Sunday 20 June 2021 (Trinity 3)
“Gird up your loins like a man” Job 38:3
Collect for Trinity 3
Almighty God, you have broken the tyranny of sin and have sent the Spirit of your Son into our hearts whereby we call you Father: give us grace to dedicate our freedom to your service, that we and all creation may be brought to the glorious liberty of the children of God; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen
Sunday 20 June 2021 (Trinity 3)
8am Prayer Book Communion at Holy Trinity with Revd. Mike
10am Service of the Word at St Margaret’s with Mary Lee
Old Testament: Job 38:1-11 (the Lord speaks)
Gospel: Mark 4:35-41 (Jesus calms the storm)
The best way to access the Livestream and audio is through our website “Weekly News” where the services are listed in red (and don’t forget to give David time to get home and put the audio service on his computer). Otherwise this week’s service will be streamed live on the St Margaret’s Tylers Green Facebook page. The link is: https://www.facebook.com/St-Margarets-Tylers-Green-154320624626069 but unfortunately, whilst you can get it this way from your Notice Sheet, the link above does not work on the web page no matter what we try to do.
Sunday 27 June 2021 (Trinity 4)
8am Prayer Book Communion at Holy Trinity with Revd. Graham
10am Service of the Word at St. Margaret’s with David Carter
Old Testament: Lamentations 3:22-33 (His compassions never fail)
New Testament: 2 Corinthians 8:7-15 (the grace of God)
Gospel: Mark 5:21-43 (Jairus’s daughter)
Burial of Ashes … The ashes of Peggy Graham will be buried in Holy Trinity churchyard on Friday 18 June at 11.45am.
TYGRE Club, X Stream and G3 … As it appears that the easing of lockdown will all but coincide with the end of the school term we have decided that our youth work will start up again at the beginning of the Autumn term in early September. Children and parents of G3 members will however enjoy a BBQ and swim and Peter and Eve’s on 11 July (lucky them).
For Prayer …
Sharon International Ministries in India … The school is in lockdown and may not reopen before the next school year starts, probably in July at the earliest. Please continue to pray for Sam and his wife and their families on the loss of his parents.
Please note the Deanery Synod planned for Thursday 24 June has been cancelled.
Herbert Druce, recovering from a fall
Ian Jones, now home following his successful kidney transplant, and Jean as his carer
John and Angela Watts
William Freston and Lucy Taylor preparing for their wedding on 26 June
Alison Bright, following a fall and breaking her hip – in hospital in Milton Keynes
Andy and Simon Jose on the loss now of their mother. The funeral will be on Thursday 24 June at the Chilterns Crematorium at 2.45pm. Sadly, attendance is by invitation only because of the current Covid regulations. However, anyone wishing to attend online may do so by going to the following web address and entering the following details: https://www.wesleymedia.co.uk/webcast-view Login / Order ID: 100013 Password: rwrxunbq
John Freeman, in hospital at the John Radcliffe at present, and his family
Ron Hedley has given an update on his sister, Maureen Headland, who has had more Scans on her brain tumour and been fitted with a mask. They hope to begin radiotherapy this Friday.
Lighthouse – that there will be enough helpers to support this year
Pray for our Government, the Prime Minister and all those who are working to get the best outcome for the people of our country
The NHS and all those who work in it. Protect them and give them strength and perseverance as they work in difficult situations
Alde House and Bury Lodge, for all the staff in our care homes as they manage the challenge of protecting the residents from the virus.
If you have not looked at this already, this time of enforced isolation might be a good time to view the Archbishop of Canterbury’s series of videos on prayer. They can be found at https://www.archbishopofcanterbury.org/exploring-prayer
Dates for your diary…
Remembering Weekend Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 July (churches open 10-4pm) finishing with a Cream Tea (3pm) and Songs of Praise on the Common (4pm) on the Sunday
Lighthouse Hazlemere & Beaconsfield – 26 – 30 July
Pet Service Sunday 5 September at 3pm at Holy Trinity
Porch and South Aisle … The Holy Trinity PCC at its last meeting decided to halt work on the project to install toilet facilities in the South Porch and open up the South Aisle. This followed and visit by the Diocesan Advisory Committee on 26th April where they were asking whether the South Porch was the right place for the toilet and expressing concern over the provenance of the pews. It felt as though we had gone back to square one after 5 years’ work and expenditure on this project. Neither the working group nor the PCC could see any prospect in carrying on with this project in its current form. We will return to the project after a break. All is not lost as we have very useful plans of the church and churchyard and drawings and plans for what is possible. I am very grateful to Mary Lee who has headed up this project. Revd Mike
Wycombe Homeless Connection …
Update on our winter night shelter – helping people off the street, and preventing them from being there in the first place saves lives. Despite the vaccination programme and the relaxation of pandemic restrictions, after much review and reflection, and in line with government guidance, it has become clear that we will not be able to run our mobile, dormitory-style night shelter in early 2022. Please be assured, next winter’s emergency accommodation provision is being planned and, as always, we are part of that process, working in partnership with Buckinghamshire Council and other organisations. We will announce what extra winter provision we specifically will be providing in winter 2021-22, and what practical, volunteer, financial and prayer support we will need as soon as we can.
Right now, a variety of emergency accommodation is provided by a range of organisations including us. Much is currently funded by the government centrally and locally, but because of your support, we are also providing a variety of accommodation and have paid directly for 247 bed-nights in the last six months alone. Because of your support, we are able to continue to ‘fill the gap’ for those who fall into cracks in government homelessness services. We are also currently responsible for the day-to-day practical support of over 50 people, helping them with food, clothing and expert advice on a variety of matters including helping them move on to more permanent homes. This is the most people, who otherwise would be sleeping rough, that we have ever looked after at one time before. And so while we know the lack of the normal night shelter will be disappointing to so many supporters and volunteers we need your support more than ever.
Join our team: Advocacy worker vacancy
People who are homeless or threatened with homelessness have rights. And in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on jobs, wages and the social support system, we are anticipating a huge increase in the amount of people who need help to avoid homelessness. It is estimated 60,000 people in Buckinghamshire are worried about losing their homes. A huge challenge faces us as we seek to help and support people in our community who are in this dire situation. One step we are taking is to add an advocacy worker to our team. Please see the details below and do share with anyone you think might be interested in this opportunity.
Job Title: Advocacy Worker
Location: Office-based in High Wycombe and involving work across Bucks.
Hours: Full time, 37.5 hours a week.
Salary range: £24,948 – £26,916pa.
We are looking for a person who would love to work within our people-centred, rights-based approach to tackling homelessness in our community.
If you would like an informal chat about the role please contact our Services Manage Helen Biggerstaff at 01494 447699 or email email@example.com
Further job details and the application form are on our website: www.wyhoc.org.uk/vacancies There is a genuine occupational requirement that the post-holder is a Christian.
Closing date: Wednesday 30th June.
Please continue to pray:
For all comfort and hope for our clients who in these difficult times are facing uncertainty around their futures: For our staff and trustees as they plan for the next months, especially next winter as we seek to provide our extra-special care and shelter for people who would otherwise be on the streets in the coldest months: Give thanks for our volunteers who are delivering food, calling clients to offer support and help, and raising awareness of the services we provide.
Contact us: For more information on anything in this update please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, via our website, www.wyhoc.org.uk/contact or give us a call on 01494 447699.
Thank you – The Wycombe Homeless Connection Team – Website: www.wyhoc.org.uk
Facebook: www.facebook.com/WycombeHomelessConnection/ Registered charity: 1156211
BIBLE READINGS FOR THE WEEK
Monday Job 27 Romans 11:25-36
Tuesday Job 28 Romans 12:1-8
Wednesday Job 29 Romans 12:9-21
Thursday Malachi 3:1-6 Luke 3:1-17
Friday Job 31 Romans 13:8-14
Saturday Job 32 Romans 14:1-12
Sunday Lamentations 3:22-33 2 Corinthians 8:7-15 Mark 5:21-43
We have a daily Morning Prayer service sheet for those in isolation who might like a time of structured prayer. Click to link
For additional prayers for a wide variety of situations Prayers for use at home may be what you are looking for. Click to link
Other Sunday Services and resources from the Diocese
The Diocese will continue to stream a Sunday communion service at 10am available from the Diocesan Website
If you sense yourself becoming isolated or are feeling particularly lonely, do make sure you do not suffer alone but contact friends or family. They may not be able to visit, but you will feel better for having spoken. Equally, if you know of others who may be in this position, please do make contact to see if you can help. Ask people how they are and wait for an answer.
Reflection … Mary Lee
GIRD up your loins like a man” (Job 38.3) might sound a bit counter-cultural in the current climate of gender identification and behaviour but things were somewhat different in Bible days. There are several words for “man” — just as English can say “chap”, “fellow”, and “guy”, as well as “man”. Here, the Hebrew word “geber” suggests strength, courage, and righteousness: these are considered the qualities to make someone a “man”.
But it’s an expression, or at least the first part of it, that I have used from time to time although I did have to explain it more recently to a somewhat bemused looking work colleague. So what does the expression actually mean? Loins, are of course, the area of the body from waist to hip and is a place of strength. Imagine wearing a long robe with a belt (the “gird” bit of “girdle”). You bend down, grasp the back hem, pull it through your legs, and tuck it into the belt at the front. Legs, instead of being swamped by material, are now free to move, turn, and run. Girding is preparation for work or battle. Clearly, it’s unlikely to be needed with our current style of clothing but hopefully explains its meaning.
However alien the concept, we still speak the language: we battle temptation, debt, disease. God has a battle of words with Job, challenging him, in an alpha-male sort of way. Perhaps this is God as people in Job’s time imagined him rather than as we believe that he is. But if we get past the squaring-up, we find a divine decision to curb infinite power, and establish boundaries to make the world comprehensible instead of chaotic. This is not bluster: it is blessing.
After 37 chapters of Job’s protests and God’s silence, finally God speaks and to indicate the profound nature of God’s self-revelation, he speaks out of the whirlwind as one who commands the wind and the waves. Job has waited for this moment but he has also feared it. Part-horrified by the idea of a God who would punish him unjustly, and part convinced that God has taken him by the collar and thrown him into despair, like other heroes of the Hebrew Bible, Job is ambivalent about meeting God face to face and senses that he might not come out of the meeting unscathed.
Our Gospel account explores the difficult territory of our expectations of the saviour. Saviours are strong and when we think of strong, we probably start thinking of the superheroes of popular culture – Thor, Spartacus, Spider Man, Superman, James Bond and generally male at that. They tend to conform to a familiar type. The saviour figure powers their way through to victory, whatever the cost to himself. But Jesus does not behave like a hero, nor claim heroic status. In fact, all through Mark’s Gospel, he strenuously avoids it.
The conversation between Jesus and the disciples in the boat shows a gap on both sides between expectation and reality. They are surprised that he is not aware of the danger that they are in; they even question the mindfulness and love of Jesus ‘…do you not care that we are perishing?’ Not for the first time they find that their plans are about as stable as the sea that threatens to engulf them and confronted by chaos their faith quickly deserts them. They are amazed at the power Jesus has over wind and waves. He questions why they are afraid, as they should have understood by now (have they “still” no faith?).
All of this gives Jesus an opportunity to say two profound things in the face of apparent annihilation: ‘Peace! Be still!’ and ‘why are you afraid?’
We can find ourselves in the midst of what seems like great storms. We fear we will be engulfed. Even winds and waves are against us. We need those words of Jesus that invite us out of fear and into peace. Sometimes what we need to do is reach out. Our salvation is nearer than we thought; it is within sight. Just not what we expected or thought.
The Scottish philosopher John MacMurray tells us that the maxim of illusory religion sounds like this – ‘fear not; trust in God and he will see that none of the things you fear will happen to you’. But that of real religion is quite the contrary: ‘Fear not; the things you are afraid of are quite likely to happen to you – but they are nothing to be afraid of.’
Religious belief that does not expose itself to the awesomeness of encounter with God is not faith at all but rather a last defence against God. And, going back to Job, perhaps this was the problem with Job’s friends who had been comforting him from the moment his troubles started, back in chapter 2. Convincing themselves of their own orthodoxy they do not challenge themselves by risking the kind of prayer in which their views might be challenged or reframed. So full of answers how would they fare in the face of God’s questions? Prepared to declare Job wrong, how would they cope with the demolition of their own world view and the pillars of sound reasoning, long-held tradition and divine inspiration on which they thought it was built?
Jesus true identity is communicated only to the disciples. The disciples, confronted with their own mortality, cry for help. And he provides it. But he is unsurprisingly surprised that they didn’t know that his help would always be there for them. Job is reconciled to God through his sufferings “then Job replied to the Lord ‘I know that you can do all things: no plan of yours can be thwarted’”. The Prime Minister’s recent marriage in the Roman Catholic Church took many by surprise, for a number or reasons. But his response to a forthright question in an interview with Robert Peston as to whether he believes in God elicited a quote from Psalm 14 “the foolish man has said in his heart, there is no God”. It may well be that a recent close encounter with his own mortality has brought about a reconciliation with a faith previously held at bay. Amen
Intercessions … Ruth Green
Let us pray –
Heavenly Father, we give you thanks that we are able to come together today to worship you in safety and comfort. We pray for those around the world who are less fortunate and are persecuted for their faith. Many still face the beatings, imprisonment, troubles and hardships mentioned in Paul’s letter to the Corinthians. We pray that you hold them under your protection and that they are able to find comfort in their trials.
Lord in your mercy… Hear our Prayer
Sometimes in our lives, like Job, we may face difficult situations and challenges which we do not understand. Help us to remember that you have a plan for all of us and that if we seek your guidance and support you will give us the strength to navigate our way through our difficulties.
Lord in your mercy … Hear our Prayer
As our world still battles with the consequences of corona virus and people deal with the delays to ‘freedom day’ in the UK we give thanks for the scientists and health professionals who are working to help control this pandemic. We pray for wisdom for those in governments across the world who need to put aside differences to work together to find the best solutions and to unite to create a ‘new normal’ for life across the world.
Lord in your mercy… Hear our Prayer
We pray today for the health and well-being of the fathers, grandfathers and father figures in our community. We give thanks for the loving bonds that are created within families and the support offered by fathers but recognise that the challenges of being a father can be difficult at times. We pray for those fathers who are no longer here with us but give thanks for the memories of them that are held in our hearts.
Most of all, we seek to praise and worship You, our heavenly Father. We know that You are our creator and our redemption. Thank You for each breath, for each gift, and for being there for us.
Lord in your mercy… Hear our Prayer
We end our prayers by saying together the prayer that Jesus taught us
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name
Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in Heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil
For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours
Now and for ever. Amen
Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your son, our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.