“On Wednesday at our MU “Just a bite” session I was enrolled as a member and I now proudly sport the MU badge on my blue coat. I am so impressed with the work the MU does nationally and internationally. I am really impressed that the MU meets regularly at St. Mary Magdalene and that the meetings are becoming ever more popular. We need to give Marlene Philips a big thank you for her leadership and inspiration. This month the Revd Jane Eastell, Priest in charge at St. Johns, talked about her role as Diocesan Spirituality Advisor and how she sought to help us all discover a real, deep and personal faith.”
Ronnie King has agreed to be our representative for Christian Aid.
Please let us have your palm crosses from last year so they may be burnt and the ashes used for Ash Wednesday.
Another member is urgently needed for alternate Friday afternoons.
If you are able to help please speak to Sandra Jordan or leave a message at the Parish Office.
Don’t forget the Archbishop of Wales is coming on 9th March. We have confirmed an offer to read the first lesson in Welsh. (One of our young readers will read it in English as well).
After the service there will be a bring share lunch to which all are welcome.
If you would like to come, please could you complete the sign-up sheet at the back of church.
The Confirmation Service is on Thursday 1st May 6.30pm at St James Church.
Confirmation classes for adults wishing to be confirmed start on 12th March and run every Wednesday until 16th April, from 7.30pm-9.30pm. Please sign the sheet at the back of church if you wish to join the classes.
Classes for young people wishing to be confirmed will be held on Friday evenings in the Upper Room from 7.45-9.00pm on March 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th. Please also sign the sheet at the back of church, or speak to Margaret Roe or Rod.
Service: 6:30 pm Holy Communion
Preacher: Revd Dennis Cavaghan
Readings: Hebrews 2: 14-18 & Luke 2: 22-40
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The Reading: Proverbs 6:16-19
“… hands that shed innocent blood …” (v.17) RSV
Killing is not condemned in the Bible, whether it be for a capital offence or in war. But murder is strongly condemned. The Lord is very protective of the innocent and the defenceless. No one has the right to take the life of an innocent person for whatever reason. Murder, whether out of the passion of the moment or premeditated, is not to be tolerated by society.
The first murder is found at the start of the Bible when Cain slew his brother Abel (Genesis 4:8). Cain was jealous of his brother’s goodness and his acceptability with God. Out of anger and envy he killed his innocent brother. Jesus mentions this archetypal murder when he says: “… upon you may come all the righteous blood of innocent Abel to the blood of Zechariah … who you murdered …” (Mathew 23:35).
Even if the murderer gets away with it in this life, he will not do so when he faces the Judge of all men.
Most of us may read this and feel we have not sinned in this way. Murder is abhorrent to us. Yet Jesus teaches us that murder is not only achieved by the literal shedding of blood, for we can murder people with the words we say and the attitude we adopt. In our reading today which is from the Sermon on the Mount, he says: “whoever insults … whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be liable to the hell of fire” (Matthew 5: 21-22).
Our curses can be powerful and self-fulfilling. If we get angry or frustrated and start cursing children (especially our own), or other car drivers, or our boss, or work colleagues, we will end up doing them (and maybe ourselves too) irreparable harm.
But rather, as St Paul says, “Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them” (Romans 12:14). Let us give life to people, rather than rob them of it.
Thank you Lord for those who have loved me and built me up. May I do good to others and not harm. Amen.
1 Whom did Moses murder?
2 Why did David not take King Saul’s life in the desert cave?
1 Samuel 24:1-7