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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The 11th Sunday after Trinity 31st. August

Jeremiah 15:15-21

Lord, you understand me.
    Remember me and take care of me.
People are hurting me.
    Give them the punishment they deserve.
You are being patient with them.
    But don’t destroy me while you remain patient with them.
Think about me.
    Think about the pain I suffer for you.
Your words came to me, and I ate them up.
    They made me very happy.
I was glad to be called by your name,
    Lord God All-Powerful.
I never sat with the crowd
    as they laughed and had fun.
I sat by myself because of your influence on me.
    You filled me with anger at the evil around me.
I don’t understand why I still hurt.
    I don’t understand why my wound is not cured and cannot be healed.
I think you have changed.
    You are like a spring of water that became dry.
    You are like a spring whose water has stopped flowing.

Then the Lord said, “Jeremiah, if you change and come back to me,
    I will not punish you.
If you change and come back to me,
    then you may serve me.
If you speak important things, not worthless words,
    then you may speak for me.
The people of Judah should change and come back to you.
    But don’t you change and be like them.
I will make you strong.
    The people will think you are strong,
    like a wall made of bronze.
The people of Judah will fight against you,
    but they will not defeat you.
They will not defeat you,
    because I am with you.
I will help you, and I will save you.”
    This message is from the Lord.
“I will save you from these evil people.
    They frighten you, but I will save you from them.”

Romans 12:9-21

Your love must be real. Hate what is evil. Do only what is good. Love each other in a way that makes you feel close like brothers and sisters. And give each other more honor than you give yourself. As you serve the Lord, work hard and don’t be lazy. Be excited about serving him! Be happy because of the hope you have. Be patient when you have troubles. Pray all the time. Share with God’s people who need help. Look for people who need help and welcome them into your homes.

Wish only good for those who treat you badly. Ask God to bless them, not curse them. When others are happy, you should be happy with them. And when others are sad, you should be sad too. Live together in peace with each other. Don’t be proud, but be willing to be friends with people who are not important to others. Don’t think of yourself as smarter than everyone else.

If someone does you wrong, don’t try to pay them back by hurting them. Try to do what everyone thinks is right. Do the best you can to live in peace with everyone. My friends, don’t try to punish anyone who does wrong to you. Wait for God to punish them with his anger. In the Scriptures the Lord says,

“I am the one who punishes;
    I will pay people back.”

But you should do this:

“If you have enemies who are hungry,
    give them something to eat.
If you have enemies who are thirsty,
    give them something to drink.
In doing this you will make them feel ashamed”

Don’t let evil defeat you, but defeat evil by doing good.

Matthew 16:21-28

Jesus Says He Must Die

From that time Jesus began telling his followers that he must go to Jerusalem. He explained that the older Jewish leaders, the leading priests, and the teachers of the law would make him suffer many things. And he told his followers that he must be killed. Then, on the third day, he would be raised from death.

Peter took Jesus away from the other followers to talk to him alone. He began to criticize him. He said, “God save you from those sufferings, Lord! That will never happen to you!”

Then Jesus said to Peter, “Get away from me, Satan[a]! You are not helping me! You don’t care about the same things God does. You care only about things that people think are important.”

Then Jesus said to his followers, “If any of you want to be my follower, you must stop thinking about yourself and what you want. You must be willing to carry the cross that is given to you for following me. Any of you who try to save the life you have will lose it. But you who give up your life for me will find true life. It is worth nothing for you to have the whole world if you yourself are lost. You could never pay enough to buy back your life. The Son of Man will come again with his Father’s glory and with his angels. And he will reward everyone for what they have done. Believe me when I say that there are some people standing here who will see the Son of Man coming with his kingdom before they die.”