29/09/2010

29/08/2010

St John the Evangelist

Email stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com

www.stjohnevang.co.uk

www.lpa24.org

0151 645 3314

Reg Charity 234025

Fr Frank Rice

Rev Philip White

22nd Sunday of the Year August 29th. 2010

FAITH IN FOCUS: PRIDE AND PREJUDICE

A woman spent 45 minutes in the queue for confession. As she was leaving the box she said to the priest, “Thank you, Father. With my sins forgiven I’m as pure as a newborn baby now.” The priest said to her, “That’s pride. Get back in the queue!”

There’s a lot of prejudice about pride and humility. Some people think that humility means soft-pedalling on the truth. So even though they may have won the Nobel Prize for Saving the World there are some people who feel that it’s somehow indecent to admit it. They should actually take pride in it.

This approach to humility often means that people fail to use their talents because they don’t want to be considered pushy. There are lots of parishes where excellent readers and musicians, organisers and volunteers, just remain quietly in their seats because they are reticent about using the God-given talents that they have.

And “God-given” is the operative phrase. For humility does not consist in being the shrinking violet in the room, or in acting like some unctuous Uriah Heap character, but in being proud to admit our qualities, but acknowledging where our gifts come from.

So humility is a type of pride in God, because humility means using our gifts and talents, being the real people we are, while at the same time giving glory to the source of all good things: God.

The actual word “humble” has nothing to do with “humble pie” (which is really “umble” or offal pie) but everything to do with “humus”, that good rich soil in which seeds can be planted and produce a rich crop. If a person is humble then they are more susceptible to the action of God working through them. So a humble person is one who is likely to produce lasting fruit. A humble person is one who makes things grow, one who is grounded.

Gloating in your own strengths leads to a fall; glorying in the gifts God has given you leads to praise. That’s why Jesus tells us today that those who exalt themselves will be humbled but those who humble themselves will be exalted. And that’s something to be proud of!

WORD OF GOD

Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the man who humbles himself will be exalted.

(Luke 14:11)

WORD FOR TODAY

In trying to exercise the virtue of humility we are not engaging in false modesty. We are simply recognising that all our gifts and talents come ultimately from God and it is to God that we should give the credit. To be humble is to be proud – of God.

Humility means willingly giving up your ‘rights’ in order to serve others; not grudgingly, but thankfully. It means that you consider it a privilege to give up your time, and resources, and energy for your brothers and sisters in Christ. It means that instead of walking around expecting everyone else to serve us, as if we deserved to be catered to, as if we had a right to have our needs met, instead we treat others as if they deserved to have us serve them. It means that we consider their needs and interests to be as important and urgent as ours, even more so. Humility is not condescension, reaching down to serve someone inferior to me. Humility is recognizing that, before God, we are all of equal worth. (Alan Perkins)

22nd Sun 29th. 5.30

10am.

8pm.

Graham Boden

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 30th. 9.15 Christine Murphy
Tues 31`st 9.15 Mary & Sid Havard
Wed 1st 9.15 John Ryan
Thurs 2nd. 7.15 Ann Ferguson
Fri 3rd. 9.15 Kate Kenny
23rd.Sun 5th. 5.30

10am

8pm

Parishioners

Eileen Markey

Prayer meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for them

Eileen Markey, Joan Lee, Ann Ferguson, Frida Owens, Denis Welch, Josie Cohen, Peter Williamson, Kathy Smith, Marjorie Hoey, Mrs H McCormack, Esther Roche, Fay Challoner, Sheila Stockley, Joan & Charles Reynolds, Mollie Dowling, Kath Holland, Sheila Clayson, Mary Bryden, Owen & Josie Toohey, Betty Kennedy, Helen Worth, Christopher Hadfield, Ivan Gregory, Vincent Sarson, Kath Bassett , Pat Ronan, Christopher & Raymond McNally , Mark Harrison & Genevieve Foster. Those in the parish who do not wish their illness to be made public but who also need our prayers

Money Matters-Thank you

Sunday Offering £621 14p p

Boiler £70

120 Club Winner No 69 N Evans£ 20

This weekend, you have the opportunity of contributing towards the relief for the Pakistani floods victims through CAFOD . The disaster is on an unprecedented scale and has been described by the UN as a slow moving tsunami in which at least 1600 people have died and another 20 million have been displaced. Donating through CAFOD is a tax efficient way of making your contribution. This collection is an extra one and the harvest collection will be made as usual. Envelopes are available at the back of the church

Last Thursday, Fr Dennis celebrated his birthday. You have all made him feel very welcome here and he regards you as another family which is a testament to you. He leaves us on the 8th September to resume his studies but God willing he will come back to join us at Christmastide. I would also like to thank you all for the many lovely/funny cards I received on the occasion of my 82nd birthday and the thoughtful gifts and also for the cakes that were made for the pair of us. I can assure you that the house has been ringing with laughter for weeks.

God doesn’t cause trouble and adversity, but he uses trouble to refine some humility in us. While trouble causes some people to raise their faces to heaven and become bitter, others bow their knees before God and become better. (David Dykes)

Pride is not so much bragging as it is the illusion that I am at the centre and can manage everything on my own without help. Bragging may be a symptom of pride, but pride itself is much deeper. Even very insecure people who would never be caught dead bragging can demonstrate an amazing amount of pride.Humility, therefore, is the opposite of this attitude. It’s not a self deprecating sort of thing, humility is just living in the truth about ourselves… and the truth is I am not God, I’m not the centre, I have needs, I have things I can’t control, I am dependant on God. That’s humility.

(Rick Thiessen)

BILLIONS

A billion seconds ago it was 1979.

A billion minutes ago St John had only recently died.

A billion hours ago our ancestors were in the Stone Age.

A billion days ago nothing with two feet walked our earth.

A billion years ago seems just like a second in God’s mind.

And he was there!

Tuesday 31st.

11am-1pm

Teresa Young

Colette Corkhill

Thursday 2nd.

11am-1pm

Phil Topping

Gerry Topping

Saturday 4th.

11am-1pm

Anne Keogh

Chris Dougherty

‘The Missionaries of Divine Revelation are coming to The Carmelite Monastery on Sunday 5th September at 7pm to give a presentation on the remarkable story of the Apparition of the Virgin Mary in Rome (1947) at Tre Fountaine. All are welcome. Call Rachel on 07770266679 for further details or see poster at the back of the church’

AIDAN (August 31st)

St Aidan of Lindisfarne was born in Ireland and may have studied at Inish Cathay under St. Senan, the Irish missionary, before becoming a monk on the island of Iona, off the west coast of Scotland. At the request of King Oswald of Northumbria, Aidan went as a bishop to Lindisfarne, sometimes known as Holy Island, and was renowned throughout the kingdom for his knowledge of the bible, his learning and his eloquent preaching. His reputation for holiness is legendary as are his preference for simplicity, his kindness to the poor, and the miracles attributed to him. A contemporary of St Bede who speaks highly of his gifts as a bishop, he founded a monastery at Lindisfarne that became known as the English Iona and was a centre of learning and missionary activity for all of northern England. He died in 651 at Bamburgh Castle.

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