working in the community.
Link to Sunday's service
Good morning and welcome. I hope all is well with you all. During Lent we will include the reflections from the Church of England at the end of the daily email. Tony continues to read our gospel each day and the link is at the bottom of this page. Thank you to those who responded to the request for a cleaner and I am pleased to say we have been successful.
Wittersham Church is once again hoping to have its open garden scheme on Tuesdays this year as the lockdown eases. If you would be willing to open your garden for an hour on Tuesdays there are still some available dates, anyone interested should contact Julia on 01797 270 842 or Jane Neame on 01797270 075.
IN LOCKDOWN OUR CHURCH SERVICES ARE SUSPENDED. WITTERSHAM CHURCH WILL BE OPEN FOR PRIVATE PRAYER ON MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY 10 – 12 AND 2 – 4 AND SATURDAY 10 – 12. AT THAT TIME YOU CAN ALSO BORROW A BOOK OR A JIGSAW FROM OUR LIBRARY. We will continue to record a service which you can access online.
If you need any help in any way do please get in touch.
Thank you everyone who has kindly donated to our churches. Please donate to Wittersham if you can by clicking this link. Thank you. Donations for Ebony Church, which is also closed for services, can be sent directly to Jack Gillett.
Our readings today Esther 14: 1 – 5, 12 - 14; Psalm 138; Matthew 7: 7 - 12
Jesus talks about prayer in the passage we’re looking at this morning.
He focuses our attention on God. If we can start to grasp what God is like, that will transform the way we talk to him. God longs to give good things to his children – when they ask him. He teaches us to depend on him by waiting for us to ask.
Verse 12 “Do to others what you would like them to do to you”
What would my prayer life look like if I did? How much of my time would I spend praying, asking our heavenly Father for things that are good? What would be good for you? Good for this church? Good for this village? Good for those you love in your family and in your neighbourhood? If we really believed that God is our Father in heaven, who is good, who knows how to give good things to those who ask him, we’d ask him wouldn’t we?
We need to live out the wonderful character of God, loving those around us whether or not they deserve it. Once we grasp how much God loves us, and how much he calls us to love others, we’ll take every chance we get to ask, to seek and to knock.
More beautiful crocus at Wittersham Church
Love your neighbour
as yourself, Jesus Christ told his
disciples. But alas true love
in this world is hard to find.
Love casts out all fear, heart aches
hatred, and wipes away our tears.
Love does survive the lonely years.
When a loved one dies,
We must love their memories
and hold them dear to our
hearts, by comforting the widows,
sons and daughters.
Love your neighbour as
you love yourself.
We wound our neighbours
with our tongues
instead of being
Our Prayer for Lent
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
May God bless you today and through this lockdown
with my love
Archbishop of Canterbury’s chosen book for Lent is “Living His Story” by Hannah Steele. There are four copies to borrow in the Church library at Wittersham.
Related to this book is a reflection from the Church of England.
Bible reading - Luke 15.8-10 (NLT)
Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Won’t she light a lamp and sweep the entire house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she will call in her friends and neighbours and say, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost coin.’ In the same way, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels when even one sinner repents.
The three parables that Jesus tells in Luke 15 are not just about lost things. In fact, only today’s reading falls into that category.
Another is about a lost sheep, a living creature. Those of us who have treasured pets know how deeply another creature can make its way into a human heart. Yet another is about a lost son.
People can be lost too. A person can be “lost” through a set of broken relationships, through addiction, through some kinds of mental illness. Of course, “lostness” in this case doesn’t necessarily mean the person is literally missing. But they may feel that they are lost from others, from the path they were on, from God, even from themselves.
In all these parables, we see a glimpse of God who is always seeking those who are lost. And we are told that when they are found again, there is great rejoicing in heaven.
Loving God, I pray for all who are lost in some way. I ask that you would find them and bring them back to yourself with great rejoicing. Amen.
Action for the week
This week take time to read one of the synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark or Luke) and reflect on the love that Jesus shows there. You might like to use a journal or notebook to record your observations.