14 Jul 2022 • General news
This Week’s Readings
Amos 8. 1-12
1This is what the Lord GOD showed me – a basket of summer fruit. 2He said, ‘Amos, what do you see?’ And I said, ‘A basket of summer fruit.’ Then the LORD said to me,
‘The end has come upon my people Israel;I will never again pass them by.
3The songs of the temple shall become wailings on that day,’ says the Lord GOD;
‘the dead bodies shall be many, cast out in every place. Be silent!’
4Hear this, you that trample on the needy, and bring to ruin the poor of the land,
5saying, ‘When will the new moon be over so that we may sell grain;
and the sabbath, so that we may offer wheat for sale?
We will make the ephah small and the shekel great, and practise deceit with false balances,
6buying the poor for silver and the needy for a pair of sandals, and selling the sweepings of the wheat.’
7The LORD has sworn by the pride of Jacob: Surely I will never forget any of their deeds.
8Shall not the land tremble on this account, and everyone mourn who lives in it,
and all of it rise like the Nile, and be tossed about and sink again, like the Nile of Egypt?
9On that day, says the Lord GOD, I will make the sun go down at noon,
and darken the earth in broad daylight.
10I will turn your feasts into mourning, and all your songs into lamentation;
I will bring sackcloth on all loins, and baldness on every head;
I will make it like the mourning for an only son, and the end of it like a bitter day.
11The time is surely coming, says the Lord GOD, when I will send a famine on the land;
not a famine of bread, or a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD.
12They shall wander from sea to sea, and from north to east;
they shall run to and fro, seeking the word of the LORD, but they shall not find it.
Colossians 1. 15-28
15Christ is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; 16for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers – all things have been created through him and for him. 17He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. 19For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.
21And you who were once estranged and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22he has now reconciled in his fleshly body through death, so as to present you holy and blameless and irreproachable before him – 23provided that you continue securely established and steadfast in the faith, without shifting from the hope promised by the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven. I, Paul, became a servant of this gospel.
24I am now rejoicing in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am completing what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church.
25I became its servant according to God’s commission that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, 26the mystery that has been hidden throughout the ages and generations but has now been revealed to his saints. 27To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28It is he whom we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone in all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ.
Luke 10. 38-end
Jesus entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. 39She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying. 40But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.” 41But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; 42there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.”
Those people We Know to Be Sick or in Need of our Prayers
Thank you 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 email@example.com when the names need to be removed.It is always good to hear when prayers have been answered.
I would like to thank everyone who attended Barry's funeral service on Wednesday , gave me exemplary support in so many ways, both prior and on the day.
"Team St Mary's at its best" in giving Barry the best possible send off.
May God bless you all.
The candidate has now verbally accepted the position but now needs to meet Bishop Christopher to formally agree it.This may take a little while so we may not hear anything in the immediate future. The Diocese will produce an official statement which will be read out at both parishes on the same day.Please continue to hold this in your prayers.
This Sunday Junior Church will meet and it will be the last session until the schools return in September. Many thanks go to all the leaders.