John went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. (Luke 3:2)
Luke takes a slight pause to re-introduce us to John the Baptist. The last we read of him, he was living in the wilderness (Luke 1:80), but now he explodes into view as he prepares the way for the Lord. His focus is one of repentance. What does this baptism of repentance mean? Why is John talking about the forgiveness of sins.
You would be very welcome to join us at our 10:30am service in St Andrew, Cuffley, or at 8:30am for a service of Holy Communion in St Thomas, Northaw, this Sunday, as we look together at why John’s strong message of repentance is good news for everyone.
The 10:30am Sunday morning service will be taking place simultaneously online and in-person at St Andrew. Streaming for the 10:30am service will start at 10:25am, and can be accessed directly via Facebook or YouTube, found on our website, and is advertised on our Facebook page and YouTube channel.
If you encounter problems with viewing the service via Facebook (or YouTube) please follow the link for YouTube (or Facebook) instead.
This Sunday, we are continuing our look through Luke's Gospel. To help with that, we have some copies available which include space for notes. These are available in both churches for a donation of £1. Why not get one to bring on Sunday mornings, and to write in, as we read it together?
You would be very welcome to join us for a short service of Morning Prayer in St Andrew at 10:00am on Wednesday morning.
Our weekly in person Coffee Shop will be taking place this Wednesday from 10:30 to 12:30 in St Andrew, Cuffley, all are very welcome to join us.
For our Lent devotions this year, I’m suggesting that we read “Forty Women: Unseen women of the Bible from Eden to Easter”. There are short devotions for each day in Lent, and we’ll also be using it to help shape our Sunday sermons in Lent. The author, Ros Clarke, is also giving our revived Rachel Bradgate Lecture, below, and copies will be available for sale that evening. You can also let the vicar know if you would like a copy (firstname.lastname@example.org / 07446 516945).
The Rachel Bradgate Lecture
After an interval of at least 140 years, the Rachel Bradgate sermon is being revived as the Rachel Bradgate Lecture. This will be on Wednesday 23rd February at 7pm in St Thomas, entitled “Why Women Matter So Much To God”. For more details, and to book free tickets, please see our website, or use the sign-up sheet at the back of the churches.
Northaw and Cuffley Parish Council have asked us to circulate details of the Public Consultation about the Colesdale Farm Licence Review. More details are available at the Parish Council’s website.
The wearing of face coverings in places of worship is no longer mandatory. We do ask that you consider wearing them while moving around the buildings and singing.
Praying during the week
Please can I encourage you, when possible, to stop at noon and spend a few minutes praying; we’ll email out possible areas for prayer each week. If you would like to make any suggestions, please email email@example.com.
How to join us live
The website has the information on how to join our live services and virtual coffee. Do feel free to share the links to our services with friends and relatives; everyone is very welcome to join us, no matter where they are in the world.