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Parish Newsletter for Sunday 23rd January 2022

 Sunday Services for the Third week of Epiphany


9am - Said Communion

Leader and preacher: Revd Patrick Gilbert

10:30am - Contemporary  Worship

Leader:  Revd Jonathan Rowe

Preacher: Joff Phipps/Robin Mitchell

4pm - Gather

Readings

Nehemiah 8.1-3,5-6,8-10
Luke 4.14-21


   Almighty God,
whose Son revealed in signs and miracles the wonder of your saving presence: renew your people with your heavenly grace, and in all our weakness
sustain us by your mighty power; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen


January Changes to Services and Small Groups

As we enter into the New Year some elements of our ministry will take some time to fully return. Wednesday evening small group will be suspended for the month of January. Tuesday and Thursday morning groups will continue as usual. 

Young Saints will only run informally during the month of January with play and game areas set up for young children and teens. 

Pastoral Reflection

Good wine can take years to ferment. Jesus circumvents the entire process in a single moment, only God can do this. 2 Peter tells us that, ‘with the Lord one day is like a thousand years and a thousand years is like one day’. God knew the glory that would be revealed in that single moment, marking the beginning of Jesus’ ministry. Not a single guest at the wedding feast did anything to make the wine. No one picked grapes, no one trampled them or strained them out. They simply let the living water provide for them. The bridegroom.

So, my question to us today is, have you run out of wine? Because if you have there is One who can restore your lack in abundance. Remember when the wedding couple ran out of wine? It was very much in the public space. Imagine the shame and embarrassment, yet God covered their shame and brought an abundance, an overflowing of joy. When it appears that resources have run dry, and we find ourselves in the deserted, desolate place, Jesus steps in and transformation occurs.

Remember John refers to this moment as a sign. Jesus’ first sign. It’s a sign because it points to Jesus but let’s not get lost in the miracle itself. The signs of Jesus both prefigure what is promised and reveal what is present in Him. One commentator says, ‘they are not an attempt to read the future but…to extract the future from the present’. You see Jesus’ time in Cana is not only about the redemption work of His ministry but a metaphor for an eschatological moment pointing to a glorious future. In other words, brothers and sisters, the best is yet to come.

Revd. Patrick Gilbert

COMMISSIONING OF REVD JANETTE MULLETT AS ASSOCIATE MINISTER

We are delighted to annouonce that Bishop Phillip will be presiding at the commissioning of Janette on Sunday 6th February at 10.30am

PERSONAL UPDATE FROM LUCAS, STRATEGIC OPERATIONS MANAGER

Hello everyone, I just wanted you all to know some important updates with me. I've submitted my resignation to All Saints Highertown and my last day as Operations Manager will be 28 February. It's been a privilege to serve in this community and I've been so blessed by everyone at All Saints. Of course it is difficult to leave, but some exciting opportunities have drawn me back to America and I'll be moving in March. We are making an official announcement at church on Sunday and I'll be given the space to say a bit more then. I'll be cherishing my remaining time at All Saints and praying for God's continued guidance and blessing for this community. - Lucas 

LIFEHOUSE UPDATE

Many in our growing church family might not know about the Lifehouse Project, and it’s been a while since we updated everyone. So, the Lifehouse is our ambitious plan to transform our facilities into a purpose-built community hub. Despite being a small church, we’ve grown to become one of the largest community service providers in our city. With our partners, we support people in their struggle with poverty, social injustice, loneliness, addiction or living with dementia or disability. We’re trusted and have helped a great many, but it’s no secret that our facilities are dire. They no longer honour the good works of others, in fact they probably inhibit them.

So, we’ve been working on the project since 2016, fundraising in earnest for the past three years to try to raise £1.9million. We’ve had some bumps on the road - a pandemic that closed the doors to many funders, unachievable costs arising out of a post-Brexit landscape and our attempts to utilise ERDF funding, and resubmission for planning. But God hasn’t forgotten us, helping us raise £1.45million. Please continue to pray that the vision planted in our hearts, to fulfil Jesus’ desire for everyone to live abundantly, will come to fruition in the successful delivery of the Lifehouse.

Jac SmithFundraising Manager | Truro Lifehouse

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SUPPORT FOR CHILDREN

Many of us may have heard the news that Cornwall will be supporting children seeking asylum in the UK. If you are interested in learning more or getting involved then please follow this link https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/council-news/communities-and-housing/could-you-provide-a-home-for-unaccompanied-asylum-seeking-children/

GET INVOLVED IN CREATION CARE

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Photo by Joey Kyber on Unsplash

Calling all Creation Care Champions…

Welcome to the Creation Care Network – a change for good

Ben Lillie, Diocesan Environment Officer writes:   ‘I am launching a new monthly Creation Care Network live ZOOM gathering. This will take place on the 1st Thursday of the month between 10.00 – 12.00.

The 1st one will be on Thursday 3rd February 2022, you can register here;

 You are invited to a Zoom meeting.

When: Feb 3, 2022 10:00 AM London

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYpceuhrj4pGdDP4IxQ4fvtxoqaoJtSOJUJ 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 There will be a mix of introductions, training, news, updates, and time to share our own experiences of Creation Care, as well as practical support with Kernow Green Church Award and Eco Church. We hope to invite guest speakers and Creation Care specialists to equip and encourage us in our essential mission to Cherish Creation, Cut Carbon, Speak Up. We will keep these mornings engaging, informal and fun, with a tea break / leg stretch at around 10.45 /11.00.

In the week after these Zoom gatherings, we will circulate an email update with links to relevant events and resources to equip each of us in our local context.

To enable as much access and engagement as possible in the Creation Care Network, we will look to offer some evening versions of this event and a regular video update.

We hope and pray that in time we will be able to arrange some in person gatherings / social events to help this new network flourish.


Thank you for your commitment to 'Cherish Creation, Cut Carbon and Speak Up’.

Ben – Diocesan Environment Officer creationcare@truro.anglican.org