Newsletter – 6 September 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 September 6th – Thirteenth Sunday

after Trinity (Proper 18)

Collect

Almighty God,

who called your Church to bear witness

that you were in Christ reconciling the world to yourself:

help us to proclaim the good news of your love,

that all who hear it may be drawn to you;

through him who has lifted up the cross,

and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Readings

First Reading             Ezekiel 33:7-11

God admonishes our sinfulness but yearns for us to return to him.

Second Reading       Romans 13:8-14

The return of Christ makes it a matter of urgency to we clothe ourselves in Christ and then we shall have no reason to be afraid.

Gospel                        St. Matthew 18:15-20

Jesus urges us to do all we can to bring about forgiveness and reconciliation. Where we are united in purpose and prayer, Jesus is with us, working through us.

Reflection

‘Like a candle flame’

My Spiritual Director once said that he hoped heaven would be full of candlelight and plainsong.  I thought that sounded wonderful, and, while we have our own preferred musical tastes, I think most of us agree that there is something very beautiful, calming, and healing about candlelight. Graham Kendrick movingly reflects this in the words of his Candle Song:

Like a candle flame, flickering small in our darkness, uncreated light shines through infant eyes. 

Stars and angels sing, yet the earth sleeps in shadows; can this tiny spark set a world on fire?

Yet his light shall shine from our lives, spirit blazing, as we touch the flame of his holy fire.

A flickering candle flame seems to join heaven and earth in a seamless whole.  Its tear-shape reminds me of Christ’s suffering and of his sorrow for the suffering of humankind; yet its bright light radiates far and wide, transforming sorrow into joy and hope.

Our second reading today, from Paul’s Letter to the Romans, reminds us of our much loved Collect for Advent Sunday.  Paul writes: ‘The night is far gone,the day is near.  Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armour of light.’ 

Last week may not have been the beginning of the Church’s year, but it was certainly the beginning of the new academic year for schools, including those in our own Benefice.  The past five months have been ones of unforeseen turbulence and disruption, not least for the young people in education. Yet throughout the darkness of unknowing, there have been countless acts of selfless giving and kindness, where the commandment to love our neighbour as ourselves has been reflected time and time again.

Last week, a member of staff from a busy retail outlet told me that they were all beginning to flag a little, but that their spirits had soared that morning when a regular customer had come in, bearing small gifts for each member of staff. As we carefully continue our journey out of lockdown, may the light of Christ ‘shine from our lives’, radiating joy and peace and hope; and, above all, love for our neighbour and, yes, for ourselves.

Post Communion Prayer

God our creator,

you feed your children with the true manna,

the living bread from heaven:

let this holy food sustain us through our earthly pilgrimage

until we come to that place

were hunger and thirst are no more;

through 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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