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Intercessions Elly Heard 28 January 2018

St Paul’s Four Elms

Conversion of St Pauls

Yesterday was Holocaust Memorial Day. Today the conversion of St Paul – So we see the persecution of the Jews and the persecution of Christians.

We know that we are all capable of evil so look upon us oh Lord, and let all the darkness of our souls, the prejudices of our minds, and the coldness of our hearts vanish before the beams of Thy brightness.

Today we give thanks for Thy holy apostle St Paul, through whom the transforming power of God in Christ was shown to all the world. We thank God for his faith, his example and his teaching which has been an inspiration to Christians down the ages.
So we pray for the Church of Christ throughout the world. We pray for unity despite our differences and make us all in willing devotion to Thee. Bless our Archbishops, Bishops and clergy in their various callings and strengthen them in their ministry. Bless we pray this benefice and Wendy that are churches may be a witness to thy truth.

Lord in your mercy
Pour Thy blessing, oh Lord we pray on Elisabeth our Queen as she fulfils her calling as a Christian ruler. Support her in her ceaseless course of duty and bless her home and family. We pray for this nation at a time of uncertainty and we pray that the media will act responsibly, remembering that many people are anxious about the future.

We pray for all world leaders and all in positions of great influence. Our great desire is for peace and justice and an end to the conflict that the pursuit of power brings.

Lord in your mercy
So we pray for all those parts of the world scared by war and man’s inhumanity, for those afflicted by famine and natural disasters. May we, in our comfort and plenty never forget the needs of others, but give generously for the sake of Him who gave his life for the whole world.

Lord in your mercy
We bring before God all those who are sick, lonely or depressed, those who mourn and those whom life is a burden. Draw near to these Thy children that their love may summoned them, theine arms bear them up and Thy Holy spirit fill them with comfort and peace.

Lord in your mercy
We commend into Thy care those who have died. We give thanks for the saints of every age and those who we have known and loved. May the gospel of Thy Son and the whisper of Thy spirit unite to make our faith in the life to come strong and clear until they lead us home to Thine eternal kingdom of peace and joy.

Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of Thy Son, our saviour, Jesus Christ.


Ash Wednesday 7pm Service

Holy Trinity, Markbeech | 14th February, 7pm

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a season of prayer and fasting. It commences the season of penance, fasting and reflection in preparation for Christ’s resurrection on Easter Sunday.

In Holy Trinity, Markbeech there will be a service including the Imposition of Ashes. We look forward to welcoming you to our service on the first day of lent.

Archdeacon’s Visit

11th February 9.15am

Sung Eucharist

Holy Trinity, Markbeech

On 11th February we have an important visitor in our parish  – Archdeacon Julie Conalty – who will be coming to take the service and preach.  PLEASE come along to this service!  The new Archdeacon is an interesting lady and will, I am sure, have something interesting to say.  The choir will be meeting and we hope to see lots of children too!Archdeacon's visit



Patronal Service St Paul’s Four Elms

Sunday, 28th January, 11am

This Sunday there is an United Benefice service celebrating the Patronal Festival of St Paul’s at Four Elms.  This is always a lovely service celebrating St Paul and it is a good opportunity for the benefice to all get together, so do come!

Looking ahead on 11th February we will be welcoming the new Archdeacon of Tonbridge, Julie Conalty, as a visiting preacher at Holy Trinity Markbeech, 9.15am. It would be great to be able to show her what a lively community we are, so please put a date for this in your diary.

Intercessions 14 January Ana Roxburgh

Father of new beginnings, bless this year and give us opportunities to make it a good one. Support our pledges to do meaningful work and to improve our lives and of those who surround us. Help us to let go of things that we cannot change, to tackle issues with more patience and to make the most of what we have.

Lord in your mercy: Hear our prayer

Merciful Father, bless our reverend Wendy, our spiritual and political leaders, locally and nationally, and give them wisdom to guide us through the year.

On Thursday 18th January the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity starts and we pray that people live in peace with each other no matter what their religion. We pray that all the Christians will put their differences behind them and unite by your great love and lessons of friendship through your son, our saviour Jesus Christ.

Lord in your mercy: Hear our prayer

Dear God, we pray for all the people in our community who give their time and knowledge to make our parish a better place. We pray for those who raise money, who organise events, who do volunteer work

Lord in your mercy: Hear our prayer

We pray for all who are to be married and baptised in our parish. We pray for our loved ones who we have recently lost, that they have met you and that they have found peace in your presence. Please grant us as well to find peace of mind and that we may hold on to our good memories with them, until we’ll meet them again.

We pray for the sick in our parish Julia McKillop, Huw Roberts, Jill, Len, Rebecca and Matthew Linden, Kevin Agate and for any other known to us.

Lord in your mercy: Hear our prayer

Father of all creation, we pray for all talented people and we thank you for writers, painters, musicians, artists, scientists and researchers that have enriched our lives, given us moments of happiness, and  inspired  us through the gifts that You have given them. Make their work as well as ours be put to good use, to bring friendship among people and those people bring unity across nations.

Merciful father: accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ.  Amen

Intercessions 14 January Nicki Talbot

Almighty God,  We have come together today to praise and give thanks; to sing hymns and psalms and to pray for our gratefulness, as well as for our needs and hopes.  We ask you to help us quieten our minds for a short while to feel your presence with us here in this peaceful place.  This church was built for our small community to meet and worship.  We are the inheritors of this place and we pray for guidance about the future of our church.  Help us to have open minds, to remain non judgemental and alert to new transforming possibilities.

Lord in your mercy

Open our eyes, Lord, to the loveliness and beauty of this world which you have created.  Teach us to revere the bounty of the earth, the sky and the sea, that we may never use anything you have given us for wrong purposes. We ask you to help allow ourselves time to sit and stare; to enjoy the first stirrings of spring; the perfection of a tiny baby’s hand; a game with children or a walk with the dog and in so doing to feel your presence within us.

Lord in your mercy

Loving Father, pour out your Holy Spirit on all those whose lives are drawing to a close.  We pray particularly for Rebecca Linden that she may feel your loving hand and keep her from pain and suffering at the end of her earthly life.  We pray too for her parents, Jill and Len in their sadness.  Help us as a community, Lord, to endeavour to find the right words and offer the right help to make a difference.  Let us take a moment to pray for the Lindens and to bring any others close to us who are in need to mind …

Lord in your mercy

Dear Lord, we give thanks for all people who devote their lives to the care of others.  We give thanks for young people training to become doctors and nurses; for our GPs struggling to give their patients the time they need and for our hospital doctors coping with an impossible work load.  We pray Lord for guidance for the future of our Health Service.

Lord in your mercy

Holy Spirit of God, plant in us your self-giving, transforming love.  We thank you for the love you show us; for Wendy who ministers to us so faithfully,  and for the family, friends and strangers you lend us to love as we walk through life.  We bring to mind those we love but see no longer.  Grant us a real and spiritual sense of continuing unity being bound together in the love of Christ.  Deepen and increase in us that love and touch our hearts with gratitude for all the blessings you shower upon us. 

Merciful Father accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ.  Amen



We have arranged for our churches to attend this Quiet Day at The College of St Barnabas in Dormansland.  I think it will be a really lovely day spent in the most lovely of places and provide a perfect start to Lent.  The cost is £15 if you would like to have lunch there (and I think it will be good!) or just £5 is you take sandwiches.

Please could you let Ana Roxburgh, benefice administrator know if you would like to attend asap. or 07595056379.

Lent talks

Tonbridge Deanery Synod

20 January

The next meeting of the Tonbridge Deanery Synod will be on Saturday 20 January at 9.30am St Philip’s Church, Tonbridge. It will be an open meeting which all are invited to attend. The guest speaker will be Rev Canon Susanne Carlsson, who is the Diocesan Advisor for Spirituality. Her presentation should be very interesting. Anyone who would like to go along and share a lift, should contact Rev Wendy Izod.

Rector’s Letter January 2018

I hope you have had a very happy Christmas. There was certainly plenty going on in the Benefice. I firmly believe that our churches are at the heart of our communities, and judging from the hearty carol singing, Christingles and many other celebrations, many of you feel that way too.

The New Year is a good time to say a big ‘thank you’ to all who work to help our Benefice flourish and to offer a warm welcome to visitors from near or far. The Link is often overlooked when it comes to saying thank you – so let’s give a standing ovation to the many people who make the Link possible each month – editors, contributors, advertisers, proof readers, printers and distributors. Thank you one and all – we appreciate all you do.

So, what does 2018 have in in store for you? Some wag once said that “an optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves. That observation neatly reflects the many contrasting moods at this time of year—optimism or pessimism, looking back or looking forward, seeing possibilities or just more of the same, making resolutions or deciding not to bother.

Psalm 98 bids us to “sing to the Lord a new song” – may that be our mantra as we look to 2018. The poem below by an unknown author may just help us do that.

Happy New Year everyone!

I am the New Year …
I am an unspoiled page in your book of time.
I am your next chance at the art of living.

I am your opportunity to practice
what you have learned about life
during the last twelve months.

All that you sought
and didn’t find is hidden in me,
waiting for you to search it out
with more determination.

All the good that you tried for
and didn’t achieve is mine to grant
when you have fewer conflicting desires.

All that you dreamed but didn’t dare to do,
all that you hoped but did not will,
all the faith that you claimed but did not have –
these slumber lightly,
waiting to be awakened by the touch of a strong purpose.

I am your opportunity to make all things new.

I am the New Year!

Rev Wendy Izod

Grand Hever Quiz 21st edition

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