Prayer and Meditation for March
Lord, fill our hearts with gratitude for your gift of salvation and grant us freedom to proclaim throughout the world the Redemption that breaks the bonds of sin and restores liberty to humanity. We ask this through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.
"May our Lord, Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father,
who has given us such sure hope, encourage you,
strengthen you in every good word and deed."
(2 Thessalonians 2: 16, 17)
Sunday 8th March (St David's Day)
2nd Sunday of Lent
Almighty God, by the prayer and discipline of Lent may we enter into the mystery of Christ’s sufferings, and by following in his Way come to share in his glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
1st Reading: Genesis 12.1-4a
Now the Lord said to Abram, ‘Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.’ So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran.
2nd Reading: Romans 4.1-5, 13-17
What then are we to say was gained by Abraham, our ancestor according to the flesh? For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the scripture say? ‘Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.’ Now to one who works, wages are not reckoned as a gift but as something due. But to one who without works trusts him who justifies the ungodly, such faith is reckoned as righteousness. For the
promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law but through the righteousness of faith. If it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null, and the promise is void. For the law brings wrath; but where there is no law, neither is there violation. For this reason it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants, not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham (for he is the father of all of us, as it is written, ‘I have made you the father of many nations’)—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.
Gospel: John 3.1-17
Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He came to Jesus by night and said to him, ‘Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.’ Jesus answered him, ‘Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above. ’Nicodemus said to him, ‘How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?’ Jesus answered, ‘Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be astonished that I said to you, “You must be born from above.” The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.’ Nicodemus said to him, ‘How can these things be?’ Jesus answered him, ‘Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things? ‘Very truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen; yet you do not receive our testimony. If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. ‘Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
Processional: 791 The God of Abraham praise
Gradual: 675 Immortal Love for ever full
Offertory: 120ii Forgive us when our deeds ignore
Communion: 455 My God, and is thy table spread
628 Father of heaven, whose love profound
Recessional: 818 To God be the glory, great things he has done!
Please pray for those who are unwell in our parish:
Robin Wooton, Andy and family, Peter Crocker, Dennis Terry, Kathy Wright, Neville Brind, Julia, John Crocker, Margaret Moyle, Robert Britton, Jason Victory, and Eryl Lloyd Parry.
Please pray for the recently departed: Mervyn Bell.
and in our Year’s Mind: Betty Helliwell (1st), Neville Willey (2nd), Donald Helliwell (3rd), Eva Iggulden (8th), Avid Robbins (9th), and Jack Godfrey (10th).
David Wells, Julian, Brian Blancharde, Freddie Leaworthy, Mandy, Vivien, Fran, Glenys Mills, Martin, Sophia Vyroni-Dickson; Becky Goodwin; Glyn Jenkins
David & Pauline Perkins, Mollie Tucker, David Wright, Bill Thorn, Margaret Willey, Jack Webster, Stuart Neale, Christine Adams, Eunice Day; Michael Crocker, John; Liz Dunmall
Avril Platt, Terry Lee, Angela, Marylou Thonger, Ruth Burton, Robin & Audrey, Martin Nicholls, David Staynings, Kathie Wright, Anna George, Margaret Moyle, Frank
Margaret Sahir, Geraldine & John, Allyson Wild, Robin Wootton, Charlotte Hill, Margaret Cooke, Kay West, John Dando, Sister Sue; Geoff Stock; Sheila White; Andy Hill, Ray and Rose and their family.
Anne Hepper, Ken Thomas, Annie Prosser, Roger Ellis, Felicia, Fiona Bates, James Wilson, Margaret Heron, Kathy Seaman, Thomas Otterstad, Diane
DATES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Fridays at 6.00 pm
Holy Trinity Church and St Gregory’s Church, Horfield
A traditional Lenten devotion to help us focus on Jesus’ journey to the Cross.
March: 6th St Gregory April: 3rd St. Gregory
13th Holy Trinity
20th St Gregory
27th Holy Trinity
Wednesday 11th March - HFG
Talk by Caroline Walton “What my style?” Advance on fashion style and colours. 7.45pm Parish Hall. Guests welcome.
Thursday 12th March - Mother's Union Meeting: 2.00pm in the Helliwell Room, Guest speaker John Moore, talking about Care in the Home. Visitors welcome.
Saturday 14th March – Prayer Café 10am in the Helliwell room.
This will be a short time of peaceful reflection during Lent using music and art. There are refreshments after for those able to stay. Everyone is very welcome.
Lent, 2020: Please take a Lent calendar and a Lent Prayer Guide to find out what is going on in the parish this Lent.
A Lent Exhibition Of Art using Paint, Stone and Textiles at the Victoria Methodist Church, Whiteladies Rd. It is curated by students from the Bristol School of Art and open Mon – Friday 1-4pm and Saturdays 10-4pm. ( 26th Feb to 11th April )More information at the back of church or have a word with Helen Hinksman
TRANSFORMING POVERTY - Lent Course, 2020
Six sessions following a CAP (Christians Against Poverty) course, reflecting on how we might engage with the challenge of poverty in our community. Wednesdays in Lent. Details and signup sheet at the back of church.
Lenten retreat in the beautiful surroundings of Llangasty retreat house.
There are still some spaces available to join the All Saints' Clifton parish retreat taking place over the weekend of 6-8th March. This year the conductor will be Br Nicholas SSF. The cost is £166 per person. If you would like further information, or to have a chat about what a weekend of silence feels like, please contact Caroline Plaice.
Bristol Churches Winter Night Shelter project
This is an initiative set up in winter 2018/19 by Bristol Churches Winter Night Shelter and at least fourteen Bristol churches have become involved providing premises, whilst members of other churches have also volunteered to help. The following are reflections from four members of Holy Trinity congregation who have been involved this year.
We continue to support the project financially through our Lent giving (envelopes are available at the back of church), and through our prayers; for those who are guests of the Shelter, and those who provide premises, and for individuals who give of their time, love and support to enable the project to run. If you would like to volunteer next winter, please do speak to Carolyn, Celia, Jane, Phil, or Nigel de Bray.
I was part of the team that cooked the evening meals for our guests. A lovely lady called Margaret was in charge and she chose the menus, bought the ingredients and supervised the cooking so all ran smoothly.
We would arrive around 5 p.m. and the first thing we did was to set up drinks and cakes in one of the rooms so the men could help themselves when they arrived before their meal was ready. Newspapers, games and jigsaw puzzles were also provided so the men could relax with these after their meal.
We cooked a main course and a choice of desserts. My duties were as KP (kitchen porter) which I was very happy to do. This entailed preparing the vegetables and generally helping with anything that was required. We had on average 10 or 11 guests each Saturday night.
For the main course a roast turkey dinner was very popular, complete with cranberry source and roast potatoes. We also cooked spaghetti bolognaise which was very well received. There was always a vegetarian option. We always had plenty of food for seconds. For dessert we usually had a fruit crumble or a hot pudding which someone had made at home and we had custard or ice cream to go with it. We always provided a fruit salad and this year this became my job to prepare, along with making the custard.
While the meal was cooking the cooks and host volunteers took a short break together and were briefed by the person in charge. We were given any relevant news about the men, told how many men were expected that evening, whether any had left the project and whether any new men had joined. We then prayed together for the men, for the volunteers and the project.
The men would arrive around 7.15 pm, most of them being brought to the church in a minibus from the centre of Bristol as the church is quite a way out. Amanda who runs the Bristol Churches Night Shelter Project met them in town and came with them, and being a regular contact, she had a very good relationship with the men. They clearly trusted her. Amanda and all the volunteers ate dinner with the guests which created a friendly atmosphere and we got to know each other. The guests were very grateful for the meals we provided and thanked us enthusiastically.
The aim of the project is to provide a safe, caring and peaceful environment for the men where they could relax and feel secure and have a good night’s sleep. I found it very rewarding to be able to help these unfortunate people and give them some comfort in their situation.
Our contribution to the Night Shelter this year was to make up the beds for the guests and to make sure each one had toiletries, towel etc. for their stay. There were various tasks we could have volunteered for – hosting, laying tables, cooking, washing up, preparing breakfast, clearing away – but as this was our first time of volunteering, we decided on just making up beds. This turned out to be quite physical and putting 12 duvet covers on duvets was quite a workout!
Although initially we were a bit anxious and unsure, there was a real sense of being part of a team, with everyone’s contribution being valued and appreciated. The team were a very welcoming, lovely bunch of people and it really added to our experience being in partnership with the folks at Horfield Methodist.
What impressed us most of all was not only how well organised everything was but also, and more importantly, the ethos of the project where the dignity and value of the guests were central to everything.
The whole project is underpinned by prayer, and a real sense of Christ’s words “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
It was a real privilege to be part of the night shelter, and we would urge anyone who was thinking about volunteering next time to give it a go – there will be a role for you big or small whatever you feel comfortable with. It would be great to see more of us there!
Phil and Jane Lewis
My involvement with the Night Shelter was helping with the guests’ breakfast on a Sunday morning. For six weeks I had to set my alarm for 5.30 am on a Sunday morning, no lie in for 6 weeks! Still dark and most Sundays this year wet and windy, I drove down to Horfield Methodist Church to get there at 6 am. The church was in darkness, the guests still sleeping in the large hall, the night volunteers opened the door to us and we had to be quiet so as not to disturb the sleeping guests. Effron and John Parry bought the breakfast supplies and we gave the guests a hearty breakfast on Sunday mornings to set them up for the day, bacon, scrambled egg (my speciality!), hash browns, baked beans and plenty of toast, cereals and porridge also available. The guests were woken at 7.15, always cheerful and appreciative of a good night’s sleep, and looking forward to a nice hot breakfast. There was always plenty of food for the guests and we made bacon sandwiches for some of them to take away with them most Sundays as well. All the volunteers on Sunday mornings, usually the same people, worked together as a team making sure everything ran smoothly. It was very sad on the last Sunday when we said goodbye to the guests but reassuring to know that they would still have night shelter for a further six weeks as the project moves into Phase 2 and six more churches would be hosting them, including the Cathedral.
This is the second year I have volunteered at Horfield Methodist Church and it is a real privilege to be part of the Bristol Churches Winter Night Shelter project. Prayer is also an important part of the project, praying for the guests, giving thanks for the volunteers who give up their time, and for the venues that host the guests. Please remember them in your prayers.
Coronavirus (Covid-19) UPDATED INFORMATION
PLEASE DO NOT INTINCT
Because hands can be as much a source of pathogens as lips, intinction is no safer than drinking and can introduce germs into the cup. Intinction (dipping the bread into the wine) can also threaten those with certain immune or allergic conditions. For instance, those with gluten intolerance for whom traces of gluten can be hazardous are at greater risk when other communicants have dipped their communion wafer into the wine.
Consider receiving Holy Communion in one kind
It is Anglican teaching that to receive the sacrament in one kind only (i.e. just the bread) is to receive the sacrament in its entirety.
We must respect this request from the Diocese of Bristol and help to minimize the risk of infection at this time. NOTE: If you wish to refrain from receiving from the chalice, please place your arms across your chest so the eucharistic ministers know what your intention is.
SHARING THE PEACE
For the time being, to comply with recommendations from HM Government and the Church of England, we will not shake hands. Simply, acknowledge those around you with the words “Peace be with you”. You may wish to bow reverently, as is the Oriental custom, to acknowledge the presence of God in one another.
I thank you, in advance for your cooperation – Fr David.
Date for your diary - The Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) will take place in the hall after 10am Mass on Sunday 26th April. This is an opportunity to hear about our activities over the last year, and, for those on the Electoral Roll, to appoint officers for the coming twelve months. Further details to follow.
Ministry of Transport: We need more volunteers to give people lifts to and from Mass, please. If you are able to help, please get in touch with Fr David or the church wardens. Thank you.
ELECTORAL ROLL CLOSURE:
The Electoral Roll will be closed for the annual revision from 29 March to 12 April. Any new applications must be given to Christine Hopton (Electoral Roll Officer) by 29 March. Please ensure that any change of address, telephone number or e-mail address that may have occurred during the last twelve months has been notified. No additions, removals or other changes can be made to the Roll between the closure and the A.G.M on 26 April. Anyone wishing to become a sides-person, a member of the PCC or vote at the Annual Meeting must be on the Electoral Roll. Applicants must be baptized, 16 years or over, resident in the Parish or have attended the church regularly for six months.