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How brilliant and fickle we can be

09 May 2022

What an interesting week in politics - an MP resigned over watching inappropriate images in the Chamber, the shadow leader embroiled in his own ‘beergate’, and local elections with variable losses and gains. Meanwhile in Ukraine, President Zelensky valiantly leads his country through the terror of war in a wonderful example of leadership and bravery. These examples just go to show how brilliant and at the same time just how fickle human beings can be. We all have great potential for success and failure, but perhaps what we need to remember is that we are all flesh and blood, no matter how much we would like to put someone on a proverbial pedestal. The only person worthy of such treatment is our Lord, and apart from Him, we all ‘swim in a sea of grace’. Let’s remember to treat one another with the same grace and compassion we would like from others.

Services this week

  • 8am - St Andrews BCP Holy Communion
  • 9.30 - St Peter’s BCP Holy Communion
  • 10am - St Michael’s by Communion followed by Annual Meeting
  • 11am - St Andrew’s Sung Eucharist

News from St Michaels’

Sunday 8th May is an important day to be in church, firstly to see the ‘Art in the Dale’ exhibition (see photo attached), which is stunning, and secondly because we have our Annual Vestry Meeting and APCM immediately after the 10am service. We will be reviewing the past year, saying thank you to all those who have supported St Michael’s in practical ways, especially Mo Dore who’ll be stepping down as Churchwarden after 8 years of faithful service, and looking forward with hope. We have 2 vacancies on PCC and 2 places for Deanery Synod, which we’d like to fill. Please have a word with Revd Sue if you’d like to know more about these roles. It would be great to have some new people on board!

The 10am service will be shorter than usual, and there will be time for coffee before we start the meeting, which won’t be long, so do stay if you possibly can. 

The following week, Saturday 14th May, Christine Dittman and Friends ‘Ings Strings’ will be in concert at 7pm. They have put together a beautiful programme of light and classical music. Free admission, with donations towards the running costs of St Michaels.  

St Andrew’s hosts a special Deanery Meeting with Bishop Helen-Ann on Thursday for Deanery Synod Representatives.

On Wednesday Evening at 7pm there is a special training session at Settle Parish Church for Lay Eucharistic Ministry - please speak to Rev Sue or myself if you are interested.

Rogation Sunday is on Sunday 22nd May - everyone is invited to a special joint service with Broughton Church for a service and shared tea afterwards. Please do come and help us keep this important tradition alive and pray for our agriculture industry.

May your week be blessed with God’s Presence and His Peace,

Andrew and Sue.

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