Sunday 24 October 2021 (Bible Sunday)
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
2 Timothy 3:16/17
Collect for Bible Sunday
Blessed Lord, who caused all holy scriptures to be written for our learning: help us so to hear them, to read, mark, learn and inwardly digest them that, through patience, and the comfort of your holy word, we may embrace and for ever hold fast the hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen
Sunday 24 October 2021 (Bible Sunday)
8am Prayer Book Communion at Holy Trinity with Revd. Mike
10am Joint Service of Holy Communion at St Margaret’s with Holy Trinity with Revd. Mike
11.30am Baptism at St. Margaret’s
4pm Choral Evensong at Holy Trinity
Old Testament: Isaiah 55:1-11 (Come to the waters)
New Testament: 2 Timothy 3:14 – 4:5 (All scripture is God breathed)
Gospel: John 5:36-47 (Scripture testifies to Jesus)
The best way to access the Livestream and audio is through our website where the services are listed in red above (and don’t forget to give David time to get home and put the audio service on his computer). This week’s service will be streamed live on the St Margaret’s Tylers Green Facebook page. Should for any reason the above link doesn’t work then access it from : https://www.facebook.com/St-Margarets-Tylers-Green-154320624626069
Sunday 31 October (All Saints)
8am Prayer Book Communion at Holy Trinity with Revd. Mike
9.30am Holy Communion at St. Margaret’s with Revd. Mike (leading) and Mary Lee (preaching)
11am Holy Communion at Holy Trinity with Revd. Mike (leading) and Mary Lee (preaching)
3pm Memorial Service at Holy Trinity
Old Testament: Isaiah 25:6-9 (a rich banquet)
New Testament: Revelation 21:1-6 (a new heaven and earth)
Gospel: John 11:32-44 (Lazarus)
Masks… are not required during morning services but many may wish to wear one and you should be comfortable in doing so.
On-line … Our on-line services will continue for those who cannot or do not feel able to attend in person.
TYGRE Club, Creche and X Stream have returned, as has G3.
Junior Church will take place on the following Sundays:- 24 October, 31 October, 14 November, 21 November and 19 December
Wednesday Toddler Group has also returned
Obviously, Services and events will be reviewed regularly.
Calling all gardeners…. There will be a working party in the churchyard at Holy Trinity on Saturday 30 October at 9.30am. There are several gravestones that are leaning dangerously and we will either lay them down or straighten them up.
Choral Evensong: We are having a Choral Evensong today (24) at Holy Trinity at 4pm. The hymns are No. 22 All People, etc., 428 Love Divine & 240 Guide Me, O Thou Great. Readings are Genesis 22:1-14 & John 4:46-54 and the Psalm is 139:1-18. .
Christmas Tree Festival is going to be at Holy Trinity on Saturday 27 November and Sunday 28 November. If anyone would like to provide and decorate a tree, would they please complete a form which is available from the Church office or the website. It will be open for viewing from 2pm – 6pm.
Wycombe Homeless Connection need to raise over £100,000 this year to look after people across the south of Buckinghamshire who will need a safe place to stay this winter. Join Wycombe Homeless Connection, swap your bed for a sleeping bag and help fight homelessness in your sleep! They need more people than ever before to ‘sleep out’ on Friday 19th November.
WHC are asking you to sleep out ‘at home’ – in your garden, an (empty) bathtub, a school playground, or just somewhere you wouldn’t normally sleep! You can take part on your own, with your family or with a group, and there’s no age limit and people of all abilities can join in.
The Big Quiz is also back! It’ll be streamed live online at 7.30pm on Friday 19th November. All the details are on their website: www.wyhoc.org.uk/bigsleepout2021 or call 01494 447699 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Restore Hope Fireworks by the Lake in the beautiful Chess Valley: Saturday 6 November from 5.30pm (Adults £12, Child £8, under 2 free – www.restorehopelatimer.org/fireworks. Price includes BBQ & drinks, Kids’ crafts, live music, parking).
Penn Street invite you to their first concert for over 2 years on Saturday, 6 November at 7pm. Tickets £8 each (£10 on the night) for 3 hours with very talented performers! Please email for more details: email@example.com. Phone 716726
Monthly lunches: These will be resuming at the Red Lion today.
Penn & Tylers Green Village Expo at the Village Hall on Saturday 20 November from 2-4pm. Entrance is Free. Any queries to:- firstname.lastname@example.org
Beware of Scams… Revd. Mike had a call this week from a man purporting to be a policeman informing him that his credit card had been cloned. He cut off the call just after Revd. Mike told him that he should be ashamed of himself and before he said he would pray for him. Beware!!
PLEASE PRAY FOR…
John Mepham now in the Star & Garter Home in Wycombe (by Morrison’s), where his daughter-in-law says he is very happy
BIBLE READINGS FOR THE WEEK
Monday Micah 1:1-9 John 17:1-5
Tuesday Micah 2 John 17:6-19
Wednesday Micah 3 John 17:20-26
Thursday Isaiah 45:18-25 Luke 6:12-16
Friday Micah 5:2-15 John 18:12-27
Saturday Micah 6 John 18:28-40
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
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 … Revd. Graham (17 October)
Isaiah 53:4-12, Hebrews 5:1-10, Mark 10:35-45
‘His life for ours’.
Three amazing readings this morning, and three readings that hang together completely. Not that the readings don’t always hang together, just sometimes maybe, or perhaps it’s
more that I’m not always sharp enough to see how. Anyway, let’s start this morning with our first reading, chapter 53 of Isaiah.
If at any time you have approached the Old Testament with doubt and suspicion as to its relevance for today, and you want to hang on to those doubts, then this is not the chapter
for you. In fact, if that’s you, then you should avoid Isaiah at all costs. This passage is the last of what are known as the four Servant Songs of Isaiah. They describe the service, the suffering, and the ultimate exaltation or glorification, if you like, of the Servant of the Lord, the Messiah who we would all now recognise as Jesus Christ.
If you were to make any kind of theological study of this passage you would be bombarded by the phrase ‘substitutionary atonement’. It is hard to avoid but basically, for this morning, we can just content ourselves with this alternative…let’s just say, it is about… ‘His life for ours’. Jesus died for our sins and this is the amazing prophesy written the best part of 700 years before Jesus was even born.
It is, of course, one of the best known, most familiar passages in the Old Testament, not least because Handel used some of these verses so effectively in his oratorio, The Messiah.
The picture of this suffering servant is both bleak and powerful; it can stop us in our tracks no matter how often we read it. Particularly moving is the phrase…”he was led like a lamb to the slaughter”, especially when you remember that John the Baptist quoted those very words at Jesus’ baptism. There are hundreds, if not thousands of books that have been written on Isaiah’s four Servant Songs and the theology behind them can be deep and
controversial at times. But, for our purposes today, there’s no need for us to enter any arguments about theories of atonement and the morality, or otherwise, of a substitutionary understanding of phrases such as…
“the punishment that brought us peace was upon him” or “the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all”.
Similarly, we don’t need to join the controversy around whether this puts us in the realm of spiritual poetry with metaphors that carry a huge punch, but which mustn’t be tested to destruction, or whether this is a literal prophecy of something to come. Personally, I lean towards a more literal interpretation but, for us this morning, I think it is more important for us just to stop and wonder at these amazing words of prophecy.
This, somehow, is all about love, a love that releases us from the dark tyrannies of moral failure and the fears that can cripple our lives.
I’m happy to leave analysis to the theologians and concentrate on this as an incredible description of Jesus, who he is, and why he came. All of which goes some way to setting the scene for our Gospel reading.
All the disciples, and especially James and John, would have been more than familiar with Isaiah’s writings. They describe what every good Jew was waiting for. So, what on earth were James and John thinking of when they asked Jesus if they could sit either side of him in his glory. We can see just how much in the dark the disciples were about what was going on. Perhaps James and John imagine themselves seated next to Jesus at some great banquet in the new kingdom, maybe sharing a goblet of the finest of wines. Either way, they want something back for the trouble of following this man. Jesus has asked for total commitment and now James and John want him to reciprocate, to make it all worthwhile. Gently, very gently considering the circumstances, Jesus takes another opportunity to take them all through what following him will all mean. Not at all what James and John had hoped for, just more mysterious stuff that leaves them even more in the dark. They were confident that they were able to drink the cup that Jesus would drink, and be baptised with the baptism that Jesus would be baptised with. “We are able” they said when Jesus challenged them. Clearly though, they had absolutely no idea what was going to be in said cup. Jesus isn’t thinking about the joys of some messianic banquet; his cup doesn’t have the best, but the bitterest of contents because that’s the cup he drank at Gethsemane.
Where has all this got us? Well, implicit in these readings is the idea that following Jesus must involve some kind of suffering. Not necessarily the same suffering as Jesus endured, although there are many Christians who have travelled that particular road. Take that thought home with you by all means but, if that is just too hard for today, let me suggest that you take from this an encouragement to look out for your neighbour who is suffering. It is always enjoyable to raise a glass in the company of friends or family to celebrate an occasion or a piece of good news. But the real test of our love for others is our readiness to share their cup of suffering. Suffering is a great leveller that few of us will escape. Whether it is the personal pain of illness and disease or, if not that, then the agony of grief that comes to us all at one time or another. These are bitter pains that may not require our lives but just our love in the sharing.
How then might we respond to these readings? We could react in exactly the same way as James and John did… push all this hard stuff to one side and concentrate on sharing the spoils of victory. Or, we could think about the way that we love and serve others every day, even when it costs us something. Perhaps especially when some personal sacrifice is involved. Or, failing all that, maybe to just go home with Isaiah’s words ringing in our ears and a better handle on what it took for Jesus to earn our salvation. Amen.