I hope you are enjoying our Lent journey with LiveLent readings. Do share your encouragements and insights with one another.
Do remember to check in to our facebook page or the website regularly for updates.
A little word
Consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you; each of you is to return to your family property and to your own clan… what was sold will remain in the possession of the buyer until the Year of Jubilee. It will be returned in the Jubilee, and they can then go back to their property. Leviticus 25.10,28
We often think of ‘the law’ as being rather dry. In our readings this week we have been reminded how radical it can be. The Jubilee provisions were amazing, so much so that there is a question as to whether they were even implemented. They were designed to stop injustices, hardships, bad luck or whatever becoming ingrained. Once in everyone’s lifetime the reset button was hit. Your ancestral land, the building block for survival and wealth, was returned to its original owners. You could neither lose it for ever or amass vast estates.
Modern economics seems a million miles away from this. What would a church based around these radical concepts do differently, I wonder?
Things to pray for
- Give thanks for God’s blueprint of equality and fairness
- We give thanks for the release of those held in Iran, and pray for prisoners of conscience worldwide
- For the PCC and all who lead aspects of our church life
In-Church worship Sunday at 10am. Morning Worship with CoGs group and refreshment to follow.
You can also watch by live-stream on the church facebook page.
This week’s readings are: Luke 13.1-9
Sunday, 7-7.45pm (refreshments from 6.30)
reflect – exploring spirituality in an open, welcoming space
10am on Thursday
Holy Communion in Church
During Lent we will be encouraging you to join us in a daily reading, reflection, and prayer around the theme of justice. There is a little booklet for everyone with all the material you need. Please pick one up. We want everyone to join in. If you want to cover the cost, they are £1.50 each but that is entirely voluntary.
You can download it as an app for your iOS or android smartphone. Search ‘livelent’ in your app store.
On Sunday evenings there will be a reflective space to introduce the weekly theme. We will gather from 6.30pm for a cuppa and start promptly at 7pm for 30-45mins.
Our 5 big questions
This really is the last call for you to participate in our vision planning about what we are here for and what we do. We are interested in your views. Fill in a form and pop it in the box on Sunday.
It is Spring, and we can start doing things again, so it would be great to give our Church its annual Spring clean again (and especially for Barney and Sobia’s wedding)
We need as many volunteers as possible, all shapes and sizes:
– Inside: Tuesday and Wednesday 22nd and 23rd March from 10am.
– Outside: Friday and Saturday Morning, 1st and 2nd of April from 10am.
If you can’t make the dates, there will be a list of things to do, so just sign up for what you can.
if you were part of the old Welcomers team, please meet Sara at the back of Church after the Service on Sunday.
Health Centre survey
Sheffield has £37m available to transform general practice across the city. This funding could be used to build up to five new health centres in Sheffield bringing together GP services, other health services, and some voluntary all under one roof. Council services may also have a presence in some of the buildings. One area is ours.
People can have their say by filling in the online survey here: www.bit.ly/NewSheffieldHealthCentres
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