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This is the weekly noticesheet for the week beginning Sunday 9th August – Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time. The noticesheet is attached below. I hope you will find it a useful ‘heads-up’, even while we are locked down.
Our Preacher this Sunday is Fr Matt Godfrey, RN who is in preparations for deployment on HMS Albion within a couple of weeks. We pray for him and his new ‘mini-parish’ and also for his family as they remain here alongside us.
|Private Prayer at S. Anne’s|
Thanks to a number of volunteers we will be making S. Anne’s Church available for Private Prayer only twice a week. This has to be under supervision and with everyone’s commitment to social distancing and the safety of others.
The Church will be open on
Mondays 5pm to 7pm
Thursdays 2pm to 4pm
We will be broadcasting the Mass for Spiritual Communion from S. Mary the Virgin, Bickleigh We are using both Twitch.and YouTube.
or for YouTube
After Mass there will be Virtual Coffee on Zoom at: https://bit.ly/3hniKX7
Parish WhatsApp Group
if you’d like to be kept in the loop through WhatsApp, we have Parish Group – reminders, links, prayers and communications as well as the odd good cartoon… click here to join
IMPORTANT: I will be taking a couple of midweek breaks in August so there will be NO ONLINE MIDWEEK SERVICES (Mass or Daily Prayer) 10-15th August and 24th-30th August.
Mass is offered on Thursday at 10.30am (replacing MP for that morning) and Sunday at 10.30am
If you miss the actual time, you can replay it at your convenience.
Sunday services include hymns specially recorded by Sarah and readings recorded at home by members of our Churches (volunteers always welcome). All Masses have a short sermon, and even though we are not together, we engage in Spiritual Communion with the Lord. All of the words are on screen and the readings as usual are further down this email bulletin. At the bottom of this email are details of a rota for readings and intercessions: all voices are welcome, please contact me if you would like to do one.
Each weekday there will be Morning Prayer at 9am and Evening Prayer at 5.30pm .
You can say the Morning and Evening Prayer with me, and I have begun putting the words on screen for you to follow or say along with me.
For those who don’t have Internet… (can you please pass this on)
We can now enable non-internet users to access our worship. Anyone can call 0333 011 0616 and enter code 262 6330# to be able to listen to our worship.
Calls are LOCAL RATE which on many phone or mobile tarrifs are effectively free, but I advise you to check with your phone/mobile supplier if you are unsure. The Sunday Mass takes less than an hour.
I am pleased that someone has started to use this facility. Please tell others. Please tell when you are checking up on those you know have no Internet (because if I ask it’ll look a little intimidating),
Bible Study and Prayer will gather us together on a video conference platform called Zoom (www.zoom.us).
It is easy to sign up for a free account and you can download an app for phone, tablet (Apple or Android) or on your PC or Mac to make it happen. Although you can connect over phone data, you get more out of it if you connect your phone/tablet/computer to your home WiFi otherwise you can get choppy audio and video sometimes.
To join these gatherings on Wednesdays at Noon – click on https://us02web.zoom.us/j/714047787
For the next few weeks we will be looking at Theories of Atonement at the Noon group – what does the Cross and Resurrection mean, what does “Christ died for our sins” signify? All are welcome to join this group.
7.30pm – click on https://us02web.zoom.us/j/138949074 For the next few weeks the 7.30pm group will be studying the Psalms using Psalms – Prayers of the Heart which is only £2.99 on Kindle see https://www.amazon.co.uk/Psalms-Prayers-Heart-LifeBuilder-studies-ebook/dp/B01ICDEYTO/
These locations will not change.
If you get lost with all this information, it’s all on the Parish Diary: https://www.bsp.church/diary/
and the Broadcast page https://www.bsp.church/broadcast/
To get good notice of these things, can I encourage you to “Like” and “Follow” the Parish Facebook Page (S. Cecilia and S. Anne also have their own FB pages as well, but the worship links and reminders will be on the main page) to get notifications and please encourage others you know who might not have subscribed to this newsletter to do so as well as connect on Facebook.
Please let me know if you yourself or you become aware of anyone around you who needs a Priest to call them. I may have been forced as a result of my diabetes to be self-isolating, but I am still here to serve. I am slowly working round calling people, but you can always call me first, just to chat and perhaps to pray.
My email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
My number is: 07976 802123
(I also use WhatsApp so if you want to contact me by that, use my phone number)
Please pass all this information on to others: keep our network strong my friends, call those in our church communities and keep me informed of the needs of the community so I can serve them,
Stay safe. Keep praying. And of your charity, please pray for me also.
Yours in Christ
Reflection Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Both Jesus and Peter are recorded by the Gospel writers Matthew, Mark and John as having walked on water. The suspension of the law of gravity for two human beings (which is what would need to happen) is truly an incredible miracle! Indeed, the image is so compelling that to this day if someone is revered or admired, we use the expression that “they can walk on water’.
The supernatural phenomenon of walking on water is not unique to Christianity. In Greek mythology, the gods Horus and Orion both defied gravity in this way, as did several revered heroes of the Hindu and Buddhist traditions. The difference between these traditions and the Gospel accounts is that the latter are recorded not as stories but as history. When Matthew informs us that Jesus walked on water, he is reporting an actual event that took place on a certain date in history. I personally don’t believe the story was made up or embellished to convince us that Jesus was God but that it is literally true.
There is an important and profound truth: ‘The sacred authors wrote the four Gospels, selecting some things from the many which had been handed on by word of mouth or in writing, reducing some of them to a synthesis, explaining some things in view of the situation of their churches and preserving the form of proclamation but always in such fashion that they told us the honest truth about Jesus’ (para. 19).
If we approach the sacred text in this way, we open ourselves up to being taught, informed and enlightened by the Holy Spirit about the meaning of this event in Jesus’ life.
Jesus’ walking on the water is certainly a miracle but it is also a sign. A sign of what? A sign of Jesus’ divinity. Who else could walk on water? Who else could calm the wind and the waves? Only God. Only God can truly say: ‘Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid’ (v. 27 NIV), because only God can promise true and everlasting peace.
Let us pray…
Lord Jesus, you invite me to step out with you on the storm waters and furious squalls of life. I do indeed take courage from your promises because it is you who invite me not to be afraid and with your Holy Spirit all things are possible. Amen.
Source: Christian Aid Prayer Lists Those sick in mind, body or spirit:
Ken; Laura; Nicola; Sue; Ron; Karen; Alice; David; Ozzie; Jason, Richard
All those injured and killed by the Beirut bombing. We pray for all those giving care and treatment to the injured.
Pray for the Souls of the Recently Departed
Colin Parry, Steven Gregory
Those whose year’s mind occur around this time
Those whom we love and see no longer and those who have no-one else to pray for them
+Rest eternal grant unto them, O Lord
and let light perpetual shine upon them
May they rest in peace
and rise in glory
we join our prayers with the whole company of heaven as we seek the intercession of Our Lady, sayng
Hail Mary, Full of Grace,
The Lord is with thee. (Luke 1:28)
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit
of thy womb, Jesus. (Luke 1:42)
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners now,
and at the hour of our death.
Mass Card for Ordinary Time (Sundays and Thursdays) Sunday Readings 9th August 2020 Ordinary 19 Readings Entrance antiphon Lord, be true to your covenant, forget not the life of your poor ones for ever. Rise up, O God, and defend your cause; do not ignore the shouts of your enemies. [Psalm 74:20,19,22,23]
The Collect Almighty and ever-living God,
your Spirit made us your children,
confident to call you Father.
Increase your Spirit within us
and bring us to our promised inheritance.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
1 Kings 19: 5-15 A reading from the Book of Kings
When Elijah reached Horeb, the mountain of God, he came to a cave, and spent the night there. Then the word of the LORD came to him, saying, ‘What are you doing here, Elijah?’ He answered, ‘I have been very zealous for the LORD, the God of hosts; for the Israelites have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. I alone am left, and they are seeking my life, to take it away. ’He said, ‘Go out and stand on the mountain before the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.’ Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. Then there came a voice to him that said, ‘What are you doing here, Elijah?’ He answered, ‘I have been very zealous for the LORD, the God of hosts; for the Israelites have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. I alone am left, and they are seeking my life, to take it away.’ Then the LORD said to him, ‘Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus; when you arrive, you shall anoint Hazael as king over Aram. Also you shall anoint Jehu son of Nimshi as king over Israel; and you shall anoint Elisha son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah as prophet in your place. Whoever escapes from the sword of Hazael, Jehu shall kill; and whoever escapes from the sword of Jehu, Elisha shall kill. Yet I will leave seven thousand in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him.’
This is the word of the Lord
Thanks be to God
Romans 10: 5-15 A reading from Paul’s letter to the Romans
Moses writes concerning the righteousness that comes from the law, that ‘the person who does these things will live by them.’ But the righteousness that comes from faith says, ‘Do not say in your heart, “Who will ascend into heaven?”’ (that is, to bring Christ down) ‘or “Who will descend into the abyss?”’ (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).But what does it say? ‘The word is near you, on your lips and in your heart’ (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved. The scripture says, ‘No one who believes in him will be put to shame.’ For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him. For, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’ But how are they to call on one in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him? And how are they to proclaim him unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’
This is the word of the Lord
Thanks be to God
Matthew 14: 22-33 Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew
Glory to you, O Lord
Immediately after feeding the crowd with the five loaves and two fish, Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them. And early in the morning he came walking towards them on the lake. But when the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified, saying, ‘It is a ghost!’ And they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, ‘Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.’ Peter answered him, ‘Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.’ He said, ‘Come.’ So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came towards Jesus. But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’ Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, ‘You of little faith, why did you doubt?’ When they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshipped him, saying, ‘Truly you are the Son of God.’
This is the Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you, O Christ
Communion Antiphon: Praise the Lord, Jerusalem; he feeds you with the finest wheat. [Psalm 147:12,14] Prayer after Communion: Lord, may the Eucharist you give us bring us to salvation
and keep us faithful to the light of your truth.
We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord. Amen.
Readings Rota for Online Worship Date Week Reading 1 Reading 2 Intercessions 02/08/2020 Ordinary 18 Janet Katie Jones Kate (Ordinand) Preacher: Frank 09/08/2020 Ordinary 19 Samantha Dawn Jo C Preacher: Fr Matt 16/08/2020 Ordinary 20 Katie Jones Zoe Lou 23/08/2020 Ordinary 21 Frank Anne P Alan 30/08/2020 Ordinary 22 Helen Janet Ruth 06/09/2020 Ordinary 23 Alan Chris Carpenter Frank 13/09/2020 Ordinary 24 Chris Crosby Samantha Jo C 20/09/2020 Ordinary 25 Dawn Karen Ruth 27/09/2020 Ordinary 26 Chris Carpenter Anne P Alan 04/10/2020 Ordinary 27 Katie Jones Zoe Lou 11/10/2020 Ordinary 28 Janet Jo C Frank