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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.

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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.

Christmas Services

On Christmas Eve we are going to have a Crib Services at 4pm St Peter’s Hever. You and your family are invited to join us and share the join of the real reason for the Christmas celebrations!

At 11.30pm we are going to have a Midnight communion. Join us for our annual one hour Christmas Eve Midnight candlelight service as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Saviour.

Christmas Midnight Communion

On Christmas Day we are inviting you at Holy Trinity, Markbeech at 9.15am for a Christmas Sung Eucharist and at St Paul’s, Four Elms at 11am for a Family Communion!

Four Elms Carols in the Church Garden

Four Elms Carols in the Church Garden had to be moved indoors as the
weather was dull and damp. That didn’t dampen the enthusiasm as supported by
the Edenbridge Town Band, everyone sang familiar carols and heard readings
and poetry. St Pauls was bursting at the seams!. There were so many children
they had to come out into the aisle to sing ‘Away in a Manger’.  Mince pies
and mulled wine were served afterwards – a great success!

Advent Concert

Saturday 2nd December

St Paul’s Four Elms

Following their successful concert last year, the Saint Martin’s Singers are returning to Four Elms Church with an interesting and varied programme designed to look forward through the window of Advent, through song and contributions from professional actors.
Tickets £10 available from
Gill Lambert 01732 862976
Leslie Griggs 01732 700428

Friends of Kent Churches Annual Bike Ride

Saturday 9th September 2017

A cycle ride, walk or even a drive for the less hardy around Kent churches – a chance to see inside them all, ‘fight the flab’ and help raise money for your local church by obtaining some sponsorship.

A Win! Win! Win!

 Every little helps – your sponsorship money is split equally between a church or chapel of your choice and the charity itself, Friends of Kent Churches, helping to save churches in Kent.

Family, Friends, Neighbours

As walkers, cyclists or sponsors, help to make this a successful community event.  Last year alone Churches in Kent raised     just over £135,000!

We can beat that!

Interested?  Contact your parish organiser or the Event

Co-ordinator Carolyn Millen on 01622 843383, or email carolyn.millen@virginmedia.com

See our website:

www.friendsofkentchurches.co.uk

Easter Day Services

Easter – a time of excitement, promise and hope. Everywhere you turn there are signs of Spring, of new creation – new birth and new beginnings. The Easter egg symbolises new life, but also it is a reminder of the sealed tomb from where Jesus rose to a new life – a resurrected and transformed life. There are so many Easter traditions and games associated with eggs – egg hunts, egg rolling, egg colouring (with dyes and paints), and a new one for me – egg ‘jarping’, where contestants tap each other’s egg until one breaks. A good hit was called a ‘dunch’ – then the eggs were eaten – heaven for chocoholics!

 

Games like this can help us to recall that our Christian faith hinges on the reality of the Resurrection. Faith isn’t about facts and historical accuracy, it is about trust even when the evidence doesn’t seem to stack up. So, as we say on Easter morning “Christ is Risen. Alleluia!” it is a reminder that though the tomb in which Jesus was laid was laid was forbidding, cold and dark, this is not the end of the story – it is the beginning of a new story – a story of transformation, and it reminds us that nothing, not even death itself is out of the reach of God’s love and compassion and transformation.

 

Here is a very brief extract from a poem by J Crum ‘Love is come again’, a prayer reflecting on this transformation, something that is still necessary in the world of today:

When our hearts are wintry, grieving or in pain,

Thy touch may call us back to life again.

 

Throughout the Easter season there is so much happening on our Parishes (details in the centre pages), and I look forward to welcoming you whenever you can join us – even 6am on Easter morning is quite an experience! We greet the first light and go on to enjoy breakfast together.

 

I wish you a very happy and blessed Easter.

 

Priest in Charge

Wendy