The diocese has announced an exciting programme of events for September as we all get the opportunity to meet our Bishops in the setting of our choice, Tea party or pub, cathedral or activity centre. The events are scattered throughout the Diocese and everyone is invited to the event of their choosing. Find out more on the dedicated area of the website or ‘like’ Follow – Hereford Diocese on Facebook. The Follow! dates start on 8th September in Craven Arms and continue throughout the month. A full calendar is available on the website HERE. Keep checking the website as more information is being added all the time. Facebook is also a source of information too.
Posters and invitation cards are available in packs from the Diocesan Offices in Hereford and Ludlow: drop in and collect or ring and request 01432 373300 for Hereford and 01584 871089 for Ludlow.
The Presidential address that Bishop Frith gave to the recent Synod is available to read on the diocesan website and to listen to HERE. Bishop Richard had some very different ideas on funding the Diocese in the future, which everyone should know about and get talking about too.
Lord God, open our hearts and minds to the
truth that all who share faith are united with you by that faith;
Speak to us through your word, challenge us by your Spirit
not to speak in hast or to make promises we will not honour.
Guide, encourage and inspire us
to look and listen, to learn and love;
to recognise the many blessings you have bestowed on us.
Help us to play our part
in being your Church and working for
the good of your kingdom through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN
Holy, powerful and almighty God,
we know we cannot heal every illness
and so we pray for those who feel powerless;
by your comfort and healing,
show your love to all who have need.
We pray for the sick and suffering ones in our
families, communities and across the world.
For those who watch and care for the sick,
caught up in circumstances beyond
their control and unable to cope,
Lord, support them and equip them in their continuing efforts.
Merciful Gog, by your power,
touch the lives of all who minister to the needs
of others, help them to make a difference
through the things they can do
and in their faith to believe you are able
to transform all things,
Through your Son, our Saviour
Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN
Lord God, you are the creator of heaven and earth,
day by day, year by year we see your hands at work
both in the world and graciously in our lives.
We have so many reasons to count our blessings,
so much to give thanks for.
Let faith grow in our lives, let the saving words of Jesus
grow richly in the soil of our hearts.
May the abundant love of Jesus strengthen our commitment to you
and to others and may the fruit of our faith overflow in joy and gladness
filling the earth with your glory, through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.
Church Urban Fund are asking you to invite your church, community group or friends to swap their Sunday lunch for something a little more frugal and donate the difference. Download your free resources here! Find out how you can help Church Urban Fund fight poverty in England on Sunday 21st June here.
Move within our life,
O Holy Spirit of God.
Come to us with the authority of truth,
Be with us in the beauty of wisdom.
Equip, enable, teach and inspire us,
Move among us and abroad in all the earth
sot hat our lives and communities
may be transformed.
You will, I hope, already know that the Bridgnorth Deanery Synod meets four times a year. Each church in the Deanery is entitled to send elected representatives to those meetings, but any of you is welcome to join us as a visitor at any meeting and you may find some of the presentations of interest.
We warmly invite you to the next meeting which is on a topic which may touch many of us in the future.
Wednesday 10th June
7.30pm – Cleeton St Mary Village Hall
Speaker: Dr Benoît Ritzenthaler, Palliative Medicine Consultant
Subject: Christians at Work:
Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide.
Can Palliative Medicine provide some answers to these difficult questions?
A personal view from a Christian professional.
Secretary Bridgnorth Deanery Synod
Lord God, you are King,
shortly we will remember your enthronement in heaven,
Your name will be above all names,
yet in your great love for us
you call us to be one with you and each other.
You are a God who has shown us the
power of love and forgiveness,
You teach us truth and justice
You alone are good.
Help us we pray, to be glad that we
belong to you; from sunrise to sunset
may our lives and our lips
exalt and honour your name;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN
‘Living the Life’ Diocesan Conference Saturday 21st November, 2015
Here is the Poster for the event.
Here is the covering letter from Bishop Alistair – Living the Life Conference letter +AM