Newsletter 30 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 30th 2020 – Twelfth Sunday

after Trinity (Proper 17)

Collect

Almighty and everlasting God,

You are always more ready to hear that we to pray

And to give more than either we desire or deserve:

pour down on us the abundance of your mercy,

forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid

and giving us those good things which we are not worthy to ask

but through the merits of mediation

of Jesus Christ 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          Jeremiah 15:15-21

When we agree to serve the Lord according to his law then he becomes our rescuer and people turn to us because they hear God’s voice speaking through us.

Second Reading       Romans 12:9-21

True disciples must try to purify their lives, placing all their faith in God to help them fulfil the requirements of Jesus’ teaching. It is not easy, but it is righteous living which overcomes evil.

Gospel                        St. Matthew 16:21-28

Disciples of Jesus must prepare themselves to live a different kind of life, in which the world’s values are turned upside down. Wealth and ease are sacrificed for the greater joy of service and eternal life.

Reflection

In last Sunday’s Gospel we heard about a high point in St Peter’s life: his declaration that Jesus was the Messiah, the Son of God, and our Lord’s commission to him to be the rock on which the Church would be founded. In today’s reading we hear that Peter still had a good deal to learn what being the Messiah meant.  We cannot blame Peter too much; nearly everyone at that time thought the Messiah would come as an earthly leader, defeat Israel’s enemies and restore Israel as a political power. But those who had read carefully the prophets, especially Isaiah and Jeremiah, would have known that that was not God’s plan; the Messiah was to be God’s “suffering servant”, as Isaiah portrays him, with a ministry not just to Israel, but to everyone.

This was the message that Jesus began to give to his disciples, but it cannot have been welcome news to them; a messiah as king, with earthly glories and riches to dispense, that was one thing, but did they really want to follow a messiah who was to suffer and to die?

So Peter and the rest of the disciples had a lot to learn, and Peter was to learn the lesson the hard way. First he gets a stinging rebuke from Jesus: “Get behind me, Satan!”  Only a short time he had been hailed as “The Rock”; now he was “Satan”; this must have hurt.  But he had to learn, as we have to learn, that being a disciple of Jesus comes at a cost: “if any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me”.           

Being the “Rock” was not a smooth path for Peter in the rest of his life: we all remember how he denied even knowing Jesus at Jesus’s trial, how he “wept bitterly” when he realised what he had done; how he was forgiven by Jesus and restored to his place after the Resurrection; how he had a vison that convinced him that Jesus’s message was for all humankind, but then went back on that until he was “withstood to his face” by St Paul; and then at the end of his life he “glorified God” as a martyr, as recorded in the last chapter of St John’s Gospel. There is much else one could say about Peter – he was a fisherman, he was married (Jesus healed his mother-in-law) and St Paul records that Peter’s wife accompanied him on his missionary journeys; in fact, Peter was a fairly typical person, which gives us all hope and encouragement, because if Jesus could choose and commission such a man as “the Rock”, then with faith and trust in him, we too can be, if not ”The Rock”, at least “living stones” to build up the Church of God.

Post Communion Prayer

God of all mercy,

in this Eucharist you have set aside our sins

and given us your healing:

grant that we who are made whole in Christ

may bring that healing to this broken world,

in the name 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

Schools-teachers, children and parents

Church – worldwide, Diocese and Benefice

World – peace, equality and justice for all

            – those affected by Coronavirus

Suffering – all who are sick, anxious, lonely

– refugees and all who are homeless

– 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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