Newsletter – 13 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 13th – Fourteenth Sunday
after Trinity (Proper 19)


Collect
Almighty God,
whose only Son has opened for us
a new and living way into your presence:
give us pure hearts and steadfast wills
to worship you in spirit and in truth;
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 Genesis 50:15-21
God knows when others try to harm us. But if we can forgive them, then God can turn a sorrowful situation into good – for us and for them

Second Reading Romans 14:1-12
Paul deals here with practical aspects of the Christian life. Here he appeals for Christians to bear with their brothers and sisters who have weaker consciences.

Gospel St. Matthew 18:21-35
Jesus has been teaching his disciples about how to deal with Christians who sin against them. Peter wants to know how often he should forgive such people.

Reflection by the Revd. Ken Taylor based on today’s Gospel reading.

Father, Forgive
A Rabbi would advise, ‘Forgive a repeated sin three times’, so Peter thought seven times was doing very well;
But Jesus would have no limits – ‘There must be no end to your forgiving’.

His first words from the cross was forgiveness.
He saw it as the essential heart of the Kingdom, the only way for people to live together in peace.

He stressed its importance with the only couplet in his prayer: if you are not willing to forgive another your heart is in no condition to receive forgiveness.
The barrier against your neighbour is also a barrier against God.

Forgiving – It can be very hard to forgive another especially when you’ve been very deeply hurt; and even harder to forget – much easier to keep score of the wrongs we have suffered, festering deep in our memory, filed for future use; easier to say, ‘I’ll never forgive him for that’, but then you yourself will never be forgiven.

Forgiven – First, you yourself need to be forgiven;
God is ready, waiting, willing, wanting to forgive anyone, anything, everything.

It can be hard to accept forgiveness but it is the only way to the wholeness which is our deepest need.

It means admitting our fault and we are so good at making excuses and making allowances for ourselves;

But we need to acknowledge our failure, honestly confess our neglect, our disobedience, our sin.
And we shall be made whole, given a new beginning, a restored relationship with God.

Forgiving – Now that you are forgiven this parable is for such as you.
It contrasts the astronomical debt that was cancelled with the trifling amount so violently demanded.
How he deals with you is how you should deal with others.

Give as good as you have been given.

Post Communion Prayer
Lord God, the source of truth and love,
Keep us faithful to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship,
United in prayer and the breaking of bread,
And one in joy and simplicity of heart,
In 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:
http://www.churchofengland.org
http://www.trurocathedral.org
(Video Recorded Services page)

http://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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