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The weekly update from Revd Paul Roberts:

Well, things are moving forward a little. Yesterday a small congregation met at the Amberley Chapel and tomorrow a number of us will meet to worship God in Sutton St Nicholas. Although far from normal without singing, and taking precautions against the transmission of the virus, it does feel as though we a few steps closer to our gatherings before the lockdown.

Today is the feast of St James, one of the first disciples and the focus of pilgrimage to northern Spain for many centuries. He and his brother John jostled for position, wanting to sit at the right and left hand of Jesus in heaven. Jesus’ response that to be a disciple one has to be servant of all, gave the two sons of Zebedee (or sons of thunder!) much to think about – as it does indeed us!

Fr Bob Bates recorded a sermon for us, reflecting on his work with the Anglican Chaplaincy in Santiago de Compostela and on the lessons of St James’ life. His words featured in our gathered worship and will also be a part of the recorded worship offered tomorrow morning on Youtube.

For those unable to join us in person, I commend a pilgrimage prayer of Thomas Merton which can be found further down this email.

Sunday Worship

This Sunday’s service can be found here: https://youtu.be/IEGmszRrI_U

Our first public act of worship, so please forgive me that eye contact with the viewer is lacking! It was recorded at the Amberley Chapel on Friday last and the video will be available from 9am tomorrow morning.

The worship resources for this month can be found here:

Sunday Link Magazine: https://www.dropbox.com/s/rf8y5zdnv7fd20f/SundayLink_July2020.pdf?dl=0

Children’s sheets: https://www.dropbox.com/s/pwpt56py7suoqs6/Look_JULY2020.pdf?dl=0

Readings: https://www.dropbox.com/s/zrsxf587muuxfkv/SundayRed_July2020.pdf?dl=0

Re-opening churches / Resuming public worship

The plan in August is to meet at 10.30am on Friday mornings and 10am on Sunday mornings. Provisional locations are marked with an asterisk.

*31/7/2020 1030 - St Michael’s Sutton (please contact Elaine Andrews or me if you would like to join us)
2/8/2020 1000 – Felton (please contact me if you like to join us)
*7/8/2020 1030 – Preston Wynne (please contact Andrew Marson or me if you would like to attend)
9/8/2020 1000 – Marden (Holy Communion, re-opening)
14/8/2020 1030 – tba
16/8/2020 – No service owing to my leave
21/8/2020 – No service owing to my leave
23/8/2020 – No service owing to my leave
30/8/2020 1000 – Bodenham (Holy Communion, reopening)

Our Bishop’s message this week, from Wenlock Priory can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rv-SOvqHLY4

Worship by Telephone

Worship by Telephone will take place again
at the later time of 12 noon on Sunday morning. Please do join us if you would like to (details below).

Sunday Telephone Worship (12noon)

[As usual, for security reasons the contact details are omitted here. If you have not already received them by email, but would like to take part, please get in touch with Revd Paul Roberts or one of the churchwardens and ask to be put on the mailing list. (You can find their telephone numbers by going to the Church’s Welcome page on the left hand side of the screen).]

There will be no coffee after worship tomorrow

In your prayers

Please do pray for the following people and situations on Sunday and in the coming week ahead.

  • Vic Burles, Steve Boffy, Tony Campbell, Barbara Evans, Sally Gillham, June Gwynne, Janet Lloyd, Janet Marriott, Doreen Moreton.

  • The families of Marion Bowdley, Barbara Nicholas recently departed.

  • A pilgrim prayer by Thomas Merton

    My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going.
    I do not see the road ahead of me.
    I cannot know for certain where it will end….
    Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.

    And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.
    I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.
    And I know that if I do this, you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it.
    Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem lost in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.

    Friday Morning Prayer

    We continue to meet on Zoom for morning Prayer each Friday
    at the earlier time of 9.15am and all are welcome. You can join online or by telephone. The details are the same as before (see below). This coming Friday we’ll use Wednesday’s prayers (p 15) in the pink booklet and Psalm 45 (appended)

    [Again, details omitted here, as above]

    With every blessing


    Psalm 45

    1 My heart is astir with gracious words;

    as I make my song for the king,
    my tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
    2 You are the fairest of men;

    full of grace are your lips,
    for God has blest you for ever.
    3 Gird your sword upon your thigh, O mighty one;

    gird on your majesty and glory.
    4 Ride on and prosper in the cause of truth

    and for the sake of humility and righteousness.
    5 Your right hand will teach you terrible things;

    your arrows will be sharp in the heart of the king’s enemies,
    so that peoples fall beneath you.
    6 Your throne is God’s throne, for ever;
    the sceptre of your kingdom is the sceptre of righteousness.
    7 You love righteousness and hate iniquity;

    therefore God, your God, has anointed you
    with the oil of gladness above your fellows.
    8 All your garments are fragrant with myrrh, aloes and cassia;

    from ivory palaces the music of strings makes you glad.
    9 Kings’ daughters are among your honourable women;

    at your right hand stands the queen in gold of Ophir. [R]
    10 Hear, O daughter; consider and incline your ear;
    forget your own people and your father’s house.
    11 So shall the king have pleasure in your beauty;

    he is your lord, so do him honour.
    12 The people of Tyre shall bring you gifts;

    the richest of the people shall seek your favour.
    13 The king’s daughter is all glorious within;

    her clothing is embroidered cloth of gold.
    14 She shall be brought to the king in raiment of needlework;

    after her the virgins that are her companions.
    15 With joy and gladness shall they be brought

    and enter into the palace of the king.
    16 ‘Instead of your fathers you shall have sons,

    whom you shall make princes over all the land.
    17 ‘I will make your name to be remembered through all generations;

    therefore shall the peoples praise you for ever and ever.’

    Date: 25/07/2020

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