Men’s Breakfast May is here…

Mens Breakfast – a bit of a departure this one but odd times and all that. The meeting tomorrow will be on ZOOM. A month ago we thought that was a 70s ice lolly. If you know what Zoom is and you want to come to Men’s Breakfast see you tomorrow morning. Many Blessings Mark

The Speaker is Bruce ‘the poet’ back by popular request. He has bought a computer camera especially. Have your bacon sandwich ready.

Agenda
30 minutes …
Intro
Recent tales from holiday of a lifetime
Talk about the poem (below)
Read another two poems
Talk about them
Q&A

From a Flanders Field
A poppy in my lapel is a very small token
of millions of lives lost and millions more broken. I wear it each year and I wear it with pride, one vivid red petal for each one who’s died. Another life wasted in mankind’s quest for war against each other fighting, not knowing what for? I don’t understand and I pray I never will mankind’s constant quest to fight and to kill, man’s constant quest for the savagery of war with troops not knowing what they’re fighting for simply marching bravely on and following orders inch by wretched inch pushing back the borders.
I salute the fallen and those who can’t be healed as I wear my red poppy from a Flanders field.
It won’t stop the wars and it won’t halt the fight but I hope and I pray with all my might
that one day soon the fighting will cease
and men of war will become men of peace.
But until the day when through God, peace is sealed I’ll wear my red poppy from a Flanders Field!
© Bruce N H Simpson 2012

Thank you Bruce. We had our first Zoom Men’s Breakfast. Bruce and his sons Michael in Singapore and Matt in Clitheroe joined us for some exceptional thoughtful poetry. First Zoom, first Men’s Breakfast with international participation and StJames Men joining from living rooms (and fields) of Forton, Lancaster and Morecambe.

A short service for 12th April Easter Day

CHRIST our passover is sacrificed for us: therefore let us keep the feast;

Not with the old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness:

but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. 1 Cor. 5v7

On Lent 3, 15th March, the last time we held public worship in St James’, I promised that whatever transpired I would celebrate the Eucharist every Sunday morning at 10am. If we couldn’t come to church people could gather round their kitchen/dining room table either then or, at some other time in the day, to pray and break bread with those in their household who wished to join them. It would be an opportunity to share with the village in offering up prayers for themselves, their family this village and the world.

This is Easter Sunday a day when we would have gathered at the old church, St Paul’s, to celebrate the Easter dawn with the blessing of the new fire and the lighting of the Paschal Candle as a symbol of Jesus’ victory over the grave to shine as light in the world. You may like to use as your candle today the one you or your family received when you were baptised. If more than one of you in your house has one perhaps you could light them all—just be careful!

I offer this short service sheet for your use. Thanks to the continuing support from a friend who has supported me over the years with producing and recording public events I have also recorded a reflection for Easter Sunday which can be viewed on Facebook or YouTube. For those not on social media if you have a SMART TV you can watch YouTube on it!

The link is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7PvDbad0pg&t=12s

You might like to begin by proclaiming that it is Easter Day

Alleluia, Christ is risen He is risen indeed Alleluia

If you have a candle you might like to place it on the table and light it.

Spend some time in silence reflecting on how this pandemic and the last 20 days of “lock down” has changed your life and the lives of your family and friends some of whom you may be separated from because of distance or to protect them. Pray for any you know who have Covid-19 and those who care for them. You can share these silently or out loud.

Offer to God the things you are sorry for, the things you wished you hadn’t done and the things you have failed to do.

You could then all say together the Collect for Easter Sunday:

Lord of all life and power,

who through the mighty resurrection of your Son

overcame the old order of sin and death

to make all things new in him:

grant that we, being dead to sin

and alive to you in Jesus Christ,

may reign with him in glory;

to whom with you and the Holy Spirit

be praise and honour, glory and might,

now and in all eternity. Amen

Reading for today

John 20 v 1-14

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”

So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen. Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.) Then the disciples went back to where they were staying.

Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot. They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?” “They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.

This is the word of the Lord Thanks be to God

A Reflection from Peter: This can be found on the Forton Village Life and St James Church, Facebook pages and on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7PvDbad0pg&t=12s It lasts 13 minutes

The Sharing of Bread

It will possibly be many weeks before we can gather together in St James’ and share bread and wine. The church has no provision for the vicar celebrating the Eucharist with his own family whilst the rest of the congregation are in their own homes with their family breaking bread together; so as with so many things in this crisis we have evented one. This is not a Eucharist as we know it Sunday by Sunday. This is simply an opportunity to share together with loved ones and remember Jesus’ command to follow him as disciples of the crucified, risen and ascended Lord.

On the night Jesus was betrayed he had a very special meal with his family and friends where he broke bread and shared it with his friends. Since then in every conceivable human circumstance, people have found no better thing than this. For kings at their crowning and for of criminals going to the s caffold; for armies in triumph or for a bride and bridegroom in a little country church; for a good crop of wheat; or for a sick old woman afraid to die. Today we break this bread in thanksgiving for all we have; for those suffering during this Covid-19 pandemic, and for wisdom and the guidance of the Holy Spirit to help each of us make the world a better place in the future for all God’s people.

As you take the Bread, and break it say “Every time we break this bread we remember the sacrifice Jesus made for each of us and that through his resurrection that he brings life and light to the world”

Let everybody with you share the bread and reflect on their own lives and how they will seek to make the world, in the future, a better place.

Say together the Lord’s Prayer in which ever version you prefer/are used to.

Our Father,

who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name;

thy kingdom come;

thy will be done;

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation;

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

the power, and the glory

for ever and ever. Amen.

A Concluding Prayer

God of Life,

who for our redemption gave your only-begotten Son

to the death of the cross,

and by his glorious resurrection

have delivered us from the power of our enemy:

grant us so to die daily to sin,

that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his risen life;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

The Grace—hold hands and say the grace together

The Grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be

with us all now and for evermore. Amen.

Palm Sunday, 5th April 2020

On Lent 3, 15th March, the last time we held public worship in St James, I promised that whatever transpired I would celebrate the Eucharist every Sunday morning at 10am. If we couldn’t come to church people could gather round their kitchen table and share with me in spirit, break bread, and offer up prayers for themselves and those in their household who wished to join them. 

This is Palm Sunday a day when traditionally the church has processions of Palm: St James normally walks from the Vicarage garage to the church. This year we can’t do that but you could make your own palms and if you need help doing that on the Church web page Cathy Picken, Archdeacons David’s wife offers her Blue Peter guide. On the website there is also a link to a reflection for Palm Sunday which thanks to Ruth Ross’ initiative, concludes with people in the village who have been encouraged to wave home-made palms. 

I offer this short service which you might like to use. Thanks to the continuing support from a friend who has supported me over the years with producing and recording public events I have also recorded a reflection for Palm Sunday which can be viewed on Facebook or YouTube – follow the link below or if you have a SMART TV you can watch YouTube on it. 

If you have a candle you might like to place it on the table and light it. 

Spend some time in silence reflecting on how this pandemic and the last 13 days of “lock down” has changed your life and the lives of your family and friends some of whom you may be separated from because of distance or to protect them. Pray for any you know who have Covid-19 and those who care for them. You can share these silently or out loud. 

Offer to God the things you are sorry for, the things you wished you hadn’t done and the things you have failed to do. 

You could then all say together the Collect for Palm Sunday: 

Almighty and everlasting God, who in your tender love towards the human race sent your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ to take upon him our flesh and to suffer death upon the cross: grant that we may follow the example of his patience and humility, and also be made partakers of his resurrection; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen 

Reading for today Matthew 21: 1-11 

Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as King 

As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.” 

This took place to fulfil what was spoken through the prophet: 

“Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’” 

The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, 

“Hosanna to the Son of David!” 

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” 

“Hosanna in the highest heaven!” 

When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?” 

The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.” 

This is the word of the Lord Thanks be to God 

The Sharing of Bread 

It will possibly be many weeks before we can gather together in St James’ and share bread and wine. The church has no provision for the vicar celebrating the Eucharist with his own family whilst the rest of the congregation are in their own homes with their family breaking bread together; so as with so many things in this crisis we have invented one. 

On the night Jesus was betrayed he had a very special meal with his family and friends where he broke bread and shared it with his friends. Since then in every conceivable human circumstance, people have found no better thing than this. For kings at their crowning and for of criminals going to the scaffold; for armies in triumph or for a bride and bridegroom in a little country church; for a good crop of wheat; or for a sick old woman afraid to die. Today we break this bread in thanks- giving for all we have; for those suffering during this Covid-19 pandemic, and for wisdom and the guidance of the Holy Spirit to help each of us make the world a better place in the future for all God’s people. 

As you take the Bread, and break it say “Every time we break this bread we remember the sacrifice Jesus made for each of us and that through his resurrection he brings life and light to the world” 

Let everybody with you share the bread and reflect on how they will seek to make the world, in the future, a better place. 

A Reflection from Peter: This can be found on the Forton Village Life and St James Church, Facebook pages and on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcSU9T4_ack It lasts 8 minutes 

Say together the Lord’s Prayer in which ever version you prefer/are used to. 

Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those who sin against us.

Lead us not into temptation

but deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power,

and the glory are yours

now and for ever.

Amen.

(or)

Our Father,who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name;

thy kingdom come;

thy will be done;

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation;

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

the power, and the glory

for ever and ever.

Amen.

A Concluding Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ, 

you humbled yourself in taking the form of a servant, and in obedience died on the cross for our salvation: give us the mind to follow you and to proclaim you as Lord and King, to the glory of God the Father.Amen 

The Grace—hold hands and say the grace together 

The Grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all now and for evermore. Amen. 

Acknowledgments: The readings are from the NIV; Prayers from Common Worship; Some of words under Sharing of Bread from Dom Gregory Dix, The Shape of Liturgy 

There are several people in the village offering help and support. St James’ has a number of people who are able to help with shopping, collecting of medication and in any other way should you need it. We are also aware that there will be some in the village who are experiencing severe financial difficulties due to not being able to work. Whilst we don’t have limitless funds we may be able to help in a small way. 

If you need help in any way please contact Peter our Vicar: 

email and telephone number below 

Email vicar@stjameschurchforton.org Tel; 07970 923 141 

There will be a service sheet for every week whilst we are unable to have public worship 

Date for your diary: 

The first Sunday we are able to hold public worship there will be a Champagne Reception at 9.45pm followed by a huge celebration in church. Watch this space!