Friday, April 6, 2012

Richard's Easter Message

That first Easter morning there was lot of gloom about. And not only gloom and sadness, but fear. Jesus had raised so many hopes. Many believed he was the Messiah, the one God had said would come and save his people. But then he was put to death on the cross. Not only had his disciples suddenly lost their leader and their hope, but his family and friends had lost a loved one. And on top of that, was the fear that the authorities would come for them as well.

It was in that mood that his mother Mary, and some of the other women went to his tomb to finish the burial rituals that they had not had time to complete. When they got there it appeared that someone had desecrated the tomb by stealing his body. How much more sorrow could they take? Then suddenly two men in ‘shining white’ appeared in front of them. The women fell down in fear.

But it was good news. They were told “Why do you look among the dead for someone who is alive? Jesus isn’t here. He has been raised to life.” The women went and told the others, but weren’t believed until Jesus appeared to them as well. But when they did believe, their sorrow was taken away (even though Jesus still would not be with them physically any more). And their fear was taken away too.

That is a key message of Easter. That through faith in Jesus we do not need to live in fear and sorrow. There is new hope for tomorrow. Whatever you are facing, I pray that in Jesus you will find hope and power for living so that you may as the Apostle Paul said, “be more than conquerors through him who loved us.”

Happy Easter
Richard Caddell

PS Sound like a fairy tale? Then why not contact me and try Alpha where we look at the evidence?


LAMP Group Worship Services

April
1st 9:30 am Parish Praise, Emberton
9:30 am Holy Communion, Tyringham
11:00 am Morning Worship, Haversham
5:30 am Evensong, Haversham
7:30 pm Praise & Prayer, Haversham

4th 9:30 am Holy Communion, Emberton

5th Maundy Thursday
7:30 pm Holy Communion, Tyringham

6th Good Friday
9:30 am Meditation, Emberton
11:00 am Meditation, Haversham

8th Easter
9:30 am Holy Communion, Little Linford
9:30 am Family Communion, Emberton
11:00 am Family Communion, Haversham

15th 8:00 am Holy Communion, Haversham
9:30 am Morning Prayer, Tyringham
9:30 am Holy Communion, Emberton
11:00 am Morning Worship, Haversham
6:00 pm Evensong, Haversham

22nd
9:30 am Holy Communion, Little Linford
11:00 am Parish Praise, Haversham
6:00 pm Evensong, Emberton

29th 6:00 pm United LAMP Group Evensong, Tyringham

May
3rd 9:30 am Holy Communion, Emberton

6th 9:30 am Holy Communion, Tyringham
9:30 am Parish Praise, Emberton
11:00 am Morning Worship, Haversham
5:30 pm Evensong, Haversham
7:30 pm Praise & Prayer, Haversham

13th 9:30 am Morning Prayer, Little Linford
11:00 am Holy Communion, Haversham
6:00 pm Evensong, Emberton

17th Ascension Day (Thurs)
7:30 pm Holy Communion, Little Linford

20th 8:00 am Holy Communion, Haversham
9:30 am Morning Prayer, Tyringham
..9:30 am Parish Praise
11:00 am Morning Worship, Haversham
5:30 pm Evensong, Haversham

27th 9:30 am Holy Communion, Little Linford
11:00 am Parish Praise, Haversham
6:00 pm Evensong, Emberton


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Celebrating Faith
Buckinghamshire Archdeaconry
2012
‘Fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you’

The Vision
To cascade the light of Christ across the archdeaconry, so by 27 July (guess what happens then!) candles will be burning across the area as a celebration of our faith.

The Plan
Each Deanery will have a week during which the candles will be blessed and distributed (see dates below). There is an encouragement to have a service to mark the distribution (with a giant flame), and a service to pass the light onto the next deanery.

Each Deanery will have 200 candles (accompanied with a simple prayer card with a short liturgy for receiving the light) to distribute across churches, nursing homes, prisons, schools, anywhere where we can take a light.

Everyone is invited to come to the launch event for the Archdeaconry in our Deanery. It will take place Sunday, 13 May, 4 pm at St Michael’s Church, Lavendon. It is hoped to have some children’s activities before the service. Contact Rev Richard Caddell (01908 312136) for more details.


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St Mary’s Churchyard. For those maintaining graves, please remember that for the benefit of everyone, there are regulations which control what may and may not be done with graves in the churchyard. Some things which were permitted in the past are no longer permitted. If a grave falls into that category we are not requiring changes to be made, but that does not mean others can now do the same thing. If you are planning to make any changes to a grave or memorial stone, please contact the Rector before hand to avoid any disappointment or distress.
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Welcome to our
Easter Services

Maundy Thursday, April 5th
7:30 pm Holy Communion, Tyringham

Good Friday. April 6th
9:30 am Meditation,
Emberton

11:00 am Meditation, Haversham

Easter Day
9:30 am Holy Communion, Little Linford
9:30 am Family Communion, Emberton
11:00 am Family Communion, Haversham

Do you need a listening ear?
We have a small team of trained listeners who will be happy to help you by allowing you to talk through your issues. Everything will be held in total confidence. Contact the Rev Richard Caddell. Tel. 01908 312136

St Mary’s Church, Haversham
Part of the LAMP Group of Parishes

Is there more to life?
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ALPHA
A short 6 week course that can transform your life.


Each session includes a meal, a talk about the Christian faith and an open discussion and question time.

We promise – no pressure and no embarrassment.
We believe you will also have fun!

There is no charge.

Starts Tuesday, 22 May
7:30 pm

Interested? Contact
Richard Caddell,
01908 312136
Email: caddells@holtspur.plus.com

Thursday, December 15, 2011

from Richard at Christmas

It’s no news that we are going through a time of austerity. Jobs in the public sector are being pared back. The private sector is struggling. And in the longer term, many people are concerned for their pensions. These are serious issues and we should be concerned.

But there is good news. While in most cases we have to live with our circumstances, we do not have to live under them. The good news of Christmas is that God never economises on his provision for us. There are always plenty of gifts from him for us under the tree.

True, these gifts do not always have monetary value, but they are far more valuable than mere money. These are the gifts of love that bears all things, peace that passes all understanding, joy that cannot be taken away, and hope that always perseveres. With these gifts we can weather anything life has to throw at us. And not merely cope, but as the Apostle Paul puts it, we can be “more than conquerors through him who loves us.”

May God the Father, Jesus his son, and the Holy Spirit give you all love, joy, peace and hope this Christmas and in the New year.

God bless,
Richard



LAMP GROUP PRAYER LINE
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We will be happy to pray for any need, keeping complete confidentiality.
To request prayer, telephone 077333087486


LAMP Group Worship Services

4 December 9:30 am Toy Service Emberton
9:30 am Holy Communion Tyringham
11.00 am Morning Worship Haversham
5.30 pm Evensong Haversham

7.30 pm Praise & Prayer Haversham
7 Dec Wed 9.30 am Holy Communion Emberton

11 Dec 9.30 am Morning Prayer Little Linford
11.00 am Holy Communion Haversham
4.00 pm Christingle Haversham
6.00 pm Evensong Emberton

18 Dec 8.00 am Holy Communion Haversham
11.00 am Morning Worship Haversham
3.30 pm Carol Service Emberton
6.00 pm Carol Service Tyringham

24 Dec 6.00 pm Carol Service Haversham
11.30 pm Midnight Communion Tyringham

25 Dec 9:30 am Holy Communion Little Linford
9.30 am Family Communion Emberton
11.00 am Family Communion Haversham

1 Jan 6.00 pm Wassail United Service Little Linford

4 Jan Wed 9:30 am Holy Communion Emberton

8 Jan 9.30 am Holy Communion Tyringham
11.00 am Holy Communion Haversham
4.00 pm Christingle Emberton
7.30 pm Praise & Prayer Haversham

15 Jan 9.30 am Morning Prayer Little Linford
9.30 am Holy Communion Emberton
11:00 am Morning Worship Haversham
5:30 pm Evensong Haversham

22 Jan 8.00 am Holy Communion Haversham
9.30 am Morning Prayer Tyringham
11.00 am Holy Communion Haversham
6.00 pm Evensong Emberton

29 Jan 9.30 am Holy Communion Little Linford
11.00 am Parish Praise Haversham
(Special presentation: Life of Christ Interactive Museum)
5.30 pm Evensong Haversham
6:00 pm Evensong Emberton

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

A message from the Rector

One of my favourite sayings is from a preacher in Florida, who said, “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.” According to Jesus, we have three main purposes. The first is to love God with all that we have and the second is to love our neighbours as ourselves. The third ties these two together: “...go, make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you.”

But it is so easy to be distracted from our main purpose. Sometimes the distractions have nothing to do whatsoever with our purposes as a church. Health, work, family and leisure all make legitimate claims on our time and attention. Sometimes it is the business of the church itself which distracts us and we can lose our focus in the minutiae of the day to day.

That is one of the chief purposes both of the 4th commandment (“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.”) and for holidays (which by the way comes from ‘holy days’), which were about the only time off people used to have. Both the Sabbath and holidays are days intended to do two things for us. One is to give our bodies and minds a chance to rest and be refreshed. The other is to help us keep our spirits refreshed and our priorities right by giving us an opportunity to pause, reflect and get back in touch with our loving God. By taking advantage of these opportunities to do both of these things, we can help ourselves “keep the main thing the main thing”.

God bless,
Richard

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Sunday, June 13, 2010


A Message from the Rector:

With a general election coming up soon, have you decided how you will vote? Have you thought about why you will vote that way?
Most of the political parties will be aiming their campaigns to appeal to self-interest. And it is right that we should consider how we and our families will be affected personally. Care for our families is so important that the Apostle Paul says that anyone who does not provide for their family has denied the faith.
But self-concern should not be the only consideration. The bible also places a heavy emphasis on justice and social responsibility. The Prophet Isaiah wrote, “...with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth.” And Jesus in the parable of the sheep and the goats spells out that one key aspect of judgement will be how we cared for those who are disadvantaged.
In today’s society, it is popular to say that a person’s character doesn’t matter as long as they do a good job. Not so. I remember an American colleague who was considering setting up a business to export antiques to the States. He was considering asking a neighbour. But when the man said that he would be willing to cheat on his wife if given the chance, my friend promptly stopped considering him saying, “If he will cheat on his wife, the person closest and dearest to him, what will he do to me?” Again, the bible puts great store on developing good moral character.
So how will you decide for whom to vote? I hope it will be based not only on your own self-interest, but also considering how much the manifestos seek to help those who cannot help themselves, seek just and righteous solutions to problems and conflicts and finally, the character of the candidates. Will they be honest and seek the good of all?
May God give us all wisdom to make the right choices

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