Newsletter – 15 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 15th Second Sunday before Advent

Collect Second Sunday before Advent
Heavenly Father,
whose blessed Son was revealed to destroy the works of the devil and to make us the children of God and heirs of eternal life: grant that we, having this hope, may purify ourselves even as he is pure; that when he shall appear in power and great glory we may be made like him in his eternal and glorious kingdom; where he is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Readings
First Reading Zephaniah 1:7,12-18
The Lord has the power to bring down empires and destroy those who disobey his precepts but whether or not he does so depends upon our repentance and humility.

Second Reading 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
The day of the Lord will come and we must be ready. We are Christ’s followers, people of the light with knowledge of the truth, gifted with grace to support each other in his name.

Gospel St. Matthew 25:14-30
To be given talents and skills which are wasted through indolence or fear of taking a risk for God is a misuse of God’s bounty and deprives the world of creative goodness.

‘Reflection’ God’s kingdom is everywhere!
We are approaching the end of the Church’s year, in the season known as All Saints’ Tide. In this season, the liturgical colour red reminds me of sacrifice – that of saints past and present, and of lives given in war for our freedom and hope. But it also reminds me of the power of the Holy Spirit, as bestowed on the disciples at Pentecost, to unite us all, both in heaven and on earth, in the kingdom of our heavenly Father. All Saints’ Tide occurs at the time of year when memories are to the fore – memories of loved ones on All Souls’ Day and memories of those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in war so that others might live in freedom. It is a time of darkness and light, of sadness and joyful thanksgiving for lives well lived. But, in Christ, the darkness is turned into radiant resurrection light; the darkness can never prevail. And we are reminded of this, every time we come to the Eucharist and pray the Sanctus:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest.

Celtic spirituality refers to this time of year as a ‘thin’ time – a time when heaven and earth almost merge, with only a gossamer thread between them. I love this interpretation of the Communion of Saints. Indeed, I believe that every Eucharist is a ‘thin’ time, for this is where we join our loved ones on earth and in heaven around the holy table as we share in the body and blood of our risen Lord. There is a beautiful hymn which I think expresses wonderfully the glorious mystery and hope of All Saints’ Tide. It is called How Shall I sing that Majesty. In the last verse especially, we have a glimpse of the kingdom to which Christ has been calling us through our Gospel parables both last week and this:
Thou art a sea without a shore, a sun without a sphere; thy time is now and evermore, thy place is everywhere.
Like the bridesmaids who made sure there was enough oil in their lamps to greet the bridegroom and the slaves who honoured the trust placed in them by the property owner, let us be ready to greet our Lord when he comes; for his time is, indeed, now and evermore; his place is everywhere.

Post-Communion Prayer – Second Sunday before Advent
Gracious Lord, in this holy sacrament you give substance to our hope: bring us at the last to that fullness of life for which we long; through Jesus Christ our Saviour.
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:
    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
    Facebook Newquay Online Church
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/690831511862960/
    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.
  • Topic: Trevone Taize Service
    Time: Nov 18, 2020 06:00 PM London
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