June 20th News and Worship
Will we, or won't we be able to sing again inside and will our celebration day be able to go ahead?
These were two of the questions on my mind when sitting down to watch the Monday Press Conference at which the delayed easing of Covid regulations were to be announced. The answer, sadly, to both these questions, like the answers for many businesses' questions or those hoping to travel for holiday or see families overseas, was unfortunately no or not yet. Depending on one's personality it's easy to focus on the down-side of no and not yet and to think only about the negative of such decisions even if they are out of our control. Is this the only option?
The Psalmist (121) declares, "I lift up my eyes to the hills, from where will my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth". We may see the mountains as beautiful and permanent but they are also where dangers and storms descend from. Whatever life presents us with, we are encouraged by the Psalm writer to look beyond the storms and troubles and to focus on God. He is the one we can rely on, who can be trusted and from whom our help comes.
There is much to give thanks and praise for! Nearly 100 church members of all ages gathered for Wild Church last Sunday; our live-stream brings church to sixty or seventy homes every week; couples are booking weddings, families are preparing for Baptisms, folks are asking about confirmation, and plans for September Services are being made.
Even though the Celebration Sunday on the 27th June has been postponed, we will still have our Songs of Praise Service at 10.30am outside, so we can all sing and there will be ice creams from Just-Ice.
Soon, just like God's people at the start of the book of Joshua, we will be crossing over into a new situation, a new set of opportunities and challenges as Church, but for today let's lift up our eyes and hearts to give thanks and praise for all that God has done for us, with us and through us over these last months.
This Week's Worship
Sunday 9.00am Holy Communion at CoRe
Sunday 10.30am Morning Worship at St Peter's
Sunday 4.30am Reflective Worship at St Peter's
Wednesday 10.30am Holy Communion at St Peter's
This Week's Diary
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9.00am Morning Prayer Zoom Code 503 346 024, Password 793684
10.30am Holy Communion, St Peter's
9.00am Morning Prayer, Zoom Code 859 930 994
10.30am Holy Dusters, St Peter's
10.00am -12noon Private Prayer, St Peter's
Sunday 27th June St Peter's, Celebration Sunday
Sunday 4th July Archbishop of Canterbury's Thanksgiving Sunday
Third Sunday After Trinity
Worship Services for Sunday 20th June
Sunday Bible Readings
For use with Worship at Home booklet and reflection.
2 Corinthians 6:1-13
Mark 4: 35-41
10.30am Morning Worship
Be Thou my Vision (Celtic)
Lord the light
Let Christ be my light
Be still for the presence
Will your anchor hold
4.30pm Reflective Service
All people that on earth do dwell
He who would valiant be
Dear Lord and Father
Eternal father strong to save
you have broken the tyranny of sin
and have sent the Spirit of your Son into our hearts
whereby we call you Father:
give us grace to dedicate our freedom to your service,
that we and all creation may be brought
to the glorious liberty of the children of God;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
God our Saviour,
look on this wounded world
in pity and in power;
hold us fast to your promises of peace
won for us by your Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Prayer focus this week
The focus this week is on mental health and well being: like icebergs the majority of the suffering is below the surface, unseen and often not talked about. Let's pray for the provision of good services, let's pray for all who are suffering with these illnesses, for families struggling to understand and let's put our prayers into action with acts of kindness, love and support and a letter to David, our MP, encouraging him to advocate for Government action.
Those who have asked for prayer
Paul Nadin Salter
Prayers from yesterday, for today
O my God ! I offer Thee all my actions of this day for the intentions and for the glory of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. I desire to sanctify every beat of my heart, my every thought, my simplest works, by uniting them to Its infinite merits ; and I wish to make reparation for my sins by casting them into the furnace of Its Merciful Love.
O my God! I ask thee for myself and for those whom I hold dear, the grace to fulfill perfectly Thy Holy Will, to accept for love of Thee the joys and sorrows of this passing life, so that we may one day be united together in Heaven for all Eternity. Amen.
Therese of Lisieux
Church Family News
Christian Aid Week
We now have a total for Christian Aid Week money raised, and it is a massive £2850.92, made up of £1323 from the virtual walk from Land's End to John O'Groats, and £1527.92 from the envelopes (both delivered to houses and collected in church). For comparison, we raised £1150 last year in the depths of lockdown (from the virtual climb of Kilimanjaro; no envelopes were delivered) and £1342 in 2019, so this represents a huge increase. A big thank you to everyone who contributed, whether by giving, walking, asking for support, delivering envelopes, or in any other way. On Climate Sunday last week we thought about climate justice and people like Rose in Kenya for whom climate change has made life so hard - this money will make a real difference to the work of Christian Aid and its partners in supporting our neighbours around the world.
We have been getting creative this week at Pantry with our fresh food in the hot weather! We love the sunshine when it appears but our carrots certainly do not. There have been no odd or unidentifiable veg in our supplies this week but we have had two boxes of 'Puck' skimmed milk, vegetable oil and honey in a tin! It is supposed to taste like evaporated milk... we just need someone who has tested it to let us know if this is true or not.
Our online fundraising page with Bankuet is also now live and we have been sharing this on social media to get the word out as widely as possible. Bankuet means that people can make an online financial donation to Pantry and this allows us to purchase large quantities of ambient food. If anyone would like more information on how this works, or how to use it please do not hesitate to get in touch. I am so grateful for all the amazing help and donations offered by everyone each week. Thank you - it is really making such a difference to our members.