Easter Services at St. Gabriel’s 2019

Easter Services at St. Gabriel’s

 

Sunday 14th —Palm Sunday

 

Thursday 18th—Maundy Thursday Supper and Service—7pm

 

Friday 19th—Good Friday Service—10am

 

Sunday 21st—Sunrise Service and Breakfast—7.30am

 

Sunday 21st—Easter Day Service—10.30am
 
 
Please come along and join us in celebrating the greatest single event in the history of humankind!
 
He died for you!
He rose again for you!

 



Dear Friends February 2019

Dear Friends
 
It’s coming to the end of February already and in the news this morning you would think the world has gone bonkers.  The tensions continue in the Middle East; the migrant crisis, tensions concerning the world economy with the confrontation over trade tariffs between China and the USA and, closer to home, the dreaded Brexit.
 
Should we be anxious or afraid?  Jesus said, “When you hear of wars and rumours of wars do not be afraid, these things must happen!”  Thinking about it, most of the tensions we read about or hear about through the media boil down to one thing and one thing only – the use and abuse of power!  Power over individuals, power over communities and nations, power over wealth and resources; it is essentially human sin and rebellion against God that causes these abuses whether international, national or personal, that is to say in our own lives and relationships too!  
 
In the few short weeks of Lent, marked by Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day) and Ash Wednesday we have time to prepare for one of the great events of the Christian calendar, Palm Sunday.  This is the day that marks the beginning of the holiest of weeks in the Christian year.  Palm Sunday is the day we celebrate Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem at the beginning of the last week of his earthly life.  As Jesus and his followers approach Jerusalem crowds rush out to lay down a carpet of palm fronds (hence Palm Sunday) and cloaks as they welcome him with cries of “hosanna to the Son of David” sadly those cries all too quickly turn to shouts of“Crucify Him” It was the abuse of power that led to the events of that week.
 
Lent is the time of preparation.  It is not necessarily a time to give up something, but rather to deeply examine our hearts and lives and surrender to God those attitudes – things we think, say or do – that cause hurt to others, those abuses of power.  It is a difficult but worthwhile journey to make and has the power to change the direction of our lives.  It is not one we make alone!  Jesus promised his followers that he would be with them wherever they go and there is nowhere that Jesus has not been.  So no matter what situation you may think you are in, Jesus promises that it can be changed and that he will be with you on that journey.
 
I hope that this Lent, rather than giving something up you might consider taking something up! Perhaps you might take some time out to think about your life; your past, present and future and invite Jesus to shine his light into those places in your heart where you would rather not go and that you would allow him to forgive, to heal and to restore you. 
 
I pray that Lent and Easter will be a time of real blessing for you and your families.  Please do come along to any (or all) of our Easter Services, I can promise you’ll be most warmly welcomed.  
 
Your friend and vicar
Revd. Arthur
St Gabriel’s  


Sunday 30th December 2018

Gospel Reading Sunday 30th December

John 1:1-18

The Word Became Flesh

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.

10 He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. 12 But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.

14 And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. 15 (John testified to him and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’”) 16 From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. 17 The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known.



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Dear Friends September 2018

Dear Friends,
 
Welcome back!
 
Is it me or is time really passing quickly? It feels like only yesterday that we were melting in the Mediterranean temperatures of July and here we are in September, though as I write we are still enjoying good weather with the first real autumn temperatures perhaps only just around the corner!
 
Time often feels like a piece of elastic – it can seem to stretch and go on for ever or it can shrink and pass really quickly depending on what we’re doing, who we’re with or where we are – this becomes more obvious as you get older (so I’m told). But we can also be the ones responsible for speeding things along. Already in some shops we’re seeing a combination of Halloween, Fireworks and Christmas goods on sale and we’re buying into them. Perhaps we could combine them and call it something like ‘Hallo Christ’!
 
Seriously, these days there hardly seems to be time to enjoy the moment, relive the experience or reflect on the journey! WHAT’S THE RUSH!!! I sometimes think we need to impose speed limits on our lives so that we don’t miss the best moments. How often do you take time out to be still and quiet, more importantly do you take time out to be still and quiet? In the midst of all the daily activity of our busy lives it becomes increasingly important to seek out those quiet moments, to find time just to chill out and be ourselves. King David the author of many of the Psalms in the Bible wrote “Be still and know that I am God!”
 
As we return to the more normal routine of life after summer the daily focus tends to be on meeting our physical and emotional needs but it’s more important that we do not neglect our spiritual needs too. So when those quiet moments occur take the opportunity to follow King David’s example and be still before the one who created all things.
 
In Christ
Arthur
Vicar of St. Gabriel’s
 
01256324734
 
P.S. Hope to see you at one of our Harvest Festival Weekend events 21st to 23rd – see our website or fb for more


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Palm Sunday 2018

Palm Sunday 25th March

Please join us tomorrow for our Palm Sunday Family Service
when we will commemorate Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem
by the distribution of Palm Crosses.
 
Hosanna to the King!


Spring Forward

Spring Forward

Don’t forget to put your clocks forward one hour tonight!
You don’t want to be late for church tomorrow!!


Sunday 25th March

Sunday 25th March

 

The Parable of the Wicked Tenants

12 Then he began to speak to them in parables. “A man planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a pit for the wine press, and built a watchtower; then he leased it to tenants and went to another country. 2When the season came, he sent a slave to the tenants to collect from them his share of the produce of the vineyard. But they seized him, and beat him, and sent him away empty-handed. And again he sent another slave to them; this one they beat over the head and insulted. 5Then he sent another, and that one they killed. And so it was with many others; some they beat, and others they killed. He had still one other, a beloved son. Finally he sent him to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ But those tenants said to one another, ‘This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ So they seized him, killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard. What then will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the tenants and give the vineyard to others. 10 Have you not read this scripture:

‘The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone;
11 this was the Lord’s doing,
and it is amazing in our eyes’?”

12 When they realized that he had told this parable against them, they wanted to arrest him, but they feared the crowd. So they left him and went away.

Mark 12:1-12



Gift Day 2018 Update

Gift Day!

 

We have had a fantastic response to our Gift Day. In just one month we have had many pledges and donations, and we are well on our way to reaching our target of raising  £10,000 by the end of May!

 

If you still need help to set up a Standing Order for your monthly donations then just ask in the office for our bank account details. You can also use these account numbers to make a one off donation.

 

Thank you all for your continued generosity and support.