Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Philippians 4vv2-9 study questions

Some study questions on Philippians 4vv2-9 ahead of our midweek meeting on Wed 15th. There's no expectation that people prepare but just in case these are helpful in taking a look in advance:



Presumably Paul doesn’t necessarily want Euodia and Syntyce to agree about everything, so what do you think he is really asking them to do in v2?
Is there anything else in the letter that would help / motivate them to “agree with each other in the Lord?”?
What have we already seen from our studies that would relevant to the theme of Christian unity / how Christians should relate to one another?
What does this passage teach us about how to treat / resolve conflict / fallings out in the church?

Is there a Christian with whom you need to be reconciled?
Or Christians whom you might be able to help to be reconciled?
What steps might you take in the light of this passage?

What might it mean / look like to “rejoice in the Lord always” (v4)?
On rejoicing Cf. 1v18; 2v17-18; 3v1
This is a striking command. Why / how can we rejoice whatever our circumstances, even when we don’t feel like it?
What reasons do we have for doing so (from the letter)?
How might we rejoice in the Lord more fully / often?
How can we help one another in this?
(How might rejoicing in the Lord always help with the conflict described in v2?)

Are you anxious? What about? Why?
(What things threaten your joy or peace?)
How do you cope with anxiety?
What antidotes to anxiety does the passage suggest? (Why / how so?)

What difference might the nearness of the Lord make? (v5)

Can you think of examples of the things mentioned in v8?
(How would you sum them up / put them into your own words?)
How can we “think about such things” more?
(What would be the opposite of the stuff listed in v8? Are there ways we can avoid that stuff?)

Think about v9. Do you have any idea of the things Paul might particularly have in mind here? Can you think of things which the letter might have suggested Paul was exemplary in? (cf. 3v17. Arguably he also held up Timothy and Epaphroditus as examples in 2v19ff)

What could we “put into practice” (v9) from this study or from the letter as a whole so far?

How would you sum up this passage?

How might it be turned into praise, thanks and prayer?

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Acts 13v13-end

For anyone desperate for headings / a sermon outline, it might go something like this:

Paul's synagogue sermon at Pisidian Antioch

Introduction - a selective brief Bible overview - Israel to David (vv17-22)

- God chose Israel (v17)

- God chose David (v22)

Main point(s): Jesus the Messiah, the climax of Israel's story and the centre of the Scriptures (vv23-37)

- God chose Jesus the Davidic Messiah (v23)

- His death and resurrection in fulfilment of the Scriptures (vv27-37)

Application (v38-41)

(- The good news of salvation (v26, vv32-33))

- Forgiveness of sins (v38)

- Justification by faith (v39)

- Don't scoff and miss the whole point and perish! (vv40-41)

Responses (vv42-52)

- Some want to find out more (v42)

- Some believe and need to continue in the grace of God (v43)- all appointed for eternal life believe (v48)

- Some reject and oppose (v45)

Consequences (vv46-end)

- Paul and Barnabas turn to the Gentiles (v46)

Our responses?

- Believe in Jesus!

- Share Jesus appropriately - be lights, shine for him (v47)

- Joy in the Holy Spirit even if persecuted / rejected (v52)

* * *

John Stott, Bible Speaks Today:

The sermon’s introduction: the Old Testament preparation (vv16-25)
The sermon’s focus: the death and resurrection of Jesus (vv26-37)
The sermon’s conclusion: the choice between life and death (vv38-41)
The sermon’s consequences: a mixed reaction (vv42-52)

* * *

David Peterson’s headings, Pillar New Testament Commentary:

The election of Israel and the election of David (vv17-23)
Jesus the fulfiller of the promise to David (vv24-37)
The challenge not to miss out on the salvation available through Jesus (vv38-43)

Turning to the Gentiles: Fulfilling the Servant’s Role (vv44-52)


Wednesday, July 08, 2020

Barnabas Piper, The Pastor's Kid - jottings

Barnabas Piper, The Pastor’s Kid: Finding Your Own Faith and Identity (David C Cook / Kingsway Communications, 2014)
152pp

(Foreword by John Piper)

Obviously my kids are all delightful and well-behaved geniuses at all times and our family life is idyllic, but we were reading this book for a minister’s book group, so a few random jottings / a record of some lessons:

(I’m not sure I found much to disagree with here so what follows is mostly summary:)

I am not the eminent American Baptist pastor of an enormous mega church. So my context is pretty different from the Pipers’. I guess there’s a fair amount of translation and cross-cultural application to do with this highly readable and engaging book, but I think there’s lots here worth pondering and praying over. The pastor (and spouse), pastor’s kid and church may not always like what they read, but it should not be too hastily dismissed by any of the parties to this complex triadic relationship.

Piper is surely right that there are privileges and challenges particular to the lives of the clergy and their families, as there are with other professions too. Every single family is made up of sinners and has its own issues. Clergy families might well have moved away from their relatives. Hopefully they have a decent house (maybe in a desirable postcode), but finances might be tight. Likely the minister works from home and the vicarage is often used for ministry. The pastor’s job might be little understood and esteemed and the hours odd. When many parents are getting home, he might often be heading out. But of course he has the blessing of not having to commute. He can often have lunch with his family. There are, of course, many pros and cons to all callings.

Although the book explores some hard and painful things at times, Piper is surely right that a sense of victimhood and blame is most often unhelpful. Clergy families do well to cultivate both gratitude and realism. They and their church families all have their sins and foibles. Likely there is a need for repentance and doing better but love covers a multitude of sins and it seems to me there are times when it would be good to cut everyone some slack. We don’t want to take ourselves too seriously.

Churches sometimes want pastors to be practically perfect in every way and pastors can collude in this by pretending that they are. Of course, the spouse and kids know differently! A measure of openness and vulnerability is healthy (if hard) both in vicarage and church.

One of the strengths of this book is its emphasis on grace and the priority of trusting and following Jesus. Much else is detail – some of it somewhat important. No one is up to the job of being the perfect pastor, or parent, or PK, or church member, but God’s grace is sufficient. Thankfully Jesus loves and means to make use of broken people. He can deal with our guilt and shame and we would do well to hand them over to him. 

Pastor’s kids tend to see the good, the bad and the ugly of church life. They cannot really be sheltered from this and so, whilst respecting confidences, it is probably best to involve them in ministry and church life as appropriate. Their no-illusions perspective on church can be a real advantage to them e. g. in future ministry. But for them, faith can be weirdly bound up with their parent’s job. A wild and disobedient child could in some cases lead to unemployment and homelessness (1 Timothy 3:4) so everyone can feel under pressure. Maybe God is their parents’ profession, ministry, vocation and hobby. This is another reminder that the preacher does well to cultivate other interests in addition to the importance and fun of reading theological tomes.

We are called to love one another where we are, but the truth is that the pastor’s family may not have chosen this church and this location if they had a totally free hand! And they have to put up with their parent as preacher: maybe those stories and jokes which weren’t funny the first time!

It can be hard going for the kids if there aren’t a number of Christian friends their own age at church. They can feel a bit weird when they realise that church isn’t a big part of life for most of those at school. (Christian summer camps can perhaps play a helpful role here).

The Pastor’s child can feel watched. Even in a loving, harmonious church family, there can be a sense that he is under scrutiny. They might be expected to win the Bible trivia quiz, but are folk also on the look out for teenage rebellion?! Most clergy families will have experienced a tut tut or some uninvited parenting advice at one time or another.

The PK might feel known about, but not really known. The preacher must take care with his sermons, his conversation and his social media use. He should share his life and be known by the people, but the family may have different boundaries to him and the children may care both for some privacy and for deep relationships with church folk. As is so often the case, there are ditches on either side.

Good well-intentioned people can make assumptions. The PK wants to be allowed to be himself. As Piper puts it, the PK might find himself put in a nice little box with a label on it with little room to breathe inside (p. 63). The Pastor should encourage wonder (and a sense of the mystery of God) and perhaps should not panic even if there is a little wandering from the pastor’s well-defined way. 

Sometimes the PK can be adept at acting like a politician or chameleon – avoiding revealing too much, or giving the right answers or fitting in. He may be rather different in church on Sunday and at school on Monday. Like an onion, Piper argues the PK has layers! (Ch. 4)

Our most important prayer for our children must be that the love Jesus and love others. We are seeking God not just for right answers or outward conformity, but for an inner reality of knowing Jesus and a sense of identity as dearly loved children of the Father. Though they have always been familiar with Jesus, the kids need to know that he is far from mundane and that he is more than their parent’s boss! PKs will likely benefit more from principles than rigid and unexplained rules. There can sometimes be some yes and nos, some ifs and maybe’s rather than the preacher’s black-and-white always right and pre-packaged answers to everything.

Likely there’s a whole load of things we need to lighten up about. We do well to distinguish between God’s standards (which apply to us all) and the cultural expectations of our church, which we might seek to accommodate for the sake of mission (or to avoid parental embarrassment!), but which come into a whole different category.

We want to make space for our kids’ doubts and questions and remember that we are all works in progress. It is no surprise if they don’t have it all figured out at 13 or 18 or…. Some of us might too easily forgive and forget our own past mistake whilst coming down like a ton of bricks on or feeling overly anxious about our children’s.

It might be nice if our kids agreed with us on everything we hold dear, but we would do well to remember that the goal of parents is actually to make themselves redundant. We want to give our children increasing freedom, which we hope they will have the maturity to use well. We pray for them to grow in independence and that might mean taking different exceptions from the Westminster Standards to us!

Sure, the PK needs a pastor, but he also needs a parent! They want a “normal” relationship with their parents (whatever that is!) not appointments! (p. 115) And that requires time, energy, commitment and wisdom. We do well to talk with them, not always to preach at them, or even given them pastoral counselling! We are helpfully reminded here of the need to spend time with our children, to listen to them and to know them. As Piper says, they may be less into Jonathan Edwards than we are, and we ought to take an interest in their video games and their sports teams. He commends the pursuit of empathy: “We need parents who strive to put themselves in our heads and “get” us.” (p. 85) All Christians are called to self-sacrificial loving service of other, but we would be fools to sacrifice our families on the altar of ministry. Our kids didn’t choose to be born into the Vicarage.

We might be critical of someone who works too long in the City to the detriment of his family, and the same must apply to the pastor who is ever locked in his study or out at meetings or pastoral visits. We don’t want our families to see the church as a rival, nor to feel that we only ever give our best at church and our leftovers at home.

Likely the kids will also have a well-attuned hypocrisy sensor which they will feel free to use on their parents and their church! Our actions will speak louder than our words. Piper helpfully stresses that it is not sufficient for the minister to admit that we are all sinners. It would be great if he could find some actual specific sins of his own to confess to his kids, to apologise for, and if they could see him battling for godliness and maybe even making progress. Yes, you were right and indignant, but that doesn’t mean your indignation was entirely righteous. Perhaps you could say sorry to the kids for losing your temper, even if your shouting in their faces was entirely understandable (p. 79)!

Monday, July 06, 2020

Midweek Meeting Philippians 3v12-4v1


Some study questions kindly prepared by a member of our congregation for our discussion of Philippians 3v12-4v1 on Wed 8th July:

(I think the numbering below may have gone a bit weird but I trust you get the idea! 

The Olympic Athlete. 

2020 should have been an Olympic year. 
Olympians often dedicate most of their lives training, paying attention to their sleep, their food and their mental strength in order to reach their goal of winning the race and gaining their prize, an Olympic medal. 
In Philippians 3 v 12 ff Paul describes his goal and longed for prize, and his pursuit of it. He encourages the Philippians to follow his example.

Verses 12-14
1.     What does Paul not yet have?
2.    What is he doing about it?
3.    Is this a self-made goal?
4.    In what ways is Paul like an Olympian?
5.    Why would Paul want to forget what is behind?
6.    What is it that keeps him going?

Verses 15 -16
7.    What is Paul getting at in these verses?

Verses 17-20
8.    Which aspects of Paul’s life make him a good example?
9.    What is the danger the Philippians face if they do not follow such an example?
10.   How do the enemies of the cross live?
11.   What is Paul’s attitude to the enemies of the cross?
12.  What do they have to look forward to after death?
13.  How should Christians be living?
14.  What do Christians have to look forward to?

Chapter 4 v 1
15.  How do we see Paul’s affection for the Philippians?
16.  What is he telling them to do?

How should we respond to this passage?
Whose examples should we be following?
How can we encourage each other to pursue Christ above everything?

Priest / Presbyter (Elder)

Something people don’t always realise on the origin of the English word, “priest”:

Word Origin “priest”

Old English prÄ“ost, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch priester, German Priester, based on ecclesiastical Latin presbyter ‘elder’, from Greek presbuteros ‘elder’ (used in the New Testament to denote an elder of the early church), comparative of presbus ‘old (man)’.

https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/priest?q=priest

Pleasing the Impassible God


I thought this a very helpful talk from The Revd Dr Lee Gatiss, which is worth 30 minutes of your time. It could help us not only with the issue at hand but also how to read and understand what the Bible says about anything:


God does not have passions, as Article One of the Thirty Nine Articles of the Church of England testifies.

God does not have emotions as we have. He has no body, no chemical reactions in his brain.

He is timelessly eternal.

He does not change.

He has no moods. He does not sulk or fly off the handle. He is never sleepy or hungry or sick and therefore grumpy.  

He is not acted upon from outside against his will as we are. We cannot force or blackmail God or make him feel bad.

The Triune God is always perfectly full and happy, entirely rich and satisfied. He has a complete and perfect inner life which he has from himself. As the uncreated creator of all things, we should never imagine him as needy, helplessly longing for our love. Creation is an overflow of the generous grace and goodness of God. It does not flow from any lack in God but rather, we might say, from a kind of excess. God’s life loves to spread and grow and bless.  

The Bible uses accommodated, metaphorical, analogical language to speak of God, rather as parent or nanny might speak to a child. What God’s word says is true and flawless communication but never totally literal or univocal. The Bible is clear and effective in its communication, but we need to take it as a whole and not press one part against another (Article 20).

God is ineffable and incomprehensible to us. We cannot know him fully. Yet he has chosen to reveal himself and be known by us.

Saturday, July 04, 2020

Communion: Where should we look?

A reflection on Holy Communion for the Church Society blog:

https://churchsociety.org/blog/entry/communion_where_should_we_look

My previous previous posts in the series:

Coronavirus and Communion
Communion at Home
The Necessity of Word and Sacrament
Visible and Edible Word

Service Notes for 5/7/20



SERVICE NOTES

God-willing our church services will available on Facebook on Sunday at 9:30am at: https://www.facebook.com/malloyd

This week the service will be “as live” because there will be a service of Morning Prayer at Bodle Street at 9:30am.

After that you can catch up there or on the churches Facebook pages or Warbleton Church You Tube channel:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPBFrhqP5nL6QnmkZKfP5yw

 Our weekly notice sheet is available here: https://www.warbletonchurch.org.uk/

ORDER OF SERVICE

Before the service we’ll play the music to the hymn Amazing Grace, How Sweet The Sound


Welcome, notices and introduction

Next Sunday:

We are planning services at Bodle Street at 9:30am and Book of Common Prayer Evening Prayer at Dallington at 6:30pm.

I am hoping we’ll be able to meet at Warbleton at 11am but the PCC is meeting again on Monday evening via Zoom to discuss that.

We’ll confirm details as soon as we can.

Lots more detail will be on the church website and here: https://marclloyd.blogspot.com/

We intend to continue online provision, hopefully live from the church building, but again, we will have to see!

Grace, mercy and peace
 from God our Father
 and the Lord Jesus Christ
 be with you
(and also with you.)
                         
 This is the day that the Lord has made.
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
                         
 Jesus says, 'Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand.'
 So let us turn away from our sin and turn to Christ,
 confessing our sins in penitence and faith.
                         
Lord God,
 we have sinned against you;
 we have done evil in your sight.
 We are sorry and repent.
 Have mercy on us according to your love.
 Wash away our wrongdoing and cleanse us from our sin.
 Renew a right spirit within us
 and restore us to the joy of your salvation;
 through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.
                         
 May the Father of all mercies
 cleanse you from your sins,
 and restore you in his image
 to the praise and glory of his name,
 through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.
                         
Blessed is the Lord,
for he has heard the voice of our prayer;
                         
therefore shall our hearts dance for joy
and in our song will we praise our God.

Hymn: Speak, O Lord, As We Come To You
             
 Bible reading

(We use the New International Version (NIV) 1984 in church. You can find the latest version of the NIV here: https://www.biblegateway.com/)

Acts 13:1-12 (read by Yvonne)

This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Matthew 28:16-end (read by Matthew)       

This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Sermon
                                     
 The Apostles’ Creed 
                                                 
 I believe in God, the Father almighty,
 creator of heaven and earth.
           
 I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
 who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
 born of the Virgin Mary,
 suffered under Pontius Pilate,
 was crucified, died, and was buried;
 he descended to the dead.
 On the third day he rose again;
 he ascended into heaven,
 he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
 and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
           
 I believe in the Holy Spirit,
 the holy catholic Church,
 the communion of saints,
 the forgiveness of sins,
 the resurrection of the body,
 and the life everlasting.
 Amen.
                                     
 Prayers          
                         
Intercessions

Using the response:

Lord in your mercy:
Hear our prayer!

Concluding:

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

O God, the protector of all who trust in you,
without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy:
increase and multiply upon us your mercy;
that with you as our ruler and guide
we may so pass through things temporal
that we lose not our hold on things eternal;
grant this, heavenly Father,
for our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The Lord's Prayer

Gathering our prayers and praises into one,
let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us:
                         
Our Father, who art in heaven,
 hallowed be thy name;
 thy kingdom come;
 thy will be done;
 on earth as it is in heaven.
 Give us this day our daily bread.
 And forgive us our trespasses,
 as we forgive those who trespass against us.
 And lead us not into temptation;
 but deliver us from evil.
 For thine is the kingdom,
 the power, and the glory
 for ever and ever.
 Amen.
                                     
The Blessing   

After the service we will play I Stand Amazed In The Presence of Jesus The Nazarene

Please feel free to like, comment, share etc.

Friday, July 03, 2020

Bodle Street Green Church Sun 5th July



The government has said that churches can re-open for public worship from Saturday 4th July if they can do so safely. We are very much looking forward to being able to welcome you. 

At Bodle Street we are able to comply with the law, guidance from the government, The Church of England and the Diocese so that some of us can meet safely for a relatively short service of said Morning Prayer this Sunday 5th July and we hope to continue with Sunday services thereafter. (We will release further information about this in due course).

We recognise that some people will not want to join us for public worship at the moment. There is no pressure for anyone to do so until they feel ready and can do so safely.

Some who are clinically extremely vulnerable will have been given government guidance on shielding or will have received a letter from their GP and are not currently advised to attend places of worship. We would strongly discourage you from doing so. Anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 (a new continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell) should not attend. You should not attend if you are self-isolating due to a possible or confirmed case of COVID-19 in your household, or because they have been requested to so by NHS Test & Trace. Further details can be found via: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Those aged over 70 or with a particular vulnerability are encouraged to be especially conscious of the current stay alert and social distancing guidance and may choose not to attend. We respect your personal decision and encourage everyone to stay safe.  


In addition to the audio sermon available online and over the phone, we will continue to have services available online. Details are here: https://www.warbletonchurch.org.uk/

We want to explain a bit about some of the safety measures we have in place and what the service will be like.

We will have the church well cleaned. To reduce the risk of infection, the church will normally be locked for 72 hours before and after the service.

If you plan to attend, please wash your thoroughly hands at home before and after the service. We would also ask you to use your own 70% plus alcohol hand gel or the hand gel we provide on arriving and departing in the required way.

Please try to avoid touching your face. Cough or sneeze into a tissue which is binned safely, or into the crook of your sleeved arm if a tissue is not available.

We ask you to maintain a safe distance of at least 2 metres at all times between households (social bubbles count as part of one household for these purposes). The church building will be set out for social distancing with pews blocked off as appropriate.

It will be one pew per household.

In the unlikely event that we reach the maximum safe capacity, those who arrive last will be asked to leave. If we find this is an issue, we will look at introducing a booking system.

Please respect any requests from stewards and church officers.

Please seek to minimise what you touch and avoid moving around the building unnecessarily.

The evidence is not strong for face coverings. It seems they provide some protection to others if used correctly but not to the wearer. The use of a face covering should not be thought to justify laxity with regard to other precautions. You may wish to use a well-fitting face covering over your mouth and nose. This is a matter of personal choice.  If you choose to use a face covering, we recommend reading the government advice about their design and use.

Once the service is over, the government advice is that, “participants should be encouraged to move on promptly, to minimise the risk of contact and spread of infection.” If you want to speak to others, it would be better to do that outside rather than lingering in the building. You will recall that when you are outside you can meet in groups of up to six people from different households, following social distancing guidelines but it is safer to keep this to a minimum.

We would of course encourage you to continue to keep in touch online and over the phone.

Unless numbers attending are very low, I will ask different sections of the church to leave in order, sanitising your hands again at the exit and avoiding congestion.

We will not be giving out or making available any hymn books or Bibles. You may wish to bring your own Bible from home and take it away with you afterwards. We will not be singing as this is an infection risk. We will also avoid raising our voices and we will not play loud music so that no one is likely to try to shout over it. The responses in the service should be said with a slightly quiet voice, not a raised one, please.


We will not be taking a collection during the service. There will be a plate available for cash donations (which you should avoid touching) but we would prefer people to give by Standing Order. Please contact us if you would like to set this up. You can also send us a cheque.

Children and young people are always very welcome at our services. Children should be supervised by their parent or guardian at all times. Please explain the social distancing and hygiene precautions to your children and ensure that they comply with them. We are sorry that it is unlikely we can make any special provision for children.

Although this is not mandatory, in line with government guidance, and so that we can assist the NHS Test and Trace service, like other venues including in the retail and hospitality sector, we will seek to keep an accurate temporary record of those who attend for 21 days, in a way that is manageable us. We will aim to comply with data protection legislation. We will ask you for your name and surname and a contact phone number if we do not already have this information. We will not use this information for any other purpose.



We will of course keep what we are doing under review and we may be able to learn from experience and adapt. We will also make any necessary changes if the guidance changes.

If you have any other queries, please do contact me.

I very much look forward to seeing those of you who are able to join us.

The Revd Marc Lloyd
01435 830421 / 07812 054820
(My day off is normally a Friday)

Wednesday, July 01, 2020

Church Service Plans Update (1/7/20)


Church Service Plans Update (1/7/2020, revised 2/7/2020)

We are very much looking forward to the time when at least some of us can meet again physically for worship.

I can give a brief update on our plans so far for the recommencing of public services in the benefice of Warbleton, Bodle Street Green and Dallington as soon as we can do so safely complying with the law and government, Church of England and diocesan guidance.

We are working hard on the necessary procedures, risk assessments and precautions around social distancing and hygiene and so on, and before services resume will share further details of what we expect services to be like and what we would ask worshippers to do to help to keep themselves and others safe.

We recognise that some people will not join us again physically for the foreseeable future and we will aim to continue to provide online services, ideally by live streaming from the church building in due course but certainly by video later.

This coming Sunday 5th July, we hope to make a service available on Facebook at 9:30am and afterwards and also on You Tube later, as has become normal for us during lock down. Details are here: warbletonchurch.org.uk/

At Warbleton, we have decided not to meet physically on Sunday 5th July. The Parochial Church Council will meet again via Zoom on Monday 6th July when we hope to be able to decide that we will be ready to meet again safely for public worship on Sunday 12th July. We will confirm this as soon as possible after our PCC meeting. If the service is able to take place, we expect it to be at 11am as was normal before lockdown.

At Dallington, we hope to meet again for a traditional relatively short said service of Book of Common Prayer (BCP) 1662 Evening Prayer at 6:30pm on Sunday 12th July. After that we will look to resume our normal pattern of services as far as possible.

At Bodle Street, some of us plan to meet physically at 9:30am on Sunday 5th July for a relatively brief service of said Morning Prayer. Details are here: https://marclloyd.blogspot.com/2020/07/bodle-street-green-church-sun-5th-july.html

I am sorry for the disappointment our decision not to open at Warbleton and Dallington this week may cause to some. I regret that we have not been able to get back to meeting physically in all three churches at the earliest opportunity, but I trust you will understand that we are in unique and rapidly changing times, and that we will take a cautious approach and will not resume physical services until we are confident it is safe to do so.

With my prayers and best wishes,


Marc

The Revd Marc Lloyd (Rector)


Paul's Missionary Journeys

No doubt such things are available all over the interweb but:


Paul’s Missionary Journeys

It usual to speak of Paul’s three missionary journeys as recorded in Acts 13ff. Some think there was a fourth missionary journey which took place after the events recorded in Acts.

Here’ a quick summary adapted from here: https://bethanygu.edu/news/missionary-journey/ (which also includes maps).

(1)   Acts 13 and 14. Paul and Barnabas set sail with John as their helper from about 46 to 48 A.D. and their first stop was Cyprus. They visited Pathos and then Perga in Pamphylia where John left them to go back to Jerusalem. They went from there to Pisidian Antioch. Then on to Lystra and Derbe, where the Galatian church was planted. After visiting Lystra, Iconium, and Attalia, then they returned to the church in Antioch

(2)   Paul’s second missionary journey lasted from 49 to 52 A.D. and is recorded in Acts chapters 16-18. Paul and Silas first came to Derbe and Lystra where they met Timothy, who they decided to bring with them on their journey. They travelled through the region of Phrygia and Galatia and eventually on to Troas where Paul had a vision in the night calling him and his companions to travel to Damascus and preach the Gospel there. They planted the churches in Philippi and Thessalonica. From Thessalonica they went to Brea, Athens, Corinth, and Ephesus, then to Jerusalem and finally back to Antioch for a short time. Paul probably wrote 1 and 2 Thessalonians during this mission.

(3)   Paul travelled again to the region of Galatia and Phrygia, with the intent of strengthening the churches. This third missionary journey lasted from 53 to 57 A.D. and is found in Acts chapters 18:23-21:14. It lasted longer than the previous two, and he spent his time visiting the churches he had planted on his first two journeys. Acts tells us that he spent a significant portion of his time in Ephesus, about 2-3 years. He left for Macedonia, accompanied by Sopaterm Aristarchus, Secundus, Galius, Timothy, Tychicus, and Trophimus. They visited the churches in Philippi, Thessalonica, and Berea before he made his way to Corinth. Paul then retraced his steps back through Philippi, Thessalonica, and Berea, stopping in Troas. Led by the Holy Spirit to go to Jerusalem, and eager to be there for Pentecost, Paul bypassed Ephesus calling the Ephesian elders to come and meet him in Miletus. In about 55 A.D. Paul made his way to Jerusalem. While in Ephesus on this third journey, Paul probably wrote 1st and 2nd Corinthians in about 53-55 A.D

(4?) Some think that Paul’s letters to Timothy point to his being imprisoned in Rome twice and that after the first release he embarked on a fourth journey, possibly to Spain, though there isn’t solid evidence for this.