Newsletter – 8 November 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 November 8th Third Sunday before Advent (Remembrance Sunday)

Collect Third Sunday before Advent
Almighty Father,
whose will is to restore all things
in your beloved Son, the King of all:
govern the hearts and minds of those in authority,
and bring the families of the nations
divided and torn apart by the ravages of sin,
to be subject to his just and gentle rule:
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.

First Reading Wisdom 6:12-16
We are given a poetic picture of how Wisdom, which can be thought of as God’s Spirit reflecting his divine goodness, eagerly seeks for those who long to know her.

Second Reading 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Paul encourages followers of Christ to keep alive their hope for the coming of the Lord and the resurrection of the dead who, with those still living, will be gathered to be with the Lord for ever.

Gospel St. Matthew 25:1-13
In a parable about foolish and wise bridesmaids, Jesus warns his followers to remain prepared and waiting for his coming so that they will always be ready to be welcomed into the heavenly banquet.

Remembering – in a different way.
In common with the British Legion and churches across the country we were all making preparations for Remembrance this Sunday, whether in church or at a War Memorial. It would have been very different to previous years, with no parades allowed, very limited numbers in our churches, no more than six in a public space and no mass wreath laying, but it would still have been the very best that we could do.

I think the wartime generations would have understood that concept – doing the best that is possible in difficult times. Perhaps the stoicism and selflessness that they displayed is an example for people today.
They were united in the war effort. They accepted the long separations from loved ones, the rationing, the restrictions on their freedoms, the need for people to change employment and take on different roles as was required. Those who served in the armed forces gave up years of their lives and many gave up life itself for the sake of country and their fellow human beings. After the war the returning servicemen faced unemployment, often having to move far from family to find a job and even then not the job they would like. Many suffered from what we now call post-traumatic stress disorder, which for a long time was not understood or treated effectively.
How can we honour the memory of those brave servicemen, and their families, within all the lockdown rules that we have today? At first, I did consider taking my exercise walk so that I could just happen to be at the Memorial at 1100 on Sunday, or in Padstow at 1100 on Armistice Day. But then I realised that I have no more right to do that than you, or anyone, and there are probably a good many people with the same idea. Being part of a large gathering of individuals, however ‘unintentional’, is surely not the right thing to do at the moment. The rules are there for a reason, for all of us to follow – not for us to find a way around. It won’t be for ever and it is for the good of everyone. It’s a shared responsibility.
So I won’t be in those places at 1100. But I most certainly will be remembering all those who suffered or died in times of war and in conflicts since. Sacrifices they made so that others could have a better future. I will be remembering – standing on my doorstep for two minutes of silence.

Post-Communion Prayer – Third Sunday before Advent
God of peace,
whose Son Jesus Christ proclaimed the kingdom
and restored the broken to wholeness of life:
look with compassion on the anguish of the world,
and by your healing power
make whole both people and nations;
through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
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 – Our Armed Forces
    Suffering – all who are sick, anxious, lonely
  • refugees and all who are homeless

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Wednesday Morning Prayer 9.00am 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.

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