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Thursday 14 May 2015

Pew Sheet - 17th May 2015

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You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. 
Psalm 16:11

Jesus told his disciples that they must not leave Jerusalem. They must wait for the transforming gift of the Holy Spirit. Without the Spirit the church must stay at home and wait, because it is just not worthwhile bothering. With the Holy Spirit things will be
remarkable, a total change. 
          Our Church today is called to proclaim the good news of forgiveness and reconciliation, and the hope of newness that is given voice in the resurrection itself. It is a grand vision of being God's people, God's agents of transformation in the world. The mission of the church here is nothing less than to go into the world as God's people, and proclaim a subversive, transforming message about a suffering God who calls anyone without discrimination to respond.
There is a clear realisation from the very beginning that we simply cannot do what God has called us to do on any level without God's help. That enabling power for which the disciples are told to wait is not something they can generate or make happen by their own efforts. It is a gift of God, in his own time and in his own way. Perhaps on this Sunday after Ascension, we can remember that the church cannot be the church without the power of the Holy Spirit enabling Jesus' followers to carry out their task as witnesses. Jesus makes it clear that the church is the church only when it has waited until it has been clothed with power from on high. 

Services May 17th

8.00      Holy Communion   Long Crendon            JW
9.00      Holy Communion   Chearsley                   JW
10.00    Family Service       Nether Winchendon   JW
10.30    Family Service       Long Crendon            RC
12.00    Holy Baptism         Chearsley                   JW
3.00      Holy Baptism         Long Crendon            JW

Services May 24th

8.00      Holy Communion   Long Crendon            JW
10.00    Family Service       Chearsley                   JS
10.30    Sung Eucharist      Long Crendon            RC
6.00      Evensong              Nether Winchendon    TBC