Services in the Benefice
Sunday 22nd May
Holy Communion in St Mary's, Berkeley at 10.30 am
Tuesday 24th May
Toddler Cafe in St Mary's, Berkeley at 10 am
Wednesday 25th May
Evening Prayer at the Vicarage, Berkeley at 8 pm
Thursday 26th May
Morning Prayer by Zoom at 9.00 am (details and link below)
Zoom Morning Prayer
With the wonders of Zoom we are able to meet together to pray for our world, our communities and our church. Use the link below to join in. The order of service can be found in the PDF document.
Morning Prayer Zoom link
Thought for Sunday 22nd May
“It’s the thought that counts”
I’m relieved it’s no longer April. The month of April seems to be the month for birthdays. Everyone we know - children, family, friends - seems to have a birthday in April. How are you at choosing gifts? As everyone gets older, it’s really hard to know what to get for anyone. Especially when they say “Oh I don’t really need anything”. Are you someone who loves to shop and spend a long time thoughtfully seeking out just the right thing for a loved one? Do you always seem to know just what people need? Or are you a last minute online shopper, checking out someone else’s browsing history or wish list for ideas and relying on next day delivery?
In today’s gospel reading from John 14:23-29 we hear about a very special gift. Jesus knows that he will not be with the disciples for much longer, and tells them “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” Or, as the New Living Translation more helpfully puts it: “I am leaving you with a gift — peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”
Jesus is trying to prepare the disciples for the time when he will not be around, and to give them reassurance that everything will be OK.
The peace that Jesus offers is not external, worldly peace – the lack of hostilities, suffering or strife. This peace won’t eliminate conflict or trouble, moments of anxiety, worry, nervousness or fear but gives an inner confidence to endure in the face of turmoil knowing that God will come through in any situation.
The path to us receiving this peace however comes from giving every situation to God in prayer and learning to trust that He will carry us through any situation that life has to offer no matter how difficult.
This is surely something that should feature high on everyone’s wish list.
Debbie Page – Informal Worship Team
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Steve Godsell, Parish Priest
Tel: 01453 810294
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Tel: 01453 810049
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