Newsletter – 29 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 29th

First Sunday of Advent

Advent Candle Ceremony: The First Sunday of Advent

First Candle represents the’ Candle of Hope’

All:  We have this Advent Ring to remind us of the Coming of Jesus, the Light of the World.

           Sing: The holly and the ivy,

                     Are dancing in a ring,

                     Round the coloured Advent candles

                     And the shining Christmas King.

Said together: (as first candle is lit)

All:  We light this candle to remind us of God’s people who in every age watch for His Coming.

Sing:           And one is for God’s people

                   In every age and day.

                    We are watching for His coming,

                    We believe and we obey.

Collect

Almighty God,

give us grace to cast away the works of darkness
and to put on the armour of light,
now in the time of this mortal life,
in which your Son Jesus Christ

came to us in great humility;
that on the last day,

when he shall come again in his glorious majesty
to judge the living and the dead,

we may rise to the life immortal;
through him who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever. Amen.

First Reading              Isaiah 64: 1-9

God’s people reflect upon their own guilt and come back to God, seeing themselves as clay in the hands of a potter, wanting to be shaped anew by him.

Second Reading        Corinthians 1: 3-9

Christ’s coming has filled us with immeasurable depth of grace, to equip us for the fullness of Christian life and prepare us for whatever comes.

Gospel                        St. Mark 13: 24-37

Although false prophets declare that the “end is nigh”, no one knows when Jesus will return, so our task is to continue the work of the kingdom in the present and leave our future to God.

Reflection for Advent Sunday

“What I say to you I say to all: Keep awake.”

Today’s Gospel reading is about keeping awake; Jesus warns the disciples that his coming again will be sudden and unexpected, therefore they and we must be alert and ready.  That has always been a central theme of this season of Advent: “Keep awake.”

It is not only the Second Coming that may catch us unawares; how many of us last Advent Sunday could have imagined how different the year 2020 would turn out to be? Who would have foretold that we would find ourselves living under so many restrictions, with even public worship suspended? Not many, I would guess.

This Church year now ended has been a real challenge, but I find myself quite heartened by the way we have responded to it. A year ago, very few of us would have heard of “Zoom”, and yet we are told that more people have “attended” on line services than are usually to be found in church. The Church, like other institutions, has had to adapt and has shown itself – for a body usually considered rather hidebound – surprisingly flexible, which to me is a sign of hope and encouragement.

We are told that Christmas will be very different – no carols, I suppose – but that by Easter we shall be back to something near normal. In the benefice we have the arrival of our new Rector and his family to look forward to and that also is a great encouragement.

Perhaps this year of disruption has had some useful effects: The Church needs to change if it is to grow and bring the message of the Gospel to a very changed world; the break in our normal routines which the virus has caused might have been just what we needed to force us to take a long look at ourselves and amend our ways.

Whatever the outcome of 2021 may be, the message of the Gospel remains the same: “Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come…what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake”.  So that when our Lord appears, “he may not find us sleeping in sin, but active in his service and joyful in his praise.”

Post Communion Prayer

O Lord our God,

make us watchful and keep us faithful
as we await the coming of your Son our Lord;
that, when he shall appear,

he may not find us sleeping in sin
but active in his service and joyful in his praise;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

SUGGESTIONS FOR PRAYER

Workers in health and social care and emergency services, local GPs, all keyworkers.

Our Benefice with all its communities

Our new Rector – Revd Ian Gulland and his family

Schools – teachers, children and parents

Those losing jobs, or facing financial difficulty

Those with mental health problems

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

Radio 4   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

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, hear us,

Lord, graciously hear us.

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, hear us,

Lord, graciously hear us.

For doctors, nurses and medical researchers,

that through their skill and insights

many will be restored to health …

Lord, hear us,

Lord, graciously hear us.

For a blessing on our homes and families, and our local communities, that all who need help will be known and cared for …

Lord, hear us,

Lord, graciously hear us.

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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