Welcome to All Saints today, 10 December 2017

 …. to All Saints this morning.  It’s great to have you with us.

It is really great to have with us as our special speaker this morning is our old friend Sandra Tebbutt from the Bible Society.  Sandra is going to be speaking at our 8.00 and 10.30 services and will be completing our series Reformation 500 by speaking about the way in which the Reformation led to the publication of the Bible in English, particularly through the work of William Tyndale.  And she will also be explaining more about the last great principle of the Reformation, By Scripture Alone.

Then at Breakfast@9 Lindy Cameron, who is our Licensed Lay Pioneer Minister, will be speaking in our series ‘Not just a children’s story’ – this week about the man lowered through the roof who was healed by Jesus.

Do introduce yourself to us and have a cup of tea or coffee before or after the service. If you would like to hear more about All Saints just speak to one of the All Saints regulars or  to our vicar Andrew or fill in one of the Welcome cards on the backs of the chairs.  And check out our leaflet display which is to the left of the main door with lots more info about All Saints. 

Finally if you would like some prayer ministry then the Prayer Ministry Team will be available to pray with you at the front on the left at the end of the 10.30 service.  

 There's a lot happening this week

Monday-Friday - we share Morning Prayer in the Quiet Room at 8.15

Tuesday – Town wide prayer at the Salvation Army 9.00-10.00

Wednesday – we have Holy Communion in the Quiet Room at 10.00. 

Thursday – the Prophetic Prayer Group meets in the Quiet Room at 8.45 and there’s Coffee Pot from 10.00 and All Saint Toddlers from 1.30 in the Hall

Saturday – we have our Hour of Prayer 9.00-10.00 in the Quiet.

Next Sunday – we have Holy Communion at 8.00, Breakfast@9 at 9.00 and Family Worship at 10.30.  Then at 6.30 there is the Town Carol Service in St Mary’s.

Church family news  ...

10 December 2017

Thank you so much for your gifts to our Gift Day – I hope to be able to announce the total next week.  If you still want to make a gift please either hand it in today or drop it into the Parish office or through the letterbox at Number 5 (the vicarage). 

 This evening it’s Encounter – the last Encounter of the year is at 6.00 this evening at All Saints.  Spend some time in the presence of God enjoying some contemporary worship, followed by a free meal. 

 Can you help with coffee at the 10.30 service occasionally? Well over 100 people regularly attend out 10.30 service.  But only 11 people are on the coffee rota!  If 40 of us were on the rota then we’d only have to do it 4 times a year.  Please ask yourself if there is any reason why you can’t help with coffee 4 times a year and – assuming you don’t come up with any convincing answers – please contact Karen Postlethwaite who draws up the rotas – her email is karen@clunyweb.co.uk (tel 07740 303908).  Thank you so much for your help with this.

 Celebrate with The Mayday Singers – why not join them for music and song, tea and cake, in St George’s Church, Langton Matravers, this afternoon at 3 pm.  Free entry with a retiring collection for St George’s Organ Fund.

 There’s no Art&craft@allsaints this week – but they’ll be back shortly.

 Would you like to be baptised or to reaffirm your baptism in water?  If so then we’re planning a baptismal service early in the New Year – just have a word with me and I can tell you more about it.

 Christmas Day LunchLink Visiting and the churches are putting on lunch on Christmas Day for people living alone.  It will take place at All Saints and if you would be able to help with this either helping to run the event or providing transport, or you know someone who would appreciate lunch on Christmas Day, please contact Alan Dominy on 07495 534171 or on alan.dominy@outlook.com.  Thank you

 Next Sunday it’s the Town Carol Service – it’s at St Mary’s at 6.30 with the Town Band and Simon Lole on the organ.  Come along and celebrate Christmas with the community.

 Christmas is coming – we need to get out the few remaining Christmas cards.  Do pick up a bundle for your road and deliver them to your friends and neighbours.  And as you do so please pray for the houses that you visit – that they might encounter the Lord Jesus for themselves this Christmas.   Talking of which…

 The All Saints Carol Service will be at 7.00 on Monday 18 December – as usual this is going to be a traditional carols by candlelight service with our orchestra and including a short presentation of the Christmas message, followed by mulled wine and mince pies.  Do please invite friends and family along to what will be a great opportunity to share the message of Christmas with our friends and neighbours.

Back page focus on Reformation 500 - William Tyndale

It is impossible to overestimate the extraordinary contribution of William Tyndale to the spread of the Gospel, and to the development of the English language.  He could speak seven languages and was a man whose intellectual gifts and disciplined life could have taken him a long way in the church had he not had one compulsion - to teach English men and women the good news of justification by faith.  What better way to share this message with his countrymen than to put an English version of the New Testament into their hands?

The Roman Catholic Church, and King Henry VIII fiercely opposed anything other than the Latin Bible to be used.  So to find a hospitable environment, Tyndale travelled to the free cities of Europe eventually ending up in the Lutheran city of Worms. There, in 1525, his New Testament emerged - the first translation from Greek into the English language. It was quickly smuggled into England, where it received a less than enthusiastic response from the authorities. King Henry VIII, Cardinal Wolsey, and Sir Thomas More, among others, were furious. It was, said More, "not worthy to be called Christ's testament, but either Tyndale's own testament or the testament of his master Antichrist."

In fact it was a remarkable document.  So many phrases which have passed into current usage originated with Tyndale’s translation of the Scriptures.  Here are just a few - “under the sun”, “signs of the times”, “let there be light”, “my brother’s keeper”, “lick the dust”, “fall flat on his face”, “the land of the living”, “pour out one’s heart”, “the apple of his eye”, “fleshpots”, “go the extra mile”, “the parting of the ways”.  Tyndale had a genius in translation which meant that the Scriptures became memorable – a vital gift in a largely non-literate society.  Much of his translation went on to form the basis of the 1610 King James Authorised Version of the Bible.

But the Roman Catholic Church and the English government wanted to silence him.  Copies of the English Bible smuggled into England and government agents were seized and those caught in possession of them arrested.  Meanwhile Tyndale had moved to Antwerp. For nine years he managed with the help of friends to evade the authorities, revise his New Testament, and begin translating the Old.

But in 1535, he was arrested and accused of heresy.  While he waited for his trial he continued writing including this classic defence of his work – "Let it not make thee despair, neither yet discourage thee, O reader, that it is forbidden thee in pain of life and goods, or that it is made breaking of the king's peace, or treason unto his highness, to read the Word of thy soul's health—for if God be on our side, what matter maketh it who be against us, be they bishops, cardinals, popes."

Finally, in 1536, Tyndale was condemned as a heretic and sentenced to death.  At the moment of execution he was given an opportunity to recant but refused.  He was given a moment to pray and he cried out, "Lord, open the King of England's eyes!"  Then he was strangled and burnt at the stake while still alive. 

 But only three years later in 1539 King Henry VIII authorised an English Bible to be placed in English churches.  Tyndale’s dying prayer had been answered.

Andrew Corke


Have a great week