Newsletter – 20 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 20th – Fifteenth Sunday

after Trinity (Proper 20)


God, who in generous mercy

sent the Holy Spirit upon your Church

in the burning fire of your love:
grant that your people

may be fervent in the fellowship of the gospel
that, always abiding in you,
they may be found steadfast in faith and active in service;
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


First Reading             Jonah 3:10–4:end

Jonah is given a lesson in the love and mercy of God, which know no boundaries.

Second Reading:      Philippians 1:21-end

Paul makes the Gospel his top priority, and urges the Christians in Philippi to do the same.

Gospel:                     St. Matthew 20:1-16

In God’s kingdom, God’s grace is not just for those who have earned it.

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

According to your need

It wouldn’t work in a market place; the unions would call a strike; the next day

Everyone would come at five o’clock and work one hour for a full day’s pay!

You’d be bankrupt in no time; it’s no way to run a business.

But it’s not about running a successful business it’s about the Kingdom of God; God is like the owner of this imagined vineyard.

Different values

The one-hour workers had the same needs as the others; all needed to work to make ends meet.

He cared about them, their wives and children; he understood their needs; and he loved them – you can’t divide love like sharing a cake; in a family of five, six or seven, each child is loved as much as if he was the only one.

The Kingdom of God has different values; the first is last, and the last is first; the poor have priority – a bias to redress balance; and there is no sneaking jealousy of those who seem more fortunate.

The Kingdom of God is a family, a community of love.

A church should emulate the Kingdom:  of course it must be run wisely and efficiently, but not to make a profit, even though they think we’re always wanting money!  It is not a business, nor dependent on market forces; a church is a community of love.

The principle from the parable is very clear; from each according to his opportunity, (with so much unused ability it has to be ‘opportunity’) to each according to his need.

There is bad news

‘Can’t I do what I want with my own money?’ he said.

No, you can’t!  It’s not your money – for, if you are Christ’s, your money is his.

You are no longer an owner but a steward – of all that you think you own!  All has to be used for him and his Kingdom.

But there is good news

In the Kingdom of God you are given not what you have earned, nor what you deserve, but what you need.

It would be terrible if you got what you deserve, but you don’t – like the vineyard owners with his workers, the Father is waiting to give you what he sees you really need.

And if you accept his offering you’ll be back to work for him tomorrow.

Post Communion Prayer

Keep, O Lord, your Church,

with your perpetual mercy;
and, because without you

our human frailty cannot but fall,
keep us ever by your help

from all things hurtful,
and lead us to all things

profitable to our salvation;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen


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

Colleges and students

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

Radio4   8.10am   Sunday Worship

Online video services: 

            (Video Recorded Services page) 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

Sunday 20th Teatime Service 4.00pm by Zoom

Email Revd Fiona for link


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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