2 Jul 2021 • Weekly Notices
Hazelwell Weekly Contact
4th July 2021
Hazelwell morning worship
In Church (and on Zoom) at 10.00am
Led by David Taylor
Prayers requested for:-
- Moira, suffering ongoing health problems and her family.
- Those living with the effects of long covid.
Foodbank – B30 foodbank
Last week we received in donations 1075K and gave out 1345k 1245k to 90 clients on 50 vouchers 100k to other foodbanks or similar
urgently neededInstant coffee ( not decaffeinated), tinned fish (preferably other than tuna), long-life fruit juice, packet/pot noodles, gender neutral shampoo, roll-on deodorant and disposable razors,
Low in stock
Tinned meat (ham, corned beef, pork sandwich meat, pulled pork or chicken), ready-made custard (tinned or carton - not powder), sugar 500g (not larger), potato smash, pasta sauces, tinned tomatoes, tinned rice pudding, jam/honey, tinned fruit in juice (not prunes or grapefruit), snack bars, chocolate, crisps, liquid or bar soap, washing up liquid (not family sized bottles), laundry liquid/powder (not family sized), toothpaste, single or duo wrapped toothbrushes, toilet rolls.
UHT milks, squash, instant hot chocolate (not cocoa powder), baked beans, pasta shapes, dry spaghetti, tinned macaroni cheese, tinned spaghetti, rice, tinned potatoes, tinned vegetables, tinned tuna, teabags (40’s or 80’s), biscuits, nappies all sizes, porridge, cereal, pet food, baby food and baby care items, gender neutral shower gel, sanitary pads, carrier bags
Not needed at allDecaffeinated drinks or fruit infusions, bottled water, large bottles of lemonade or coke, any foods or toiletries containing alcohol, cooking ingredients or sauces, fresh products including vegetables, eggs and bread, non-dairy items, gluten-free items, coffee beans, loose tea, large boxes of teabags (120’s or more), very large bags or boxes of cereal or porridge, cocoa powder, tampons, make-up, hair accessories, perfume or after-shave.
Reflection: Mark6 1-13 Rick Morley
I think that if the church today—the church “as-we-know-it”—is going to survive, we’re going to need to do a few things.
First, we need—as a whole body—to fall on our knees in humility. We have to make it clear that we have made horrific mistakes in the distant past, and in the not-too-distant past. And, this wave of humility and repentance can’t just be a once-and-done thing. We need to repeat over and over again that while we’re an institution with divine aspirations, we are a human institution which has failed, continues to fail, and will fail again.
Second, we need to attempt to win back people’s trust. We need to remember Who we represent. Before we open our mouths or make a bad decision, we need to remember that when we look bad, we made God look bad. We don’t need to update our website or write some more praise choruses. We don’t need to look more hipster and grow a soul patch.
We need to gain people’s trust. Only then will people even consider listening to anything we have to say.
Third, we need to help people remember that, really, it’s not us who is ever-faithful, but God. Jesus. Yes, Jesus had trouble getting people to trust him—but he was found most worthy of the trust that people put in him. God is our rock and our redeemer. God has never let us down.
In God we trust.
And, fourth we need to remember that not everyone is going to be able to trust us, or God. Some people will, as we see in this Gospel lesson, open their doors to us. But, some will reject us, and reject God. Jesus knew that. He told his disciples as much. And when we’re rejected we’re to wipe off the dust from our feet, and keep going.
But, until we start showing the world that we’re capable of humility and some degree of trustworthiness, it will be us who will be covered in the dust.