This week in the Benefice

Week commencing 2 August 2020


Worship in the coming weeks:

Sunday 2nd August Eighth Sunday after Trinity
8.00am Leckford BCP Holy Communion
10:00am “Zoom”, online Service of the Word
6:00pm Mottisfont Holy Communion

Sunday 9th August Ninth Sunday after Trinity
8.00am Stockbridge OSP Holy Communion (booking required – 01264 810810)
9.30am Longstock Holy Communion
9.30am Broughton Bible uncovered
11.00am Bossington Holy Communion
6.00pm “Zoom”, online Service of the Word

Sunday 16th August Tenth Sunday after Trinity
9.30am Broughton Holy Communion (Patronal festival)
9.30am Longstock Morning worship
11.00am Stockbridge Holy Communion
6.00pm “Zoom”, online Service of the Word

Sunday 23rd August Eleventh Sunday after Trinity
8.00am Broughton Holy Communion
9.30am Houghton Holy Communion
9.30am Broughton Family Service
11.00am Mottisfont Holy Communion
6.00pm “Zoom”, online Service of the Word


9th Sunday
14:00 Baptism at Broughton Church

15th Saturday
12:00 Act of remembrance Broughton War memorial.

16th Sunday
9:30 Broughton Patronal festival
30th Sunday
10:00 United Benefice service on-line on “zoom”

Church Wardens: Stockbridge:   Vacant.   Deputy Warden David Williams 811072

Leckford: Dawn Williams;  810724

Longstock: Maddie Hedley;  810284

(all phone numbers with the Andover code 01264)


Interesting reading: LESSONS OF THE GEESE

In the Autumn, when you see geese heading south for the winter flying along in the "V" formation, you might be interested in knowing what science has discovered about why they fly that way.   It has been learned that as each bird flaps its wings, it creates uplift for the bird immediately following.  By flying in a "V" formation, the whole flock adds at least 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own.
Quite similar to people who are part of a team and share a common direction get where they are going quicker and easier, because they are travelling on the trust of one another and lift each other up along the way. Whenever a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go through it alone,  and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the power of the flock.   If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in formation and share information with those who are headed in the same way that we are going.
When the lead goose gets tired, he rotates back in the wings and another goose takes over.  It pays to share leadership and take turns doing hard jobs. The geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep their speed.  Words of support and inspiration help energize those on the front line, helping them to keep pace in spite of the day-to-day pressures and fatigue.    It is important that our honking be encouraging.    Otherwise it's just  … well … honking!

Finally, when a goose gets sick or is wounded and falls out, two geese fall out of the formation and follow the injured one down to help and protect him.   They stay with him until he is either able to fly or until he is dead, then they launch out with another formation to catch up with their group.  When one of us is down, it's up to the others to stand by us in our time of trouble.   If we have the sense of a goose, we will stand by each other when things get rough …

"it is indeed a reward, a challenge and  a privilege  to be a contributing  member of a team"   Author: Dr. Robert McNeish, 1972, Baltimore, Maryland, US


The Andover foodbank  All activity is now at the main site at St John the Baptist (RC) Church, Alexandra Road and are now ready to receive food donations. Boxes are at the back of the churches. Urgently needed items : Long Life Fruit juice; Pasta sauce:  Sugar 500g: Tinned tomatoes: Tinned meat: Tinned fruit; toiletries and cleaning materials.   They have plenty of baked beans and pasta so no more needed now.
Address: St John the Baptist RC Church, Alexandra Road, Andover
SP10 3AD. Tel: 01264 362111.  You can donate cash at their web site:

Encounters with God to help explain the Trinity:

Humanity met God in three different forms:

  • God the Father: revealed by the Old Testament to be Creator, Lord, Father and Judge. Think of the exchanges and relationships with Noah, Abraham, Jacob and Moses
  • God the Son: who had lived on earth amongst human beings – the Servant King
  • God the Holy Spirit: who filled the disciples with new life and power – what we celebrated last week at Pentecost.  So, for example, one might be inspired by the doctrine of the Trinity to come up with an understanding of human relationships that was something like this...
  • Human beings are made in the image of God
  • God is a community of persons in a mutual loving relationship
  • Therefore the essence of humanity is to be found in human relationships with others, with God, and with God's creation
  • These relationships are filled with transforming power
  • For human beings to live truly in the image of God, these relationships must be mutual, generous and just
  • These relationships must acknowledge and value difference as well as sameness
  • These relationships must accept as well as give
  • Therefore we believe that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are somehow distinct from one another (not divided though), yet completely united in will and essence. How can this be? Think of the Trinity as the musical chord. Think of a C-chord. The C, E, and G notes are all distinct notes, but joined together as one chord the sound is richer and more dynamic than had the notes been played individually. The chords are all equally important in producing the rich sound, and the sound is lacking and thin if one of the notes is left out.

1 John 5:7 (New King James Version)

For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one.



Prayer for peace in Syria

How long oh Lord? How long?
We have been crying to you for peace in Syria;
for an end to killing and despair, an end to hostilities on all sides.
We thank you for the current cessation of hostilities
and pray it may turn into a long lasting peace.
We cry to you for humanitarian aid to reach those most in need.
We beseech you for the rebuilding of ruined homes, businesses and communities.
We long for the repairing of the breach
and the restoration of streets where your children may dwell in harmony.
We cry out that justice, truth and love may prevail for all the people of Syria.
We pray in the name of the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ our Lord.