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* Awake, stretch, and shine *

Updated: Sep 5, 2021

Greetings one and all,

Hope you have all been shown kindness this week in many ways

This Sunday’s reading from 1 Kings always amazes me that such a hero of the faith, Elijah, could feel so spent and afraid that he totally gave up! After falling asleep under a bush, he was kindly and gently woken by angels and had his body and soul restored back to a sense of purpose. Alongside that, earlier this week, we had Luke’s dramatic account of the transfiguration of Jesus’– shining with all the light of God’s glory. Quite a contrast!

One of the suggested lectionary-themed hymns this week begins with the line: “Awake my soul, stretch every nerve”. And it made me think of what it’s like to wake up after a long sleep. Some of us may bounce out of bed and burst into ‘full shine.’ Others of us, like Elijah, need a gentler awakening - and a really good stretch - before we get going with the rest of the day.

The last couple weeks emerging out of lockdown restrictions feel a bit like we are ‘waking up’ again back into the fullness of our life together. Whatever way we are journeying through these days and weeks – whether we are ‘bouncy shiners’ or ‘gentle stretchers’ or something in between – my prayer is that each of us can be awakened to what the hymn goes on to call, “God’s all-animating voice” drawing us ever onwards towards a vision of Christ in his glory.

This Sunday 8th August we have the following services:

  • 8.00am Holy Communion at All Saints - with Revd Janey and Mark Simms

  • 10.00 am Holy Communion at St. Mary’s - with Revd Janey & Revd Diane

Here are this week’s Roots at Home and Activity sheets.

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NEXT Sunday 15th August, we have:

  • 10.30am Benefice Café Church at All Saints - with Mark Simms and Chris Whitehead. We will be continuing our study of the book ‘How to Pray’ by Peter Grieg. It is a great book, and there is no need to have read the book to join in. More info in next week’s sheet.

  • 6.30pm Holy Communion at St Mary’s – with Revd Janey

I’ll finish with the words from that Hymn in full:

Awake, my soul, stretch every nerve, And press with vigour on; A heav’nly race demands thy zeal, And an immortal crown,

’Tis God’s all-animating voice That calls thee from on high; ’ Tis His own hand presents the prize To thine aspiring eye,

A cloud of witnesses around Hold thee in full survey; Forget the steps already trod, And onward urge thy way,

Blest Saviour, introduced by Thee, Have I my race begun; And, crowned with vict’ry, at Thy feet I’ll lay my honours down,

Every blessing,


Rev. Janey HillerCurate and Pioneer Minister All Saints & St Mary's, Fishponds @Mthr_Kerfuffle

8th August 2021 Email Notice Sheet
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St Marys Noitce Sheet 8th August
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