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Dates for your Diary Events for the week Monday 10.00am Crafty Saints Tuesday 6.15am Pilates with Sara Wednesday 10.00am Lent Lunch (open 12pm) 2.00pm Lent Course “Your Call” Thursday 9.00am Printing the Hartfordian Friday 7.00pm Slightly Chilled Brass Band Next Sunday 11.00am Holy Communion Service 2.00pm Birthday Party Collect for The Third Sunday of Lent Eternal God, give us insight to discern your will for us, to give up what harms us, and to seek the perfection we are promised in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Those for whom your prayers are asked Richard Barrett, Joan Walton, Jack, Jean Smith, Mary Clubb, Val, Ezra, Linda Davies, Samuel, Jean Coleman, Dr. M, Carole Crompton, Betty Howes, Rosemary Whiffen, Lynn Wright, Denny Yates. .
The Third Sunday of Lent Week beginning: Sunday 24th March 2019 Today 8.30am Holy Communion Service 11.00am Morning Worship Service Welcomer: Haleema Hawkins Sidesperson: Sue Craven Morning Worship Service Introduction: A very warm welcome to this morning’s service especially if you are here for the first time. If you are unsure about anything before or during the service do ask your neighbour or the Welcomer and Sidesperson at the door. Hymns (Complete Anglican) 184 For the beauty of the earth 67 Be still, for the presence of the Lord 741 When we walk with the Lord Reader: Pauline Brown 1st reading: Isaiah 55:1-9 2nd reading: 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 Gospel: Luke 13:1-9 Sermon: Elaine Levitt Intercessor: Mary Adlam
1 st Reading : Isaiah 55:1-9
An Invitation to Abundant Life

1

Ho,  

everyone  

who  

thirsts,  

come  

to  

the  

waters;

and  

you  

that  

have  

no  

money,come,  

buy  

and  

eat!

Come,  

buy  

wine  

and  

milk  

without  

money  

and

without  

price.

2

 

Why  

do  

you  

spend  

your  

money

for  

that  

which  

is  

not  

bread,  

and  

your  

labour  

for

that  

which  

does  

not  

satisfy?  

Listen  

carefully  

to

me,  

and  

eat  

what  

is  

good,  

and  

delight  

yourselves

in  

rich  

food.  

3

 

Incline  

your  

ear,  

and  

come  

to  

me;

listen,  

so  

that  

you  

may  

live.I  

will  

make  

with  

you

an  

everlasting  

covenant,my  

steadfast,  

sure  

love

for  

David.

4

 

See,  

I  

made  

him  

a  

witness  

to  

the

peoples,    

a    

leader    

and    

commander    

for    

the

peoples.

5

 

See,  

you  

shall  

call  

nations  

that  

you  

do

not  

know,  

and  

nations  

that  

do  

not  

know  

you  

shall

run  

to  

you,  

because  

of  

the  

Lord  

your  

God,  

the

Holy  

One  

of  

Israel,  

for  

he  

has  

glorified  

you.

6

Seek  

the  

Lord  

while  

he  

may  

be  

found,call  

upon

him  

while  

he  

is  

near;  

7

 

let  

the  

wicked  

forsake

their  

way,  

and  

the  

unrighteous  

their  

thoughts;  

let

them  

return  

to  

the  

Lord,  

that  

he  

may  

have  

mercy

on  

them,  

and  

to  

our  

God,  

for  

he  

will  

abundantly

pardon.

8

 

For  

my  

thoughts  

are  

not  

your  

thoughts,

nor  

are  

your  

ways  

my  

ways,  

says  

the  

Lord.

9

 

For

as  

the  

heavens  

are  

higher  

than  

the  

earth,  

so  

are

my  

ways  

higher  

than  

your  

ways  

and  

my  

thoughts

than your thoughts.

2 nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 Warnings from Israel’s History
1 I   do   not   want   you   to   be   unaware,   brothers   and
sisters,    that    our    ancestors    were    all    under    the
cloud,   and   all   passed   through   the   sea, 2 and   all
were   baptized   into   Moses   in   the   cloud   and   in   the
sea, 3 and   all   ate   the   same   spiritual   food, 4 and   all
drank   the   same   spiritual   drink.   For   they   drank
from   the   spiritual   rock   that   followed   them,   and
the   rock   was   Christ. 5 Nevertheless,   God   was   not
pleased   with   most   of   them,   and   they   were   struck
down    in    the    wilderness. 6 Now    these    things
occurred   as   examples   for   us,   so   that   we   might
not    desire    evil    as    they    did. 7 Do    not    become
idolaters   as   some   of   them   did;   as   it   is   written,
‘The   people   sat   down   to   eat   and   drink,   and   they
rose   up   to   play.’ 8 We   must   not   indulge   in   sexual
immorality   as   some   of   them   did,   and   twenty-
three   thousand   fell   in   a   single   day. 9 We   must   not
put   Christ   to   the   test,   as   some   of   them   did,   and
were     destroyed     by     serpents. 10 And     do     not
complain     as     some     of     them     did,     and     were
destroyed     by     the     destroyer. 11 These     things
happened   to   them   to   serve   as   an   example,   and
they   were   written   down   to   instruct   us,   on   whom
the   ends   of   the   ages   have   come. 12 So   if   you   think
you   are   standing,   watch   out   that   you   do   not   fall.
13 No    testing    has    overtaken    you    that    is    not
common    to    everyone.    God    is    faithful,    and    he
will   not   let   you   be   tested   beyond   your   strength,
but   with   the   testing   he   will   also   provide   the   way
out so that you may be able to endure it.
Gospel: Luke 13:1-9
Repent or Perish
1   At   that   very   time   there   were   some   present
who   told   him   about   the   Galileans   whose   blood
Pilate    had    mingled    with    their    sacrifices. 2 He
asked   them,   ‘Do   you   think   that   because   these
Galileans   suffered   in   this   way   they   were   worse
sinners   than   all   other   Galileans? 3 No,   I   tell   you;
but   unless   you   repent,   you   will   all   perish   as
they   did. 4 Or   those   eighteen   who   were   killed
when   the   tower   of   Siloam   fell   on   them—do   you
think   that   they   were   worse   offenders   than   all
the   others   living   in   Jerusalem? 5 No,   I   tell   you;
but   unless   you   repent,   you   will   all   perish   just   as
they did.’
The Parable of the Barren Fig Tree
6 Then   he   told   this   parable:   ‘A   man   had   a   fig
tree    planted    in    his    vineyard;    and    he    came
looking   for   fruit   on   it   and   found   none. 7 So   he
said   to   the   gardener,   “See   here!   For   three   years
I   have   come   looking   for   fruit   on   this   fig   tree,
and   still   I   find   none.   Cut   it   down!   Why   should
it   be   wasting   the   soil?” 8 He   replied,   “Sir,   let   it
alone   for   one   more   year,   until   I   dig   round   it   and
put   manure   on   it. 9 If   it   bears   fruit   next   year,
well   and   good;   but   if   not,   you   can   cut   it   down.”
Psalm 63:1-9
1   O   God,   you   are   my   God,   I   seek   you,   my   soul
thirsts   for   you;   my   flesh   faints   for   you,as   in   a
dry   and   weary   land   where   there   is   no   water. 2
So   I   have   looked   upon   you   in   the   sanctuary,
beholding    your    power    and    glory. 3    Because
your   steadfast   love   is   better   than   life,   my   lips
will   praise   you. 4   So   I   will   bless   you   as   long   as
I   live;   I   will   lift   up   my   hands   and   call   on   your
name. 5   My   soul   is   satisfied   as   with   a   rich   feast,
and   my   mouth   praises   you   with   joyful   lips 6
when   I   think   of   you   on   my   bed,   and   meditate
on   you   in   the   watches   of   the   night; 7   for   you
have   been   my   help,   and   in   the   shadow   of   your
wings   I   sing   for   joy. 8   My   soul   clings   to   you;
your   right   hand   upholds   me. 9   But   those   who
seek   to   destroy   my   life   shall   go   down   into   the
depths of the earth;
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Prayers for those who are ill Rev Geoff Boucher, Jimmy, Zena, Maggie Amos, Prof Benassi, Norman, Fatima, Marcus, Martin Whiffen, Clare Orvis, Rosemary Whiffen.
The Third Sunday of Lent Week beginning: Sunday 24th March 2019 Today 8.30am Holy Communion Service 11.00am Morning Worship Service Welcomer: Haleema Hawkins Sidesperson: Sue Craven Morning Worship Service Introduction: A very warm welcome to this morning’s service especially if you are here for the first time. If you are unsure about anything before or during the service do ask your neighbour or the Welcomer and Sidesperson at the door. Hymns (Complete Anglican) 184 For the beauty of the earth 67 Be still, for the presence of the Lord 741 When we walk with the Lord Reader: Pauline Brown 1st reading: Isaiah 55:1-9 2nd reading: 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 Gospel: Luke 13:1-9 Sermon: Elaine Levitt Intercessor: Mary Adlam Collect for The 2nd Sunday of Lent Eternal God, give us insight to discern your will for us, to give up what harms us, and to seek the perfection we are promised in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Dates for your Diary Events for the week Monday 10.00am Crafty Saints Tuesday 6.15am Pilates with Sara Wednesday 10.00am Lent Lunch (open 12pm) 2.00pm Lent Course “Your Call” Thursday 9.00am Printing the Hartfordian Friday 7.00pm Slightly Chilled Brass Band Next Sunday 11.00am Holy Communion Service 2.00pm Birthday Party
Prayers for those who are ill Rev Geoff Boucher, Jimmy, Zena, Maggie Amos, Prof Benassi, Norman, Fatima, Marcus, Martin Whiffen, Clare Orvis, Rosemary Whiffen.
Those for whom your prayers are asked Richard Barrett, Joan Walton, Jack, Jean Smith, Mary Clubb, Val, Ezra, Linda Davies, Samuel, Jean Coleman, Dr. M, Carole Crompton, Betty Howes, Lynn Wright, Denny Yates.

Psalm 63:1-9

1 O God, you are my God, I seek you,

my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints

for you, as in a dry and weary land where

there is no water. 2 So I have looked

upon you in the sanctuary, beholding

your power and glory. 3 Because your

steadfast love is better than life, my lips

will praise you. 4 So I will bless you as

long as I live; I will lift up my hands and

call on your name. 5 My soul is satisfied

as with a rich feast, and my mouth

praises you with joyful lips 6 when I

think of you on my bed, and meditate on

you in the watches of the night; 7 for you

have been my help, and in the shadow of

your wings I sing for joy. 8 My soul

clings to you; your right hand upholds

me. 9 But those who seek to destroy my

life shall go down into the depths of the

earth;

1st reading: Isaiah 55:1-9

An Invitation to Abundant Life

1 Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you that have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. 2 Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labour for that which does not satisfy? Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. 3 Incline your ear, and come to me; listen, so that you may live.I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David. 4 See, I made him a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander for the peoples. 5 See, you shall call nations that you do not know, and nations that do not know you shall run to you, because of the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, for he has glorified you. 6 Seek the Lord while he may be found,call upon him while he is near; 7 let the wicked forsake their way, and the unrighteous their thoughts; let them return to the Lord, that he may have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. 8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 10:1-13

Warnings from Israel’s History
1 I do not want you to be unaware,
brothers and sisters, that our ancestors
were all under the cloud, and all passed
through the sea, 2 and all were baptized
into Moses in the cloud and in the sea,
3 and all ate the same spiritual food, 4 and
all drank the same spiritual drink. For
they drank from the spiritual rock that
followed them, and the rock was Christ.
5 Nevertheless, God was not pleased with
most of them, and they were struck down
in the wilderness. 6 Now these things
occurred as examples for us, so that we
might not desire evil as they did. 7 Do not
become idolaters as some of them did; as
it is written, ‘The people sat down to eat
and drink, and they rose up to play.’ 8 We
must not indulge in sexual immorality as
some of them did, and twenty-three
thousand fell in a single day. 9 We must
not put Christ to the test, as some of
them did, and were destroyed by
serpents. 10 And do not complain as some
of them did, and were destroyed by the
destroyer. 11 These things happened to
them to serve as an example, and they
were written down to instruct us, on
whom the ends of the ages have come.
12 So if you think you are standing, watch
out that you do not fall. 13 No testing has
overtaken you that is not common to
everyone. God is faithful, and he will not
let you be tested beyond your strength,
but with the testing he will also provide
the way out so that you may be able to
endure it.
Gospel: Luke 13:1-9
Repent or Perish
1   At   that   very   time   there   were   some
present     who     told     him     about     the
Galileans     whose     blood     Pilate     had
mingled     with     their     sacrifices. 2 He
asked     them,     ‘Do     you     think     that
because    these    Galileans    suffered    in
this   way   they   were   worse   sinners   than
all   other   Galileans? 3 No,   I   tell   you;   but
unless   you   repent,   you   will   all   perish
as    they    did. 4 Or    those    eighteen    who
were   killed   when   the   tower   of   Siloam
fell   on   them—do   you   think   that   they
were    worse    offenders    than    all    the
others   living   in   Jerusalem? 5 No,   I   tell
you;   but   unless   you   repent,   you   will   all
perish just as they did.’
The Parable of the Barren Fig Tree
6 Then   he   told   this   parable:   ‘A   man   had
a   fig   tree   planted   in   his   vineyard;   and
he    came    looking    for    fruit    on    it    and
found     none. 7 So     he     said     to     the
gardener,   “See   here!   For   three   years   I
have   come   looking   for   fruit   on   this   fig
tree,   and   still   I   find   none.   Cut   it   down!
Why   should   it   be   wasting   the   soil?”
8 He   replied,   “Sir,   let   it   alone   for   one
more   year,   until   I   dig   round   it   and   put
manure    on    it. 9 If    it    bears    fruit    next
year,   well   and   good;   but   if   not,   you   can
cut it down.” ’