8th Sunday of Year 2nd March 2014. Cycle A.

28/02/2014

St John the Evangelist

New Ferry, in the Diocese of Shrewsbury, Reg. Charity 234025

Fr Emeka (in residence)

Revd. Philip White; Revd. Michael Daly

phone: 0151 645 3314

email: stjohntheevangelist

websites: www.stjohnevang.co.uk www.lpa24.org

8th Sunday of Year 2nd March 2014. Cycle A.

In today’s gospel we hear the voice of Jesus speak words of comfort: Do not be anxious. ‘I am telling you not to worry about your life and what you are to eat, nor about your body and how you are to clothe it. Surely life means more that food and the body more than clothing.’ However if you are poor and hungry you are always anxious, because you can never be certain about your daily bread. Poverty and anxiety go hand in hand.

Jesus is not suggesting that being his disciple means that we will have a care free life without a worry in the world. That would be wholly unrealistic. Jesus himself will be anxious and afraid when his passion gets underway and he has to look death in the face. What Jesus argues against is an anxiety that consumes us, that steals all our energy and leaves us feeling abandoned by God. When Jesus faces the cross he must trust in a God beyond the cross; he does not ignore his own fear but puts it in the framework of his belief in God. His fear is not the ultimate reality. God is.

As his disciples Jesus asks us to see beyond our real fears to a God who knows us and values us. That is not easy. When we are anxious it is difficult to pay attention to anything other than our anxiety. Many people are exhausted simply from coping with what life brings them; they feel they have no heart left for God because they have nothing left to give. Jesus asks us to place our anxiety in the larger perspective of the kingdom and put it in God’s care. If our heart is set first on the kingdom then everything that happens is seen in the light of the heart’s priority. Nothing can alter God’s love for us. Nothing. And that is why we pray in each eucharist: ‘protect us from all anxiety as we wait in joyful hope for the coming of our savior, Jesus Christ

Denis McBride (Seasons of the Word)

Word of God

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘No one can be the slave of two masters: he will either hate the first and love the second, or treat the first with respect

and the second with scorn. You cannot be the slave both of God and of money. That is why I am telling you not to worry about your life and what you

are to eat, nor about your body and how you are to clothe it. Surely life means more than food, and the body more than clothing! Look at the birds in

the sky. They do not sow or reap or gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they are?

Word for Today

There are many people who lead lives of quiet anxiety and who never say what haunts or troubles them. W H Auden tried to capture this affliction in his poem The Age of Anxiety where he wrote about

….this stupid world where

Gadgets are gods, and we go on talking,

Many about much, but remain alone,

Alive but alone, belonging-where?-

Unattached as tumbleweed.

(Denis McBride -Seasons of the Word)

We should all be gearing up for the Lenten Fast! How about having a look at our bookstall to see if there is anything there to feed your spirits during this holy season? If there is a particular title you have set your heart on but can’t find it there then please write it down and we will do our best to have it in stock for the following week.

8th Sunday of the Year 2nd 5.30pm

10am

7.30pm

Parishioners

Arthur Evans

Prayer Meeting

Mon 3rd 9.15 Service of Word & Communion
Tues 4th 9.15 Eileen Moon
Ash Wed 5th 10am Parishioners
Thurs 6th. 9.15 Fr. Frank
Friday 7th. 9.15 P Ryan
Sat
1st Sunday in Lent 9th. 5.30pm

10am

3pm

7.30 pm.

Mary Gibbs

Parishioner

Lenten Devotions

Prayer Meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for Colette Howes, Barbara Gillespie, Doreen Wrigg, Frances Heslin, Liam Halpen, Teresa McLean, Josie Cohen, Peter Williamson, Kathy Smith, Marjorie Hoey, Esther Roche, Fay Challoner, Sheila Stockley, Joan & Charles Reynolds, Kath Holland, Mary Bryden, Josie Toohey, Helen Worth, Christopher Hadfield, Christopher & Raymond McNally. Remember also those in the parish who do not wish their illness to be made public but who also need our prayers.

Please note that Morning Prayer is celebrated 15 minutes before the start of each weekday mass. Rosary commences 5 mins after Morning Mass (when being said)

Money- thank you for your generosity

Offertory: £p

Boiler: £

Book Sales: £0

120 Club winners: No. 69 N Evans £20

No.89 F . Morris £10

This weekend there is a retiring collection for the work of the Society.

Please be aware that we will have just one Mass on Ash Wednesday at 10am celebrated by Fr Chris Lightbound. If you are unable to attend Mass at that time then you may attend at St Anne’s at either the school at 9.30 or in church at7.30pm

Pope Francis’ Prayer intentions for March ;For Women. That all cultures may respect the rights and dignity of women.

Vocations. That many young people may accept the Lord’s invitation to consecrate their lives to proclaiming the Gospel.

Next Friday 7th March at Christ Church Hr. Bebington, Canon Anne Samuels will be the speaker at the Women’s World Day of Prayer. Canon Anne is a wonderful speaker and you are urged to go along if you have the opportunity. Proceedings begin at 2pm. There are further details on the posters which are displayed on our notice boards. All are welcome.

Fairtrade fortnight concludes this weekend, so raid the piggy banks and treat someone to a gift from Eileen’s selection of beautiful or delicious goods on sale at the back of the church.

Fr. Frank is starting to settle into his new home and is getting ready for visitors. Joan will give you his number if you want to arrange to partake of a cuppa with him. No more than 8 people at a time because that is the limit of his cup collection-unless you want the builder’s mug!

March =

We hope that those of you who took away a copy of The Wednesday Word found it helpful. Sometimes it takes a while for people to get into the habit of using things like that so we will carry on throughout Lent in the hope that it catches on

There is a series of talks already underway at CtK on Tuesday evenings as follows:

Tuesday 11th March—Scripture—the Gospel according to Matthew—The Man and his message Canon David Roberts

Tuesday 25th March—Evangelii Gaudium—The Joy of the Gospel. Pope Francis and his vision Fr Nick Kern

Tuesday 8th April – Pope Francis—One Year On – Canon David Roberts

Unfortunately we have missed the initial meeting which was by Bishop Brian. Please let us know if you see things advertised in other parishes which you think may be of interest to the people of St John’s. Thanks.

There is also to be a series of Lenten talks at St John Plessington school on the Pope’s Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium. We will give you details as soon as we get them but we know that Bishop Brian will be the speaker at one of them. The last series of talks there were wonderful so it is in our interests to try to attend if we are able.

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