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SUNDAY AUGUST 30 2020. Newsletter 24. In the season of COVID19
The 12th Sunday after Trinity
Dear friends throughout the world,
This newsletter comes with the best wishes and the assurance of love and prayers from Redruth and the surrounding communities. Wherever you are, KEEP SAFE, wear your mask and maintain physical distancing …… that’s the new phrase, NOT social, BUT physical. Please let us know how the easing of the lockdown is for you wherever you are in the world.
If you got your results and are now planning a new chapter in your journey, take care, have a wonderful time, and remember that the future rests in the hands of the young. Do your best to make a difference and to bring peace, hope and light wherever you are…….. remember, IT IS NOT HOW OLD YOU GROW, BUT, HOW YOU GROW OLD!!
With love from:
The Rev’d Carole Holmes, Methodist Superintendent, Hayle, Camborne & Redruth The Rev’d Caspar Bush, Rector of Redruth & Area Dean Pastor Jenny Lockwood, Lanner Methodist Chapel Reader Jim Seth, Diocesan Chaplain of Readers
THE GOSPEL FOR SUNDAY AUGUST 30
Matthew 16 vv21 – end
This passage makes uncomfortable reading. Jesus is predicting his own death, and then, incredibly, suggesting that he would overcome death and rise again. Peter, leading the outcry tells Jesus that this mustn’t happen. Jesus then outlines what for most of us becomes a very difficult challenge. Jesus says quite clearly, that, if you want to be one of his followers then you too must suffer, you too must pick up your cross and follow the pathway that Jesus will set for you.
At the heart of this difficult challenge is the cross, which for us so many centuries later can simply mean I CROSSED OUT. Jesus had to make a decision. He could have walked away from what he knew would happen in Jerusalem and live his own life. Or, he could make the clear choice and put his own needs, wants, hopes and dreams to one side and follow God’s call to bring peace, love and justice to all people.
We know the choice that Jesus made. We know the choice remains the same for us. It is a difficult choice, to follow the way of the cross is more than to zoom or not to zoom on a Sunday, church open or closed, pray or not pray. The way of the cross is about making a difference in the world, calling out injustice and oppression and reflecting God’s love for all. Zoom, church and prayer will support your choice, will bring you courage. But in the end you have to make a choice. May God bless us all as we make the choice each day.
LIVES WE REMEMBER THIS WEEK
AIDAN. Bishop of Lindisfarne. Missionary. 651. Monday
Aidan of Lindisfarne who died in 651 was an Irish monk and is thought to have brought Christianity to Northumbria. Aidan founded a monastic community on the island of Lindisfarne and was its first bishop. Amongst his achievements was a great building project which included churches, schools and monasteries. He had a particular care of orphans and would pay to achieve the freedom of slaves. Unless there was an emergency, Aidan always travelled on foot, responding to the needs of all he met and sharing God’s love with them in practical ways. He was a friend to king Oswine of Deira and a legend credits Aidan with saving the city of Bamburgh from attack. In a vision, Aidan saw the city engulfed by flames and his prayers were said to have caused a wind to blow the flames towards the enemy, causing them to scatter.
Aidan died, leaning against the wall of the local church in Bamburgh two weeks later.
GILES OF PROVENCE. Hermit. 710. Tuesday September 1
Giles was born of a wealthy, high born family in 650 and died in 710. He was
born in Athens, but his life centred on Provence in southern France. On a pilgrimage to Compostella, to the shrine of St Jame, Giles was injured when an arrow fired by hunters chasing a deer hit him. Giles thus became the patron saint of those who suffer from mobility conditions and many miracles were achieved in his name.
MARTYRS OF PAPUA NEW GUINEA. 1901 & 1942. Wednesday September 2
Many nations have a Christian Martyrs Day, in Papua, New Guinea it is held on
September 2. On that day, martyrs are remembered from the early days when the Christian faith was brought to Papua by missionaries, and more recently during the war in the Far East. Amidst the suffering and martyrdom of both women and men converts were made. Thus Martyrs Day in Papua is a day of rejoicing, not sorrow.
GREGORY THE GREAT. Bishop of Rome. Teacher. Thursday September 3
Born in Rome in 540, Gregory ranks as one of the four great Roman doctors of the
church. Born into a wealthy family, Gregory studied law and aged 30, he was appointed
as Governor of Rome. A year later his father died and Gregory became one of the richest
men in Rome. However, Gregory did not seek wealth, he gave it all away, turned his
house into a monastery and became a monk. The
church recognised his talent and Gregory became
a Deacon of Rome and was sent as an ambassador
to Constantinople. In 586 he was recalled to Rome
and on the death of the Pope, Gregory was elected
to the Papacy. At the time of his election, Rome
was in the grip of a plague. Gregory led a great
penitential procession through the streets to
counter the disease. As a pastor, Gregory had
great compassion on the poor and needy. He
pioneered an early ‘food bank’ and on meeting
three young children at the slave market and
being told they were ANGELS (Angles / the
residents of England) Gregory sent a mission to
England led by St Augustine. His emblem is a
Papal tiara and a dove.
BIRINIUS. Bishop. Apostle of Wessex. 650. Friday September 4
Birinius was born in 600 and became the first bishop of Dorchester. He was Benedictine
monk, consecrated bishop in Italy and sent to convert the West Saxons. Birinius became
the friend of the king of the West Saxons, Cynegils, who hoped to form an alliance with
the king of Northumbria, Oswald and thus defeat the kingdom of Mercia. Oswald, a
Christian would not ally with Cynegils, a pagan, so Cynegils converted and the alliance
was made. Birinius established churches in Reading, Dorchester and the surrounding
This week’s first poem is given by Mary (Treleigh, known by some as Auntie Mary) and
written by her mother, Edith around 1976. The second poem is written by
Sheila G. at the time of the 1999 eclipse. THANKYOU to both Mary and Sheila.
I live alone dear Lord,
Be thou my guide.
In all my daily needs,
Stay by my side.
Spare me from fire, from flood,
From fear, from thieves,
And evil ones.
If sickness, or an accident befall,
Then humble Lord,
I pray thee,
Hear thou my call.
And when I am feeling low
Or in despair,
Lift up my heart , and help me
In my prayer.
I live alone dear Lord
Yet I have no fear,
Because I feel your presence,
TOTALLY ECLIPSED IN CORNWALL
The sun, eclipsed! though out of sight,
Beyond the stormy clouds, of grey;
The awesome power of nature’s might,
Transformed, our world, to night from day.
Though many prayed, for skies to clear,
United sun and moon, to see;
The veil of cloud, above us here,
Invoked, our Cornish mystery.
Moonshadow, swept in, from the west,
Electric! atmospheric air,
Felt fearful! overawed! oppressed!
Alone! although together, there.
With tingling spine, and eerie feel,
The silence settled, with a chill;
Then bright again! it felt, surreal,
Relief, and joy, our hearts to fill.
Lifegiving sun, was blotted out,
The birds, confused, as darkness fell;
When light returned, we’d cheer and shout,
At ‘dawn’, they sang, that all, was well.
For at that moment, felt – so small,
Aware, without the sunlight’s power;
Mankind! who feels – “we know it all”
Felt! could have faced, our final hour.
For, though these blessings, God bestows ,
Now! having witnessed, there’s no doubt;
The fiery sun, and moon that glows,
Together! they could, wipe us out.
Experience, means more than words,
The memory – with us all, will stay;
This, ‘living Earth’, from man – to birds,
Thanks God, for sun, and moon – each day.
READINGS AND PRAYERS FOR THE COMING WEEK
SUNDAY AUGUST 30. Trinity 12
Jesus said to her “Mary”, she turned and said to him in Hebrew
“Rabbouni” which means ‘Teacher'” John 20 vv16
PRAYER: Lord God, we rejoice and are glad that you know us all by name, and call each
one of us to follow you. Help us to recognise you in those whose names we call, that
together, we may teach the world of your love.
PRAY FOR THOSE WHO ARE NOT GIVEN A NAME: THE HOMELESS,
THE IMMIGRANTS, THE ASYLUM SEEKERS, THE POOR, THE NEEDY, THE SICK.
HELP US TO REMEMBER THAT EACH ONE IS PRECIOUS TO YOU AND NAMED BY YOU.
MONDAY AUGUST 31. Aidan. Bishop of Lindisfarne. Missionary. 651c
If I had not known of your love for me, I would have already perished in misery”
Psalm 119 vv92
PRAYER: God of love and compassion, we pray for those whom we love and for
those who love us, we give thanks for this special gift that you gave freely to the world.
Especially we pray for those whose love must be hidden or is seen to be outside of
society and outside of the church.
PRAY FOR THOSE WHO HAVE THE POWER TO CHANGE LAWS AND TRADITIONS SO
THAT THE WORLD MAY REMEMBER “IT IS NEVER IN LOVE THAT THE WRONG LIES”.
BLESS THOSE WHO ARE MARRIED AND THOSE WHO ARE PARTNERED. GUIDE THOSE
WHO LIVE IN THE HOPE OF LOVE THAT THEY MAY MEET ANOTHER AND KNOW THAT
THEY ARE LOVED AND LOVED IN RETURN
TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 1. Giles of Provence. Hermit. 710
Jesus said to them: “peace be with you, as the Father has sent me, so I send you” John 20
PRAYER: Gracious and loving God, as your peace fills my heart, so may I fill the hearts of
others with that same peace.
PRAY FOR THOSE WHO GO OUT INTO THE WORLD TO SHARE GOD’S PEACE
WHEREVER THEY MAY BE. PRAY FOR THE WORK OF FOOD BANKS AND COMMUNITY
PANTRIES, FOR TELEPHONE SUPPORT AGENCIES AND FOR COUNSELLORS AND
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 2. The martyrs of Papua, New Guinea. 1901 & 1942
The king said: “why is your face sad, you are not sick; this must be a sadness of the
heart” Nehemiah 2 vv2
PRAYER: Merciful God, may my face shine as a light in the world, that others may know
that faith in you brings joy and hope and that they will seek that faith for themselves
PRAY FOR THOSE WHOSE LIVES AND WORK SEEK TO BRING ENJOYMENT TO OTHERS.
PRAY FOR ALL ENTERTAINERS, FOR ACTORS, DANCERS AND MUSICIANS; FOR
ARTISTS, BUSKERS AND ALL THOSE WHOSE LIVES REFLECT JOY AND HOPE
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 3. Gregory the Great. Bishop. Teacher. 604
Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter: “it is the Lord” John 21 vv7
PRAYER: Eternal God whose desire is that all people may come to know your love for
them, strengthen all those whose lives are offered in your service that they may rejoice
in their calling and may not tire in their work
PRAY FOR THOSE WHO, BECAUSE OF THE VIRUS, WAIT TO BE ORDAINED AS A
DEACON OR PRIEST. FOR THOSE WHO WAIT TO BE CONFIRMED, BAPTISED OR
CONSECRATED, THAT THEY, AND THOSE WHO SUPPORT THEM WILL REMAIN
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 4. Birinius. Bishop. Apostle of Wessex. 650
Your words are sweet to me, sweeter than honey Psalm 119 vv103
PRAYER: Faithful God, of the past, present and future we praise and bless you for
creating a world where it’s beauty rests in our hands. May we, the stewards of your
creation, reach out to those who have the knowledge and the authority to safeguard
your world, that it may be handed on to the generations yet unborn
PRAY FOR FARMERS, GARDENERS AND ALL THOSE WHO HAVE THE CARE OF THE
PLANET, THAT EACH OF US MAY SEE AND ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR GUIDING HAND
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 5
When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he jumped into the sea John 21 vv7
PRAYER: Loving God, whose love brings courage and hope to us all, help us to be brave,
like Peter and take a leap into the unknown
PRAY FOR THOSE WHO ARE GOING TO SCHOOL, COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY AND ARE
UNCERTAIN OF WHAT TO EXPECT. GIVE THEM COURAGE FOR THIS STAGE OF THEIR
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 6 Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity
The king granted my request for the gracious hand of God was upon me.
Nehemiah 2 vv8
DIARY DATES FOR SEPTEMBER
MONDAY AUGUST 31. Zoom Bible Study. 4.30pm
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 5. First Saturday Quiz sent out
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 6. LIGHTHOUSE re-starts at the Pencoys Hall. 3pm – 5pm
First Sunday Event live at Christchurch. 6.00pm
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 13. Creation Sunday
TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 15. Zoom Growing your church 1
TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 22. Zoom Growing your church 2
HOME COMMUNION AT HOME
Each one of us has our own thoughts about personal and collective safety as for some
the virus remains a real difficulty. As our churches prepare to open a little more you
may still wish to remain a zoomer. If that is so, then receiving communion at home, by
faith, will remain an option for you. This prayer may help you with zoom communion or
as you sit still at home at a time when you can say ……
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 his disciples, took bread, broke it and said:
THIS IS MY BODY, BROKEN FOR THE WORLD.
Eat the bread and remember Jesus.
SUNDAY AT SIX
All over the world, in the homes of many of our readers, candles are lit, local time, to
remember those whom we carry on our hearts, and those whose journey is over.
Donald, David, Terry D., Mother Shirley, Max, Margaret G., Patti., Lillian, Dawn,
Phil., Rob., Helen, Izzy, Barbara, Myra, Kim, Jane, Walt., Catherine, Mark, Rory, Gemma,
David, Don, Eve, Mike, Martin
REFLECTIONS ON GROWING OLDER
These thoughts have been sent in by Jenny, a regular reader
MOST PEOPLE DON’T THINK I AM AS OLD AS I AM – UNTIL I STAND UP
I REALLY DON’T MIND GETTING OLDER – BUT MY BODY IS TAKING IT BADLY
GETTING OLDER IS JUST ONE BODY PART AFTER ANOTHER SAYING –
“HA HA, YOU THINK THAT IS BAD, WATCH THIS”
I MISS THE 1990s WHEN BREAD WAS STILL GOOD FOR YOU AND NOBODY HAD
HEARD OF KALE
IF YOU SEE ME TALKING TO MYSELF – I AM HAVING A STAFF MEETING
LAST MONDAY OF THE MONTH BIBLE STUDY
Even though it is the August Bank Holiday, the monthly Bible Study will meet on zoom
at 4.30pm on MONDAY AUGUST 31. The meeting will study some passages from THE
ACTS OF THE APOSTLES which indicate how the first apostles struggled to build the
new church after the Ascension. This links with how the five Redruth churches will try
to build the church following COVID19.
SEPTEMBER FIRST SUNDAY EVENT
This will be held on SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 6 at 6.00pm in CHRISTCHURCH.
The theme of the event will be THE PEOPLE OF LEBANON following the explosion in
Beirut. The collection will be for Bishop Philip’s appeal for a fund to be administered by
The Church of the Resurrection close to the Beirut docks, the site of the explosion.
FINAL PRAYER AND BLESSING FROM THE CHEROKEE FIRST NATION
May the warm winds of heaven, blow softly upon your house.
May the Great Spirit bless all who enter there.
May your moccasins make happy tracks in many snows;
And may the rainbow always touch your shoulder.
GO WELL AND STAY SAFE xxxx