SUNDAY AUGUST 2 2020. NEWSLETTER 20. COVID 19
The eighth Sunday after Trinity.
Dear friends throughout the world,
Welcome to newsletter 20. You may be wondering how long this will all go on …… maybe, for sometime. Now it seems masks have to be worn in church, by everyone.
Well, if it helps to keep us all safe, let’s wear them. Perhaps we could have a mask making / design project …… send your entries to FP., closing date is ………. (To be announced!)
Remember always, that wherever you are in the world this newsletter comes to you with the love and assurance of prayers from:
The Rev’d Carole Holmes, Methodist Superintendent / Hayle, Camborne & Redruth
The Rev’d Caspar Bush, Rector of the Benefice of Redruth
Pastor Jenny Lockwood, Lanner Methodist Chapel
Reader Jim Seth, Diocesan Chaplain of Readers
DON’T FORGET TO MAKE / DESIGN A MASK!!!!!!
THE GOSPEL READING: Matthew 14 vv13 – 21
This passage, the feeding of the five thousand, was one of the passages studied in the recent “Encounters with Jesus” discussion groups. It follows on from previous Sunday readings, which have focused on the planting of seed and the need for a good harvest. Here, as Jesus reaches out to the hungry the reader is reminded that God’s love extends to all, and that no-one need feel excluded from the circle of his arms. One of the members in a particular group suggested that it was the child’s generosity, his willingness to share his lunch that prompted everyone else to share what they had brought to eat. Hence as everyone shared what they had, everyone was fed and “nothing was lost”.
It is an interesting take on the story, and it is perhaps relevant to what many people found during the lockdown, and which, sadly, has begun to fade away. Hundreds of thousands volunteered to help others, friendships were made, the work of many people was suddenly appreciated and valued. Much of this happened because one person said “let’s clap the nurses”. One person started a national wave of appreciation and we were fed with friendship and unity.
Jesus called for food to share and through the kindness of one child many were fed.
Fed with food, but also fed with God’s love, with a sense of belonging, with a realisation that something wonderful was happening and that each person had a part to play. Each one of us has the chance now, as the lockdown fades away, to continue to share what we have, to love where we can and to build communities of hope.
THE LIVES AND EVENTS REMEMBERED THIS WEEK
TUESDAY AUGUST 4: Jean-Baptiste Vianney. Cure d’Ars. 1859
Jean-Baptiste-Marie Vianney was born on May 8 1786 in France and baptised on the same day. Jean was raised in a devout Ro an Catholic home which did much to help the poor. By 1790, the French Revolution had reached its anti-clerical phase and the young Jean thought priests who worked and thus being denounced and possible execution were heroes. In secrecy, Jean was prepared for confirmation and looked forward to ordination. However, in 1802, he was drafted into Napoleon’s army. Two days into his military service Jean fell ill, and through strange events deserted and was sheltered until 1810 when deserters were granted an amnesty. His ordination followed on August 12 1815 and in time he became the parish priest of the Ars parish. Here he tried to rebuild a sense of community following the revolution. He did much to support the poor and after being canonised in 1925, became the patron saint of parish priests.
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 5: Oswald King of Northumbria. Martyr. 642
Oswald was born in 604 and is venerated as a saint with a particular following in the Middle Ages. Oswald had a great victory in battle against King Cadwallon in 632, a victory he believed to have been foretold in a vision of Saint Columba. Oswald did much to spread Christianity in Northumbria. He died in battle in 642 ad was said to be praying as his life slipped from him. The site of his death became a place of pilgrimage and a tree grew and a spring appeared both of which were given healing powers. Churches and places have been named for him. Although his cult has largely
declined, a chapel dedicated to Oswald remains in Peterborough cathedral
THURSDAY AUGUST 6: THE FESTIVAL OF THE TRANSFIGURATION
The transfiguration is a major festival within the church; it is the moment when the disciples, Peter James and John saw Jesus revealed in glory between Moses and Elijah. It is also the day when the atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima in 1945, a action which brought the war in the Far East to an end.
FRIDAY AUGUST 7: John Mason Neale. Hymn writer. 1866
Born in 1818, the son of a priest he was ordained himself in 1842 and became the chaplain of Downing College, Cambridge. Attracted to church architecture and the need to more ritual and religious decoration in churches. He became the vicar of Crawley in Sussex. His support of the high church tradition was not without criticism. However he is best known for his translations of hymns from ancient sources and
Hymns Ancient and Modern have 58 examples of his work.
SATURDAY AUGUST 8: Dominic. Founder. 1221
Dominic was high born in 1170, to a Spanish family living in Castile. He joined the local bishop on a crusade against the Cathar heresy in France. Dominic however kept away from acts of persecution. Dominic discovered a gift for preaching which appealed to the emotions rather than the current Franciscan style based on the beauty of creation. He based himself in Toulouse and trained priests as travelling preachers, they were known as “the dogs of God” as they were eager to guard the teaching of Jesus. His group developed into a order which still lays an emphasis on preaching. His emblems are a lily and a black and white dog.
COMMUNION AT HOME
Although all of the Benefice churches now hold a mid-week service of
Holy Communion you may still be uncertain about attending. When you might have gone repeat the following prayer, and perhaps have a pice of bread beside you and a lighted candle:
A PRAYER IS OFFERED AND BREAD IS EATEN
As the seed falls into the earth and dies to give life to the grain,
As the corn is cut and crushed to make flour,
As the flour is baked and the yeast dies to give life to the dough.
As the bread is broken and eaten to give life to the body.
So Jesus, sitting with the disciples took bread, broke it and said:
THIS IS MY BODY BROKEN FOR THE WORLD
Eat the bread and remember Jesus.
LIGHT A CANDLE ON SUNDAY AT 6.00pm
This newsletter goes all over the world. So, all over the world, according to the
time-zone at 6.00pm each Sunday, candles are lit and prayers are said for those whose names have been entrusted to us:
DONALD, DAVID, SUSAN, ROB., PHIL., HELEN, MARGARET G., MOTHER SHIRLEY,
MAX, TERRY D., JANE, WALT, CATHERINE, DAWN, LILLIAN, PATTI., MARK, RORY
And for those whose journey is over, that they may rest in peace and rise in glory:
NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
This week’s news comes from Joan who lives in Calgary, Canada. Joan has received every newsletter and this week writes:
COVID19 was going down in Calgary, but recently a new outbreak has appeared because of a few house parties last week. The virus has spiked again with over 4,000 cases and regrettably affecting people of all ages.
It has been such a difficult time, especially for people in senior residences who have been isolated in their rooms, away from their family and with limited contact with their neighbours in adjacent rooms
Many young people have lost their jobs due to COVID. Air Canada has seen lots of layoffs and the computer / tech industry is struggling.
I am okay with self-isolating and I am reaching out to my neighbours where normally I keep up to myself, thinking of my neighbours privacy. Who would have thought that one positive result of this virus, is, for me, that I find that I have super neighbours. We are all looking out for each other during this horrible and difficult time.
I play piano like crazy and a reading some interesting books. I walk every day Dow n my park and have discovered lots of other walks just around Calgary – amazing. The wild flowers here have been beautiful, a banner year. I try cooking lots of new recipes and am getting fat!!!! The petunias on my balcony survived a hail-storm yesterday evening.
Masks are mandatory here when in grocery stores and public places, buses and transit. I wear a mask when out and am vigilant about social distancing when with others. I have not been to a restaurant since March, but have made lots of phone calls, and reaching out to friends here and abroad.
NO SINGING, NO CHOIR, OUCH. I am lonely at times but very grateful for wonderful friends.
I think of you all.
Joan from Calgary
PRAYERS AND READINGS FOR THE COMING WEEK
SUNDAY AUGUST 2. Trinity 8
10.30am. Benefice zoom Eucharist
6.00pm. St Andrew, Pencoys. FIRST SUNDAY EVENT. this will be a review of the past year. IT IS NOT A ZOOM EVENT, IT IS IN THE CHURCH.
“Whoever abides in me, and I in them, will bear much fruit.
Apart from me you can do nothing” John 15 vv5
PRAYER: Lord God, Jesus came to live in the world, so that each one of us could live in him. Help me to know that you are with me and will guide me to do wonderful things in your name.
PRAY FOR THOSE WHOSE WORK TAKES THEM INTO DARK PLACES, FOR THOSE WHO RUN TOWARDS DANGER SO THAT THEY CAN DO WHAT THEY CAN TO SUPPORT, PROTECT OR CARE FOR ANOTHER.
“The Lord stands at the right hand of the poor to protect them from those who would pass judgement” Psalm 109 vv31
PRAYER: Generous God, as we remember that Jesus stood beside the poor, the vulnerable and the outcast, give us the courage to do the same. Help me to share what I have, to give generously and to open doors of opportunity to those who cannot push them.
PRAY FOR FOODBANKS, FOR THOSE WHO WORK OR VOLUNTEER IN THEM;
FOR CHARITIES THAT ARE STRUGGLING TO RAISE ESSENTIAL FUNDS. SUPPORT THOSE FOR WHOM THEY CARE: THE YOUNG, THE ABUSED, THE HUNGRY,
THE SICK; SO MANY PEOPLE WHOSE FUTURE IS NOW AT RISK
TUESDAY AUGUST 4. John-Baptiste Vianney. Cure D’Ars. 1859
“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Remain in my love”
John 15 vv9
PRAYER: Loving and eternal God, strengthen me when I struggle to stay close to you; when the needs of so many seem overwhelming, when the questions of the sceptical are too difficult to answer. Renew my faith through the power of the Holy Spirit that I may stay close to you.
PRAY FOR THOSE WHO WAIT TO BE ORDAINED, LICENSED, START THEIR TRAINING OR BEGIN A NEW JOB. PRAY ESPECIALLY FOR THOSE WHO HAVE LOST THEIR WORK AND ARE OVERWHELMED BY FAMILY OR PERSONAL NEEDS
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 5. Oswald. King of Northumbria. Martyr. 642
“The people rejoiced because they had given all they had willingly, with a single mind, they had offered freely to the Lord”
PRAYER: Lord of the cross, through which all was given to redeem the world, may the example of Jesus inspire us all to give all that we can so that others may have life and hope regardless of age, gender, sexuality, education, ethnicity and know that they are beloved of you.
PRAY FOR THOSE WHO HOLD POSITIONS OF AUTHORITY, THOSE WHOSE DECISIONS CAN MAKE LIFE BETTER, RICHER, PEACEFUL AND FULL OF JOY. ESPECIALLY WE PRAY FOR ROYAL FAMILIES WHOSE EXAMPLE OF SERVICE CAN INSPIRE OTHERS
THURSDAY AUGUST 6. THE FESTIVAL OF THE TRANSFIGURATION
The 75th anniversary of the atom bomb falling on Hiroshima
“As Jesus was praying, his appearance changed, his clothing became dazzling white and Moses and Elijah stood beside him” Luke 9 vv29
PRAYER: All powerful God, as we remember the moment when Jesus confirmed his identity to his disciples, we pray for patience as we seek to recognise your presence in the lives of all those whom we meet, both in light and joy as well as in darkness
PRAY FOR THOSE WHO NEVER FAIL TO SEE GOODNESS AND HOPE IN EVERY SITUATION; THOSE WHO GRASP EVERY CHANCE TO PROCLAIM YOUR LOVE FOR THE WORLD THROUGH EVERY WORD AND EVERY ACTION. WE PRAY ESPECIALLY TODAY FOR THOSE WHOSE MEMORIES OF THE PAST ARE PAINFUL AND FORVTHE PEOPLE OF JAPAN AS THEY TOO REMEMBER
FRIDAY AUGUST 7. John Mason Neale. Priest. Hymn Writer. 1866
“The future is full of hope for those who are generous and who seek justice for others” Psalm 112 vv5
PRAYER: Friend of the poor and supporter of the weak, we pray for those we have tried to help. Those whose lives have been changed through the virus and those who now must seek work in a changing environment.
PRAY FOR MUSICIANS, ACTORS, DANCERS, TECHNICIANS AND ALL WHO HAVE SPENT TIME IN THE CREATIVE ARTS. WE PRAY, WITHIN THE VIRTUAL WORLD WORK WILL BE FOUND AND THAT WORK WILL GROW AND STRENGTHEN IN THE CREATIVE REAL WORLD
SATURDAY AUGUST 8. Dominic. Priest. Founder. 1221
“Remember my words, a servant is not greater than their employer” John 15 vv20
PRAYER: Servant King, you showed us that all people are equal, and that all are precious in your sight, strengthen me to be a servant to others as you were a servant to all.
PRAY FOR THOSE WHO WORK IN CARE HOMES AND WHO CARE FOR OTHERS IN THE COMMUNITY. MAY THEIR WORK BE HONOURED, VALUED AND ENCOURAGED.
SUNDAY AUGUST 9. Trinity 9
“The assembly blessed the Lord and bowed before him”. 1Chronicles
CATCH UP CLUB
This is a project designed to offer children an opportunity to “catch up” after perhaps a long break away from school. It will be based on the creation of games, radio interviews and activities designed to build confidence and maybe to bridge a few gaps. It runs at both the Pencoys Hall and Christchurch Hall as follows:
Numbers are restricted to TEN / session and pre-booking is ESSENTIAL
Contact Fr Peter 079 038 079 46
75th ANNIVERSARY OF VJ DAY
On Saturday August 15 at 6.00pm the Benefice will come together via zoom to remember all those whose lives were lost and changed in the War in the Far East. The war that was finally brought to an end by the dropping of the atom bomb on Hiroshima on August 6, and three days later on Nagasaki.
Our act of remembrance will be masterminded by Julia KB who prepared the stunning event for VE Day. This event will include a zoom contribution by the newly consecrated Bishop of St Germans, Bishop Hugh.
DIARY OF FUTURE SERVICES AND EVENTS
6.00pm First Sunday Event at St Andrew, Pencoys
God bless you all, and see you in newsletter 21!! FP