May 16th News and Worship
Welcome to this week's newsletter
You will notice this week that there have been a number of changes to the newsletter. This reflects the changing way we have noticed that the Congregations are engaging with Church and the newsletter as Covid restrictions ease.
We will no longer be publishing a Reflection on the Scripture readings as this is available to those attending church face to face or following Services on the live-stream. If you are not able to access either the live-stream or in-person worship, and would still like a Reflection on the Sunday readings please let one of the Ministry team know. Similarly we are publishing the list of Sunday hymns but no longer with an embedded you-tube link.
The diary for the Week, details of upcoming Services, Vicar's thoughts and Prayer material will remain unchanged. The expectation is that, as more activities return and new ones start, the notices section will grow and all church information will be able to be accessed in the single place.
With restrictions lifting, the hope is that by the end of next month there will be no reason why all those who are able should not be back worshipping in person. For anyone who doesn't have electronic access to the newsletter you will be able to collect a paper copy at the Service you attend.
For those for whom access to Church is no longer possible, home worship and pastoral care visits will continue as well as Home Communion and Newsletter delivery.
This Sunday is our Church APCM: this has, over the last fourteen years, been the opportunity to celebrate the way God has blessed us as Church, to give thanks to those whose time of office has come to an end, lay out the vision and direction for the year ahead, whilst also fulfilling the necessary legal requirements.
How might we do this in the light of a year when precious members of our Church family are amongst those who have died in the pandemic, when fear and anxiety still haunt many and where for much of the year we have not been allowed to worship together in the building, or to sing God's praise aloud?
This has not been the only difficult year or the only time St Peter's has been closed for worship - if we remember back to the time of the building project we spent a season worshipping at the school. One of the songs that we sang, which was most apposite at that time, was Sovereign Over Us.
There is strength within the sorrow, there is beauty in our tears
You meet us in our mourning, with a love that casts out fear
You are working in our waiting, sanctifying us
When beyond our understanding, you're teaching us to trust
Your plans are still to prosper, You have not forgotten us
You're with us in the fire and the flood
Faithful forever, perfect in love, you are sovereign over us
You are wisdom unimagined, who could understand your ways
Reigning high above the heavens, reaching down in endless grace
You're the Lifter of the lowly, compassionate and kind
You surround and You uphold me and your promises are my delight
Your plans are still....
Even what the enemy means for evil You turn it for our good
You turn it for our good and for Your glory
Even in the valley You are faithful You're working for our good
You're working for our good and for Your glory
Looking at the list of the many things we have done over this last year: the creation of the newsletter, Worship sheets keeping people connected, flowers, phone calls, texts, the Prayer Bowl, doorstep visits, chocolate, casseroles, services on Zoom, Christmas gifts, Mothering Sunday flowers, opening church, closing church, keeping things clean, keeping people safe, feeding those in need, funerals... all this activity was wrapped in prayer, and done with love. In our small way we can declare that this last year, whatever has come our way, we have sought to turn it for good and for the glory of God. Thank you for being part of that.
This week's diary
The church office is open from 9.00am to 12noon Monday to Friday
9.00am Morning Prayer Zoom Code 503 346 024 Password 793684
10.30am Holy Communion St Peter's
9.00am Morning Prayer at 9.00am Zoom Code 859 930 994
10.30am Holy Dusters St Peter's
10.000am -12 noon Private Prayer St Peter's
Sunday 13th June Wild Church 10.30am St Peter's
Sunday 27th June St Peter's 800th Anniversary Celebration Sunday
Sunday 4th July Archbishop of Canterbury's Thanksgiving Sunday
The seventh Sunday of Easter
Worship services for Sunday 16th May
Sunday Bible Readings
For use with Worship at Home booklet and reflection.
Will you come and follow me
Light of the World
Good and gracious God
Brother sister let me serve you
Breathe on me breath of God
Rejoice the Lord is King
Alleluia sing to Jesus
O God the King of glory,
you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ
with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven:
we beseech you, leave us not comfortless,
but send your Holy Spirit to strengthen us
and exalt us to the place where our Saviour Christ is gone before,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Risen, ascended Lord,
as we rejoice at your triumph,
fill your Church on earth with power and compassion,
that all who are estranged by sin
may find forgiveness and know your peace,
to the glory of God the Father.
Prayer focus this week
The focus of our prayer this week continues the theme of last week as we pray for Christian Aid week, for activities to raise funds and awareness, for the work of Christian Aid overseas and for lives and situations changed and transformed by the initiatives and projects Christian Aid support and run.
Those who have asked for prayer
Paul Nadin Salter
Those who have died
Prayer yesterday for today
May I be equal to Your hope of me.
If I am weak,
I ask that You send only what I can bear.
If I am strong,
may I shrink from no testing
that shall yield increase of strength
or win security for my spirit.
I trust in Thee, O Lord.
I say, ‘ Thou art my God.’
My times are in Thy hand,
my times are in Thy hand.
Church Family News
Thy Kingdom Come
From Ascension to Pentecost, the worldwide church is encouraged and invited to join together in praying "Thy Kingdom Come". With church life still restricted by the pandemic we have not arranged any special events at St Peter's this year but there are many great resources produced for
and for families: https://www.thykingdomcome.global/cheekypandas
that will help you pray Thy Kingdom Come.
Christian Aid Week
St Peter’s Christian Aid walkers are now well into Scotland and John O’Groats is in sight! We have dodged hail and thunderstorms this week. Please support us by donating here: https://giving.tapsimple.org/online/christian-aid/land-s-end-to-john-o-groats-virtual-christian-aid-week-walk
You may have received an envelope through your door, and there are also envelopes at the back of church. These can be left in church after a service, or at the parish office. Thank you for your support!
CoRe Pantry Weekly update
The fridges have been full again at Pantry this week! It has been a very exciting week after the emptier fridges of the past couple of weeks. The coconuts and celery are still going strong and we also have 3kg bags of jam for sale!
We love chatting to our Pantry Members about possible recipes for all the ingredients that we have available. This week a member has sent photos of their creations from the ingredients which they collected from the previous week, which is wonderful.
Thank you as ever for all your support: whether through donations, baking, supporting financially or by volunteering on a Wednesday or Thursday. We couldn't do without you!