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Notices for Sunday 25th February 2018

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Notices for Sunday 25th February


9.30am MORNING WORSHIP: Welcome to our service today led by Sue. John continues our new sermon series about ‘Discovering God’s heart for ……’ this morning looking at “Discovering God’s heart for Justice”. Job 29:7-17 and Luke 4:16-21. (Micah 6:8b )

6.30pm HOLY COMMUNION (CW): This evening our service is led by Rich and he talks to us about Hebrews 11:1-16 and John 8:51-59.

PRAYERS: Please continue to hold the family and friends of Cheryl Hooper in your prayers.  Could we also ask you to pray for the family of Lilian Stawell a long standing member of St Michael’s who has sadly passed away whilst living at The Rubens Care Home.

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

  1. How do we understand justice?  In what ways to we see God as a God of justice?
  2. In our first reading (Job 28:7-17) we see a picture of what life looks like for the Jew who has grasped the God’s heart for justice. What would such a picture look like for the Christian who has grasped God’s heart for justice?
  3. Where do you see injustice in the area you live, the life you lead, the things you buy? How do you think God feels about this?
  4. What might it mean for you to “do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with God”?

Film Fest 2018: 32 young people from our community, including a handful from our churches, attended this year’s film fest on Friday 16th February. So far we have raised £185 with more to come, 10% of which will be sent to cancer        research (their chosen charity). Thank you to everyone who helped out with this event, making it possible to run.

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’.  We are all invited to join them at St Bartholomew’s Church Tong on Tuesday 27th February at 11.30am for ‘Pop Up Faith Stories’, where each of then will be given just 2 minutes to explain ‘why I am a Christian’. Details of the route and timings will be on the    Diocesan website www.lichfield.anglican.org.

FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT – 26th February to 11th March. Please take a look on www.fairtrade.org.uk for a wealth of information and please consider    choosing Fairtrade products when you go shopping.  We will run a Fairtrade stall at the services on 4 & 11 March. Fairtrade Fortnight ties in with John’s sermon today on ‘God’s Heart For Justice’. Also on 4 March there will be cakes made with FT ingredients – please see June Powell or Ann Churm for  recipe ideas.

WORSHIP, LUNCH & MUSIC: We continue our weekly series of Worship, Lunch & Music through Lent with a service of Holy Communion at noon this Thursday (1st Mar) followed by lunch and entertainment. All Welcome.

COFFEE MORNING 10am to 2pm on Saturday 3 March in aid of  Dementia UK at Gill Maiden’s house 8 Avenue Road South Newport TF10 7DY. Everyone very welcome. Refreshments provided.

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.

New Wine Celebration with Hellie Brunt at Trinity Meole Brace on 18th March at 6.30pm!  Please see poster in church.

Volunteers needed for the Care for the Family ‘It Takes Two’ event: Care for the Family are looking for some stewards to help them on the evening of March 20th when they will be presenting the ‘It Takes Two’ event at the Park Inn Hotel. They need  4 to 6 people who would be willing to hand out delegate bags, help people to their seats, collect tickets and help on the resource stand. These people will not miss any of the event and seats will be reserved for them. Stewards also get a free book at the end of the evening as a thank you. If you are interested in helping and are able to come to the venue for 6:30 for a briefing please contact Abi Williams Email: Abi.Williams@cff.org.uk

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 26th February 9.15am  Morning Prayer at St Michael’s

Thursday 1st March 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.

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 COFFEE in March due to weekly Worship Lunch & Music during Lent.

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 mid week 11’s-14’s group. It takes place between 6.30-7:30pm 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.

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 Dave & Sue Richards and 6.30pm Mike Margerrison

Coffee: Clive & Julie Nelson


Sidesperson: 9.30am Cedric Ayres and 4pm Fran Taylor

Coffee:  9.30am Janet Marshall & Ann Churm and 6.30pm Chris Leyden

 CHURCH ADMINISTRATOR: new office hours

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

Email:  admin@stmichaelslilleshall.org.uk   Webwww.stmichaelslilleshall.org.uk

MATTHEW’S DAY OFF is usually FRIDAY  Emailmatthew.lefroy@tiscali.co.uk

RICH’S DAY OFF is usually WEDNESDAY  Emailrevrichcresswell@gmail.com

Job 29:7-17

‘When I went to the gate of the city and took my seat in the public square,
the young men saw me and stepped aside and the old men rose to their feet;
the chief men refrained from speaking and covered their mouths with their hands;
10 the voices of the nobles were hushed, and their tongues stuck to the roof of their mouths.
11 Whoever heard me spoke well of me, and those who saw me commended me,
12 because I rescued the poor who cried for help, and the fatherless who had none to assist them.
13 The one who was dying blessed me; I made the widow’s heart sing.
14 I put on righteousness as my clothing; justice was my robe and my turban.
15 I was eyes to the blind and feet to the lame.
16 I was a father to the needy; I took up the case of the stranger.
17 I broke the fangs of the wicked and snatched the victims from their teeth.

Luke 4:16-21

16 He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:

18 ‘The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
19     to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.’

20 Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. 21 He began by saying to them, ‘Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.’

Micah 6:8b

“What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?