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WORD FOR TODAY

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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 22nd at Lorgues

    Time: 11.15 am
    Venue:   The Chapel, Maison de Retraite, 17 Avenue Quatre Pierres, 83510 Lorgues
    Service:  Morning Worship followed by church AGM and bring and share lunch for those who can stay.
    Directions under 'Sunday Fellowship' > How to find us tab





    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.  
        

    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.....





    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
  • A Wider View

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    Saturday  Lent Day 46


    Read  John 19 31-42 


    Jesus’ Side Is Pierced

    imageSince it was the day of Preparation, the Jews did not want the bodies left on the cross during the sabbath, especially because that sabbath was a day of great solemnity. So they asked Pilate to have the legs of the crucified men broken and the bodies removed. Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who had been crucified with him. But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. Instead, one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once blood and water came out. (He who saw this has testified so that you also may believe. His testimony is true, and he knows that he tells the truth.) These things occurred so that the scripture might be fulfilled, ‘None of his bones shall be broken.’ And again another passage of scripture says, ‘They will look on the one whom they have pierced.’

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    The Burial of Jesus

    After these things, Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, though a secret one because of his fear of the Jews, asked Pilate to let him take away the body of Jesus. Pilate gave him permission; so he came and removed his body. Nicodemus, who had at first come to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, weighing about a hundred pounds. They took the body of Jesus and wrapped it with the spices in linen cloths, according to the burial custom of the Jews. Now there was a garden in the place where he was crucified, and in the garden there was a new tomb in which no one had ever been laid. And so, because it was the Jewish day of Preparation, and the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.


    Maundy Thursday gets its name from the Latin word mandare meaning to command. We remember Jesus’ command to ‘love one another’ and his example of service in washing the feet of his friends.

    In his birth, in his life and in this final week what we see in Jesus is love lived out, love in humanity, love in reality.

    It is this love, the love of God made visible, which is on trial before religious and political leaders. There is, in the end, no real accusation; just blindness, angry defensiveness and fearful expediency.

    If you stop and think about it, whether in our own hearts or in the world, it is just these things that continue to resist the power of God’s love.


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    Take time today to read the story of Jesus’ trial and let God speak to you through it.


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    Thank God for the love that faces up to fear, anger and blindness. Let that love stand tall and strong in your heart.


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    Take a stand today. Quietly, peacefully, stand strong in the face of fear, dishonesty or prejudice.


     






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    Thursday  Lent Day 44


    Read  John 18 28-40 

    Jesus before Pilate

    imageThen they took Jesus from Caiaphas to Pilate’s headquarters. It was early in the morning. They themselves did not enter the headquarters, so as to avoid ritual defilement and to be able to eat the Passover. So Pilate went out to them and said, ‘What accusation do you bring against this man?’ They answered, ‘If this man were not a criminal, we would not have handed him over to you.’ Pilate said to them, ‘Take him yourselves and judge him according to your law.’ The Jews replied, ‘We are not permitted to put anyone to death.’ (This was to fulfil what Jesus had said when he indicated the kind of death he was to die.)

    Then Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, ‘Are you the King of the Jews?’ Jesus answered, ‘Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?’ Pilate replied, ‘I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me. What have you done?’ Jesus answered, ‘My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here.’ Pilate asked him, ‘So you are a king?’ Jesus answered, ‘You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.’ Pilate asked him, ‘What is truth?’

    Jesus Sentenced to Death

    After he had said this, he went out to the Jews again and told them, ‘I find no case against him. But you have a custom that I release someone for you at the Passover. Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?’ They shouted in reply, ‘Not this man, but Barabbas!’ Now Barabbas was a bandit.


    Maundy Thursday gets its name from the Latin word mandare meaning to command. We remember Jesus’ command to ‘love one another’ and his example of service in washing the feet of his friends.

    In his birth, in his life and in this final week what we see in Jesus is love lived out, love in humanity, love in reality.

    It is this love, the love of God made visible, which is on trial before religious and political leaders. There is, in the end, no real accusation; just blindness, angry defensiveness and fearful expediency.

    If you stop and think about it, whether in our own hearts or in the world, it is just these things that continue to resist the power of God’s love.


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    Take time today to read the story of Jesus’ trial and let God speak to you through it.


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    Thank God for the love that faces up to fear, anger and blindness. Let that love stand tall and strong in your heart.


    Witness

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    Take a stand today. Quietly, peacefully, stand strong in the face of fear, dishonesty or prejudice.


     






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    Sunday  Lent Day 40


    Read  John 14 1-9 

    Jesus the Way to the Father

    14 ‘Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling-places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going.’ Thomas said to him, ‘Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.’

    Philip said to him, ‘Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, “Show us the Father”? t tonight.


    Holy Week begins today as we celebrate Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem: crowds cheering, branches waving.

    Today also marks the start of the last week of Jesus’ life on earth, his journey to the cross and to death, and through death… to life.

    Jesus says, I am the way. Walk with me, follow me, come with me to the Father.

    To follow Jesus is not primarily to follow a code of practice or even a rule of life; it is to walk with him. At the beginning of his ministry he invited people to come and see, and live. At the end of his life he does the same. Let us journey with him.


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    Ask yourself what it will mean for you to walk, this week, with Jesus. Where might he take you? What might he show you?


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    Ask God to open your eyes to see Jesus afresh and, as you do so, to see the way he opens for you. Pray for all who seek to walk with Jesus this week.


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    Make time today to walk with a friend, or to welcome a stranger. Speak to them of the one who is the way..


     






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    Friday  Lent Day 38


    Read  John 13 31-35 

    The New Commandment

    When he had gone out, Jesus said, ‘Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once. Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, “Where I am going, you cannot come.” I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.’

    A falling seed, a light challenging the dark, a kneeling servant… images of Jesus as he takes his leave and journeys into suffering and death.

    What is it that shapes that journey? What leads him on? It is love. Simply love and supremely love. So Jesus offers his friends a second gift, a simple and supreme command: ‘Love one another, as I have loved you.’

    Love must shape our journey too. It is then that the glory of God is seen and others will know Christ in us.


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    Ask yourself what Jesus’ command to his friends means in your life. Who are the ones you are called to love—as Christ loves you?



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    Pray for the Church, the community of Jesus’ disciples. Pray that we might hear afresh Jesus’ command to love one another.



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    Make time today to restore a relationship that has been broken. Love one another.


     






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    Saturday  Lent Day 39


    Read  John 13 36-38 

    Jesus Foretells Peter’s Denial

    imageSimon Peter said to him, ‘Lord, where are you going?’ Jesus answered, ‘Where I am going, you cannot follow me now; but you will follow afterwards.’ Peter said to him, ‘Lord, why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.’ Jesus answered, ‘Will you lay down your life for me? Very truly, I tell you, before the cock crows, you will have denied me three times.


    ‘Lord, where are you going?’ asks Peter. I’m leaving, says Jesus.

    Peter replies, I’ll come with you, I’m ready to die for you.

    Are you really ready to come with me? One day you will be. One day you will lay down your life for me. But not tonight.

    Tonight Peter will fail Jesus. He will deny he even knows Jesus.


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    Ask yourself today what it is that Jesus calls you to be and do? Are there things that challenge you? Are there things that you are not ready for – yet?


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    Pray for all who feel they have let Christ down, and for yourself in the things you get wrong… and right.


    Witness

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    Make time today for failure and failures. Be gentle with yourself and with others.


     






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    Thursday  Lent Day 37


    Read  John 13 1-5 


    Jesus Washes the Disciples’ Feet

    image13 Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. The devil had already put it into the heart of Judas son of Simon Iscariot to betray him. And during supper Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, ‘Lord, are you going to wash my feet?’ Jesus answered, ‘You do not know now what I am doing, but later you will understand.’ Peter said to him, ‘You will never wash my feet.’ Jesus answered, ‘Unless I wash you, you have no share with me.’ Simon Peter said to him, ‘Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!’ Jesus said to him, ‘One who has bathed does not need to wash, except for the feet, but is entirely clean. And you are clean, though not all of you.’ For he knew who was to betray him; for this reason he said, ‘Not all of you are clean.’

    After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, ‘Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord—and you are right, for that is what I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.

    As Jesus nears the end of his leaving, he shares one last meal with his disciples. It has been a journey of love and concludes in a meal of love, as John says, ‘he loved them to the end’.

    At the meal, as a leaving gift, he gives his disciples a sign. Just as Mary had lovingly anointed his feet, so he kneels before his friends and washes their tired and dusty feet.

    He ties a towel around his waist, pours water into a bowl, and washes and wipes their feet. It is a physical act, a touch of love. This is his gift to them. The invisible God made visible. Glory seen and touched.

    He offers it also as an example: ‘you also should do as I have done to you’.


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    Reflect on Jesus’ action. Imagine him washing your feet. What is it that he is doing for you and giving to you? How can you follow his example?


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    Thank God for the love that kneels down and washes you. Pray for the humility to receive that gift and the grace to follow that example.


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    Make time today to serve someone else – practically, lovingly, unconditionally. Pray that they might glimpse God’s glory and love.
     






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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

    Faith and Fellowship

    imageIan Callen presents a fortnightly programme on Radio Verdon.  It is in English and guests are invited to share a bit of their story and choose three pieces of music.  This Friday 13th, Ian interviewed Peter who told a little of how the church started here in the Var back in 2005.  You can here this programme at 7.00pm this Friday on https://radio-verdon.com/   click on Ecoutez-Nous.



    "Thank you for the Music"

    imageBishop Michael and Fr Soon visited us this week in preparation for Ascension day. He played and loved the electric piano in our " Quiet Shed" where we worship on Sundays and they will both be sharing their gifts of music with us on 10th May..  Bishop Michael will be preaching and celebrating and it promises to be a very special and memorable day, don't miss it.

    Meghan Markle Baptised

    imageMeghan Markle has reportedly been baptised by the Archbishop of Canterbury using holy water from the River Jordan ahead of her wedding to Prince Harry.

    The couple were joined at what was described as an by Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, in a move that formally introduces the divorced American actress to the Anglican church.

    Prince Harry and Ms Markle, 36,will wed on May 19 this year at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. However the baptism, which is understood to have taken place on Tuesday at the Chapel Royal, was said to be a much more private affair, , with only royal aides in attendance too.


    Billy Graham dies aged 99

    Evangelist Billy Graham had few equals - Archbishop of Canterbury

    Wed 21 Feb 2018 By Press Association


    imageAmerican evangelist Billy Graham was an example to Christians worldwide and had "few equals", the Archbishop of Canterbury has said.

    Graham, who had the ear of presidents and monarchs and reputedly preached to the most people in live sermons in history, died aged 99 at his home in North Carolina on Wednesday.

    He spoke to thousands at arenas in the UK during his tours, often referred to as crusades, in the decades following his first visit in 1946.

    In 1996, after he stopped travelling because of Parkinson's disease, an estimated 2.5 billion people around the world watched his first "televangelist" show, hosted by Sir Cliff Richard.

    And in 2001, Graham was awarded an honorary knighthood by the Queen, whom he had met several times, including in 1984 when he preached at Sandringham Parish Church.

    imageThe Most Revd Justin Welby said the church owed Graham an "immeasurable" debt.

    He said: "Dr Billy Graham stood as an exemplar to generation upon generation of modern Christians.

    "When it comes to a living and lasting influence upon the worldwide church he can have few equals: for he introduced person after person to Jesus Christ.

    "There are countless numbers who began their journey of faith because of Dr Graham.

    "The debt owed by the global church to him is immeasurable and inexpressible.

    "Personally I am profoundly grateful to God for the life and ministry of this good and faithful servant of the gospel; by his example he challenged all Christians to imitate how he lived and what he did.

    "He was one who met presidents and preachers, monarchs and musicians, the poor and the rich, the young and the old, face to face.

    "Yet now he is face to face with Jesus Christ, his saviour and ours. It is the meeting he has been looking forward to for the whole of his life."

    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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