Newsletter – 28 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 28th 2020 – Third Sunday

after Trinity (Proper 8)


Almighty God,

you have broken the tyranny of sin

and have sent your Spirit of your Son into our hearts whereby we call you Father:

give us grace to dedicate your freedom to your service,

that we and all your 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.  Amen.


Old Testament reading     Jeremiah 28: 5-9  

Jeremiah witnesses the false prophet Hannah

warning that prophesies of peace will only come

to pass when the Lord has sent a real prophet.

New Testament reading    Romans 6: 12-end

Paul urges his listeners not to succumb to sinful

ways, since they are not under law but under

grace, and God’s free gift of grace is eternal life

in Christ.

Gospel – St Matthew 10: 40 – end

Jesus explains that anyone who receives one

of his disciples, receives Jesus himself, and by

extension, his heavenly Father.               


“Whoever welcomes you welcomes me”

Last week Jesus warned the disciples that following him was not going to be easy, but right at the end of this discourse, we find today’s verses.

They tell of the people who hear the Gospel message and find in it a ring of truth, or at least be prepared to give it the benefit of the doubt.  They accept the disciples as ‘prophets’, those who speak the word of the Lord, and who tell the truth about God and his people.  They invite them in and give them water to refresh them after their journey.

The result, says, Jesus is that in receiving the messengers they also receive the one who sent them.  A new community is formed, which consists not only of those who accept the message of the Gospel and of those who preach it.  This is the community of the kingdom of heaven, and God is there.  It is a prophetic community which stands the tradition of the prophets of old who not only proclaimed the word of the Lord in judgement and blessing, but urged the people to lives of justice and generosity.  So in the new community the thirsty were given water to drink, and the spiritual bond results in practical care.

The community of the followers of Jesus is a precious thing.  In it we find new sisters and brothers.  In it we enjoy the presence of God.  Strengthened by it, we are able to create other communities in which God’s children can be loved and cared for.  It can attract others to want to know more about God, and at its best it is prophetic, proclaiming the message of salvation and working for justice for the weakest in society. As members of that community, we can know that we truly belong in the kingdom of heaven.

Post Communion

O God whose beauty is beyond our imagining

and whose power we cannot comprehend:

show us your glory as far as we can grasp it,

and shield us from knowing more than we can bear

until we look upon you without fear;

through Jesus Christ our Saviour.  Amen.


Tomorrow is the Feast of St. Peter, which is one of the principle dates when Ordinations take place in the Church of England.  Under normal circumstances this would mean that ordinations in this Diocese would be taking place tomorrow.  However, Coronavirus is preventing this from happening this year.  This means that Fiona’s ordination to the Priesthood will not be able to take place until later in the year, which must be a great disappointment to her.  Please remember her in your prayers at this time, and give thanks for all she has been doing in this Benefice during the Transition.

Please also remember our assistant priest whose mind’s day falls tomorrow:

Revd Canon Michael Fisher – Ordained Lichfield Cathedral 1963.

Revd Diane Powell – Ordained Truro Cathedral 1988.

Revd Katie Kirby – Ordained Chester Cathedral 2007.


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, equality and justice for all

             – those affected by Coronavirus

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

Radio4   8.10am   Sunday Worship

BBC1   11.45am   Sunday Worship

Online video services:      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

Sunday 28th Teatime Service 4.00pm by Zoom

Email Revd Fiona for links


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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