22 Nov 2020 – Christ The King

St Andrews Clewer
Pews News 22 November 2020
Christ The King
WELCOME

Today is the last Sunday before Advent.

That means this is the last Sunday of the church year – start making your New Year’s resolutions now!

This week is the last time we read from Matthew’s Gospel. From next week, we move into a new year and Mark takes centre stage.

It is also Stir up Sunday!

And it is the last of Remember November, when we have remembered saints, souls, war and peace and now we remember that Christ is our King!
 

Welcome in the name of Christ.
God’s grace, mercy and peace be with you.
and also with you.
 
Lord, we praise you as our God and King.
Open our hearts and minds to recognise and
serve you among those who need our love and care.
Amen.
 
COLLECT
 
Eternal Father,
whose Son Jesus Christ ascended to the throne of heaven
that he might rule over all things as Lord and King:
keep the Church in the unity of the Spirit
and in the bond of peace,
and bring the whole created order to worship at his feet;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen.

READINGS – RECORDING

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READINGS
 
Ezekiel 34.11-16, 20-24
 
11 For thus says the Lord God: I myself will search for my sheep, and will seek them out. 12 As shepherds seek out their flocks when they are among their scattered sheep, so I will seek out my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places to which they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness. 13 I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them into their own land; and I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the watercourses, and in all the inhabited parts of the land. 14 I will feed them with good pasture, and the mountain heights of Israel shall be their pasture; there they shall lie down in good grazing land, and they shall feed on rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. 15 I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I will make them lie down, says the Lord God. 16 I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, but the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them with justice.
 
20 Therefore, thus says the Lord God to them: I myself will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep. 21 Because you pushed with flank and shoulder, and butted at all the weak animals with your horns until you scattered them far and wide, 22 I will save my flock, and they shall no longer be ravaged; and I will judge between sheep and sheep.
 
23 I will set up over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he shall feed them: he shall feed them and be their shepherd. 24 And I, the Lord, will be their God, and my servant David shall be prince among them; I, the Lord, have spoken.
 
This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
 
Psalm 95.1-7
 
1  O come, let us sing to the Lord; 
   let us heartily rejoice in the rock of our salvation.
2  Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving 
   and be glad in him with psalms.
3  For the Lord is a great God 
   and a great king above all gods.
4  In his hand are the depths of the earth 
   and the heights of the mountains are his also.
5  The sea is his, for he made it, 
   and his hands have moulded the dry land.
6  Come, let us worship and bow down 
   and kneel before the Lord our Maker.
7  For he is our God; 
   we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand.
 
Ephesians 1.15-end
 
15 I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love towards all the saints, and for this reason 16 I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. 17 I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, 18 so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power. 20 God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come. 22 And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.
 
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 25.31-end
 
31 ‘When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, 33 and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. 34 Then the king will say to those at his right hand, “Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; 35 for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” 37 Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? 38 And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? 39 And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?” 40 And the king will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” 41 Then he will say to those at his left hand, “You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; 42 for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.” 44 Then they also will answer, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?” 45 Then he will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.” 46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.’
 
This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.

REFLECTION – RECORDING (Includes the Welcome)

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REFLECTION – TEXT

This week in our household I was emailed a link to a youtube video, all we needed to know about Year 9 at upper school. Everything is now loaded onto the internet, all homework, all assessments, all feedback, monitoring progress etc. You can’t get away with anything at school anymore, no blaming the dog for eating your homework!  There is nowhere to hide, they can see everything regarding school work! None of us like judgement but actually how can we achieve or progress without it? The Jews saw judgement as a way of discerning their relationship with God but they always seemed to put themselves on the right side of judgement.
So today is the feast of Christ the King, how is your relationship with our King? Are you prepared for judgement?

We read that Christ our King will come again and the first thing he will do is to gather the whole world, all the nations, and start separating out the people into the sheep and the goats. How does he choose who to send which way?
 
If you were king for a day, the normal kingly thing to do might be to keep the rich ones or the mighty warriors who can help keep you on the throne.
But Christ the King is most interested in the poorest and most vulnerable people and the way the rest of us treat them. Christ our king will come again, how we live our lives in the meantime—we will be judged. I’m not going to ask you if you are a sheep or goat!!!
If you feed the hungry, welcome the stranger, care for the sick and visit those in prison, you are blessed by the Father and you will inherit the kingdom.
If you failed to do these things, you will go away into eternal punishment.
It has been said, “Nobody gets to heaven without a letter of reference from the poor.”
 
Keeping with the Kingly theme, on Sundays when we are in church together we pledge our allegiance to Christ our ruler by reciting the Nicene or Apostles Creed, a list of things we believe. These two Creeds are well and good, although a bit philosophical. Today’s Gospel parable is a statement of what Jesus himself believed, his creed.
 
Should we not believe the same things he believed?
What would be the impact if, at the invitation “Let us profess our faith,” we were to all stand and say words from today’s Gospel:
We believe in feeding the hungry.
We believe in giving drink to the thirsty.
We believe in welcoming the stranger.
We believe in clothing the naked.
We believe in visiting the imprisoned and the sick.
We believe.”
Imagine the impression this would make hearing that we stand for what Jesus stood for!
However, we can by rote recite all the creeds we can think of, but the real definitive creedal statement, as Jesus makes clear in this Gospel, is to actually feed the hungry, etc.  We profess our faith by our actions.
 
And another name for today.
Today is stir up Sunday.
The Book of Common Prayer collect for today begins Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people.
These words reminded people to go and stir up the mixture for their Christmas puddings. That’s a helpful reminder in the run up to Christmas – who is cooking their pudding today? I don’t think it’s what Cranmer had in mind when he wrote the prayer. He wanted to stir the people up to live the sort of life that Jesus wanted of them. Profess their faith by their actions
 
In today’s reading neither the righteous nor the unrighteous realise that they have either served or neglected Jesus.  They don’t set out to minister to him or to neglect him.
It is the whole character of their lives and their attitudes that leads them to minister to him or to ignore him.
God doesn’t want us to set aside time now and again to serve the poor, hungry, thirsty, naked, sick, or prisoners. God wants a servant’s attitude to be woven through every aspect of our lives. We are called to be so deeply rooted in the Gospel, and so deeply committed to lives of service, that we reach out by instinct to the needs of the community that surrounds us.  Not because by doing so we hope to please God, but because that’s the kind of people we have become. So whatever or however we live our lives, there is no hiding place, we can’t get away with anything, there’s no excuses good enough.
 
In the reading from Ephesians, it sounds as if members of the church in Ephesus were well on the way to becoming people like this.
Paul wrote, ‘I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love towards all the saints and for this reason I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers.’
 
And the rewards for this life of faith and love are beyond any measure.
The Gospel promise is that people of faith and love will inherit the kingdom prepared for them from the foundation of the world.
Paul’s prayer is that ‘God may give you a spirit of wisdom so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints.’
The church is the body of Christ the king, the fullness of him who fills all in all.
We are the hands and feet of Christ in the world today.
May we see Christ in the face of all those we meet and serve him in every part of our lives.
 
Stir up, O Lord the wills of your faithful people;
that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works,
may by you be plenteously rewarded;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen

TIME OF PRAYER – From Times & Seasons United in the company of all the faithful and looking for the coming of the kingdom, let us offer our prayers to God, the source of all life and holiness. Merciful Lord, strength
en all Christian people by your Holy Spirit, that we may live as a royal priesthood and a holy nation to the praise of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Lord, in your mercy
hear our prayer.

Bless Olivia our bishop and all ministers of your Church, that by faithful proclamation of your word we may be built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets into a holy temple in the Lord.
Lord, in your mercy
hear our prayer.

Empower us by the gift of your holy and life-giving Spirit, that we may be transformed into the likeness of Christ from glory to glory.
Lord, in your mercy
hear our prayer.

Give to the world and its peoples the peace that comes from above, that they may find Christ’s way of freedom and life.
Lord, in your mercy
hear our prayer.

Hold in your embrace all who witness to your love in the service of the poor and needy; all who minister to the sick and dying; and all who bring light to those in darkness.
Lord, in your mercy
hear our prayer.

Touch and heal all those whose lives are scarred by sin or disfigured by pain, that, raised from death to life in Christ, their sorrow may be turned to eternal joy.
Lord, in your mercy
hear our prayer.

Remember in your mercy all those gone before us who have been well-pleasing to you from eternity; preserve in your faith your servants on earth, guide us to your kingdom and grant us your peace at all times. Lord, in your mercy
hear our prayer.

Hasten the day when many will come from east and west, from north and south, and sit at table in your kingdom.
Lord, in your mercy
hear our prayer.

We give you thanks for the whole company of your saints in glory, with whom in fellowship we join our prayers and praises; by your grace may we, like them, be made perfect in your 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 93 [97]
2 Samuel 23.1-7
Matthew 28.16-20  

EVENING PRAYER DURING THE WEEK

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

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

22 November 2020 10am
The festival of Christ the King stands at a crossroads, with one liturgical year behind us and the promise of a new year ahead, beginning with Advent next week, which will bring a new energy as we prepare our hearts for Christmas. This service of Christ the King borrows liturgical elements from previous Church at Home services and from Diocesan school assemblies, beginning with the very first Call to Worship from March 2020. Let us be mindful of the words in that call: ‘I lay at the foot of the Cross all my fears.’ Those words begin our service. They echo as true today as they did in March, as they have done for centuries, and will echo true into the new liturgical year and beyond. Watch at 10am on church.online
Alternative ways to participate in the service are listed below The order of service will be available to download shortly Other ways to participate Watch on YouTube Listen online via your web browser
 
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, Frank, Oliver, 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 Bermuda (Extra-Provincial to the Archbishop of Canterbury). Please pray also for the Churches in Santiago (Chile), Santiago (Philippines), Sao Paulo (Brazil), East Carolina (The Episcopal Church), Sapele (Nigeria), East Kerala (South India), Saskatchewan (Canada), East Ruwenzori (Uganda), East Tennessee (The Episcopal Church), Saskatoon (Canada), Eastern Himalayas (North India), Sebei (Uganda), Eastern Kowloon (Hong Kong), and Kyushu (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.
We will  review what services we can do once we get the final guidance from the Government and Diocese and then produce our Advent/Christmas flyer.
 
Advent Study
This year we would encourage you to prepare for the Incarnation by regular reading of the BRF Journeying through Advent with New Daylight: Daily Bible readings and group study material. The cost is £3 if you would like a copy please let Revd Rosie know. We will be coming together each Wednesday, via zoom at 8pm, to do the group sessions. We hope you will be able to join us. Also there will be a said service of Compline/night prayer following at 9pm. You can join for both or either/or.
 
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!  

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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