Services are now following the usual pattern in our churches. The readings for each Sunday are listed with a link.
Gt Barford - 11am Said Holy Communion (Please note time change)
Sunday, 3rd July (Trinity 3)
Blunham - 11am Morning Prayer
Gt Barford - 9.30am Holy Communion
Roxton - 11am Holy Communion
Tempsford - no service
Sunday, 10th July (Trinity 4)
Blunham - 9.30am Holy Communion
Gt Barford - 9.30am Morning Prayer
Roxton - 11am Family Service
Tempsford - 11am Holy Communion
Sunday, 17th July (Trinity 5)
Blunham - 11am Cafe Church
Gt Barford - 11am Holy Communion
Roxton - 9.30am Holy Communion
Tempsford - no service
Sunday, 24th July (Mary Magdalene Patronal)
Roxton - 11am Mary Magdalene Patronal, Benefice Holy Communion
Sunday, 31st July (Trinity 7)
Blunham - 11am Benefice Holy Communion
Blunham - 3.30pm Installation of Revd Graham Buckle as Rector of Riversmeet Benefice
followed by afternoon tea - everyone is welcom
If you know of anyone who does not
have access to the internet, please tell them about this free phone line:
The national church Daily Hope phone line
This free national phone line was launched on Sunday, 26th April and is aimed particularly at the over 75s who do not have access to the internet. The line is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044. This is a simple way to bring worship and prayer into people’s homes while church buildings are closed. Callers will hear a special greeting from the Archbishop of Canterbury before choosing from a range of options, including ‘Prayer During the Day’, ‘Night Prayer’ and a recording of the Church of England’s weekly national online service. A section called Hymn Line will also offer a small selection of hymns, updated daily.
Please contact Revd Graham Buckle regarding baptisms, weddings and funerals. His email address is: email@example.com.
Here is this week's message from Revd Graham:
There are many things that for a parish priest bring humour and laughter, as well as the serious solemn occasions and moments. One of the duties that brings a lightness to the things I do are services of baptism. Whilst these are serious in nature, baptising into the family of God, very often there are moments of joy and laughter; usually triggered by the child to be baptised or the children attending with their families, the lighting of candles or the water itself! I always consider this as a privilege; to be at the first footsteps of what we hope is to be a journey into a life of faith. As part of the service the child’s forehead is marked with the sign of the cross, a symbol of Jesus’ sacrifice for each and every one of us.
Another step along that journey, is Confirmation; a ceremony that expresses the desire to continue in the faith of God, and to commit to following God’s ways and calling in the Church of England. Again, this is an important step along the journey, as the commitment to follow God’s way of life is never an easy one. In our humanness we find it difficult to obey what God requires of us – other things get in the way! We must always try our best to be a good disciple; the best that we can be.
This week we have a service of Confirmation, when four people from Great Barford will be confirmed by the Bishop of Bedford. We hope and pray that their lives will reflect the love of God as they continue to grow into the Christian Faith. That faith will bring light and joy into their lives, as well as the serious moments. We wish them all well as they take this important step.
With Christian love and blessings.
On these warm summer days, I like nothing better than to wander into the garden with my camera. The detailed and delicate construction of flowers and insects fascinates me, and to capture some of that detail with a camera is rewarding to say the least; as some of you who are amateur photographers just like me will testify!
As I focus and shoot, I am in awe of all creation; the colours, the shapes and patterns that make up the flowers and insects, birds and animals. I feel privileged to have such a large garden in which so many wonderful things prosper. On these warm summer days when we huff and puff in the heat because, “It’s too hot…!” creation continues to work away for our benefit. The bees in the picture were scurrying to and fro between the flowers to gather the pollen.
I am reminded of that verse in Genesis that says, “As long as the earth endures,
seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.”
We are promised by God that our seasons will continue while the world remains and the resources will be there for us to feed us and shelter us. All this is dependent on us playing our part, by replanting what we use, restoring what we take and preserving what cannot be replaced. In our greed over the years, we have not done that, and we haven’t been fair in sharing out what it does give us. If we are to preserve it for future generations we must heed the warnings we have been given by our scientists and do what we can to consider those who come after us: our children, our children’s children…
May we have the courage to be less selfish and consider others, both now and in the future.
With Christian love and blessings,