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Notices for Sunday 18th February 2018

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Notices for Sunday 18th February

9.30am HOLY COMMUNION: Welcome to our service this morning led by Jon. Matthew begins our new sermon series about ‘Discovering God’s heart for me’ today looking at “Discovering God’s heart for me.” Ezekiel 11:16-25 and John 10:7-10.

6.30pm EVENING PRAYER (BCP): Matthew leads our service this evening and Heiko talks to us about Genesis 2:15-17 & 3:1-7.

PRAYERS: Please continue to hold the family and friends of Cheryl Hooper in your prayers. Cheryl’s funeral will take place on Tuesday 20th February at 12noon here at St Michael’s.

SERMON SERIES DURING LENT:  After listening to the sermon.  Was there anything you didn’t follow or understand?  There will be an opportunity to      discuss in your housegroup this week.

  1. What does it mean to you that God is “giving you an undivided heart” and removing from you your “heart of stone” and giving you “a heart of flesh?”

Ezekiel 6.19. What will be the signs that he is doing this in you? (see verse 22)

  1. What things might Jesus be challenging you to let go of and what might he be encouraging you to do in order that “you may have life and have it to the full” John 10.10
  2. Why do you think God doesn’t usually provide each of us with a detailed roadmap of our lives well in advance?  What resources for our lives does he provide us with well in advance?

DO YOU REMEMBER: We have been asked by Charles Watson, Grandson of Rev Charles H Watson, who was Vicar a number of years ago at Lilleshall, that Rev Watson’s Son (Lance Watson) has recently passed away and his funeral held last week.  Lance Watson moved from the Vicarage in 1949 following the death of his Father, and was a regular member of our congregation.

Our next Healing Service takes place THIS EVENING 6.30pm at St John’s. A quiet reflective service.

WORLD CHURCH & JUSTICE are due to meet tomorrow evening at 7.45pm at the home of Geoff & Sue Lott.

CAP PRAYER MEETING: After consultation we have decided to try changing the time of the CAP prayer meeting.  It is still on 3rd Tuesday of the month at St John’s Church, Muxton  but now at 4.30pm – 5pm. Our next meeting will be 20th February.

WORSHIP, LUNCH & MUSIC: We continue our weekly series of Worship, Lunch & Music through Lent with a service of Holy Communion at noon this Thursday (22nd Feb) followed by lunch and entertainment. All Welcome.

FORGET ME NOT FILMS: Do you like watching old musicals while enjoying a cup of tea and a slice of cake?  If so, join us on Thursday 22nd February from 9.30am .  We will be watching ‘Genevieve’.

BISHOP AND DEACONS PILGRIMAGE: From Sunday 25th February until Thursday 1st March, Bishop Michael of Lichfield, the deacons of the diocese and others will be walking from Shrewsbury to Lichfield on an evangelistic     Pilgrimage which we have called ‘Chad2Chad’.  As part of this, they will be at St Bartholomew’s Church Tong on Tuesday 27th February. We are all invited to join them there at 11.30am for about an hour for ‘Pop Up Faith Stories’, where each of us will be given just 2 minutes to explain ‘why I am a Christian’. We are also welcome to join them on any part of the Pilgrimage itself and details of the route and timings will shortly appear on the Diocesan website www.lichfield.anglican.org.

MEMORIAL SERVICE: St Michael’s and St John’s would like to invite you to a joint Memorial Service Sunday 4th March 4.00pm at St Michael’s Church.  It will be a service of remembering loved ones and a thanksgiving of their lives.  If you would like to add a name to the ‘Naming List’ in remembrance then please speak to Lesley 670033. Please join us for refreshments after the service.

LILLESHALL PRE SCHOOL have the green tokens collection box at Asda until the end of March.  3 members of St Michael’s work at pre-school and it would be good to support them in trying to secure much needed funds for this     Charity status pre-school.

Monday 19th February 9.15am  Morning Prayer at St Michael’s

Thursday 22nd February 7.30-8am Early Morning Prayers at St John’s

GOOD MORNING SUNDAY at St John’s. Breakfast from 8.15-9.15am, the Sunday papers, conversation, prayer and reflection. (Not on the 5th Sunday).

WORSHIP, LUNCH & MUSIC takes place on the First Thursday of each month (except January and August) and every week during Lent. We begin with a service of Communion at noon followed by lunch and a recital.

DO YOU LIKE WALKING FOR PLEASURE? We meet at St John’s every Wednesday at 10am for a gentle walk of around an hour.  All are welcome. More details from Jo Lefroy.

A MEN’S BREAKFAST takes place on the second Saturday of each month 8.30am at The Whitehouse Hotel in Muxton.  Please let Simon T, Matthew or Lesley know you are coming.

PRAYERS FOR CAP: We continue to run a regular prayer time for the CAP Debt Centre, monthly on the 3rd Tuesday at St John’s in the Acorn Room AT A NEW TIME of 4.30pm.

You are invited to St Michael’s to POP IN FOR COFFEE on the third      Thursday of each month between 10am-12noon all very welcome. NO POP in February and March due to weekly Worship Lunch & Music during Lent.

FORGET ME NOT FILMS: Do you like watching old musicals while enjoying a cup of tea and a slice of cake?  If so, join us usually on the 4th Thursday of each month from 9.30am – 12noon.  (Next film 22nd February).

PATHFINDERS: School Years R-Y6. Meets every Thursday at 5pm during term time at St Michael’s. Tea served at 5.05pm.  Come and join the fun £2 per      session includes food. Email to help with catering.

SPARK: meet during every Sunday service except Church Praze services. For ages 10+. Term time only. Please see Thom for further information.

BLAZE: A new mid week 11’s-14’s group. It takes place between 6-7:30pm on Wednesdays at St Michael’s Church. Contact the office for further details.

SUB:ZERO – cafe style youth club for School years 7+ at St John’s 4-6pm on Friday’s during term time. followed by ABSOLUTE:ZERO approx 5.30pm (during Sub:Zero)….A chance to ask questions about God and being a Christian…

FUSION: (14 – 18 year olds) will meet weekly at St John’s.  The meeting time is Sunday evenings 7.15 – 8.30pm during term time. We meet for Bible study, prayer and discussion. Call 670760 for info.

Sidesperson: 9.30am Anthony Warner and 6.30pm Fran Taylor

Coffee:  9.30am Heather Ayres and Helper

Sidesperson: 9.30am Dave & Sue Richards and 6.30pm Mike Margerrison

Coffee: Clive & Julie Nelson

CHURCH ADMINISTRATOR: new office hours

Monday and Friday 9-4pm and Tuesday 8.30am-12.30 and 2-4pm

Email:  admin@stmichaelslilleshall.org.uk   Web: www.stmichaelslilleshall.org.uk

MATTHEW’S DAY OFF is usually FRIDAY  Email: matthew.lefroy@tiscali.co.uk

RICH’S DAY OFF is usually WEDNESDAY  Email: revrichcresswell@gmail.com

Ezekiel 11:16-25

16 “Therefore say: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Although I sent them far away among the nations and scattered them among the countries, yet for a little while I have been a sanctuary for them in the countries where they have gone.’

17 “Therefore say: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will gather you from the nations and bring you back from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you back the land of Israel again.’

18 “They will return to it and remove all its vile images and detestable idols. 19 I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh. 20 Then they will follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. They will be my people, and I will be their God. 21 But as for those whose hearts are devoted to their vile images and detestable idols, I will bring down on their own heads what they have done, declares the Sovereign Lord.”

22 Then the cherubim, with the wheels beside them, spread their wings, and the glory of the God of Israel was above them. 23 The glory of the Lord went up from within the city and stopped above the mountain east of it. 24 The Spirit lifted me up and brought me to the exiles in Babylonia in the vision given by the Spirit of God.

Then the vision I had seen went up from me, 25 and I told the exiles everything the Lord had shown me.


John 10:7-10

Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.