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 THE MESSAGE 

 Can we pray for you?

 Each weekday morning at 10 am we gather for Morning Prayer. If you would like to join us then please use the same Meeting ID and password as for the Sunday Service. If you would like us to pray for you then please send me an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

The Readings for the 15th Sunday after Trinity

Sunday 20th September 2020

Deuteronomy 8.7-18; 2 Corinthians 9.6-end; Luke 12.16-30

The readings chosen for this week are those set for a Harvest Festival and so we are not using those that can be read from the Vanderbilt University Divinity School this week.

A Collect for a Harvest Festival: Eternal God, you crown the year with your goodness and you give us the fruits of the earth in their season: grant that we may use them to your glory and for our own well-being.


This year has been anything but easy for those trying to earn a living from "the fruits of the earth". An abnormally wet winter followed by an abnormally dry spring has hardly created ideal growing conditions. If a harvest has been achieved and "safely gathered in" then a good price will be paid but those who buy the fruits of the earth will be paying more for the food on their table in the year that lies ahead. Once upon a time this would have been the kind of year in which people would have had to tighten their belts looking forward to "short commons" over the winter and early spring but now we enjoy the harvests, not only of our own land but of countries all over the world. It is worth remembering though that in many poorer countries the production of cash crops for the export market is often undertaken at the expense of food production for the local population. If this goes too far the result is that people begin to migrate towards richer countries in search of a better life. There is always a price to be paid for relatively cheap food and it is not always the one listed on the packet in the supermarket.

The bible, especially the Old Testament, was written in an agriculture setting. The reading from Deuteronomy speaks beautifully of "a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, flowing forth in valleys and hills, a land of wheat and barley" and it warns the people who would hear this read not to take their prosperity for granted. The words of Jesus in the gospel of St Luke follow a similar theme. They speak of a man who hoards his wealth forgetting that he has little control over how long his life will be.

So how then should we live? Sadly, there are certain religious traditions that seem to teach that we should refuse to enjoy life, a little bit like that guest who you feel that you ought to invite for Christmas Day who determinedly refuses to enjoy anything put before them and generally makes everyone else as miserable as they are. God did not give us the gift of life in order for us to turn our noses up at it! I love the words in 2 Corinthians 9.7, "God loves a cheerful giver". The Greek word translated as cheerful is hilaron. I don't think that you need to be too much of a Greek scholar in order to see what English word is derived from the Greek here. I like St Paul's agricultural reference here. "He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor; his righteousness endures for ever". In other words, there is a rightness about that person's life. And isn't it true that if you use your energy up on hoarding, on hanging onto what you have got, then you don't have so much left over for enjoyment. It is the givers in life who are also the enjoyers. Give it a try even in this challenging time.

Funeral
 
Terence Richard Hodgkins whose funeral will take place at St. Mary’s, Crossway Green on Tuesday September 22nd at 11.00am.
 
Future Services.
 
Sunday 20th September
9.30am  Holy Communion at Hartlebury
11.00amHoly Communion at Doverdale
6.00pm Harvest Service at Hampton Lovett
No Zoom service this Sunday
 
When there is no local "zoom" service and you are unable to attend one of the churches in the benefice, it is possible to watch the Holy Communion Service from Worcester Cathedral on Sundays at 10.30 a.m.  (You are not on Zoom yourself, but you can see and hear the whole service which now includes a depleted choir as well).   Just click on to the Cathedral website and add Facebook icon.
 
Sunday 27th September
9.30 Harvest Service at Ombersley
9.00am  Holy Communion at Elmley Lovett
11.00am  Holy Communion on Zoom. (Zoom ID 845 168 9869 password9445)
 
Details of October Services in next week’s message
 
Can we pray for you?
 
Each weekday morning we gather for Morning Prayer. From Monday September 14th, this will now be held at 9.15am. If you would like to join us then please use the same Meeting ID and password as for the Sunday Service. If you would like us to pray for you then please send me an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
 
Hampton Lovett
HERITAGE OPEN DAYS  11 – 20 SEPTEMBER 2020
Hampton Lovett Virtual Exhibition – ‘If These Walls Could Talk…’
As part of the Heritage Open Days programme ( https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/ )we have dipped our toes into the waters of on-line, virtual exhibitions this year. The ‘exhibition’ features short audio stories and photos about Hampton Lovett’s long association with the Pakington and Partington families (The Barons Hampton and Barons Doverdale respectively). 
If this sounds of interest, we would be delighted for you to ‘visit’ the virtual exhibition. It can be found on the izi.travel platform.  The exhibition can be accessed by downloading the free izi.travel app from Apple App Store or Google Play or Microsoft/Windows Store or via the app links on the main izi.travel website. Then search for Hampton Lovett Church Worcestershire and it should pop up.  The exhibition will be available from 11th September. Please feel free to leave some comments in the review section!
You will see that a number of churches use the platform and it also seems ideal for creating a full  audio tour of your church.  It was a bit of a learning curve and I will be happy to help anyone interested in doing something similar.
Jerry Hartley (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
 
Getting involved with the future of the Diocese
Throughout September, there will be a second series of ‘Open Conversations’ to involve as many people as possible in establishing a healthy and sustainable future for our diocese. Please do sign up to take part and also encourage others to do so.
These meetings will follow on from the conversations held in person at the start of the year and will be a chance to hear more about the strategy for mission and ministry across the Diocese and think about the impact in your own area.
You can watch a short video about the conversations here: https://vimeo.com/453579528 (Please do also share this on your social media pages) and Bishop John has written this article about why you should get involved.
There are a number of conversations being held via Zoom as well as two slightly shorter versions set up specifically as telephone conference calls to allow those without internet access to take part:
Zoom meetings:
• Tuesday 8 September: 3 to 5pm and from 6 to 8pm
• Friday 18 September: 10am to 12 noon
• Monday 21 September: 6 to 8pm
• Tuesday 22 September: 6 to 8pm
• Thursday 24 September: 6 pm to 8pm
• Monday 28 September: 2 to 4pm and 6 to 8pm:
Telephone conference calls:
• Monday 14 September, 11am
• Tuesday 22 September, 11am
There is more information at www.cofe-worcester.org.uk/open-conversations and you can sign up for a conversation by contacting the training team with your preferred date on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01905 732812.
(Please note that if you are signing up yourself or someone else for one of the telephone conference calls, you will need to let the training team have the name and the telephone number of the person joining the meetings so that they can be identified on the day.)
We’d like to make this round of conversations as successful as the last, so please do get involved and please pass the message on, particularly to those who might wish to get involved, but are unlikely to receive diocesan emails. If I can help you with any other publicity, do let me know.
 
 
 
Coming Back To Church

 

Harvest Service at 9.30 on September 27th 

We have several measures in place to make sure everyone is, and feels, safe:

Only come if you are feeling well

Always keep 2m social distancing at ALL times, inside and out.

Wear a face covering

Sanitise your hands in the porch before entering

We will have a register of who is attending to assist Track and Testing

A Sidesperson will show you to your pew.  The door will already be open and will be left that way.

(We will only use alternate pews and 2m spacing within the pew. Please keep to these spaces unless you are from the same household)

There will be no singing, except for the choir but we will have music.

The collection will be taken at the end of the service , either onto the wooden plate or by using the card machine. (Sanitiser will be next to it)

At the end of the service please move straight outside, sanitising your hands again on the way.

Weather permitting we can chat while distancing outside.

For anyone who is  particularly vulnerable we can allocate more isolated seats in the side pews. Please let us know in advance.

 

For your peace of mind:

 

Before the service the church will have been cleaned, wooden surface washed with soapy water, and anything else sprayed with Dettol.

 

Andrew (01905 620259)  and Fiona (01905 621176

 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

Revd. Stephen Winter 07773 760899 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Benefice Administrator: Mr. Nicolas Wright 01905 622464 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.