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This year, the Bishop’s Lent Appeal hopes to aid the plight of unaccompanied child migrants in the Calais area. These youngsters have been reduced to sleeping rough in the open since the closure of the refugee camps last year. They are extremely vulnerable. READ FULL REPORT HERE


  • SUNDAY SERVICES

    SUNDAY 25th February at Lorgues
    Time: 11.15 am
    Venue:  Chapel Notre Dame, Maison de Retraite, 17 Avenue Quatre Pierres, 83510 Lorgues
    Service:  Morning Worship with Communion
    Readings:  Genesis 9: 8-17 and Mark 1: 9-15
    Directions under 'Sunday Fellowship' > How to find us tab

    A Wilderness Experience

    FORTY DAYS AND FORTY NIGHTS

    In October 2016 we stood and looked over the awesome sight of the Judean wilderness trying to comprehend the experience of being here for 40 days and 40 nights.

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    Last time we met for Sunday worship we looked at how we cope with the wilderness experiences in our lives when Jesus seems to have abandoned us.  The poem 'Footprints in the Sand', reminded us clearly how God never leaves us and the emotions of fear, despair, even anger cloud our awareness of God's presence in our lives.

    So as we move into Lent we learn how Jesus dealt with feeling abandoned, tested and that determination and above all prayer and a firm belief of God in His life brought him through the desert to the place that God wanted Him to be.    More on Sunday.....





    Jesus Shows Up

    imageEveryone loves it when Jesus shows up. His presence makes a difference. Things happen. Mother-in-laws are healed. The sick are cured. Demons are cast out. Lives are changed. This is true not only for the people of Capernaum in Jesus’ time but also for us here and now. He comes to our house as surely as he went to the house of Simon and Andrew……… “Are you sure” you might ask, “ I don’t remember him knocking on my door”…..but just pause for a moment……let’s think about that,

    Mark 1:29-39,



    The Problem of Prayer

    Why, How, When and Where ?

    “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.   Matthew 7:7-8

    Years ago, Mother Teresa was speaking to one of the bishops in India about the overwhelming amount of work they were doing. He said, “I am so busy, imagethat I hardly have time to pray.” Mother Teresa replied, “If you are too busy to pray, you are too busy”!

    Starting Friday 15th September CONNECT will be looking at all these questions as we go through to Christmas so it seems right to think about this on Sunday.  Hope you can join us, we  need your input.  Peter


    The CONNECT group meets at David and Pauline Sinclair's, 

    295 Route de St Rosaline, 83460 Les Arcs

    10.15 coffee for 10.30 start followed by simple bring and share lunch

    From our Sunday Intercessions

       

    The television brings into our homes the stark pictures of people and families fleeing from the arenas of war and from persecution to our settled and secure communities in Europe. We give thanks for the security of our homes and the freedom of speech we enjoy living in a country free from war.
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    We say together a Prayer for Refugees

    Almighty and merciful God, whose Son became a refugee and had no place to call his own; look with mercy on those who today are fleeing from danger, homeless and hungry. Bless those who work to bring them relief; inspire generosity and compassion in all our hearts; and guide the nations of the world towards that day when all will rejoice in your Kingdom of justice and of peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.  
        
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    Wednesday  Lent Day 8

    Read John 3:14-21 

    God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

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    God so loved the world

    And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

    ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

    ‘Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgement, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.’

    Jesus continues his conversation with Nicodemus. He leads him to see that what lies at the heart of the life he is talking about is love.

    The life of God that Jesus makes visible is love. The new life that the wind of the Spirit breathes into us, is love. The reason that Jesus is in the world is love.

    God’s love doesn’t condemn or exclude. God’s love is always giving, always reaching out and always seeking to bring life to all it touches. It’s a love which sets us free. It’s a love seen most deeply and most clearly in Jesus’ life, in his death and in his resurrection.


    Pause

    Why is that we find it all too easy to replace love with condemnation? We can even do it in how we talk about God.

    Pray

    Ask God to help you know how much you are loved. Ask God to help you love others with that same unconditional acceptance.

    Witness

    Offer a word today that encourages and welcomes. Resist the temptation to jump to judge or condemn. It might help to start by listening.


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    Tuesday  Lent Day 7

    Read John 3:1-10 

    The wind blows where it chooses, you do not know where it comes from. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.

    Nicodemus Visits Jesus

    image3 Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He came to Jesus by night and said to him, ‘Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.’ Jesus answered him, ‘Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.’ Nicodemus said to him, ‘How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?’ Jesus answered, ‘Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be astonished that I said to you, “You must be born from above.” The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.’ Nicodemus said to him, ‘How can these things be?’ Jesus answered him, ‘Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things?

    Nicodemus comes to see Jesus in the privacy of the night. He’s respectable and religious. Jesus seems to prize neither.

    Nicodemus seeks him out because Jesus has a grasp of life and truth that, despite Nicodemus’ education and his religious expertise, has eluded him.

    Jesus tells him he needs to start again, to be born again. It’s how Jesus describes what happens when we make a new start with God.

    Let God’s Spirit, as unpredictable as the wind, bring life to you. Don’t force it. Let it happen. That’s his message to Nicodemus, and to us.


    Pause

    In what ways is God’s interaction with your life like the wind? When has it felt like a breeze, and when like a gale?

    Pray

    Ask God for the strength to let go of pride, fear, worry, anger or other burdens and pray: ‘Breathe on me breath of God, fill me with life anew.’

    Witness

    Where might the wind of God’s Spirit blow you today? Be a breath of fresh air for someone and help them make a new start.


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    Reimagining Britain : Foundations for Hope 

    By Justin Welby Archbishop of Canterbury

    In a time of political turbulence, and as the Welfare State totters under the strain in a country that has changed dramatically since 1945, Archbishop Justin Welby sets out to identify the values that will enable us to reimagine, and to enact, a more hopeful future.

    The thesis is that the work of reimagining is as great as it was in 1945, and will happen either by accident - and thus badly - or deliberately. The author draws on Britain's history and Christian tradition to identify this country's foundational values, and the building blocks necessary to implement them in a post-Brexit, multicultural society.

    He explores the areas in which values are translated into action, including the traditional three of recent history: health (especially public, and mental), housing and education. To these he adds family; the environment; economics and finance; peacebuilding and overseas development; immigration; and integration. He looks particularly at the role of faith groups in enabling, and contributing to, a fairer future.

    When so many are immobilized by political turmoil, this book builds on our past to offer hope for the future, and practical ways of achieving a more equitable society.



  • News From the Vine

    Ascension 2018 at Arc-en-Provence


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    Thursday MAY 10th 

    We are very pleased to welcome Bishop Michael Marshall as our preacher for the Riviera Chaplaincies Ascension Communion and Picnic on May 10th. As Hon Assistant Bishop in London, he was the eighth Bishop of Woolwich. Educated at Christ’s College, Cambridge and trained for the priesthood at Cuddesdon Oxford, being ordained in 1961. His first position was as curate at St Peter’s, Spring Hill, Birmingham, after which he was a tutor at Ely Theology College and then chaplain to the University of London; subsequently being appointed vicar of All Saints, Margaret Street, London, in 1969. Six years later, at the age of 38, he became the Bishop of Woolwich, he was the youngest man to be consecrated bishop since ‘The Reformation’.
                 In 1984 he went to America to found and direct the “Anglican Institute”, based in St Louis, Missouri. The institute was a resource centre for renewal in the Anglican Communion, offering a ministry of retreats, lectures and missions as well as written programmes throughout all the states of America. In 1992 Dr George Carey, the then Archbishop of Canterbury, invited Bishop Michael to return to England as Advisor in Evangelism to both Archbishops, of York and Canterbury, this involved the bishop preaching and lecturing not only in England but extensively, throughout the worldwide Anglican Communion. Before his retirement in 2011 Bishop Michael was Rector of Holy Trinity Sloane Street.
                image  A renowned preacher and author he is also a gifted pianist and has performed concerts with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra of London and St Louis Symphony Orchestra in the USA. He has also lectured on the Spirituality of Schubert, Mozart and Beethoven. In retirement he serves as an honorary assistant bishop in London. His “SPA” (Scripture Prayer Action) ministry which was developed with the Rev’d Soon Han Choi . In 2011 it was announced that he would spend a year in New York City. He was appointed Interim Rector of The Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest on 5th Avenue where he served until June 2013.  Bishop Michael returned to London and continues his ministry based at his old church.







    Safe Guarding in Our Diocese

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    The Diocese in Europe promotes “Safe Churches” as part of our commitment to the Safeguarding of Children and Vulnerable Adults

    A new Safeguarding Policy and Protocol has been put in place, as of December 2015, and includes major updates in line with recent legislation changes and experience across the Church of England.

    All clergy and Readers have Safeguarding training and need record check clearance certificates as a normal part of their ministry. Hundreds of lay volunteers in local churches across Europe are being encouraged to go through the process to ensure that our congregations are safe places for young and vulnerable people to visit

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