SUNDAY AUGUST 16 2020. Newsletter 22!!!! In the time of COVID 19
The tenth Sunday after Trinity
Dear Friends throughout the world,
How are you all? We all hope that the sun is helping you cope with the various restrictions as they arrive – and depart!!!! You will be pleased to know that the presiding priest no longer has to wear a mask at the altar.
Through this newsletter we send thanks to Julia KB who prepared a moving tribute to mark the 75th anniversary of VJ. Day, and to Bishop Hugh who zoomed in and spoke of his own family memories of that time in the nation’s history.
You may have noticed that Susan’s dad’s (Susan from Four Lanes) medals, blazer badge and photo were on the table for the VJ Event. The photo of him was taken at Lands End at the 50th anniversary of the formation of the 14th Army
As usual, this newsletter no. 22 comes to you with the love and the assurance of prayers from:
The Rev’d Carole Holmes, Methodist Superintendent of Hayle, Camborne & Redruth
The Rev’d Caspar Budh, Rector of Redruth and Area Dean of Carnmarth North
Pastor Jenny Lockwood, Lanner Methodist Chapel
Reader Jim Seth, Diocesan Chaplain of Readers and Lay Ministers
Don’t forget your mask designs, TODAY is the closing date. If you can, send FP a picture of your design and next week they will be published.
TODAY’S GOSPEL READING
Matthew 15 vv21 – 28
This is a disturbing passage as initially it shows Jesus and his disciples being part of a closed community. They are in a Gentile area, maybe hoping not to be bothered, to gather strength away from the crowds. The end of Jesus’ earthly ministry is close, miracles and parables have been witnessed the 5,000 have been fed, but now, in this passage Jesus is seen as pushing away someone who is in great need.
The woman, a Gentile seeks healing for her daughter, nothing for herself, just for her child. Something in her is responding to God’s love. Perhaps she had seen or heard something of Jesus, and in her great need she will not be silenced.
Through her faith, the woman enlarges Jesus’ ministry. She takes him from what he thought he was supposed to be doing and brings him to realise that God’s love is totally without barriers. There is no club to be joined with rules, Jesus demands nothing of the woman. He becomes part of her life, her culture and her daughter is healed.
As we seek to reach out into the world, may we also set apart the need to control what others should believe. May we simply walk beside them and allow them to experience and know God’s love in their own way. Who knows, as the woman taught Jesus, so they may teach us.
LIVES WE REMEMBER THIS WEEK
BERNARD OF CLAIRVAUX. Abbot. Teacher. 1153
Born in Fontaines, near Dijon, France in 1090, Bernard of Clairvaux is the patron of Gibralter, bee keepers, candle makers and the Blessed Sacrement. His life as a monk began in Citeaux and his enthusiasm for the developing Cistercian Order led to his appointment as Abbot at the struggling third Cistercian Monastery in Clairvaux. He started with just 30 monks, but his enthusiasm and commitment to the poor, the outcasts and the sick led to over 700 monks by the time Bernard died in 1153. Although a great orator and writer, his support for the disastrous second crusade in 1145 – 1149 led to a spectacular fall from power.
PRAYERS AND READINGS FOR THE COMING WEEK
SUNDAY AUGUST 16. 10th Sunday after Trinity
“And yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me” John 16 vv32
PRAYER: We pray for those who remain lonely and isolated even though the lockdown is lifting. May they know they are not forgotten and that you are with them, day by day.
PRAY FOR THOSE THROUGHOUT THE WORLD WHO ARE IN SOLITARY CONFINEMENT AND PERHAPS ARE WAITING FOR A DOOR TO OPEN OR
A DOOR TO CLOSE. FOR THOSE WHO WAIT UNDER SENTENCE OF DEATH AND FOR THOSE WHO WAIT FOR NEWS
MONDAY AUGUST 17
“The prophet Ezra set his heart on a study of the law of the Lord, and would do it” Ezra 7 vv10
PRAYER: Lord of the Word, guide and direct my pathway that I may reflect your love for all people. Strengthen that love within me as I seek to understand more of your will for my life
PRAY FOR THOSE WHO CARRY BIBLES INTO DANGEROUS PLACES, FOR THOSE WHO TEACH THEOLOGY IN SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES AND FOR THOSE WHO SEEK TO PREACH IN PUBLIC
TUESDAY AUGUST 18
“Eternal life is this / to know you, the only true God, and the one you have sent,
Jesus Christ” John 17 vv3
PRAYER: Gracious and loving God, may the world come to understand that you have walked amongst us and have shown us the way to live life in all of its fullness
PRAY FOR PEACE THROUGHOUT THE WORLD, ESPECIALLY FOR THE PEOPLE OF LEBANON AS THEY RECOVER AND REBUILD FOLLOWING THE EXPLOSION. MAY THEY KNOW THAT THEY DO NOT STRUGGLE ALONE
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 19
“How can I repay the Lord for all the good he has done for me” Psalm 116 vv12
PRAYER: Generous God who provides all that is needed if only we would use God’s gifts wisely; support our efforts to preserve the planet as a place of beauty and peace
PRAY FOR THOSE WHO HELP US TO UNDERSTAND THE DANGERS OF CLIMATE CHANGE, THOSE WHO ARE NOT AFRAID TO SPEAK IN THE FACE OF OPPOSITION AND CRITICISM. MAY EACH ONE OF US DO WHAT WE CAN TO KEEP THE PLANET SAFE
THURSDAY AUGUST 20. Bernard. Abbot of Clairvaux. Teacher. 1153
“Loving God, protect by the power of your name those you have given me, so that we may be one” John 17 vv11
PRAYER: Lord of all the world, you created a world where the people have many different traditions, people who have different faiths and different needs. May the people of the world walk the pathways which will lead to global unity and peace where no-one is hungry and no-one is afraid
PRAY FOR PEOPLE WHO GIVE UP SAFETY AND SECURITY TO WORK AMONGST THOSE WHO HAVE LITTLE. WE PRAY FOR ALL CHARITIES AND AGENCIES WHO SEEK TO BRING FOOD, CLEAN WATER, MEDICINE AND HOUSING TO THOSE WHO ARE IN NEED
FRIDAY AUGUST 21
“Blessed be the Lord who has inspired leaders to speak of justice and peace”
Ezra 7 vv27
PRAYER: Compassionate God, whose love can overcome all difficulties and obstacles, be close to those who have responsibility for others that they may always seek the common good.
PRAY FOR THE PRESENT GOVERNMENT AS THEY SEEK TO GUIDE THE NATION INTO THE UNCERTAIN FUTURE. MAY THOSE WHO HAVE THE POWER SPEAK WORDS OF RECONCILIATION AND HOPE
SATURDAY AUGUST 22
“The glory that you have given to me, I have given to them, because you loved me before the foundation of the world” John 17 vv22
PRAYER: Eternal God, whose splendour and power is beyond our understanding; we give thanks for the radiance that we see in each other if only we give ourselves the time to see.
PRAY FOR THOSE WHOSE LIVES MAKE OUR OWN LIFE MORE JOYFUL AND FULL OF LIGHT. WE GIVE THANKS FOR MUSICIANS, COMEDIANS, PERFORMERS, FOR ALL THOSE WHO BRING ENJOYMENT, LAUGHTER AND REJOICING
SUNDAY AUGUST 23. The eleventh Sunday after Trinity
“I will praise you with all my heart as I think about your great love for the world”
AUGUST FIRST SUNDAY EVENT
Thank you so much for being part of the August First Sunday Event. As well as being the first non-Eucharistic service in Pencoys since March 15, it also raised £155.00 for the DISASTERS EMERGENCY COMMITTEE APPEAL for those struggling in refugee camps. That money will feed 10 families for a week and install two clean water areas which are now essential as COVID 19 is in the camps. THANK YOU.
The September Event on Sunday September 6, at 6.00pm will be held in Christchurch, Lanner. The theme of the event will be THE LEBANON and any donations will be sent to CMS as part of Bishop Philip’s fund-raising appeal for the people of Beirut following the explosion.
A PRAYER FOR THE PEOPLE OF LEBANON
We pray, God of all people,
That your Spirit of healing and protection
Will be with the people of Beirut and Lebanon at this time.
May the good news of peace and loving care be with all who live in Beirut,
Especially with those suffering as a result of the disaster.
May there be real co-operation between rescue workers, government personnel
So that true justice and peace might break through for all,
And people’s deep suffering alleviated.
LORD IN YOUR MERCY / HEAR OUR PRAYER
CATCH UP CLUB
The club continues with a small group in the Pencoys Hall on:
Mondays 9am – 12noon and Wednesdays 1pm – 4pm during August.
The Christchurch group is yet to start, but there is always hope.
Tuesday and Friday 9am – 12noon
BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL FOT BOTH SETTINGS 079 038 079 46
You may remember the beautiful comforters with an integral cross. These were being created and given out in the early weeks of the lockdown. Well, Anne Youlton one of the Treleigh Churchwardens has been busy creating many, many, many HUGS IN HEARTS. They are pictured in the sheet. Anne is very happy to keep making them, either for you to keep or to give away as a reminder of the HUG you wish you could give them. THANK YOU ANNE.
HOLY COMMUNION AT HOME
Although it is now possible to be part of a communion service in any of the five Benefice churches, you may continue to feel uneasy about that. You may also be in another place and remain locked down. If you wish, with some bread beside you, repeat this prayer and receive God’s live through faith ………
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 consumed to give life to the body.
So Jesus, sitting with the disciples, took bread and 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
For many people within our various communities 6.00pm on a Sunday evening has become a time of quiet, a time to light a candle and a time to pray for those know. To us who are struggling. Also for those whose journey is over:
IN NEED: Donald, David, Mother Shirley, Max, Terry D., Auntie Patti., Rob., Phil., Helen, Margaret G., Jane, Walt., Catherine, Dawn, Lillian, Rory, Mark, Gemma,
David, Izzie, Don.,
RIP. Bob., Alan, Jen / may they rest in peace and rise in glory
LAST SUNDAY BIBLE STUDY
Despite the Bank Holiday, this will take place on MONDAY AUGUST 31 at 4.30pm on ZOOM. It is the festival of St Aidan, he was the Bishop of Lindisfarne and died in 851.
The theme of the study will be based on Caspar’s questionnaire and what is possible in our churches in what is becoming, THE NEW NORMAL. The Bible passages will be from ACTS as the first apostles went into their new normal following the events of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection.
At the end of newsletter 22, there are out of order photos and this final traditional blessing, for you and especially at this time, for the people of Lebanon
May there always be work for your hands to do,
May your purse always hold a coin or two.
May the sun always shine upon your window pane,
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend always be near to you – and
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.
A hug in a heart from Anne in Treleigh
These medals and the badge from the war in the Far East belong to Susan from Four Lanes. Her dad who was part of the conflict is in the photo.