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June - July ‘24

St. Mildred’s

Church Newsletter

June - July 2024

Tom writes…

The Book of Isaiah

Tom shares with us

following the recent

prayer week.

Read about the prophecies

found in Isaiah and

quoted in the New Testament.

Pages 2-3

Pages 4-5

Anna Mills is to be ordained .. Page 3

The call of God on our lives at St. Mildred’s is

to make and equip disciples of Jesus Christ locally

and globally in the power of the Holy Spirit.

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Tom writes...

June - July ‘24

During our prayer week in April, and at the

AGM in May, we considered our building project

and where we are with it at this time.

Inside this issue:

Tom writes...

2-3

Anne Mills’ Ordination 3

The Book of Isaiah 4-5

Prayers 5

Diary - June - July 2024 6-8

Bible Reading Plan 9

Pray for Businesses 10

Notices 11

Back Page 16

Newsletter Articles

Anyone who regularly attends

St Mildred’s can contribute articles to

the newsletter.

The next Newsletter will be the October-

November 2024 Issue. The deadline for

contributions is 18 September.

Any queries regarding newsletter:

Email: newseditor16@gmail.com

One of the images we have been using to describe

our current situation is the 16 blocks:

These represent the funding shortfall we currently

have, which must be overcome either

through additional funding or cost reductions, if

the project is to move forward. Our prayer is

that God would knock these blocks down in either

of these ways (by reducing costs or increasing

funding).

One of the key texts we looked at was the great

story of King David and the Balsam Trees in 2

Samuel 5:17-25

This story has been evocative for me ever since I

first read it:

There is the wonderful humility and Godhonouring

leadership of king David;

There is the victory he gained through trust in

the Lord;

There is the varied guidance our God gives to

David;

There is the enigmatic description of the sound

of marching in the tops of the Balsam trees alerting

the Israelites to God’s unseen army going

ahead of them.

When David and his army are given the sign to

go, they are told to “move quickly”.

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Someone once said that God has two

speeds: not moving, and fast. Patiently

trusting God and enduring through the

tasks he calls us to can sometimes feel like

that!

I get the sense, which we considered

through the course of the prayer week and

at the AGM, that we are now in a “move

quickly” phase of our project.

Stella shared with us, at the AGM, where

we might be in a year’s time, and subsequently

in two year’s time, if the project

moves quickly; the blockages are removed;

the permissions granted; the opportunities

utilised: We could be building

in one year and celebrating the opening in

two!

We must continue to pray and seek our

God over this and follow him quickly using

our gifts, time and talents to bring this vi-

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sion to reality. Let us trust our God, as

David and the Israelites did of old, and may

he prosper the work of our hands and be

glorified amongst us!

O Lord, you guided your people of old

through the sound of marching in the tops

of the Balsam trees, alerting them to your

unseen army going out before them. They

followed quickly and saw an amazing

victory. We earnestly seek you to go before

us, give us the strength to follow quickly,

and grant us victory in this project for Jesus

Christ, your Son our Saviour’s sake, Amen.

Tom Lake -

Vicar

Ordination Service for Anna Mills

Saturday 29th June at 11am in Southwark Cathedral.

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The Book of Isaiah

June - July ‘24

We have already seen in our series on Isaiah

that this book, (probably written down between

700 and 680 BC) covers many topics

referred to in both the Old and New Testaments.

The NT quotes Isaiah more than any

other OT book, 420 times, (The Psalms a

close second at 415) with both Jesus and Paul

drawing greatly on the prophet’s words. Jesus

quotes from ch.61 in His first public sermon

in Nazareth, Luke 4 v15: “The Spirit of

the Sovereign Lord is upon me, because He

has anointed me to preach good news to the

poor…to bind up the broken-hearted, to

proclaim freedom for the captives, release

from darkness for the prisoners,” words

from ancient times about to be fulfilled in detail

over the next three years. In this passage

Isaiah has spoken of the Trinity – The Father

is the Sovereign Lord, the Son is the one

speaking and the Spirit is the One who bestows

the Anointing. Now 700 years later, Jesus

the Son has been baptised in water, baptised

in the Holy Spirit and has heard the audible

voice of the Father: “You are my Son

whom I love, with You I am well pleased.”

Luke 3:22

Other references to the Trinity are found in

Isaiah. In Isaiah 9:6b Jesus Himself will reveal

the 3-in-1 as “Wonderful Counsellor” (Holy

Spirit), “Mighty God, the Everlasting Father”

(The Father) the “Prince of Peace” (The

Son). Elsewhere the prophet speaks of the

Persons individually. Isaiah 64:8: “You are

our Father, our Redeemer. You are the potter,

we are the clay – we are all the works of

your hand.” Then of the Son we read: ”To us

a child is born, to us a Son is given and the

government will be upon His Shoulders.”

(9:6a) Then of the Holy Spirit we

read: (11:2) “The Spirit of the Lord will rest

on Him – the Spirit of wisdom and understanding,

the Spirit of counsel and of power,

the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the

Lord…”

We now come to a curious feature of the

Book of Isaiah and its layout. Chapter divisions

were not inserted into the Bible until

around 1200 A.D. some 1900 years after Isaiah

was writing and yet we find that the book

is given 66 chapters, precisely the number of

the books of the Bible. Furthermore, the

book divides into two significant sections –

the first has 39 chapters (the same number as

books in the OT) and the second has 27

chapters (the same number as books in the

NT).

Chapters 1-39 cover mainly OT subjects –

the rebellion of God’s people, their shallow

worship and the Lord’s repeated appeals to

return to Him and thus avoid certain judgment

– which they refused. At the beginning

of the second section at chapter 40, just three

verses in, we read of the voice crying in the

wilderness: “Prepare the Way of the Lord”

which is fulfilled in detail by John the Baptist

who appears at the beginning of each of the

four Gospels doing precisely that. By chapters

52 and 53 we read of the Suffering Servant:

“His form was marred beyond all human

likeness” (52:14) “He was despised and rejected

by men…he was pierced for our

transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities.

By his wounds we are healed….and

the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us

all.”(53:5-6).

This is such a vivid explanation of God’s intervention

into the human condition that it is

referred to in the NT more than any other OT

scripture. This is Jesus substituting Himself

(instead of us) under the righteous judgment

of God. “In my place condemned he stood.”

Because he paid the price we don’t have to.

Salvation depends not on what we do, but on

what He has already done (past tense!) and

how we respond to it. Because this is already

a completed action (by Him) there is nothing

we could possibly do to make things any

better, except to change the direction of our

lives. God has set one punishment for one

great crime. (Nothing more, nothing less),

Jesus has served that sentence and it would

be the height of injustice for the Lord to expect

us to serve a further sentence! but ...

“Much is required from those to whom much

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is given.” (Luke12:48). Because we have

been bought out of slavery to sin, we now

belong to the One who paid for us - our

ownership has changed hands. Now on the

basis that we will usually pay a higher price

for something we really want very badly –

and given that Jesus could not possibly have

paid a higher price for us – then it follows

that His love for us really does” pass all understanding”!

Now Isaiah also speaks of Jesus’ Resurrection

and Ascension: “He will be raised and

lifted up, and will be highly exalted.”

(52:13). Pentecost is foretold in ch 44:3: “I

will pour out my Spirit on your offspring and

my blessing on your descendants.” This

outpouring will (as in Acts ch1) lead to testimony:

”You are my witnesses and my Servant

whom I have chosen” (43:10). Not to cooperate

would “grieve His Holy Spirit”

(63:10).

Finally we look to the end times. “Behold I

will create new heavens and a new earth,

(65:17). On earth, “they will beat their

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swords into ploughshares and their spears

into pruning hooks. Nation shall not take up

sword against nation, nor will they train for

war anymore” (2:4). These words are inscribed

outside the United Nations building

in New York but they can never become

true until “The Lord judges between the nations

and His Law goes out from Zion, the

Word of The Lord from Jerusalem” (2:3),

imagine somebody standing up today in the

General Assembly and proclaiming that!

Yet there will come a time when every one

of us will have to submit!

So the Book of Isaiah presents a vast panorama

of both Old and New Testament Spiritual

Reality. Long as it is, it is the Bible in miniature.

Most of this book is written in poetry

rather than in prose. When God speaks in

prose He reveals what is on His mind. When

He speaks in poetry He reveals what is on

His Heart. The more we read Isaiah and take

it to heart, the closer we will find ourselves

to the Father’s heart.

David Nicholls

Prayers

We pray for anyone suffering,

waiting for test results and treatment.

We pray for their families,

friends and health care providers.

May the Spirit of the Living God

bring healing in mind, body and

spirit.

Be lifted up, O God, higher than the heavens,

let your glory be over all the earth.

We pray for political leaders with conflicting versions

of what is right and wrong.

We simply lift up to you the victims of war in Gaza,

Ukraine and many other countries worldwide.

We cry out to you for peace makers to be a bold

and shining light in the darkness.

Soften the hardest of hearts.

Lord in your Mercy hear our prayer.

Pray for those for whom attending

church is dangerous … that they be

reminded that you are the rock they

can cling to and nothing can separate

them from You Lord.

We Give Thanks for the AGM.

Please pray for our wardens, PCC

members and Treasurer.

Please, Pray for Keiko and her family

that you will be their Rock, Refuge and Salvation.

We pray for our young people as they face exams

that they will know you are with them.

Pray for your protection, guidance and blessing as

they rest over the summer holidays and prepare for

university, secondary school or a new class.

We give thanks for all the effort made behind the

We Give Thanks for the Easter Fun scenes to move the development project forward.

Day and Services.

We pray that you use th for your glory in the development

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Diary ~ June 2024

June - July ‘24

Sunday 2 10am Holy Communion

Monday 3 9.30am Prayer Meeting

Tuesday 4 8pm Home Group

Wednesday 5 10am Daytime Home Group

11am-3pm Warm Welcome Space

8pm Home Group

Thursday 6 8pm Home Group

Friday 7 8.30am Prayer Meeting

Sunday 9 10am All Age Worship

12pm-2pm Jesus, Life and Lunch

6pm Sunday@six

Monday 10 9.30am Prayer Meeting

Tuesday 11 Parent and Toddlers

8pm PCC Meeting

Wednesday 12 11am-3pm Warm Welcome Space

8pm Prayer meeting

Thursday 13 8pm Cathedral Service for churchwardens and PCC members

Friday 14 8.30am Prayer Meeting

Saturday 15 10am-12pm St Mildred Ladies Meet up

Sunday 16 10am Holy Communion

10.30am Kool Kidz

6pm Sunday@six

Monday 17 9.30am Prayer Meeting

Tuesday 18 Parent and Toddlers Swanley Barn Park Trip

8pm Home Group

Wednesday 19 10am Daytime Home Group

11am-3pm Refresh@wws

8pm Home Group

Thursday 20 8pm Home Group

Friday 21 8.30am Prayer Meeting

Sunday 23 10am Morning Worship

10.30am Kool Kidz

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6pm Sunday@six

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Monday 24 9.30am Prayer Meeting

Tuesday 25 Parent and Toddlers

8pm Standing Committee

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Wednesday 26 11am-3pm Warm Welcome Space

8pm Prayer Meeting

Friday 28 8.30am-9am Prayer Meeting

Sunday 30 10am Holy Communion

10.30am Kool Kidz

6pm Sunday@six

Diary ~ July 2024

Monday 1 9.30am Prayer Meeting

Tuesday 2 Parent and Toddlers

8pm Home Group

Wednesday 3 10am Daytime Home Group

11am-3pm Warm Welcome Space

8pm Home Group

Thursday 4 8pm Home Group

Friday 5 8.30am Prayer Meeting

Sunday 7 10am Holy Communion

10.30am Kool Kidz

6pm Sunday@six

Monday 8 9.30am Prayer Meeting

Tuesday 9 Parent and Toddlers

8pm PCC Meeting

Wednesday 10 11am-3pm Refresh@wws

8pm Prayer Meeting

Friday 12 8.30am Prayer Meeting

Sunday 14 10am All Age Worship

12pm Jesus, Life and Lunch

6pm Sunday@six social

Monday 15 9.30am Prayer Meeting

Tuesday 16 Parent and Toddlers

8pm Home Group

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Used with Permission. Article can be found at:

https://cartoonchurch.com/content/cc/sermon-illustrations/

Diary ~ July 2024

Wednesday 17 10am Daytime Home Group

11am-3pm Warm Space

8pm Home Group

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Thursday 18 8pm Home Group

Friday 19 8.30am Prayer Meeting

Saturday 20 10am St Mildred’s Ladies Meetup

Sunday 21 10am Holy Communion

10.30am Kool Kidz

Monday 22 9.30am Prayer Meeting

Tuesday 23 8pm Standing Committee

Wednesday 24 11am-3pm Warm Welcome Space

8pm Prayer Meeting

Friday 26 8.30am Prayer Meeting

Sunday 28 10am Morning Worship

Monday 29 9.30am Prayer Meeting

Wednesday 31 11am-3pm Warm Welcome Space

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Bible Reading Plan

Week

Beginning

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

03/06/24

Psalm

135

Psalm

136

Psalm

137

Psalm

138

Psalm

139

Psalm

140

10/06/24

Matthew

1:1-25

Matthew

2:1-23

Matthew

3:1-17

Matthew

4:1-25

Matthew

5:1-20

Matthew

5:21-48

17/06/24

Matthew

6:1-34

Matthew

7:1-29

Matthew

8:1-34

Matthew

9:1-17

Matthew

9:18-38

Matthew

10:1-42

24/06/24

Matthew

11:1-30

Matthew

12:1-21

Matthew

12:22-45

Matthew

12:46-13:23

Matthew

13:24-43

Matthew

13:44-14:12

01/07/24

Matthew

14:13-36

Matthew

15:1-28

Matthew

15:29-16:12

Matthew

16:13-28

Matthew

17:1-23

Matthew

17:24-18:14

08/07/24

Matthew

18:15-35

Matthew

19:1-30

Matthew

20:1-19

Matthew

20:20-21:11

Matthew

21:12-32

Matthew

21:33-46

15/07/24

Matthew

22:1-22

Matthew

22:23-46

Matthew

23:1-22

Matthew

23:23-39

Matthew

24:1-35

Matthew

24:36-51

22/07/24

Matthew

25:1-30

Matthew

25:31-26:5

Matthew

26:6-35

Matthew

26:36-68

Matthew

26:69-27:26

Matthew

27:27-61

29/07/24

Matthew

27:62-28:20

Judges

1:1-16

Judges

1:17-36

Judges

2:1-19

Judges

2:20-3:11

Judges

3:12-31

05/08/24

Judges

4:1-13

Judges

4:14-24

Judges

5:1-12

Judges

5:13-31

Judges

6:1-24

Judges

6:25-40


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Businesses to pray for

June

to

July 2024

Please continue to pray for our local businesses

Kinleigh, Folkard & Hayward

Kashi Restaurant

Lane Tian Chinese restaurant

Lee Car Services (MINI CAB)

Lee Launderette

Lee Pharmacy

Lee Station

Lee Tyres

LADS Barbers (was Joe's Barber)

Learn Log

Lewisham Council

Little Pumpkins

Little Bananas

Londis

TDSA Ltd

The Crown Tavern Pub

Absolutely Animals

Allen & Wainwright

AMC MOT centre

ARCCI Design

Aroma Beauty Rooms

Bansal

Baring Food & Wine

Baring Road Fish & Chips

The Fascia Place

Tara's Acupuncture

Timeless Beauty Salon

Travis Perkins

Trinity Schools

TLC Electrical Distributors

Toolstation

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The Back Page

June - July ‘24

We welcome you

19th June and 10th July - 11am - 3pm

Enjoy homemade cakes, tea and coffee.

Scrabble and Dominoes available as usual.

A space to chat and relax. A space to pray. A place to work.

We launched Easyfundraising in St Mildreds's two

years ago, and it's been generating a steady stream

of small payments into the St Mildred's Development

Fund ever since. If you've been using it regularly

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consider signing up by visiting the website.

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web site which supports Easyfundraising and a small

percentage of the cost of your purchase will be donated

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