St Edburg's Church, Bicester

The parish church for the town of Bicester, Oxfordshire, England.

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Friday Afternoon Bible Study - 27th March 2020

Reading Notes Acts 21. 35 – 22.30
The present Coronavirus emergency means that our Friday afternoon bible study group is unable to meet. However, for the benefit of regular attendees, and the wider community, here is the study from Friday 27th March along with some thoughts on the Acts of the Apostles, the book we are currently studying and discussing.

Thank you Christopher

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God bless An opportunity for the more mature members of our congregations to come together for tea and cake between 2pm and 3pm followed by an hour of Bible Study between 3pm and 4pm. At the moment we are reading the Acts of the Apostles.

Lord's Prayer2 Your will be done

A message from Revd Canon Verena Breed - 31st March
Your Will be done

Thought for the Week

Here’s something to get your head round, I’m not saying this is where we are I’m just asking the question?

Joshua 10:12-14.
12 On the day the Lord gave the Amorites over to Israel, Joshua said to the Lord in the presence of Israel:
“Sun, stand still over Gibeon, and you, moon, over the Valley of Aijalon.”

13 So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the nation avenged itself on[b] its enemies, as it is written in the Book of Jashar.

The sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day. 14 There has never been a day like it before or since, a day when the Lord listened to a human being. Surely the Lord was fighting for Israel!

So the Lord made everything man understood and took for granted stand still, all that would normally take place day after day in life, here we are today I believe in something of a similar picture? Has not everything apart from the few exceptions stopped? Now I’m not thinking this is the time to remove from life that which does nothing to aid it, profit it on a balanced and shared platform, no I’m drawing out some of the words from the scripture and seeing if it tally’s with what we are facing in this unprecedented period of our history. Here we all are, again, because mankind has not been a ‘good steward’ of that which God gave him, this virus coming from some animal contamination, miss-handling of some sort? There has been a wrong done, as in the case of His people in the story of Joshua, for us here is it not a result of our choices & demanding lifestyles that has resulted in creation, health and much more falling into a wrong being done? Has God decided to listen to the few who protest, make the case for global warming, fairer distribution of: wealth, food, water? It’s not that I think God is avenging anyone in particular as in the scriptures I have quoted. No more He is listening to those who love Him & His creation, He is demonstrating His power to restore, look at the facts on how the carbon footprint has fallen, wild life, and there are deer on the streets of Asia, dolphins of our coasts!

Makes you think doesn’t it? Well does me, as I say I don’t have any answers I can state that can’t be refuted but I’m looking at the signs, looking in the scriptures, looking to God because I think He’s saying something about how we live in the world He gave us. These are the days of unprecedented action, clapping last night, communities coming together where it can, have we been given a moment by our God to think this through? What are our enemies? The pace of life? Instant everything all the time? Pace and profit not people, makes you wonder, enjoy.

Capt. John

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A message from Revd Canon Verena Breed - 30th March

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Golden Rule

A message from Revd Canon Verena Breed - 28th March

Golden Rule

Sunday Service March 29th 2020 - Lent 5 - 10.30am

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A message from Revd Canon Verena Breed - 27th March - Moses

Psalm 23

A message from Revd Canon Verena Breed - Psalm 23 - March 26th

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Mid Week Holy Communion - Recording - Wednesday 25th March 2020

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Holy Communion Order Of Service 10am Wednesday March 25th - Also available on under our virtual services

The Celebration of Holy Communion in a Home

The Gathering

The Greeting
We meet in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
All Amen.

Peace to your houses and to all who live in it.

Prayer of preparation

All Almighty God,
to whom all hearts are open,
all desires known,
and from whom no secrets are hidden:
cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you,
and worthily magnify your holy name;
through Christ our Lord.

Prayers of Penitence

God shows his love for us
in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Let us then show our love for him
by confessing our sins in penitence and faith.

All Almighty God, our heavenly Father,
we have sinned against you
and against our neighbour
in thought and word and deed,
through negligence, through weakness,
through our own deliberate fault.
We are truly sorry
and repent of all our sins.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,
who died for us,
forgive us all that is past
and grant that we may serve you in newness of life
to the glory of your name.

The president says

Almighty God,
who forgives all who truly repent,
have mercy upon you,
pardon and deliver you from all your sins,
confirm and strengthen you in all goodness,
and keep you in life eternal;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
All Amen.

The Collect
All Amen.

The Liturgy of the Word

Gospel Reading

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to N.

All Glory to you, O Lord
At the end the reader may say

This is the Gospel of the Lord.
All Praise to you, O Christ.

The Liturgy of the Sacrament

The Peace

‘Where two or three are gathered together in my name,’
says the Lord, ‘there am I in the midst of them.’
The peace of the Lord be always with you
All and also with you.

Preparation of the Table

The Eucharistic Prayer

The Lord be with you

All and also with you.
Lift up your hearts.

All We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

All It is right to give thanks and praise.
It is indeed right,
it is our duty and our joy,
at all times and in all places
to give you thanks and praise,
holy Father, heavenly King,
almighty and eternal God,
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord.
For he is your living Word;
through him you have created all things from the beginning,
and formed us in your own image.
Through him you have freed us from the slavery of sin,
giving him to be born of a woman and to die upon the cross;
you raised him from the dead
and exalted him to your right hand on high.
Through him you have sent upon us
your holy and life-giving Spirit,
and made us a people for your own possession.
And now we give you thanks
because you call us out of darkness into your marvellous light,
and by the power of your redeeming love you make us whole,
that we may be the first fruits of your new creation.
Therefore with angels and archangels,
and with all the company of heaven,
we proclaim your great and glorious name,
for ever praising you and saying:

All Holy, holy, holy Lord,
God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.
Accept our praises, heavenly Father,
through your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ,
and as we follow his example and obey his command,
grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit
these gifts of bread and wine
may be to us his body and his blood;
who, in the same night that he was betrayed,
took bread and gave you thanks;
he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying:
Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;
do this in remembrance of me.
In the same way, after supper
he took the cup and gave you thanks;
he gave it to them, saying:
Drink this, all of you;
this is my blood of the new covenant,
which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.

Do this, as often as you drink it,
in remembrance of me.
Therefore, heavenly Father,
we remember his offering of himself
made once for all upon the cross;
we proclaim his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension;
we look for the coming of your kingdom,
and with this bread and this cup
we make the memorial of Christ your Son our Lord.

All Christ has died:
Christ is risen:
Christ will come again.
Accept through him, our great high priest,
this our sacrifice of thanks and praise,
and as we eat and drink these holy gifts
in the presence of your divine majesty,
renew us by your Spirit,
inspire us with your love
and unite us in the body of your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
Through him, and with him, and in him,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
with all who stand before you in earth and heaven,
we worship you, Father almighty,
in songs of everlasting praise:

All Blessing and honour and glory and power
be yours for ever and ever. Amen.

As our Saviour taught us, so we pray:

The Lord’s Prayer

All Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.

Giving of Communion
Jesus is the Lamb of God
who takes away the sin of the world.
Blessed are those who are called to his supper.

All Lord, I am not worthy to receive you,
but only say the word, and I shall be healed.

Prayer after communion
Silence is kept.

All Almighty God,
we thank you for feeding us
with the body and blood of your Son Jesus Christ.
Through him we offer you our souls and bodies
to be a living sacrifice.
Send us out
in the power of your Spirit
to live and work
to your praise and glory.


The peace of God,
which passes all understanding,
keep your hearts and minds
in the knowledge and love of God,
and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.
All Amen.

Copyright acknowledgement (where not already indicated above):
Some material included in this service is copyright: © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Pub. Hodder & Stoughton
Some material included in this service is copyright: © The Archbishops' Council 2000
Collect (19th after Trinity) © The Archbishops' Council 2010 St Edburg's Church seeks to be a welcoming and caring family, living in Christ's love through worship and service to one another and the wider community.

Light of the World

A message from Revd Canon Verena Breed - 24th March 2020

Light of the World

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A message from Revd Canon Verena Breed - Monday March 23rd 2020

Midweek Eucharist, following Mothering Sunday
24 March 2020

Have you ever heard of a parent forgetting their child?
Leaving him on the bus, for example?
Or leaving her in the pub?
It has been known!
I’m not going to ask whether any parents here have ever done that!
Because, how could a parent ever forget their child?
But they do.

Apparently it’s a problem in the USA.
Last year, 37 toddlers or young children died because their parents forgot they were in the car. They locked the car and went away.

Now, you might think to yourself; how could anyone do that?
But it does happen. And it can happen to anyone, with the best will in the world.

Somebody wrote a piece about it in an American magazine:
“What kind of person forgets a baby?
The wealthy do, it turns out. And the poor, and the middle class. Parents of all ages and ethnicities do it. Mothers are just as likely to do it as fathers. It happens to the chronically absent-minded and to the fanatically organized, to the college-educated and to the marginally literate. In the last 10 years, it has happened to a dentist. A postal clerk. A social worker. A police officer. An accountant. A soldier. A paralegal. An electrician. A Protestant clergyman. A rabbinical student. A nurse. A construction worker. An assistant principal. It happened to a mental health counselor, a college professor and a pizza chef. It happened to a pediatrician. It happened to a rocket scientist.”
Gene Weingarten

In fact, for most of the time, it doesn’t happen.
It’s only a news story precisely because it is so rare.
In a telling passage, the prophet Isaiah likens God to a mother who doesn’t forget her child.
“Can a woman forget her own baby and not love the child she bore?
Even if a mother should forget her child, I will never forget you.” (Isa 49.15)
It’s a bold picture.
He said that because people thought God had forgotten his people.
A mother isn’t really likely to forget her own baby; she is constantly cradling it in her arms, feeding it, changing it, responding to its cries.
It’s a powerful, close, physical bond.

Isaiah is saying; God’s love for you is like that; it’s always there, holding you, embracing you.
How could God possibly forget you! It would be like a mother forgetting a child.
On a very rare occasion they might; but God never will.

Children grow up.
They’re meant to.
They need to leave the family home and set up a home of their own.
What age to you think people do that these days?
In fact, I found a news story about that too:

• Around 3 million parents over 50 have adult children living at home in the UK
• Average age of adult children still living at home is 27 years old
• Of adult children living at home, one in seven are 31-40

But I bet if I were to ask older members of congregation when they left home, it might well be as young as 21, when they left to get married.

We think Jesus was about 30 when he left home, unusual for those days.
His foster-father, Joseph, died when Jesus was young. Jesus looked after mother, and never married.
So he probably only left when he began his mission, aged 30.
His work must have caused her some worry and pain, because it brought him into conflict with some hostile people.
Needy people always wanted his attention.
This began to have an effect on his family relationships
On one occasion his family came to rescue Jesus from the crowds of needy people. (Matt 12.46-50)
Jesus gave a strange reply;
“Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?
My mother and brothers are those who hear the word of God and put it into practice.”
It almost sounds like a rebuff to his family.
But he wasn’t denying his own family; he was enlarging it.
True motherhood is something everyone is called to in God’s family, because everyone has a vocation to care.

And Jesus never forgot his mother.
When he was put to death and was dying on the cross, he asked his best friend, John, to look after Mary like his own mother. (Jn 19.25-27)

So the Isaiah passage shows us that a mother cannot forget her own child.
The John passage shows us that we shouldn’t forget our mothers when we’re grown up.
A mother can never forget any of her children.
We should never forget our mothers – not take them for granted, sideline them, overlook them.

God’s love is in fact even more lasting, more enduring than a mother’s.
He never forgets any of us.
He holds us in his love through life, from the cradle to the grave.
And he doesn’t stop there; he holds us in his love for ever.

At a time of global crisis, it can be hard to remember this.
It may well feel as though God has forgotten us, abandoned us to our fate, left us to our own devices.
Some may even explain it as some kind of punishment.
But just as in life we may sometimes feel that our parents don’t care about us, this is usually because we have closed our minds, or our ears, or our hearts to their care.
That care, that love, is in fact always there; we just can’t see it.
Their care cannot always be about making everything right, that instant, on the spot.
It is not always possible.
But we know that they will always be there with us, through whatever trials or turmoil assail us.
And we will learn lessons from that.

Similarly, we can rest assured that God is here with us, as we struggle through the current trials and turmoil created by the coronavirus.
We can rest assured that God is absolutely concerned about the lives of all creation on this planet, and that he is metaphorically holding our hands, like a loving parent, so that we do not have to go through this alone.
We encounter his caring whenever we see one person putting themselves out to help another, others who are daily on the wards risking their own health to care for others, others who are helping the housebound to get their food supply, others who make their facilities open for the communal good, and so on.

God’s love is even more enduring than a mother’s.
He never forgets any of us, never lets go of our hand.
He holds us in his love through life, from the cradle to the grave.
And he doesn’t stop there; he holds us in his love for ever.

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