Newsletter – 14 June 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 June 14th 2021 – First Sunday

after Trinity (Proper 6)

Collect

O God, the strength of all those who put their trust in you,
mercifully accept our prayers
and, because through the weakness of our mortal nature
we can do no good thing without you,
grant us the help of your grace,
that in the keeping of your commandments
we may please you both in will and deed;
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.  Amen

Readings

Old Testament Reading       Exodus 19:2-8a

As they journey through the wilderness, God promises that if the Israelites obey him he will make them his most treasured possession. They promise, wholeheartedly, to do all that God says.

New Testament Reading      Romans 5:1-8

The knowledge that Christ died for us while we were still helpless sinners should lead us to trust him in all things.

Gospel                   St. Mathew 9:35 – 10:8

Jesus gives his disciples the power to cast out evil spirits, to heal the sick freely amongst their own community, while spreading the Good News.

Reflection

The hospitality of the Trinity

I rather think that my art teacher at school didn’t regard me as a student whose hidden masterpiece might turn up on Fake or Fortune!  Nevertheless, I love art and its capacity to reveal spiritual truths in a way which words perhaps cannot.  We are now in the Trinity season, that part of the year in which, over twenty-one Sundays this year, we follow the earthly ministry of God through the Word made flesh, Jesus our Redeemer. And our guide throughout these Sundays is the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, whom Jesus promised to send to his children when he himself returned to the Father.

Again and again at this time of year, I find myself seeking out the beautiful            Fifteenth Century icon ‘The Trinity’ by Andrei Rublev.  Rublev’s icon is also known as ‘The hospitality of Abraham’, recalling Abraham’s hospitality to the three angels when they visited him at the oaks of Mamre (Genesis 18). The three figures in the icon have also been widely interpreted as depicting the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, seated round a table in a Trinity of spiritual unity, mutual love and humility.  The wonderful aspect of the icon for me is that there is a vacant space at the table, immediately in front of the goblet – or chalice? 

Last Thursday, we celebrated the Feast of Thanksgiving for the Institution of Holy Communion (Corpus Christi – the Body of Christ). And in today’s Gospel we are reminded of our call as disciples of Christ to spread the good news of the Kingdom.  Andrei Rublev’s icon invites us to share in the feast of God’s ever present hospitality and love, and then to go out in the power of his Spirit.  His call on our lives may take many different forms, but at its centre is the most gracious invitation to come and eat at his table, to receive his unconditional and infinite love and to be nurtured into the full potential which is uniquely present within each one of us.

The Trinity: Andrei Rublev

Post Communion Prayer

Eternal Father,
we thank you for nourishing us
with these heavenly gifts:
may our communion strengthen us in faith,
build us up in hope,
and make us grow in love;
for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen

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

Radio4   8.10am   Sunday Worship

BBC1   10.45am   Sunday Worship

Online video services:

www.churchofengland.org 

www.trurodiocese.org.uk     

www.trurocathedral.org             

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

Wednesday Morning Prayer 9.00am by Zoom

Email Revd Fiona for link   giorlaf@outlook.com

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, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

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

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

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

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

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, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

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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