08 Nov 2020 – Remembrance Sunday


We meet in the presence of God.
We commit ourselves to work
in penitence and faith
for reconciliation between the nations,
that all people may, together,
live in freedom, justice and peace.
We pray for all
who in bereavement, disability and pain
continue to suffer the consequences of fighting and terror.
We remember with thanksgiving and sorrow
those whose lives,
in world wars and conflicts past and present,
have been given and taken away.
They shall grow not old,
as we that are left grow old;
age shall not weary them,
nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun
and in the morning,
we will remember them.
We will remember them – a time of silence
Ever-living God,
we remember those whom you have gathered from the storm of war
into the peace of your presence;
may that same peace calm our fears,
bring justice to all peoples
and establish harmony among the nations,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Please click the red link below to listen to the names of the war dead from the Parish of Clewer being read.

Or click here to read them yourself (PDF)
War dead from the Parish of Clewer

Isaiah 9.1-6
1 But there will be no gloom for those who were in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he will make glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations.
2 The people who walked in darkness
   have seen a great light;
those who lived in a land of deep darkness—
   on them light has shined.
3 You have multiplied the nation,
   you have increased its joy;
they rejoice before you
   as with joy at the harvest,
   as people exult when dividing plunder.
4 For the yoke of their burden,
   and the bar across their shoulders,
   the rod of their oppressor,
   you have broken as on the day of Midian.
5 For all the boots of the tramping warriors
   and all the garments rolled in blood
   shall be burned as fuel for the fire.
6 For a child has been born for us,
   a son given to us;
authority rests upon his shoulders;
   and he is named
Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God,
   Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
This is the Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God
Philippians 4.6-9
6 Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9 Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.
This is the Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God
Gospel Reading
Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew.
Glory to you, O Lord.
Matthew 5.43-48
Love for Enemies
43 ‘You have heard that it was said, “You shall love your neighbour and hate your enemy.” 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax-collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.

Please click the blue link below to listen to Revd Rosie’s reflection
Listen to Revd Rosie’s reflection

Remembrance Day 2020

The Peace of the World readings – Isa 9.1-6, Phil 4.6-9, Matt 5.43-48

I’ve just finished reading a novel in which the author managed to weave huge amounts of historical facts into the narrative. It was set in Greece during the Second World War through to the Civil War following the end of the occupation.  And although the characters were fictional the island camps of Makronisos and Trikeri existed. The author managed to build the history into the story, and succeed, with such conviction, in placing fictional characters into the events. In order to write such a novel there has to be careful research and there has to be the capacity to tell a good story, and above all there has to be the ability to imagine. A really good book like this has the ability to completely immerse you in with the characters and you are more richly informed of events as a result.
On this Remembrance Sunday we remember those from our country who gave their lives in armed conflicts. There are very few of us still able to recall, from hands on experience, what it must have been like. I certainly have no grandparents or parents left who were alive at the time. My paternal grandfather served in the Parachute Regiment and parachuted in over Arnhem and my maternal grandfather, who I never met, survived being buried alive in WW1, but was never really the same afterwards. I have so many questions I’d like to ask them both now but can only use my imagination. Many of us now are impelled to use our imaginations. Very few of us have direct experience of war.
How then can we talk of ‘remembering’?

What we usually do on this day is to speak out loud the names of the dead, and so we should. We take part in time-honoured tradition and rituals, we lay wreaths and keep two minutes of silence. How different it is this year?  We will need to use our imaginations even more, as we stay home, and try to remember by placing ourselves in the shoes of those who experienced the pain, suffering, anguish and even boredom.

Would we have been so brave, could we have done what they did, would we have been heroes? By remembering the past we are bringing it back to life and testing ourselves here and now, morally and spiritually.

This current period of time will in the future be remembered by our now young people as a time of national lockdown, job losses, churches, shops, leisure activities, all closed, the year of 2020 will be in the history books. Church is closed again for us and our Archbishops have sent all the clergy a letter setting out how this month is to be a time of prayer and fasting. At the heart of our Christian faith is the act of remembering that we carry out at every Eucharist/Holy Communion/ Mass/ Lord’s Supper. So how can we remember this if we cannot ‘go to church’? This holy act of remembering is what feeds us, refreshes us, sustains us and revives us. Jesus said to his disciples during the last supper, ‘do this in remembrance of me’, and ever since, for the best part of 2000 years the church has followed this command. When we do this, in the breaking of the bread, we discover that Christ is very present with us, in our midst. I don’t know about you but I’m sure none of us were present when Jesus sat down and had his last meal with his disciples! How can we then remember what it must have been like in the upper room? We have to enter into the past imaginatively, in such a way that the past becomes present to us. This is something much deeper and really tests us spiritually and morally on a whole new level. It brings us face to face with who we truly are and brings us to asking for forgiveness and accepting God’s gift of grace.

On this Remembrance Day we have no idea how all those men and women felt during the war, we don’t know their fears or tears, but we do know that they had each other. They knew that there were loved ones back home waiting for them and sending love and keeping the memory of them alive. But they could only imagine how life was happening back home. In all these memories and imaginings we build around ourselves symbols and liturgies to carry on remembering. And these rituals are important to us but God is no less with us just because we can’t keep a tradition or go to church. 
Our faith is somehow the same when we read the bible, we immerse ourselves in the words and try understand how it must have been for those first disciples, what life was like for them with Jesus and after his death, following his commandments to love God and our neighbours as ourselves? Would we have been so brave when faced with persecution for our faith?
At the heart of all remembering, whether our annual Act of Remembrance or going to church for our Eucharistic worship, is a God who is ever present, our past, present and future, God holds us and all creation in his hands. God knows our history, God is immersed in our own stories and knows exactly how each and every one of us is feeling right now, we are caught up with him and with each other in all the mysteries of life. Immerse yourself for 2 mins in God’s love, it’s free, through the life, death and resurrection of God’s only Son, Jesus Christ, who died for every single one of us –  there in the past , now and in whatever the future holds -That’s something to remember.

  6 Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9 Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4.6-9

Let us pray for all who suffer as a result of conflict,
and ask that God may give us peace:
for the service men and women
who have died in the violence of war,
each one remembered by and known to God;
may God give peace.
God give peace.
For those who love them in death as in life,
offering the distress of our grief
and the sadness of our loss;
may God give peace.
God give peace.
For all members of the armed forces
who are in danger this day,
remembering family, friends
and all who pray for their safe return;
may God give peace.
God give peace.
For civilian women, children and men
whose lives are disfigured by war or terror,
calling to mind in penitence
the anger and hatreds of humanity;
may God give peace.
God give peace.
For peacemakers and peacekeepers,
who seek to keep this world secure and free;
may God give peace.
God give peace.
For all who bear the burden and privilege of leadership,
political, military and religious;
asking for gifts of wisdom and resolve
in the search for reconciliation and peace;
may God give peace.
God give peace.
O God of truth and justice,
we hold before you those whose memory we cherish,
and those whose names we will never know.
Help us to lift our eyes above the torment of this broken world,
and grant us the grace to pray for those who wish us harm.
As we honour the past,
may we put our faith in your future;
for you are the source of life and hope,
now and for ever.
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.

Responding in Hope and Commitment The Kohima Epitaph
When you go home
tell them of us and say,
for your tomorrow
we gave our today.
The Act of Commitment
Let us commit ourselves to responsible living and faithful service.
Will you strive for all that makes for peace?
We will.

Will you seek to heal the wounds of war?
We will.
Will you work for a just future for all humanity?
We will.
Merciful God, we offer to you the fears in us
that have not yet been cast out by love:
may we accept the hope you have placed in the hearts of all people,
and live lives of justice, courage and mercy;
through Jesus Christ our risen redeemer.
God grant to the living grace,
to the departed rest,
to the Church, the Queen, the Commonwealth and all people,
unity, peace and concord,
and to us and all God’s servants,
life everlasting;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.
  Jesus said, ‘Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.
I do not give to you as the world gives.’
John 14.27

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

After you have watched or listened to this Sunday’s online service of your choice, we invite you to join us for a chat over coffee via Zoom at 11.45 for about half an hour. We will resend the meeting details later. 
BCP evening prayer will continue this Sunday at 5pm via a Zoom link. We will send out the order of service later.

EP Readings Psalm 20 , 82
Judges 7.2-22
John 15.9-17  


We are continuing to hold Evening Prayer meetings every Tuesday and Thursday at 1700 (5.00pm).

The liturgy is Common Worship in contemporary language.
The best way to follow along is using the Church of England’s Daily Prayer App.
It can be downloaded from the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store.
We will resend the meeting details later.
The Church is still open on Sundays and Wednesdays from 10-12 am for private prayer only.

08 November 2020 10am This year Remembrance Sunday will be significantly changed for many, as England enters a second period of lockdown, and we will mark the occasion in ways very different from those we have been familiar with in the past. Yet, however we mark the day, be it in public or in the privacy of our own homes, we will each find our own way to keep silence, to pray and to remember. Remembering is at the very heart of the Christian faith and it is the central act around which our worship revolves as we celebrate the Eucharist together. Today, as we remember with gratitude, let us each resolve to pray, seek and act to bring the peace of Christ to all whose lives we touch. As ever, the order of service, together with links to view, listen or dial in to this service will be published on this page shortly. Live-streamed and ‘as live’ worship is available for everyone across the Diocese of Oxford, these services complement the prayers, meditations and worship offered bylocal churches. Our principal Diocesan services take place at 10 am each Sunday. https://www.oxford.anglican.org/coronavirus-covid-19/livestream
Reflections for a Church in Lockdown
Episodes are available to listen to now, or download it wherever you get your podcasts (search ‘My extraordinary family’)

The suffering: Blake, Sam, Reuben, Margaret, David, Don, Karl, Hugh, Sarah, Elsie, Lesley, Joanna, Pam, Andy, Jean, Holly, Refugees, Prisoners, the Homeless and those who mourn.
The departed: those recently departed this life, Christine Hearne, and those whose anniversaries fall at this time.
Community prayers: Clewer Green School, the head teacher Martin Tinsley and all the pupils, staff and governors. For all our Care Homes, for the safety of residents and staff.
Parish Cycle of Prayer: Please pray for all who live or work in Little Buntings,
Tyrell Gardens, Duncroft, Perrycroft, Ryecroft, Rydings, Ellison Close, and Addington Close.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: pray for the Church in the Province of the West Indies. Please pray also for the Churches in The Free State (Southern Africa), Rumonge (Burundi), Diocese on the Coast (Nigeria), Kwoi (Nigeria), Rupert’s Land (Canada), Dogura (Papua New Guinea), Rutana (Burundi), Doko (Nigeria), Dominican Republic (The Episcopal Church), Ruwenzori (Uganda), Dornakal (South India), Sabah (South East Asia), and Down & Dromore (Ireland).

Please continue to pray for and support your neighbours and families in any way you can whilst keeping yourself safe.
NOTICES   WhatsApp group –  Revd Rosie has started a WhatsApp group for St Andrews. The idea is to post a daily prayer, thought for the day, picture or music. Its not about everyday chitchat and discussion, its aimed at our prayer life and living as disciples in the world in the current climate, a climate where we all need encouragement and a sense of hope. We all need to be closer to God and this is one way we can help to deepen our faith together. If you’d like to be involved then send her a text or accept the invitation, or not, when it arrives on your phone. It will come as an invitation to join St Andrews Daily Pray As You Go
Advance notice – there will be no Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve this year.
Christmas Market
Unfortunately due to current restrictions until December we are not able to hold the Christmas Market this year. Also we are unable to source the Christmas trees. Keep hold of your pickles and jams, I’m sure we will find a way of fundraising with them!  

Churchyard Roses
 You may have noticed the sad state of the roses in the churchyard. Our aim is to replace them this month. Thank you to all those who have sponsored a new rose, we are very grateful for the quick response and generosity.
Choir for this year’s Nine Lessons and Carols recorded service
Please hold on this until the end of lockdown time, thank you
If you would like to join our ‘Choir for Christmas’ to enable us to record a virtual service this year, please talk to Robert after the service or let Sharon in the Parish Office know. Thank you
Parish Mailing List – If you know of anyone who would like to receive the Pews News by email, please ask them to email office@clewerparish.org to be added to the list. We currently have 91 subscribers.

If you know anyone without internet access who would like to receive a printed copy of the Pews News, please send their name and address to office@clewerparish.org
Church Finances – message from Andrew
Thank you to everyone for all you have been able to give in this difficult time. Please consider continuing your regular giving by paying directly to our bank account, the details of which are:
HSBC Bank, High Street, Windsor
Sort Code: 40-47-37
Account number: 11373366  Account name: PCC St Andrews Church
The Parish Office is now closed again. Sharon is on furlough.

Out of hours office number: 07490 094261
Email:  office@clewerparish.org
Revd Rosie Webb: rector@clewerparish.org Tel: 01753  852334
Parish website: www.standrewsclewer.org
Churchwarden: Stuart Cockman
Pastoral helpline number: 07946 590223

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