Sunday, July 17, 2022

Sunday Worship podcast link and other news: July 17

Dear friends

Join us for worship online, on the phone or in the building today. 

with best wishes
Anne Le Bas

Worship podcast     Order of service
You can also access this podcast by phoning 01732 928061

In the church building today - July 17 Trinity 5
10 am  Holy Communion
3-4.30pm Messy Church
6.30pm Evensong

During the week
Monday             2-3.30pm Talking Village in Deniz Cafe in the High Street
Friday                10.30-12.30 Friday Group in the church hall

Sunday 24th July  (no worship podcast or newsletter)
10 am  Morning Worship (not communion)
6.30pm Evensong

Sunday 31st July (no worship podcast or newsletter)
10.00 am Holy Communion (led by Revd Harriet Johnson)
6.30pm Evensong

Trinity 5
Genesis 18.1-10a, Luke 10.38-end

Today's readings give two different pictures of hospitality. Abraham welcomes three mysterious strangers who turn up as he is resting at the entrance to his tent. Martha invites Jesus into her home. Both work hard to provide for their guests, but while Abraham spends time with his visitors, Martha is not only too busy to sit down with Jesus, but angry that her sister Mary does. Today's sermon explores why that might be, and what Martha's reluctance to spend time listening to Jesus might mean. A clue - it isn't just to do with how many carrots there are still to peel...


In today's Gospel story, Martha finds it hard simply to sit and listen to Jesus and is cross with her sister who does. 

  • When you have visitors, what do you think is the most important thing to do? What makes you feel welcome when you visit someone else?

There are lots of ways of spending time with God, welcoming him into our lives. Prayer is one - just talking and listening to him. We can also see God's hand in his creation, so you could spend some time out of doors, exploring the world around you. The Bible also says we can find him in one another, and that when we care for others we care for him.

  • What ideas do you have for stilling and calming yourself when you feel flustered? 

We will be exploring ways of doing this at Messy Church today - we will be under the shade of the trees in the vicarage garden. 

There will be no worship podcasts or newsletters on July 24 and 31 as I will be on holiday. Kevin and Jess will be leading non-eucharistic services in church on July 24, and the Revd Harriet Johnson will preach and preside at Holy Communion on July 31. Many thanks in advance to them. 
If you would like to join in with online worship from the Church of England during this time, you can find it here
Online worship from the C of E is also available by phone on 0800 804 8044

MESSY CHURCH takes place this Sunday, from 3 -4.30pm, and will be in the vicarage garden (in the shade of the trees!) on this occasion. Come and join us! It is for all ages, and is a very informal mix of craft, activity, worship and tea. There won't be a Messy Church session in August, so the next one after this will be on Sept 17.

COVID is still with us! As I am very aware, having just had it, Covid is still around, and there has been a surge in cases locally recently. While we believe that the measures we are taking to guard against transmission at Sunday services are adequate, we would like to remind people that it is really important not to come to church if you think you may have covid, even if you are on a rota for something! Mask wearing isn’t mandatory any more, but please feel free to wear one if you would like to to protect yourself and others. I will continue to wear a mask to distribute communion.

Monday afternoons between 2pm and 3.30 in Deniz's on the High Street. Buy a cup of tea or coffee and join us on the Talking Village table, for a chat and to make new friends, or catch up with old ones!
Saturdays - On the first Saturday of each month in Seal Library from 10.15-11.15am. Join us for a coffee whilst out browsing for your library books.
At both these venues, there will always be two hosts to welcome you, and we look forward to meeting with you and getting to know each other better.

Sew to Print - Summer Holiday Workshops in Seal for children 8years +
10.30 - 2pm at Seal Church Hall on:-
19th July and 5th August - Foraging and making botanical dyes
3rd August - Bookbind a sketchbook and make natural ink
4th August - Decorate a t shirt/bag or make a scrunchy.
Places are limited so to book contact via Instagram or at
Sophia - BA Hons Textiles, Montessori Teaching Diploma, Forest School Leader.OTHER COMMUNITY NEWS - For more community news from Marion Gilchrist, check out the Know Your Neighbours blog. or email to ask to be put on her mailing list.

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