Parish of Exning with Landwade

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*This is today’s collect:

Lord God,

defend your Church from all false teaching

and give to your people knowledge of your truth,

that we may enjoy eternal life

in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

 

*This is the first reading: Deuteronomy 30 : 15-end

 

See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess. But if your heart turns away and you are not obedient, and if you are drawn away to bow down to other gods and worship them, I declare to you this day that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess. This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

 

*This is the second reading: Philemon : 1-21

 

Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, To Philemon our dear friend and fellow worker— also to Apphia our sister and Archippus our fellow soldier—and to the church that meets in your home: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers, because I hear about your love for all his holy people and your faith in the Lord Jesus. I pray that your partnership with us in the faith may be effective in deepening your understanding of every good thing we share for the sake of Christ. Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s people. Therefore, although in Christ I could be bold and order you to do what you ought to do, yet I prefer to appeal to you on the basis of love. It is as none other than Paul—an old man and now also a prisoner of Christ Jesus— that I appeal to you for my son Onesimus, who became my son while I was in chains. Formerly he was useless to you, but now he has become useful both to you and to me. I am sending him—who is my very heart—back to you. I would have liked to keep him with me so that he could take your place in helping me while I am in chains for the gospel. But I did not want to do anything without your consent, so that any favour you do would not seem forced but would be voluntary. Perhaps the reason he was separated from you for a little while was that you might have him back forever— no longer as a slave, but better than a slave, as a dear brother. He is very dear to me but even dearer to you, both as a fellow man and as a brother in the Lord. So if you consider me a partner, welcome him as you would welcome me. If he has done you any wrong or owes you anything, charge it to me. I, Paul, am writing this with my own hand. I will pay it back—not to mention that you owe me your very self. I do wish, brother, that I may have some benefit from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in Christ. Confident of your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I ask.

 

*This is the Gospel: ~ Luke 14 : 25-33

 

Large crowds were travelling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’ “Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace. In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.

 

*This is today’s Post Communion Prayer:

Keep, O Lord, your Church, with your perpetual mercy;

and, because without you our human frailty cannot but fall,

keep us ever by your help from all things hurtful,

and lead us to all things profitable to our salvation;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

SONGS OF PRAISE meets again tomorrow afternoon at 2.30pm. at St P&E when Richard Bye will be leading our time of worship with the theme "Trust & Obey".  Do come along and join us to hear what Richard has to say!  PAM MORTER 577284

VILLAGE CINEMA.  ‘THE JUNGLE BOOK’; starring NEEL SETHI, AND THE VOICES OF BEN KINGSLEY, IDRIS ELBA, BILL MURRAY, SCARLETT JOHANSSON, AND LUPITA NYONG.  In this classic story by Rudyard Kipling, director Jon Favreau uses visually stunning Computer Generated Imagery to create the community of animals surrounding Mowgli – who, after a threat from the tiger Shere Khan forces him to flee the jungle, embarks on a journey of self-discovery with the help of panther, Bagheera, and free spirited bear, Baloo. RATED 12.  FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 9th, 2016. Exning Community Church Hall.  Doors open at 7pm.  Performance starts 7.30pm. Tickets at the door:-        Adults £4; Children (under15) £3; Family Ticket (two plus two) £12. Refreshments available.  MIKE LOVEGROVE

SUFFOLK HISTORIC CHURCHES TRUST – ANNUAL SPONSORED CYCLE RIDE (also known as 'Ride and Stride'). This will take place on Saturday 10th September 2016. This is a wonderful way of visiting various churches in the area, and also raising some money at the same time (the money raised is divided equally between the Suffolk Historic Churches Trust and the local parish). If you would like to take part, I have a number of Sponsorship Forms, and if you would be kind enough to sponsor me, my Sponsorship forms are at the back of both St Martin's and St Philip's. It would also be good if people could spare an hour or two to be in church to welcome visiting Cyclists/Walkers. ANDREW

THE PARISH CAKE STALL takes place on Saturday 17th September  8am onwards on the market square. To make this a financial success for much needed Church Funds we would really appreciate YOUR help to offer to bake and for people to come and buy. Please make a note in your diary and try to support this event. Thank you very much.  JENNIE O & ANN B

HARVEST FESTIVAL AT ST MARTIN.  We will be decorating the church on Saturday 17th September starting at 9.30am.  Please try to find time to help. Donations towards the cost of the flowers would be much appreciated and may be passed to Joan Datson or to me. Thank you, GILL NICHOLSON

POT LUCK LUNCH FOR JOHN’S BIRTHDAY!  There will be a pot luck lunch at 12.30pm on 18th September in ECCH to which all are welcome. We will provide drink.  JOHN & SALLY PASCALL

FORTHCOMING PARISH EVENTS

Tuesday 13th September: CTinN ‘Prayers for Newmarket’ ~ St Agnes,             Newmarket; 7.30pm

Saturday 17th September: St P&E Cake Stall: Market Square; 8am

Sunday 18th September: St Martin’s Harvest Festival; 11am

Sunday 18th September: ‘Pot Luck’ lunch to celebrate John             Pascall’s ‘special’ Birthday; ECCH at 12.30pm

Sunday 25th September: St Nicholas’ Harvest Festival, Landwade; 3pm

Sunday 2nd October: St P&E’s Harvest Festival; 9.30am

Wednesday 5th October: Pilgrim Course running every Wednesday: St             P&E; 7.30pm (also in the Stables daytime – day tba)

Saturday 5th November: Sophie’s Christmas Fayre: St Martin & ECCH

Saturday 17th December: Christmas Tree Festival: St Martin; 1pm-6pm

 

News

WEN SHEET.  Any items, including requests for changes to the prayer diary, for Sunday’s WEN (September 11th) should reach office@exningparishchurch.net by Tuesday evening (September 6th at 5pm).  Please supply specific wording and be brief.  Thank you.  CATHY

MATERIALS FOR OPEN THE BOOK.  The ‘Open the Book’ team will begin planning and preparing for the assemblies at Laureate and Exning primary schools this week.  If anyone has any materials that they think may be suitable for costume and prop making, we would be grateful for the donation.  Many thanks. CATHY

SOHAM BOOKS.   There will be a selection of books and cards from the Christian bookshop at Soham on display for purchase at the back of St Martin’s following each service.  Please note that these items are individually priced on the reverse and there is a tin for collection of monies.  Thank you.  SARAH PRICE

NEWMARKET OPEN DOOR.  There will be a 60s/70s Disco on Saturday 17th September at The Rosery in Exning. Tickets are £15 to include a choice of scampi & chips, chicken curry or mushroom stroganoff. Fancy dress is optional but encouraged. If you are interested speak to Tracey or call 01638 600699 for tickets. All proceeds will go to Newmarket Open Door.  TRACEY DOVE

THANK YOU. A big 'thank you' to all our Church family for sending us such wonderful messages via cards, e.mails, phone calls, of love and congratulations on our Golden Wedding Anniversary.  We are quite overwhelmed and appreciate it all so much.  With love to you all.  JENNY & PAT

FUNERAL OF PETER WILLIAMS at St Martin's 1.00pm on Friday 9th September. Some of you will remember his wife, Alex Williams, who was a member of our congregation and died some fourteen years ago. Please remember the family in your prayers. ANDREW

SUPPORT ST NICHOLAS HOSPICE.  On September 10th, three intrepid walkers from Exning are walking the 'Girls Night Out' for St Nicholas Hospice in Bury. We have been training since the New Year and are nearly ready to take on the 11 or 6 miles. If you would like to encourage us by sponsoring this very worthy charity you can either let me know or give online at uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ladieswhowalk52  Thank you. JUDY HORRT

 

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