WITTERSHAM CHURCH - ST JOHN THE BAPTIST
Wittersham Church
working in the community.


The PCC decided that now we can open the church for services as well as for private prayer during the week.

The church is open for private prayer only on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 10 – 12 and 2 – 4 pm .  







 











For a recording of 
Sunday's service please click below 





Good morning and welcome today.  Thank you all for your kind words and good wishes.

**NEXT SUNDAY WE WILL HOLD A EUCHARIST SERVICE IN WITTERSHAM AT 10.30 AM. A small choir will sing. Anyone who wishes to attend must wear a face covering (mask) as this is now mandatory., PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU INTEND TO COME SO WE CAN ORGANISE THE SEATING.    We will still record a Sunday service for those who prefer to access our services online.

Our readings today: Eph 3: 2 - 12, Psalm 98,  Luke 12: 39 – 48
It’s a mistake to think that a parable has to make one, single point. Jesus was a genius story-teller who could use one story to communicate multiple messages to multiple audiences. In addition, his words are timeless. There were truths Jesus wanted to communicate to Jews then and there are truths he wants to communicate to us now.

So who is Jesus referring to in this parable who has been given much?
It could be a lot of people but the first-century context and say Jesus was referring to the Jews. The Jews had been given the promises of the Patriarchs, the Law of Moses, and all the Old Testament prophecies regarding his arrival. In contrast with the Gentiles, the first-century Jews had received the grace of God. Jesus said the master comes and serves his servants, which describes how Jesus came as the Servant-King.

We consider the three servants in the story.   The faithful and wise servants were and are those who were watching for Jesus and received him when he came. Just as the master gives these servants all his possessions Jesus conferred on them and us a kingdom and makes us co-heirs with him of all things 

The abusive servants are those like the Pharisees and legal experts who use the law and. the “much” that they had received to abuse and beat people. Jesus said the Pharisees killed, crucified, and flogged his servants.  We also know that they murdered Stephen , beat Paul , and would’ve stoned an adulterous woman if Jesus hadn’t intervened. But their greatest abuse was they turned people away from God.
The ignorant servants are those who, like Saul, are trying to be good and do the right thing, but their faithless religion is based on “ignorance and unbelief”.


At All Souls we will have a Sunday morning Service with our usual restricted congregation and the choir will sing some of the familiar music we have at All Souls.   I will record a service and send an invitation to others to come on Saturday to light a candle as below

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St John the Baptist Wittersham
Invitation to come and light a candle for a loved one.
"I have loved you with an everlasting love” Jeremiah 31: 3
 
Due to Covid 19 restrictions we cannot hold our usual service however, the choir will record some of the music we have used in the past and we invite you to come on Saturday 31 October  between 9am and 4pm when the church will be open for you to light a candle and listen to the music.  We respectfully ask you to abide by social distancing and to wear a face covering (mask)

We offer you a rose to take home with you
In these bleak times we hope this will be a meaningful and calm experience for all who come.
May God bless you all        
Judy   01797 270227

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Have you thought of entering our Scarecrow Festival?   Two more entries received yesterday
 
 
 
A poem 
 
THE GOD OF ALL GRACE  BY J. C. O’HAIR
 
"The God of all grace" is a wonderful name: 
What a privilege it is, His grace to proclaim; 
To tell forth the gospel at home and abroad, 
To teach guilty sinners the great love of God. 
 
How He planned it in heaven, to send from above 
His bosom Companion, the Son of His love, 
To live among sinners, to die on the tree, 
To receive Divine judgment for you and for me. 
 
What love and what mercy! What infinite grace! 
Christ Jesus was willing to die in our place. 
Then God sent the Spirit to convict us of sin, 
To make us new creatures and abide then within.
 
 Grace excludes boasting, religion or deeds; 
Provides for the sinner all that he needs. 
In Christ we're accepted, complete in God's Son; 
Saved without doing, by the work He has done.
 
 Not by man's wisdom, endeavour or plan;
 How utterly futile the best work of man! 
Because Christ was sinless God can be just 
And justify freely all who will trust. 
 
And all who trust Jesus of glory are sure,
 Preserved by God's power, forever secure.
 For Christ, in God's presence, appears for His own 
And makes intercession as He sits on God's throne. 
 
And sealed by the Spirit who abides all the way, 
The believer is waiting for that glorious day; 
When the blessed Lord Jesus shall in glory appear; 
The day of redemption! We wonder how near! 
 
Then all that is mortal no longer shall be,
 In glorified bodies our Lord we shall see. 
And if we are faithful, with Him we shall reign, 
For our labours in Jesus shall not be in vain. 
 
With such grace abounding, such power Divine! 
Why do we falter, doubt or repine?
And why do lost sinners remain in their state
Condemned now already and hereafter such fate?


Our reflection

Our Prayer for the week
Faithful Lord, whose steadfast love never ceases and whose mercies never come to an end: grant us the grace to trust you and to receive the gifts of your love, new every morning, in Jesus Christ our Lord
Amen..

Wittersham church is open for private prayer only on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 10 – 12 and 2 – 4 pm.  Our Sunday Service at Wittersham is at 10.30 am.    At Ebony every first and third Sunday at 9 am.

outside church 10 – 12***
Jams and marmalades are available in church at church opening times.
 
 
 May God bless you and keep you safe
With my love Judy







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