St Peter's News
February 27th News and Worship

Welcome...

...to this week's newsletter. We prepare for the start of Lent with our Ash Wednesday service, information on Lent courses, and links to some national resources. There is also our Church News, worship resources for Sunday and the latest community news.

Vicar's Thoughts

What's your favourite pancake topping? Are you a traditional lemon and sugar person, do you like the extra sweetness of golden syrup or go for an international topping with Canadian maple syrup, American whipped cream and blueberries, French strawberries and chocolate sauce or maybe just the more unusual Marmite, marmalade, or peanut butter and jam?
Whatever your favourite is, I hope you get opportunity to enjoy it this Tuesday which will be Shrove Tuesday or pancake day (do send in your pancake photos for next weeks' newsletter). Shrove Tuesday is the last day before Lent and its sweetness contrasts with the bitterness of our approaching Lenten journey:  a journey of forty days of doing without something (maybe chocolate, sugar, red wine, facebook or whatever we have chosen to give up for Lent) alongside the bitterness of journeying with Jesus towards the Cross, remembering that the journey he makes and that all that he endures is because of his great love for us.
The practice of giving things up for Lent is not an end in itself, it is a means to an end.
The end is:

  • to shape our lives to the pattern of the church year,
  • to learn to discipline life in small ways as part of being obedient to Christ with the whole of our lives,
  • to engage in study, prayer and self reflection
In other words to  grow spiritually.

For some the disciplines of Lent may be as unattractive as a Marmite or peanut butter and jam pancake, but fear not, as the Psalmist wrote all those years ago - taste and see that the Lord is good!

The Week Ahead

 

Monday 28th Morning Prayer 

St Peter's Rooms. A short service of about 30 minutes to start the day.

Tuesday 1st Morning Prayer at 9.00am. Zoom Code 503 346 024 and Passcode 793684

A short service of about 30 minutes to start the day.

Wednesday 2nd 
Holy Communion 10.30am with imposition of Ashes

This service,  with hymns, will be followed by refreshments.

Bible Study 8.00pm

We continue our Journey through the letters of Peter. At the end of the Bible study there will be opportunity for the imposition of ashes.

Thursday 3rd Morning Prayer at 9.00am. Zoom Code 859 930 994

A short service of about 30 minutes to start the day.

Friday 4th 7.45pm: Choir practice
 

Worship

 


Church and Covid

 With the end of the Covid regulations, what will be happening at Church?

  1. With regard to the wearing of masks and social distancing - all are welcome to choose what they feel most comfortable with. As with with many issues in Church life, accepting diversity is a sign of our love for our brothers and sisters in Christ.
  2. The most challenging question is when to return to sharing the common cup at communion.  I have explained previously why intincting or infusing is not a solution. At present the thinking is that Maundy Thursday, when we celebrate the Institution of the Lord's Supper, would be a good time liturgically and practically  to reinstate communion in both kinds. The delay of this until then will give a few more weeks for case numbers to decline and to see if there is any adverse impact of the ending of society restrictions.

If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch.

Worship Services for The Sunday Next before Lent

 

 February 
27th

8.30am
St Peter's

10.00am
CoRe

 

10.30am 
St Peter's  

 Streamed
 

11.00am
St John's

4.30pm
St Peter's

 
 


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Holy
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Morning Worship
    Evensong    


27th February

Readings and Collects


Bible Readings

Exodus 34:29-end
2 Cor 3:12- 4:2
Luke 9:28-36

Collects
Ash Wednesday

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 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

The First Sunday of Lent

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.

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A Prayer for Lent

Holy God,
our lives are laid open before you:
rescue us from the chaos of sin
and through the death of your Son
bring us healing and make us whole
in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer focus this week

 


Open for Prayer
Church is open for prayer from 9.00am to 3.15pm each day during the week for those who would like a space to pray or to light a votive candle.

Two different prayer foci: the first written before the invasion of Ukraine by the Vicar, the second was sent by the organisation Crosswalk to Steve Murphy, after the invasion. Use both or either as you pray this week.

Prayer focus: Ukraine

Our prayer focus this week is on the world that God made and loves and also the places and situations where that love needs to triumph over the forces of chaos, hatred, and evil.
So we pray for all the peoples of Ukraine and of Yemen: for violence to cease and for the influence of external powers and destructive vested interests to be broken. We pray for peoples of different histories and ethnicity for all to be able to remain in their homes and communities and for the safe return of refugees. We pray that voices of peace in local communities, in national leadership and the international community will prevail against the voices of war and violence. We pray for healing of the hurts of history that linger so that they do not plant seeds of future hatred and war.

A Prayer for Ukraine

As the eyes of the world turn towards Ukraine and the Russian aggression they are facing, the first and best thing we can do is fall to our knees in prayer.
Lord, we thank you that in every situation, every dark moment, you are active and working among us. Even when things seem at their bleakest, we trust in your sovereignty and strength. You said, “in this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33 ).
We embrace the fact that this world and the troubles we face in it have been overcome, and rest in the knowledge that you have the power to move in any and every situation. As we watch war unfold in Ukraine, we ask for your grace and peace to rule in the hearts and minds of all involved.

Those who have asked for prayer

Tony Mackenzie
Jennifer Round
Roger Bolton

Those who have died

Geraldine Collins
Jim Wallwork

Church Family News 

St Peter's Lent Course: Living in Love and Faith

Our Lent Course will take place on Tuesday evenings during Lent at 7.30pm in St Peter's Rooms.
Living in Love and Faith: The Course aims to help Christians think more deeply about what it means to be human.
It provides a structured and accessible way for local groups to engage in and reflect on Living in Love and Faith, a major exploration of Christian teaching and learning about identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage.
The five sessions of the course each address a key question:

* What does it mean to learn together as followers of Jesus Christ?
* How does our identity in Christ relate to sex and gender?
* What kinds of relationships does God call us to?
* Where do our bodies and sex fit in to all of this?
* How do diversity and difference affect our life together as a church?
 


Each session includes an opening reflection about learning together, followed by teaching, time for discussion and Bible study. The sessions end with an invitation to reflect on our learning, bringing it to God in prayer.
There are sign up sheets at the back of Church and in the rooms. We will be buying a course booklet for each participant hence details of numbers taking would be most helpful.
For more information talk to Patrick 01625 829288.

Lent Lunches

This year Lent lunches will take place on Mondays at 12noon in St Peter's Rooms. These simple lunches of a bowl of soup and a roll help raise money to support Christian Aid. They are also opportunities for fellowship across the different church congregations and are open to all from the youngest to the oldest. I would encourage everyone to come along to at least one and if you would like to help contact Carolyn Leonard via the office.
Lent Lunches: Monday March 7th to Monday April 11th, at 12noon. 

#LiveLent: Embracing Justice - National Church Lent reflections

This Lent we are called to reflect on the injustices of the world and ask what God is calling us to do about them. Over forty days, we step into God’s work in the here and now – and in doing so we move from brokenness towards wholeness. Our prayer is that this may be a time for you – whether by yourself, in community, or online – to see afresh the vision of God and truly join in making his promise of a world transformed a reality.
#LiveLent: Embracing Justice will offer a daily Bible reading, a short reflection and a prayer, as well as a practical challenge linked to the week’s theme. An accompanying child’s version will also available to help children and their families explore how we can live well together.
To download the Apps or find out more follow the link below

God has no favourites.

For details of the Upton Lent course on Zoom, please contact Keith Ravenscroft

Morning Prayer

All who would like to are very welcome to join us for Morning Prayer through Lent, this most simple service connects us back to monastic patterns of daily prayer from over a thousand years ago. On Tuesday and Thursday we are on Zoom the codes are in the diary above. There is no pressure to join in you can just be present as we say psalms and canticles, listen to scripture being read, pray for the world and church community and for those in need. On Mondays we gather at 9.00am in Bethany in St Peter's Rooms and say Morning Prayer in person. Any questions message the Vicarage or call on 01625 829288. 

Church Library

There is a small library of books available to borrow on the landing area in St Peter's Rooms. Do have a look at the variety of subjects on offer. There is no restriction on borrowing time!

Community News

Choral Society Concert

The next Prestbury Choral Society feb village clubconcert is on April 2nd Feb 20 Choral posterat
St Peter's and will start at 7.30pm.
Tickets cost £12 available from the Choral Society website.
For more information tel 07775 586416

Prestbury Village Club Auction

The Village Club is having a makeover and refurbishment as part of a fresh post-covid start and to help raise funds for this there is an auction on March 4th at 7.30pm £5.00 entry. Enquiries to: the Club or 01625 829516.



Newsletter Contributions

Are always welcome: send to the office by Tuesday or the Vicar by Wednesday evening.