Thought of the Week - 29th June 2022

Pre read: Luke 4: 16-22

Hello everyone! We hope you’ve had a good week.

Congratulations to Revd Richard who was ordained a priest at Reading Minster on Saturday, so please pray for him in this next chapter of his ministry and as he continues to serve in the Parish.

The Wargrave Festival has now come to an end after a packed programme over two and half weeks and we are grateful to everyone who helped put on such a fantastic event, but especially to the main Festival Crew, who worked daily for almost 3 weeks to resource and support it all. Everyone deserves a well-earned rest. Fiona Castle’s testimony at the End-of-Festival service on Sunday, of how Jesus saved her life and gave her purpose and peace, was very powerful and moving, and the Family BBQ afterwards was a hugely enjoyable time of relaxation and fun for folk of all ages. After the Jubilee Weekend and the Festival, the summer continues with Wimbledon and Henley Regatta, so if you are a tennis or rowing fan, going along or watching on TV, we hope you have a great time.

May God bless you and your loved ones in the week ahead.

With our love and prayers from the Parish Ministry Team.


Good News for the Week

JESUS ANNOUNCES HIS MISSION

‘Jesus 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, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:

‘The Spirit of the Lord is on me, for 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, and to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.’

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, and he said to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his lips. “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?” they asked.


This passage from early in Luke’s Gospel, takes place at the beginning of Jesus’s ministry. What Jesus is doing here is similar to a Party-Political Broadcast. He is announcing the manifesto of the Kingdom of God, and he is identifying himself as the long awaited Messiah. On the Sabbath he went to his local synagogue and in front of his community he read from the scroll of the prophet Isaiah, sat down and said these momentous words:

“Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

In other words, Jesus was saying, “These words of Isaiah are about me! This is the job God has given me to do! God has sent me to bring good news, to bring freedom, to bring light, to bring blessing – for everyone!” Jesus offers the world the same good news now. How are you feeling today as you read these words of Jesus from Luke’s Gospel.

Are you feeling poor? You may have plenty of money, but are you feeling physically, emotionally, and spiritually ‘poor’? If you have financial need, please see the helpline numbers below.

Are you feeling imprisoned? Are the circumstances of your life making you feel trapped or hemmed in, with seemingly no way out or escape?

Are you feeling blind? Does the world seem dark? Are you finding it hard to see beyond the problems of your life?

Are you feeling oppressed? Do you feel as if your problems are pressing down on you, as if a great weight is sitting upon you?

 If you are feeling any of this, remember that Jesus declared that he came to bring you good news; he came to release you from what is binding you; he came to help you see beyond your problems to the truth and beauty of God; he came to take your burdens from you so that you might be free to live as a child of God. The people who heard Jesus speak in the synagogue that day were ‘amazed at the words of grace that came from Jesus’s lips. May you too be amazed at the gracious words that come from his lips. May you hear Jesus speak these words of grace over you. May you feel his joy, live his freedom, see his truth, know his pardon, and enjoy his blessing, this day and always.

And if you would like to pray with someone, please call John, Steve or Richard, or see other helpline numbers below.


Bible Readings


Click to read the Bible reading for this week: 1 Peter 2: 1-10, Luke 10: 1-20


Please pray for

  • God's peace and justice in Ukraine

  • healing for those who are sick, in mind, body or spirit

  • those who are lonely or anxious

  • those who mourn

  • the victims of the devastating earthquake in Afghanistan

  • those in need of care and their carers

  • the staff at the Surgery

  • the residents and staff at the Mount Care Home
  • children and staff at our local schools

Our Next Services



 Sunday 3rd July  Sunday 10th July 
 Third Sunday after Trinity Fourth Sunday after Trinity
   
St Mary's 8am - Holy Communion

9.45am  - All Age Family Worship
8am - Holy Communion

9.45am  - Holy Communion





St Peters10.30am Holy Communion 
   
St Pauls  9.15am Holy Communion


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