15 Nov 2020 – Second Sunday Before Advent

St Andrews Clewer
Pews News 15 November 2020
Second Sunday Before Advent
WELCOME
  This week has seen the annual Children in Need appeal, people doing amazing things to raise money, and also World Kindness Day. Did you even know that was a thing? It is a global day that promotes the importance of being kind to each other, to yourself, and to the world. Celebrated on November 13 of each year, this day has the purpose to help everyone understand that compassion for others is what binds us all together. Being kind has the power to build bridges between neighbours and nations. Kindness seems such a small thing as does our small donation to Children in Need and other charities, but it means a great deal.

As Christians we would call this ‘being light’, encourage one another and build up each other (1 Thes 5. 11). We are called to be ready for when our Saviour, our King, returns and in doing so, we examine how we live our lives. We try to help make abit of the Kingdom of heaven here on earth.
  Welcome in the name of Christ.
God’s grace, mercy and peace be with you.
and also with you.
 
Faithful one, whose word is life.
Come with saving power
to free our praise,
inspire our prayer
and shape our lives
for the kingdom of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

COLLECT
 
Heavenly Lord,
you long for the world’s salvation:
stir us from apathy,
restrain us from excess
and revive in us new hope
that all creation will one day be healed
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

READINGS – RECORDING

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READINGS

Zephaniah 1.7, 12-end
 
7 Be silent before the Lord God!
   For the day of the Lord is at hand;
the Lord has prepared a sacrifice,
   he has consecrated his guests.
12 At that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps,
   and I will punish the people
who rest complacently on their dregs,
   those who say in their hearts,
‘The Lord will not do good,
   nor will he do harm.’
13 Their wealth shall be plundered,
   and their houses laid waste.
Though they build houses,
   they shall not inhabit them;
though they plant vineyards,
they shall not drink wine from them.
 
14 The great day of the Lord is near,
   near and hastening fast;
the sound of the day of the Lord is bitter,
   the warrior cries aloud there.
15 That day will be a day of wrath,
   a day of distress and anguish,
a day of ruin and devastation,
   a day of darkness and gloom,
a day of clouds and thick darkness,
16   a day of trumpet blast and battle cry
against the fortified cities
   and against the lofty battlements.
 
17 I will bring such distress upon people
   that they shall walk like the blind;
   because they have sinned against the Lord,
their blood shall be poured out like dust,
   and their flesh like dung.
18 Neither their silver nor their gold
   will be able to save them
   on the day of the Lord’s wrath;
in the fire of his passion
   the whole earth shall be consumed;
for a full, a terrible end
he will make of all the inhabitants of the earth.
 
This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
 
Psalm 90.1-8
 
1  Lord, you have been our refuge
   from one generation to another.
2  Before the mountains were brought forth,
      or the earth and the world were formed,
   from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
3  You turn us back to dust and say:
   ‘Turn back, O children of earth.’
4  For a thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday,
   which passes like a watch in the night.
5  You sweep them away like a dream;
   they fade away suddenly like the grass.
6  In the morning it is green and flourishes;
   in the evening it is dried up and withered.
7  For we consume away in your displeasure;
   we are afraid at your wrathful indignation.
8  You have set our misdeeds before you
   and our secret sins in the light of your countenance.
 
1 Thessalonians 5.1-11
 
5 Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers and sisters, you do not need to have anything written to you. 2 For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3 When they say, ‘There is peace and security’, then sudden destruction will come upon them, as labour pains come upon a pregnant woman, and there will be no escape! 4 But you, beloved, are not in darkness, for that day to surprise you like a thief; 5 for you are all children of light and children of the day; we are not of the night or of darkness. 6 So then, let us not fall asleep as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober; 7 for those who sleep sleep at night, and those who are drunk get drunk at night. 8 But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, and put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. 9 For God has destined us not for wrath but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep we may live with him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.
 
This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

GOSPEL READING – RECORDING

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GOSPEL READING
  Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew.
Glory to you, O Lord.
 
Matthew 25.14-30
 
14 ‘For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; 15 to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16 The one who had received the five talents went off at once and traded with them, and made five more talents. 17 In the same way, the one who had the two talents made two more talents. 18 But the one who had received the one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. 19 After a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. 20 Then the one who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five more talents, saying, “Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more talents.” 21 His master said to him, “Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.” 22 And the one with the two talents also came forward, saying, “Master, you handed over to me two talents; see, I have made two more talents.” 23 His master said to him, “Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.” 24 Then the one who had received the one talent also came forward, saying, “Master, I knew that you were a harsh man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed; 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.” 26 But his master replied, “You wicked and lazy slave! You knew, did you, that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I did not scatter? 27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have received what was my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him, and give it to the one with the ten talents. 29 For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. 30 As for this worthless slave, throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
 
This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.

REFLECTION – RECORDING (Includes the Welcome)

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REFLECTION – TEXT

Jesus’ parable of the talents is so familiar to all of us but rather than just talk about it this time let us be proactive. We all have a talent for something, from baking, writing letters, drawing pictures, growing vegetable the kind of everyday talent that many of us do not even think about. We all have gifts and opportunities, but they are not the same for everybody. But we have to use what we’ve been given in such a bold and enterprising way that when the king of all the world comes, we will be ready.
 
If you really do not think you have a talent, why not buy four nice little candles in a jar and give them to four different people. The Church of England is encouraging us all to light a candle at 6pm and say a prayer during lockdown, why not use that as an idea for the four weeks of advent for other people? Even find a prayer you can give them to go with the candle.
 
This year through the four weeks of advent the challenge is to use a talent each week for the benefit of other people, a neighbour, a friend or a complete random stranger, and instead of just making them the recipient of your talent tell them why you are doing it and encourage them to use one of their talents to do something for somebody else.
 
 Advent is such a wonderful season for the church to be going on an adventure and not only watching and waiting for Jesus to be born and celebrated but to, as Jesus is always reminding us using the time wisely. Advent is also the reminder that Jesus is going to one day return to this earth and he wants to discover his saints have been using every talent to pass on God’s love.
 
In this time of pandemic we are trying to be creative, things that we can do, not complain about what we can’t do. Churches Together in Windsor are putting together a virtual advent calendar, a daily short film that will point verbally to the light of Christ coming into the world, and your words and actions will point to it as well. Do not let this opportunity pass us by otherwise we become as Jesus reminds us in the parable as the one who buries their talent, the fool for not grasping the opportunities, not doing anything wrong but simply not doing anything! Parables are not stories that can be ignored but God’s truth put in a clear and challenging way for all generations to act upon.
 
 So let’s get ready for an adventurous Advent!

TIME OF PRAYER – BY JOHN BRUCE
 
Let us pray for the peace of God in the Church and among the nations
 
Lord, you feed us with the bread of life, and nourish us with the cup of salvation. We give you thanks for the wisdom of your counsel: in the silence of the darkest hours of the night, we open our ears to the whisper of your voice. When we are lost in the thicket, you show us the royal path that avoids both cliff and chasm as it leads us safely to your side.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer
 
Lord, creator of the universe, infinite and glorious, you give us laws to save us from our folly; give us eyes to see your plan unfolding, your purpose emerging as the world is made; give us courage to follow the truth, courage to go wherever you lead; then we shall know blessings beyond our dreams; then will your will be done.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer
 
Lord, we pray for our neighbours and those we live amongst. Teach us to give each other the benefit of the doubt, when rumours and gossip circulate. Teach us to put our trust in each other and our common humanity, rather than the buildings and structures in which we meet. Rather may we seek to forge our relationships, link by link.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer
 
Lord of all power and might, give us grace to trust you both in darkness and in light. In the face of danger and adversity, be our strength and hope, that we may be sustained on this earthly pilgrimage. Give courage to all those who are ill, and all who are afraid for their future. Look with mercy, we pray, on those who are in pain, that their sufferings may be lessened, or they may be strengthened to endure to the end.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer
 
Keep us, good Lord, under the shadow of your mercy in this time of uncertainty and distress. Sustain and support the anxious and fearful, and lift up all who are brought low – particularly those who in their final hours, are prevented from physical contact from family and friends – knowing that nothing can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer
 
Rejoicing in the fellowship of all your saints, we commend ourselves and all people to your unfailing love.
Merciful Father,
Accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Amen

BLESSING

Christ our King make you faithful and strong to do his will,
That you may reign with him in glory;
 

and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit be with you always.
Amen.

SUNDAY COFFEE ZOOM AT 11.45am

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. 
 
SUNDAY EVENING PRAYER AT 5pm
 
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 89.19-37
1 Kings 1.15-40
Revelation 1.4-18  

EVENING PRAYER DURING THE WEEK

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.
 
SUNDAY & WEDNESDAY PRIVATE PRAYER 10am-12
 
The Church is still open on Sundays and Wednesdays from 10-12 am for private prayer only.

OXFORD DIOCESE CHURCH AT HOME

15 November 2020 10am The theme of our Church at Home service this week is Encouraging Talents. The God revealed in Jesus calls us to grow our gifts and talents out of love not threat, in freedom not fear. With the coming of the pandemic, many church communities have responded in extraordinary ways, recognising new talents among themselves in the process.  Yet, sometimes – even in COVID-19 times – we don’t always know which gifts we have, or how they could be a part of our healthy growth as disciples. This service ends with a short film about a tool designed to help you in your everyday faith. As we prepare to worship, may we give thanks for all who have encouraged us; may we share encouragement; and let us pray that all who have experienced discouragement this week, this month, this year, may be built up, restored, and learn again of the gifts they have to share in the grace of God. The service will stream at 10am on church.online
Alternative ways to particpate in the service are listed below Download the order of service (PDF) Other ways to participate Watch on YouTube – link available shortly Listen online via your web browser – link available shortly Additional links Sermon notes Find out about a Personal Discipleship Plan Advice and inspiration for uncertain times  
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’)
https://blogs.oxford.anglican.org/podcast

PLEASE PRAY FOR

The suffering: Blake, Sam, Reuben, Margaret, David, Don, Karl, Hugh, Sarah, Elsie, Lesley, Joanna, Pam, Andy, Holly, Hugo, Refugees, Prisoners, the Homeless and those who mourn.
 
The departed: those recently departed this life 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 of Ceylon (Extra-Provincial to the Archbishop of Canterbury). Please pray also for the Churches in Sabongidda-Ora (Nigeria), Dublin & Glendalough (Ireland), Saldanha Bay (Southern Africa), Duk (South Sudan), Salisbury (England), Dunedin (Aotearoa NZ & Polynesia), Sambalpur (North India), Dunkwa-on-Offin (West Africa), Durgapur (North India), San Diego (The Episcopal Church), Durham (England), San Joaquin (The Episcopal Church), Dutse (Nigeria), and Kyoto (Japan).

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.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 Pray As You Go
   
Advance notice
There will be no Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve this year.
 
Churches Together in Windsor Virtual Advent Calendar
This year we are having to find new and creative ways of sharing the story of the first Christmas. Our annual visit to the Christmas story may look different but the story and the meaning is the same, a story of darkness and light, a story of hope and love.

This year you are invited to join us virtually though our Advent Calendar put together by our Churches Together in Windsor community.

We hope and pray that this will encourage and help you prepare for an amazing Christmas!
You will be able to find it via our email subscribers list, St Andrews website, our St Andrews facebook page and the new CTW Advent Calendar facebook page.  

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  

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!  

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
 
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
CONTACTS
 
The Parish Office is now closed again. Sharon is on furlough. Stuart will monitor emails.

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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