August 1st News and Worship
Weddings, Baptisms and Funerals all in the same week! It's almost as if things are back to normal, however look more closely and it's clear that they are not. It's not just the obvious signs: presence of masks, the gaps between where people are seated, or even the concern expressed to keep others safe. There are many less obvious signs: the worried body language, the nervous tiredness and the anxious behaviours. The world is far from normal, and with good cause.
Fear and anxiety can be completely debilitating. I remember climbing with some friends and one of them clinging to the rock face in fear, unable to go up or down. They had suddenly realised that at the height we were, if they fell they would die. Shouting at them, telling them to pull themselves together or even assuring them they wouldn't feel anything if they did fall, just wasn't what was needed. They needed to be carefully assured, 'move one foothold and handhold at a time', and to be guided to a point where they felt safe and had regained their confidence.
It used to be said that death, sex and politics were subjects that people were not confident or happy discussing, nowadays it's said by psychiatrists to be death and what we earn that is taboo.
In the face of a pandemic, should we as Christians keep silent? Now, more than ever, we have something important to contribute to today's conversations. Our faith is based upon the historical event of Jesus rising from the dead. On that first Easter morning a fully dead Jesus became fully alive. Consequently, on the subject of death and life we have important news to share with an anxious and worried world.
The God of Love we meet in Jesus has defeated death. As St Paul said, there is nothing in all creation that can separate us from that love. Not height nor depths or in today's world not politics, sex, what we earn, death or anything else. Let's get that good news out there, not by recklessly disregarding people's fear and anxiety, but gently and carefully helping them to meet the one who takes all our fears away, guides us safely step by step and whose assurance and love is eternal.
Church Family News
St Peter's Church Tower 'Open Day'
St Peter's Bellringers are, as mentioned in the last newsletter, hosting a Tower Open Day. This will be held on Sunday 29th August from 1.30pm - 3.30pm in a distanced and covid appropriate manner.
Ringing the bells doesn't require strength but needs patience and enthusiasm to learn - and you do need to be happy with climbing the stairs to the Bell Tower! If you are interested why not contact Graham Jenkins for more information on 07840 468688 or leave a message with the Parish Office on 01625 827625 or email@example.com
This Week's Worship
Sunday 10.00am Family Service at CoRe
Sunday 10.30am Morning Worship at St Peter's
Wednesday 10.30am Holy Communion at St Peter's
There is no Reflective Worship at 4.30pm in August
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, Zoom Code 859 930 994
10.30am Holy Dusters, St Peter's
10.00am -12noon Private Prayer, St Peter's
Next Sunday Wild Church will be a Wild Baptism at 10.30am
Sunday service at CoRe is Holy Communion at10.00am
Sunday Service at St John's is Holy Baptism at 11.00am
What will it be like if I come to church now the regulations have been replaced by guidelines?
The Services are colour coded and the difference between the Services is now greater than it was. At every service those welcoming on the door will be masked, track and trace will be in operation and we will increase ventilation by opening additional doors where and when we can.
At Green Services: Social distancing will be maintained and the expectation is that with the occasional exception everyone will wear masks throughout the service, there will be no singing, either by the congregation, choir or music group.
At Orange Services: Social distancing and mask wearing will be required by those sitting in the South side of the Church (the pulpit side). There will be singing led by choir or music group and the congregation are welcome to join in. Those wishing to sing can do so without masks but need to be seated on the the North side of the main aisle. At CoRe masks will be worn throughout the Service including when singing.
At Red Services there is no guarantee of space for social distancing or mask wearing. There will be singing lead by the music group. Those wishing to do so may wear masks.
Ninth Sunday After Trinity
Worship Services for Sunday 1st August
Sunday Bible Readings
For use with Worship at Home booklet and reflection.
10.30am Morning Worship
Jesus is Lord Creations voice proclaims it
Behold the lamb
I the lord of Sea and Sky
As we are gathered
Lord Jesus Christ
Ninth Sunday After Trinity
who sent your Holy Spirit
to be the life and light of your Church:
open our hearts to the riches of your grace,
that we may bring forth the fruit of the Spirit
in love and joy and peace;
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.
revive your Church in our day,
and make her holy, strong and faithful,
for your glory’s sake
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Prayer focus this week: In a normal year this week would be when the Church Choir have their Cathedral week and enjoy the opportunity of singing in a setting of glorious architecture and wonderful acoustics. Sadly with the pandemic this has again not been possible. Let's pray for the Church and Cathedral choirs this week, and for the work of the RSCM (Royal School of Church Music) and its projects including Voice for Life, summer singing courses, regional training days and their work to support choirs and church music as we move out of the pandemic.
Those who have asked for prayer:
Sheila and Frank Griffiths
Paul Nadin Salter
Those who have died
Prayers from yesterday, for today
You have made us in your image to reflect your goodness.
You have called us to use our gifts to build your kingdom.
Give us wisdom and help us to use our skills to your glory
and for the building up of the people we serve.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord,