Newsletter – 26 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 26th 2020 – Seventh Sunday

after Trinity (Proper 12)

Collect

Lord of all power and might,

the author and giver of all good things:

graft into our hearts the love of your name,

increase in us true religion,

nourish us with all goodness,

and of your great mercy keep us in the same;

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 1 Kings 3:5-12

Offered anything he desires by God, Solomon

chooses the wisdom to do right by his people

over personal gain, securing the nation for God.

New Testament Reading Romans 8:26-39

God has chosen us from the beginning to share his glory forever, and patiently waits for us to turn to him.

Gospel St Matthew 13:33; 44-52

In a series of parables Jesus shows how the

kingdom of heaven starts small and grows very big, is of great value, and embraces all sorts of people.

Reflection

‘Jesus put before the crowd another parable’  (Matthew 13.31)

One of the things that attracted people to Jesus was the fact that he spoke to them about things that they were able to understand and relate to: the mysteries of nature; events that were a familiar part of their daily lives; and the rewards and blessings that were offered to those who

were prepared to dedicate their lives to following the way that Jesus taught them.

In today’s Gospel reading Jesus provides five

images of the kingdom of God, or as Matthew puts it, the kingdom of heaven. In ancient times kings had absolute power over the people. They accumulated great wealth and could require military or other service without limit. The kingdom of Israel was different. Kings of Israel were not perceived to be gods, but were appointed by the one true God, and were subject to God’s law. However, by the time of Jesus things had changed. King Herod was a puppet of Rome and enforced Roman law above all else. The Jewish people longed for a return to God’s law and for God’s sovereignty over the whole world to be recognised.

But Jesus taught that the kingdom of God is not like that. Like the seed or the yeast in his

parables, he pointed out that you cannot see it – it is an integral part of society but you can see its actions. Just as a tiny seed can grow into a huge tree and provide shelter, or the invisible yeast can turn flour into bread to feed the hungry, the invisible kingdom of God brings shelter, food, healing and salvation. Where God rules, love and compassion replace might and oppression. This is the treasure or the pearl of great price.

The ability to demonstrate God’s love is worth

risking everything for. Jesus gave his life, and

countless Christians down through the ages have risked everything to further the kingdom of God. But Jesus provides us with one last image, and that is of the kingdom of God as a fishing net. This doesn’t know or care what it catches: plaice, sole, haddock, old boots, – anything that has been thrown into the sea is scooped up. So it is with the kingdom of God. Wherever the seed is allowed to grow, and wherever the yeast provides food for the hungry, people will experience the love of God. That goes for all sorts of people –

good or bad. Whether those people deserve the love of God or to enter the kingdom is no concern of ours, but Jesus says that they too are to be caught in the net of God’s kingdom. Our task is to point the way for them by revealing God’s love in our lives.

Post Communion Prayer

Lord God, whose Son is the true vine and the

source of life,

ever giving himself that the world may live:

may we so receive within ourselves

the power of his death and passion

that, in his saving cup,

we may share his glory and be made perfect in his love;

for he is alive and reigns, now and for ever.

SUGGESTIONS FOR PRAYER

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

Our Benefice and all its communities

Those losing jobs, or facing financial difficulty

Those with mental health problems

Any still in isolation or too anxious to go out

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.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

Sunday 26th Teatime Service 4.00pm 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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