Sunday 19th September
Who is wise and understanding among you? Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not be boastful and false to the truth. Such wisdom does not come down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, devilish. For where there is envy and selfish ambition, there will also be disorder and wickedness of every kind. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy. (James 3:13-17)
James speaks in his letter about wisdom from above. Elsewhere in the Bible wisdom is described as a female presence, often equated with the Holy Spirit. The Book of Wisdom describes her in similar terms to James; she is gentle, peace-loving, graceful.
James contrasts this wisdom from above with earthly wisdom. To be worldly shrewd is not a road to peace and happiness. It may make you gleeful in the short term, but sows the seeds of discord.
It is important that every decision we take is born out of love and takes the longer perspective, God’s perspective.
This week, use your imagination and find ways to serve those around you, not because they might do you a good turn in return, but because God loves them, just as he loves you.
This year our Harvest Lunch will be held at the back of church straight after the morning service which will be at 11am
We will provide a simple ploughman’s lunch followed by apple or fruit cake with tea or coffee.
We are asking for a minimum donation of £7 per person (payable on the day) which will include a glass of wine.
Any surplus funds will be donated to Water Aid.
Please can you let us know if you wish to attend as this helps with catering arrangements.
You can email Rev David : revdavidcommandermail.com
or Sally Anne- Marks: email@example.com
Easing of Covid restrictions in public worship(Effective from Sunday 25th July 2021)You will be aware, I'm sure, of the lifting of Covid restrictions by the Government from the 19th July. In a nutshell, the Government have lifted all the restrictions on public worship........ and put the onus upon individual churches to decide what they want to do and how we keep everyone in our churches safe!The churchwardens and I have been looking through the 12-page document from the CoE Recovery Group, and working out what we think is the way forward for our three churches in the benefice. Where possible we have tried to be consistent across the three churches, but the physical layout and other factors are different between the churches so there are some parts of our guidelines that are specific to each church.We have tried, through all of this, to tread the path between wanting to ease restrictions, considering the anxieties of those who will feel vulnerable if there are no restrictions whatsoever, and being aware of the rising Covid numbers nationally/locally and our responsibilities to everyone. Inevitably there will be differences of opinion on what we have decided, but this will be continually reviewed with experience, feedback, and any changes to the guidelines from the Government or CoE Recovery Group.The detail is in a leaflet available at church and is on the Coronavirus page of the website. Here are the salient points:
Face coverings: optional
Social distancing: optional
(In both cases, please respect other people’s wishes)
Please use the sanitiser on entry and exit
NHS Test & Trace:
Please use the QR code, or the Register.
Congregational Singing - will take place
“Safe zone” – use the far right hand side
Peace: non-contact exchange
Communion: bread and wine by “simultaneous administration”
Refreshments: served after the service
Direction Finder : TN17 4DL
“Services” and Prayer:
Please make use of the beautiful quiet space in St. George's Church any day for individual private prayer; prayer resources are available. If there is something particular you would like prayer for, please send me an email or give me a call.
19th: 8am St. Nicholas Sandhurst; 10am St. George's <<< here is the link(Meeting ID: 397 110 2878 Passcode: 658989)26th: 8am St. George's; 10am St. Nicholas Sandhurst (Harvest, followed by "brunch")3rd October: St. George's Harvest service, 11am, followed by lunch in churchMorning Prayer takes place, in church, at 8am on Mon, Tues, Wed and Friday.Monday and Friday are at St. George's. Tuesday and Wednesday are at the Mission Church Sandhurst.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength . . . Love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:30-31)
Now is still a time to care for your neighbour. Please, pick up the phone, speak to them. We are a strong community, a caring community. Together we are getting through this.
Finally, I encourage you to use these prayers when you get up and when you go to bed:
A prayer in the morning:
Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your disciples, ‘I am with you always’. Be with me today, as I offer myself to you. Hear my prayers for others and for myself, and keep me in your care. Amen.
A prayer in the evening:
God our Father, by whose mercy the world turns safely into darkness and returns again to light,:we place in your hands our unfinished tasks, our unsolved problems, and our unfulfilled hopes, knowing that only what you bless will prosper. To your love and protection we commit each other and all those we love, knowing that you alone are our sure defender, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Keep safe. Keep well. Keep praying. God bless you. With love, David