WELCOME TO THE PARISH OF SPROWSTON
25th June 2017
8.00amSt Cuthbert’s, Holy Communion
Presiding: Reverend Dean
9.30amSt Cuthbert’s, Holy Communion
Presiding: Reverend Melanie
Preaching: Mary Carpenter
Hymns: 428, 338, 40, 539
Readers: Eunice Sandle & Stephanie Grand
Intercessions: Stephanie Grand
10.30am St Mary & St Margaret’s, Morning Prayer
Leading: Andy Bunter
Preaching: Canon Simon
Hymns: 310, 464, 465, 169,396,186
Readers: Liz Marsden & Christine Stanley
Intercessions: Andy Bunter
12.15pmSt Mary & St Margaret’s, Baptism of Amelia Grace Nunn
Leading: Reverend Melanie
Revd Dean is presiding at Christ Church, New Catton.
If you require a gluten free wafer please let a sideperson know.
Please join us for refreshments after the services
If you have prayer requests, please enter them in the books at the back of the church.
Collect (Prayer of the week)
whose mercy never fails:
deepen our faithfulness to you
and to your living Word,
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Post Communion Prayer
we thank you for feeding us at the supper of your Son:
sustain us with your Spirit,
that we may serve you here on earth
until our joy is complete in heaven,
and we share in the eternal banquet
with Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Old Testament: Genesis 21.8-21
The child grew, and was weaned; and Abraham made a great feast on the day that Isaac was weaned.
But Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, playing with her son Isaac. So she said to Abraham, “Cast out this slave woman with her son; for the son of this slave woman shall not inherit along with my son Isaac.” The matter was very distressing to Abraham on account of his son. But God said to Abraham, “Do not be distressed because of the boy and because of your slave woman; whatever Sarah says to you, do as she tells you, for it is through Isaac that offspring shall be named for you. As for the son of the slave woman, I will make a nation of him also, because he is your offspring.”
So Abraham rose early in the morning, and took bread and a skin of water, and gave it to Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, along with the child, and sent her away. And she departed, and wandered about in the wilderness of Beer-sheba. When the water in the skin was gone, she cast the child under one of the bushes. Then she went and sat down opposite him a good way off, about the distance of a bowshot; for she said, “Do not let me look on the death of the child.” And as she sat opposite him, she lifted up her voice and wept. And God heard the voice of the boy; and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven, and said to her, “What troubles you, Hagar? Do not be afraid; for God has heard the voice of the boy where he is. Come, lift up the boy and hold him fast with your hand, for I will make a great nation of him.” Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water. She went, and filled the skin with water, and gave the boy a drink. God was with the boy, and he grew up; he lived in the wilderness, and became an expert with the bow. He lived in the wilderness of Paran; and his mother got a wife for him from the land of Egypt.
Epistle: Romans 6.1b-11
What then are we to say? Should we continue in sin in order that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin go on living in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.
For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin. For whoever has died is freed from sin. But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. The death he died, he died to sin, once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.
Gospel – Matthew 10.24-39
‘A disciple is not above the teacher, nor a slave above the master; it is enough for the disciple to be like the teacher, and the slave like the master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household!
‘So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known. What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim from the housetops. Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground unperceived by your Father. And even the hairs of your head are all counted. So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows.
‘Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before others, I also will acknowledge before my Father in heaven; but whoever denies me before others, I also will deny before my Father in heaven.
‘Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.
For I have come to set a man against his father,
and a daughter against her mother,
and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;
and one’s foes will be members of one’s own household.
Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever does not take up the cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.
Please Pray For:
Diocese of Nyahururu (Kenya): Bishops Stephen Kabora and Jacob Lesuuda.
The Religious Society of Friends: Area Representative, David Saunders.
The parishes of:
Taverham with Ringland
For Ashley as she prepares for confirmation on Wednesday.
For Andy Bunter as he goes to Pioneer Ministry selection panel on Monday
First Anniversary of baptism: Georgia Moveley
Those living or working in: Avian Way, Cirrus Way, Cobham Way, Rice Way.
For healing: Hasina Begum, Paul and Liz Boughton, Ricrd Boyce, Maisie Capes, Bryan Carpenter, Mabel Carter, Jean Carver, Ruth Dawes, Ron King, Karen Land, Alan Maundrell, Annette Norton, Roger, Gail Rogers, Gordon Rooney, Diana Smith, Rodney Tooke, Georgia Turner, Robert Wood.
Please pray for family and friends of:,Margaret Wones, Barbara Dye, Brian Lister, Brian Fenn, Jill Brown, Chris Rogers, Margaret Cook.
First Anniversary: Paul Goddard, Brenda Gower.
Saturday 1st July, 10.30am – Ordination Service at Norwich Cathedral
You are welcome to come along to the service and support our new Curate, Philip Harvey.
Sunday 2nd July 10.00am– United Service
St Cuthbert’s church.
To welcome our new Curate, Philip Harvey and his wife, Penny.
(Please note there will not be an 8.00am Service)
To be followed by a Parish lunch, please sign up for catering purposes.
2nd July Trinity 3
Romans 6.12-23 & Matthew 10.40-42
10.00am St Cuthbert’s, United All Age Communion
Followed by a welcome lunch in the hall for Philip and Penny Harvey
2.30pm Costa Coffee (Tesco), Cafe Church
Cream Tea with Informal Songs of Praise: 4.00 – 6.00pm Sunday 9th July
at the home of Jane and Simon Macfarlane, White House Farm. £2.50 per person, in aid of church funds.
Please bring garden chairs.
Sunday 23rd July, Sprowston churches Together – Songs of Praise in the Park
3.00pm at Sprowston Recreation Ground
Sunday 30th July 10.00am– United Service
St Mary & St Margaret’s Church (Patronal Service)
Please note there will not be an 8.00am Service
Sunday 17th September – Teddy Bear Picnic
St Mary & St Margaret’s 1.00 – 3.00pm
You have been very kind in the past and donated towards the cost of the original hearing and appeal, please could you give consideration to offering a donation to this appeal, no matter how small.
Molly Hughes’ parents would like to convey their thanks for all your prayers, Molly has made a complete recovery. Thank you.
Anyone interested in being Confirmed, please speak to Canon Simon.
Monday – Friday
8.30am, Morning Prayer;
5.15pm Evening Prayer.
Our churches are open everyday:
St Mary & St Margaret’s 10.00am – 4.00pm
St Cuthbert’s 8.30am – 10.00pm
St Mary & St Margaret’s 10.00 – 12.00, Tuesday Break
St Mary & St Margaret’s 1.00pm, Funeral of Barbara Dye
St Cuthbert’s 11.00am, Day Centre AGM
St Cuthbert’s 6.00 – 7.00pm, Vestry Hour
Annexe 6.30pm, Youth Cafe
Norwich Cathedral 7.00pm, Archdeacon Central Visitation
St Cuthbert’s 9.30am, Holy Communion
St Mary & St Margaret’s 10.45am, Funeral of Brian Lister
St Cuthbert’s 2.30pm, Mothers’ Union
Winterton Parish Church 7.00pm, Feast of SS Peter and Paul, including Confirmation service
Ashley Williams will be confirmed at this service.
St Cuthbert’s 9.30am, Berties Babes
St Mary & St Margaret’s 9.15, Morning Prayer
St Mary & St Margaret’s 9.30 – 10.30am, Vestry Hour
St Cuthbert’s 10.00am, Coffee Morning
Norwich Cathedral 10.30am, Ordination Service
St Mary & St Margaret’s 3.00pm, Julian Gathering
If you would like to receive an electronic copy of the notice sheet, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org