The Third Sunday after Trinity

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Come, Follow Me
For the past weeks quite a few of us have been looking together at how to be Church and/ or how we might to grow in discipleship. Very often, we’ve reflected, it can get so busy in church life with long lists of things to do that some of the important things such as prayer, worship, pilgrimage and even service can sometimes get scant attention. These past weeks in lockdown have given us more time ‘to be’ rather than ’to do.’ This has been very helpful in allowing us to recognise where we are with things, to acknowledge that much is very good, that some things aren’t helpful and need to come to an end and that there are gaps to be filled. In short, coming out of lockdown, we won’t be exactly the same as we were when we went in. That of course, in entirely consistent with the faith that we live and breath; death, resurrection and new life.
Our Christian pilgrimage is an exciting adventure and this certainly has the potential to be a very exciting time for us in West Purbeck Benefice as we move forward together. One of the things we already know is that we’re a bunch of very different sorts of people. We’re all good because we’re all made in God’s image, but we’re joyfully different too and that therefore we like and need different things. With that in mind, for us all to be nourished our diet has to be varied. It has been very encouraging as we’ve worshipped together these past months of lockdown that the worship has been very varied and many people have tasted of something they’d never have previously considered trying-and loved it (not always, but mostly..). We need to build on that and we need to do it as disciples together.
Next month there is real opportunity to engage with an opportunity that God has offered to us at this time; a course for training members of our churches in leading worship (see back page for more info). In our benefice, we’re going to go forward and we’re going to go forward together. Could this be your calling? We pray that it is.
Rev Carol
Service today
10.30 am Cafe Church - streamed live

The Collect

Almighty God,

you have broken the tyranny of sin

and have sent the Spirit of your Son into our hearts

whereby we call you Father:

give us grace to dedicate our freedom to your service,

that we and all creation may be brought

to the glorious liberty of the children of God;

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.




O God, whose beauty is beyond our imagining

and whose power we cannot comprehend:

show us your glory as far as we can grasp it,

and shield us from knowing more than we can bear

until we may look upon you without fear;

through Jesus Christ our Saviour.



The Reading

Matthew 14:22-33

22 As soon as the people were fed, Jesus told his disciples to get into their boat and to go to the other side of the lake while he stayed behind to dismiss the people. 23 After the crowds dispersed, Jesus went up into the hills to pray. And as night fell he was there praying alone with God.
24 But the disciples, who were now in the middle of the lake, ran into trouble, for their boat was tossed about by the high winds and heavy seas. 25 At about four o’clock in the morning, Jesus came to them, walking on the waves! 26 When the disciples saw him walking on top of the water, they were terrified and screamed, “A ghost!” 27 Then Jesus said, “Be brave and don’t be afraid. I am here!” 28 Peter shouted out, “Lord, if it’s really you, then have me join you on the water!”29 “Come and join me,” Jesus replied. So Peter stepped out onto the water and began to walk toward Jesus. 30 But when he realized how high the waves were, he became frightened and started to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he cried out. 31 Jesus immediately stretched out his hand and lifted him up and said, “What little faith you have! Why would you let doubt win?” 32 And the very moment they both stepped into the boat, the raging wind ceased. 33 Then all the disciples crouched down before him and worshiped Jesus. They said in adoration, “You are truly the Son of God!”
The work of the church. The work of the church, especially for the united Church of North India, The Most Revd Dr Prem Chand Singh - Moderator of CNI & Bishop of Jabalpur. Also our Diocesan and Deanery links with Sudan and South Sudan and Girls in Fellowship Together (GiFT)
This Benefice especially the Parish councils and Parish meetings. Also for the residents of, Chalk Pit Close, Chamberlaynes, Culaze, Doddings in Bere Regis. Bladen Valley. Heath Close, Bovington. Giddy Green Road, East Burton. Hethfelton, East Stoke. School Lane, Hight Street, Pigeon Close, Willowborne Gardens and Dorchester Road in Winfrith and East Knighton. Greenhill Gardens, Wool
Those who are ill, especially those suffering from the Coronavirus; We pray too for Jude, Jean Day, Emily, Andy, Joy Whitty, Danny Plews, Peter Johnson, Chris Rumbold, Brian Horn, Gill ,Sarah McC, Tom Marsh, Mary Fegan, Jenny Silavs, Joan Booth, John Scott, Elaine Stanfield, Dot and Mike Palmer-Fry, Beccy and Warren Wright and baby Freya and Alison and Ray
The families and friends of those who have died in recent days, Gwen Wight, Doris Foote, Cyril Cheeseman and Gordon Cheeseman. Also the families and friends of those whose anniversary of death falls at this time.
This Week
Mon-Tues 8.30am Morning Prayer
Tuesday 7pm ‘Going Deeper’ Session 10: Making More Disciples
Wednesday 10 am Holy Communion 7pm Lay Worship Leaders ‘Taster Session’ (see below)
Thursday 8.30am Morning Prayer 9pm Night Prayer (Compline)
Friday 8.30am Morning Prayer

Sunday 5th July

Service: 10.30am Benefice Holy Communion

Service Streamed Live

LWL? = Lay Worship Leader. The Church wants to encourage, train and resource lay worship leaders who will be licensed by Bishop Karen to lead worship. This may be something that God has laid on your heart as we have been thinking about discipleship and our calling to different roles over the past few weeks. An online course is starting with Canon Tim West in Weymouth and the taster session is the 1st July. The course runs on Wednesday evenings twice a month from July through to January with licensing in March. If you would just like to have a chat about this, find out more or are definitely interested then please get in contact with me straight away 01929 551502 or I shall train alongside you so we can have a little/big/huge support group.

All of our Worship on Sundays and mid-week will continue to be streamed live in the coming weeks. Please be in touch if you haven’t received details of how to do this.

Tuesdays at 7pm: ‘Going Deeper’ An opportunity to explore our discipleship together. Contact Rev Carol for log in details
Wednesdays 7.15pm: Bible Study ‘The Church, What can we learn from Acts’ Contact Rev Jenny for more details.
The Church Office is closed but work continues: email address Tel. 07729484866.
West Purbeck Benefice Facebook/ Twitter & Instagram Pages
Bruce South, our Benefice IT Admin. Person, has set up the pages. Please email with things that you’d like posted.
Clergy Contact Details:
Rev Carol Langford 01929 462215
Rev Sandra Williams 01929 792235
Rev Jenny Alidina 01929 551502
Rev Judy Hill 01929 462888