Newsletter – 18 October 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 October 18th –  St. Luke

Collect

Almighty God

you called Luke the physician,

whose praise is in the gospel,

to be an evangelist and physician of the soul:

by the grace of the Spirit

and through the wholesome medicine of the gospel,

give your church the same love and power to heal;

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                      Isaiah 35: 3-6

The prophet tells of how weakness can be turned to strength.

Second Reading     2 Timothy 4: 5-17

St. Paul writes to Timothy to tell him of the progress of the followers of Jesus.  “Only Luke is with me”  – someone very special in the proclamation of the gospel.

Gospel                      St. Luke 10: 1-9

Jesus sends his disciples out into the unknown in preparation for his ministry.

Reflection.

The beloved physician

I was deeply moved recently to hear of the garden created outside the Intensive Care Unit of Derriford Hospital to help in the rehabilitation of patients and to provide a space also for loved ones and staff.

The first of its kind in the country, and known lovingly as The Secret Garden, it played a crucial part in the recovery of explorer Robin Hanbury-Tenison who was in a coma for five weeks with Covid-19. Now he is fundraising for a similar garden at Treliske Hospital so that others might experience the healing power of nature.

I feel sure that this is a project of which Luke, the beloved physician (Colossians 4: 14), would have fully approved.  Almost all that we know of him comes from the New Testament. Believed by scholars to be the author both of Acts and of the gospel which bears his name, he writes with an artistic attention to detail and with a compassion which reflect a love and care for those in need and for the marginalised.  The account of Christ’s birth and the much loved, and challenging, parables of the Good Samaritan and the Prodigal Son are to be found in his gospel.  In both these parables, the deep love and mercy of Christ shine through.

Luke’s emphasis on poverty, prayer and healing is reflected in today’s Gospel account of the mission of the seventy evangelists:

Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals.…Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you; cure the sick who are there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near you.’

Gently and humbly, Luke reminds us that the kingdom of God is all around us, in the healing beauty of his creation, in the call on us to spread the good news of the gospel and to tend those in need, and, above all, in the infinite and unconditional love of Christ for each one of us.  A beloved physician indeed.

Post-Communion Prayer for St. Luke 

Lord God, the source of truth and love,

keep us faithful to the apostle’s 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

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:

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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