PASTORAL LETTER MARCH – APRIL 2015
Our service on the first Sunday in Lent, was conducted by Rev’d Ron Lewis. It included the following “Hymn for Lent” which Ron has just written and we had the privilege of being the first congregation to sing to Ron’s chosen tune Abends (RCH 292; CMP 618 or H&P 308).
Ron has kindly given permission for us to include it in our Newsletter, and having re-read his words several times I am sure they merit our deeper reflection at the beginning of Lent – so they now become this month’s Pastoral Letter turboessays.co.uk and that which I wrote last week becomes the Secretary’s Report.
A Hymn for Lent Tune: Abends (L.M.)
Love needs us now to look inside,
Break from the grip of greed and pride;
Make up our minds to live life right,
Turn from the darkness to the light.
Lent isn’t just to give up sweets
Or to eat fish instead of meats.
It’s our reminder of our call
To let love’s rule be over all
Love and full life must be our aim
Serving the world in Jesus’ name;
Listening while others have their say;
Teaching the world the Jesus Way
What does that mean to you and me?
Love, justice, peace, not one, all three!
Seek what is best for everyone.
That’s how to help God’s Kingdom come
© Ron Lewis 2015
FROM THE SECRETARY
Times flies!! Two years have now elapsed since Rev’d Helen announced that she had accepted a call to move to Gosport and during the period of this Newsletter we will be entering our third year of vacancy. We have agreed and signed the Constitution to form a four-church Central Lancashire Group with Penwortham, Leyland and Kirkham URC and Kirkham URC and ourselves have unanimously agreed to accept secondary oversight from Rev’d David Coaker as part of this Group.
The Constitution Signing Service was arranged by the joint Pastorate Worship Team and the preacher was our Interim Moderator Rev’d Michele Jarmany. During the service a paper chain was formed bearing the names of all the members and adherents of all four congregations. Whilst we sang “Chain of Love” from the music of “Feast of Life” the final links were completed and chain encircled all those attending the service.
Now nothing really changes until a second minister is called to give primary oversight to Fulwood and Kirkham churches, in addition to some responsibilities to the Lancashire Area. We trust and pray that a suitable minister will be found sooner rather than later.
As I included in my Annual Secretary’s Report at last week’s AGM, in the absence of our own Minister, we have again been blessed by the services of excellent retired ministers and lay preachers from our own and other denominations, and by our own members, not forgetting the younger members, who have led worship on occasions. In vacancy, we need each member to try to contribute as much as they can to the continuing worship and witness of Fulwood URC.
It is also hard to believe that it is over three years since we celebrated Preston Guild 2012. One of the abiding legacies of the Guild is the ecumenical Lent evening held at Preston Minster. The 4th series started last week on Monday Evenings 7:15pm for 7:30pm start. They include different forms of worship, social awareness issues in the Preston area, and inspirational speakers. May I commend these evenings –opportunities to come together to worship as “The Church in Preston“.
“There are two days in every week about which we should not worry; two days that should be kept free from fear and apprehension.
One of these days is yesterday, with its mistakes and cares, its faults and blunders, its aches and pains. Yesterday has passed forever beyond our control. All the money in the world cannot bring back yesterday. We cannot undo a single act we performed. We cannot erase a single word we said. Yesterday is gone.
The other day we should not worry about is tomorrow, with all its possible adversities, its burdens, its large promise and poor performance. Tomorrow is also beyond our immediate control. Tomorrow’s sun will rise urgentessays.co.uk either in splendour or behind a mask of clouds – but it will rise without our help! Until it does, we have no stake in tomorrow, for it is yet unborn.
This leaves only one day – today. Most of us can fight the battles of just one day. It is only when we add the burdens of yesterday and tomorrow that we break down.
Very often it is not the experience of today that drives us mad – it is the remorse or bitterness for something that happened yesterday and the dread of what tomorrow may bring. Let us therefore live one day at a time.
Lectionary Readings March & April 2015
1st Second Sunday in Lent Genesis 17: 1 – 7, 15 – 16; Psalm 22: 23 – 31; Romans 4: 13 – 25; St Mark 8: 31 – 38
8th Third Sunday in Lent Exodus 20: 1 – 17; Psalm 19; 1 Corinthians 1: 18 – 25; St John 2: 13 – 22
15th Fourth Sunday in Lent (Mothering Sunday) Numbers 21: 4 – 9; Psalm 107: 1 – 3, 17 – 22; Ephesians 2: 1 – 10; St John 3: 14 – 21
22nd Fifth Sunday in Lent Jeremiah 31: 31 – 34; Psalm 51: 1 – 12 or Psalm 119: 9 – 16; Hebrews 5: 5 – 10; St John 12: 20 – 33
29th Sixth Sunday in Lent (Palm Sunday) St Mark 11: 1 – 11 or St John 12: 12 – 16; Psalm 118: 1 – 2, 19 – 29
Passion Isaiah 50: 4 – 9a; Psalm 31: 9 – 16; Philippians 2: 5 – 11; St Mark 14: 1 – 15: 47 or St Mark 15: 1 – 39 (40 – 47)
30th Monday in Holy Week Isaiah 42: 1 – 9; Psalm 36: 5 – 11; Hebrews 9: 11 – 15; St John 12: 1 – 11
31st Tuesday in Holy Week Isaiah 49: 1 – 7; Psalm 71: 1 – 14; 1 Corinthians 1: 18 – 31; St John 12: 20 – 36
1st Wednesday in Holy Week Isaiah 50: 4 – 9a; Psalm 70; Hebrews 12: 1 – 3; St John 13: 21 – 32
2nd Thursday in Holy Week Exodus 12: 1 – 14; Psalm 116: 1 – 2, 12 – 19; 1 Corinthians 11: 23 – 26; St John 13: 1 – 17, 31b – 35
3rd Good Friday Isaiah 52: 13 – 53: 12; Psalm 22; Hebrews 10: 16 – 25 or Hebrews 4: 14 – 16; 5: 7 – 9; St John 18: 1 – 19: 42
4th Saturday Job 14: 1 – 14 or Lamentations 3: 1 – 9, 19 – 24; Psalm 31: 1 – 4, 15 –16; 1 Peter 4: 1 – 8; St Matthew 27: 57 – 66 or St John 19: 38 – 42
5th Easter Day Acts 10: 34 – 43 or Isaiah 25: 6 – 9; Psalm 118: 1 – 2, 14 – 24; 1 Corinthians 15: 1 – 11 or Acts 10: 34 – 43; St John 20: 1 – 18 or St Mark 16: 1 – 8
12th Acts 4: 32 – 35; Psalm 133 or Isaiah 65: 17 – 25; Psalm 3; 1 John 1: 1 – 2: 2; St John 20: 19 – 31
19th Acts 3: 12 – 19; Psalm 4 or Isaiah 6: 1 – 9a; Psalm 40: 1 – 5; 1 John 3: 1 – 7; St Luke 24: 36b – 48
26th Acts 4: 5 – 12; Psalm 23 or Zechariah 10; Psalm 80: 1 – 7; 1 John 3: 16 – 24; St John 10: 11 – 18
3rd Acts 8: 26 – 40; Psalm 22: 25 – 31 or Exodus 19: 1 – 6; Psalm 118: 19 – 25; 1 John 4: 7 – 21; St John 15: 1 – 8
10th Acts 10: 44 – 48; Psalm 98 or Genesis 35: 9 – 15; Psalm 101; 1 John 1: 1 – 6; St John 15: 9 – 17
From your Roving Reporter…
Your Roving Reporter has been on her travels again, this time to the other side of the Pennines. My friend & I took advantage of the Lancashire Evening Post offer which meant that, by collecting two coupons from the paper, we could get tickets to anywhere on Northern Rail trains for £10 each so we set off for a day in York. We also had two-for-one vouchers for a river cruise or admission to the Minster but as it was a bit misty and chilly we decided it wasn’t the best day for a cruise on an open-top boat and headed for the Minster – well, as I saw Archibishop Sentamu on his visit to Lancashire in November it was only polite to visit his church!
We have both visited the Minster before but in the last few years the undercroft has been developed into an exhibition space showing the history of the building and the Roman fort which was on the site originally. In the 1960’s large cracks were found in the area around the tower and major work had to be undertaken to prevent further damage and the exhibition area has been created around the base of the tower giving a good view of the concrete ‘belt’ and steel bolts which now prevent the foundations spreading and causing more cracks. Work on the repairs also uncovered remains of some of the fort buildings and there is now a glass floor in the area so they can still be seen. There are also several interactive screens to play with to keep children (of all ages) interested. Back up above ground level, the great East window is covered by a picture of the window as the 311 panels of stained glass is being restored. The area behind the high altar is now a display area showing before & after pictures of the restored panels plus videos of the conservation work and more interactive computer screens to find out how to carve the stonework around the window. Each month, newly restored window panels are also displayed. Even though we decided not to climb the Minster tower due to the dull weather restricting views, we spent about 1½ hours looking around and would recommend the exhibition to anyone visiting York.
The disappointing part of the visit was that I didn’t see any church magazines around the Minster…
Johnny’s mother had three children. The first child was named April, the second child was named May. What was the third child’s name?
There is an assistant at the butchers shop, he is five feet ten inches tall and wears size 13 shoes. What does he weigh?
Before Mount Everest smerakda giannini was discovered, what was the highest mountain in the world?
How much dirt is there in a hole that measures 2 feet by 3 feet by 4 feet?
What word in the English language is always spelled incorrectly?
Billy was born on December 28th, yet his birthday is always in the summer. How is this possible?
In California, you cannot take a picture of a man with a wooden leg – why not?
What was the President’s name in 1975?
If you were running a race and you passed the person in 2nd place, what place would you be in now?
Which is correct to say, “the yolk of an egg are white” or “the yolk of an egg is white”?
If a farmer had 5 haystacks in one field and 4 haystacks in a second field, how many haystacks would he have if he combined them all in another field?
Thanks to the magazine of the United Parish of Scorton, Barnacre & Calder Vale
Women’s World Day of Prayer
The Service this year has been prepared by the Christian Women of The Bahamas based around the text “Jesus said to them: Do you know what I have done to you?”. The Service will be held at St John’s, Broughton at 7:00pm on Friday 6th March and will be followed by tea & biscuits. All are welcome – the service isn’t just for women!
CHURCHES TOGETHER IN LANCASHIRE
The Churches Together in Lancashire Forum and AGM held on 20 January at St Cuthbert’s, Fulwood was well attended. The opening worship was led by members of Churches Together in Fulwood and Broughton. Rev’d Paul Davis was elected as Chair of Churches Together in Lancashire in succession to our NW Moderator Rev’d Richard Church. This is part of what Paul has written “I welcome this opportunity to contribute to the CTL Newsletter. It is with an awareness of the work of my predecessor Richard Church that I begin this task. I repeat what I said at the Forum. We are indebted to Richard for the gracious way in which he has carried out the role of Chair. He has ensured that we have kept working at working together. I want to thank him for all that he has done in furthering Churches Together in Lancashire”.
The Ecumenical Facilitator the Revd Anton Müller wrote in the CTL February Newsletter:
“2015 has started well! Churches Together in Lancashire is now a registered charity (Charitable Incorporated Organisation). Our charity number is 1,160,021. Confirmation arrived just in time to announce at the AGM of Churches Together in Lancashire which took place on 20 January at St Cuthbert’s Fulwood.
The AGM took place as part of the ‘Forum’ which was really well attended. Church Leaders and their Ecumenical Officers were present from across the denominations. A range of groups and organisations brought displays and resources for the ‘market stall’ area, including Christian Aid, CAFOD, Traidcraft, Together Lancashire and Longton Community Church. Worship was organised by members of Churches Together in Fulwood and Broughton under the guidance of Stephen Garsed and Patrick Gardner and featured a dramatic presentation of John 4, the woman at the well. Tim Keightley gave an overview of the inspirational work of the Foxton Centre.”
We agreed at our Quarterly Church Meeting to continue our Church Fellowship meetings on a Thursday evening, initially on a bi-monthly basis We are still asking for ideas for future meetings and/or offers to help in arranging a meeting If you think you could help in this way please have a word with Mac or Margery
The hunchback of Notre Dame revisited…
After Quasimodo’s death, the bishop of the Cathedral of Notre Dame sent word through the streets of Paris that a new bell ringer was needed. The bishop decided that he would conduct the interviews personally and went up into the belfry to begin the screening process.
After observing several applicants demonstrate their skills, he had decided to call it a day. Just then, an armless man approached him and announced that he was there to apply for the bell ringer’s job.
The bishop was incredulous, “But you have no arms!” he said.
“No matter,” said the man, “Observe!”
He then began striking the bells with his face, producing a beautiful melody on the carillon. The bishop listened in astonishment; convinced he had finally found a replacement for Quasimodo. But suddenly, as he rushed forward to strike the bell, the armless man tripped and plunged headlong out of the belfry window to his death in the street below.
The stunned bishop rushed down two hundred and ninety five church steps, when he reached the street, a crowd had gathered around the fallen figure, drawn by the beautiful music they had heard only a moment before. As they silently parted to let the bishop through, one of them asked, “Bishop, who was this man?”
“I don’t know his name,” the bishop sadly replied, “but his face rings a bell”
The following day, despite the sadness that weighed heavily on his heart due to the unfortunate death of the armless campanologist, the bishop continued his interviews for the bell ringer of Notre Dame.
The first man to approach him said, “Your Excellency, I am the brother of the poor armless wretch that fell to his death from this very belfry yesterday. I pray that you hour his life by allowing me to replace him in his duty.”
The bishop agreed to give the man an audition, and, as the armless man’s brother stopped to pick up a mallet to strike the first bell, he groaned, clutched at his chest, twirled around, and died on the spot.
“What has happened? Who is this man?” the first monk asked breathlessly.
“I don’t know his name,” sighed the distraught bishop, “but he’s a dead ringer for his brother.”
Thanks to the magazine of the United Parish of Scorton, Barnacre & Calder Vale
A Prayer for Peace
Lord, we pray for peace: for peace and reconciliation in our world; for peace in Ukraine; for peace in Iraq; for peace in Afghanistan; for peace in all the other places affected by war, and for love and compassion in the hearts of terrorists.
We pray also for peace in our lives and for more understanding, tolerance and patience between all faiths and communities; for unity in our city and in the world. In helping others in our everyday lives help us to love our neighbours and serve our Lord. Amen.
QUIZ FOR CHRISTIAN AID
Many thanks to those who supported our Quiz for Christian Aid on Friday 13th February. Congratulations to the he Winning Team from Penwortham URC (The also won the prize for the most popular Team Name – “The Scrambled Eggheads”) £320 was donated (of which £265 was gift-aided). The money will go to Preston Christian Aid Committee’s chosen project to raise £5000 to improve maternal and child health in Kenya by providing improved hospital and clinic facilities, as well as training. The money raised will be match-funded by the EU threefold, making each pound raised worth £4.
A test question for you (they weren’t all as hard as this) what is friggatriskaidekaphobia?
NW Moderator’s Farewell Service
A farewell service for Richard and Sheila is being arranged on Sunday 12th April from
3:00pm to 6:00pm at Albion URC in Ashton-under-Lyne. The Moderator of the Yorkshire Synod, and General Assembly Moderator Elect, the Rev Kevin Watson will be preaching followed by a high tea together and then a celebration of Richard’s ministry with us. it you are interested in attending please speak to Mac by 10th March.
A Prayer for Lent
Lord, I know how much you love me. It’s hard to feel it sometimes, but I know your love is always with me. Help me to use your love as a way to persevere in my Lenten intentions. I am weak, but I know with your help, I can use these small sacrifices in my life to draw closer to you. Amen.
An elderly couple, having been married almost 60 years, died in a car crash. They had been in good health the last ten years mainly due to her interest in health food, and exercise.
When the reached the pearly gates, St Peter took them to their mansion, which was decked out with a beautiful kitchen and master bath suite and Jacuzzi. As they “oohed and aahed” the old man asked Peter how much all this was going to cost. “It’s free,” St Peter replied, “this is Heaven.”
Next they went our back to survey the championship golf course that the home backed on to. They would have golfing privileges everyday and each week the course changed to a new one representing the great golf courses on earth. The old man asked, “What are the green fees?” St Peter said, “This is Heaven, you play for free.” Next they went to the club house and saw the lavish buffet lunch with the cuisines of the world laid out. “How much is it to eat?” asked the old man.
“Don’t you understand yet? This is Heaven, it is free!” St Peter replied with some exasperation.
“Well, where are the low fat and low cholesterol tables?” the old man asked timidly.
St Peter lectured, “That’s the best part … you can eat as much as you like of whatever you like and you never get fat and you never get sick. This is Heaven.”
After hearing that , the old man went into a fit of anger, throwing down his hat and stamping on it, and shrieking wildly. St Peter and the wife both tried to calm him down, asking what was wrong.
The old man looked at his wife and said, “This is all your fault. If it weren’t for your bran muffins, I could have been here ten years ago!”
Rotas for January & February 2015
|1st Mar||Duncan FarquharMavis Orrell||Worship Group||Pauline Collier &Kath Farquhar|
|8th Mar||Brian FazackerleyPauline Collier||Pauline CollierGreta Temperley||Mavis Orrell &|
|15th Mar||Kath FarquharGreta Temperley||Mac DunsmoreDuncan Farquhar||Jean Dunsmore &Greta Temperley|
|22nd Mar||Viv MannersMavis Orrell||Ben MillarBrian Fazackerley||Norman &Elizabeth Croll|
|29th Mar||Norman CrollFrancis Fraser||Viv MannersCraig Millar||Francis &Richard Fraser|
|5th Apr||Derek OrrellGreta Temperley||Margery PitcherJean Dunsmore||Pauline Collier &Kath Farquhar|
|12th Apr||Duncan FarquharJean Dunsmore||Brian FazackerleyJean Fazackerley||Mavis Orrell &Margery Pitcher|
|19th Apr||Kath FarquharPauline Collier||Greta TemperleyMargery Pitcher||Jean Dunsmore &Greta Temperley|
|26th Apr||Brian FazackerleyMavis Orrell||Craig MillarMac Dunsmore||Norman &Elizabeth Croll|
|3rd May||Norman CrollJean Dunsmore||Jean DunsmorePauline Collier||Mavis Orrell &Margery Pitcher|
|10th May||Derek OrrellGreta Temperley||Duncan FarquharRichard Fraser||Pauline Collier &Kath Farquhar|