Church Services & View from the Vicarage

Detailed below is a list of the regular Anglican Church Services and this weeks View from the Vicarage.

Church Services

Mondays
9.30am     First Steps (term times) for pre-school children and parents

Thursdays
10.00am    Joint Service followed by coffee in the meeting room. Everyone most            welcome
12.00        Lunch Group – Meeting Room EVERY FIRST Thursday of the month

Sundays
7.45am    First Sunday Holy Communion – book of pray
10.00am   Parish Communion with Sunday School

VIEW FROM THE VICARAGE

Today our service and our newsletter are brought to you by the number 3.  Three blind mice, three wise monkeys, three’s a crowd.  Bad luck comes in threes (as do buses!), there are three lions on the England shirt, three bears, three wishes, three musketeers.   The number is also important in the Christian tradition: Christ was visited by the three wise men and 33 years later – when Peter disowned him three times – rose on the third day after the crucifixion (he died at 3pm).  There were also 12 disciples, which is a multiple of three.   Today our main concern is that our God is represented by the number 3 – the Trinity, the Father, Son and Holy Ghost.  We know that there are three persons in our God, as Jesus (the Son) spoke of the Father and then promised to send the Spirit.  But is has caused much debate over the years as to what it means in practice.  I have read lots of accounts about all of this – how God is simultaneously one and three, but for all the explanations offered, it remains a mystery.  The nature of God is complex, but it offers something for all.  Let us not dwell too much on its complexity – but look at the fruit.  Our God created us, died for us and continues to inspire us.  We rejoice in all three persons of out wonderful God.   Reverend Carol Ball (with thanks to Simon Jeffrey of the Guardian for some of the facts about the number three)