light of salvation: 
give to the earth the peace that we long for and fill our hearts
with the joy of heaven 
through our Saviour, Jesus Christ.  Amen


Collect for Christmas Day

Almighty God,
you have given us your only-begotten Son to take our nature upon him and as at this time to be born of a pure virgin:
grant that we, who have been born again and made your children by adoption and grace,
may daily be renewed by your Holy Spirit;
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.


*****WISHING YOU A BLESSED CHRISTMASTIDE*****




Advent Window tribute to Lucas Webb
22nd December 2020

Image courtesy of the Webb family as Day 19
in the Village Advent Windows Calendar

Lucas

                      Lord in your mercy,
                         Hear our prayer



4th Sunday of Advent  - 20th December 2020

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Advent 4 Candles

The Collect
God our redeemer,
who prepared the Blessed Virgin Mary
to be the mother of your Son:
grant that, as she looked for his coming as our Saviour,
so we may be ready to greet him
when he comes again as our judge;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Open Carol Services - 20th December

4 pm on the Village Green near the Christmas Tree, Barham


6.30 pm on the Station Road Green Adisham




19th December 2020
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Dear Parishioners,

It is with deep regret that we need to cancel the Sunday outdoor Carol  Services at Barham (4pm) and Adisham (6.30pm).

Cancellation is implicitly consistent with our overall risk assessment since the risk element has changed; and even though we planned to take extreme care, the information shared by the Government tonight must make more problematic the idea of having a large group of people of all age groups and the hidden transmission by those who are asymptomatic.

I am waiting to read the fine print re: Christmas services but will keep ou all posted. What is more important is that we protect those whom we love and hold the light of Christ before us.

Yours

Stefan (RevT)


16th December 2020
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Barham Downs

Lucas Webb
The last few days have seen an outpouring of love and sympathy for the Webb Family following devastating news of Lucas' death. The family really appreciate all the support from family, friends and the Barham Community but understandably can not respond to all social media messages.
Lucas was baptised at St John the Baptist.

We pray:

O God of compassion,
as we gather around Lucas,
we can scarcely take in what has happened.
Be alive to us as our hearts are shaken with sorrow,
for a life so full of promise has been taken.
In our sadness, contain us:
i
n our shock and grief, comfort us.
Meet us in our anger,
hear the questions that have no answers
and in our dark and lonely times bring hope to his family and us all.
Amen.



3rd Sunday of Advent  - 13th December 2020
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Advent 3 Candles

The Collect
God for whom we watch and wait,
you sent John the Baptist to prepare the way of your Son:
give us the courage to speak the truth,
to hunger for justice, and to suffer for the cause of right,
with Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



2nd Sunday of Advent  - 6th December 2020
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St Nicholas Day

Did you now that in some parts of Europe the children woke up on the 6th Dec to shoes, boots or clogs filled with sweets and goodies - that is if they had been good! A reminder of St Nicholas' generosity, a Christian Saint who provided for the poor. Next time you eat a chocolate coin you might want to think of a time where St Nick threw gold coins into a house which landed in stockings hanging up to dry!

Advent 2 Candles

All are welcome to join in with the Bridge Group of Churches Holy Communion. My thanks to Rev Estella Last.

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Advent Taize - 4th December 2020
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Rev Lizzie Hopthrow kindly invites us to be drawn further into Advent to touch the hearts of so many living in darkness and fear in the Advent Taize from the Quiet View. The Link will be available from 9am.

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Advent Sunday - 29th November 2020
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We enter the season of Advent in preparation
for the birth of the Christ Child and also
for the Coming of Christ in all his Glory.

Advent 1 Candles



The Collect
Almighty God,
give us grace to cast away the works of darkness
and to put on the armour of light,
now in the time of this mortal life,

in which your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility;
that on the last day,
when he shall come again in his glorious majesty

to judge the living and the dead,
we may rise to the life immortal;

through him who is alive and reigns with you, 
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever. Amen.




Christ the King- 22nd November 2020

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Although we cannot hold an act of public worship in church during this second Lockdown we give thanks that the Church comes to you

Christ the King 2020

The Collect
Heavenly Father,

whose Son Jesus Christ ascended to the throne of heaven
that he might rule over all things as Lord and King:
keep the Church in the unity of the Spirit and in the bond of peace,
and bring the whole created order to worship at his feet;

who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen.




2nd Sunday before Advent - 15th November 2020
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Although we cannot hold an act of public worship in church during this second Lockdown we give thanks that the Church comes to you. Please click the picture to access the Holy Communion service for this Sunday.


The Collect
Heavenly Father,

whose blessed Son was revealed to destroy the works of the devil
and to make us the children of God and heirs of eternal life:
grant that we, having this hope, may purify ourselves even as he is pure;
that when he shall appear in power and great glory
we may be made like him in his eternal and glorious kingdom;
where he is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen.




Armistice Day - 11th November 2020
100 Years Commemoration of the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior
and of the 
Cenotaph

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Liz Minter offers us a short history in her capacity as a Registered Tourist Guide.


Collect (Prayer) for Remembrance Day

God, our refuge and strength,
bring near the day when wars shall cease
and poverty and pain shall end,
that earth may know the peace of heaven
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.



Remembrance Sunday - 8th November 2020

Lest we forget
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There will be a 'short' act of Remembrance outside St John's Barham,
St Mary's Bishopsbourne and at Adisham starting 10:50.
If attending please observe social distancing!

Poppy

God is our refuge and strength; a very present help in trouble       Psalm 46:1                 
Do not repay anyone evil for evil; bless those who persecute you, and where possible, live peaceably with all.’       Romans 12.14,17

Blessed are the peacemakers:
for they shall be called the children of God.   
Matthew 5.9




Collect
(Prayer) for Remembrance Sunday

Almighty Father,
whose will is to restore all things in your beloved Son,
the King of all: govern the hearts and minds of those in authority, and bring the families of the nations, divided and torn apart by the ravages of sin, to be subject to his just and gentle rule;
who is alive and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen. 



Friday - 6th November 
2020
Taize from the Quiet View 
with Rev Lizzie Hopthrow




Tuesday - 3rd November 2020

Commemoration of Richard Hooker,
Rector of Bishopsbourne and Barham (d. 1600)

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Evening Prayer from Canterbury Cathedral was filmed on location at St Mary the Virgin Bishopsbourne. Do enjoy the service and our wonderful church.


Collect

God of peace, the bond of all love,
who in your Son Jesus Christ have made the human race
 your inseparable dwelling place:
after the example of your servant Richard Hooker,
give grace to us your servants ever to rejoice
in the true inheritance of your adopted children
and to show forth your praises now and ever;
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.


All Souls Day - 2nd November 2020
Commemoration of the Faithful Departed

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This evening we will be holding our ALL SOULS service at St John's 6.30pm.
We remember those that we loved and lost and miss very much but to give thanks to God for their lives and how they influenced us.
It is an opportunity to give thanks to God for their lives.

Blessed are you, Lord our God, lover of souls you uphold us in life and sustain us in death: to you be glory and praise for ever!
For the darkness of this age is passing away as Christ the bright and morning star brings to his saints the light of life.
As you give light to those in darkness who walk in the shadow of death so remember in your kingdom your faithful servants that death may be for them the gate to life and to unending fellowship with you; where with your saints you live and reign one in the
perfect union of love now and for ever. Amen.





All Saints Day - 1st November 2020
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This Sunday we celebrate All the Saints in our services 
at St John's Barham 8am BCP HC and St Mary's Bishopsbourne Benefice Service 10am 

Saints trail to heaven

The Collect of the day

Almighty God,
you have knit together your elect in one communion and fellowship
in the mystical body of your Son Christ our Lord:
grant us grace so to follow your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living
that we may come to those inexpressible joys
that you have prepared for those who truly love you;
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.


Saturday 31st October 2020
All Hallows' Eve Confirmations with +Rose

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We very much rejoiced in +Rose visiting St John the Baptist Barham for the Confirmation service for East & West Bridge Deaneries. It was a wonderful service supported by our Benefice Choir. 6 were confirmed and 2 baptised. Please keep in our prayers Krestrel (St Margarets W'wold), Grace (St Giles, Kingston), Toby (St John's, Barham) and for Sophie, Sonia and Lynda (St Martin & St Gregory, Wye) and also for Lana and Theo who were baptised. 

'May the Word of the Lord be a lamp for their feet
and a light for their path.'

                                                                                  cf Psalm 119:105


Wednesday 28th October 2020
Simon & Jude, Apostles

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Today we commemorate these disciples during our
10am Holy Communion at St John's Barham.

Simon & Jude

Collect

Almighty God, 
who built your Church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Jesus Christ himself as the chief cornerstone: 
so join us together in unity of spirit by their doctrine, 
that we may be made a holy temple acceptable to you; 
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.

Ephesians 2.19-20

 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. 



Last Sunday after Trinity - Sunday 25th October 2020

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This Sunday we bring to mind our environment in creation 
at St John's Barham 9.30 plus Holy Communion at Holy Innocents Adisham 11am 

Creation All Age

The Collect of the day
Merciful God,
teach us to be faithful in change and uncertainty,
that trusting in your word and obeying your will
we may enter the unfailing joy of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


Crucified Earth & Resurrected Hope

Today's All Age Service was hard hitting worship on the theme of the Crucified Earth where an analogy was drawn between the destruction of our environment with Jesus Crucified, and between being called stewards of Creation and the Resurrected Christ.

Crucified Earth 1  Crucified Earth 2

Crucified Earth 3



Trinity 19 - 18th October 2020
Luke the Evangelist
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This Sunday we commemorate Luke the Gospel Writer and Physician in our services 
at St John's Barham 9.30 and St Mary's 11am 

Luke - I'm your Father

The Collect of the day
Almighty God,
you called Luke the physician
whose praise in in the gospel,
to be an evangelist and physician of the soul:
by the grace of the Spirit
and through the wholesome medicine of the gospel,
give your Church the same love and power to heal;
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.



Saturday 17th October 2020
Ignatius, bishop of Antioch d. 107
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Ignatius of Antioch

Collect (prayer for the day)

Feed us, O Lord with the living bread
and make us drink deep of the cup of salvation that,
following the teaching of your bishop Ignatius and rejoicing in the faith
with which he embraced a martyr's death,
we may be nourished for that eternal life
for which he longed;
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.

Events

At St John's today we celebrated the baptism of Maddison & Annabelle both at Barham CEP and our Benefice went international in hosting the Lutheran Erntedankfest (Harvest) at St Margaret's Womenswold with good German singing




Trinity 18 - Sunday 11th October 2020
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Trinity 18
image: Bourne Park

This Sunday our services are at St Margaret's W'wold 9.30am
and St Giles Kingston 11am


The Collect 

God, our judge and saviour,
teach us to be open to your truth
and to trust in your love,
that we may live each day
with confidence in the salvation which is given
through Jesus Christ the Lord.  Amen.




Saturday 10th October 2020
Commemorating:
Thomas Traherne (1674), Clergyman, Poet, Spiritual Writer

Traherne

part of the Thomas Traherne window at Hereford Cathedral

The skies in their magnificence,
The lively, lovely air;
Oh how divine, how soft, how sweet, how fair!
The stars did entertain my sense,
And all the works of God, so bright and pure,
So rich and great did seem,
As if they ever must endure
In my esteem.

A native health and innocence
Within my bones did grow,
And while my God did all his glories show,
I felt a vigour in my sense
That was all spirit. I within did flow
With seas of life, like wine;
I nothing in the world did know
But 'twas divine.

Wonder (extract)




Harvest Festival - Sunday 4th October 2020
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Harvest Shredded Wheat

This Sunday we celebrate Harvest Festival at St John's Barham at 10am and at 
St Margaret's Womenswold at 6pm. Please bring food produce (non-perishable) for us to take
to the Food Banks.

The Collect for Harvest

Creator God,
you made the goodness of the land, the riches of the sea
and the rhythm of the seasons;
as we thank you for the harvest, may we cherish and respect
this planet and its peoples, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.



Care for Creation Taize - Friday 2nd October 2020
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Michael & All Angels - Tuesday 29th September 2020
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St Michael

image Linda Baker Smith (Angels by Jane Williams)

We will be celebrating Michael & All Angels at Holy Communion
Wednesday 30th Sept 10am at St John's Barham with Rod Spencer
providing music for the occasion. All are welcome.

The Collect of the day 

Everlasting God,
you have ordained and constituted
the ministries of angels and mortals in a wonderful order:
grant that as your holy angels always serve you in heaven,
so, at your command,
they may help and defend us on earth;
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.







Ordination - Sunday 27th September 2020
at St Mary's Eastry at 3pm.

Our new Curate Revd Lesley Hardy at her ordination to Priesthood
conducted by Bishop Rose. We look forward to her beginning her
ministry with us.

LH

Trinity 16 - Sunday 27th September 2020
at St Giles Kingston 10am.
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St Giles Kingston

The Collect of the day

Lord of Creation,
whose glory is around and within us: open our eyes to your wonders,
that we may serve you with reverence and know your peace at our lives’ end through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.



Eve of St Matthew Sunday 20th September 2020
at St Mary the Virgin Bishopsbourne 10am  

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Bishopsbourne High Altar and Window

The Collect of the day

O Almighty God,
whose blessed Son called Matthew the tax collector
to be an apostle and evangelist:
give us grace to forsake the selfish pursuit of gain and the possessive love of riches
that we may follow in the way of your Son Jesus Christ,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.




Holy Cross Day Monday 14th September 2020

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Holy Cross Day

"He humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death -
even death on a cross.
therefore God also highly exalted him...so that at the name of Jesus every
knee should bend" 
 (Philippians 2:8,9a,10a)

Collect

Almighty God,
who in the passion of your blessed Son
made an instrument of painful death
to be for us the means of life and peace:
grant us so to glory in the cross of Christ
that we may gladly suffer for his sake;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God now and for ever.


Trinity 14 - Sunday 13th September 2020
at St John the Baptist Barham 10am inc. Blessing of School Bags 

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The Collect (Prayer of the day)

Merciful Lord,
your Son came to save us and bore our sins on the cross:
may we trust in your mercy and know your love,
rejoicing in the righteousness that is ours through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.



Monday 7th September 2020 
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The Kingdom of Heaven is like....

Lucy

On Sunday the 6th Sept we also held a Morning Prayer service with
music at Holy Innocents Adisham where some families attended
the "blessing of the school bags" for the new new school year. 

Although no photos were taken at the time, one of our participants Lucy,
had her bag blessed and this photo with thanks from her father perhaps
describes best, without any need for a sermon, what the Kingdom of
Heaven is like in the moment of surprised discovery.

RevT


Trinity 13 Sunday 6th September 2020 
at St Margaret of Antioch, Womenswold 10am

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All are welcome and we also celebrate the return of children to our school
in Adisham with a blessing of bags at Holy Innocents, at 11am.

The Collect of the day

Almighty God,
you search us and know us:
may we rely on you in strength and rest on you in weakness,
now and in all our days, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


Taize Friday 4th September 2020 
From The Quiet View in Kingston


This is a beautiful and most relaxing way to enjoy being in
the presence of God at the end of the week - Rev Lizzie Hopthrow



St Giles Tuesday 1st September 2020 
Patronal Saint for our church in Kingston

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St Giles 2020

The Collect of the day

Grant, we beseech thee, O Lord,
that the prayers of thy holy Abbott, St Giles
may commend us unto thee:
that we, who have no power of ourselves to help ourselves,
may by thy teaching 
find favour in thy sight,
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hrough Jesus Christ, your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.


Trinity 12 Sunday 30th August 2020
at St Giles Kingston 10am

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Palm Sunday Kingston

The image of palm crosses on the south door of St Giles Kingston remind
us of holy week and the Christian mission that endures despite adversity.


The Collect of the day

God of constant mercy,
who sent your Son to save us:
remind us of your goodness,
increase your grace within us,
that our thankfulness may grow,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen. 


Aug 30th Compline for Trinity 12, click the link.

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Baptism Saturday 29th August 2020 
at Holy Innocents Adisham 12pm

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baptism Espie

Today the Espie family celebrated a special occasion when Oscar and Dexter
were christened and following in the footsteps of family members. As a
community we rejoice with even time for a group photo (with masks briefly
removed). Let us keep them in our prayers in the fellowship of Christ.


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Eve of Bartholomew, Apostle Sunday 23rd August 2020

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Today our Morning Prayer Service is at St Mary's Bishopsbourne at 10am

Eve of Bartholomew

The Collect of the day
Almighty and everlasting God,
who gave to your apostle Bartholomew grace
truly to believe and to preach your word:
grant that your Church may love that word which he believed
and may faithfully preach and receive the same:
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.



Trinity 10 Sunday 16th August 2020
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Today our Morning Prayer Service is at Holy Innocents Adisham 10am

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The Collect of the day

Lord of heaven and earth,
as Jesus taught his disciples to be persistent in prayer,
give us patience and courage never to lose hope,
but always to bring our prayers before you;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.


Saturday 15th August 2020
VJ75 Day

VJ75

On this day we come together to Commemorate the 75th Anniversary
of Victory over Japan, when the sounds of conflict fell silent over Asia,
the Pacific Ocean, and it's coastlines and the bringing about the end
of WWII. We remember our brave servicemen and women who fought
for a better tomorrow and for the tragic loss of so many civilians throughout.


A Prayer for VJ Day

God our Father, in the dying and rising of your Son Jesus Christ, you have brought life and salvation out of cruelty and death. We mark Victory in Japan in gratitude for the courage of the Allied forces who suffered for freedom in the Far East campaign and in sorrow for all that hinders the coming of your kingdom of peace. Give us wisdom to learn from the bitter memories of war, and hearts that long for the unity of all nations. We ask all this in the name of Jesus, in whom there is no east or west, no north or south, but one fellowship of love across the whole earth. Amen.


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Trinity 9 Sunday 9th August 2020
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Today our Morning Prayer Service is at St John the Baptist Barham 10am


The Collect (Prayer)

Almighty God,
who sent your Holy Spirit to be the life and light of your Church:

open our hearts to the riches of your grace, that we may bring forth the fruit of the Spirit in love and joy and peace;
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.

                                ---ooOoo---

Saturday 8th August 2020
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A Virtual service from St John the Baptist, Barham

This year the Army Cadets, NCO's and Officers were unable to go on Camp due to Covid-19 Restrictions, yet a weeks's virtual camp allowed other activities to explored on line including a Camp Service from the Army Chaplain. The Theme was The Parable of the Sower and Harvest.


                                  ---ooOoo---


Friday 7th August 2020
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TAIZE at The Quiet View with Rev Lizzie Hopthrow


The Monthly Taize service is on Friday 7th August at 7pm
if you would like to tune in (so to speak) but the music readings and prayer can be enjoyed at any time.


                                   ---ooOoo---


Transfiguration of our Lord  Thursday 6th August 2020
+ Hiroshima 75

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Daniel 7:13-14

I saw one like a human being coming with the clouds of heaven.
And he came to the Ancient One and was presented before him.
To him was given dominion and glory and kingship, that all peoples, nations and languages should serve him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that shall not pass away, and his kingship is one that shall never be destroyed.

Luke 9:28-29,35

Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white...a voice...said,
"This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!"

Reflection

The light that shone with a million suns was a false light and was no lamp of hope or peace when the divine lights, housed in the many-thousand images of God in Hiroshima (and Nagasaki), were splintered and shredded into the sub-atomic of creation. Ruined dwelling places with shadowed imprints of life, the young and old, are left to haunt the memories of the defeated but the victors also, with the untold costs of incalculable consequences. The cry through time demands that the 'abomination of desolation' be no more. New tents and Light are sought.

The light that shone with a trillion suns momentarily outshone the mountain's creative view, or was it enhanced when the Son of Man held together the sacred imprint of the Beginning and the Word-Made-Flesh?
It was the light of hope and restoration, the Light which no machination of shadowed humankind could overthrow. The path that leads to peace starts in a place between the Cross and the Bomb, in seeking forgiveness and compassion so that we begin to listen to the Son who promises to make all things new.

But this I know, all flesh shall see his glory,
and he shall reap the harvest he has sown,
and some glad day his sun will shine in splendour
when he the Saviour, Saviour of the world, is known.
           
(W.Y. Fullerton)

RevT

The Collect 

Father in heaven,
whose Son Jesus Christ was wonderfully transfigured
before chosen witnesses upon the holy mountain,
and spoke of the exodus he would accomplish at Jerusalem:
give us strength so to hear his voice and bear our cross
that in the world to come we may see him as he is:
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

                                   ---ooOoo---


Trinity 8
Sunday 2nd August
 2020

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COMPLINE (Night Prayer)

Compline Trinity 8

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                                   ---ooOoo---

MORNING PRAYER

Trinity 8 Fish & Loaves

The Collect of the day

Lord God,
your Son left the riches of heaven
and became poor for our sake:
when we prosper save us from pride,
when we are needy save us from despair,
that we may trust in you alone;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.


Readings (CEV)

Romans 9:1-5       God's choice of Israel

Matthew 14:13-21   Jesus Feeds the 5,000



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James, the Apostle Saturday 25th July 2020

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St James

The Saturday Service of Prayer during the Day can be followed by clicking the YouTube link below


Collect

Merciful God,
whose holy apostle Saint James,
leaving his father and all that he had,
was obedient to the calling of your Son Jesus Christ
and followed him even unto death,
to be ready at all times to answer your call without delay;
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 forever.
Amen.


                               ---ooOoo---

Thursday 23rd July 2020
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Trust the Lord

A message for all School Year Groups
breaking up for the summer


Mary Magdalene Wednesday 22nd July 2020

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Marry Mag

Mary Magdalene Prayer Service Podcast Service can be listened to by clicking, 

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Collect

Almighty God,
whose Son restored Mary Magdalene to health of mind and body
and called her to be a witness to his resurrection:
forgive our sins and heal us by your grace,
that we may serve you in the power of his risen life:
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen



Trinity 6 Sunday 19th July 2020
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Come join us for 10am Morning Prayer at
St Mary-the-Virgin, Bishopsbourne

Wheat & Flowerss

Image courtesy of Susannah Lavelle

Todays parable is of the Wheat & Tares (Weeds) in Matthew 13

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The Collect of the day

Merciful God,
you have prepared for those who love you
such good things as pass our understanding:
pour into our hearts such love toward you
that we, loving you in all things and above all things,
may obtain your promises,
which exceed all that we can desire;
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.


Trinity 5 Sunday 12th July 2020

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Come join us for 10am Morning Prayer at Holy Innocents Adisham 

HIAd Holly Tree

Also a short reflective prayer service from the chapel at
St John the Baptist with music


The Collect

Almighty God,
send down upon your Church the riches of your Spirit,
and kindle in all who minister the gospel
your countless gifts of grace:
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
 Amen.


                             ---ooOoo---

Monday 6th July 2020

You might enjoy the two attachments, which Jackie Spencer has produced with her pupils at Kent College Junior School.

Choristers' Song: 'As long as I have music'


Kent College Junior School Community Song: 'There's a power in the music'




Trinity 4 Sunday 5th July 2020
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St John by Anya 1

A lovely wide-angle view by Anya one of our young ladies in Barham
with her kind permission   @anyakrasniqi04 

Trinity 4 Evening Prayer Podcast can be listened to on this podcast.
https://www.podbean.com/ei/pb-ks4w6-e2108c

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the podbean app for free for future podcasts.


The Collect

Gracious Father,
by the obedience of Jesus you brought salvation to our wayward world:
draw us in to harmony with you will, that we may find all things restored in him, our Saviour Jesus Christ.
 Amen.


                             ---ooOoo---


Thomas, the Apostle  Friday 3rd July 2020

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Morning Prayer from the Cathedral on a day for many of my colleagues when we were ordained on this day ten years ago by Archbishop Rowan Williams. We must keep in mind for those ordinands and deacons who have had their ordination services postponed until the end of September.


Collect

Almighty and eternal God,
who, for the firmer foundation of our faith, 
allowed your holy apostle Thomas to doubt the resurrection of your Son
till word and sight convinced him:
grant to us, who have not seen, that we also may believe
and to confess Christ as our Lord and our God;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever. Amen.


On the Eve of St Peter & St Paul Sunday 28th June 2020

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SS Peter & Paul

Collect (Prayer for of the day)

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.


Trinity 3 Sunday 28th June 2020

+ Rose's Monthly Sermon following the readings of
Geneses 22:1-14
Matthew 10:40-42



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St John the Baptist Wednesday 24th June 2020
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Today is the patronal fest for the church of
St John the Baptist Barham

Barham Church

The Collect of the day 

Almighty God,
by whose providence your servant John the Baptist
was wonderfully born,
and sent to prepare the way of your Son our Saviour
by the preaching of repentance:
lead us to repent according to his preaching
and, after his example,
constantly to speak the truth, boldly to rebuke vice,
and patiently to suffer for the truth's sake;
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.



Trinity 2 Sunday 21st June 2020
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Trinity 2 Image


"If Christ has been given us, if we are called to his discipleship we are given all things, literally all things. He will see to it that they are added unto us. If we follow Jesus and look only to his righteousness, we are in his hands and under the protection of him and his Father...God will help us in the hour of need, and he knows our needs."
(The Cost of Discipleship, Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

The Homily for Trinity 2 can be listened to on this podcast.
https://www.podbean.com/ei/pb-k5snw-e07d3a

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The Collect of the day 

Faithful Creator, whose mercy never fails:
deepen our faithfulness to you and to your living Word,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

                                      ---ooOoo---


Trinity 1 Sunday 14th June 2020
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The Collect of the day 

O God,
the strength of all those who put their trust in you,
mercifully accept our prayers and, because through the weakness of our mortal nature we can do no good thing without you, grant us the help of your grace, that in the keeping of your commandments we may please you both in will and deed;
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.


                                            ---ooOoo---


Corpus Christi Thursday 11th June 2020
Thanksgiving of the Holy Communion
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Corpus Christi 2020

I am the living bread that came down from heaven.
Whoever eats of this bread will live for ever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh
. [John 6:51]

This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.
[1 Corinthians 11:24b]


Collect (Prayer of the Day)

Lord Jesus Christ,
we thank you that in this wonderful sacrament
you have given us the memorial of your passion:
grant to us so to reverence the sacred mysteries
of your body and your blood that we may know
within ourselves and show forth in our lives
the fruits of your redemption;
for you are alive and reign with the Father
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.


                                        ---ooOoo---


Trinity Sunday  7th June 2020

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Holy Trinity 2


Collect (prayer for the day)
Holy God,
faithful and unchanging:
enlarge our minds with the knowledge of your truth,
and draw us more deeply into the mystery of your love,
that we may truly worship you,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever. Amen


                                              ---ooOoo---


St Boniface Friday 05/06/20
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St Boniface

A new Podcast Meditation for St Boniface commemoration with 
music, prayers and reading now available. 

https://www.podbean.com/ei/pb-9zvkb-dd14d8

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the podbean app for free for future podcasts. 

Collect (Prayer for of the day)

God our redeemer,
who called your servant Boniface to preach the gospel among the German people and to build up your Church in holiness:
grant that we may preserve in our hearts that faith which he taught with his words and sealed with his blood, and profess it in lives dedicated to your Son Jesus Christ our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever. Amen.


                                                ---ooOoo---



Pentecost (Whitsun) Sunday 31/05/20
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Through the Holy Spirit comes our restoration to Paradise, our ascension to the kingdom of heaven, our adoption of God's children, our freedom to call God our Father, our becoming partakers of the grace of Christ, being called children of the light, sharing in an eternal glory, and in a word, our inheritance of the fullness of blessing, both in this world and the world to come.

Even while we wait for the full enjoyment of the good things in store for us, by the Holy Spirit we are able to rejoice through faith in the promise of the graces to come. If the promise itself is so glorious, what must its fulfilment be like?

St Basil the Great (329-379), Bishop of Caesarea 
On the Holy Spirit  

              

Eve of Pentecost, Saturday 30/05/20
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A new Podcast Meditation for Eve of Pentecost, with 
music, prayers and reading now available. Click the link: 

https://www.podbean.com/ei/pb-2ecq8-de1d59

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Eve of Pentecost 2020

Collect (Prayer for of the day)

Come, O Spirit of God,

and make within us your dwelling place and home.
May our darkness be dispelled by your light,
and our troubles calmed by your peace;
may all evil be redeemed by your love,
all pain transformed through the suffering of Christ,
and all dying glorified in his risen life.
Amen.


                                           ---ooOoo---


Ascensiontide 22-31/05/20
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Check out https://www.thykingdomcome.global/ for prayer resources

The Novena period are the nine days between Ascension Day and 
Pentecost (Whitsun) where we are committed to prayer with fellow 
Christians around the world as we await the coming of the Holy Spirit.

May 30 - DAY NINE - SILENCE

Today’s theme is silence. Find the quietest place in your house or garden and spend a few minutes in silence. It can help to stay still too. Feel what happens as everything in and around you slows down.

Look
Look at today’s image in the Novena Booklet and be curious …
I wonder what this person is experiencing?
I wonder where this person could be?
Wait
In the silence, find your pulse by putting two fingers on your wrist just above your thumb joint. Say these words over and over, in time with the rhythm of your heartbeat: ‘Holy Spirit, you are welcome.’
Read
He said, ‘Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.’ Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. Then there came a voice to him that said, ‘What are you doing here, Elijah?’ (1 Kings 19:11-13)
Listen
Gather up all the various things you’ve heard God say during this 9 days of prayer. If you’ve been writing or drawing them, set them out in front of you.
Is there a theme to what you’ve been hearing?
Respond
Once Elijah had heard God, he knew what he had to do next. Thinking about what you’ve heard God say this week, what do you think you need to do next?
Once you’ve decided, make a plan for how you’re going to get started.
Pray for those who are living in the silence of grief because someone close to them has died.
A prayer
Oh God of the mountain top,
how often we think it is you hurling rocks and scorching earth.
How often we misunderstand you.
May we not fear the silent place,
but come out of the darkness to meet you
and stand in the face of your question to us, ‘
What are you doing here?’
Amen
Tell us what you’re hearing
Our theme for Thy Kingdom Come this year is ‘Listening on the Way’, so we would love to know what you are hearing God say. When you’ve finished this prayer time, take a moment to write or draw your thoughts, take a photo and share it with us.
prayers@diocant.org 


                                                ---ooOoo---


Sunday after Ascension Day
 
24th May 2020
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God has gone up with a shout,
the Lord with the sound of a trumpet   
Psalm 47:5

Collect (prayer for the day)
Risen, ascended Lord,
as we rejoice at your triumph,
fill your Church on earth with power and compassion,
that all who are estranged by sin
may find forgiveness and know your peace,
to the glory of God the Father. Amen.

"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses...to the ends of the earth."


---ooOoo---


Ascension Day 21/05/20
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Ascension 2020

Hail the day that sees him rise, Alleluia,
to his throne above the skies; Alleluia,
grant our hearts may thither rise, Alleluia,
seeking thee above the skies. Alleluia.


Today's worship comes through a podcast service and I have added a short Padre's message film for the Kent Army Cadets but significant for us all this day.

A new Podcast Meditation for Ascension Day, with 
music, prayers and reading now available. 

https://www.podbean.com/ei/pb-9zvkb-dd14d8

If using a desktop computer or a laptop then it should go
directly to the podcast. It might also take you to the 
home page then at the site click bottom right hand corner
'Try as guest" and it will also work. If using a mobile
device like an iphone or ipad it would be worth downloading
the podbean app for free for future podcasts. 



Collect (Prayer for of the day)

Risen Christ,
you have raised our human nature to the throne of heaven:
help us to see and serve you, that we may join you at the Father's side,
where you reign with the Spirit in glory,
now and for ever. Amen.


                                            ---ooOoo---



Easter 6 Rogation Sunday 17/05/20
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Rogation Sunday 2020

Collect (Prayer for of the day)

Almighty God,
whose will it is that the earth and the sea should bear fruit in due season: bless the labours of those who work on land and sea,
grant us a good harvest and the grace always to rejoice in your fatherly care; through Jesus Christ our Lord. 
Amen
. 



                                      ---ooOoo---


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Thursday 14/05/20
Matthias the Apostle
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A new Podcast Meditation for Matthias the Apostle, with
music, prayers and reading now available. 

https://www.podbean.com/ei/pb-7magz-dc6422

If using a desktop computer or a laptop then it should go
directly to the podcast. It might also take you to the
home page then at the site click bottom right hand corner
'Try as guest" and it will also work. If using a mobile
device like an iphone or ipad it would be worth downloading
the podbean app for free for future podcasts. 

Matthias the Apostle

Collect
Almighty God,
who in the place of Judas chose your faithful servant Matthias
to be of the number of the the Twelve:
preserve your church from false apostles and, by the ministry of faithful
pastors and teachers, keep us steadfast in your 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.


Thought
How do we see ourselves in Matthias?
What have we waited for in our faith journey?
how will we rejoice again when we come back into into physical presence
in our churches?
 

                                                ---ooOoo---

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Sunday 10/05/20
Easter 5 Eucharist
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Jesus the Way to the Father


Bible readings, prayers, a song and sermon text can be found by clicking: 

https://www.barhamdownschurches.org.uk/beneficepewsheet.htm

“the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and,
in fact, will do greater works than these!” 


Collect (Prayer for of the day)
Risen Christ,
your wounds declare your love for the world
 and the wonder of your risen life:
give us compassion and courage
to risk ourselves for those we serve,
to the glory of God the Father.
Amen


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Friday 08/05/20
VE Day 75 Commemoration
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A new Podcast Service for May 8th, VE Day 75 , with music, hymns, prayers and reading now available. If using a desktop computer or a laptop then it should go directly to the podcast. It might also take you to the home page then at the site click bottom right hand corner 'Try as guest" and it will also work. If using a mobile device like an iphone or ipad it would be worth downloading the podbean app for free for future podcasts. 

https://www.podbean.com/ei/pb-qc7t8-dba7dc


VE Day 75

Collect for Peace 

Almighty God, from whom all thoughts of truth and peace proceed: kindle in the hearts of all people the true love of peace; and guide with your pure and peaceable wisdom those who take counsel for the nations of the earth; that in tranquility your kingdom may go forward, till the earth is filled with the knowledge of thy love; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

O Lord our God, as we remember, teach us the ways of peace. As we treasure memories, teach us to hope. As we give thanks for the sacrifices of the past, help us to make your future in this world, until your kingdom come.  Amen.


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Monday 04/05/20
English Saints & Martyrs of the Reformation Era
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A strange commemoration perhaps in these politically correct days but important to realise that through this dark period people of opposing denominations stood strong in their faith and suffered terribly. We read the history and recoil as we pray that no religious destruction or such dark shards should ever penetrate our devotion at all.

Shards

The Gathered Glories

Though Satan breaks our dark glass into shards

Each shard still shines with Christ's reflected light,

It glances from the eyes, kindles the words

Of all his unknown saints. The dark is bright

With quiet lives and steady lights undimmed,

The witness of the ones we shunned and shamed.

Plain in our sight and far beyond our seeing

He weaves them with us in the web of being

They stand beside us even as we grieve,

The lone and left behind whom no one claimed,

Unnumbered multitudes, he lifts above

The shadow of the gibbet and the grave,

To triumph where all saints are known and named;
The gathered glories of His wounded love.


(Malcolm Guite - Priest & Poet)



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Easter 4 Sunday 03/05/20
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Jesus the Good Shepherd


Bible readings, an extract from the Sermon and a short film of a shepherd boy showing how sheep hear his voice and not another.  click the link

https://www.barhamdownschurches.org.uk/beneficepewsheet.htm

"He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice....

Collect
Risen Christ,
faithful shepherd of your Father's sheep:
teach us to hear your voice
and to follow your command,
that all your people may be
gathered into one flock,
to the glory of God the Father.
Amen.



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Saturday 02/05/20
Athanasius, bishop d.373
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Athanasius

We may know the Apostles and Nicene Creed which we declare during our Sunday services but do you know of the Athanasian Creed sometimes recited on high days?

Athanasius was combating the Arian Heresy of his time which claimed that the nature of Jesus was distinct or apart from God. This theological argument was tackled in the Council of Nicaea (325) and concluded at the Council of Constantine (381)

Athanasius ensured that all the t's were crossed the i's dotted (theologically speaking) so that in a Creed of belief there was no doubting the co-eternal nature of God as three in one. 
Part of it reads below.

That we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity;

Neither confounding the Persons: nor dividing the Substance.

For there is one Person of the Father, another of the Son: and another of the Holy Ghost.

But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, is all one: the Glory equal,
the Majesty co-eternal.

Such as the Father is, such is the Son: and such is the Holy Ghost....


...So the Father is God, the Son is God: and the Holy Ghost is God.

And yet they are not three Gods: but one God.

So likewise the Father is Lord, the Son Lord: and the Holy Ghost Lord.

And yet not three Lords: but one Lord...


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Friday 01/05/20
St. Philip & St. James (Apostles)
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Philip & James

Philip said to him, "Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied."
Jesus said to him, "have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me" Whoever has seen me has seen the Father."
[John 14:8-9a]

And when day came, he called his disciples and chose twelve of them, whom he also named apostles...and James son of Alphaeus.[Luke 6:13,15]


Collect
Almighty Father,
whom truly to know is eternal life:
teach us to know your Son Jesus Christ
as the way, the truth, and the life;
that we may follow the steps of your
holy apostles Philip and James,
and walk steadfastly in the way that leads to your glory:
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.


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Thursday 30/04/20

Eve of Philip & James (Apostles)
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A new Podcast episode: Apr 30, On the Eve of St Philip & St James (Apostles) Evening Prayer with music, readings and prayers, now available. If it does not go directly then at the site click bottom right hand corner 'Try as guest" and it should work. 
https://www.podbean.com/ei/pb-k9pg3-daef51



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Wednesday 29/04/20
Catherine of Siena (1347-1380)
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Catherine of Siena

Catherine is commemorated as a Dominican lay volunteer who cared for the sick, both lay and ordained having gone against her parents wishes. This pastoral group she worked for were ahead of their time and even in the 14th Century wanted to see reforms in the Church. Catherine was a prolific correspondent by dictation and her main work 'Dialogue' can still be read today. 

Her devotion to Christ is evident throughout her ‘Dialogue’:

'The soul begins to lose fear, knowing that fear alone is not sufficient to give eternal life.And so the soul proceeds, with love, to know itself and God’s goodness within, and begins to take hope in God’s mercy in which the heart feels joy. Sorrow for grief, mingled with the joy of hope in mercy, causes the eye to weep, and these tears issue from the very fountain of the heart.'

Collect

God of compassion,
who gave your servant Catherine of Siena
A wondrous love for the passion of Christ:
grant that your people may be united to him in his majesty
and rejoice for ever in the revelation of his glory;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen



Easter 3 Sunday 26/04/20
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The Text for the Homily, Bible readings and a short film of The Road to Emmaus can be found on Pew Sheet tab - click the link

https://www.barhamdownschurches.org.uk/beneficepewsheet.htm

Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?’...
‘The Lord has risen indeed!"

Collect

Risen Christ,
you filled your disciples with boldness and fresh hope:
strengthen us to proclaim your risen life
and fill us with your peace,
to the glory of God the Father.
Amen.



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Saturday 25/04/20
Mark the Evangelist (St.Mark)

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Today the Church celebrates St Mark the author of the Gospel proclaiming the Good News (Euangelion) of Jesus Christ; and written before the other three. He is briefly mentioned in the Bible on his travels with St Paul and was also mentioned by an Early Church Bishop, Papias (AD60-130), in recording the testimony of St Peter:

"Mark became Peter’s interpreter and wrote accurately all that he remembered, not, indeed, in order, of the things said and done by the Lord.”

St Mark

Isaiah 52:7

How beautiful upon the mountains
   are the feet of the messenger who announces peace,
who brings good news,
   who announces salvation,
   who says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns.’

Mark 1:1 

The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

Acts 12:25

Then after completing their mission Barnabas and Saul returned to Jerusalem and brought with them John, whose other name was Mark.

Collect

Almighty God,
who enlightened your holy Church through the 
inspired witness of your evangelist Saint Mark:
grant that we, being firmly grounded in the truth of the gospel,
may be faithful to its teaching both in word and deed;
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.



Friday 24/04/20
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A new Podcast episode: Apr 24, Easter Season Reflective Evening Prayer with music on 'doors', now available. If it does not go directly then at the site click bottom right hand corner 'Try as guest" and it should work. 
https://www.podbean.com/ei/pb-jsup8-da26d4



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Thursday 23/04/20
St George's Day

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The legends of St George vary but he is believed to have been an officer in the Roman Army who died in the persecution of the Early Church in ca. 304 for refusing to worship the emperor Diocletian. Other legends have him him saving a village in Libya from a dragon on the proviso that they turned to Christianity. He is of course immortalised by Shakespeare in slipping his name into the legendary speech before the battle of Agincourt (1415):-

Follow your spirit; and upon this charge,
Cry, 'God for Harry, England and Saint George!' 
[Henry V, Act III, Scene i]

One of our more colourful stained-glass windows in the
benefice by 
the north door of St John the Baptist ChurchSt George

Revelation 12:7-9
And war broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels fought against the dragon. The dragon and and his angels fought back, but they were defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. The great Dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent...

Follow the BBC Daily Service: Meditation on St George (15 mins)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000hgh5

Collect

God of hosts,
who so kindled the flame of love
in the heart of your servant George
that he bore witness to the risen Lord by
by his life and by his death;
give us the same faith and power of love
that we who rejoice in his triumphs
may come to share with him the fullness of the resurrection;
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 forever. Amen


Wednesday 22/04/20
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The invitation of Easter


And across our beautiful,

evolving world

Another Easter dawns,

tenderly inviting us

to ponder upon

wider truths

and alternative visions.


Truths of both heart and mind

that find their roots

in the mystery and practicality

of God.


Basic truths 

illumining

our often uncertain journeys -

allowing us

to reconnect with the

energies of Christ:


That life does come from death; 

that hate is not the final word;

that the broken continue to sing with joy:

that the trees and the mountains clap their hands;

that forgiveness resides in the heart of the human condition;

that love, with its multiple faces, remains our companion.


So Christ is risen!

Risen again

in the midst of it all - 

that in some amazing way

we too

May be a people of hope

who walk in the light,

imbued with the Spirit.         Peter Millar



Easter 2 Sunday 19/04/20
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The Text for the Homily can be found on Pew Sheet tab

https://www.barhamdownschurches.org.uk/beneficepewsheet.htm

We bear witness to resurrection hope in the midst of great suffering and death. We do not have a set of glib or easy answers. Instead, we have the assurance that Christ and his apostles have walked this way before us, and found in it the way to life eternal.
We are to be a "pilgrim Church" that "sings the songs of freedom in the midst of bondage....As we move into the heart of the storm we will sing but we will keep on walking.
(The Eye of the Storm)

Easter 2 2020

Collect

Risen Christ,
for whom no door is locked, 
no entrance barred:
open the doors of our hearts, 
that we may seek the good of others
and walk the joyful road of sacrifice and peace,
to the praise of God the Father.
Amen.


Easter Friday 17/04/20
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Apr 17th Compline (Night) Prayer Podcast is available. If it does not go directly then at the site click bottom right hand corner 'Try as guest" and it should work. 

https://www.podbean.com/ei/pb-dweqw-d964c4

Easter Friday 2020

Collect for today
Lord of all life and power,

who through the mighty resurrection of your Son

overcame the old order of sin and death

to make all things new in him:

grant that we, being dead to sin

and alive to you in Jesus Christ,

may reign with him in glory;

to whom with you and the Holy Spirit

be praise and honour, glory and might,

now and in all eternity.

Amen. 



Easter Thurs 16/04/20
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Daystar

Christ, whose glory fills the skies,
Christ, the true, the only light,
Sun of righteousness, arise,
triumph o'er the shades of night;
Dayspring from on high, be near;
Daystar, in my heart appear.           
(Charles Wesley)


Easter Weds 15/04/20
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Resurrection

White cloth draped.
Carelessly discarded.
The cross abandoned.
Christ elsewhere.

Empty tomb.
Linen cloths crumpled.
Left behind, the trappings of death.

He moves in gardens, on dusty roads
and picnics on pebbly shores;
sits at table with us.

And yet... eyes and spirits blind,
we haunt familiar places.
Lost pilgrims, we sanctify shells,
make shrines of empty tombs
and pray for his return,
angels' messages blocked by our litanies of death.

He is risen!

He lives.

And ever patient, smiling at our foibles,
he waits,
till, eyes and hearts open, the light dawns,
and like Peter, we run,
shedding the cloak of old illusions,
into his warm and welcoming embrace. 
         Mary Hanrahan



Easter Monday 13/04/20
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The Easter Monday Eve Prayer podcast is available, please check it out. If it does not go directly then at the site click bottom right hand corner 'Try as guest" and it should work.
https://www.podbean.com/ei/pb-992d5-d8e580


Easter Monday 2020

Easter Haiku

White cherries bloom
through all the world. To them too:
"Hail, He is risen."

Lilies trumpeting,
For Solomon shall be arrayed
Like one of these.

No rose yet,
But between the thorns,
The rosebud.

The old apple seed
Dies in the earth. Up springs
The Tree in blossom.

Winter passes,
Steadfast in the snow
Stands the Evergreen.
             R.A. Loft



Easter Sunday 12/04/20
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‘Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, “He has been raised from the dead (Matt 28:5-7)

Happy Easter! Alleluia He is Risen!!

Easter Sunday 2020



Collect for Easter Saturday

God of glory,
by the raising of your Son
you have broken the chains of death and hell:
fill your Church with faith and hope:
for a new day has dawned
and the way to life stands open
in our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen



Holy Saturday 11/04/20
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The Holy Saturday Prayer podcast is available, please check it out.  If it does not go directly then at the site click bottom right hand corner 'Try as guest" and it should work. 
https://www.podbean.com/ei/pb-exe6e-d8b88b

Holy Saturday 2020

I like to think of this local picture as the 'day after' or the 'deconstruction of the cross'. The cross has served it's tragic purpose and we wait, waiting for something to change or something new. Holy Saturday reminds us all of those who we grieve for and the memories that it brings.

Collect 

In the depths of our isolation
we cry to you, Lord God:
give light in our darkness
and bring us out of the prison of our despair:
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Good Friday 10/04/20
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The Good Friday Reflective Service podcast is available, please check it out. If it does not go directly then at the site click bottom right hand corner 'Try as guest" and it should work. 
https://www.podbean.com/ei/pb-jyp6i-d8b079


Good Friday 2020

The Agony of the Passion
He shuts his eyes. He is occupied by elemental things, life and death.
His body hangs heavily from the extended arms and the metal spikes at the ends of them. Whenever he moves, his bones make grinding sounds and the pain descends into his pelvis and he loses control of all his physical functions. He groans in human filthiness.

Jesus opens his eyes again. His mother and John are gone.
The day is dark with a thick darkness.

Thunder rumbles deep in heaven. There is a pause of preternatural calm. Then lightning forks the belly of the clouds. The crash follows immediately, and all at once the wind is shrieking down the Jewish tombs. Trees bow and rise again, the leaves torn forward like women's hair. The road to
Jerusalem clears swiftly of people.
The soldiers huddle on the lee side of the hill.

It is noon. And now, when the flashes of lightning themselves are extinguished, the earth is utterly black. Darkness an hour - while the fierce wind makes the rain sting like sand on the skin and no one, no one exists in all the world but Jesus and his wretched body. If he should call out, who would hear? The wind pulls and snaps his hair like a banner. All his wounds have tongues. They are screaming in pitches higher than hearing.

Darkness another hour - darkness, coiled and thick, itself a power entoiling him, binding his chest and his heart and his mind. Jesus can neither think nor breathe. He is sunk down in 
tehom
, the
great engulfing flood of the dead, the deeps that boil beneath creation.
He has been swallowed by chaos.
This is the place: it is here that he is dying.


[Extract from The Book of God by Walter Wangerin, Lion Publishing 1996]


Maundy Thursday 09/04/20
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The Maundy Thursday Podcast is available

check it out.
https://www.podbean.com/ei/pb-rqf7g-d89526


The Nailbourne reminds us of the preciousness of water and
this evening the feet of those attending Church services 
would have been washed...

Maundy Thursday Washing

Psalm 23
The Lord is my shepherd; therefore can I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures and leads me beside still waters.
He shall refresh my soul and guide me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil; for you are with me:
your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You spread a table before me in the presence of those who trouble me;
you have anointed my head with oil and my cup shall be full.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.


08/04/20
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5.15pm Hot of the podcast, do follow the link if you would like to hear Reflective Evening Prayer for Holy Wednesday

check it out.
https://www.podbean.com/ei/pb-cqtw6-d89c18

Prepping the Easter Garden at the Rectory on Holy Wednesday - and with wonderful weather!

Holy Weds Cross Making 2020

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you,
because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Holy God,
holy and strong,
holy and immortal,
have mercy upon us.

We glory in your cross, O Lord
and praise and glorify your holy resurrection:
for by virtue of the cross
joy has come to the whole world.

from the Liturgy for Good Friday


07/04/20
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Holy Tuesday

Palm Crosses on St Giles Kingston west door - courtesy of George Ward

This evening's Holy Tuesday Podcast service is based on the idea of the Resurrection.
Glory Be to Jesus,
Song of Solomon 8:6-7
Matthew 22:23-33
The Lord is my Light
Nun Ruhen alle Waelde

Do click and follow....

https://www.podbean.com/ei/pb-kye6k-d8641a


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06/04/20
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Holy Monday Eve 2020

Dear Parishioners,

I have added a Holy Monday Evening Prayer Podcast 
if you click the li
nk

https://www.podbean.com/ei/pb-ez4ct-d86412



Theme: The Temple
All Glory Laud & Honour
My Song is Love Unknown
Wait for the Lord
Jeremiah 7:1-11
Matthew 21:12-17


Holy Monday!
In the clearing out of the Temple what are we called to clear out, 
re-order and change?

Holy Monday 2020 larger

05/04/20
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Cartoon courtesy Dave Walker, Church Times

Palm Sunday 2020 Cartoon

Palm Sunday 2020


Matthew 21:1-11 Palm Sunday Homily 

Who do we cheer? 

Jerusalem at Passover is a bustling city of expectation and celebration.
Jesus times his entry at the right moment in fulfilment of Zechariah’s prophecy (9:9) and the expectant crowd lining the streets are already buzzing about an expectant Messiah because that seems to be the growing expectation. Why? Passover is a celebration of deliverance from oppression and slavery from the time of Moses.  As Jesus approaches the city the people are again under the yoke of powerful overlords - the Romans. 

I think ‘word’ would have quickly gone round about this holy wanderer, this prophet of Nazareth, and some may have known that he was born in Bethlehem hence why they cheer-on the Son of David!

This is the beginning of the end of Jesus’ ministry to bring his Father’s Kingdom right into the heart of the holy city, to replace the Great Temple with his body and his blood - an offering for all eternity.

 

Now instead, imagine the city streets being empty of commerce and traffic, imagine a contagion forcing people to look from their windows, balconies and roof-tops at the now lonely procession to the Temple.

Instead of immediate jubilation there is a hushed sense of awe as people crane their necks to get a good view and see perhaps just one of the disciples at a social distance leading the colt and a donkey on which Jesus rides. Now imagine the residents become much bolder and start to wave; the waves of hands and garments give way to a loud cheer and clapping as this Son of Man comes to his people to save them from their sins - our sins! 

Fortunately no imagination is required for ourselves for the last consecutive Thursday evenings as we cheered and clapped for our heroic health professionals, care workers and all who keep this country going whether from: law to logistics or, from farmers to food shelves including our own village shop and for the dedicated team that keep it going. As a nation we have always valued our health service but now in these days so much more for those who help to contain, heal, restore and cure us. 

This Easter coming shall we also give thanks to Him who comes to restore us in heart, body mind and spirit? 

Amen.  


03/04/20
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H&W Anointing Prayer


02/04/20

Acts 14:17

'yet he has not left himself without a witness in doing good—giving you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, and filling you with food and your hearts with joy.’

We, in turn are called to not just be witnesses of the creation's goodness but to be outward stewards so that others may have a share of that which sustains us.
A reminder that we have a Pastoral Relief Fund to assist those in need during this current crisis. Click link.

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01/04/20

On this Rock I will build my Church


01/04/20

Thought for the week

We may seem bereft of our worshiping places – our church buildings that have stood the test of time - but in the here and now what temple are we building in our hearts and minds and bringing them into our homes?

 

Zechariah 6:15

Those who are far off shall come and help to build the temple of the Lord; and you shall know that the Lord of hosts has sent me to you. This will happen if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God.

 

Not in a temple made with hands
God the Almighty is dwelling;
high in the heav'ns His temple stands,
all earthly temples excelling.
Yet He who dwells in heaven above
chooses to live with us in love,
making our body His temple.

 

Ephesians 2:21-22

In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling-place for God.

We are God's house of living stones,
built for His own habitation;
He fills our hearts, His humble thrones,
granting us life and salvation.
Yet to the place, an earthly frame,
we come with thanks to praise His name;
God grants His people true blessing.

 
N. F. S. Grundtvig  (1783-1872)


30/03/20

Passiontide Message

Transforming kingdom

One of the more powerful moments of Jesus' ministry where he stands between the accused and the accusers. This is where he clearly demonstrates that loving God for the sake of God and not solely the laws of Moses is far more purposeful and needed. Remember, Jesus did not come to abolish the Law and the Prophets but to fulfill them - to transform everything we cling to. The woman is also transformed knowing that she must change. The coming weeks will transform us all, and pray that we in our communities transform for the better so that we see the signs of the kingdom of heaven within around us.  RevT


read https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+8%3A1-

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Passion Sunday 2020

Homily for Passion Sunday 29/03/20


Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. Ezekiel 37:5


Jesus said to her, ‘Your brother will rise again.’   John 11:23


Today marks a moment of change in our Lenten journey as the Bible readings* focus on the victory to come - ‘life over death’ and so poignant with our current health crisis. Today is the start of Passiontide and where some churches choose to cover their crosses and religious imagery until the Easter Vigil.


 In an unforeseen way we have already done this in the closing of our churches for what will be until Easter at the very earliest. We enter a solemn period knowing that Jesus is gradually being drawn to his crucifixion and our way of life has also become more saddened with the social restrictions imposed upon us. Nevertheless, we know how the narrative plays out with Christ triumphant bursting forth from the tomb; death can no longer restrain him nor us - ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even thou they die, will live’ (John 11:25). 


Whether in the image of The Valley full of dry bones or in the stench of a burial tomb, our souls, our divine patterns, are not just restored but utterly transformed. In the heroic work of our frontline medical practitioners their faith in their training help to restore our bodies and minds. They are resuscitating near-to-death patients as if they are near-death-Lazarus’ and yet like Lazarus even those who survive like the rest of us must still one day enter ‘through the valley of the shadow of death, (Psalm 23:4). 


I think up to this present moment the reality of death has often been hidden, sanitised, and surely not acceptable in a society of fulfilled consumer desires. Surely death can be air-brushed out like other undesirables that we face in life? This may suggest that we would rather race to Easter Sunday with its imagery of vibrant and verdant Spring growth, lambs and rabbits, oh... not forgetting the inconceivable moment of the Resurrection of course! Doing Good Friday this year means having to reflect upon our existential selves more so than previous years and in isolation rather than looking for a Bank holiday bargain in the shops. 


In light of what we are experiencing and in our sojourn to the foot of the cross how will we recognise what might seem to be dead and dry in our own spiritual practices and beliefs?

When the stone of doubt and sorrow is rolled away at Eastertide may we be given grace  to breathe healing into the relationships of our families and communities and to come through the pandemic - restored and risen.

RevT



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27/03/20

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Psalm 35 - The Lord hears


17  The righteous cry and the Lord hears them •

   and delivers them out of all their troubles.

18  The Lord is near to the brokenhearted •

   and will save those who are crushed in spirit.

19  Many are the troubles of the righteous; •

   from them all will the Lord deliver them.


Last night’s national applause for our wonderful NHS was justly deserved and should not remain a one-off act of public recognition.  At the sharp end of care in receiving COVID-19 patients our medics ‘tread where angels fear to tread.’ They are treating the ‘crushed’ and ‘broken hearted’. The psalmist is all to aware of despair and death and how it afflicts all people.


Delivering the physical self out of trouble will also restore our mental states and in time reduce anxiety and stress. God remains constant throughout as our deliverer; as he was for the Hebrews out of Egypt; as he promises in Psalm 23 to be our rod and staff through the darkest vale; and as he fulfills prophetic expectation in Christ where death has lost its sting.  Prayer, no matter its form, can offer hope for our despondent souls. Jesus assures is that even in secret (or the in the quietness  of our isolation) God, our Father and Mother, hears us.


Loving God,

before we even pray you are constantly in our presence,

Like the Father of the prodigal son always ready 

to embrace us on our journey.  

As we pray for our NHS workers and their families, hear also of our troubles and bring us comfort and grace with your love. 

We give thanks for those who are healed, 

and we ask your blessing upon those 

who enter your kingdom where there is no more pain, dying or death, as we pray for comfort for their families. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ who made all things new.

Amen 



26/03/20

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A meaningful reflection by Rev'd Dr Sam Wells (St Martins-in-the-Fields) in today's Daily Service on BBC Radio 4LW.
The prophet Jeremiah suffered immensely when Jerusalem was over run by foreign forces. We may be fearing the force of a global coronavirus but we pray that our "balm in Gilead' will be found in our NHS medics and healers, in our families and neighbours for all recovering from all illnesses.  


The Prophet Mourns for the People - Jeremiah 8


18 My joy is gone, grief is upon me,
   my heart is sick.
19 Hark, the cry of my poor people
   from far and wide in the land:
‘Is the Lord not in Zion?
   Is her King not in her?’
(‘Why have they provoked me to anger with their images,
   with their foreign idols?’)
20 ‘The harvest is past, the summer is ended,
   and we are not saved.’
21 For the hurt of my poor people I am hurt,
   I mourn, and dismay has taken hold of me.

22 Is there no balm in Gilead?
   Is there no physician there?
Why then has the health of my poor people
   not been restored?

 Healing God,
may your energy and power flow
through those who can heal,
giving skills to hands,
compassion to hearts,
clarity and judgement in mind.
Give us all strength to minister
to those who suffer and are in pain,
in the name of Jesus who suffered and rose again.
Amen.


25/03/20

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Mary surprised by a strange announcement (Annunciation)
Short reading from the Gospel of Luke 1: 26b-27, 30-32

the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary.  

The angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High...

How are we to be startled and challenged by God today? 
As life in our communities suddenly changes and the pace of life starts to slow - how can we hear God asking us to be more than we are and to cross the threshold into the uncomfortable zone?

Blessed are you sovereign God,
creator of heaven and earth,
to you be praise and glory for ever.
as your living Word, eternal in heaven,
assumed the frailty of our mortal flesh,
may the light of your love be born in us
to fill our hearts with joy as we sing:
Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Blessed be God for ever.


24/03/20

Is this not the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice...is it not to share your bread with the hungry.....  Isaiah 58:6,7

The Night Reading is very much in line with the Church's commemoration of Archbishop Oscar Romero who realised in his ministry that to defend the weak, the disempowered, to campaign against the injustices and the gross violation of human rights in El Salvador was far more in keeping with Christ's message than adhering to the blind politics of the Church. To challenge the fascist government of his time was no different to Jesus challenging the religious institution of his time. Romero was martyred on this day in 1980. 

Merciful Lord,
you know our struggle to serve you:
when sin spoils our lives
and overshadows our hearts,
come to our aid
and turn us back to you again:
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen


24/03/20

Temporary Church Closures

Following on from the PM's broadcast on the evening of the 23rd March we are required to close our churches for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is a sad decision as we normally and willingly keep our churches open to all whether of faith or no faith, but these are extraordinary times.

I pray that this will be for the shortest time possible but we pray that the Holy Spirit guides our medical and political leaders in their discernment and decision-making for the benefit of all our communities.

For the time being our buildings may be inaccessible but Christ never is as we are his hands and feet, his mouthpiece and remains within us in our prayers.



23/03/20

Night Prayer (Compline)

Night Prayer

Collect

Visit this place, O Lord, we pray,
 and drive far from it the snares
of the enemy:
may your holy angels dwell with
us and guard us in peace,
and may your blessing be always upon us:
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen


After midday prayer on Tues 24th March 'Prayers' will still be offered at St John's everyday at 12pm and Compline at 7pm on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. I'm hoping that I will be able to pray at the other churches in our benefice but awaiting latest government advice on restricted movements.

Almighty God,
may we, by the prayer and discipline of Lent,
enter into the mystery of Christ's sufferings;
that by following in the Way,
we may come to share in the glory;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.


If you have a mobile phone operating on Android or Apple this is a good App to download which covers 'Prayer During The Day' and 'Night Prayer'  (Compline)

Time To Pray App


22/03/20

Knitted 'Rose' Hat for Mothering Sunday

My thanks to Jean Cave in continuing her knitting of liturgical colour-linked hats which will be worn today (Mothering Sunday) for Office Prayers at St John's
12pm & 7pm


22/03/20

Mothering Sunday Homily - John 19.25b-27


And that is what the soldiers did.

Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.   When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, ‘Woman, here is your son.’  Then he said to the disciple, ‘Here is your mother.’ And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home.


What a stark short reading for Mothering Sunday! 

A mother stands hapless at the foot of the cross as her beloved son, whose life is gradually ebbing away, thinks only for those he loves, and in particular, his mother, Mary.   This for the Great Shepherd is in keeping with his divine ministry in looking out for his flock wherever they are so that they know his voice and that not one of his sheep should go astray. He is also the one who continues to serve to the end and to fulfil the mission that God entrusted him with, without riches or position, “but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of Man came not to be served but to server, and to give his life a ransom for many” (Mark 10:43-35).


The last moments on this wooden and blood-soaked execution-device reserved for the lowest of all criminals in the Roman era is the complete anathema of a device that now represents love and hope, forgiveness and life-eternal. Yet It is only in the dawn of the next day and ‘in the waiting’ that the ‘cross’ but more so the ‘empty cross’, the ‘victorious cross,’ becomes that universal icon of hope over adversity, love triumphing over evil, and life conquering death. 


In these uncertain days when Mothering Sunday meals and outings are cancelled we are reminded daily of the deadliness the global virus in terms of statistics and heart wrenching testimonies. Those  who ‘mother’ us professionally in front line services or in our homes so need our support and our prayers and in particular the vulnerable around us. No one can truly foresee the consequences of the pandemic but may we be given the strength of Christ to be unconditional and accommodating in our love for our family members also.


God of love,

passionate and strong,

tender and careful:

watch over us and hold us

all the days of our life;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen



21/03/20

Commemorating author of the BCP

Father of all mercies,

who through the work of your servant Thomas Cranmer

renewed the worship of your Church

and through his death revealed your strength in human weakness: by your grace strengthen us to worship you...


the Collect for today as we commemorate the @CommonPrayerBCP


The language of the Book of Common Prayer May seem antiquated and out of place to many but I have often been amazed how in faith the power and eloquence of the words have stirrred the heart and minds of so many, both young and old. 


20/03/20

Love your neighbour - Timely #gospel today. “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.” The second is this, “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” (Mark 12:28-34) @churchofengland #barhamdownschurches_

If your neighbour was not just your next door neighbours but anyone who was in your sphere of influence then surely no neighbour would ever be in need or lonely on our planet. RevT



the St Joseph being close to Mothering Sunday reminds me that Joseph ‘mothered’ Jesus in a different way from the moment of his birth to when learning a carpenter’s trade. With COVID-19 we are being challenged to 'Mother' for each other and unconditionally. Note that from the beginning of the angel's message Joseph learns top adapt and to accept the Word of God - read Matthew.1:18-25

 ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.’

During Passion Week we see how Jesus' face is set in the direction of Jerusalem as the culmination of his mission. Joseph before set his face to Bethlehem to witness the Word made Flesh.

Collect (Prayer of the Day)

God our Father, who from the family of your servant David raised up Joseph the carpenter to be the guardian of your incarnate Son and husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary: give us grace to follow him in faithful obedience to your commands; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.