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St. Mary's Church Marshfield

A Sunday Service with a Difference

We plan to host an act of corporate worship via Zoom at 10.30am each Sunday. 

To join us from a smartphone or tablet you’ll first need to download the Zoom app from your App Store.  If you’re joining us from a desktop computer or laptop, the Zoom software will automatically download when you first join the service.  Further guidance for installing Zoom can be found here.

Simply join us by clicking the link below on Sunday at 10.30am.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 659 348 7054

Password: 145703

We’ll be following a short service each Sunday which you may wish to download and print beforehand.

Resources to help you to explore the themes of today’s service with your children are available here.

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Sofa Time

Would you like to join Sally and others for a cup of tea and a catch up on Thursday afternoon at 3pm? Just pop into our zoom room and say hello!

To join us from a smartphone or tablet you’ll first need to download the Zoom app from your App Store.  If you’re joining us from a desktop computer or laptop, the Zoom software will automatically download when you first join the service.  Further guidance for installing Zoom can be found here.

Simply join us by clicking the link below on Thursday at 3pm.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 659 348 7054

Password: 145703

Reflections Now Available Online

For those of you that may have missed our Sunday Zoom Services, the reflections are now available on our Resources page, alongside prayer leaflets, our monthly prayer diary, and other online resources.

Sally

Thy Kingdom Come Prayer Initiative

Look here for videos and resources to help you pray.

Better still, download the ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ App on your smart phone or mobile device for daily videos and reflections to help you pray.

Why Pray? Here is a video about keyworkers who have found prayer helps them in their daily lives.

“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses …to the ends of the earth. When he had said this…he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight…Then they returned to Jerusalem … and were constantly devoting themselves to prayer… When the day of Pentecost had come they were all together in one place… All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit… and that day about three thousand persons were added.”  Acts 1, 2

After the very first Ascension Day the disciples gathered with Mary, constantly devoting themselves to prayer while they waited for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.

Like them, our reliance on the gift of the Holy Spirit is total – on our own we can do nothing.

Through the centuries Christians have gathered at this time of waiting to pray for the coming of the Holy Spirit. ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ picks up on this tradition.

It is our prayer that those who have not yet heard the Good News of Jesus Christ and his love for the world will hear it for themselves, and respond and follow Him as we pray for those we know, and in so doing will:

  • Deepen our own relationship with Jesus Christ
  • Pray for 5 friends or family to come to faith in Jesus
  • Pray for more of God’s Spirit in our life and witness

Questions of Life and Death

As the weeks go by we hear of the terrible times some have been through with the corona virus and the number of those dying has continued to go up. The regular news stories have made us aware of how quickly things can change for some families.

As Christians we have a hope that looks beyond this ‘transitory life’, but like many without faith, we may put off thinking about how we prepare ourselves practically and spiritually should we fall seriously ill – whether from covid 19, or anything else.

This article was put together by one of my Chapter colleagues with permission to share it, but without naming them!  The choices outlined have been cross-checked and are still current. This information may be helpful to think through in advance, as will our need for spiritual preparation for eternity – this is pertinent for all time.

So, I share this with you in gratitude to my colleague. If there is any of the content that you feel uncertain about, or if you would like to talk any of it through with me, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Rev. Sally Wheeler, 01225 892180.

Thought for the Day

Click here to read a regular thought for the day, by David Spence.

Thank you David for these uplifting daily reflections.

Thought for the Day Archive – April 2020

Communion

Jesus said, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.’  John 6.35

Thanks be to you, Lord Jesus Christ, for all the benefits you have given me, for all the pains and insults you have borne for me. Since I cannot now receive sacramentally, I ask you to come spiritually into my heart. O most merciful Redeemer, friend and brother, may I know you more clearly, love you more dearly, and follow you more nearly, day by day. Amen.     After the Prayer of St Richard of Chichester

Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your disciples,  ‘I am with you always’.  Be with me today, as I offer myself to you.  Hear my prayers for others and for myself and keep me in your care.  Amen.

O God, help me to trust you, help me to know that you are with me, help me to rest in the knowledge that nothing can separate me from your love revealed in Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Foodbanks

There will be an increased need for foodbanks with the negative impact on people’s livelihoods caused by the Covid 19 outbreak. The homeless are still homeless, but those who were vulnerable before will be added to by those newly facing hardship. You can offer support by giving direct to the Bath Foodbank via their website.

Genesis are no longer accepting donations of food from any source other than supermarkets. They are then delivering the food parcels out to those in need, rather than have them come in to collect them.  So please do continue to make food donations at your local supermarkets.  Thank you.

A Message from Sally

While churches are now closed even for personal prayer, we need to encourage ways to pray at home. The prayer services available on the Resources page can be printed out double-sided and provide you with a 10 minute prayer leaflet for every day of the week.

I am moved by all the efforts of our village community to ensure those who are self-isolating and vulnerable can have essentials delivered and have seen remarkable care and thoughtfulness in developing ways to help others.

Jesus called us ‘to love our neighbours as ourselves’, and this is something being put into practice around the Benefice.

I am praying regularly for you all, and for all in authority, in healthcare and key work, as well as those who are anxious, or ill as this health emergency unfolds.

May God grant us patience, protection and healing.

Rev. Sally Wheeler

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