Sunday 18 April 2021 (Easter 3)
“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” 1 John 3.1
Collect for Easter 3
Almighty Father, who in your great mercy gladdened the disciples with the sight of the risen Lord: give us such knowledge of his presence with us, that we may be strengthened and sustained by his risen life and serve you continually in righteousness and truth; 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 18 April 2021 (Easter 3)
8am Prayer Book Communion at Holy Trinity with Revd Graham
10am Service of the Word at St Margaret’s with Revd Mike
New Testament: 1 John 3:1-7 (Children of God)
Gospel: Luke 24:36-48 (Jesus appears to the disciples)
Livestream: The link for Sunday 10am service is https://studio.youtube.com/video/AQH8WABDsWc/livestreaming
Should that not work for any reason, you can search in You Tube for ‘Mike Bisset’ and if you scroll down you will come across ‘Sunday 18 April 2021 10am Morning Service’ The live stream will start at 9.50am.
Sunday 25 April 2021 (Easter 4)
8am Prayer Book Communion at Holy Trinity with Revd. Derrick
10am Service of the Word at St. Margaret’s with Revd. Mike
New Testament: Acts 4:5-12 (Jesus the cornerstone
1 John 3:17-24 (love one another)
Gospel: John 10:11-18 (Jesus the Good Shepherd)
Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh
God of majesty,
give rest to your servant Philip
who, having served his Queen and Country,
has passed from this life,
full of years yet strong in spirit.
As we give thanks for his life,
as Prince and husband,
as Consort and family man,
we pray that all that he has done
may continue to bear fruit
in the lives of individuals
and the life of this nation,
to your honour and glory,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Thanks to Michael and Alison Bayley who tolled the bell at Holy Trinity 99 times last Saturday.
For Prayer …
Ian Jones in need of a kidney transplant
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
John’s Gospel .. Peter Strutt has kindly drawn my attention to a recording of David Suchet reading John’s Gospel from the Jerusalem chamber at Westminster Abbey, which premiered on Easter Sunday. The link is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKiAXVxOm6o The reading of St Mark’s Gospel (recommended last week) is 1 ½ hours and John’s Gospel 2 ½ hours. These seem long, but not much more than some films we watch on TV. And much better!
St Andrews Bookshop … After 18 long weeks of being shut St Andrews Bookshop in Great Missenden is now open. The shop is full of great new titles, CD’s, greetings cards and 2nd hand books. The shop is open Monday to Saturday 9.30am – 5pm. St Andrews Bookshop Ltd 61-65 High Street Great Missenden Bucks HP16 0AL email: email@example.com Website: www.standrewsbookshop.co.uk
Dates for your diary…
Open Gardens Sunday 6 June
Songs of Praise on the Common Please note that the date is now Sunday 4th July at 4pm
One Can collections a year on … have reached 3400, which is great, though sadly the demand is still growing. Any donations gratefully received. Collection points as before. Any queries to Emma Byrne.
Stamps… If anyone has any used stamps, there is a collection box at Tylers Green Village Hall. Folk can post them through the letter box and they will be passed on to the RNIB.
Wycombe Homeless Connection…
Captain Tom 100: What will your 100 be?
We’re proud to be part of the #CaptainTom100 to celebrate the life and legacy of Captain Sir Tom Moore. Join our team and start your fundraising journey now!
We’re inviting you, your family, fellowship and friends to take part in Captain Tom 100 to celebrate Captain Sir Tom Moore’s amazing achievements and raise vital funds for Wycombe Homeless Connection.
All you need to do is dream up a challenge based around the number 100, and do it between Friday 30 April and Monday 3 May.
You could walk 100 laps of your garden just like Captain Tom, swim 100 lengths or sing for 100 minutes.
There are no rules (apart from Government guidelines on the roadmap out of lockdown) and it’s open to everyone. Do it your way and have fun!
You can find out more on our website, or just get in touch and we’ll help in any way we can. www.wyhoc.org.uk/captaintom100
Annual service of thanksgiving
Date: Wednesday 19 May
Where: Online. The link will be published on www.wyhoc.org.uk/annual-service2021 soon
The annual service of thanksgiving and celebration will take place online on Wednesday 19 May. We would love you to join us as we reflect on the year gone by, one like no other, and give thanks to God for the many blessings we and the people we serve have received. We’ll circulate joining details closer to the time and via our social media.
Wycombe Youth for Christ … The Zone @ Home is back!
The Zone is the name of the after-school clubs that we have run in two local primary schools for a number of years. As restrictions are easing, we are hoping to start running our face-to-face sessions as soon as possible. However, for those who are waiting for this, and for those who are not in the schools where the clubs run, fear not! We are delighted to say that we are currently in the process of producing series 4 of The Zone @ Home!
The Zone @ Home aims to bring many of the well-loved aspects of The Zone to life in a new way, that can be enjoyed by children and families from the comfort of their own homes … and … because it’s all virtual, ANYONE can take part too!
We are so excited that this series is based around the gospel of Luke and a brilliant book called the ‘Diary of a Disciple’ written by Gemma Willis and published by Scripture Union. Each child / family that joins The Zone @ Home will receive activity packs that explore Bible stories in lots of fun ways, allowing children to consider how what the Bible says might apply to their own lives. The packs will be delivered on a fortnightly basis; the first of which will be sent out during the week commencing Monday 26th April 2021.
If you live in the wider Wycombe area and have a child in Key Stage 2 (7-11 years old) then you can register your interest at www.wycombeyfc.org.uk/the-zone-form or send an email to Rebecca: firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday 14th April and we will be in touch. If you know others who would be interested, please do share the information with them too! God bless – The Wycombe YFC Team
BIBLE READINGS FOR THE WEEK
Monday Deuteronomy 5:1-22 Ephesians 1:1-14
Tuesday Deuteronomy 5:22-33 Ephesians 1:15-23
Wednesday Deuteronomy 6 Ephesians 2:1-10
Thursday Deuteronomy 7:1-11 Ephesians 2:11-22
Friday Joshua 1:1-9 Ephesians 6:10-20
Saturday Deuteronomy 8 Ephesians 3:14-21
Sunday Acts 4:5-12 1 John 3:17-24 John 10:11-18
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 … Revd. Mike
All good sermons have 3 points. Well this one has 4 so it is even better! They are the 3 points that Jesus stresses in this appearance and a ‘what’s this got to do with us’ ending.
(1) The Bible. Firstly, that scripture is so significant. Jesus does not just tell them what happened and what it is all about. He did indeed have the authority to tell them himself. But it is significant that both here and with the two disciples on the Emmaus Road, which is just before this (in fact the two disciples are still in the process of telling them when Jesus appears) he explains it from scripture. And he is careful to explain that it is the Law, the prophets and the Psalms. All of the Old Testament. The importance of this is that it explains that this was not something he was making up as he went along, not a mistake, or God fixing something that had gone wrong. No this was God’s sovereign plan from the beginning of creation. And he had been setting out that plan in Scripture. God is sovereign, he is ultimately in control.
This is a post resurrection appearance. There are not going to be that many so what Jesus does and says is going to be very important. And what does he do for them. He opens their minds to understand scripture. Are you getting the point? Jesus thought the Bible was important! He explains what he has done in the context of the Bible and he opens their minds so that they can begin to take in this seismic shift. Jesus was telling them that all of this had to be rooted in the Bible.
And that has not changed over the last 2,000 years. Read your Bible every day. Ask Jesus to open your mind to understand it.
(2) The Holy Spirit. I talked about this last week. So after explaining to the disciples the importance of Scripture he then goes on to tell them of the importance of the Holy Spirit. So he has appeared to them, explained to them, opened their minds and then tells them to wait. There is something more. And that more is the Holy Spirit. Jesus describes that as ‘until you have been clothed with power from on high’. That sounds good. They might have been more than happy with this new knowledge and understanding but Jesus tells them not to even leave Jerusalem until they have the power of the Holy Spirit.
And you know, that also has not changed in the last 2,000 years. So every day, along with reading the Bible, you ask the Lord to fill you afresh with the Holy Spirit. These are prayers that definitely get answered because they are prayers we know are in accordance with the Lord’s will. And we know that because he said them and has told us to.
This thing about the body. The disciples would have been happy with a spirit, a vision of Jesus appearing to them. It would not have been a problem and they would have believed and got on with spreading the message. But Jesus going out of his way, slightly randomly, telling them to touch him. They are clearly not keen so he eats something in front of them. I doubt that he was hungry. So why?
(3) Earlier on in his ministry Jesus had told his disciples that there were many mansions in his father’s house and that he was going to prepare a place for them and would then return to take them with him so that they could be where he was (John 14). That is partly what the resurrection was about. Jesus had died and he had been raised from the dead, not as some sort of spirit but in bodily form. That is why they could not find the body of Jesus and why he wanted to show them that he had a body that could eat fish.
So just as Christ leads us through this life as we follow him, so he will lead us and we will follow him through death to a new and eternal life with him in heaven. He has been there and come back. There is such a thing as resurrection from the dead – Christ has done it and he will lead us the same way if we let him. Christ’s resurrection is the guarantee of our resurrection at the last day. Not some ethereal theoretical floating on clouds with harps, that is eternal life. What the bible speaks of is resurrection. And that is different. It brings us to our reading from 1 John 3…. ‘Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is’.
(4) What has all this got to do with us? Well, it keeps drawing us away from a cold, mechanical religion to a living faith in a living God. Made alive through his death and empowered by his Holy Spirit. We are here to enjoy the journey until we are resurrected after death and we see Jesus as he really is, and maybe we see ourselves as we really are, and the new journey begins. I came across a note I had made while on retreat last September. It was from a book by a well-known writer and theologian who commented that “at death, life intensifies”. I like that. I am looking forward to that. And the great thing is that you will be there with me. Cool.
Intercessions … David Carter
May God be glorified now, as we commit ourselves to the work of prayer interceding for those in all kinds of need – in our worship and our openness to the Spirit of Life, in the church’s longing and outreach, in the ministers and people, in all seekers and honest doubters. In all this, may God be glorified.
Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.
ln the welfare programmes and peace-making missions, in the struggle to uphold justice, in the aid given to the hungry and the homeless, may God be glorified. ln the loving and costly commitment of mothers and fathers, brothers, and sisters, daughters and sons, in the determination to forgive and forgive, in all the lives shared and cherished, may God be glorified.
Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.
In the work of nursing, comforting, and healing, in the daily patient struggle with pain and weakness and in the practical, good-humoured caring, in the twilight years and the facing of death, in lives well lived and now breaking into eternity, in all this, may God be glorified.
Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.
In the freedom offered through forgiveness, in the joy of Resurrection life, in the hope of eternity, may God indeed be glorified.
Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
Let us pray as the Lord Jesus has 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 and ever. AMEN