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Sunday 23rd September (Harvest Festival readings etc. - see printed Pew News)

Jeremiah 11:18-20 

There are several passages in Jeremiah known as his ‘Confessions’ when he protests to God about his treatment as a prophet. Sometimes he blames God for this and asks him to punish his tormentors; he also confirms his faith and trust in God.

It was the Lord who made it known to me, and I knew; then you showed me their evil deeds. But I was like a gentle lamb led to the slaughter. And I did not know it was against me that they devised schemes, saying, ‘Let us destroy the tree with its fruit, let us cut him off from the land of the living, so that his name will no longer be remembered!’ But you, O Lord of hosts, who judge righteously, who try the heart and the mind, let me see your retribution upon them, for to you I have committed my cause.

Mark 9:30-37  

After leaving the mountain they went on from there and passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it; for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, ‘The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again.’ But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him.

Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, ‘What were you arguing about on the way?’ But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest. He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, ‘Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.’ Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, ‘Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.’

Next Sunday’s  (30th Sept.) Readings

James 5:13-20 

Mark 9:38-50

Collect

Creator God, you made us all in your image:

may we discern you in all that we see,

and serve you in all that we do;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The Prayer after Communion:

Lord, we pray that your grace may always precede and follow us,

and make us continually to be given to all good works;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Please remember in your prayers this week:

If you wish to add someone you know to the prayer list, please check with them first, as a matter of courtesy.

Members of our congregations unable to attend today.

Those who are sick or suffering, especially Father John Guest.

The recently bereaved, especially the family and friends of  Roger Wibberley, Tony Millward, Neville Watson, Joan Tomlinson and Patricia Fisher.

Harrison & Anthony Wadley, whose Christening  is in St.Mary’s today.

Noah Wood, being Christened in St.Oswald’s next Saturday.

David Guy & Kayleigh Stubbings, being married in St.Oswald’s next Saturday.

People affected by the storms in the USA, the Philipines and China.


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