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Sunday 25th January    

4th Sunday on Epiphany

Acts 9: 1- 22

Matthew 19:27 - 30

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Rector's Reflection

Today we are remembering the Conversion of Saul.  Saul was so zealous for his Jewish beliefs that he began a persecution campaign against anyone who believed in Christ.  As Saul travelled to Damascus, pursuing Christians, he was confronted by the risen Christ and brought face to face with the truth of the gospel.  Sometimes God breaks into your life in a spectacular manner, and sometimes conversion is a quiet experience.  Paul (as he became known) refers to this experience as the start of his new life in Christ.  Paul was literally stopped in his tracks and challenged to rethink all that he was doing.  He also had the humility to see the error of his ways, and despite being an incredibly high profile figure, to completely change. 

It is interesting to compare the difference in these two readings between Paul, who is humble and changed, and Peter who despite living and working beside Jesus daily, is actually looking for all that he has sacrificed to be acknowledged and rewarded.  There is almost an echo of the prodigal son here as Paul is welcomed back and embraced and equipped for the work ahead and Peter stands outside and is grumpy about the unfairness of it all.  Whatever we do as followers of the Lord Jesus Christ needs to be a reflection of our love for Him, and not in any way just to seek a reward.  Be aware, as Jesus said patiently to Peter, ‘Many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.’  Matthew 19 v 30

Caroline Walker   Rector Hardington Vale             

carolinehwalker@btinternet.comt

Sunday 8th February Healing Service at Laverton

This is a quiet time for quiet reflection and prayers for Healing either for yourself or for someone who is particularly on your heart. is an important opportunity to come and pray for one another as a church family

Women’s World Day of Prayer

 

This will be held at St Philip and St James Norton St Philip at 7pm on Friday 6th March. year the country of focus is the Bahamasthe service is for all: men, women and children

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New Associate Priest for Hardington Vale

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On Saturday 14th February 2pm in St Lawrence Church, Rode there will be a service to appoint Rev’d Andy Bowerman as Associate Priest for Hardington Vale. The service will be taken by The Right Rev’d Bishop Peter Hancock.

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New Daylight - daily Bible readings and comment

With a team of contributors drawn from a range of church backgrounds this is ideal for anybody wanting an accessible aid to spending time with God each day. £4.25 for a copy covering 4 months delivered to your home. To have your name added to the list of recipients email Fred at jfhadup@aol.com or phone 01373 834090.

Bible Study Groups

Anyone interested in being part of a daytime Bible study group in Rode please speak to Caroline.

Alpha

Anyone interested in taking part in an Alpha course - contact Michael Walker 834258 

Cookery Club Starting

A Cookery After School Club is starting on Tuesday 13th January in Norton St Philip First School.

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