Bishop Helen Ann's Notes 9 - 22 July 2018

Growing God’s Kingdom in the Ripon Episcopal Area

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Bishop Helen-Ann’s Diary (9 July – 22 July)

 

Monday

9

Day Off

Tuesday

10

Visit to Great Yorkshire Show, Harrogate – all day

Wednesday

11

St Hild Board Meeting, Mirfield – morning

Visit to Leeds Episcopal Area including Leeds Chapter Meeting – afternoon

Leeds Board - evening

Thursday

12

Ripon Area Staff Meeting at GYS Harrogate – morning

Various meetings at GYS – afternoon

Harrogate Deanery Synod, Arkendale – evening

Friday

13

Hosting visiting school chaplain from Hamilton, New Zealand, and accompanying him on a visit to St Aidan’s, Harrogate

Saturday

14

BBQ for clergy and families, Redwood – lunchtime

Concert at Ripon Cathedral – evening

Sunday

15

Confirmation at St Thomas’, Killinghall – morning

S12 at Washburn & Mid-Wharfe – afternoon

Monday

16

MDR at Redwood – morning

Ripon Area Mission & Pastoral Cttee, Ripon – afternoon

Licensing of Sheena McMain, Barnoldswick – evening

Tuesday

17

Day Off

Wednesday

18

Six Bishops meeting, Hollin House – morning and lunch

Thursday

19

Visit to Scargill, Skipton – late morning and lunch

MDR at Redwood – afternoon

S12 for Bedale – evening

Friday

20

Barry Dodd Memorial Service, York Minster – morning

Talk on 1st Century Judaism, Bentham - evening

Saturday

21

Attending ‘Wilfrid Conversations’ with +Nick and Sir Gary Verity, Ripon - morning

Sunday

22

Eucharist (preaching), Ripon Cathedral – morning

Installation as Hon Canon, Wakefield Cathedral – afternoon

                      

Sunday Gospel thoughts

Sunday July 15th, 2018 7th Sunday after Trinity (Mark 6.14-29)

This episode which tells us the story of John the Baptist’s death is placed in-between the sending out of the 12 and their return, possibly as a reminder that the path of discipleship is not a smooth one.  It is significant because it is essentially a story where Jesus is not the central character.  However there are parallels with Jesus’ story.  Commentators point out that the narrative is crafted with drama and attention to detail of the characters involved.  That Herod imprisoned John and had him beheaded is confirmed by the Jewish historian Josephus, however the circumstances differ.

What are we to make of this story?  What parallels do you see between Jesus and John?

 

Sunday July 22nd  2018 8th Sunday after Trinity (Mark 6.30-34, 53-end)

The challenge of today’s Lectionary Gospel is that it misses out both of the two accounts of feedings recorded by Mark and the account of the crossing of the lake.  These are important because they form part of Peter’s story of his journey to confession of Jesus as Messiah in Chapter 8.  We might note that the 12 are now referred to as ‘the apostles’(‘someone sent’), denoting function rather than status (given a task to do).  Jesus’ attempt at retreat fails because of the crowds, and the criticism of the people as having no shepherd implies criticism of the nation’s leaders.  Verses 53-56 at the end provide a typical Markan summary.

 

Take a look at the missing bits of the Gospel reading!  What might it mean to count ourselves as apostles, sent, with function rather than status?

Area Bishop of Ripon contact details: bishop.helenann@leeds.anglican.org    

           

The Right Reverend Dr Helen-Ann Hartley

Redwood

Sharow

Ripon  HG4 5BS.

Bishop’s PA - Mrs Judith Richardson

( 01765 601094  : judith.richardson@leeds.anglican.org

 

The Bishop’s Office

Redwood

Sharow

Ripon  HG4 5BS


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