THE THIRD SUNDAY BEFORE LENT

                       
THE THIRD SUNDAY BEFORE LENT                                  
       
Today’s services:  8am Holy Communion at Affpuddle, 10am Parish Communion at Bere Regis and 6pm Evensong at Turberville Court, Bere Regis
 
       
From Rev Carol  Langford:   Welcome to worship today.  The theologian Christopher Evans comments that ours is a ‘faith of resurrection above all others.’ For our resurrection faith to be fully alive it has to be expressed both in word, as we share the good news with others, and in deed as we share the love of Christ with our neighbour. Today’s gospel reading reminds us that the Lord had a special heart for the poor, for those who suffer and for the marginalised. As we try to live out our resurrection faith it would be good to reflect on how we too might love and serve the people in our midst. 
 
                                                               
Collect for today 
 
Eternal God, whose Son went among the crowds and brought healing with his touch: help us to show his love, in your Church as we gather together, and by our lives as they are transformed into the image of Christ our Lord. 
 
                                     
Epistle Reading:   1 Corinthians 15, verses 12 to 20
 
But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?  If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.  More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised.  For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either.  And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.  Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost.  If only for this life  we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.
   
But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.
                                   
Holy  Gospel:  Luke 6, verses 17 to  26
He went down with them and stood on a level place. A large crowd of his disciples was there and a great number of people from all over Judea, from Jerusalem, and from the coastal region around Tyre and Sidon,  who had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. Those troubled by impure spirits were cured,  and the people all tried to touch him, because power was coming from him and healing them all.
     Looking at his disciples, he said:
‘Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
 Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied.
Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.
 Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you and insult you
    and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man.
 ‘Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. 
 
For that is how their ancestors treated the prophets.
 
 
 
   ‘But woe to you who are rich,
    for you have already received your comfort.
Woe to you who are well fed now,
    for you will go hungry.
Woe to you who laugh now,
    for you will mourn and weep.
 Woe to you when everyone speaks well of you,
    for that is how their ancestors treated the false prophets.’
       
Prayers                                       
 
For the Church and the community of Christ                
 
For all followers of Christ: especially in countries where belief in you can lead to oppression or (closer to home) can lead to criticism and ridicule         ~ for our diocese  and for our Bishops, Nicholas, Karen and  Andrew recently consecrated as Bishop of Ramsbury             ~ for these parishes and the combined benefice with Wool, for Carol Langford and all who take our services        ~for ministry to the young, in Junior Church, schools through RE and ‘Open the Book’, in ‘messy Church’             ~for Charles and Felicity Masheder  in Devon                ~ and for the Episcopal Churches in the Sudan and South Sudan:  for the Rt Revd Francis Loyo (Bishop of the diocese of Rokon) and his diocese.
   
For the world and its leaders
  For peace where there is war -Yemen, Syria, Iraq, or civil unrest and instability- South Sudan, Venezuela, Zimbabwe            ~ for brave decisions to be taken and implemented to reduce carbon emissions          ~for migrants in all continents, and those dealing with them face to face and day by day              ~for the leaders of UK, the EU, Ireland and the other countries of our continent in respect of Brexit
   
For our parishes and community   
 
~for the poor and for the hungry, those relying on foodbanks              ~ for all that are lonely or feel isolated or marginalised                  ~for those working to improve the lives of others- foodbank workers, homelessness workers, CAB workers, social workers              ~ we pray for strong and healthy relationships within families, between husband and wife, parents and children             
   
For the sick and their carers                                                                                                                                               
~We pray for all in hospital or receiving out-patient treatment      ~for those awaiting treatment, or operation or the outcome of tests                ~for all carers and those who give support            ~for those whose faculties are deteriorating or suffering dementia       ~for those battling depression or issues of the mind          ~ and in our parishes we pray for Ted Cox, Margaret Bartlett,  Jo Powell, John Dewey, Linda Thomas, Mary Fegan, Kirstin Duffield,  Mary England  and Ivor Mullins  
   
For the deceased and those who mourn                                                                                                        
We commend to you the souls of those who have died, those we have known, recently Peter Taylor and Edna Marsh        ~  for all  who grieve please give comfort      ~we  remember any in our own lives who have been close 
                                                     
Post Communion Prayer:    
Merciful Father, who gave Jesus Christ to be for us the bread of life, that those who come to him should never hunger: draw us to the Lord in faith and love, that we may eat and drink with him
at his table in the kingdom, where he is alive and reigns, now and for ever.
                                                     
Services next Sunday 24th Feb    
9.15am Affpuddle:  Parish  Eucharist                               
11am  Bere Regis: Morning Worship and Holy Communion  
 
Affpuddle Lent Course commences 11th March at Hazel Cottage Briantspuddle considering Easter from a number of angles. Further info please contact Jonathan Haigh 01929 471768                 
 
Benefice of West Purbeck   The new benefice will come into being on 1st March.  There will be a joint Service of inauguration and celebration at Holy Rood, 7pm, Wednesday 13th March; Bishop Karen will officiate.  Rev Jenny Alidina will also be licensed as an Associate Priest with us in this Service. Refreshments will be served in Wool School after the Service.  Everyone is very welcome!
Thrive Learning Community    If you would like to be part of a small group from the new benefice working with other benefices on a two year project (4 non-residential x 2 day sessions over 2 years starting late March in Blandford) to discern God’s mission for us and implement new forms of church, please speak with Rev. Carol (01929 462215) as soon as possible.  See Thrive  leaflets in church.