What a glorious week we’ve had with the weather, I hope you have been able to sit outside or go for your walk and enjoy the warmth of the sun and the blue sky? The rectory garden is coming along nicely and I am eternally grateful for the space we have here at the rectory. But its not all lovely here I can tell you! Let’s just say …home schooling is not my forte! Trying to keep a routine, making sure the two youngsters get on with schoolwork -which if I don’t sit and do it with them, basically means it doesn’t happen.
In the run up to Easter my inbox from the Diocese was overwhelming, so many things to do, to read, which changed every day, and the technology involved!! And now this is what is happening for the children. Overwhelming amounts of school work from different subject teachers, apps for this and that, everything digitally linked to something else and don’t forget to ‘click and send’ otherwise another email will come! The teachers are doing a wonderful job and working very hard, but it is over whelming. What about those households with no access to a computer or several youngsters in a household who all need to use it because all their work has to be done it?
Mental health has become a real concern for all of us and trying to gain some balance between ‘must and want’ is not easy!
As part of my weekly routine of calls and texts, I’ve been finding out what some of you are doing to keep going during this journey of lock down, what are the challenges and if you are learning something new.
Here’s a few things to share from those chats – regular exercise, gardening, knitting, getting back to the piano, online courses, learning the guitar, enjoying to company of the neighbour’s dog, zooming family and friends, learning to cope with technology. There are so many things that we miss and that challenge us, but we are here to encourage each other with a friendly chat and listening ear. You could book in a time to share a coffee or meal with a friend, an online lunch! Read a bedtime story to the grandchildren, they love just listening to your voice. Borrow a dog! As a family we have quiz night on Saturday evenings via zoom, we take it in turn to set the questions, tonight is our turn so Andrew has been enjoying researching!
Some of our family are working, all the teachers are on rotas to go into school, some of us are trying to work from home and some are using to time to get to grips with their gardens and keeping a check on our mental health.
Sadly, the number of funerals is on the rise, the funeral directors and clergy are working together to support the families as best we can and particularly for clergy it quite often means not meeting the family until the service itself.
So many things on all our minds, new challenges, finding new ways of doing things but in all this…prayer. Prayer sustains in all things…God is always listening, and His abundant love is freely available to comfort, to praise, to heal, to forgive and to help us find peace and hope. God fulfils all his promises. Take a deep breath, feel the sun on your face and remember you are loved and not alone.
Blessings. Revd Rosie
In the name of the Father and of the Son
and of the Holy Spirit.
Grace, mercy and peace from God our
Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
and also with you.
Alleluia. Christ is risen.
He is risen indeed. Alleluia.
your Son has opened for us
a new and living way into your presence.
Give us new hearts and constant wills
to worship you in spirit and in truth;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
who in your great mercy gladdened the disciples with the sight of the risen Lord:
give us such knowledge of his presence with us,
that we may be strengthened and sustained by his risen life
and serve you continually in righteousness and truth;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen
Acts 2.14a, 36-41
14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them: ‘Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say.
36 Therefore let the entire house of Israel know with certainty that God has made him both Lord and Messiah, this Jesus whom you crucified.’
37 Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and to the other apostles, ‘Brothers, what should we do?’ 38 Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to him.’ 40 And he testified with many other arguments and exhorted them, saying, ‘Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.’ 41 So those who welcomed his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand persons were added.
This is the word of the Lord.
All Thanks be to God.
1 I love the Lord,
for he has heard the voice of my supplication;
because he inclined his ear to me
on the day I called to him.
2 The snares of death encompassed me;
the pains of hell took hold of me;
by grief and sorrow was I held.
3 Then I called upon the name of the Lord:
‘O Lord, I beg you, deliver my soul.’
4 Gracious is the Lord and righteous;
our God is full of compassion.
5 The Lord watches over the simple;
I was brought very low and he saved me.
6 Turn again to your rest, O my soul,
for the Lord has been gracious to you.
7 For you have delivered my soul from death,
my eyes from tears and my feet from falling.
1 Peter 1.17-23
17 If you invoke as Father the one who judges all people impartially according to their deeds, live in reverent fear during the time of your exile. 18 You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish. 20 He was destined before the foundation of the world, but was revealed at the end of the ages for your sake. 21 Through him you have come to trust in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are set on God.
22 Now that you have purified your souls by your obedience to the truth so that you have genuine mutual love, love one another deeply from the heart. 23 You have been born anew, not of perishable but of imperishable seed, through the living and enduring word of God.
This is the word of the Lord.
All Thanks be to God.
Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke.
All Glory to you, O Lord.
13 Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, 14 and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15 While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, 16 but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17 And he said to them, ‘What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?’ They stood still, looking sad. 18 Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, ‘Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?’ 19 He asked them, ‘What things?’ They replied, ‘The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him. 21 But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place. 22 Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning, 23 and when they did not find his body there, they came back and told us that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who said that he was alive. 24 Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see him.’ 25 Then he said to them, ‘Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! 26 Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?’ 27 Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.
28 As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. 29 But they urged him strongly, saying, ‘Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.’ So he went in to stay with them. 30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. 32 They said to each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?’ 33 That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. 34 They were saying, ‘The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!’ 35 Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.
This is the Gospel of the Lord.
All Praise to you, O Christ.
I love the road to Emmaus story! It is always an essential part of the Easter story and of course it’s a story about a journey, the journey of discipleship. You all know I love a journey! How many of you have watched the C4TV series The Pilgrimage? There have been three now, the latest being the Sultan’s Trail from Vienna to Istanbul, walking through Bulgaria and Serbia and Turkey. There were 2 Christians, 2 Muslims, 2 Atheists and a Jew, a real mix of faiths and none. They all discovered many things about each other, about faith, about themselves. And as Adrian Chiles said, “we never fell out, so there is hope in there somewhere”.
There is that age-old adage…life is a journey, it is! Our life is one big journey in itself, some shorter like our school days and our employment but all help to shape our journey through life.
The two disciples on this journey, only about 7/8 miles, found their lives changed!
They had been in Jerusalem, they were there with everything that had happened, all the emotions and confusion. What was that all about? When something shocking or unsettling has happened, particularly a bereavement, we find ourselves in a place where we want to walk away from it all. But also there is the need to talk about it, to keep going over what happened to try to get a grasp on it all. These two disciples were doing just that, triggered by loss and desolation, they took a journey, stepping away and talking about what happened, trying to find some sense in the tragedy.
Then along comes someone who joins them, walks alongside them and listens. Another pilgrim? Certainly, Luke makes out it is a stranger. When you go on pilgrimage you meet people who you’ve never met before, strangers. Some remain strangers and some become angels!
When you have that feeling of great loss, you find yourself talking, even when you would ordinarily be a very private person. Loss does something to us.
This stranger listens and asks questions which the disciples find astonishing, because how come he hadn’t heard? A stranger looks at things from a different angle, Jesus/this stranger, managed to draw the disciples out of themselves, he drew out all the pent up feelings they hadn’t been able to express. That’s what friends are for, but also strangers. This stranger then went on to interpret the scriptures, he gave everything meaning and helped them understand. That is what Jesus does! Throughout his life, Jesus interpreted the scriptures, opening up the word, explaining it all and showing how to read it. By doing so the disciples, and we too, are able to recognise who Jesus is.
This stranger is invited to share a meal, a meal at which Jesus took the bread and blessed it. This stranger didn’t invite himself, he could have just walked on, if he had, then would he have become a friend or just another person they met on the road? By the sharing a meal, by showing hospitality, Jesus joined them, and the disciple’s eyes were opened, and they recognised him! God opened their eyes and enabled them to see. What did they see? This stranger was Jesus, but more importantly, the Messiah! This was a journey to shape all journeys… a journey of life itself!
For these two disciples who stepped out, to walk away from the tragedy, to find sense in the chaos, struggling to find meaning to their emotions, met a stranger who became a friend who transformed their lives! Helped them to understand, from disbelief to faith. When they returned to the other disciples they found that they too had discovered the truth. Truth that Jesus is ALIVE!
So however and wherever we travel on this journey of life, there is always the possibility that our paths will cross with a stranger, where the Lord of life will reveal himself and … there is hope definitely there! Amen.
PRAYERS – The Right Reverend John Pritchard, via Mulle Price
The Emmaus story in Luke 24 has enduring appeal in its
Humanity, its wonder and its mixture of simplicity and
complexity. The prayers follow the developing
narrative of the story.
To the bidding ‘The Lord ls risen’, please respond ‘He is risen
Lord of the Emmaus road, thank you for this stunning good
news! Like the two disciples on that road, we are often
despondent. Our best plans and highest hopes evaporate and
we’re left with dust in our mouths on that weary journey back to
where we started. And if not us, that experience may be familiar
to a loved one at this moment. Walk with us, Lord; listen to our
story; and then let us hear yours, straight from the empty tomb.
The Lord ls risen. He ls risen indeed. Alleluia!
Lord of the journey, you opened the Scriptures to those disciples
as you walked, and their hearts burned within them. Help us to
listen to the good news of Scripture, to read, mark, learn and
inwardly digest it, so that our palates are not jaded with too
much familiarity but rather inspired by the vitality and truth that
we find there. Walk with us, Lord, and let us hear your story,
straight from the empty tomb.
The Lord ls risen. He is risen indeed. Alleluia!
Lord of the open door, you accepted the hospitality of strangers
who urged you warmly to stay a while with them. May we show
a similar enthusiasm [at an appropriate time] to welcome the stranger,
to open our homes, our churches and our country to those in need.
And as we offer such hospitality may we find that we also have been blessed,
for we have entertained you unawares. Sit with us, Lord, and let us
hear your story, straight from the empty tomb.
The Lord is risen. He is risen indeed. Alleluia!
Lord of the broken bread and the blessed wine, you performed
those familiar actions and the two disciples suddenly knew who
you were. As we come to your table week by week, may we too
know the shock of recognition and blessing, as you share the life
that is in you and is available to us. Give us confidence to invite
others to the banquet, in anticipation of the Meal at the End of
the World in your heavenly kingdom. Preside at our table, Lord,
and let us hear and experience your story, straight from the empty tomb.
The Lord is risen. He is risen indeed. Alleluia!
Alleluia indeed! Amen.
The Lord be with you
And also with you.
The God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the eternal covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always. Amen
Sunday BCP evening prayer will again be at 5pm via a Zoom link. We will send out the meeting details, with the order of service, and the readings, later today. Last week was a small start, and a success, which hopefully we can build upon.
1 Corinthians 3.10-17
PLEASE PRAY FOR
Healing: Blake, Sam Evans, Reuben, Margaret, David, Don, Karl, Hugh, Sarah, Elsie, Lesley, Rufus and James, Refugees, Prisoners, the Homeless and those who mourn.
The lately departed: Sylvia Morrissy, April Reardon, Anne Jacobs, Jean Ripley, Alfred Delamere, Pamela Powell, Gill Labrum, and those whose anniversary falls at this time.
Community prayers: Clewer Green School, the head teacher Martin Tinsley and all the pupils, staff and governors. Also please pray for our wedding couples as they wait with anticipation and uncertainty at this this time.
Parish Cycle of Prayer: Please pray for all who live in Clewer Park, Mill Lane, White Lilies Island, Clewer Court Road, Swan Terrace, Petworth Court and the Boatyard Flats. And our community pub, the Swan.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Pray for the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem & The Middle East. Pray for the Churches in Mount Kenya Central (Kenya), Mount Kenya South (Kenya), Mount Kenya West (Kenya), Mount Kilimanjaro (Tanzania), Wusasa (Nigeria), Ijesha North (Nigeria), Mpumalanga (Southern Africa), The Episcopal Church in Wyoming (USA), Mpwapwa (Tanzania), Yambio (South Sudan), Yangon (Myanmar), Mthatha (formerly St John’s) (Southern Africa), Yei (South Sudan), Muhabura (Uganda), Yeri (South Sudan), and Ijumu (Nigeria).
Please continue to pray for and support your neighbours and families in any way you can whilst keeping yourself safe.
Church Finances- message from Andrew
With the suspension of church services our income is likely to fall and, while some of our costs will be reduced, others will be incurred whether we are “open for business” or not. In the light of this suspension of services you might like to 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
Symbols of hope and happiness – I would like to set you all a creative challenge. How about knitting or crocheting symbols of hope and happiness, flowers, hearts, crosses, doves etc. Any colours and shape. Then when we are able to gather, we can join them all together to make an altar frontal or a banner, in celebration of faith, hope and love. Let me know if you’d like to join in. Revd Rosie
Pictures can be posted to the St Andrews Facebook Page
Self Isolation Choir – The Self Isolation Choir has been specially formed in response to the global impact of the Coronavirus. Singers from around the world can join and take part in the events and activities organised by the choir in their own home. The first event will be singing Handel’s Messiah.
Bible Challenge – At the moment we are doing this as a WhatsApp group call, please contact the Parish Office on email@example.com to be added to the group.
Reflection on the Acts of the Apostles – via Zoom, on Wednesdays at 13.30. Sarah Gardner and friends from the Catholic & Methodist churches are running a 1 hour weekly reflection on the Acts of the Apostles. The reflection will be in the form of Lectio Divina. If you would like to join in, please drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org so that she can forward the Zoom Invite and meeting details to you.
– are now putting boxes in various locations in the area for donations.
They welcome all non-perishable foods. At the moment they are short of
cooking sauces, tinned vegetables, tinned tomatoes, tinned meat/fish,
squash/cordial, tea/coffee. They have plenty of pasta, rice, soup and
Details on their Facebook page:
Boxes near to us include:
NORTH OF DEDWORTH ROAD
22 Testwood Road,
29 Clifton Rise,
1 Winch Terrace,
Tinkers Lane- opposite Bruce Walk,
50 East Crescent,
43 Mill Lane,
10 Clewer Park
SOUTH OF DEDWORTH ROAD
1 Sydney Road,
45 Poolmans Road,
218 and 160 Clewer Hill Road,
17 St Andrews Crescent,
15 Carter Close,
17A St Johns Road,
Corner of Rydings/Perrycroft -by the postbox,
Meryton House Longbourn,
14 Clewer Ave,
2 Winkfield Road,
EAST OF IMPERIAL ROAD
12 York Avenue,
7 College Crescent
25/33 St Leonards Ave,
348 St Leonards Road,
40 Deveraux Road,
42 Alma Road,
175 Clarence Road
83 Duke St,
41 Nightingale Walk,
ONLY for residents of Windsor Castle – 21 Horseshoe Cloisters,
ONLY for residents of Queens Acre – 22 Queens Acre
The Parish Office is now closed.
Sharon (our administrator) is currently on furlough.
Out of hours office number: 07490 094261
Email: email@example.com – Stuart will pick up any emails
Revd Rosie Webb: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: 01753 852334
Parish website: www.standrewsclewer.org
Churchwarden: Stuart Cockman
Pastoral helpline number: 07946 590223