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Parish Brief – 26th January 2021

Hello  When God sighed I was reading a passage of scripture the other day when a word jumped off the page at me. It’s only one word, and not a very big one at that. It is a word that I didn’t remember seeing before, but it hit me square in the face. I found it in Mark 7: 31-35. Jesus is presented with a man who is deaf and has a speech impediment. Jesus took the man aside and looked him in the face. Knowing it would be useless to talk, he explained what he was about to do through gestures. He spat and touched the man’s tongue, telling him that whatever restricted his speech was about to be removed. He touched his ears. They, for the first time, were about to hear. But before the man said a word or heard a sound, Jesus did something I never anticipated. He sighed. One might have expected a clap, or a song or a prayer. Even a ‘Hallelujah!’ but the Son of God did none of these. Instead, he paused, looked into heaven, and sighed. From the depths of his being came a rush of emotion that said more than… Read More

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weekly news sheet 24/01/2021

Dear Friends, I’m sure like us you were very thankful for the beautiful sunshine on Friday, it makes one feel spring is round the corner. The birdsong is definitely increasing and bulbs are poking through the soil. I attach this week’s weekly sheets, the readings, Revd Liz’s sermon and the weekly photo. This week’s online service can be found here: www.capelandockleychurch.org.uk/2021/01/23/third-sunday-of-epiphany-sunday-24-january-2021/ If for any reason you have problems locating it, it can also be found here: https://youtu.be/4QijwbEhIg4 You will see on the weekly sheets that we are going to run an online Lent Course this year starting on Monday 22 February at 7-9pm. The subject is ‘Creation’. More details will be published in the next couple of weeks, but if you would like to join Revd Liz please email ( vicar@capelandockleychurch.org.uk) or phone (01306 711260) her to be added to the list. A few of us meet for daily prayers twice a week via Zoom on a Wednesday morning at 9.30am and Friday afternoon at 5.30pm, do join us if you would like to. Let me know by email and I will add you to the Zoom invitation. Most of us use the ‘Daily Prayer’ app which is the Church of… Read More

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Parish Brief – 19th January 2021

Hello <<First Name>> Wonderful Love Even though in many ways’ life is simpler in an extended lockdown, it can make some things more difficult to deal with and lead to tensions and pressures that are harder to get round and resolve. Whether it is trying to care for an elderly relative, getting to see a doctor or dentist, or maintaining friendships and relationships – the inability to talk face to face and connect in person, other than by electronic means, can lead to frustrations, misunderstanding and leave us feeling isolated.  As I was struggling with some of these things last week my daughter shared this family WhatsApp message about my 6yr old granddaughter: Merry was on a whole school assembly on Google Classroom when the Headteacher’s feed dropped out. The Deputy Head asked if any of the children want to pray.   Merry put her digital hand up straight away and prayed. “Father God, thank you for our school.  Thank you for all that we have and all that we get to do.  Help us remember your love is so high we can’t get over it (long pause) and so low we can’t get under it (long pause) and so wide we can’t… Read More

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weekly news sheet 17/01/2021

Dear Friends, Another lockdown week has passed and thankfully the numbers of new infections are beginning to fall, whilst the numbers of those being vaccinated are continuing to rise. We even saw some sun on Friday afternoon – enough for us to get some rose pruning done. This week’s sheets include both an invitation to our Zoom coffee morning tomorrow at 10am, details of which are below: Topic: Church coffee morning and prayers Time: Jan 17, 2021 10:00 London Join Zoom Meeting us02web.zoom.us/j/89402910859 <us02web.zoom.us/j/89402910859> Meeting ID: 894 0291 0859 Also, our next online service which can be found here: www.capelandockleychurch.org.uk/2021/01/16/second-sunday-of-epiphany-sunday-17-january-2021/ Should you have any problems locating it there it can also be found on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/G7AGhxw_mdI <https://youtu.be/G7AGhxw_mdI> Do join us for coffee if you can, if you haven’t used Zoom before and are struggling, give me a ring on the number below and I’ll help talk you through the process. Attached to this email is Bishop Jo’s sermon, but if you would like to watch it rather than read it the link to the Youtube version is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHHNHaNp0pY <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHHNHaNp0pY> Her cat Rolo makes his debut on camera! The photo of this week is a look back at last… Read More

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Parish Brief – 12th January 2021

Hello <<First Name>>In the northern hemisphere the New Year dawns at the darkest time of the year. It is also a very dark time for all of us as we are living with the restrictions necessary in order to bring the spread of Covid-19 under control. We don’t know when or how this phase will end. Living with uncertainty is very difficult. We are in the middle of Epiphany, which is a season of uncertainty, beginning with the Feast of the Epiphany on 6 January and concluding with the Presentation of Christ in the Temple – on 2 February. Three themes are woven together throughout Epiphany all of which are about God making Christ’s presence real in uncertain times. The first theme is the arrival of the visitors from the East, who took two years of travelling by night to find Jesus, far from the stable of his birth. The second recollection of God making the presence of Christ known was celebrated on the Sunday just past – the Baptism of Christ – and in the gospel reading we heard Jesus’ recollection of God telling him that he was God’s beloved. And the third theme which we’ll mark on the final Sunday… Read More

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weekly news sheet 10/01/2021

Dear Friends I do hope this email finds you fit and well as we near completion of our first week back in lockdown. I was privileged to take Philomena for her first vaccination today which really felt like we were making history! I understand a number of others locally have also had their first injection. I am delighted that the national roll out is happening all around us – definitely a cause for celebration! You will see that our weekly sheets this week have on the front of them a beautiful picture by Piero Della Francesca, which Revd Liz also talks about in her reflection. If you would like to know more about this painting please do watch this lovely Youtube video by the National Gallery which takes a closer look at it: https://youtu.be/-K05vEy4Z0A This week Revd Liz with James Burt and Margaret Zandona have produced a lovely online service for you to watch. The link to the video which is now on our website is here: www.capelandockleychurch.org.uk/2021/01/09/sunday-10-january-2021/ Should you have any problems locating it there it can also be found on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/ZFtxZV9QZUU Next Sunday there will be another online service and as the Zoom coffee sessions have… Read More

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