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Prayers of Intercession MB 17th September

Let us pray to our God and thank him for bringing us to worship in his church today.

Heavenly father, we pray for all who are called to work as leaders in your Church. We pray for greater recognition of your presence in our Christian communities, and the removal of all that obscures our vision of you.

We thank you for the leadership and teaching that Wendy provides for us and for the support given to her by our Church wardens, Nikki and Marie-Lou. Father, we pray that you will give them your guidance and support, as they go about their daily work.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the people of the United States of America and the Caribbean devastated by hurricanes. We pray for all who have lost their homes and livelihoods. We pray especially for the children, the poor, and for the sick and frail, who have been so badly hit by this disaster. And, we pray for all who have died – may they rest in peace.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord God, we pray that many may be empowered to recognise evil and fight against it. We pray that you will be there to guide our world leaders, as they struggle to find a peaceful answer, to the threat posed to civilisation by North Korea.

We pray for all affected by war and tyranny in the world and, in particular, for all who are driven from their homes to seek safety. We pray for the Muslim refugees fleeing to Bangladesh from the oppression in Myanmar.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord, we bring you thanks and praise for the beauty of your creation and we pray that you will open our eyes to see all the beauty around us. As the season changes and summer gives way to autumn, help us to appreciate your greatness in giving us the different seasons, each fulfilling our various needs.

Help us to safeguard your world, so that our children and future generations will benefit from the natural beauty which you have created.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Father, we pray for our community, our friends and neighbours, and the members of our families. Grant that we shall truly love one another; teach us to hear different opinions and to respect those with whom we disagree.

Bless the children in our families and throughout the world. May they grow up secure in your teaching and learn to follow in the footsteps of Jesus. Help their parents and those close to them, to provide the love and stability, which is so important in their formative years.

We pray for the children and teachers returning to school after the summer holidays. May the new term see old friendships renewed and new ones formed. Lord, be with them as they discover more about themselves and more about each other. Grant them patience, wisdom and courage to face the challenges that lie ahead.

We pray for those who are recently married, especially Richard and Lottie, who were married in this church yesterday. Lord, grant them a long and happy life together and strengthen them to grow in love and understanding day by day.

Lord in your mercy, hear or prayer.

Let us pray for those who are sick or in need of God’s help at this time.

We pray for the sick both at home and in hospital or hospice, and for those awaiting consultations and treatment, especially our dear friend Jill Linden.

We pray for all who minister to their needs, both from within the family and from the medical staff and voluntary services. Let their care follow the example shown by Jesus, who responded to the needs of all who were sick or in need of help.

We pray for those who have died and for those whose hearts have been saddened by the death of someone close to them. Give to them comfort, sure in the knowledge that they will meet again face to face in heaven.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

The Gospel is the good news that God is restoring our broken lives through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Father, we thank you for your love and involvement in our lives. Just as Jesus gave his life for us, help us to give our lives back to you. Fill us with your love and help us to follow you.

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

Nick Irens, Holy Trinity, Markbeech

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Harvest Festival & Family lunch in Markbeech

Sunday 24th September

Family Harvest Festival at Holy Trinity Markbeech at 11.00 am followed by a delicious lunch in the Village Hall.   £12.50 per person, children under 12 free.  If you are not able to make the church service then come along for lunch at 12.15.

Please call/email Marielou Linklater to book your space:

Marielou@me.com / 07860 436668

Prayers of intercession 3rd September

Mighty God, what can we offer in thanks to the one who has given us all? How can we bring our praises to the one who blesses us in wonderful abundance? It is hard to figure out how to express our gratitude, to decide where to begin to offer our gratefulness for what you have given.

Our health, wealth and well being, our vibrant community, friends and family, the summer sunshine we have enjoyed, the rolling hills and tranquility of our Parish and surrounds.

Make us mindful of these gifts you have labored to give us, and inspire us to commit ourselves to their care and appreciation. Never to take for granted what we have and what you have provided.   

Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

Dear God, move us to persevere in prayer, to extend hospitality to strangers, to rejoice with those who rejoice and to weep with those who weep. At this time we ask for your strength and guidance to those affected so terribly by Hurricane Harvey, those in particularly in Houston who have lost the things we hold dear, through no fault of their own, their family, friends, possessions and homes. Your strength at this time may offer comfort and a semblance of light as they seek to slowly repair and rebuild the damage, loss and sorrow that has been caused.  

Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

Loving God, we pray for all of those around the world who are blighted by suffering, many who’s plight we may never know or hear of, may you help them to find a way forward with love and support.

Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

Merciful God, we pray for our church and its mission. Make your church ready to lose its life for your sake. Unite it in service, sustain it in suffering and let its love for others be genuine.

Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

Everlasting God, lead us into the coming week, let us rejoice in the children heading back to school, starting the next exciting chapter in their lives. May their education and development be indicative of all that is good about being young, the thirst for knowledge and to do what is right and true, may they be allowed to prosper in home and school environments full of encouragement and enthusiasm. We pray that you watch over them and share in these joyous times.

Into your hands, gracious God, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting the power of Christ and the gifts of the spirit.

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

Duncan West

IN MARKBEECH CHURCH

This lovely poem was written for Mark and Laura Selby who were married in Holy Trinity Markbeech in August.

Mark & Laura

Under the spreading sentinels of the Weald,
leafage gives space for a sanctuary more
decorated than expected, a shield
from temporal concern, without temporal flaw.

In the sanctuary’s vault, Christ is ascendant,
Earth trivial at the mauve heaven’s base.
Beneath, a man and woman enter a covenant
that’s an outward sign of an inward grace.

By the giving and receiving of your rings,
by your joining of hands attuned to the call of art,
by your sealing kiss, your love sings
in all of us and makes its proving mark

in the timeline kept by this timeless house,
on this Earth revitalised by your vows.

 

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

INTERCESSIONS 30 July

Dear Lord God, we thank you for bringing us to this place of peace and tranquillity today to sing, worship and pray to you, to give thanks for all the goodness in our lives and to pray for all that troubles us.   For each one of us there was a reason for coming here this morning,  we ask you Lord will graft, increase and nourish the seed which has been sown and through your Fatherly mercy and affection will keep that seed growing until it blossoms and magnifies your Holy name.

Lord in your mercy

We give thanks Lord for our community in Markbeech, Four Elms and Hever and for the faithful ministry of Wendy.  We give thanks for the many aspects of summer fun that we enjoy together – for the success of the village fetes in Four Elms and Chiddingstone; and for summer parties and picnics.  We pray for all the couples being married this summer in our churches and pray that they have felt  the love of God that shines through their wedding day and that this stays with them during all their lives together. We give thanks for holidays and pray that families may truly relax and enjoy their time together.

Lord in your mercy

Heavenly father, we pray for our children and our children’s children; we pray for all the children in our community, in our country and across the whole world.  We pray that you will guide parents and be with them during all the difficult decisions that they make on behalf of their children.  We pray that the needs of children will be given the highest priority in our social welfare and education budgets.  We pray that we find it in our hearts to treat displaced children as we would treat our own, and to take responsibility for the poor and needy, wherever they come from.

Lord in your mercy

Dear Lord, we pray for the sick whether in mind or body.  We pray for all those undergoing treatment for cancer and for those who are supporting them.  We pray for all those undergoing tests for worrying symptoms and for those who are supporting them.  We pray for all those who are feeling low and depressed and for those who are supporting them.  Let us have a few moments silence to bring to mind all those close to us who need our prayers at this time. ….  Lord, we ask that they may feel the comfort of your love in their darkest moments and that their gloom is lifted.

Lord in your mercy

Lord, we pray for all those whom we have loved who are now departed this life. May they rest in peace, and rise in glory. By your grace, may they and we be one in you in life everlasting.

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

Nicola Talbot

Patronal Service Holy Trinity Markbeech

It’s Trinity Sunday this Sunday and Holy Trinity Markbeech are having their Patronal Service at 11am.

Most churches are named after a Saint – their Patron Saint and so have a festival on their Saint’s day, but at Markbeech we are named for the Holy Trinity so our special Sunday is Trinity Sunday.

MB Patronal Service

Sermon preached by bishop Tom Frame

Bishop Tom Frame from Australia made a visit to the Benefice on 22/23 April with his wife Helen. There were many friends old and new in Markbeech church to hear his sermon which is copied below. We thank him for allowing us to reproduce it.

 

“It is a blessing for Helen and I to be back in the only place outside Australia we have ever called home. This church, this village, this Benefice – all left a mark on our entire family for which we are still grateful. This morning I am especially conscious of friends, particularly the absent and the departed, especially Canon Derek Blows, the Reverend John Lee and Emily Turner. We have felt keenly all the deaths of those we befriended during our time in the Benefice (October 1996-August 1997) and were reminded in the case of Emily that much in life is unexpected.

 

As I reflect on the previous two decades, on what has changed and on what has remained unchanged, I am conscious of the three abiding elements in the Christian journey: the gift of faith, the call of discipleship and the challenge of obedience. These three things remain integral to Christian living or one is not living as a Christian at all. And these three things are commended in today’s Gospel reading from John chapter 20, verses 19-31. To appreciate the significance of this portion of Scripture we must ask two questions. First, why is it included in the text? Conversely, would it make any difference if it were not included? Second, given that John can’t resist the allure of symbolism, is there a symbolic meaning embedded in the whole passage that we need to discern?

 

The Gospel reading is well known to many. Jesus appears to his disciples. It is a text that has attracted some controversy in relation to Jesus’ remarks about the transmission of authority to forgive and retain sins … but there are some important statements of fact that we should not overlook. The context is straightforward. Ten of the remaining eleven disciples (Judas has committed suicide) are together in one room. Thomas is absent. There is no indication of the reason for his absence or of his present location. Perhaps he is hiding – alone; perhaps he is feeling let down and prefers solitude; perhaps he is contemplating returning to his former home. We do not know.

 

But when Thomas is reunited with the eleven disciples a week later, he hears their testimony that Jesus has risen from the dead. Notably, he refuses to believe. He demands evidence. In this instance, he wants physical evidence. Jesus again appears to his disciples and speaks directly to Thomas whose demand for evidence is evidently satisfied. Thomas then pronounces: “My Lord and my God”. But he receives no personal credit for this declaration of faith. In fact, he is chided by Jesus. He is advised that some will come after him whose faith will allow them to believe without the benefit of the kind of experience he has enjoyed. These people are more blessed than he. The encounter ends with what we might read as harsh words from Jesus.

 

So we need to ask: what specific work is this text doing in John’s Gospel? Why is this encounter included? What purpose does it serve? It seems to convey five important insights. First, John wants to say that people believe at different times and in different ways. Second, John observes that we respond to different kinds of evidence and require different standards of proof. Third, John explains that God is not indifferent to the way our minds allow us to accept truths. Fourth, John reminds us that we need eyes to see and ears to hear but also spirits willing to accept our heart’s judgements. And fifth, John insists that there comes a time for conclusion, for decision and for action. Analysis can never be allowed to morph into paralysis.

 

Without this text, these critical points about believing may not have come to our notice. We might have thought the disciples believed everything and all at once; that they required no evidence and that faith involved no persuasion. We might, therefore, have been misled into thinking the disciples were all alike or that one single encounter with the Risen Christ relieved them of doubt for all time. Rather, the resurrection reality dawned on them over time, through a series of encounters and experiences, before it was an internalised reality that shaped their entire outlook.

 

And what of my second question: where is the symbolism? It starts with the person to whom this second resurrection appearance was designed to affect – Thomas. The disciple Thomas appears at several key points in the Fourth Gospel. We encounter him in John chapter 11 when the disciples tried to dissuade Jesus from returning to Jerusalem (where his life was previously threatened) because his friend Lazarus had died. The disciples urge Jesus against the journey fearing their own safety. Thomas announces: “Let us go with him to Jerusalem and we will all die with him”. This can be ‘read’ as weak resignation or as a bold commitment. In my judgement, he is resolute, defiant and determined. He is the one who urges courage among the disciples.

 

And we encounter him again in John 14. Jesus foreshadows his ‘departure’ to his Father’s house, a place of many rooms. Thomas asks him for an explanation of what these apparently cryptic statements might mean: “we don’t know where you are going, how can we know the way?” Is Thomas concerned that he can’t fulfil his calling to follow out of ignorance more than a deficit of courage? It is not clear from the text but we can conjecture. After the first resurrection appearance at which he was absent, Thomas is still resolute, defiant and determined: he will not believe. He won’t be swayed by others; he insists on making up his own mind. He appears to be the solitary one, separate from the group who never thinks that truth resides in the mind of the majority.

 

Then the evidence is presented powerfully and in a manner that addresses his needs. Jesus appears and invites him to touch his wounds and examine his injuries. This is the same Jesus; this is his master – now raised and responsive. Thomas believes and is chided for his disbelief before John adds by way of reflection: “these things are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah and that, by believing, you may have life in his name”. Belief prompted action.”