This Week's Messenger


Sunday 14th February 2016

First Sunday in Lent





Fr Andrew Pagett, Brian Rowley, Ronald Robertson, Dave Waters


Year's Mind

[14] Edna Hancock, Phylis Ricketts, Evelyn Steele-Davis; [15] Dorothy Hulbert, Lily Reeves, Alfred Gardner, Mary Morgan; [16] Arthur Rose; [17] Robert Rowley, Norman Marks; [19] Stanley Whale (priest).



We are sad to report the death of Fr Andrew Pagett, a member of the clergy in this parish from 1982 to 2001. 
Fr Pagett’s funeral will take place at S. Mark’s on Tuesday 16th February at 11.30 am.

May he rest in peace.



will not take place this week, due to the funeral of Fr Andrew Pagett


Readings for this Sunday


First Reading—Deuteronomy 26.4-10

A reading from the book of Deuteronomy

Moses said to the people:  “The priest shall then take the pannier from your hand and lay it before the altar of the Lord your God.  Then, in the sight of the Lord your God, you must make this pronouncement:  ‘My father was a wandering Aramaean.  He went down into Egypt to find refuge there, few in numbers; but there he became a nation, great, mighty, and strong.  The Egyptians ill-treated us, they gave us no peace and inflicted harsh slavery on us.  But we called on the Lord, the God of our fathers.  The Lord heard our voice and saw our misery, our toil and our oppression; and the Lord brought us out of Egypt with mighty hand and outstretched arm, with great terror, and with signs and wonders.  He brought us here and gave us this land, a land where milk and honey flow.  Here then I bring the first-fruits of the produce of the soil that you, Lord, have given me.’  You must then lay them before the Lord your God, and bow down in the sight of the Lord your God.


Whoso dwelleth under the defence of the most High : shall abide under the

  shadow of the Almighty.

I will say unto the Lord, Thou art my hope, and my strong hold : my God, in

  him will I trust.

Thou shalt not be afraid for any terror by night : nor for the arrow that flieth

  by day;

For the pestilence that walketh in darkness : nor for the sickness that

  destroyeth in the noon-day.

For he shall give his angels charge over thee : to keep thee in all thy ways.

They shall bear thee in their hands : that thou hurt not thy foot against a stone.

Thou shalt go upon the lion and adder : the young lion and the dragon shalt

  thou tread under thy feet.

Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him : I will set

  him up, because he hath known my Name.

He shall call upon me, and I will hear him : yea, I am with him in trouble; I

  will deliver him, and bring him to honour.  

Second Reading—Romans 10.8-13

A reading from Paul’s letter to the Romans

Scripture says:  The word, that is the faith we proclaim, is very near to you, it is on your lips and in your heart.  If your lips confess that Jesus is Lord and if you believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, then you will be saved.  By believing from the heart you are made righteous; by confessing with your lips you are saved.  When scripture says:  those who believe in will have no cause for shame, it makes no distinction between Jew and Greek; all belong to the same Lord who is rich enough, however many ask his help, for everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. 

Gospel—Luke 4.1-13

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke

Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit through the wilderness, being tempted there by the devil for forty days.  During that time he ate nothing and at the end he was hungry.  Then the devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to turn into a loaf.”  But Jesus replied, “Scripture says:  Man does not live on bread alone.”  Then leading him to a height, the devil showed him in a moment of time all the kingdoms of the world and said to him, “I will give you all this power and the glory of these kingdoms, for it has been committed to me and I give it to anyone I choose.  Worship me, then, and it shall all be yours.”  But Jesus answered him, “Scripture says:  You must worship the Lord your God, and serve him alone.”  Then he led him to Jerusalem and made him stand on the parapet of the Temple.  “If you are the Son of God,” he said to him, “throw yourself down from here, for scripture says:  He will put his angels in charge of you to guard you, and again:  They will hold you up on their hands in case you hurt your foot against a stone.”  But Jesus answered him, “It has been said:  You must not put the Lord your God to the test.”  Having exhausted all these ways of tempting him, the devil left him, to return at the appointed time.



Mass will be celebrated this Friday, and every Friday during Lent, at 12.30 pm in S. Aldhelm’s. 

Lent Lunches will begin this Friday, in S. Aldhelm’s hall, with soup and bread provided by Central Church.



will be available again this year in the Rainbow Bookshop.  There are three available; the Original (£3.99), the Dark (£5.50) and the Special Edition (£9.99).  Each contains a chocolate egg, a treat and a cross-shaped Easter Story. 

Please sign the list at the back of church to order your Easter eggs. 

Last date for ordering is Sunday 28th February.



The next Coffee Morning will take place at 10 am on Saturday 27th February, in S. Saviour’s hall, in aid of T.W.I.G.S. 

Our last coffee morning raised £250 for Wiltshire Air Ambulance, let’s see if we can do it again.  Do join us for coffee, cake and good conversation.



As we enter the season of Lent and begin to think about our giving up, and our giving. 

US this year is focused on the plight of those who are victims of human trafficking.  This invisible atrocity is happening all over the world, all around us, in Brazil, Myanmar, Pakistan, the Philippines, South Africa and elsewhere.  Your donations will help the world church to combat these issues.

The Additional Curates’ Society works to ensure that the Christian Faith is proclaimed in poor and populous parishes.  It does this by funding assistant priests, and encouraging vocations to the priesthood.  ACS believes that the sacrament of Holy Order, Priesthood, is a precious gift from God and a means of grace for His people.

Please take your Lent Box home with you today, and fill it during Lent. 



I’m not quite as old as Anna (Luke 2.36) but if I am to raise money for the Brighter Futures Radiotherapy Appeal to help cancer patients in John’s memory, I need to get on with it!  In my 80th year I can’t run marathons, but could jump out of a plane.  However, I need to raise a minimum of £350 before the jump date (5th June). 

Please will you help by donating either on my Skydive page——or by signing up on one of the sponsorship forms I will put in the back of church. 

Whichever method you use, if you can also gift aid it we will get an extra 25% at no cost to you.  Thank you!  Jill Huby.




will take place at S. Mark's on Tuesday 1st March at 7 pm, £5 per person (bring your own drinks).  Please sign the list if you wish to go.



On 5th March we have a wonderful opportunity to come together in Coventry Cathedral to think and pray during Lent.  It’s a key event for all our churchwardens and PCC members, and all active lay-people, young and old and the clergy are very welcome too!  This is a perfect opportunity for a parish visit.  If you would like to go along, please contact the Parish Office on 01793 538220 and sign up as soon as possible.  If enough people are interested, we will arrange for transport by minibus (or coach).



6 pm S. Mark

Bob Adams, John Aldridge, Norma Allum, Paul Aston, Elaine Baker, George Blake

11.30 am Funeral of Fr Paggett
S. Mark
7 pm S. Saviour

Gordon Clack, Peter Dance, Tamsin Davis, Shirley Driver, Greta Davies, Denise Keene, Jane Shrimpton

9.30 am S. Saviour

Sybil Joan Frostick, Kenneth Gibbs, Edward Glass, Constance Groves, Jean Holley, Mick Koncowski

[9 am Morning Prayer
9.30 am Mass S. Luke]

Diana Law, Cyril Legg, Sheila Maslin, Betty Mitchell, Derek Moreton

12.30 pm S. Aldhelm

Preston,  Pamala Silva, June Tatt, Fr Robert Pitt

[9 am Morning Prayer
9.30 am Mass S. Mark]

Barbara Tomkins, Terry Venn-Adams, Peter Vincent, Clive Viner, Samantha Welland, Josephine White.





Next Sunday's Reading

Genesis 15.5-12,17-18; Psalm 27; Philippians 3.17—4.1; Luke 9.28-36



Our Regular Weekly Services

The Parish Church of St Mark

Sundays at 10.30 am (Sung Mass)

Mondays at 6.00 pm (Mass)


1st Monday of the month at 6.30 pm​ (Prayer of the Rosary)

Saturdays at 9.00 am (Morning Prayer)

Saturdays at 9.30 am (Mass)


The District Church of St Saviour


Sundays at 9.00 am (Sung Mass)

Tuesdays at 7.00 pm (Mass)

Wednesdays at 9.30 am (Mass)


The District Church of St Luke


Sundays at 10.30 am (Sung Mass)

Thursdays at 9.00 am (Morning Prayer)


Thursdays at 9.30 am (Mass)


The Chapel of St Aldhelm


Tuesdays at 10.45 am (Mass)


And special services by announcement








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