Archive for September, 2011


Prayers for the week (2)

More from Michael May, who says “This week I was inspired by Sunday’s service”

St. Paul

We pray for St Paul who persecuted the church then by God’s grace became a great Apostle, taking the good news of Jesus to the world.
St Paul suffered prison, shipwreck and all manner of persecutions before finally giving his life for our Lord Jesus Christ.
Help us to bring the faith to others and accept any trials that come our way.
Help us to be inspired by Paul’s letters and join in the love of Jesus so at the end of our days on earth we can join in praising God for eternity.
Stand up for Jesus

Lord Jesus, you spoke peace to a sinful world and brought humankind the gift of reconciliation by the suffering and death you endured.
We love you and joyfully bear the name Christians. Teach us to follow your example. Increase our faith, hope and love so that we might turn hatred into love and conflict into peace.


Harvest Festival

This Sunday (2nd October), we will be celebrating our harvest festival at Saint Paul’s.

Once again, we’ll be supporting the work of the Little Brothers of the Good Shepherd.  Don’t forget to bring dried and tinned foods as an offering.  You can also bring men’s toiletries, which are particularly needed to rebuild dwindling stocks.


Prayers for the week

Michael May regularly writes prayers for the Wednesday morning Bible study group.  He has kindly offered to share some of them (and some new prayers) with the blog.  Here are this week’s prayers –

Creator God, Who brings both green shoots and hoar frost, sunrise and sunset, we bring our thanks.
For the seeds that have grown, for the harvests gathered, for the storehouses filled, for the mouths fed, we bring our thanks.
As your good earth rests through winters cold, we look forward to its re-awakening when kissed by Spring’s first touch. Amen

Searching for God
Lord, there is little certanity in this world. We all find you in our own way and the only thing we are certain of is our faith in you.
This may take a long time to find but when we find it we are absolutely sure our futures are secure in your hands.
Lord, send your light and truth to lead us. Open our eyes to the opportunities you give us.
Open our hearts to your love and help us bring others to your light. Amen


Common Worship Eucharist – an Introduction

Jim is running a four-week course, introducing the pattern of worship used on Sunday mornings.  The course is in two parts –

PART 1 (covering the sessions on Thursday 29th September and Thursday 6th October) –

• Why is the pattern of worship that we follow on a Sunday morning the way that it is?
• Why do some things change from week to week and way do some things stay the same?
• Who decides?
This part of the course will include a brief history of worship in the Church of England, a look at the ‘shape’ and main elements of the service and the different roles of the President, leader, congregation, etc.
If you have any specific questions, write them down and bring them the first week – every effort will be made to answer them at some point during the course!

PART 2 (covering the sessions on Thursdays 20th and 27th October) –
This part will look at some of the practicalities of preparing a service, the materials available in Common Worship and the options to be considered.
There will be an opportunity to share experience and ideas about best practice.
This part will be especially of interest to anyone involved in, or who would like to be involved in preparing or leading worship, including deacons/worship leaders, musicians, intercessors, readers, servers, etc., however anyone who has attended part 1 will be welcome.

All sessions are 7:00pm to 9:00pm at Saint Paul’s Church, Pendeford.  There is no cost, but donations will be accepted for refreshments and materials.  For more information, speak to Jim!



The Little Brothers need your help again

Firstly, a big THANK YOU to everyone who has been donating items for the Little Brothers of the Good Shepherd, to help support the homeless and those in great need.  There is a letter on the noticeboard at the back of church offering their thanks.

The Little Brothers have expressed a particular need at this time.  If you could offer men’s toiletries (e.g. razors, shaving foam, deodorant, combs, soap), they would be extremely grateful.

There is a collection box in the church foyer.
(Please feel free to continue donating tinned and dry foods and men’s clothing, if you wish).


Opening the Oasis on Saturdays

We would like to return to opening the Oasis for 2 hours every Saturday morning (between 10am and 12noon), for tea, coffee and biscuits.

If you can help, Bridget Campbell and Sue Ellick are trying to arrange a rota.  Even if you can only offer one or two Saturdays per year, please let them know.  Obviously, if you can offer more, they’d be delighted to hear from you too!


Quiet Service

In addition to our 10:30am services on Sundays, we are starting a brand new service.
The Quiet Service will be held each 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month, 7:00pm in the chapel.

As its name suggests, the service will be quiet and reflective – an opportunity to find some space for prayer and reflection during the week.  It will last no longer than 40 minutes.

The next service is tonight (20th September), then after that, Tuesday 4th October.
More details are available from Chris May.


Selwyn Lecture

This year’s Annual Selwyn Lecture will be held at Lichfield Cathedral on Wednesday 12th October 2011 with guest speaker Professor John Lennox.

He is Professor of Mathematics in the University of Oxford, Fellow in Mathematics and the Philosophy of Science, and Pastoral Advisor at Green Templeton College, Oxford. He is also an adjunct Lecturer at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford University and at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics and is a Senior Fellow of the Trinity Forum. In addition, he teaches for the Oxford Strategic Leadership Programme at the Executive Education Centre, Said Business School, Oxford University.

His most recent book, on the interface between science, philosophy and theology, is God’s Undertaker – Has Science Buried God? – Oxford, Lion-Hudson 2009. Prof Lennox has lectured extensively in North America, Eastern and Western Europe on mathematics, the philosophy of science and the intellectual defence of Christianity.

He debated Richard Dawkins on “The God Delusion” in the University of Alabama (2007) and on “Has Science buried God?” in the Oxford Museum of Natural History (2008). He has also debated Christopher Hitchens on the New Atheism (Edinburgh Festival 2008) and in Samford University, Alabama on the question: Is God Great?

‘The Selwyn Lectures are the diocese’s keynote theological training event of the year,’ said the Bishop of Lichfield, the Rt Revd Jonathan Gledhill, ‘and they are held in the memory of Bishop George Selwyn.

This information was first advertised in “The Bulletin”, a regular e-publication by the Diocese of Lichfield.


Bishop’s Certificate – “Spirituality”

“Spirituality” is the title of the latest unit of the Bishop’s Certificate course to be run in this parish.  Although it is designed to fit as part of the larger course, it can also be taken as a stand-alone course, with no requirement for you to have completed other units.

The unit comprises 8 sessions, exploring the spirituality of our Christian tradition.  It is open to anyone who is interested.  Rev’d Allen Roberts will be leading.

Starts Tuesday 13th September, 7:00pm at Church Cottage.


Journeying Together out very soon…

The latest edition of “Journeying Together” has now been sent to be printed.  We hope that copies will be available to collect from all three churches on Sunday.

The leaflet details courses, events and groups that are available to adults across the parish.  “Journeying Together” has a new format for this edition, covering only one term, rather than the whole year.  We hope that this will allow us to ensure that all information is up-to-date and accurate.

The leaflet is free, so please take one.  In fact, if you read it and think that something on there would appeal to someone you know, give them yours and grab another one the next time you’re in church!

Saint Paul's, Pendeford

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September 2011