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Story of Nicodemus (from Morning Service 12th March)

The Morning Service at Seale on 12th March featured the story of Nicodemus meeting Jesus.  This is a shortened version of the sermon with some added links.

Twitter is a mobile phone or computing messaging system that requires users to get over their message in 140 characters or less. In world with an abundance of information, it requires a degree of art to consolidate your message in 140 characters.

If Jesus and Nicodemus were using Twitter (yes I know a big leap of imagination at lots of levels).  What might they have written…

@Jesus “Met @Nicodemus today and said that he needs to be Born Again in order to enter the kingdom of God, he did not understand. #EternalLife” 

The website BibleSummary.info has every chapter in the bible summarised in 140 characters each.  The John 3 chapter entry says for whole of John chapter 3.

Jesus told Nicodemus, “Be born again. Whoever believes in the Son will have eternal life.” John the Baptist said, “He is above all.”

Reverting just to section of the reading – I wondered what Nicodemus would saying if he was doing twitter

@Nicodemus “Met @Rabbi today. He said we need to be born again but we can’t be born twice. How can that that be? #confused #puzzled

Of course, the last thing Nicodemus would be doing is tweeting. He has come to Jesus in secret – at night. The last thing he wants is for anyone to know that’s he been meeting Jesus.

Last week the reading from Matthew used one word to signal the of a new story – the word last week was “Then”.  Today’s reading has a similar word usage, using the word ‘Now’ .. “Now there was a man of Pharisees” – that one word is enough to signal to us that it’s a new scene, new location a new story.

Nicodemus starts the dialogue very respectfully – even flattering he calls Jesus Rabbi – teacher – “who has come from God”.  Jesus declines to continue the polite exchange and jumps straight to the heart of the matter. Nicodemus is seeking advice on the way to life.

Jesus tells Nicodemus that he needs to be remade by the power of God – born again.  The word used for again can mean again or it can mean “from above” – so “born again” or “born from above”.

Nicodemus as a Pharisee though he had it all sorted through strict observance of religious ceremonies and practices, adherence to oral laws and traditions as well as the written law of Moses.

Jesus saw that Nicodemus need to be unsettled or stirred in hope and expectation that he would be transformed.  Maybe we ned to be unsettled or stirred up in our faith – maybe think we have it all sorted out.

Maybe as a church we need to be unsettled and stirred up.  You may have heard about “Transforming Church​, Transforming Lives” The Diocese of Guildford’s vision and mission strategy –launched this year. if you haven’t there is a very good video on the Diocesan website. Which is all about transforming church, in lots of different ways and there are 12 goals covering many aspects of church life.

Lent is a time set aside for reflection – let’s think this week how we can be transformed as individuals and as church community.

For Twitter length summary – how about

@ourSPW  “Born again = Transformation. For me? For Church?  Bring it on Holy Spirit”

 

Marcus

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Stewardship Sunday

Stewardship Sunday

This Sunday is when we thank you for the three Ts – Time, Talent and Tithes – as without these the church could not exist.

Running the Church is a voluntary activity requiring people to give up their Time, utilise their Talents – flower arranging, singing, bell ringing etc and pay their “Tithes”, originally the Tithes were one tenth of a person’s income (not necessarily money) which were paid to the Rector; in modern times Tithes were stopped and the Rector was paid by voluntary contributions from the congregation.

This changed in the late 1900s when the Rector was paid by the diocese from money raised through the Parish Share, initially the Parishes paid a proportion of their Ministry cost the rest being part of the shared costs, however following a change in 2008 the parishes were charged for the whole of their ministry costs but the shared costs did not go down!

Today we rely totally on voluntary contributions for running the Parish and even though we have no Rector we still have to pay the ministry costs; in 2016 our expenditure averaged at  £9,000 per month and we received an average of £8,500 per month for which we are most grateful; however this leads to a deficit of about £6,000 per annum which has to be met from our dwindling reserves of £23,000.

At this rate the reserves will have become exhausted in three or four years and we may have to start closing the churches, we do not want this to happen. The parish giving scheme which we joined in 2015 provides for a small uplift in donations based on the increase in the RPI, unfortunately this is not sufficient to cover our deficit so we ask you to consider increasing the amount you give.

Once again we thank you for all the help you give to keep our churches open and provide a warm and friendly welcome to all who visit.

Mike Randell

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Massageathon with other therapies in Seale (Red Nose Day)

Massageathon with other therapies, Saturday 25th March 10-4pm with Seale Natural Health An opportunity to try therapies, meet our therapists and help raise money for Red Nose Day. Taster sessions for 20 minutes for only £10! Therapies on offer include The Bowen Technique, Hypnotherapy, Indian Head Massage, Reflexology, Reiki, Sports Massage, Swedish Massage.

If you would like to book a particular therapy to avoid disappointment please book in advance by email sealenaturalhealth@gmail.com or call 01252 246824 otherwise just turn up on the day. Seale Village Hall, School Hill, Seale, Farnham, Surrey GU10 1HY www.sealenaturalhealth.co.uk

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