Community News Update No. 76 - August 2022 Edition

First published on: 1st December 2021

 

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ST MICHAEL’S COMMUNITY UPDATE

ISSUE NO 76 - 30 July 2022

INTRODUCTION

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SERVICES IN AUGUST

         

 

 

Service

Livestream Link

Notes

31/7

Sun

10.30am

Morning Prayer

https://youtu.be/ULg1LKVvD-o

 

 

 

6.30pm

Holy Communion

 

Church

3rd

Wed

10.30am

Holy Communion

 

Church

7th

Sun

10.30am

Morning Prayer

https://youtu.be/xbGP0OK5zVo

 

14th

Sun

10.30am

Holy Communion

https://youtu.be/s2C3-SLZmX8

 

21st

Sun

10.30am

Morning Prayer

https://youtu.be/64yIDWSKxsw

 

 

 

6.30pm

Holy Communion

 

Church

28th

Sun

10.30am

Morning Prayer

https://youtu.be/MlyYOwLLJD8

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  1. Guest preacher: Bishop Geoff Pearson, retired Bishop of Lancaster.

NOTICES & FUTURE DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES: 

Birkenhead Priory Visit

We are delighted to announce that a visit and tour have been arranged to Birkenhead Priory on Wednesday 10th August 2022.  Cost will be £10.00 (transport and lunch will be at personal cost).  Full details are available, along with a sign-up sheet, at the back of the church.

 

Heavenly Food

The next date for Heavenly Food will be Wednesday 21st September 2022, 12.30pm in the Church Hall.  Short act of worship followed by two-course lunch £8 per head.  Please email office@stmbsands.org or leave a message on 0151 924 0561 before 10th September 2022.

 

The Arts Society

The Arts Society will hold its next meeting in the church hall at 2.00 pm on Wednesday 14th September.  Jennifer Toynbee-Holmes, a university lecturer, Tate Britain guide and TV producer, will speak about ‘The Art of Dance.’  Her talk, illustrated by still photographs and video clips, will trace the development of dance as an art form from its earliest beginnings to the present day.

Zoom Quiz Night

The zoom quiz nights are having a well-earned break for the summer.  Very many thanks to Richard for organising and hosting these.

 

Thought for the Day - Neil

On a recent conference, The Bishop of Blackburn, Philip North made a throwaway line, “Christians are called to be thermostats not thermometers”

Since then, I have been mulling this around in my mind. It is comparatively easy to be a thermometer, all you have to do is take the temperature.  
- That person is not very nice!
- This church is not very welcoming!
- Our society is very divided!

A thermostat however wants to change the temperature, to make it better.
So a Christian acting like a thermostat prays how do I make this relationship better? What can I do to help make us better friends?
A Christian acting like a thermostat goes out of their way to welcome new members on a Sunday, invites them around for a coffee during the week, or invites them to lunch with a group of friends.
A Christian acting like a thermostat wants to make a difference in the world. Offering to read with young children at the local school, giving generously to charity, or visiting someone who is ill or lonely.

Jesus used a different analogy. He said we are to be salt and light in a needy world.

Neil

 

ALWAYS LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE OF LIFE

(submitted by Wendy Fairbank)

 

A man walked into the women's department of Macy's in New York City. He
found a saleslady, and told her, "I would like an Anglican bra for my wife,
size 34B."

With a quizzical look the saleslady asked, "What kind of bra?"
He repeated "An  Anglican bra. My wife said to tell you that she wanted an Anglican bra, and that you would know "what she means."

"Ah, now I remember," said the saleslady. "We don't get as many requests for
them as we used to. Mostly our customers lately want the Catholic bra, or
the Salvation Army bra, or the Presbyterian bra."

Confused, and a little flustered, the man asked, "So, what are the
differences?"

The saleslady responded "It is all really quite simple. The Catholic bra
supports the masses. The Salvation Army bra lifts up the fallen, and the
Presbyterian bra keeps them staunch and upright."

He mused on that information for a minute, and asked, "So, what does the
Anglican bra do?"

"The Anglican bra," she replied, "makes mountains out of molehills."

 

PRAYER

1 A prayer of Moses the man of God.
Lord, you have been our dwelling place
throughout all generations.
2 Before the mountains were born
or you brought forth the earth and the world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
3 You turn men back to dust,
saying, “Return to dust, O sons of men.”
4 For a thousand years in your sight
are like a day that has just gone by,
or like a watch in the night.
5 You sweep men away in the sleep of death;
they are like the new grass of the morning.                          Psalm 90            

 

 

Rev Neil Short    30th July 2022

'Getting back to normal, with God's help'.