During February and March, we will follow Jesus as he travels to Jerusalem. Jesus knows what awaits him on his arrival, Jesus says to his disciples: "We are going up to Jerusalem and everything written about the prophets about the Son of Man will be fulfilled. He will be handed over the Gentiles.They will mock him, insult him and spit on him, they will flog him and kill him. On the third day he will rise again." The sequence comes to its climax on Palm Sunday as Jesus rides triumphantly into Jerusalem as king ... and we then hear the story of Jesus' final week at our special Pam Sunday service
February 4th Luke 17:11-19 Are we thankful?
On his way to Jerusalem Jesus heals ten people of leprosy, but only one returns to thank him, and he was a Samaritan, an outsider 10.30am Stubbings, Parish Service
February 11th Luke 17: 20-37 The Coming of the Kingdom
Jesus tells the Pharisees that the kingdom of God is "in your midst" but follows this with warnings of his rejection and of sudden apocalyptic events to come
8.00am Stubbings, HC (BCP); 9.15am Littlewick Green, HC (CW); 10.30am Hurley, Communion Together with Explorers Sunday School; 11.15am Stubbings, HC (BCP)
February 18th Luke 18:1-14 Jesus teaches on prayer
Jesus teaches on prayer: Don't give up! God will bring justice to those who recognise their need of him
8.00am Stubbings, HC (BCP)s; 10.30am Hurley, Family Service; 4.00pm Littlewick Green, 'All-age' service
February 25th Luke 18:18-34 What is at the centre of our lives?
Jesus challenges a rich ruler to put the kingdom of God before his own prosperity
8.00am Stubbings, HC (BCP); 9.15am Littlewick Green, Communion Together; 10.30am Hurley HC(CW); 10.30am Stubbings, Family Service
March 4th Luke 18:35-19:10 Jesus and the social outcasts
Jesus restores the sight ofa blind beggar and calls Zacchaeus, a hated tax collector 10.30am Stubbings, Parish Service
March 11th Mothering Sunday
8.00am Stubbings, HC (BCP); 9.15am Littlewick, All-age Mothering Sunday Service; 10.30am Hurley, Mothering Sunday Family Service; 10.30am Stubbings, Mothering Sunday Family Service
March 18th Luke 19: 11-27 The King, the servants and the money
In a parable known as The Ten Minas, Jesus warns the people that they will have to account for how they have used what they have received
10.30am Hurley: Palm Sunday Service with Explorers Sunday School
The last Sunday in Lent is 'Palm Sunday,' the start of Holy Week when we remember the final week of Jesus' life. We gather outside the church for the procession with Palms recalling Jesus entering Jerusalem riding on a donkey. After children leave for Explorers Sunday School we recall the last Supper before accompanying Jesus through the last week of his life in readings and hymns.
Summary of Easter Programme
Maundy Thursday (29th March) Communion followed by the Vigil 7.30pm Littlewick
At the last Supper Jesus' washed his disciples' feet. On Maundy Thursday this is re-enacted by the priest washing the feet of representative members of the parish. This is followed by the Communion, obeying Jesus' command at the Last Supper, "Do this in remembrance of me." Then the transition to Good Friday begins and the altar is stripped, and all decoration removed, symbolising the stripping of Jesus, both his clothing and his dignity. The lights
dimmed as a vigil begins; the church remains open for quiet prayer until 10.30pm.
Good Friday (30th March) 10.30am Hurley: Family Service followed by Hot Cross Buns
1.30pm Stubbings: Good Friday Meditation
At the Family Service we hear the story of the first Good Friday and hint at the good news
At the Good Friday Meditation, we wait with Jesus as he dies on the cross, using pictures, reflections, prayers and music. In the last half hour, we hear the Passion Gospel read.
Easter Eve (31st March) 8.00pm Littlewick Green
Holy Saturday: The silence of the tomb. Then, in the evening, at the Easter vigil we move from that darkness towards the light of the resurrection.
Easter Day (1st April) He is risen!
8.00 am Holy Communion (BCP) Stubbings
9.15 am Easter Family Communion (CW) Littlewick Green