Keeping Faith – Issue 2

Keeping Faith – Issue 2

Every few months we publish our newsletter – and encouraging collection of reviews, photos and thoughts about the life of our church. The September Issue is published today.

Here is Charlie’s introduction to Keeping Faith this month….

Lutterworth Church has a great history and many people come from all over the world to see our church, to hear the story of John Wycliffe and in some small way make contact with events hundreds of years ago, whose impact is still felt today.

This year marks the 500th anniversary of the European Reformation, which began when Martin Luther famously nailed his 95 theses (or arguments) to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany on 31st October 1517. In doing so, Luther became the catalyst for a spiritual movement that soon reached our shores. At the heart of the reformation was a conviction that we can be saved only through faith in the powerful work of God in Christ.

It is the beginning of that world-changing movement that Christians are celebrating this year. The seeds of that reformation began earlier in England through the work of John Wycliffe. His determination to return the church of his day to the Bible, rejecting the power, wealth and politics of the church, saw wonderful spiritual renewal and paved the way for Luther, Calvin, Cranmer and others a century later.

We want to honour these heroes of faith, not merely by remembering them, but by emulating them. We want to be a church listening to God’s voice and following his ways. As we do so, we believe that the future of our church will be as exciting as its past.

The latest issue of Keeping Faith is now available – drop into the church sometime and pick up a copy.

Church Every Day: Autumn 2017

Church Every Day: Autumn 2017
Week Sunday Theme MidWeek
Sun 3rd Sept CHURCH EVERY DAY: the Body

1 Corinthians 12

James Bible Study
Sun 10th Sept * CHURCH EVERY DAY: LIVE
Living Distinctive Lives

Matthew 5:14-16

James Bible Study
Sun 17th Sept CHURCH EVERY DAY: TELL
World Mission Sunday

1 Peter 3:15-16

Wed 20th Sept, 7pm
Prayer Feast
Sun 24th
Sept *
CHURCH EVERY DAY: PRAY
Depending on God for everything

Philippians 4:6-7

James Bible Study
Sun 1st Oct CHURCH EVERY DAY: HELP
Harvest Sunday

James 1:27

Tuesday 3rd Oct
1.30 or 8pm

Whole Church Safeguarding Training

Essential for all leaders and volunteers at any church activities

Sun 8th Oct * CHURCH EVERY DAY: PRAISE
Whole Lives of Authentic Worship

Ephesians 5:19-20

James Bible Study
Sun 15th Oct CHURCH EVERY DAY: LOVE
A Christian family

Hebrews 10:24-25

James Bible Study
Sun 22nd Oct * CHURCH EVERY DAY: SHARE
Stewards of God’s gifts

2 Corinthians 9:7-8

James Bible Study
Sun 27th Oct CHURCH EVERY DAY: LEARN
Bible Sunday
Romans 12:2
Wed 1st Nov, 8pm
Rediscovered Joy: 500 years of the Reformation with Tim Chester (a Midlands Gospel Partnership Leicester Event hosted at St Mary’s).
Sun 5th Nov REFORMATION 500

Celebrating Heroes
1 Corinthians 12

Reformation: Church History
Sun 12th Nov Remembrance Sunday

Matthew 25:1-13

Tues 14th Nov
In Jesus’ Name
Prayer event with Archbishop Justin Welby at Leicester Arena.Tickets from www.injesusname.eventbrite.com
Sun 19th Nov CROSS REFERENCE: The Beginning
Genesis 2:15-17
Genesis 3:1-21
CROSS REFERENCE STUDY: LUKE 24
Sun 26th Nov CROSS REFERENCE: CHRIST THE KING
Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24
Ephesians 1:15-end
Matthew 25:31-end
CROSS REFERENCE STUDY: GENESIS 28
Sun 3rd Dec CROSS REFERENCE: FAITHFULNESS
Genesis 14:17-24
CROSS REFERENCE STUDY: DANIEL 6
Sun 10th Dec CROSS REFERENCE: SACRIFICE
Genesis 22:1-18
John 3:1-16
CROSS REFERENCE STUDY: NUMBERS 21
Sun 17th Dec CROSS REFERENCE: JESUS THE LAMB
Exodus 12:1-32
 
 

MONEY | SEX | POWER

Each term we take a part of the Bible and spend proper time digging deep into God’s word and asking him to speak to us by his Holy Spirit. This term, we begin a new series looking at the big issues of Money, Sex and Power. We’ll be in 1 and 2 Samuel, considering the lives of Kings David and Solomon. You might want to read the bible books in advance to help give you the big picture.

King David and his son Solomon ruled God’s people from approx. 1010 to 931 BC. At this point the nation state of Israel was at its height. All the promises of God appeared to have come true: God’s people had grown into a mighty nation, they were established in the peace and plenty of the Promised Land and enjoyed relationship with God through the operation of the Law.

In the midst of this peace, the lingering question was: will it last? The kingdom was establishment by the promises of God, but its security seems to rest on the faithfulness of God’s people, most specifically their king.

Many of us will know people whose lives have been torn apart by their own weaknesses. In the lives of David and Solomon, we see the big issues of life played out: money, sex and power.

As we study their lives in our new series, we will consider both the opportunities and pitfalls of God’s good gifts and the consequences of their choices and ours.

Recommended Books

This term we’re looking at some of the big issues that shape our lives and hope these books will help us to think deeply and Christianly.

Living in the Light represents a deep challenge. It illustrates how sinful humanity will take good things, and especially the best things, and use them for the lowest, meanest, most selfish purposes. It describes the importance, the beauty, and the benefit of seeing each as a path to glorifying God by finding satisfaction in God.

Tim Keller’s book Counterfeit Gods considers how we take the good gifts of money, sex and power and how, instead of using them well to serve God, we give them a too high place in our hearts and serve them as gods themselves.  Keller diagnoses our problem and leads us towards the cure—true freedom through right worship of the one true God.

Discounted copies of both these books will be available in Lutterworth Church or you can order online.

Sunday Services

Every Sunday we meet at 10.30am and 4:30pm.
* denotes weeks with an 8am service of Holy Communion.

Sun 30th April

Heart:

David and Samuel

1 Samuel 16

Sun 7th May

Faith:

David and Goliath

1 Samuel 17

Sun 14th May *

Promise:

David and the LORD

2 Samuel 7

Sun 21st May

Lust:

David and Bathsheba

2 Samuel 11

Sun 28th May *

Repentance:

David and Nathan

2 Samuel 12

Sun 4th June

PENTECOST

Weekend Away No 4:30pm

Acts 2:1-22

Sun 11th June *

Advice:

David and Solomon

1 Kings 2

Sun 18th June

Wisdom:

Solomon and the LORD

1 Kings 3

Sun 25th June *

Promise:

Solomon and the Temple

1 Kings 8-9

Sun 2nd July

Compromise:

Solomon and the Queens

1 Kings 9:24-10

Sun 9th July *

Judgement:

Solomon and the Kingdom

1 Kings 11

Happy Easter

Happy Easter

It’s finally come!  The long days of no chocolate/beer/facebook are over and the days of celebration are here.

You may have seen this week in the Guardian, this article about the historical reliability of the Easter story.  We can have great confidence in what we believe – the miracle of Easter.

In the article, Simon Gathercole concludes,

These abundant historical references leave us with little reasonable doubt that Jesus lived and died. The more interesting question – which goes beyond history and objective fact – is whether Jesus died and lived.

In other news, we have today published the first of our new, as yet untitled, newsletters.  You can download Issue 1 here.  We’re running a competition to choose a name for this quarterly publication.  Any ideas to the Church Office.

Church Weekend Away 2016

Come and join us for our Church Weekend Away, 9th-11th September 2016 at Cloverley Hall. A booking form and information pack is available to download below.

It’s a weekend away from home where people can stay in a good place, have a break from their usual routine, relax, spend time making friendships, learn more about following Jesus and take time to spend with God. At Lutterworth Church we want to spend time being “church family” together and previous weekends have been great for building community – many people have said how encouraging they have found the time.

Cloverley Hall Booking Form 2016

Cloverley Hall Information Pack 2016

 

Ministry Trainee Scheme 2017/2018

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St. Mary’s Church, Lutterworth is a growing Evangelical Anglican Church set at the heart of the historic market town of Lutterworth. Our Vision is that we will be “All About Jesus” in all that we do and are: that we will become more like Jesus as we follow him day by day. We are committed to expertly and deeply-applied Bible teaching, as well as supporting and encouraging every-member ministry. We are delighted to offer our Ministry Trainee Scheme as part of our aim to learn and tell the Good News and to train in mission.

We are looking for up to two trainees who can join our closely-knit team of staff and volunteers for a year of discipleship and leadership training in a local church ministry context.

Training will be provided one day a week through the Midlands Ministry Training Course (MMTC) in either Nottingham or Birmingham (for more details see www.midlandsgospel.org.uk), through two residential week-long Formation conferences (www.livingleadership.org), supplemented by guided reading, in house training plus additional conferences throughout the year.

If you are interested in joining us to serve God in Lutterworth, growing according to your own gifts then why not get in touch for an informal chat and see if this opportunity is right for you.

Contact: Phil Moore, Assistant Minister on phil.moore@lutterworthchurch.org or 07823 779151

For more information and to apply download the Application Form and information pack here :

Ministry Trainee Scheme

Ministry Trainee Scheme

Ministry Trainee Application Form (Word Doc)

Ministry Trainee Application Form (PDF)

Refugee Crisis

Refugee Crisis

Many of you will have been moved by the plight of many thousands of people fleeing across Europe from Syria and other parts of the Middle East.  We as a church have been thinking and praying about how we can help.  Many individuals from the community have approached us – including some who have offered to host families.

We are considering what response we might make locally – being careful to ensure that any solution will actually help in the long-term.  Possibilities include offering English classes, providing temporary space in homes and collecting essentials to send to the most needy.  We will update this page as things develop.

You may like to sign one of the many petitions about this issue:

You may want to volunteer to host Syrian refugees. Click here.

Please pray to God, whose son Jesus Christ knew life as a refugee as his family fled from a tyrant who was trying to kill him.  God knows each of these countless thousands as they flee – He made them and loves them.  Pray to God for an end to the crisis in Syria and for peace across the region.  Ask that God would give wisdom to our global leaders seeking to govern responsibly.

Many thanks.