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Paul's Letter to the Philippians


Ever felt you'd like to know the Bible a bit better?

We're starting a new thing this week - taking just one chapter each week, and having a closer look at it. Starting with one of Paul's earliest letters, to the church at Philippi. Have a read of the chapter, and then a read of the notes...
it'd be great to know what you think! Notes below.

The letter to the Philippians is one of the very earliest documents in the New Testament. It is usually dated to around the mid-fifties of the first century: in other words about twenty years after the Crucifixion, and perhaps twenty years before the appearance of Mark’s Gospel. Scholars have never doubted that it is actually from the pen of Paul, written during one of his (several!) periods of imprisonment – opinion divides whether this was in Rome or Ephesus. What we do know is that Philippi was one of his favourite churches: the tone of this letter is so warm that it has been known as ‘the epistle of joy.’ Philippi was a Roman Colony in Northern Greece, and was the first place we know of in Europe to hear and receive the Gospel. The story of Paul’s preaching and founding the Church there can be found in Acts 16.

A really excellent book to help you read through Philippians is Paul for Everyone: The Prison Letters by Tom Wright (SPCK, 2002). (The ‘Prison Letters’ are usually considered as those to the Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon).

Read more here on Philippians 1, on Philippians 2, Philippians 3 and Philippians 4.

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The coming week...

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Monday 20th May

 9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

2.15 pm  Tiny Tots in the Breakspear Room

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

7.30 pm  Ringing practice in St Lawrence tower

8.00 pm  Parochial Church Council meets in the Tin Church

 

Tuesday 21st May

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

10.15 am  Tuesday Coffee in the Breakspear Room

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

7.00 pm  Youth Club in the church hall

7.30 pm  Mothers' Union leave from church car park for summer walk

 

Wednesday 22nd May

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

11.15 am  Quiet Reflection in St Lawrence

12.00 noon  Holy Communion in St Lawrence followed by light lunch in the Breakspear Room

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

7.45 pm  Choir practice in St Lawrence

 

Thursday 23rd May

8.15 am  Early Prayer in St Lawrence

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

 

Friday 24th May

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

10.00 am  Craft Morning in the Tin Church

10.00 am  AHAL Coffee in the Henderson Hub, Abbots Langley High Street

1.00 pm  Ascension Acorns in the Tin Church

1.45 pm  Friday Singers rehearsal in St Lawrence

2.00 pm  Craft & Conversation in the Breakspear Room

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

6.15 pm  Youth Choir practice in the Breakspear Room

 

Saturday 25th May

11.00 am  Spring Concert in St Lawrence - Friday Singers

 

Sunday 26th May - the Sixth Sunday of Easter

8.00 am  Holy Communion in St Lawrence

9.30 am  Parish Communion with Seekers and Creche in St Lawrence

11.15 am  Holy Communion in the Tin Church

6.30 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

 

Monday 27th May

Bank Holiday

St Lawrence will be open between 9.30 am and 5.30 pm as usual

 

Tuesday 28th May

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

10.15 am  Tuesday Coffee in the Breakspear Room, St Lawrence

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

 

Wednesday 29th May

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

10.30 am  Carers Network meets in the Methodist hall

11.15 am  Quiet Reflection in St Lawrence

12.00 noon  Holy Communion in St Lawrence followed by light lunch in the Breakspear Room

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

7.45 pm  Choir practice in St Lawrence

 

Thursday 30th May - Ascension Day

8.15 am  Early Prayer in St Lawrence

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

12.15 pm  Funeral of Martin Bird in St Lawrence followed by burial at North Watford Cemetery

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

8.00 pm  Parish Communion in the Tin Church for their Patronal Festival followed by refreshments