Hello everyone,

Many thanks to Fiona for reading the Gospel, to Alan for the song, to Gill for the All Age reflection, and to Revd Martin Winbolt-Lewis for a magnificent sermon at our virtual service this morning.

Martin looks at the parables about treasure and gets us thinking about what our treasures in life might be. Interestingly both the hymn and the song this morning are about treasure “High king of heaven, my treasure thou art”; who is also “my all in all”. 

Martin encourages us to seek God’s kingdom first – this place where we are loved unconditionally … where God gives us space to grow … where we are empowered to be the most loving version of ourselves. 

I am sorry to report that two parishioners Betty Swift and Mike Smith died earlier this week. Betty’s funeral will be in Church this Thursday. We think of Betty’s husband Peter and Mike’s wife Christine in our prayers. 

I’m away on holiday later this week for a fortnight. I am extremely grateful to our preachers at this virtual service, Revd Bridget Hawkins and Revd John Binks, and to Revd Roger Smith from Bramhope Methodist Church for keeping the mid-week reflections going while I am away. 

I am delighted that the Church will be open, initially for private prayer only, on Sundays from 16 August for two hours from 9.30 – 11.30am. We are meeting as a PCC this week to plan and approve the finer details of staged return to the Church building for acts of worship beginning in September, so watch this space for more detailed information next week. 

I hope that you all get a chance to have a bit of a break in August. The following is a prayer that we can pray for one another for the week ahead:  

May the God of glory, the end of our searching, 
help us to lay aside all that prevents us from seeking the kingdom, 
and to give all that we have to gain the pearl beyond all price. Amen.

All the best,

Tom’s introduction and our first hymn, Be Thou My Vision
Fiona reads our Gospel today and Martin reflects on its meaning
Alan plays ‘In Christ Alone’.
Tom’s Final Thoughts and the Blessing
The Gang are finding out about treasures this week
Join in Everyone Can Sing! Get in touch with Gill before 1 August
Sunday Service July 26