Dear Church member,
This weekend the thoughts of many turn to love. February the 14th marks the Feast of St Valentine, which honours the Christian martyr who is said to have ministered to Christians persecuted under the Roman Empire in the third century. According to an early tradition, St Valentine restored sight to the blind daughter of his jailer, with later legend claiming he wrote the jailer's daughter a letter signed "Your Valentine" as a farewell before his execution.
Valentine's Day has become a significant cultural, religious, and commercial celebration of romantic love around the world. But as we think of martyrdom, our thoughts turn to the 'love that is stronger than death' that is seen in Jesus, and to the love of God that is ours as we are changed into his likeness: "if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us" (1 John 4:12b).
Join our online services this Valentine's Sunday, led by Brendan Bailey, with Vicky Macarthur preaching.
This week you have the option of the service...
There is no Pebbles Family Service (PFS) this week (more information on PFS from Melanie or Sarah)
Live Zoom-hosted at 10.30am - link here and more info below
Pre-recorded from 9am - link here
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, 17th February. Live-streamed services from the Diocese for Ash Wednesday are available at 10am and 6.05pm - more info here.
During this important season leading up to Easter, you may like to sign up for Lent Encounter. This is a completely free 40-day journey to help us connect more with the Bible and the life of Jesus – AND we don’t have to give up chocolate! Sign up today and you’ll receive one email every day during Lent. These will include Bible verses, beautiful and inspiring images (created especially to save as a device screensaver), video reflections and practical challenges.
The Collect for this Sunday, the Sunday before Lent
Almighty Father, whose Son was revealed in majesty before he suffered death upon the cross: give us grace to perceive his glory, that we may be strengthened to suffer with him and be changed into his likeness, from glory to glory; who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
Yours, in Christ,
Revd Dr Jonathan Mobey
Rector of Harwell with Chilton
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