There was a report in the newspaper this week about a survey which discovered that on average people spend 110mins a day worrying or fretting. That’s nearly 14 hours a week and around 700 hours in a year. The survey said that over a lifetime, people spent 5 years of their lives worrying about money, work, relationships and appearance.
Jesus doesn’t want us to worry. As recorded in Matthew chapter 6, He said,
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?”
Even if we worry less than the average found in this report, most of us worry about something at some point.
Often it’s a night, resulting in lost sleep and being grumpy the next day which doesn’t help the problem either! Sometimes we can worry so much that it affects our health and knots us up inside, or takes over our thinking and conversations. And all for what? Jesus reminds us: 27” Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”
Worrying can’t actually change anything, or help anything. But you may say, we may have real concerns about family, health, problems of all sorts; trying not to worry is easier said than done.
However, Jesus is instructing us not to worry and we need to heed His words. So, what we need to do instead of worrying is pray. Instead of going over and over it ourselves and round and round in our minds, we need to hand it over to God who is the one who can give us guidance and has the power to help. Then, instead of feeling all wound up He also gives us His peace and assurance. That’s not to mean we can always sit back and do nothing. Often we are a part of the answer to our prayer. But it does mean we can look at whatever it is with a new perspective, God’s perspective and know that He is with us through everything.
So, next time we are drawn to be worried, don’t, be firm, decide to obey Jesus, hand it over to Him. So, let’s look around us and up, remembering Jesus’ words:
“33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.”
And then let us give thanks, Sue
Churches Together service Sunday Sept.13th at St.Mary's, 6.30pm, Celebrating Jesus our Servant King
and introducing the next Churches Together event with "Elvis".
Please come and be part of churches of the town
worshiping, praying and seeking to work together to serve the community.
“Fun, food and faith”
Sunday September 20th 4.00-5.30pm
“Thank you For the world so sweet”
a celebration of the beautiful world
With games, activities, crafts, short service, tea,
For more info. please contact Sue 711930
Friday 2nd October
5.45 for 6pm
Please look out for the list of food to bring
Three reasons to have a look at the nearly new rack
You may find something really lovely at a bargain price
Nearly new things are a way of recycling, reducing waste and saving the environment
Your donations for the clothes will help the upkeep of the wonderful building
So, please have a look- the rail is mostly kept in the Cottage rooms and clothes can be viewed there or on St.Mary’s church, Mildenhall facebook page.
Also, at the coffee morning (1st Friday of the month, 10am- noon) there is a “bring and buy” table, please bring any surplus to requirement gifts, goods, garden produce, crafts. (We just need you to take anything unsold home as there is nowhere to store lots of items). All money raised will go to the building fund. So, come along for a cuppa, a chat and maybe a bargain.
Look out for the new church calendar
on sale nowSold on behalf of the church building fund
Mildenhall past and present
~~~~~~~~~~~~~News from Rachel
I am now in Pakistan and yesterday took a workshop in Sialkot for the teachers. We made a map of Pakistan and played some math games and looked at resources and the teachers gave me a wonderful shalvar kameez outfit. Tomorrow I hope to visit Raiwind schools to help with the science projects. It was good to meet you all again and thank you again for your support. Rachel Ullmer CMS
News on giving – Church Times, 31st July
Church of England’s 12,500 parishes raised almost £1 billion in 2013. The highest ever.
( However,this has not kept up with inflation, in real terms, this represents a drop inn giving.) On average people who made regular gift aided donations (tax efficient) gave £11.60 a week. On average weekly giving per churchgoer was £7. The average member contribution 3.3% of their weekly income to the church. But this varied, in Sheffield it was 4.1% and in Truro 2.2%.
Churches are cutting expenditure on repairs and buildings. Parish share was up 0.9% and running costs up 6.1%, utility bills up 18%.
On average about half of a parishes income is given by 20% of those who gave.
This is the National picture. Are you an average giver? Let’s all aim to be more than average and give all we can to the Lord who has given us everything.
Church Going helps keep depression
at bay for elderly
Older people with depression can see a better improvement in their mental health by going to a church, synagogue or mosque than by engaging in charity work, sport, or education says a report. Researchers from the London School of Economics and Political Science found joining a religious organisation was the best way of combating the condition.
They could not say whether it was having a faith that caused the beneficial effect or simply because it gave people a sense of belonging.
The church appears to play a very important social role in keeping depression at bay and also as a coping mechanism during periods of illness in later life.
Their analysis of 9000 Europeans aged 50 plus involved looking at different levels of social activity and how they influenced people’s moods. Epidemiologist Mauricio Avendano said the only activity associated with sustained happiness was attending a church, Synagogue or Mosque .~~~~~~~~~~~~
We now have a new copier, this will be used for church communications.
Also if you have any personal coping please come and see Jane on Fridays.
A4 single side black and white copies will be 5p and colour 25p. If you provide photo paper we can also copy your photographs