Newsletter – 5 July 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 July 5th 2020 – Fourth Sunday after Trinity (Proper 9)

Collect

O God, the protector of all who trust in you,
without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy:
increase and multiply upon us your mercy:
that with you as our ruler and guide
we may so pass through things temporal
that we lose not our hold on things eternal:
grant this, heavenly Father, for our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake,
who is alive and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Readings

First reading:           Zechariah 9.9-12 

A prophecy of the Messiah

Second Reading      Romans 7. 15-25a

St Paul wrestles with the conflicts of human nature

Gospel:                    Matthew 11. 16-19, 25-30    Jesus says “Come to me, all you who are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”

Reflection for July 5th

There has been a quite a cluster of saints’ days recently: St Barnabas, John the Baptist, St Peter and St Paul, and St Thomas.  Each in their own way show us aspects of being a disciple of Christ.

Let us start with St Thomas.  He is a saint many of us can identify with: full of enthusiasm one moment and the next, full of doubts and fears. But Thomas’s doubts are recorded, not to shame him but to encourage us; Jesus says to him: “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.” 

Monday was the Feast of St Peter and St Paul. It is rather ironic that they share a feast day, because in this life they did not always see eye to eye. That is not surprising because they came from vastly different backgrounds: Simon Peter, the Galilean fisherman; Paul of Tarsus, born in a Greek city and educated in Jerusalem. But they had a common aim, spreading the Good News about Jesus, even if they at times disagreed how it should be done. Peter seems to have had a character like Thomas’s: impetuous, at times wavering, but in the end the one whom Jesus called “the Rock”

June 24th was the Birthday of John the Baptist, an even more different saint, an ascetic, a loner, an outsider: “The voice of one crying in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way of the Lord’”.

On June 12th we celebrated St Barnabas. His original name was Joseph, a native of Cyprus, but he was called Barnabas, “Son of consolation”, by the other disciples and described by St Luke as “a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith.” But although he and St Paul worked closely together at first, they had a sharp disagreement about John Mark, Barnabas’s cousin, and parted company, although Paul and Mark seemed to have been reconciled in later years.

So what a mixed bunch they were – just like a Christian congregation today! The enthusiast, the ascetic, the scholar, the plain man or woman, all at time fallible, but all with a desire to follow our Lord Jesus Christ – even if we too at times are not at one mind how to do it – and all having something to bring to our common purpose.

A lesson we draw from the saints is that there is no one way of being a Christian, nor does a Christian have to be one pattern of human being; if there is room for the desert loner, the consoling Cypriot, the enthusiastic Galilean, the scholarly Greek, then there is room for you and me and for all who call Jesus “Lord”.

Prayer
Lord God, the source of truth and love,
keep us faithful to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship.
united in prayer and the breaking of bread,
and one in joy and simplicity of heart,
in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Post Communion

Eternal God,

comfort of the afflicted and healer of the broken,

you have fed us at the table of life and hope:

teach us the ways of gentleness and peace,

that all the world may acknowledge

the kingdom of your Son 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 losing jobs, or facing financial difficulty

All who are still in isolation

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

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 Almighty God,

who alone makes us dwell in safety.

For all who are affected by coronavirus,

through illness or isolation or anxiety,

that they may find relief and recovery …

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

For those who are guiding our nation at this time, and shaping national policies that they may make wise decisions, and that all people will be considerate of others …

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

For doctors, nurses and medical researchers,

that through their skill and insights

many will be restored to health …

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

For a blessing on our homes and families, and our local communities, that all who still need help will be 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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