WELCOME TO THE PARISH OF SPROWSTON
16th July 2017
8.00am St Cuthbert’s, Holy Communion
Presiding: Reverend Dean
(Canon Simon will be at St Margaret’s, Drayton)
9.30am St Cuthbert’s, Family Communion
Presiding & Preaching: Reverend Dean
Hymns: Please see screen
Intercessions: Penny Rennie
10.30am St Mary & St Margaret’s, Holy Communion
Presiding: Canon Simon
Preaching: Reverend Philip
Hymns: 56, 318, 522, 68, 380
Readers: Tony Ashley-Griffith & Liz Marsden
Intercessions: Ashley Williams
(Reverend Melanie will be at St Margaret’s, Drayton)
If you require a gluten free wafer please let a sideperson know.
Please join us for refreshments after the services
Methodist Church, Farewell Service for Reverend Nigel Fox – Refreshments from 6.30pm
Service starts at 7.15pm
If you have prayer requests, please enter them in the books at the back of the church.
Collect (Prayer of the week)
send down upon your Church
the riches of your Spirit,
and kindle in all who minister the gospel
your countless gifts of grace;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Post Communion Prayer
Grant, O Lord, we beseech you,
that the course of this world may be so peaceably ordered
by your governance,
that your Church may joyfully serve you in all godly quietness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
These are the descendants of Isaac, Abraham’s son: Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac was forty years old when he married Rebekah, daughter of Bethuel the Aramean of Paddan-aram, sister of Laban the Aramean. Isaac prayed to the Lord for his wife, because she was barren; and the Lord granted his prayer, and his wife Rebekah conceived. The children struggled together within her; and she said, ‘If it is to be this way, why do I live?’ So she went to inquire of the Lord. And the Lordsaid to her,
‘Two nations are in your womb,
and two peoples born of you shall be divided;
one shall be stronger than the other,
the elder shall serve the younger.’
When her time to give birth was at hand, there were twins in her womb.The first came out red, all his body like a hairy mantle; so they named him Esau. Afterwards his brother came out, with his hand gripping Esau’s heel; so he was named Jacob. Isaac was sixty years old when she bore them.
When the boys grew up, Esau was a skilful hunter, a man of the field, while Jacob was a quiet man, living in tents. Isaac loved Esau, because he was fond of game; but Rebekah loved Jacob.
Once when Jacob was cooking a stew, Esau came in from the field, and he was famished. Esau said to Jacob, ‘Let me eat some of that red stuff, for I am famished!’ (Therefore he was called Edom.) Jacob said, ‘First sell me your birthright.’ Esau said, ‘I am about to die; of what use is a birthright to me?’ Jacob said, ‘Swear to me first.’ So he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew, and he ate and drank, and rose and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.
Epistle: Romans 8.1-11
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do: by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and to deal with sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, so that the just requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For this reason the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law—indeed it cannot, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
But you are not in the flesh; you are in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you.
Gospel – Matthew 13.1-9, 18-23
That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the lake. Such great crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat there, while the whole crowd stood on the beach. And he told them many things in parables, saying: ‘Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell on the path, and the birds came and ate them up. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and they sprang up quickly, since they had no depth of soil. But when the sun rose, they were scorched; and since they had no root, they withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Let anyone with ears listen!’
‘Hear then the parable of the sower. When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what is sown in the heart; this is what was sown on the path. As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet such a person has no root, but endures only for a while, and when trouble or persecution arises on account of the word, that person immediately falls away. As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the lure of wealth choke the word, and it yields nothing. But as for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.’
Please Pray For:
Diocese of Ontario (Canada): Bishops George Lindsey Bruce and Michael Oulton.
The Roman Catholic Church, the Diocese of East Anglia and Bishop Alan Hopes.
The congregation of St Georges R.C. Sprowston Rd and Father Sean.
The parishes of:
Christ Church, New Catton,St Mary Magdelene, Norwich, Old Catton
Those living or working in: Larch Close, Cere Road, Bewitt Road, Mantle Close.
For healing: Hasina Begum, Peggy Brickman, Paul and Liz Boughton, Richard Boyce, 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, Robert Wood.
Please pray for family and friends of: Ted Rengert, Jill Brown, Chris Rogers, Joyce Wiseman, Joan Roberts, Rita Chaplin, Bill Gowing, Becky Clabburn.
First Anniversary: Eileen Heazle.
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 30th July 4 – 6pm
Vicarage Garden Tea Party.
Sunday 17th September – Teddy Bear Picnic
St Mary & St Margaret’s 1.00 – 3.00pm
Sprowston Day Centre
On your own, would like some good company?
The luncheon club runs on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at St Cuthbert’s. They offer morning coffee, entertainment, 2 course lunch and bingo afterwards.
An opportunity to make new friends and chat.
A warm welcome on arrival and help from friendly hostesses for those with disabilities.
For more information call 01603 419682.
Anyone interested in being Confirmed, please speak to Canon Simon.
Monday – Friday
8.30am, Morning Prayer; (please note there will not be a minister on Tuesday you are still welcome to use the chapel or join us at St Mary Magdalene)
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 Magdalene (Silver Road) 8.30am, Morning Prayer
St Mary & St Margaret’s 10.00 – 12.00, Tuesday Break
St Cuthbert’s 6.00 – 7.00pm, Vestry Hour
Annexe 6.30pm, Youth Cafe
Cross Section – Dinner outing
St Cuthbert’s 9.30am, Holy Communion
Defenders 3.15 – 5.00pm
St Cuthbert’s 9.30am, Berties Babes
The Warren 11.00am, Holy Communion
St Mary & St Margaret’s 9.15, Morning Prayer
St Mary & St Margaret’s 9.30 – 10.30am, Vestry Hour
Clearing Vicarage stable – car park not available
Romans 8.12-25 & Matthew 13.24-30, 36-43
8.00am St Cuthbert’s, Holy Communion
9.30am St Cuthbert’s, Holy Communion
10.30am St Mary & St Margaret’s, Morning Prayer
with dedication of and laying up of The Royal British legion Standard
12.15pm St Mary & St Margaret’s, Baptism of Skye Hunt
3.00pm Sprowston Recreation Ground – Songs of Praise in the Park