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Second Sunday of Lent - 28th February 2021
The Second Sunday of Lent
Almighty God, you show to those who are in error the light of your truth, that they may return to the way of righteousness: grant to all those who are admitted into the fellowship of Christ’s religion, that they may reject those things that are contrary to their profession, and follow all such things as are agreeable to the same; through our Lord Jesus Christ, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
Genesis 17.1–7, 15–16
When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said to him, ‘I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless. And I will make my covenant between me and you, and will make you exceedingly numerous.’ Then Abram fell on his face; and God said to him, ‘As for me, this is my covenant with you: You shall be the ancestor of a multitude of nations. No longer shall your name be Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you the ancestor of a multitude of nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. I will establish my covenant between me and you, and your offspring after you throughout their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you.’ God said to Abraham, ‘As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. I will bless her, and moreover I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall give rise to nations; kings of peoples shall come from her.’
The promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law but through the righteousness of faith. If it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. For the law brings wrath; but where there is no law, neither is there violation. For this reason it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants, not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham (for he is the father of all of us, as it is written, ‘I have made you the father of many nations’) – Abraham believed in the presence of the God who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. Hoping against hope, he believed that he would become ‘the father of many nations,’ according to what was said, ‘So numerous shall your descendants be.’ He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was already as good as dead (for he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, being fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. Therefore his faith ‘was reckoned to him as righteousness.’ Now the words, ‘it wasreckoned to him,’ were written not for his sake alone, but for ours also. It will be reckoned to us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was handed over to death for our trespasses and was raised for our justification.
Jesus began to teach his disciples that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, ‘Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.’ He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.
Service of Morning Prayer for the First Sunday of Lent - 21st February
Eucharist for Ash Wednesday - 17th February
Morning Prayer - Second Sunday before Lent - Sunday, 7th February
Services in Church during COVID-19
It is with sadness that, due to the high Covid19 infection rates, we have taken the decision to temporarily suspend all communal worship at St Mary's for the coming weeks.
We feel that this is the most responsible thing to do, for the safety of us all.
We will continue to offer services online as often as possible.
The Church will be open for private prayer for 2 hours from 10.00 am until 12.00 midday Wednesdays and Sundays.
To keep you and others safe, when visiting St Mary's, please :
comply with "Test & Trace" requirements. Use the NHS app on your phone to check in using the QR code in the porch. If you do not have a mobile phone with the app, please complete a paper form on entry and post it in the box provided.
use the sanitiser provided on entry and before you leave.
wear a face mask or other face covering inside the church.
observe social distancing in the church and in the churchyard.
sit in one of the pews that have not been taped off.
please do not visit if have symptoms of Covid19 or have been in contact with someone who has.
Please, stay safe, keep well and keep in touch!
With every blessing.
Revd Trevor, the Churchwardens & the PCC
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For your safety, before coming to St Mary's,
please do read and familiarise yourself with the safety information on our
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At the moment, due to the Coronovirus pandemic, we are not able to offer Home Communion.
If you are a former communicant of Plumtree church but can no longer easily get to church through age or infirmity and would like to have Holy Communion brought to you in your own home, all you have to do is contact us.
St. Mary’s, Plumtree now has a group of licensed lay ministers who can administer communion throughout the parish and one phone call is all it will take to get it organised for you.
Full details of the scheme are contained on the Home Communion page.
Don’t miss out on such a fundamental part of what it is to be Christian just because you can’t get about very well. We’ll gladly come to you. St Mary’s church is not just about the building.
At the moment, life at St Mary's is rather different than we are used to. We look forward to welcoming you back to the following services in Church, as soon as we are able.
As well at the regular Sunday and Wednesday services, Plumtree Church holds special services to celebrate the following events:
- Easter (with flowers in church)
- Animal Service (on "Lottie's Field" or in church, pictured right)
- Battle of Britain Service
- Eucharist for Harvest (with flowers in church)
- Commemoration of the Departed
- Service of Remembrance
- Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve