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.
Almighty God, you show to those who are in error the light of your truth, that they may return to the way of righteousness: grant to all those who are admitted into the fellowship of Christ’s religion, that they may reject those things that are contrary to their profession, and follow all such things as are agreeable to the same; through our Lord Jesus Christ, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. . Amen.
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.
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 in his likeness, from glory to glory; who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever, Amen
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
Almighty God, who alone can bring order to the unruly wills and passions of sinful humanity: give your people grace so to love what you command and to desire what you promise, that, among the many changes of this world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; 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.
How many times through our life have we heard said (or said ourselves?? ) I am not going to go to such and such church (usually meaning a building). There are many levels to read and re-read the story of Jesus and the woman at the well in Samaria. What is very obvious is with Jesus we “cannot dress to impress” He knows us from the inside out. He loves us and will be ready to share the Spirit with us and fill us with the Living Water if we will let Him into our lives. Wherever we worship we can find His presence and as a family we can trust Him to guide us. Jo
Temptation was the theme of last Sunday and how faith and trust can overcome such problems and keep us on the straight path. This Sunday it is different - reaffirming how Faith can be so helpful in making life decisions. As a Benefice we live through interesting times at present. Reading around the readings for Sunday I found a prayer by Nick Fawcett in his book “The unfolding story” (Page 30) “Lord, you do not call us to a destination but a journey;............................. Open our eyes to the great adventure of life and to the unfathomable mysteries of your purpose, and so help us to be a pilgrim people, travelling in faith as Abraham travelled before us,.............” On Sunday we shall explore this further and how our heritage does not come from traditions and customs but by Faith and trust in Jesus Jo
Temptation is the theme of today’s readings. We see the human side of Jesus, tempted by the Devil, yet not erring from the path His Father had set for Him to walk along. The Old Testament reading will surely be familiar to all –look at the picture on the front if you are not going to be in church, or, not got a Bible to hand, and work it out. We shall take time to contrast the sin of one man with the righteousness of another and decide which path we would like to tread. It is so easy to blame others for our mistakes. In this season of Lent let us take time to be together to work out how we can make our world a better place to inhabit. I have had no takers for a parish Bible Study –I do hope some will join me at Onchan on Wednesday evenings Jo
Just a brief ”thought” to fit on the page.......
We think again about creation and surely must reflect on how we treat our environment, Jesus
teaches His followers what IS important in life and what NOT to worry about. His position with regard
to prophets and the law is made clear in the Transfiguration.
Please pray as the first meeting takes place next month towards selecting a new Terri Rector to fill the Vacancy at Onchan. Jo
We have three weeks before the start of Lent . Then we will come to Easter. Time goes on and goes by. We sometimes have to make and accept changes in life. Jesus reminded His disciples they should be like salt-making a difference wherever it was used...they should be like light and not be afraid to tell their story and share the love of God, changing the world. I hope during Lent we will meet, either with the rest of our Benefice at the events on Wednesday evenings at St Peter’s or at some time in our village to suit those who want to participate. Please let me know if you want to take part and when you are free. Commit now to adding something during Lent. So that we can share together the Easter joy Jo
The season of joyful celebration began at Christmas and followed through the weeks of Epiphany. That festal cycle ends this Sunday with the Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the temple (Candlemas) The child the magi visited is now shown to Simeon and Anna in the temple. The last words recorded of Simeon point us toward the suffering to come and the Easter message. One month of 2020 gone already – Over 2000 years have passed since Simeon held the baby Jesus in his arms, The thrill of the Spirit within him is surely what we all pray we will receive not just as we meet Sunday by Sunday but each day as God gives us life to live. Jo