A very warm welcome to this service, wherever you are worshipping across the Langtree Team ministry area. This Sunday marks the fourth and final sunday of the Epiphany, and this season of “revelatory glory” comes to an end next Saturday, 2nd Feb, with the Presentation of Christ in the Temple, otherwise known as Candlemas. Once we are into February we return to “ordinary time” for a few weeks before Lent begins, this year on 6th March.
Our key text that we return to this week is the Beatitudes; the distinctive and unique teaching of Jesus that begins the “sermon on the mount” in Matthew’s Gospel. See how well you can remember these words, and do try to commit them to memory. A few minutes every day is all that is needed.
God bless you all
Your Rector Kevin Davies
The Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-12)
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.