Newsletter – 10 May 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 Letter for May 10th – The fifth Sunday of Easter

(Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of VE Day)

The Collect

Almighty God,

who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ

have overcome death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life:

grant that, as by your grace going before us

you put into our minds good desires,

so by your continual help

we may bring them to good effect;

through Jesus Christ our risen Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

Readings

Acts 7.55-60 – The Martyrdom of Stephen
1 Peter 2.2-10 – “Living stones” in God’s Temple
John 14 1-14 – “In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places”

The week-end we are remembering VE Day, the end of the war in Europe in 1945. I am old enough to remember that day, if only because we had a holiday from school and my grandfather bought me my very first ice cream – something which was unobtainable during the war.

But not everyone was celebrating: one of our neighbours, whose son I played with every day, was in tears because (as my mother explained to me) her husband was one of the many who would not be returning from the war; peace was bought at a heavy price.

But today we remember the sacrifice of those who died and by coincidence our readings tell of another sacrifice – the death of Stephen, the first martyr for Christ, but the first of many, and sacrifice is at the heart of our faith: the self-sacrifice of our Lord on the Cross.

This week-end was supposed to be full of celebrations, most of which have had to be cancelled because of Covid-19. Another thing I remember about VE Day is all the church bells ringing – which had been silent throughout the war.

Today our bells are also silent, not to be heard again until this invisible enemy has been contained. So it is appropriate to remember also today all those who are working for us (in some cases at the risk of their health and even their life) to keep us safe and well during this present “war”, and let us not forget them when the crisis is past and the bells ring out again.

Post Communion prayer

Eternal God,

whose Son Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life:

grant us to walk in his way,

to rejoice in his truth,

and to share his risen life;

who is alive and reigns, now and for ever.

A CRY FOR PEACE AROUND THE WORLD

VE DAY 75TH ANNIVERSARY

Oyez Oyez Oyez

Citizen, one and all,

Please join this cry for peace, that you now hear from me.

Remember men and women, old and young, who died to make us free.

The women left at home to sit and wait.

They toiled in harsh conditions before dawn to very late.

Factories, farms, other essential jobs, the women were quick at learning.

They worked, some died, to keep the home fires burning.

As we remember this special day, do not forget that every day someone needs your aid,

Do not put away your poppies, letting your memories fade.

Celebrate with the knowledge that VE Day is also a time to remember,

Beyond the solemn wreaths of the 11th of November.

Let’s thank all those who have gone before, with their colours proudly unfurled.

Join us as united we say, “Peace to the World”

GOD SAVE THE QUEEN

SUGGESTIONS FOR PRAYER

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

Our Benefice and all its communities

Schools, teachers, children and their families

Those in financial difficulty

All who are in isolation, especially those 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

Online video services:

www.churchofengland.org   Every Sunday

www.trurodiocese.org.uk   Friday (VE Day)

                                             & Sunday

www.kerdh.co.uk for readings, prayers & reflections.

Facebook pages:

United Benefice of Padstow, St Merryn St Issey

St Columb Minor & St. Colan Parish Churches

United Benefice of West Kerrier

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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