… “This man, rather than the other one, went home justified before God” (Luke18:14)
This Sunday morning at our Valley Worship at St John’s, Itchen Abbas, we will be continuing our short Lenten sermon series looking at the different gifts that we can receive from God as a result of the Cross of Christ. This week we are reminded through Jesus’ words in Luke 18 that we can be ‘justified’—that is, we can be declared ‘not guilty’ and experience God’s complete forgiveness.
We are delighted to welcome Gabby Llewellyn as our visiting preacher. Gabby was ordained in Winchester Cathedral and worked with St Thomas’ Church, Fair Oak and at Her Majesty’s Prison in Winchester. She moved to the Northeast 10 years ago to work in HMP Northumberland and is now attached to a rural church in North Northumberland. We so look forward to her being with us.
I myself am taking some annual leave and will be away from my desk and emails through till next Wednesday (23 March).
- However, don’t worry, you’ll still be seeing me at Valley Worship, at the PCC meeting on Monday evening and at the St John Passion event on Wednesday evening.
- Please be in touch with Beccy Clark with administrative matters or feel free to leave a message on my confidential phone line in the Rectory (01962-588313) which I will aim to access each day.
- I am most grateful that our 08.00am BCP service at St Swithun’s, Martyr Worthy will be led by the Revd Warwick Heathcote, whom we often welcome as one of our visiting retired clergy.
Finally, let’s be continuing to pray for the situation in Ukraine. Many thanks to Gerry Stacey for giving a lead within the parish as we make suitable plans for refugees in the Valley. More details should be coming to you very soon from Gerry via the Itchen List.