Vicar’s Blog

Readings and reflection for Sunday 5th July.

Collect and Readings for the Day


O God, the protector of all who trust in you,

without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy:

increase and multiply upon us your mercy;

that with you as our ruler and guide

we may so pass through things temporal

that we lose not our hold on things eternal;

grant this, heavenly Father,

for our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.  AMEN


Zechariah 9: 9-12

9Rejoice greatly, O daughter Zion!
    Shout aloud, O daughter Jerusalem!
Lo, your king comes to you;
    triumphant and victorious is he,
humble and riding on a donkey,
    on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
10Hewill cut off the chariot from Ephraim
    and the warhorse from Jerusalem;
and the battle-bow shall be cut off,
    and he shall command peace to the nations;
his dominion shall be from sea to sea,
    and from the River to the ends of the earth.

11As for you also, because of the blood of my covenant with you,
    I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit.
12Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope;
    today I declare that I will restore to you double.

Canticle – Song of Solomon 2: 8-13

(It’s not too later to read Ian’s Church Times article on the turtle dove:  

8The voice of my beloved!
    Look, he comes,
leaping upon the mountains,
    bounding over the hills.
9My beloved is like a gazelle
    or a young stag.
Look, there he stands
    behind our wall,
gazing in at the windows,
    looking through the lattice.
10My beloved speaks and says to me:
‘Arise, my love, my fair one,
    and come away;
11for now the winter is past,
    the rain is over and gone.
12The flowers appear on the earth;
    the time of singing has come,
and the voice of the turtle-dove
    is heard in our land.
13The fig tree puts forth its figs,
    and the vines are in blossom;
    they give forth fragrance.
Arise, my love, my fair one,
    and come away.

Romans 7: 15-25a

15I do not understand my own actions.  For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.  16Now if I do what I do not want, I agree that the law is good.  17But in fact it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me.  18For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh.  I can will what is right, but I cannot do it.  19For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do.  20Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me.

21So I find it to be a law that when I want to do what is good, evil lies close at hand.  22For I delight in the law of God in my inmost self, 23but I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind, making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members.  24Wretched man that I am!  Who will rescue me from this body of death?  25Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!

Matthew 11: 16-19, 25-30

16‘But to what will I compare this generation?  It is like children sitting in the market-places and calling to one another,

17“We played the flute for you, and you did not dance;
    we wailed, and you did not mourn,”

18For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, “He has a demon”; the Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, “Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax-collectors and sinners!”  Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.’

25At that time Jesus said, ‘I thankyou, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; 26yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. 27All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

28‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.  9Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.’

Your prayers are asked for:

Jim Mingo, Max, Oliver Donlan, Christopher Browne, Hailey Tse, Saffron Barnes, Gerard Henry, Richard Baker, Patrick Cross, Sarah R, Rick Darke, Sarah Leigh, Jill Stopps, Marianne & Jim, Billy

Your prayers are asked for the work of: The Parish of the Holy Family in Zimbabwe

Anniversaries: Julia Durrant

Important news about church closure and online services

In accordance with current Church of England policy, we have suspended all public services and gatherings until further notice. We had hoped to keep the Church open as a quiet place for private prayer and meditation, but regret that we must now close the building completely for the indefinite future.

For the next few weeks, extracts from our services will be on Facebook

and on Twitter

You do not need to be on Twitter to follow the St Barnabas Twitter feed. It is embedded in the Homepage of this website and can be accessed there.

Saying Yes to Life by Ruth Valerio is (still!) our Lent book this year

Owing to the Covid-19 outbreak, we are unable to meet for face-to-face discussions of our Lent book as planned. We encourage you to keep reading, however, and make use of social media to connect with others who are following Dr Valerio’s seven-week exploration of what Genesis 1 tells us about our place within Creation.

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St Barnabas Open day

On Saturday the 7th September from 10.30 am until 3pm the church and garden will be open for anyone who wishes to have a look around or just enjoy the quiet. There will be tea and coffee available. All in our local community will be welcome, particularly those who have not been in before.

Hall Bookings

Looking for a space for your class, AGM, or birthday party?

Everything you need to plan your booking is right here on our Halls webpages, accessible from our main menu above. View images of the halls we have to offer. Consult our FAQ page for the size and capacity of each hall and to find our rates. Study our hall bookings calendar to check availability. Make sure you understand our Ts & Cs. Then download a hall booking request form and email it to our Parish Administrator, Svenja Taylor.  She will help you get your booking confirmed and on the calendar.

We look forward to serving you!


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