Newsletter – 12 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 12th 2020 – Fifth Sunday

after Trinity (Proper 10)

Collect

Almighty and everlasting God,
by whose Spirit the whole body of the Church
is governed and sanctified:
hear our prayer which we offer for all your faithful people,
that in their vocation and ministry
they may serve you in holiness and truth
to the glory of your name;
through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

Readings

First Reading             Isaiah 55:10-13

God promises that through his word he will accomplish all that he purposes for his creation which, in turn, will celebrate its transformation with joy.

Second Reading:      Romans 8:1-11

Paul tells us how God’s Spirit of life frees us from the guilt of our sins. This Spirit dwells within us now, enabling us to walk in God’s way.

Gospel                        St. Matthew 13:1-9,18-23

Jesus tells the parable of the sower to a crowd of people and explains its meaning to his disciples.

Reflection for July 12th

The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands have moulded the dry land  (Psalm 95, v 5)

One of the more positive aspects of lockdown is that it has released our inner resourcefulness and creativity in often surprising ways.  One of my favourite stories is of the retired land surveyor and occasional boat builder from Paignton. Over the past three months he has completed the construction of a beautiful 16foot wooden dinghy in his home!  As a result of his adding a front deck to the original design, getting it out of the house entailed the removal of his patio door, including the door frame, but Barnacle completed her recent inaugural voyage in stormy seas with flying colours! 

Today is Sea Sunday – the culmination of Seafarers’ Awareness Week which began on 6th July. The Mission to Seafarers will today broadcast its first online global Sea Sunday Service, via the Mission’s YouTube channel and website. As the Mission states, this will be ‘an opportunity to focus on the world’s seafarers and let them know that they are celebrated and valued.’  During the Covid-19 pandemic, the Mission has been working very hard to reach out to seafarers through its ‘Flying Angel ’and Chat to a Chaplain’ campaigns, to name but two. Here in our Benefice, we hold especially in our prayers today our sea cadets and Revd Diane, District Chaplain, and Revd Fiona, Chaplain to Padstow Sea Cadets. We give heartfelt thanks, too, for all maritime safety and rescue services by land, sea and air – our Coastguard, Coastal Watch teams, Lifeguards, Lifeboats and crews, Rescue Helicopters and many others, including selfless members of the public who risk their lives to help those ‘in peril on the sea’.

 Stories of both sea and land abound in the Bible. As the psalmist says, ‘The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands have moulded the dry land.’ In our churches, the word ‘nave’ comes from the Latin navis, meaning a ship, and many church roofs are in the shape of an upturned boat’s hull.  Like Barnacle, we are likely to encounter storms as well as calm waters during our lifetime’s voyage. But our Gospel reading reminds us that faith in our heavenly Father will be our strength and stay. In the much loved parable of the sower, Jesus shows how the tending and nurturing of our faith will lead to its steady growth and abundance – an infinite source of love, strength and joy to help us weather the fiercest storms.


Post Communion

Grant, O Lord, we beseech you,
that the course of this world may be so peaceably ordered by your governance,
that your Church may joyfully serve you
 in all godly quietness;
through 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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