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St. David’s Church,  Broom Leys

“Out of the believer’s heart shall flow streams of living water”

‘Growing in Christ, living in faith’

Vicar - Revd. Andrew Rhoades

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Welcome to the September 2017 edition of St. David’s News and I hope that you have enjoyed the summer, despite the rain we have experienced!

In Morning Prayer during the week we sometimes have one or two young toddlers who come to pray with us. Well actually they run around looking at the books and service sheets and kneelers, but will often say “Amen” with us at the end of our prayers, which means ‘so be it’ or ‘I agree’.

It reminds me of the five year old boy who was asked to pray before a family meal, to give thanks for what had been served to them. The family bowed their heads in expectation. He began his prayer, thanking God for all his friends, naming them one by one. Then he thanked God for Mummy, Daddy, brother, sister, Grandma, Grandpa, and all his aunts and uncles. Then he began to thank God for the food. He gave thanks for the roast meat, the carrots and potatoes, the gravy, the fruit salad and cream and even his drink. Then he paused, and everyone waited. The young boy looked up at his mother and asked, "If I thank God for the broccoli, won't he know that I'm lying?"

Giving thanks to God for what we have is part of our life of prayer, as we recognise the blessings we have, rather than those we think we should have!

We give thanks for a wonderful Summer Fair that, despite the rain, brought us together and brought our community to be with us and helped us raise £4,600 for the ministry of St. David’s.

We give thanks that we are able to partner with Heartland Youth for Christ, St John the Baptist, Whitwick and the Diocese of Leicester to hopefully employ a part time Youth Worker to help with teenagers in our community, Church and High School.

We give thanks that we have received grants for After School Church and Breathe.

We give thanks that we are part of the body of Christ and have a Vision that will enable us all to take part in serving our Lord as we feel called.

King David gave thanks when he was able to bring the Ark of the Covenant into the new city of Jerusalem. It was a sign of bringing God’s Holy presence amongst them because it was at the Ark that they met with God. David wrote this prayer of Thanksgiving, which has echoes for us today:

“O give thanks to the LORD, call on his name, make known his deeds among the peoples. Sing to him, sing praises to him, tell of all his wonderful works. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice. Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his presence continually. Remember the wonderful works he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he uttered” (1Chronicles 16:8-12).

During September we will give thanks to our God whose presence we experience through belief in his son Jesus Christ and the work of his Holy Spirit amongst us.

Kath and I would like to thank you all for your support, by inviting you to an ‘Open House’ at the Vicarage on Saturday 2nd September between 2pm and 6pm. Drop in at any time and enjoy refreshments and each other’s company.

On Sunday 10th September, we have an opportunity to explain our prayer triplets, so that more can come together in prayer for our friends and family and our Church. On 17th September, we have the opportunity to invite friends and family to ‘Back to Church Sunday’ and then on Sunday 24th September, we can hear more about our vision for St. David’s and how we can take part.

Following these events, we can come together in fellowship at our Harvest Supper on 30th September to enjoy food, each other’s company and offer our gifts of entertainment in an evening of ‘St. David’s has Talent’!

Look out for the chance to offer your gift; whether it is a song, a sketch, playing a musical instrument, a monologue, a poem or anything you think we would appreciate; as we join together to have fun and give thanks for what we have.

Then we follow this on Sunday 1st October with our Harvest Festival, giving thanks to God for what he has blessed us with. King David ends his Psalm of thanksgiving with these words:

"Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather and rescue us from among the nations that we may give thanks to your holy name, and glory in your praise. Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting."

Then all the people said "Amen!" and praised the LORD. (1Chronicles 16:35-36). AMEN

Revd. Andrew Rhoades, August 2017

Message for September 2017