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     12TH JULY (5th after Trinity)
          ‘Union with Christ’

  COLLECT                                      Christ, might be for the praise of his
  Almighty God,                                glory. 13 And you also were included in
  send down upon your Church                   Christ when you heard the word of
  the riches of your Spirit,                   truth, the gospel of your salvation.
  and kindle in all who minister               When you believed, you were marked
  the gospel                                   in him with a seal, the promised Holy
  your countless gifts of grace;               Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing
  through Jesus Christ our Lord.               our inheritance until the redemption of
                                               those who are God's possession—to the
  FIRST READING                                praise of his glory.
  Ephesians 1:3-14
    Praise be to the God and Father of
  our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed       GOSPEL
  us in the heavenly realms with every         Mark 6:14-29
  spiritual blessing in Christ. 4 For he       14
                                                  King Herod heard about this, for
  chose us in him before the creation of       Jesus' name had become well known.
  the world to be holy and blameless in        Some were saying, "John the Baptist
  his sight. In love 5 he predestined us for   has been raised from the dead, and that
  adoption to sonship through Jesus            is why miraculous powers are at work
  Christ, in accordance with his pleasure      in him."
  and will— 6 to the praise of his glorious       15
                                                     Others said, "He is Elijah."
  grace, which he has freely given us in             And still others claimed, "He is a
  the One he loves. 7 In him we have           prophet, like one of the prophets of
  redemption through his blood, the            long ago."
  forgiveness of sins, in accordance with            But when Herod heard this, he
  the riches of God's grace 8 that he          said, "John, whom I beheaded, has been
  lavished on us. With all wisdom and          raised from the dead!"
  understanding, 9 he made known to us            17
                                                     For Herod himself had given
  the mystery of his will according to his     orders to have John arrested, and he
  good pleasure, which he purposed in          had him bound and put in prison. He
  Christ, 10 to be put into effect when the    did this because of Herodias, his
  times reach their fulfillment—to bring       brother Philip's wife, whom he had
  unity to all things in heaven and on         married. 18 For John had been saying to
  earth under Christ.                          Herod, "It is not lawful for you to have
        In him we were also chosen,            your brother's wife." 19 So Herodias
  having been predestined according to         nursed a grudge against John and
  the plan of him who works out                wanted to kill him. But she was not
  everything in conformity with the            able to, 20 because Herod feared John
  purpose of his will, 12 in order that we,    and protected him, knowing him to be a
  who were the first to put our hope in        righteous and holy man. When Herod

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heard John, he was greatly puzzled; yet     creation of the world – even before the
he liked to listen to him.                  big bang! God had us in mind even
      Finally the opportune time came.      then! He was looking forward to the
On his birthday Herod gave a banquet        time we would be members of his
for his high officials and military         family, as important as if we were sons
commanders and the leading men of           and heirs, and as pure in his sight as
Galilee. 22 When the daughter of            Jesus. Of course, only Jesus could bring
Herodias came in and danced, she            that about through his life and death for
pleased Herod and his dinner guests.        us, a redemption price that he so
   The king said to the girl, "Ask me for   willingly paid so that we could be
anything you want, and I'll give it to      forgiven and accepted into the Family.
you." 23 And he promised her with an           The future Paul sees not only as
oath, "Whatever you ask I will give         fulfilment for us, but also as fulfilment
you, up to half my kingdom."                for the whole creation – peace and
      She went out and said to her          harmony everywhere, with everything
mother, "What shall I ask for?"             in its proper place. That too would
      "The head of John the Baptist," she   happen through Jesus’ reign.
answered.                                      The present is the time all this is
      At once the girl hurried in to the    working out. Now is the time people
king with the request: "I want you to       receive their invitations to live with
give me right now the head of John the      God. When they accept, there and then
Baptist on a platter."                      God’s Spirit comes into their lives –
      The king was greatly distressed,      God lives with them now, guaranteeing
but because of his oaths and his dinner     they will live with God in the future.
guests, he did not want to refuse her. 27      Through all this a number of themes
So he immediately sent an executioner       colour Paul’s writing. One is his
with orders to bring John's head. The       emphasis on our union with Christ – ‘in
man went, beheaded John in the prison,      Christ’, ‘in him’ are expressions dotted
   and brought back his head on a           all over this passage. All the blessings
platter. He presented it to the girl, and   he talks of come from Christ, and are
she gave it to her mother. 29 On hearing    ours only as we are united with him by
of this, John's disciples came and took     our faith, by which we throw in our lot
his body and laid it in a tomb.             with him and give him absolute
                                            authority in our lives. Another theme is
COMMENT                                     love – ‘love’ and ‘grace’ dominate
   The passage from Ephesians is            everything. And so it’s no wonder that
packed so full of ideas that it is          praise is a third theme: God’s love for
tempting just to pass over it quickly,      us is so amazing!
without taking it in. However, if we did
that we would miss lots of important        QUESTIONS
and encouraging truths. So let’s try and    1) Read the passage, replacing ‘us’
unpack it a little.                         with ‘me’. How do you feel?
   Paul gives us an encouraging             2) How can others be invited to share in
overview of the past, the future, and the   these riches?
present. The past begins before the

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TODAY                                    NEXT SUNDAY
9.00 am Holy Communion (1662) at         9.00 am Holy Communion (quiet,
Weston.                                  traditional) at Bishop's Itchington.
9.30 am Holy Communion with              9.30 am Holy Communion at Long
Baptism at Offchurch.                    Itchington.
10.00 am Sunday@10 (for all the          9.30 am Mattins at Offchurch.
family) at Long Itchington.              10.00 am Quality Time – a special
10.00 am Family Communion (with          half-hour event for families and the
prayer for healing) at Radford Semele.   young at heart – at Bishops Itchington.
10.30 am Holy Communion with             10.00 am Quality Time – a special
children’s activities at Bishops         half-hour event for families and the
Itchington.                              young at heart – at Radford Semele.
11.00 am Heartbeat (informal worship)    11.00 am Three Parishes Morning
at Marton.                               Service at Wappenbury.
11.00 am Come and Worship (an            11.00 am Family Service at Marton.
informal service for young and old,
planned by youth) with crèche for 5s     PEW NEWS
and under and Junior Church for 5-11s,   REVD PETER CROOKS, MBE
at Hunningham.                           In case you missed this news in last
4.00-6.00 pm Family Beetle Drive in      week’s bulletin, we are delighted to
Bishops Itchington Church; £1 per        pass on the news that Peter Crooks,
person; hot dog and a drink for sale @   Tim's predecessor, has been given an
£1; no need to book; all welcome!        MBE in the Queen's birthday honours
                                         'for service to seafarers and the
THIS WEEK                                community, Yemen'. Congratulations
See the separate handout for regular     to him - I'm sure it is richly deserved.
weekly events. Only less regular
events are listed here!                  ROYAL SHOW BUCKET
                                         VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Tuesday 30th                             The Arthur Rank Centre is looking for
8.15 pm 3 Parishes Joint Church          volunteers to help with a bucket
Council at 22 Alderman’s Way,            collection for just 2 hours at the end of
Weston.                                  each day of the Royal Show, 7 - 10
Wednesday 1st                            July. In return you can have a FREE
5.00 pm Evening Prayer at                day out at the last Royal Show (there
Wappenbury Yes the church is open to     won’t be any more) and afternoon tea
the public again!                        at the Arthur Rank Centre! You can
Thursday 2nd                             offer to do 1 day or more, you will get
7.30 pm to 8.30 pm Prayer Meeting for    a free ticket each day. Join the
the re-building of St. Nicholas Church   friendliest group of people on the
and for the community, at the Baptist    showground fundraising for the ARC -
Church room (opposite Community          supporting communities, churches and
Hall - Lewis road).                      education in the countryside. If you are
7.30 pm Deanery Synod.                   interested please call 024 7685 3060
                                         and ask for Miri or Kathryn.

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DIARY DATES                                 still and to listen to his Word in silence
CONCERT BY THE VILLAGE                      and at depth. To help you to do this,
VOICES CHOIR                                The Fellowship of Contemplative
St. Lawrence Church, Napton on the          Prayer is arranging a day of silent
Hill on Friday 3rd July 2009, 7.30 pm       listening to the Word of God at Offa
There will be a retiring collection for     House on Weds 4th November 2009
the church extension project.               9.30 to 3.15. For further details or
Free glass of wine.                         booking please contact:
                                            The Revd Canon Martin Tunnicliffe
OFFCHURCH SUMMER BBQ                        202 Ralph Road, Solihull, B90 3LE
COME AND JOIN US!                           Tel: 0121 745 6522
Sunday 19th July on the Village Field       Email:
- 12 noon.
Tickets: £8.00; under 12s: £3.00.           WOW, SOMETHING DIFFERENT
Licensed bar, games, raffle.                Every first Wednesday of the month St
Proceeds to the Village Hall                Georges Church in Hillmorton, Rugby
Foundation and St Gregory's Church.         has a service of Praise and Worship,
For more information and/or tickets,        designed to be unusual in format and
contact Valerie Graham (423677) or          style. We welcome any who would like
Liz Varnish (886119)                        to experience a fresh approach to how
                                            we attune to God in worship. We start
ADVANCE NOTICES                             at 7.30pm. Contact Roger Wain, 01788
GORDON GILTRAP                              565725 or
Tickets are going fast for the Gordon       ABOUT CHURCH
Giltrap concert on Saturday 22nd            Chris Moyles, Radio One DJ, talks up
August, 7.30pm. Gordon’s concerts           church!
are always hugely enjoyable and this is
a great opportunity to hear him in an       DAjhuiTo&feature=player_embedded
intimate setting. Tickets are £12 (£10
for concessions) and are available from     Please send bulletin contributions to
Martin or Louise Green: 01926 613466.       THE OFFICE (email address below)
Gordon has very kindly offered all          by Wednesday 1st July.
proceeds to the St Michael’s Tower
Restoration Fund, so please come along                     Contacts:
and have a great night out!                       Rev Tim Britton – 812518 or
THE PRAYER OF STILLNESS                          Rev Martin Green – 613466 or
―In stillness and in staying quiet, there   
lies your strength” Isaiah 30:15.              Rev Diane Patterson – 633630 or
Over-active Christians in a hyperactive
Church make a lot of superficial noise,               More information at
but they are of limited use or influence
in a world distracted by speed and              or from the Office – tel: 812518
consumerism. God is calling us to be          email
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