St Bartholomew's Church, Wigginton is a place where you can belong and grow in the knowledge and love of God. Your faith can grow richer and stronger and people are encouraged and challenged. Whether young or old, people from all kinds of backgrounds have made themselves at home here. We are sometimes informal, sometimes more traditional and we welcome new ideas. We give a central place to the work of the Holy Spirit, the Bible and the sacraments. Laughter, friendships, challenge, prayer, fun and serving are integral to our faith. We are a lively Anglican Church . Through a wide range of activities and services we aim to be a meeting place for locals and visitors alike. This website gives details of aspects of church life which we hope you’ll find useful.
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After King David moved into his new house the Lord gave him some relief from all of his enemies around him. King David said to Nathan the prophet, “Look, I am living in a fancy house made of cedar wood, but God’s Holy Box is still kept in a tent!”
Nathan said to King David, “Do whatever you want to do. The Lord will be with you.”
But that night, the Lord’s word came to Nathan:
“Go and tell my servant David, ‘This is what the Lord says: You are not the one to build a house for me to live in. I did not live in a house at the time I took the Israelites out of Egypt. No, I traveled around in a tent. I used the tent for my home. I never told any of the tribes of Israel to build me a fancy house made from cedar wood.’
“You must say this to my servant David: ‘This is what the Lord
All-Powerful says: I chose you while you were out in the pasture
following the sheep. I took you from that job and made you the leader of
my people, the Israelites. I
have been with you every place you went. I have defeated your enemies
for you. I will make you one of the most famous people on earth. And
I chose a place for my people, the Israelites. I planted the
Israelites. I gave them their own place to live so that they will not
have to move from place to place anymore. In the past, I sent judges to
lead my people, but evil people gave them many troubles. That will not
happen now. I am giving you peace from all of your enemies. I promise
that I will make your family a family of kings.
Your family of kings will continue—you can depend on that! For you, your kingdom will continue forever! Your throne will stand forever!’”
Praise God! He is the one who can make you strong in faith. He can use the Good News that I teach to make you strong. It is the message about Jesus Christ that I tell people. That message is the secret truth that was hidden for ages and ages but has been made known. It has now been shown to us. It was made known by what the prophets wrote, as God commanded. And it has now been made known to all people so that they can believe and obey God, who lives forever. Glory forever to the only wise God through Jesus Christ. Amen.
During Elizabeth’s sixth month of pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to a virgin girl who lived in Nazareth, a town in Galilee. She was engaged to marry a man named Joseph from the family of David. Her name was Mary. The angel came to her and said, “Greetings! The Lord is with you; you are very special to him.”
But Mary was very confused about what the angel said. She wondered, “What does this mean?”
The angel said to her, “Don’t be afraid, Mary, because God is very pleased with you. Listen! You will become pregnant and have a baby boy. You will name him Jesus. He will be great. People will call him the Son of the Most High God, and the Lord God will make him king like his ancestor David. He will rule over the people of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.”
Mary said to the angel, “How will this happen? I am still a virgin.”
The angel said to Mary, “The Holy Spirit will come to you, and the power of the Most High God will cover you. The baby will be holy and will be called the Son of God. And here’s something else: Your relative Elizabeth is pregnant. She is very old, but she is going to have a son. Everyone thought she could not have a baby, but she has been pregnant now for six months. God can do anything!”
Mary said, “I am the Lord’s servant. Let this thing you have said happen to me!” Then the angel went away.