St. Mary's Church

Fourth Sunday after Trinity

Fourth Sunday after Trinity

7 Jul 2022 • General news

This Week’s Readings etc

This Week’s Readings

Amos 7. 7-end

7This is what he showed me: the Lord was standing beside a wall built with a plumb-line, with a plumb-line in his hand. 8And the Lord said to me, ‘Amos, what do you see?’ And I said, ‘A plumb-line.’ Then the Lord said, ‘See, I am setting a plumb-line in the midst of my people Israel; I will never again pass them by; the high places of Isaac shall be made desolate, and the sanctuaries of Israel shall be laid waste, and I will rise against the house of Jeroboam with the sword.’

10Then Amaziah, the priest of Bethel, sent to King Jeroboam of Israel, saying, ‘Amos has conspired against you in the very centre of the house of Israel; the land is not able to bear all his words. 11For thus Amos has said, “Jeroboam shall die by the sword, and Israel must go into exile away from his land.” ’And Amaziah said to Amos, ‘O seer, go, flee away to the land of Judah, earn your bread there, and prophesy there; 13but never again prophesy at Bethel, for it is the king’s sanctuary, and it is a temple of the kingdom.’

14Then Amos answered Amaziah, ‘I am no prophet, nor a prophet’s son; but I am a herdsman, and a dresser of sycomore trees, 15and the Lord took me from following the flock, and the Lord said to me, “Go, prophesy to my people Israel.”‘Now therefore hear the word of the Lord. You say, “Do not prophesy against Israel, and do not preach against the house of Isaac.”
Therefore, thus says the Lord: “Your wife shall become a prostitute in the city, and your sons and your daughters shall fall by the sword, and your land shall be parcelled out by line;
you yourself shall die in an unclean land, and Israel shall surely go into exile away from its land.” ’

Colossians 1. 1-14

1Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, 2To the saints and faithful brothers and sisters in Christ in Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father.

3In our prayers for you we always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 4for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, 5because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. You have heard of this hope before in the word of the truth, 6the gospel that has come to you. Just as it is bearing fruit and growing in the whole world, so it has been bearing fruit among yourselves from the day you heard it and truly comprehended the grace of God. 7This you learned from Epaphras, our beloved fellow-servant. He is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf, 8and he has made known to us your love in the Spirit.

9For this reason, since the day we heard it, we have not ceased praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10so that you may lead lives worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, as you bear fruit in every good work and as you grow in the knowledge of God. 11May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully 12giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light. 13He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Luke 10. 25-37

25A lawyer stood up to test Jesus. ‘Teacher,’ he said, ‘what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ 26He said to him, ‘What is written in the law? What do you read there?’ 27He answered, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbour as yourself.’ 28And he said to him, ‘You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.’

29But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbour?' 30Jesus replied, ‘A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. 31Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33But a Samaritan while travelling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity. 34He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, “Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend.” 36Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?’ 37He said, ‘The one who showed him mercy.‘ Jesus said to him, ‘Go and do likewise.’

Please pray for

Monday                            Tuesday                            Wednesday                            Thursday                               Friday

Rowcroft Road                 Cressage Road                  Oslo Gardens                           Ely Close                          Walsgrave Gdns

School Hse Lane             Nordic Drift                          Arne Road                                Fielding Close                  Bracknell Walk

Athol Road                       Olaf Place                           Darwin Close                           Hexby Close                     Dawley Walk

Those people We Know to Be Sick or in Need of our Prayers

Iain Rees                          Roger Collett                        Ken Fisher                             Linda Hodgkiss

Eden Brown                      David Wall                           Eileen Bees                            Val Ekin

Margaret Davoll                Karen Wood                        Joseph Chan

Edna Robinson                Joan Sharman                      David Wall

Those who have died

Barry Walker

News

Coffee Club

Coffee Club started again last week. The next one will be on Wednesday 20th July at 10.30 am following the morning service. Cost will be £1 for tea/coffee and biscuits (maybe cake occasionally). Sue Williams is willing to set up and get everything ready, but then help will be needed to serve the drinks, wash up and clear away afterwards.

Barry’s Funeral

Barry's funeral will be held in church at midday on the 13th July. This will then be followed at 2.30pm by the cremation at Canley Crematorium, Charter Chapel, which people are welcome to attend.

Vacancy

Many thanks to David Osselton for putting on a superb buffet for the familiarisation evening for the candidates, to Gillian Tompsett and Kay Morgan for serving refreshments through the day, Gary Croshaw for his guided tours of the parish and Mervyn Hancox for talking about the history of St Mary’s and tours of the vicarage. We are very grateful to all who kindly gave their time.

At the time of writing (Thursday) we are interviewing 3 candidates for the position of Priest in Charge at St Mary’s. The interview panel is Sylvia Geraghty from The Lord Chancellors office, Archdeacon Barry Dugmore, Area Dean Buff Forbes Stone, Tony Thistlewood and Barbara Hancox. There is unlikely to be any announcement for a couple of weeks as final approval before appointment has to be given by Bishop Christopher.

Baptism

Today after the service we welcome the family and friends of Dexter John Kerrigan who is being baptized. Please remember him and his parents in your prayers.

Prayers for the Sick

Thank you for letting us have the names of those who are in need of our prayers, could you also please let Sue in the office know or email me on stmaryssowe@gmail.com when the name needs to be removed.  It is always good to hear when prayers have been answered.