Blog, July 7th

6th Sunday after Trinity

Bible readings: 2 Corinthians 12.2-10 & Mark 6.1-13

In both our readings this week, we read of God’s nearness to humanity: as Augustine wrote: ‘higher than my highest and more inward than my innermost self’ (Confessions, 3.6.11). In our first reading, Paul relates the Lord’s word to him: ‘“My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.’ (2 Corinthians 12.9). Not only does God know us and our weakness so well, Paul can rejoice in this particular fact of his humanity precisely because it is within his fragile, imperfect state that God’s grace will work so powerfully. This is a beautifully optimistic insight: nothing God has made – and that includes all our vulnerabilities and foibles – is beyond God’s reach to suffuse with his grace. In our second reading, the evangelist Mark tells us that Jesus ‘could do no deed of power’ (Mark 6.5) in Nazareth, his home town. He was amazed at the lack of belief he found there, where people were unwilling to soften their hearts enough to see that this man they’d known as a boy, a carpenter’s son, was bringing God’s grace so intimately into the world. It’s not that God wasn’t powerful enough to work miracles; it’s that God chose to work within the open and vulnerable human heart. The passage speaks to the role of our own faith, which is the place we find ourselves in relationship with God. In the same reading, Jesus sends his disciples out to carry on his work of healing. They have no food or money: they walk out in all vulnerability, with faith, and God’s grace works wonders through them.

  • Where in our own hearts today do we feel God working?
  • Can we trust that God’s grace is sufficient for us, no matter our weakness? Can we delight in that reassurance? – Josie

Weekly newsletter/blog and website

Please send all information for the Sunday newsletter/blog by Wednesday evening to Josie at penleeclusternewsletter@gmail.com  and communications@penleecluster.org.uk. If you would like to write the biblical reflection for the newsletter on any particular week, please contact me for details of upcoming Sunday readings. – Josie


St Pol de Leon Church, Paul

Tours of the church on Wednesdays during July and August, from 11am to 1pm. Come to coffee from 10am and then learn about the history of this lovely church. Visitors and locals welcome.


NightChurch News

Our CreativiTEA on Saturday 22nd with Sally Crabtree, aka The Poetry Postie, went really well; some of our regulars enjoyed making edible poetry biscuits and we all had a giggle – there was a great atmosphere! 

Rhys is verging on having celebrity status now in Penzance, and is being filmed at St Mary’s this week by the BBC. Preparations are underway for his concert on 20th July and we hope there will be a huge turnout. 

The St Paul’s Trust have provided funding for me to continue as NightChurch Coordinator for another year, and have also provided additional funding for another NightChurch worker to join me from January, as we try to reach more and more people on the fringes. The number of NightChurch volunteers has dwindled somewhat, with a core group of around six of us who show up regularly (we had around 30 people who signed up initially in November!). We are still looking for people who can volunteer every Wednesday (except for holidays of course) from 6pm-8pm. We would also like some regular volunteers to join our Saturday team. If you get in now, you get to smugly say ‘I went to NightChurch before it was famous’ haha! I joke of course, there are no egos here; from the beginning God has been CEO of NightChurch and runs the project (without even using MS Office). We just have to open the doors and love the people who walk through them. – Alice


Mazey Day Success!

A big thank you to the people that came on Saturday to make the cream teas and hot dogs and the people who supported us to make Mazey Day special at St. Mary’s Church. – Penny


Creation Care and Eco Church Family Activities for Mazey Day

Young and old enjoyed making wildflower seed bombs with clay to encourage wildlife. Also, the wildflowers are looking great at the front of the Church: please do take a look. They provide a much needed habitat for our insects, birds and bees. – Jane


Restore Nature March

Jane, our Family Worker, marched alongside other representatives of Green Christians on the Restore Nature March on 22nd June, holding up the Cornish side! For more information about the march, please see here: https://greenchristian.org.uk/press-release-green-christians-say-restore-nature-now/


St. Peter’s Tide – Sunday 30th June

The congregation at St Peter’s celebrated their patron saint, St. Peter and after the service, brunch was served and a glass (or two) of Bucks Fizz was enjoyed. – Lynda


Baltic Walk for Peace 2024

Paul Haines, of the Faith Forum, has just returned from another walk for peace. Here is some of his account:

First of all, thank you to those that have already donated to Children of Peace. If anyone else would like to donate I am keeping my Just Giving page active until at least the end of July. Having now returned to the UK, my reflections for this walk are dominated by the history and memorials of the Second World War and the Soviet Occupation in this region. They are so embedded into the fabric of these countries and their people and it was deeply moving to experience this as I Walked for Peace from Tallinn (Estonia), to Riga (Latvia) and then to Vilnius (Lithuania). A final few days in Warsaw (Poland) only reinforced my feelings. The memories of this past seem to pervade the very soul of the countries and cities I passed through and even some of the people I came across seem to be held in their past. It was a strange juxtaposition experiencing this while at the same time conscious of the ongoing conflicts in both Ukraine and Gaza. There were a number of moments when history became fused with the present time. One such instance was in the Okopowa Street Jewish Cemetery in Warsaw which is one of the largest in Europe and the world. There was a poem written by a child in the Warsaw Ghetto which expressed the desperate situation then.

Eerily, I could imagine the same poem being written by a child at this present time, possibly in Gaza, Ukraine, Sudan or wherever there is ongoing conflict. Have we learnt nothing from our history? It is just too easy to forget our past and to be drawn into conflict, division, war and death. Ultimately we need to drastically increase our efforts to bring about peace. We owe it to the future and to the children who will inherit this world. Again, thank you to those who have already donated or may wish to donate to Children of Peace. https://www.justgiving.com/page/baltic-peace-walk-2024-paul-haines – – Paul Haines


Diocese of Truro Safeguarding Audit

An independent Safeguarding Audit of the Truro Diocesan Board of Finance (DBF) and Truro Cathedral has found that strong and effective leadership by both the Bishop of St Germans and the Dean of Truro has resulted in a clear and effective focus on safeguarding across the whole of the Diocese of Truro. It also highlighted that there was substantial confidence in the diocesan safeguarding team calling them ‘an asset’ and pointing out the ‘high levels of confidence in their competence’. For more information: https://trurodiocese.org.uk/2024/07/independent-safeguarding-audit/


Green Investment Declaration

The Truro Diocesan Board of Finance Ltd has signed a Green Investment Declaration committing to increase its investments in climate solutions. Faith institutions are the third largest economic power on earth and so have capacity to make a real difference. The Green Investment Declaration is an initiative developed by Operation Noah under the umbrella of the FCI Collaboration, to encourage faith organisations to mobilise their investment capital to tackle social and environmental challenges. For more information:


Sponsorship needed for the Cluster Kids Holiday Club 2024

Can you kindly help sponsor a child for a day for the holiday club? We are offering five spaces to children who are living in poverty but not eligible for free school meals, at a cost of £30 a day. If you can help, it would be greatly appreciated. Any amount is welcome and the above is just an indication of costs for a day (£30). The scheme will run for 4 weeks. Molly and Jane are planning bike trips, forest skills, roller-skating, beach games and scavenger walking hunts . If you feel you can assist please do email Jane at jane.haskings@penleecluster.org.uk.


Save the Date – Saturday 5th October

Free Creation Care Family activities at Sancreed Beacon with Cornwall Heritage on Saturday 5th October. More details to follow! – Jane


Celtic Morning Prayer

Each weekday morning on zoom at 8am. The zoom meeting ID is 815 4586 0947. If you would like to attend, please email Keno at admin@penleecluster.org.uk (or call on 01736 331633) for the passcode, which you will need as well as the meeting ID given here.


Julian Meeting

The Julian Meeting will be at Paul Church this Sunday, at 6pm.

“In one single silent hour of prayer the soul will often make more progress than in days of company
with others. It is in the desert that the eye gets the clearest simplest view of eternal certainties; it
is in His presence alone, it is then that the soul gathers in wondrous refreshment power and energy.”
(Horatius Bonnar)

Ever listening, ever watchful, ever loving God, we rest in you.


Prayer Requests

If you are concerned about someone and would like their name included in the Prayer Request Group’s weekly prayer list, please do email Mel at mlevesconte@hotmail.co.uk by 7pm on Tuesday evenings. Thank you.


THIS WEEK…

Creation Care Gathering

The next Creation Care Network Gathering will be on Thursday, 11th at 10am – 12noon via Zoom. We are delighted that we will be joined by Katrine Musgrave from Christian Aid. Some of you may recall that Katrine was the Christian Aid Coordinator for Devon and Cornwall a couple of years ago. Katrine is covering at the moment for the Devon and Cornwall CA Coordinator. She will be sharing with us updates regarding their campaigns and climate justice activities and things that we can be involved with. Register your attendance for this gathering here: https://tinyurl.com/3p9kxzjy

Inclusive Church Annual Lecture and AGM

Inclusive Church is a network of churches, groups and individuals uniting together around a shared vision, that of a church which celebrates and affirms every person and does not discriminate. This year, the lecture is titled Faith in Transition and will be given by Alex Clare-Young.

Both the lecture and AGM will take place on Thursday 11th July at 7pm, via zoom. If you would like to attend, you can book tickets here:

https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/inclusivechurch/e-bomalj


COMING SOON…

Fundraising Concert for NightChurch: Rhys – Saturday 20th July at St. Mary’s PZ

Our friend Rhys, also known as the ‘The NightChurch Mystery Pianist’, will be giving a concert at St. Mary’s on 20th July to raise money for NightChurch. Doors will open at 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start (and we expect the concert to end by 9.30pm).


Other Articles;

Care for Creation

United Nations Climate Change conference in the United Arab Emirates

Care for Creation

We want to demonstrate that the gospel is good news for God’s earth.

More Information;

St Mary’s CofE

A happy Church of England School in a stunning location with an entrance directly off Penzance Prom.

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