Newsletter – 5 April 2020

Sunday Letter

Benefice of Padstow & Trevone, St Merryn, & St Issey with Little Petherick

During this extraordinary time, with our churches locked and public worship suspended, we thought our congregations might appreciate a emailed letter with the prayers and readings for the Sunday and a short devotional piece, as a way of keeping us together and sharing any thoughts we may have.

Sunday 5th April – Palm Sunday

The Liturgy of the Palms

Reading           Matthew 21. 1-11  “Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord”

 Collect of the day

Almighty and everlasting God,
who in your tender love towards the human race
sent your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ to take upon him our flesh
and to suffer death upon the cross:
grant that we may follow the example of his patience and humility,
and also be made partakers of his resurrection;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Readings

Isaiah 50. 4-9a            The suffering Servant

Philippians 2.5-11       “Christ Jesus…humbled         himself and became obedient to the point     of death -even death on a cross.”

Matthew 26.14 to the end of chapter 27                     The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ

“Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, have you forsaken me?”

However often we have heard those words read privately or declaimed in church, they never fail to shock, as they must have shocked the first disciples, as they recorded them in their original form as well as in the Greek translation.  What can they mean? Was Jesus mistaken about his calling and his person? Was Jesus really deserted by his heavenly Father?

However we are to understand them, there are many who have echoed that cry of utter despair, who have felt themselves forsaken by human beings  and by God alike. In this present crisis there will be some who also want to shout out, “My God, why have you forsaken me?” as they struggle to breathe or mourn the loss of someone dear to them.

Not all the Gospel writers could come to terms with those words: neither Luke nor John record them, but we should be grateful that Mark and Matthew did, however painful it is to hear them, for they assure us that there was not one part of our suffering that our Lord did not share with us, including the dreadful sense of abandonment by God that many a man and woman has felt. That cry represented the depth of the “humbling” that Paul refers to in Philippians; that Jesus, from being “in the form of God”, “emptied himself”, and “became obedient…even to death on a cross.”

But, as has often been pointed out, Jesus’s words are the beginning of Psalm 22, which ends on a note of triumph: “You have answered me…and in the midst of the congregation will I praise you.”

Or as Paul puts it: “God has highly exalted him…that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend…and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

In the midst of our worry and fear, let us remember those words.

Post Communion prayer

Lord Jesus Christ, you humbled yourself in taking the form of a servant, and in obedience died on the cross for our salvation: give us the mind to follow you and to proclaim you as Lord and King, to the glory of God the Father. Amen.

SUGGESTIONS FOR PRAYER

Workers in health and social care, all emergency services keyworkers, volunteers.

Our Benefice and all its communities

Schoolchildren and their families

Those in isolation alone

Church – worldwide, Diocese and Benefice

World – Peace

            All affected by Coronavirus

Suffering – all who are sick, anxious, lonely,bereaved

     

For information:

Radio4   8.10am   Sunday Worship

BBC1  10.45am   Sunday Worship

www.churchofengland.org   9.00am Sunday

‘Virtual service’ available on Facebook but also afterwards as online video for those not on Facebook.

www.kerdh.co.uk  Facebook page: St Columb Minor & St. Colan

Parish Churches & St. Columb Minor Church Community Page

Facebook page:  United Benefice of Padstow,

St Merryn St Issey

PRAYERS FOR THIS TIME

Keep us, good Lord,

under the shadow of your mercy

in this time of uncertainty and distress.

Sustain and support the anxious and fearful, and lift up all who are brought low;

that we may rejoice in your comfort

knowing that nothing can separate us

from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.

Let us pray to the Lord,

who is our refuge and stronghold.

For the health and well-being of our nation,

that all who are fearful and anxious

may be at peace and free from worry …

Lord, hear us,

Lord, graciously hear us.

For the isolated and housebound, that we may be alert to their needs, and care for them in their vulnerability …

Lord, hear us,

Lord, graciously hear us.

For our homes and families, our schools and young people, and all in any kind of need or distress …

Lord, hear us,

Lord, graciously hear us.

For a blessing on our local community, that our neighbourhoods may be places of trust and friendship, where all are known and cared for …

Lord, hear us,

Lord, graciously hear us.

We commend ourselves,

and all for whom we pray,

to the mercy and protection of God.

Merciful Father,

accept these prayers

for the sake of your Son,

our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Amen.

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