St Martin's, Brasted

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Welcome to the website of St Martin's Church, Brasted in Kent. Do join us at a service, and feel free to ring (01959 565829) with any enquiries . Our full address is St Martin's Church, Church Road, Brasted, Westerham TN16 1HZ. Click here for a location map.

Linda Green, Rector

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Latest updates
23 March: List of regular broadcast services added below
25 March: Notice about bells added below
28 March: Prayer for Passion Sunday added below, correction to broadcasts
4 April: Items for Palm Sunday added below

TO THE COMMUNITY OF BRASTED on Palm Sunday, from Linda

I hope you've all managed to have a good week and found some interesting things to do to pass the time. To those of you who have pre school and school
children at home I hope and pray that you have found ways to interest them and keep them busy. I hope you have found time for yourself too.

There are moments when it is good to have so much time to think, take time to walk and talk and be at one with our environment particulary Brasted and
surrounding areas where we are not short for walks. I have enjoyed many walks
in this past week where I have been the only person walking. The lack of traffic
on the M25 except for lorries and large vans is startling. The quietness
reminds me that all is not right. We have so much time to spare which is tinged with anxiety or for some dominated with anxiety.

On a good note the amount of support being offered to people in Brasted who most need it is immense. The Coronavirus Support Team have many helpers to fetch shopping, prescriptions and other necessary items for those who are not able to do this for themselves.

It seems very strange to have buildings closed including churches and to not see many people. I miss very much our services and all of you. I hope it won't be too long before we can be together again.

Today I attach a copy of a poem for Palm Sunday. Also I would like to recommend the Palm Sunday service from Holy Trinity, Dartford - to find this type "Palm Sunday Worship at Holy Trinity, Dartford, during the 2020 Pandemic" into Youtube and scroll down.

Remember me in your prayers as I will remember you in mine.

With all good wishes & God's blessing on us all.

Linda


For Palm Sunday: What kind of king are you? by Michael Gehrling

What kind of king
rides on a donkey
a donkey that might be borrowed,
or might be hijacked?

What kind of king
builds a castle
with a wide open door for children to enter
but a needle-eye sized hole for the rich?

What kind of king
rides on a donkey
into the city where
his assassins are waiting?

What kind of king
enters his assassins’ city
with a ragtag commotion for all to see
and not one security guard?

What kind of king
lets his subjects treat him like a
military liberator but doesn’t
come with a single sword or weapon?

What kind of king
lets his followers send a
public message to the competing powers
with no intent of answering a single challenge?

What kind of King are you?
What kind of King
can send two followers
to fetch a donkey
and know exactly what they’ll need to say?

What kind of king
can tell a blind beggar
“Your faith has made you well.”
And actually make him see?

What kind of king
can weep at the funeral of his friend
only to say, “Lazarus, come out!”
and watch him come back to life.

What kind of king
can sit at the dinner table
with his subjects and be subject to them
and wash their feet?

What kind of king
can carry his own cross
can serve his assassin and
help in his own execution?

What kind of king
can die
so that his assassins
can live?

What kind of King are you?
A King who came not to be served
but to serve and to give
his life as a ransom
for many.

A King who keeps his promises
A King who I can trust
A King who can save
A King I want to follow

And so I come to you, King Jesus
not to be served by you
but to serve you
and to give my life to you.

So take my cloak
use it to clothe the naked
or use it for your donkey to step on.
I don’t care
so long as you’re the one taking it.

Because you’re the only one who
will give me a new garment in return,
a white robe made of saints righteous deeds,
a garment that fits so well it’ll be
a new self, your self.

Use me, King Jesus,
all of me.
As you see fit.
Make me a knight or a bishop or a rook,
or make me an expendable pawn.
I don’t care what piece I am.
So long as yours is the hand that’s moving me.

Because yours is
the mighty hand with an outstretched arm.
Yours is the hand that rules with an iron scepter,
and that knit me together in my mother’s womb.

So let me follow you,
King Jesus
all the way to Golgotha.
Let me walk next to you
and put palm branches at your feet
and shout “Hosanna!” with the children.
And if the child in me shouting “Hosanna!”
grows up to an adult shouting “Crucify!”
bring me back to the water where I can be born again.

Let me sit at the table with you
and take bread and wine from your hands
and let me lay my head on your chest.

And if thirty pieces of the world’s silver
are ever enough to draw me away
wash my feet and make me clean again

Let me pray with you at Gethsemane
and learn from you how to be vulnerable with the Father
let me see your tears and sweat and grief.

And if my prayers give way to sleep
wake me again
with the waters of regeneration.

Let me walk with you to the cross.
Let me be Simon of Cyrene,
and learn to carry your cross with you.

And if my Simon of Cyrene becomes Simon Peter
and I walk away from your cross to deny you
lead me back to these waters where I can still die with you

And live. And all along this long rough road
let my song be:

Hosanna!
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!
Hosanna in the highest!


TO THE COMMUNITY OF BRASTED on Passion Sunday, from Linda

Sung Mattins and Spiritual Reflections on the Pandemic

I very much commend the above Mattins service which you can find on youtube putting in the words just above.

I listened to it this afternoon and was amazed at the quality of music and reflections. The service comes from Holy Trinity Church in Dartford which is where I worshipped in my hospital chaplaincy days. The vicar is the Rev Martin Henwood a friend of mine from long ago. His reflections are exceptional. There are some beautiful photographs too. The service is 27 mins long. I hope I have sold it to you.

This week has been extremely busy not least finding a time slot on a supermarket site. It took me three days to find one.

My family are all keeping well so far. I love my home but am only too pleased to get out with the dog for a walk and some time to myself. I hope you are all managing to find ways to fill your days.

If you would to talk about anything please don't think twice about calling me or emailing me if you prefer. Likewise if you find some interesting reading material to help us on our way please send me that too.

You are all very much in my thoughts and prayers as is our whole village.

With love and good wishes
Linda


Some Regular Services on Radio and Television

Daily
Radio 4 Longwave 10.45am: Service

Every Sunday
Radio 4: Sunday Worship 8.10am
BBC1: Songs of Praise 1.15pm

Every Sunday and Wednesday
Radio 3: Choral Evensong 3pm



For Passion Sunday: A prayer by Nick Fawcett

Loving God,
you promised Abraham that all the world
would be blessed through his offspring
and in Jesus Christ you fulfilled that promise.

You spoke through the prophets
of a Saviour who would redeem the world,
and in his coming those words were realised.

You declared that you would put a new heart
and a new spirit within us,
and a chance to begin again,
and through his death and resurrection
that fresh start became real.

Throughout history
you have not simply spoken of love,
you have showed us what it really means;
you have not merely talked of forgiveness,
you have demonstrated mercy
beyond anything we could ask for.

Help us, in turn, to prove our love for you
through concrete actions,
to show the sincerity of our faith
by practising what we preach,
by express our gratitude for your great goodness
by committing ourselves to your service.

Teach us, through who we are,
to witness to who you are,
to the glory of your name.

Amen.


Bells

Sadly our bells can't be rung now
for two clear reasons:

 the ropes hang less than two metres apart
and the church is closed

Changeringing, as we know it, on tower bells, has been discontinued worldwide until further notice.

We understand that some Brasted residents have been missing them. (That’s nice – thanks!)

February 29 was the last time we rang all 8 bells together, the ringing was quite good, AND, BEST OF ALL, BY CHANCE, IT WAS RECORDED.

So, with luck, before too long, you’ll be able to hear the bells again, from this website.


Safeguarding
St Martin's Church takes seriously its responsibility to protect and safeguard the welfare of children and vulnerable adults.
For full details of go to Notices and scroll down.

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