Weekly Update – 17th October 2016

Hi Everyone

Another good week here at St. C’s, with the building being particularly busy. The range of activities which take place each week is staggering – from Baby Ballet to Tae Kwon Do. Our own Noah’s Ark and Moses Basket are proving increasingly popular and it only two weeks until we launch our Place of Welcome enterprise.

This Sunday we were thinking about the story of the wise and foolish builders from Luke 6:46-49. This passage is essentially the same as the one found in Matthew. However it differs in that Matthew focuses on where a person build’s their life, Luke talks about wisdom coming from our putting down deep foundations in Jesus. We shared this in our Explore Together Worship in a variety of ways. We were also given Galatians 6 as a word from God – please read it and see if it speaks to you.

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This Sunday our young people (C.I.A) made the journey to the Church of the Holy Nativity in Mixenden for their latest ‘Rock Mass’ event. We were greeted by smoke, incense and the sound of the Lenny Kravitz song – ‘Are You Gonna Go My Way?’ The evening centred on the story of the Good Samaritan; this was presented in some very interesting ways. It was an interesting experience for all of us.

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A simple prayer for us to share this week. Every day we are faced with many choices – decisions great and small. I can help if we ask God to help us in our decision making, because the more our thoughts echo his the ways the better disciples will we be. Take time to be quiet when you say this prayer – give God time to speak to you through these words and may the Lord hear our prayers.

PRAYER OF THE WEEK

Dear Lord,

give us the strength to make the right choices throughout the day.

Help us to appreciate all the people with whom you have gifted us.

Give us the strength to say sorry when we are in the wrong

and to be prepared to forgive those who have hurt us

 so we can come to the end of the day with no regrets. Amen

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Weekly Update 10th October 2016

This has been an amazing week when there seems to have been something happening every single day. It began with an assembly on ‘Respect’ at Low Ash, led by Natalie and I. The same afternoon the Bible Times Exhibition arrived in all its glory for its annual visit (more at that later).

On Tuesday we gathered to discuss our response to the PCC’s decision to proceed with the Places of Welcome initiative. After a short presentation we discussed the practical details and took the names of those were prepared to support it by volunteering. It looks as though we will be launching within the next couple of weeks and there is now a strong possibility that we will be hosting a Lunch Club after half term.

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On Thursday we took advantage of the Bible Times Exhibition to enjoy an evening with Nehemiah ably led by John Froud. It was an entertaining and informative occasion and helped to fill in the background to the book we are studying in church and in the life groups. A special moment came when John told us that several books donated by Harry Lycett, now had pride of place in the exhibition – we felt that Harry would be pleased.

Saturday dawned on our Church Vision Day. In the morning the PCC gathered for two sessions of teaching during which we discovered how Paul went from being a man with a mission to the founder of a movement that would enable Christianity to spread throughout the world. In the afternoon w were joined by many more of the church family and we spent some time exploring the values of our church that are expressed using an acronym of WROSE

Worshipping – Reaching Out – Serving – Encouraging

There was a lot of discussion and some useful suggestions which ended with an overwhelming agreement to adopt these values and also our strapline as representing what we see as the being the purpose of our church.

Real People + Real Faith = Real Life

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My thanks go to everyone who supported the day and worked hard to make it so successful.

It was our Communion Sunday at both services and we returned to our teaching on Nehemiah. This week it was excerpts from chapter 3 which largely consist of a list of names of those who worked on the walls of Jerusalem. Both George and Lorraine received rounds of applause for their efforts to pronounce all the words and they read the passage at both services. The theme of the services focussed on the need for team work in any enterprise that we are called to undertake for God.

Our Sunday evening Ikon was taken from the liturgies of the Northumbrian Community. It was the Cuthbert Compline which seemed very appropriate for a weekend which included our vision day. It centred on God’s words of protection from Psalm 91.

Late in the evening YG met at the home of Amy Beaumont for a Bible Study and pancakes – the only way to study! During the evening a name change was agreed. From now on YG will be known as Christians In Action or the CIA) – you have been warned! We enjoyed learning some of the material shared by the PCC and as a reward Julie filled us up with pancakes. Next week we are going to Mixenden for a Rock Mass.

Our prayer of the week reminds us that October is the month in which the International Week of Peace is celebrated. So I have chosen two prayers that reflect our hopes for peace in this troubled world.  The first is one that is used in schools when peace is prayed about. The second is internationally recognised and used in the week of peace. Take time to be quiet when you say this prayer – give God time to speak to you through these words and may the Lord hear our prayers and bring us his peace.

PRAYER OF THE WEEK

Father God

Our globe is nothing but a little star in the great universe.
It is our duty to turn this globe into a planet
whose creatures are not tormented by wars,
nor tortured by hunger and fear,
nor torn apart in senseless divisions
according to race, colour or creed.
Give us courage and foresight to begin this work today,
so that adults and children may take pride
in being called human.

In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Lead me…
from death to life
from falsehood to truth
from despair to hope
from fear to trust
from hate to love
from war to peace

Let peace fill…
our heart
our world
our universe. Amen

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Bonfire & Barbecue – Saturday 5th November 2016

Wrap up warmly & join us in the vicarage garden for a bonfire social. BBQ food available to buy on the night. Don’t forget your sparklers!

Saturday 5th November – 18.00pm -21.00pm

Everyone Welcome

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Harvest Ceilidh – Saturday 1st October 2016

Grab your dancing shoes and join us for a Ceilidh! Includes supper, but bring your own drinks.
Tickets available from the office. £5 (Under 11s £2.50)

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Harvest Sunday – Sunday 18th September 2016

Once again this year we will be supporting https://bradfordnorth.foodbank.org.uk/

with donations from our harvest services. Please add an extra item to your trolley this week if you can.

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Live @ Costa – Sunday 2nd October 2016

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Our next Live @ Costa guest performer is Chris Milner from York. Chris has been performing around the county for many years with great success and impressive revues. Here is some blurb from his website.

Described by the late Keith London of Hinkley Act as a ‘true journeyman’, Chris Milner epitomises the classic, semi-professional singer-songwriter.

In recent years Chris has played to audiences in Ireland, Scandinavia, Germany, Turkey and Africa, as well as at music festivals throughout Britain and Europe, but his career spans over thirty years performing in venues as diverse as bars, folk clubs, church and village halls, and theatres.

His natural voice and guitar playing can hold the audience spellbound with his original melodies, compelling lyrics and stunning vocal virtuosity.

The inspiration for his work is wide-ranging and eclectic, and while it is rooted in his own experiences of life and his travels, the sheer poetry of his lyrics captures and conveys the universality of love and faith.

Chris plays two guitars: a mellow Gibson J200 and a much-loved 1972 Yamaha FG 180.

His musicianship and professionalism are appreciated by audiences and fellow musicians alike.

Here is a sample of his work for you to enjoy.

https://youtu.be/MDt710IPlzM

Everyone Welcome

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Week Commencing – Sunday 11th September 2016

It was our Communion Sunday this week (at both morning services). It was good to see so many people returning from holiday. We also began our autumn theme based around the book of Nehemiah. Nehemiah was faced with the task of restoring the people of Jerusalem by rebuilding the city wall and giving hope back to those who were leaving in the ruins. This it seems to me is our task here in Wrose, in Bradford. We are being called by God to restore people to God and to themselves and give them hope. Nehemiah gives us much practical insight into the process. I have attached both of the messages given yesterday (Colin – 9.15am and Steve 10.30am).

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In the evening, Ikon programme returned with a time of soaking prayer. God tells us through Job to ‘Listen to me; be silent, and I will teach you wisdom.’ (Job 33:33). We heard the words of Henri Nouwen on the value of silence.

“We enter into solitude first of all to meet our Lord and to be with him and him alone. Our primary task in solitude, therefore, is not to pay undue attention-to-the many faces which assail us, but to keep, the eyes of our mind and heart on him who is our divine saviour. Only in the context of grace can we face our sin; only in the place of healing do we dare to show our wounds; only with a single-minded attention to Christ can we give up our clinging fears and face our own true nature. As we come to realise that it is not we who live, but Christ who lives in us, that he is our true self, we can slowly let our compulsions melt away and begin to experience the freedom of the children of God. And then we can look back with a smile and realise that we aren’t even angry or greedy anymore” (From The Way of the Heart by Henri Nouwen)

The experience of entering into silence for about 20 minutes again proved extremely valuable and there was a real sense of the presence of God in the place. Our Prayer of the Week this week is taken from the St. Hilda Community and was used to help us enter in to the time of silence.

PRAYERS OF THE WEEK

Be silent, Be still
Be silent, Be still
Alone, Empty
Before your God
Say nothing
Ask nothing
Be silent, Be still
Be silent, Be still
Let your God look upon you
That is all

He knows, he understands
he loves you with an enormous love
he only wants to look upon you with love
Quiet, Still, Be.

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Live @ Costa – Sunday May 1st 2016

Now that Easter has come and gone and it looks a little spring is here, we bring you some more good music at Live @ Costa. We are delighted to welcome local band ‘Repeat Prescription’ for their first appearance at our venue. Fronted by Pete Stoodley their aim is to rock out for the night. Sunday 1st May 7.30pm – Everyone Welcome.

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Weekly Update – 11th April 2016

Sunday seemed quite calm after all the excitement of the past weeks and it was good to welcome one or two new faces to our worship. This week we began a new teaching series entitled ‘The Joy of the Gospel’ which will be the subject for our midweek Life Groups for the next few weeks. When we considered the weakest areas of our church life at the end of last year, we agreed to teach on the four weakest during 2016. So far we have looked at prayer and now we are considering evangelism. I know that most of us struggle with this as a concept and even more practically but our hope is that by sharing together on this subject we might have more confidence to talk about our faith.

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Our Ikon service focussed on the Benedictine approach to prayer which is to do in community. We shred in a form of the service of Compline which is one of the seven hours of prayer introduced to shape the monastic life by Benedict. Benedict believed in communities of prayer whose duty was to bring before God constantly the needs of the world. Prayer often feels like a solitary experi­ence, something we do by ourselves, out of sight, personal and private. The truth is, however, that we never pray alone. Countless millions of people are praying at any given moment and our prayer is just one drop in the vast river of prayer which is always flowing towards God. Even if we are praying quietly in our own room, we are doing so in the company of a huge number of others all over the world.

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Our prayer this week comes from Benedict of Nursa (480-550AD) Benedict is credited with the development of the monastic system that still exists today. He believed that prayer was the real work of the Christian and that communities of praying people made it more effective. This prayer reveals the nature of his seeking after God and would be a helpful way for us to start each day this week.

PRAYER OF THE WEEK

Gracious and holy Father,

please give me:

intellect to understand you;
reason to discern you;
diligence to seek you;
wisdom to find you;
a spirit to know you;
a heart to meditate upon you;
ears to hear you;
eyes to see you;
a tongue to proclaim you;
a way of life pleasing to you;
patience to wait for you;
and perseverance to look for you.

Grant me:
a perfect end,
your holy presence.
A blessed resurrection,
And life everlasting. Amen

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Weekly Update – 4th April 2016

Hi Everyone

So the busyness of Easter was replaced last week by the relative tranquillity of the first week of the school holidays. Some twenty people were away enjoying the delights of Skeggie the venue for Spring Harvest this year. Apparently they had a brilliant time, enjoying wonderful worship and teaching and even the weather was kind.

The weekend was marked by the latest in our Cafe Church programme. This month we were joined by a number of folk from Colin’s previous church ‘GraceSpace’. It was lovely to have them with us and they appeared to be having a great morning especially as they had chosen a soup Sunday to visit. Even though there were one or two regular people missing this Sunday the numbers at the service were still remarkably high. The theme of the morning was to explore the question ‘Where Do You Come From?’ It appears a simple question on the face of it but as we discovered where we come from and the things that have happened to us on our journey all effect the way we see the world and act within it.

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In the evening we repaired to Costa Coffee in Shipley for some very melodic entertainment by ‘Chilling With The King’. Four members of the six strong jazz ensemble from York University provided us with some delightful tunes with which to pass the evening. Our thanks go to them for their willingness to join us.

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Our prayer this week comes from John Cosin a 17th century Anglican Bishop of Durham. The prayer is divided into two halves. In the first author asks Jesus to be everything to him. In the second his response is to offer himself completely to God. It is an equation that we need to remember. If we want more of God then we must allow him to have more of us.

PRAYER OF THE WEEK

Lord Jesus, be a light to my eyes,

music to mine ears, sweetness to my taste,

and full contentment to my heart.

Be my sunshine in the day, my food at table,

my repose in the night, my clothing in nakedness,

and my succour in all necessities.

 Lord Jesus, I give you my body,

my soul, my substance, my fame,

my friends, my liberty, and my life.

Dispose of me and all that is mine

as it may seem best to you

and to the glory of your blessed name. Amen.

 

John Cosin

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