25th January 2015
The Conversion of St Paul
OUR SERVICES TODAY
8:00am: Holy Communion BCP
9:45am: Parish Communion
Hymns: 565, 29, 144, 738, 695
6.00pm: Choral Evensong
6.00pm: REV Games night
TODAY'S PRAYERS and READINGS
Collect of the Day
Almighty God, who caused the light of the gospel to shine
throughout the world through the preaching of your servant Saint
Paul: grant that we who celebrate his wonderful conversion
may follow him in bearing witness to your truth; through Jesus
Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen
1Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord,
went to the high priest 2and asked him for letters to the synagogues at
Damascus, so that if he found any who belonged to the Way, men or
women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. 3Now as he was going
along and approaching Damascus, suddenly a light from heaven flashed
around him. 4He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, ‘Saul,
Saul, why do you persecute me?’ 5He asked, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ The
reply came, ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. 6But get up and en-
ter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.’ 7The men who were
travelling with him stood speechless because they heard the voice but
saw no one. 8Saul got up from the ground, and though his eyes were
open, he could see nothing; so they led him by the hand and brought him
into Damascus. 9For three days he was without sight, and neither ate nor drank.
10Now there was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said
to him in a vision, ‘Ananias.’ He answered, ‘Here I am, Lord.’ 11The Lord
said to him, ‘Get up and go to the street called Straight, and at the house
of Judas look for a man of Tarsus named Saul. At this moment he is
praying, 12and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in
and lay his hands on him so that he might regain his sight.’ 13But Ananias
answered, ‘Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil
he has done to your saints in Jerusalem; 14and here he has authority
from the chief priests to bind all who invoke your name.’ 15But the Lord
said to him, ‘Go, for he is an instrument whom I have chosen to bring my
name before Gentiles and kings and before the people of Israel; 16
I myself will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my
name.’ 17So Ananias went and entered the house. He laid his hands on
Saul and said, ‘Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on
your way here, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be
filled with the Holy Spirit.’ 18And immediately something like scales fell
from his eyes, and his sight was restored. Then he got up and was bap-
tized, 19and after taking some food, he regained his strength. For several
days he was with the disciples in Damascus, 20and immediately he be-
gan to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, saying, ‘He is the Son of God.’
21All who heard him were amazed and said, ‘Is not this the man who
made havoc in Jerusalem among those who invoked this name? And has
he not come here for the purpose of bringing them bound before the
chief priests?’ 22Saul became increasingly more powerful and confound-
ed the Jews who lived in Damascus by proving that Jesus was the Messiah.
11I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel that was pro-
claimed by me is not of human origin; 12for I did not receive it from a hu-
man source, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of
Jesus Christ.3You have heard, no doubt, of my earlier life in Judaism. I
was violently persecuting the church of God and was trying to destroy it.
14I advanced in Judaism beyond many among my people of the same
age, for I was far more zealous for the traditions of my ancestors. 15But
when God, who had set me apart before I was born and called me
through his grace, was pleased 16to reveal his Son to me, so that I might
proclaim him among the Gentiles, I did not confer with any human being.
27Peter said to Jesus: ‘Look, we have left everything and followed you.
What then will we have?’ 28 Jesus said to them, ‘Truly I tell you, at the
renewal of all things, when the Son of Man is seated on the throne of his
glory, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging
the twelve tribes of Israel. 29And everyone who has left houses or broth-
ers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields, for my name’s
sake, will receive a hundredfold, and will inherit eternal life. 30But many
who are first will be last, and the last will be first.’
Post Communion Prayer
Almighty God, who on the day of Pentecost sent your Holy
Spirit to the apostles with the wind from heaven and in
tongues of flame, filling them with joy and boldness to preach
the gospel: by the power of the same Spirit strengthen us to
witness to your truth and to draw everyone to the fire of your
love; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
THIS WEEK AT ST MARY'S
Monday 26th January
9.00am Morning Prayer
Wednesday 28th January
9.00am Ecumenical prayers , St. John’s Menston
2.00pm-3.30pm Tint Tots in Parish Centre
Thursday 29th January
10.00am Holy Communion [said]
Friday 30th January
10.30am February magazines ready for distributors at Parish Centre
7.00pm Vigil for Peace at Burley Methodist Church
Saturday 31st January
All day PCC Away Day
Sunday 1st February
8.00am Holy Communion
9.45am Parish Communion
6.00pm Holy Space in Church
FOR YOUR PRAYERS
Sick: Kay Bailey
Within the Church: Those who will appoint the new head teacher for Burley & Woodhead school.
In the Local Community: Heather Rise
Prayer Chain: A small group of people from our Church commit themselves to offering daily prayers, when there is an emergency, or for people who are sick and for those needing long term prayer support. If you or someone you know would appreciate our collective prayers then please contact Kelvin Newberry  or names can be given to either of our priests.
Ladies Group and friends theatre trip this year is to see The Pirates of Penzance on Thursday 5th March at The Kings Hall Ilkley at 7.15pm. Tickets are £11 each (concession price) to be paid by 22nd January. Cheques (which are much appreciated) made payable to Burley Ladies Group. Please contact Irene Exley telephone 863524.
Lent Lunches. The excesses of Christmas may not feel far away but we are already planning ahead for Lent which is early this year. Once again I am appealing for help to run Lent Lunches on February 27th, March 13th and March 20th and for offers of soup. Thank you. Janet Squire 862582 or Mary Dale 862662
CAB appointments at the Parish Centre are available to people who attend Grange Park Surgery. If you wish to make an appointment please note that it has to be made via the receptionist at the surgery.
Women's World Day of Prayer Coffee Morning. Many thanks to all who supported our Coffee Morning last Saturday. We raised the magnificent amount of £245.83. which will go to support Literature and Educational Projects. Again, thank you so much.
A Coffee-morning & Table-top sale is being held in St Mary's Parish Centre on Saturday morning, 31st January, being organised by Burley Theatre Group. Gifts of cakes and quality bric-a-brac items will be welcomed. Part-proceeds are being donated to Arthritic Research UK Charity, in conjunction with Burley & District Probus Club. Contacts: Roger Charnley (864774),Vernon Whelan (863478) and David Sowman (863151).
The collection for Christian Aid at the service for Christian Unity last Sunday was £101.78 . Thank you to all who contributed.
'THE ARK' at St John's Church, Ben Rhydding
Sunday February 8th, 3 - 5 pm
Welcome to The Ark, a celebration created by people with and without learning disabilities, families, carers and friends. Open to all: come and enjoy a variety of activities, including drama, music, singing, dance and crafts, followed by tea. Please bring your friends and perhaps some food to share! Further information from Margaret Beatham (01943 607253) or James Wright (01943 600893)
Lou Fellingham Concert at All Saints' Church Ilkley Saturday 28th February It is suitable for all ages (ages 9-99!) and tickets cost £10 (£8 concession) £12 on the door. Tickets can be bought online through our church website www.ilkleyallsaints.org.uk or from the church office, 4 Church Street, Ilkley.
PRAYER VIGIL FOR PEACE
Friday 30th January 2015 7pm-8pm Burley Methodist Church
In the light of recent world events we are holding a short prayer vigil on the evening of Friday 30th January intended to be the first of a monthly series. We extend an open invitation to all who would like to come along and bring their concerns quietly before God, asking Him to bring hope and comfort to our troubled world, softening hearts and turning men away from violence and evil, and shining light into darkness.
At Home with the Kirks Sara and I are keen to have an opportunity to get to know you all better! We would therefore like to resume our invite you to come for an evening meal or a family Sunday afternoon tea at the Vicarage. We have set a number of dates and we wonder if you would like to join us? This is an open invite, not purely for those who are members of the St Mary’s congregation. Everyone is welcome!
If you would like to come please contact the Parish Centre office (864405) and book a date that suits you, leaving your contact details and any dietary requirements that you might have. Hopefully families will find the Sunday afternoons fit in well with the children (although if you can find a babysitter maybe a night out and meal made for you would be a treat!). We plan to continue this invite but for now the only dates still available are two for 3.30pm on Sunday 1st Feb. and all spaces for 3.30pm on Sunday 15th Feb. Please spread the word, we look forward to welcoming you into our home. With warmest wishes Alastair and Sara.