Hazelwell Church

Hazelwell contact April 24th 2022

22 Apr 2022 • Weekly Notices

Hazelwell Weekly Contact

Second Sunday of Easter 24th April 2022

Hazelwell Morning Worship

In Church at 10.00am (and on Zoom)

Led by Val Harris

Please pray for those injured and or killed – whatever their nationality

in the conflict in Ukraine

Also please pray for those who have been injured or bereaved in the war

or who have lost contact with their loved ones

Also please pray for

Audrey Rickards as she recovers at home after her spell in hospital

For care workers in all settings who face increasing pressures for little recognition.

Parish Update

Join us This week in church or on Zoom (see link below)

Val Harris will lead our service in church and on Zoom at 10.00am this Sunday

All Welcome - use link below

Topic: 10.00am Hazelwell Sunday Worship

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5429440666?pwd=ZWdld05LeTU3bjFVdkZZNkR3ZExhQT09

Meeting ID: 542 944 0666

Passcode: 9cUGo6

Next week Sunday 1st May will be the Hazelwell all age parade service when our brownies and guides will join us, the service will be taken by Maggie Forknell

As the new (financial) year begins this may be a good time to review your giving to the church. If a pack of envelopes labelled with the date each week would be helpful, enabling you to put aside collection each week to bring to church when you attend, - then please ask Mary for a pack.

May 15thA Date for your Diary

The date for the APCM and also Christian Aid meal ALL ARE WELCOME

Tickets will be available from this Sunday (24th April)    Join us for this year’s

Christian Aid

Lunch

Sunday 15th May 2022

Following APCM

after 10 o’clock service

salad + ploughman’s cold Meat & Cheese platter

Choice of desserts

Adults £8.50

Children (under 

includes

fruit juice tea/coffee

Barbara Calvert will be with us to lead our Christian Aid service on May 15th

Our Summer Fair this year will be held on Saturday July 2nd .

B30 Foodbank (updated 17th April)

Urgently needed

Tinned potatoes, rice, instant coffee (not decaffeinated), sugar 500g (not larger), tinned spaghetti, cereal (not greater than 500g), porridge (not greater than 500g), gender neutral shampoo, toothpaste, toilet rolls, strong carrier bags.
Low in stock

Tinned fruit in juice (not prunes or grapefruit), squash, long-life fruit juice, UHT semi-skimmed milk, dog/cat food, instant hot-chocolate (not cocoa powder)

UHT whole milk, crisps, tinned rice pudding, teabags (40’s or 80’s), jam/honey, ready-made custard (tinned or carton - not powder), chocolate and snack bars, liquid/bar soap, laundry power/liquid (not family sized), gender neutral shower-gel

Well stocked

Pasta shapes, dry spaghetti, baked beans, tinned/packet vegetarian meals, tinned tomatoes, tinned fish, pasta sauce, tinned meat (ham, corned beef, pork sandwich, pulled pork, chicken), tinned/packet soup, tinned vegetables, biscuits, noodles, instant potato, nappies all sizes, baby food and baby care items, gender neutral roll-on deodorants, sanitary pads, baby wipes, washing-up liquid, single or duo wrapped toothbrushes
Not needed at all

Decaffeinated drinks or fruit infusions, bottled water, large bottles of lemonade or coke, any food or toiletries containing alcohol, cooking ingredient or sauces, tinned macaroni cheese, fresh products (including vegetable, meat, 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 porridge and cereal, cocoa power, tampons, make up hair accessories, perfume or aftershave,

Reflection ( from a commentary by Elisabeth Johnson)

Jesus will not be stopped by locked doors. He who is himself the “door” of the sheep (10:7) comes right through those locked doors and appears in the midst of his frightened sheep. He comes not to confront his disciples with their failures, but to grant them peace. His greeting, “Peace be with you,” carries the sense of the Hebrew greeting “shalom,” a blessing that connotes more than tranquility, but a deep and holistic sense of well-being — the kind of peace the world cannot give (14:27).

Then Jesus shows his disciples his hands and his side, so that they can see that it is he, the real, flesh-and-blood, crucified Jesus — not a ghost or apparition — who is before them. The disciples respond by rejoicing in seeing the Lord, just as Jesus had told them that they would (16:22). Again, Jesus speaks a blessing of peace and tells them, “As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”

Then Jesus tells his disciples, “If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained” (20:23). As many interpreters have demonstrated, “sin” in John’s Gospel is not primarily a moral category; rather, it is fundamentally unbelief, the refusal to receive the revelation of God in the person of Jesus.

Jesus is not giving his disciples some special power to decide whose sins will be forgiven and whose will not. Rather, he is further specifying what it means to be sent, to make known the love of God that Jesus himself has made known. As people come to know and abide in Jesus, they will be “released” from their sins. If, however, those sent by Jesus fail to bear witness, people will remain stuck in their unbelief; their sins will be “retained” or “held onto”. The stakes of this mission are very high indeed.

The natural thing to do when we are feeling anxious or threatened is to hunker down and lock the doors, to become focused on our own security rather than the risky mission to which we are called. The promise of this text is that Jesus cannot be stopped by our locked doors. Jesus comes to us as he came to the first disciples, right in the midst of our fear, pain, doubt, and confusion. He comes speaking peace, breathing into our anxious lives the breath of the Holy Spirit.

What is more, he keeps showing up. As he came back a week later for Thomas, Jesus keeps coming back week after week among his gathered disciples — in the word, the water, the bread, and the wine — not wanting any to miss out on the life and peace he gives. And he keeps sending us out of our safe, locked rooms, into a world that, like us, so desperately needs his gifts of life and peace.