Services in the Benefice
Sunday 17th October
Parish Communion in St Michael's, Hill at 10.30 am
Licensing Service for Steve Godsell, in St Mary's, Berkeley at 3.00pm
Sunday 24th October
Benefice Communion in St Mary's, Berkeley at 10.30 am
Sunday 31st October
Benefice Communion in All Saints, Stone at 10.30 am
Evening Prayer in St Mary's, Berkeley at 6.00 pm
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A new priest for our Benefice
We are delighted to announce that the Revd Steve Godsell has accepted the post as our new Priest in Charge. His licensing service will be held at St Mary’s at 3pm on the afternoon of Sunday 17th October. We look forward to welcoming Steve and his family to our benefice.
Thought for Sunday, 17th October
Vocation, Vocation, Vocation: Mark 10:35-45
James and John in our Gospel reading today are looking to be the ‘top dogs’ amongst the disciples as they ask Jesus if they can be at his ‘right hand’ and left hand’ when he reaches his ‘glory.’ Of course the ‘glory’ they see coming looks a bit like being in charge of a new kingdom or political party, and they want those top positions in the ‘cabinet reshuffle.’
Of course, we know as we read, what will happen to Jesus. The kingdom of Jesus is not as they thought and the ‘glory’ of Jesus is found on the cross and the people at his ‘right and left hand’ are there to die too.
Jesus responds ‘Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with’ (v38).
Jesus’ baptism was at the start of his public ministry, the start of his ‘visible vocation.’ This vocation of ‘messiahship’ is not ‘a cup’ which can be handed over easily to someone else. He prays in the garden of Gethsemane for God to ‘take the cup from him’ if possible, but if it is what God wants, he will accept the ‘cup’ he has been given.
This weekend is a special one in the life of our 3 Churches and the wider communities in which we serve as we welcome our new Priest in Charge; Steve Godsell. It is a special weekend for Steve too as he starts the next chapter of his vocation. We welcome Steve, his wife Debbie and their family as they come to live and work amongst us.
As Steve accepts the ‘cup’ which God offers, we might think about what that ‘cup’ looks like for us and what God is trying to task each of us with? ‘Vocation’ is not just about the jobs up the front on a Sunday. Your task or ‘cup’ will be unique to you, as helped by the Holy Spirit; you use your gifts and personalities in different ways.
In our prayers, perhaps we can ask God about what ‘the cup’ is he wishes us to take and in accepting it may our ‘cup brim with blessing’ (Psalm 23, The message Bible). We pray the same for Steve, may his ‘cup brim with blessing’ this weekend and in the coming weeks and months ahead.
Sherri - Reader
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Dates for your diary!
Sunday 17th October
Licensing of our new Priest in Charge, Steve Godsell, by Robert, Bishop of Tewkesbury.
St Mary's Church, Berkeley, at 3.00 pm.
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Church services during the pandemic and Vacancy
Each week there is a 10.30 am Sunday service in one of our three churches. Our Lay Readers, the ‘Eleven’ team and the Stone Leading Worship team have stepped into action to take the majority of these services, and we have priests booked for Parish Communion services. Risk assessments and careful planning to manage services have been done for each of our very different churches. Masks no longer need to be worn during services, although they are recommended when singing.