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Creating Communities of Wholeness with Christ at the Centre
The Rt Rev Maurice Wood (1916-2007) Bishop Maurice Wood's prayer seems appropriate for Hardenhuish:
“Make us like a city set on a hill whose light cannot be hidden; so that men and women and children may find Christ as the light of the world, and his church as the family of the redeemed, and external life as the gift of God, through Jesus Christ our Lord”
Acts 2:1-21 & John 7:37-39
“The Birth of the Church” “Coming of the Spirit”
What do we know of the Spirit of God before this 50th day after Easter?
What about the work of the Spirit during OT times? And for today?
“Pentecost isn’t over; it happens all the time”. Do you agree?
How aware are you of the Holy Spirit’s powerful, dynamic, life-giving, energising presence as he works through you?
There is an old saying that there is strength in numbers. To stand alone for a cause is hard but to stand with a group gives us bravado, purpose and identity.
As I write this, feelings are still very raw from the bomb explosion in Manchester . Many people have died or been injured but the people of that city have stood together in solidarity, showing love and concern for each other.
Jesus knew the importance of standing together. When He first sent His disciples out, He sent them in pairs. Jesus knew that His mission would be accomplished more easily if many individuals came together as one body to give strength and support to each other.
In Matthew 16 : 18 we read “ And I tell you, you are Peter and on this rock I will build my church and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.”
Jesus will build His church and evil will never prevail against it, encouraging words for today.
Peter, then, of course did not realise the importance of those words. Peter, the one who betrayed Jesus, would be the one who would stand up and preach at Pentecost, resulting in many converts to Christianity and the transforming power of Jesus in their lives.
The church would be built on a firm foundation.
We are the church of today and it is our responsibility to serve God’s Kingdom. We stand together as the body of Christ, united in our faith and pray “Thy Kingdom Come”.
We have to be, the people to make it happen, so by the power and presence of the Holy Spirit, let us go forward together in unity and strength.
A PRAYER INVITING GOD TO USE US:
Heavenly Father, make our lives a sign of your love.
Fill us with a desire to share the good news we have received.
Anoint our lives with your Spirit so that Jesus is formed in us.
His tongue to speak, His hands to work and His heart to beat in us.
We pray that in everything we do and all that we are, that Jesus will be made known and His kingdom established. Amen.
Chippenham Deanery News
Prayer Breakfast Saturday 9th September
This prayer breakfast at St. Andrew’s Church, Chippenham will focus on Chippenham and Corsham town and is open to all.
Deanery Elections Thursday 22nd June
To our standing and pastoral committee.
Our keynote Speaker will be Bishop Mike and will include an opportunity to ask questions afterwards.
Pre-Election Prayers 7th June
The Benefice prayer meeting of Monday 5th June is being cancelled. It is replaced with each of buildings being open the evening before the election. Wed 7 June, open spaces for anyone to come and pray for the nation, our leaders, voters and the election.
St Nicholas 5pm to 7pm
St Peter’s 5.30pm to 7.30pm
St Paul’s 6pm to 10pm
Please come and support these.
Women’s Union Programme of
events - Join us at 2.15pm in St. Paul’s Hall.
Dates for the Diary
4th June – Pentecost Sunday
7th June – Pre-election Prayers
22nd June – Deanery elections
1st July – Chippenham Churches Together – Family fun day – River Island
9th September –Prayer Breakfast – St. Andrews Church Chippenham 8.30 to 10.00am – with focus on Chippenham and Corsham Town
Christian Aid Week 15-22 May & Sponsored Walk, Run / cycle
St. Nicholas took part in the house to house collection. Thank you to all those who took part.
Thank you to the both the Davis Family, together with John and Veronica Moncrieff and all those that sponsored them, who cycled and walked respectively to Maud Heath’s monument. The monies raised have yet to be counted and will be advised soon.
Priest in Charge, Revd. Simon Dunn Tel: 445816 firstname.lastname@example.org
Associate Minister, Revd. David Kilmister Tel: 650926 email@example.com
John Moncrieff Tel: 651644 firstname.lastname@example.org
Barbara Wood Tel: 655413 email@example.com
Judith Eckersley Tel:443317 firstname.lastname@example.orgNewsletter, Mark Sheppard Tel: 721451 email@example.com
or Dick Wood Tel: 655413 firstname.lastname@example.org