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10th November 2019 "If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” (Saint Teresa of Calcutta)
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NOTICES THIS WEEK: (10th November 2019)
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Help needed please: We are pleased to tell you that the urgent work required to be done to the church hall kitchen will start on Monday 18th November. We urgently need help, please, on Saturday 16th November to clear out the kitchen prior to the work commencing on the 18th. Thank you. December: St Bartholomew Lodge Care Home will be having a Carol service on Friday 6th December at 2 pm. December will be a busy month; please note the Sunday services and other events, as follows:
Voices Entwined Choir:Voices Entwined is a community choir with members from the Birmingham and Walsall area. They will be performing here at 6 pm on Sunday, 1st December. Tickets are £5 (refreshments are included). Please see Rob for information regarding tickets. Bring friends and have an amazing evening!
Read the poem on the left. Then re-read it but start on the bottom line and read up to the first line.
Sunday 13th October 2019 This morning we had our Harvest Festival and All Age service when it was lovely to welcome some children from the Rainbows, Brownies and Guides and their leaders to the service. Father Mark conducted a lovely simplified Eucharist service appropriate for the youngsters but, also, suitable for the adults and families who normally attend. Following the Gospel reading our Open the Book team (assisted by Artur, Faith and Matthew) performed ‘The Marvellous Picnic’, a story about ‘Feeding the 5000’. Marg narrated the story; Rob was Jesus; Wendy and Lynn portrayed the disciples Philip and Andrew; Linda, Claire, Artur, Faith and Matthew took on the parts of some of the followers of Jesus. Andrew found a girl (Faith) and a boy (Matthew) in the crowd. They had 2 loaves (we started off with 5 but 3 had obviously been eaten!) and a fish (of shark proportions!). Jesus broke up the bread to feed the crowd. Some of the helpers went into the congregation to distribute the food. As always with our stories, the audience (congregation) also had to participate in the story by patting their stomachs, struggling to their feet, wiping crumbs from their mouths and burping (!) after they had been fed. Some people carried out the burping participation rather too well! We are a health and safety aware team and, as Marg pointed out prior to the followers of Jesus distributing the food, it was, of course, palm oil, gluten and lactose free. After the story, Father Mark used one of the girls from the guides (Freya) and Marg to test their knowledge on some fruits and vegetables. He ‘randomly’ picked them from a bag and (surprise surprise) Freya was able to answer correctly all of the ones Mark presented to her. Poor Marg had some very obscure samples and was unable to identify them accurately. He asked Mario if he would be able to make soup with just one of the items and, of course, the answer was ‘No’ to which Mark pointed out that a successful soup would need many different vegetables to make it tasty. God made all of us beautiful and, whilst we are perfect to him, we work better as a whole church rather than as individuals. Following Communion Sharon gave everybody a chocolate. During the service our small music group led us in song and we sang 3 lovely songs - ‘Morning has Broken’; We Plough the Fields and Scatter’ and ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’. After the service we enjoyed a Bring ’n’ Share lunch and a drink and had time to chat to people. The fellowship was wonderful. (Photos are on the 'Photo of the Week' page).
During our service on 14th July we sang that wonderful hymn ‘Amazing Grace’ written by John Newton. The words were written in 1772 by the English poet and Anglican clergyman John Newton and it was published in 1779. Newton wrote the words from his personal experience; from a slave trader to a clergyman. John Newton lived from 1725 to 1807. His father was a Merchant Sea Captain and his mother died when he was just 7. After only 2 years of schooling he was sent to sea at the age of eleven; his early life by his own accounts was rebellious and immoral. It was Newton’s choice of words to describe himself as ‘a wretch’, a word implying a ‘conscienceless person’, that gives us some indication of his past. During his youth he was flogged for desertion from the Royal Navy and at the age of just 22 he was given command of his own ship; a ship involved in the slave trade. It was 3 years later during a violent storm that his life undertook a new direction. It was during this storm that Newton was terrified manning the pumps for 9 hours in an effort to keep his ship afloat. It was then he found himself crying out to God for protection. Once the storm had abated and from safety and distance he was convinced that the beginning of his conversion had happened on that deck amidst the storm and John Newton wrote these words: “On that day the Lord sent from on high and delivered me from deep waters.” - a line from the second verse of Amazing Grace and he recalls being “The hour I first believed.” Newton then went on to forsake the slave trade and his seafaring life. After training for 9 years he entered the Anglican Ministry in 1764. The opening words of ‘Amazing Grace’ express Newton’s belief that his prayers were indeed answered when he cried out that day amid the tempest. The lines “I once was lost, but now am found” are probably best thought of as a beautiful way in which Newton expresses both his saving and his coming to faith. This line may, for some, conjure up imagery similar to that discussed in the earlier work on Psalm 23, of a lost sheep being returned to the protection of the flock by the caring, loving shepherd. Just like Newton we are all, in a way, journeying and although our journey is upon the seas of life, we may not owe our own conversion to such tempestuous seas. We may rest assured, however, that should we ever find ourselves in need of help then, like Newton himself found, we shall be brought out of distress and the “waves of the seas shall be hushed”. 1. Amazing grace how sweet the sound That saved a wretch like me I once was lost, but now I'm found Was blind, but now I see. 2. 'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear And grace my fears relieved How precious did that grace appear The hour I first believed. 3. The Lord has promised good to me His word my hope secures He will my shield and portion be As long as life endures. 4. The earth shall soon dissolve like snow The sun forbear to shine But God who called me here below Will be forever mine, will be forever mine You are forever mine.
It is with great pleasure we can share news that Leanne Carr became The Revd Leanne Carr on Saturday 29th June at Birmingham Cathedral. We offer Leanne our congratulations on being ordained Deacon and will, hopefully, will be ordained Priest in 2020. Her church is Holy Trinity in Sutton Coldfield. You can see the official photograph on the Cathedral’s website and Twitter. Meanwhile, attached are family photos: the first one shows Leanne with (from left to right) stepmom Liz, dad Derek and mum Jill and the second photo is of Leanne with her sisters (from left to right) Sarah and Melissa. Leanne and her sisters used to sing in our choir and her dad was the choirmaster and organist until he moved to Teignmouth. Mum Jill still attends St Bartholomew’s.
The Hiding Place On the evening of Sunday 30th June, Joyce Turner, Lynn and Mario Castillo and Wendy Bird attended Pelsall Evangelical Church to see a theatre production entitled ‘The Hiding Place’ by the Oddments Theatre Company. This was a true story about a Dutch lady called Cornelia “Corrie” ten Boom and her family’s struggle to save the Jews from the Nazis and how their faith became light in the darkest places. Corrie was a Dutch watchmaker and later a writer who worked with her father, Casper ten Boom, her sister Betsie ten Boom, and other family members to help many Jews escape the Nazi Holocaust during World War II by hiding them in her home. The invasion of Holland by Nazi Germany on 10th May 1940 began a devastating chain of events that wove them intrinsically into the history of the Second World War. On 15th May 1940, one day after the bombing of Rotterdam, the Dutch surrendered and the royal family escaped to London. The Resistance in the Netherlands took the form of small, decentralised and independent activities famous for its non-violence, hiding and sheltering of those persecuted by the Nazi regime. Over 300,000 men, women and children were protected by landlords and carers. Corrie and her sister Betsie were remanded in the notorious Ravensbrück concentration camp, near Berlin. Of some 130,000 female prisoners only 15,000 survived until liberation. (Betsie died there from illness on 16th December 1944.). After the war, Corrie returned to Holland and set up a rehabilitation centre in Bloemendaal housing both concentration camp survivors and Dutchmen who had worked with the Germans during the war and who were left unemployed and destitute. It was an excellent production. ---------- PREVIOUS QUOTES OF THE WEEK: 3rd November 2019 “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord, “plans for you to prosper, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) 27th October 2019 "Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible." (Saint Francis of Assisi) 20th October 2019 In the twilight of life, God will not judge us on our earthly possessions and human success, but rather on how much we have loved." (Saint John of the Cross) 13th October 2019 The measure of a life, after all, is not its duration but its donation. (Corrie Ten Boom) 6th October 2019 The highest and most sublime achievement in this life is to remain still and let God act and speak in you. (Meister Eckhart) 29th September 2019 “We should seek not so much to pray … but to become prayer.” (St Francis of Assisi) 22nd September 2019 “Remember that nothing is small in the eyes of God. Do all that you do with love." (Saint Therese of Lisieux) 15th September 2019 Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows; it empties today of its strength. (Corrie Ten Boom) 8th September 2019 All should each try to be the first to show respect to the other, supporting with the greatest patience one another’s weaknesses or behaviour. No-one is to pursue what they judge best for themselves, but instead, what they judge best for everyone else. ... Let us prefer nothing whatever to Christ. (Rule of Saint Benedict: Chapter 72) 1st September 2019 If it is peace you want, seek to change yourself, not other people. It is easier to protect your feet with slippers than to carpet the whole of the earth. (Anthony de Mello) 25th August 2019 Be calm, infinitely calm, both in soul and in body. Do not attempt too much, but what you do, do well and gently. Quality first, but good quality. (A Carthusian) 18th August 2019 To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing. (Martin Luther) 11th August 2019 To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you. (C S Lewis) 4th August 2019 God will either give us what we ask or what He knows to be better for us. (Saint Bernard of Clairvaux) 28th July 2019 First keep peace with yourself, then you can also bring peace to others. (Thomas a Kempis) 21st July 2019 Our challenge as Christians is not to try to convert people around us to our way of belief but to love them, to be ourselves living incarnations of what we believe, to live what we believe and to love what we believe. (John Main OSB) 14th July 2019 “Let nothing disturb you, nothing frighten you, all things are passing, God is unchanging. Patience gains all; nothing is lacking to those who have God, God alone is sufficient.” (St. Teresa of Avila) 7th July 2019 The three most important virtues are humility, humility and humility. (Saint Bernard of Clairvaux) 30th June 2019 Whenever you begin any good work you should first of all make a most pressing appeal to Christ our Lord to bring it to perfection. (Saint Benedict) 23rd June 2019 A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows. (Saint Francis of Assisi) 16th June 2019 All sorts of people are fond of repeating the Christian statement that “God is love”. But they seem not to notice that the words ‘God is love’ have no real meaning unless God contains at least two persons. Love is something that one person has for another person. If God was a single person, then before the world was made, God was not love. (C S Lewis) 9th June 2019 God has no need for our worship. It is we who need to show our gratitude for what we have received. (Saint Thomas Aquinas) 2nd June 2019 Remember that you are never alone; Christ is with you on your journey every day of your lives! He has called you and chosen you to live in the freedom of the children of God. Turn to him in prayer and in love. Ask him to grant you the courage and strength to live in this freedom always. Walk with him who is ‘the Way, the Truth and the Life!’ (Pope John Paul II) 26th May 2019 There are those who seek knowledge for the sake of knowledge; that is curiosity. There are those who seek knowledge to be known by others; that is vanity. There are those who seek knowledge in order to serve; that is Love. (Saint Bernard of Clairvaux) 19th May 2019 All shall be well and all shall be well and all manner of thing shall be well. (Julian of Norwich) 12th May 2019 Pray as if God will take care of all; act as if all is up to you. (Saint Ignatius of Loyola) 5th May 2019 Peace-making is a full-time vocation that includes each member of God’s people. (Henri Nouwen) 28th April 2019 Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. (Helen Keller) 14th April 2019 Have patience with all things - but first with yourself. Never confuse your mistakes with your value as a human being. You are a perfectly valuable, creative, worthwhile person simply because you exist. And no amount of triumphs or tribulations can ever change that. (Saint Francis de Sales)