Pews News – 01 May 2022

† St Andrews
Proclaiming Christ in Clewer
01 May 2022
The Third Sunday of Easter


THE EUCHARIST SERVICE IS  IN ST ANDREWS CHURCH AT 10.30

Welcome  

You may think Easter is all done and dusted but it isn’t!

We are now in a period of the great 50 days of Easter, a period in which we read the biblical text relating to seeing the risen Christ, and in Acts, the start of the Church, the newly transformed community of believers who are adjusting to life without Jesus, life with and life again without Jesus. My goodness, it’s a confusing and yet a transforming time! 
In the confusion and grief of Jesus dying and rising, the disciples take to the water, they go back to what they know best, fishing. And yet, even whilst doing this activity they know so well, something different happens. Jesus appears to them on the beach and invites them to come and have breakfast with him, after they have cast their nets on the other side and bring in the haul.

Our picture this week is Poppy and Immy, from Prayers and Bears, holding up our artwork masterpiece, a bonfire on the beach cooking fish. It is one of our favourite stories and one that always brings with it some fish. We share breakfast together every Friday before our session begins, so yes this week, we had some cooked fish with our toast. This is a favourite story, as during lockdown, whilst filming Prayers and Bears, I got out the bbq and cooked some fish in the garden.  This story reminds us that Jesus calls us all by name to follow him, hence our names around the picture. Jesus invites the disciples to bring their fish to his fire, all are called and all are welcome. Peter knew he had denied Christ three times, how must he have felt knowing he didn’t get a chance to make things right with Jesus? But Jesus gives him that chance, the risen Christ is giving Peter opportunities to redeem the past. Three declarations of ‘I love you’ to undue three betrayals of ‘I don’t know you’.

God’s forgiveness is far reaching. There is no need for any of us to carry and be worn down by guilt, God forgives us, loves us, and often gives us chances to redeem the past, change direction and move forward. So listen to God’s direction so that we fish on the right side of the boat, and allow Jesus to guide us and the Holy Spirit to lead us into new and surprising adventures!

Blessings
Revd Rosie


COLLECT

Almighty Father,
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.
All Amen

READINGS 

Acts 9.1-6 [7-20]

Meanwhile Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any who belonged to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. Now as he was going along and approaching Damascus, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, ‘Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?’ He asked, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ The reply came, ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But get up and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.’

This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Psalm 30

1  I will exalt you, O Lord,
     because you have raised me up 
     and have not let my foes triumph over me.
2  O Lord my God, I cried out to you 
     and you have healed me.
3  You brought me up, O Lord, from the dead; 
    you restored me to life from among those that go down to the Pit.
4  Sing to the Lord, you servants of his; 
    give thanks to his holy name.
5  For his wrath endures but the twinkling of an eye,
    his favour for a lifetime. 
    Heaviness may endure for a night,
     but joy comes in the morning.
6  In my prosperity I said,
    ‘I shall never be moved. 
   You, Lord, of your goodness,
   have made my hill so strong.’
7  Then you hid your face from me 
    and I was utterly dismayed.
8  To you, O Lord, I cried; 
    to the Lord I made my supplication:
9  ‘What profit is there in my blood,
      if I go down to the Pit? 
      Will the dust praise you or declare your faithfulness?
10  ‘Hear, O Lord, and have mercy upon me; 
      O Lord, be my helper.’
11  You have turned my mourning into dancing; 
      you have put off my sackcloth and girded me with gladness;
12  Therefore my heart sings to you without ceasing; 
      O Lord my God, I will give you thanks for ever.

Revelation 5.11-end

Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels surrounding the throne and the living creatures and the elders; they numbered myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, singing with full voice,
‘Worthy is the Lamb that was slaughtered
to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might
and honour and glory and blessing!’
Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, singing,
‘To the one seated on the throne and to the Lamb
be blessing and honour and glory and might
for ever and ever!’
And the four living creatures said, ‘Amen!’ And the elders fell down and worshipped.

This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

GOSPEL READING

John 21.1-19

After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he showed himself in this way. Gathered there together were Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples. Simon Peter said to them, ‘I am going fishing.’ They said to him, ‘We will go with you.’ They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.

Just after daybreak, Jesus stood on the beach; but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, ‘Children, you have no fish, have you?’ They answered him, ‘No.’ He said to them, ‘Cast the net to the right side of the boat, and you will find some.’ So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in because there were so many fish.

That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, ‘It is the Lord!’ When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on some clothes, for he was naked, and jumped into the lake. But the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, only about a hundred yards off.

When they had gone ashore, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, ‘Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.’ So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred and fifty-three of them; and though there were so many, the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, ‘Come and have breakfast.’ Now none of the disciples dared to ask him, ‘Who are you?’ because they knew it was the Lord. Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. This was now the third time that Jesus appeared to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.

When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?’ He said to him, ‘Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Feed my lambs.’ A second time he said to him, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me?’ He said to him, ‘Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Tend my sheep.’ He said to him the third time, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me?’ Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time, ‘Do you love me?’ And he said to him, ‘Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Feed my sheep.

Very truly, I tell you, when you were younger, you used to fasten your own belt and to go wherever you wished. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will fasten a belt around you and take you where you do not wish to go.’ (He said this to indicate the kind of death by which he would glorify God.) After this he said to him, ‘Follow me.’

This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.

INTERCESSIONS

Mighty God, your Son revealed himself again and again and convinced his disciples of his glorious resurrection.  Help us to feel his risen presence, so that we can lovingly feed his sheep, and care for the lambs of his flock here in Clewer.
Lord, in your mercy: hear our prayer

Creator God, we thank you for the example of leadership given to us by your Son, Jesus Christ, in his life on earth and how, in a very practical sense, he showed his followers a new way to fish. We pray for the peoples of the world who are learning to do new things with their lives, and we continue to pray that such changes will hasten the day when all of your world has enough of the basic essentials and comforts of life.
Lord, in your mercy: hear our prayer

Almighty God, you have called us to follow in the way of your risen Son, and to care for those who are our companions, not only with words, but with acts of love.  As we seek to be true friends of all, we pray for our families, our friends and our neighbours, especially in areas where there are problems with our relationships.  Let us always be the ones to make the first steps towards reconciliation.
Lord, in your mercy: hear our prayer

Gracious God, we remember this morning those who are sick, sad or lonely and those who are brave and patient when things are going wrong. We pray that they may be aware of your comforting presence and know that in your hands they are safe and loved.
We pray for Sam, Reuben, Don, Karl, Hugh and Sarah, Joanna, Pam, Holly, Hugo, Frank and Barbara, Bill, Suzanne, Christopher, Jackie, Norman and Diane, Patricia, and Frank. Refugees, Prisoners, the Homeless and those who mourn.
Lord, in your mercy: hear our prayer

Creator God, through the glorious resurrection of your son Jesus Christ, you have freed us from the grip of the tomb. We pray for those who have departed this life and ask You, through your loving kindness, to have mercy on their souls.  We pray too for those bereaved by their passing. We pray for Martin Stone, all those recently departed this life, and those whose anniversaries fall at this time.
Lord, in your mercy: hear our prayer

Lord, at the start of this new week, help us to be an example to others.  Show us, as you did with your fishermen friends, the practical steps we need to take so that we can change the ways in which we do things and so develop consistency and integrity in all that we do in our lives.

Merciful father: accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ.  Amen

Intercessions from the Costa Blanca Anglican Chaplaincy [adapted]

A PRAYER FOR UKRAINE

God of all peoples and nations,
Who created all things alive and breathing,
United and whole,
Show us the way of peace that is your overwhelming presence.
We hold before you the peoples of Ukraine and Russia,
Every child and every adult.
We long for the time
When weapons of war are beaten into ploughshares
When nations no longer lift up sword against nation.
We cry out to you for peace;
Protect those who only desire and deserve to live in security and safety
Comfort those who fear for their lives and the lives of their loved ones
Be with those who are bereaved.
Change the hearts of those set on violence and aggression
And fill leaders with the wisdom that leads to peace.
Kindle again in us a love of our neighbour,
And a passion for justice to prevail
and a renewed recognition that we all play a part in peace.
Creator of all hear our prayer
And bring us peace. Make us whole. 
All Amen.
 
PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Living God,
your Son made himself known to his disciples
in the breaking of bread:
open the eyes of our faith,
that we may see him in all his redeeming work;
who is alive and reigns, now and for ever.
All Amen

  Listen to Canon Brian’s Sermon for the 2nd Sunday of Easter

NOTICES

SUNDAY 5.00PM EUCHARIST SERVICE

Since this Sunday is the first of the month, the evening service will be a Eucharist, in Church.

APCM

The Annual Parochial Church Meeting will be held in St Andrews Church on the 22th of May 2022, at 11.30am (after the Eucharist Service). At the meeting, as well as the reports, we need to elect the following: One Churchwarden (currently vacant), and one to be re-elected A Deanery Synod Representative (currently vacant) Two PCC Members (currently vacant), and two to be re-elected. If you think that you could contribute in any of these roles, please see Revd Rosie.

PCC MEETING DATE CHANGE

The next PCC meeting date has been brought forward so that it is before the APCM. It is now on 12 May at 7.30pm on Zoom.

SERVICES FOR THE NEXT FEW WEEKS

Evening Prayer on Zoom, every Tuesday and Thursday at 5.00pm

Church open for Private Prayer, every Wednesday 10.00am-12.00

Sun 01 May  10.30am 3rd Sunday of Easter – Family Eucharist 
5.00pm Eucharist – in Church

Sun 08 May  10.30am 4th Sunday of Easter – Parish Eucharist 
5.00pm Evening Prayer – Zoom

Sun 15 May  10.30am 5th Sunday of Easter – Parish Eucharist 
5.00pm Evening Prayer – Zoom

Sun 22 May  10.30am 6th Sunday of Easter – Parish Eucharist 
5.00pm Evening Prayer – Zoom

Thu 26 May  12.00      Ascension Day – Midday Eucharist 

Sun 29 May  10.30am 7th Sunday of Easter – Parish Eucharist 
                                     No Evening Prayer (5th Sunday)

PRAYERS & BEARS

Prayers & Bears is now back to every Friday at 9.30am at St Agnes.

CHRISTIAN AID COFFEE MORNING – 21MAY

There will be a  Garden Open Morning, to raise funds for Christian Aid, at the Rectory on the 21st May, between 10.30 -12.00. Bring and buy cakes and plants.

ME TIME – JUBILEE PREPARATION – 11 MAY

There will be a meeting of the ‘Me Time’ group in Church on the 11th May at 10.00. This is to begin making plans and preparations for the Jubilee, and More!

CONCERT – 28 MAY

Through The Ages: English Music for Easter             
Including music by Taverner, Byrd, Purcell, Attwood, and Stainer.            
St Andrew’s Clewer, Saturday 28th May 2022 at 6pm   
        
                   
A concert of hymns and anthems, something for everyone, audience participation non-negotiable! 
                   
Featuring local musicians from Windsor, joined by professional London-based musicians and friends.                        
Pay as much as you can afford. As a guide, somewhere between £10-£15 would be appreciated to cover our costs. All profits go to Victim Support.

Organised by Robert Opoku

PATHWAYS

The latest issue of the Diocese magazine Pathways is available. We have a few copies in Church, or you can read it online:
Click Here for Pathways
https://www.oxford.anglican.org/pathways-pdf-version/

Pathways is the magazine for the people of the diocese, featuring articles to help equip committed Christians on their walk with God, while informing enquirers as they learn more about faith.

From deepening your spiritual life to practical tips on living out your faith, we hope Pathways will provide something for everyone and be enjoyed by many.


PLEASE PRAY FOR

The Suffering: Blake, Sam, Reuben, Don, Karl, Hugh and Sarah, Joanna, Pam, Holly, Hugo, Frank and Barbara, Bill, Suzanne, Christopher, Jackie, Norman and Diane, Patricia, and Frank. Refugees, Prisoners, the Homeless and those who mourn.

The Departed: Martin Stone, all those recently departed this life, and those whose anniversaries fall at this time.

Those being Baptised: Beatrix Bayle, during today’s Eucharist.

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 in Parsonage Lane, Errington Drive, Chantry Close, Rectory Close, Haslemere Road, Oak Lane, Orchard Avenue, and Dedworth Road.

Anglican Cycle of Prayer: please pray for The Episcopal Church in the Philippines.  Please pray for the Churches in these Dioceses: West Lango (Uganda), Langtang (Nigeria), Lebombo (Southern Africa), Leeds (England), Leicester (England), and Lesotho (Southern Africa),

Please continue to pray for and support your neighbours and families in any way you can whilst keeping yourself safe.

WINDSOR FOODSHARE

They need basic food please, anything welcome, especially:
  Tinned meat · Tinned fish · Tinned vegetables· Soup · Rice · Herbs/Spices 
Cooking sauces · Instant mash · Tea bags/Instant coffee · Sugar ·
Breakfast cereals · UHT milk · Tinned desserts · Cereal bars/biscuits · Jams · Fruit juice/Squash    Also: they need plastic bags. They use strong plastic bags for their clients to take away tinned food and fruit & veg.

More information, and to donate online:
https://www.windsorfoodshare.org.uk/food-donations

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
                       or if your bank doesn’t like this
                       Parochial Church Council St Andrews Clewer Parish
 
You may wish to consider transferring to the Parish Giving Scheme,
which we promoted in previous years. Details are on our page on their web site: https://bit.ly/2XCLuCr

[https://www.parishgiving.org.uk/donors/find-your-parish/clewer-st-andrew-windsor/]

We also have the printed application forms available, please contact the Parish Office by email.

CONTACTS
 
The Parish Office is now closed.
The Office Number is: 07490 094261
Email:  office@clewerparish.org

Parish Website: www.standrewsclewer.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/standrewsclewer

Churchwarden: Stuart Cockman
 
Safeguarding Policy: www.standrewsclewer.org/safeguarding-policy
Safeguarding Officer: clewerparishsafeguarding@gmail.com

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