Newsletter – 9 August 2020

Sunday Letter

Benefice of Padstow & Trevone,

St. Merryn, & St Issey with Little Petherick

During this extraordinary time, we thought our congregations might appreciate an 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 August 9th 2020 – Ninth Sunday

after Trinity (Proper 14)

Collect

Almighty God,

who sent your Holy Spirit
to be the life and light of your Church:
open our hearts to the riches of your grace,
that we may bring forth the fruit of the Spirit

in love and joy and peace;
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

First Reading            1 Kings 19:9-18

Elijah has just demonstrated the power of God but now faces the wrath of Jezebel, who threatens his life. He flees to Mount Horeb where he encounters God.

Second reading         Romans 10:5-15

Paul deals with the position of the Jews now that the new covenant in Christ has come. Here he asserts that faith in Christ brings salvation.

Gospel                        St. Matthew 14:22-33

Having just fed the five thousand, Jesus sends them home and instructs his disciples to set off across the lake without him, as he goes to pray. In the early hours of the morning, the disciples are shocked by a staggering sight approaching them on the water.

Reflection

‘The sound of silence’

According to a survey which I saw recently, two of the most appreciated aspects of life in lockdown have been the rediscovered joys of our gardens and of silence.  Not that the silence has been without sound!  It has enabled us to hear the joyful song of the birds in their daily round, the buzzing of the bees and the carefree laughter of children at play; but, perhaps, too, it has given us time for reflection. Back in the early 1960s, a twenty-one year old Paul Simon wrote these words:                                              Hello darkness, my old friend                                                                                             

I’ve come to talk with you again                                                                                          

Because a vision softly creeping                                                                                         

Left its seeds while I was sleeping.                                                                                     

And the vision that was planted in my brain                                                                      

Still remains                                                                                                                     

Within the sound of silence.                                                                                                  

 He was musing on the conflict between spiritual and material values in our modern world.                                                                                                                                     

And this is something which is occupying Elijah, as he seeks in the darkness of a cave to hear God’s voice. In obedience, he goes out and stands on the mountain ‘for the Lord is about to pass by.’ The loud and flamboyant gestures of wind, earthquake and fire follow, but the Lord is not in any of them. In the end, it is in the ‘sound of sheer silence’ that the Lord comes to him and gives him the spiritual guidance he longs for. 

When I was at theological college, we were requiredas part of our daily routine to spend twenty minutes alone in ‘sheer silence’. Some would spend that time in Church before the Blessed Sacrament in the half hour before Evening Prayer.  But, wherever we chose to be, we were able to ‘wait on God in stillness’ as the Psalmist puts it (Psalm 62), and be renewed in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Perhaps one of the most wonderful gifts of silence is that, in that sacred space, we can be reminded that ‘the word of faith that we proclaim’ (Romans 10: 8) is, indeed, near us, in our very being, to love, guide, strengthen and comfort us in our lives day by day.

Post Communion Prayer

Holy Father,

who gathered us here

around the table of your Son
to share this meal

with the whole household of God:
in that new world

where you reveal the fullness of your peace,
gather people of every race and language

to share in the eternal banquet
of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

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, the people of Beirut.

Radio4   8.10am   Sunday Worship

Online video services:

www.churchofengland.org 

www.trurocathedral.org 

            (Video Recorded Services page)   

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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