Pews News – 10 October 2021

† St Andrews
Proclaiming Christ in Clewer
10 October 2021 Trinity 19
Parish Eucharist


    

THE MORNING SERVICE WILL BE HELD IN PERSON
AT ST ANDREWS CHURCH AT 10.30AM 

Welcome

A big thank you to all those who donated to the harvest festival, the Food Share welcomed all the gifts we delivered this week.

Our contributions will go towards supporting individuals and families who find themselves in need at present.

Loving our neighbour is an important part of our Christian faith, it is the second next to loving God with all our heart and soul.

The greatest commandments. This weeks readings challenge our faith in the story of the rich young ruler, ‘what must I do to inherit eternal life?’

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the most Christian of them all?

Those who do the will of the Father.

Is our view distorted or realistic?

Our sermon today comes from Revd Louise.

Blessings for your week ahead.
Revd Rosie
Collect – The Prayer of the day

Faithful Lord,
whose steadfast love never ceases
and whose mercies never come to an end:
grant us the grace to trust you
and to receive the gifts of your love,
new every morning,
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen

Readings

Amos 5.6-7, 10-15

Seek the Lord and live,
   or he will break out against the house of Joseph like fire,
   and it will devour Bethel, with no one to quench it.
Ah, you that turn justice to wormwood,
   and bring righteousness to the ground!

They hate the one who reproves in the gate,
   and they abhor the one who speaks the truth.
Therefore, because you trample on the poor
   and take from them levies of grain,
you have built houses of hewn stone,
   but you shall not live in them;
you have planted pleasant vineyards,
   but you shall not drink their wine.
For I know how many are your transgressions,
   and how great are your sins – 
you who afflict the righteous, who take a bribe,
   and push aside the needy in the gate.
Therefore the prudent will keep silent in such a time;
   for it is an evil time.

Seek good and not evil,
   that you may live;
and so the Lord, the God of hosts, will be with you,
   just as you have said.
Hate evil and love good,
   and establish justice in the gate;
it may be that the Lord, the God of hosts,
   will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.

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

Psalm 90.12-end

12  So teach us to number our days •
      that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.
13  Turn again, O Lord; how long will you delay? •
      Have compassion on your servants.
14  Satisfy us with your loving-kindness in the morning, •
      that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
15  Give us gladness for the days you have afflicted us, •
      and for the years in which we have seen adversity.
16  Show your servants your works, •
      and let your glory be over their children.
17  May the gracious favour of the Lord our God be upon us; •
      prosper our handiwork; O prosper the work of our hands.

Hebrews 4.12-end

Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And before him no creature is hidden, but all are naked and laid bare to the eyes of the one to whom we must render an account.

Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
   
This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Gospel Reading Mark 10.17-31

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark
Glory to you O Lord.

As he was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, ‘Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ Jesus said to him, ‘Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: “You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; You shall not defraud; Honour your father and mother.”’ He said to him, ‘Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth.’ Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, ‘You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.’ When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions.

Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, ‘How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!’ And the disciples were perplexed at these words. But Jesus said to them again, ‘Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.’ They were greatly astounded and said to one another, ‘Then who can be saved?’ Jesus looked at them and said, ‘For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible.’

Peter began to say to him, ‘Look, we have left everything and followed you.’ Jesus said, ‘Truly I tell you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields, for my sake and for the sake of the good news, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this age—houses, brothers and sisters, mothers and children, and fields, with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.’

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

Prayers – Dennis Evans

O Lord you have promised to all who come to you in faith that you will hear their call accept the prayers which we offer.

We pray first for the community of Christian believers all over the world; many witnessing to their faith in dangerous circumstances. Give them courage and fortitude and reassurance that you are sharing their fears. 

Lord in your Mercy Hear our Prayer

 We pray for all bishops, priests and deacons . We pray for our local church and in particular Rosie our Rector. Give us perception to see how  our role in announcing the Good News and furthering the Gospel here in Clewer and beyond might best be achieved. Above all save us from the dangerous temptation of complacency and taking our faith for granted.

Lord in your Mercy Hear our Prayer

We pray for all who are every day struggling to get by, and in particular those with small children for whom normal regular expenses such as the provision of clothing and good food are a challenge. Open our hearts in a spirit of generosity to do what we can to help and to ensure that our public authorities recognise more fully their duty to help.

Lord in your Mercy Hear our Prayer

 Lord we are so lucky to be able to live a relatively tranquil life. We pray for those many parts of the world where your children live in daily fear of violence and attack We remember in particular those left behind in Afghanistan and with their families now living in hiding. We also remember the victims of all terrorist attacks; in particular that at the World Trade Centre which we recently commemorated.

Lord in your Mercy Hear our Prayer

We pray for all those who are ill; often  bearing their suffering with strength and forbearance but sometimes with a  deep depression at their infirmity and fear for the future. Be with them we pray and also with all those who love them and are sharing this distress. We pray in particular for Blake, Sam, Reuben, Don, Karl, Hugh and Sarah, Joanna, Pam, Holly, Hugo, Frank and Barbara, Bill, Suzanne, Christopher, Jackie, Alan, Norman and Diane, Patricia, and John. Refugees, Prisoners, the Homeless and those who mourn.

We pray for all in the medical and caring professions who work so hard often in circumstances of great stress and pressure. Give them strength oh Lord to carry on and to know in the deepest sense that they are doing your will.

Lord in your Mercy Hear our Prayer

We pray for this wonderful world which you have given into our care; not as owners but trustees for coming generations. We have too often despoiled its beauty and exploited its riches for our  own benefit. Even at this late stage give us the will to do all we can to help reverse this process. The coming Climate Change Conference may be our last opportunity to avoid disaster; let us not waste this one chance.

Lord in your Mercy Hear our Prayer

It seems more and more the case that a spiritual and emotional poverty is weighing heavily on your people. The sense of social cohesion and joint responsibility is being weakened and the benefits of a sound family life are denied to so many. May your message of hope and fellowship we heard more widely and many who are so disheartened in their lives feel more encouraged.

Lord in your Mercy Hear our Prayer

The world often  seems so hostile and many bad things seem to happen to good people. We pray for all those  feeling discouraged and beset by doubts as to their faith. May they know that all experience such uncertainties from time to time and that this is a sign that they are truly seeking God’s path in their lives and that at the last you will be there to comfort and reassure.

Merciful Father accept these prayers, for the sake of your Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Prayer after communion

Holy and blessed God,
you have fed us with the body and blood of your Son
and filled us with your Holy Spirit:
may we honour you,
not only with our lips
but in lives dedicated to the service of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

NOTICES

ZOOM EVENING PRAYER 10 OCTOBER AT 5PM
 

BCP evening prayer is on Sunday at 5pm via a Zoom link. We will send out the order of service later.

EP Readings
Psalm 127, 128
Joshua 5.13 – 6.20
Matthew 11.20-30

Sunday EP will be on Zoom on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Sundays.
5th Sundays TBC.

SERVICES ETC DURING OCTOBER

Every Tuesday & Thursday – 5.00pm Evening Prayer Zoom
Every Friday – 9.30-11.00am Prayers & Bears at St Agnes

Sun 10 Oct 10.30am Parish Eucharist in Church
                      3.00pm Messy Church – Creation – at CG School
                     
 5.00pm Evening Prayer Zoom
                  
Sun 17 Oct 10.30am Parish Eucharist in Church
                      3.00pm Mini Mass – Children’s Church at St Agnes
                      5.00pm Evening Prayer Zoom

Sun 24 Oct 10.30am Parish Eucharist in Church
                      5.00pm Evening Prayer Zoom

Sun 31 Oct 10.30am Parish Eucharist in Church
                      4.00pm All Souls – Light up the Churchyard

CHURCHYARD LIGHTS AT CHRISTMAS

Forward Thinking – we are aiming to light up the churchyard again this Christmas so we need lots more lights! if you want to donate please let Andrew know, money or lights. Thank you.

PARENTS EVENING – GiN NIGHT

Please note that the God and Talent Yoga session has been moved from 13th October to the 20th October. Still at St Agnes Hall, at 7.30pm.

CHRISTMAS MARKET

Another date for your diaries: our Christmas Market will be on 20 November this year, from 11.00-2.00.

LIFTING OF COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

The government’s Coronavirus legislation on social distancing, face coverings, capacity, etc has now ended.

However, the latest guidance from the Church of England encourages us to make local decisions that are right for our church and community. To this end, we are advising:We should continue to use hand sanitiser as beforeWear face covering when you feel you should (if it is crowded, or you feel the need to, or during singing, which is allowed)The Eucharist will continue under One Kind (wafer only) for nowWhen distributing the Eucharist, Revd Rosie and Canon Brian will continue to wear a face coveringThere is no restriction on the number in each pew, but please ask before sharingThe alternate pews will remain signed as ‘Available Pew’, you are advised to use themWe will continue to record attendance for NHS Test and Trace purposes, or the Test and Trace QR code posters may be used instead

COFFEE AFTER SERVICES

We will be having coffee together after the service, outside the Church, weather permitting.

PRIVATE PRAYER

St Andrews is open for private prayer on Wednesday mornings from 10.00-12.00. 

PLEASE PRAY FOR

The suffering: Blake, Sam, Reuben, Don, Karl, Hugh and Sarah, Joanna, Pam, Holly, Hugo, Frank and Barbara, Bill, Suzanne, Christopher, Jackie, Alan, Norman and Diane, Patricia, and John. 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 in Nelson Road, Bridgeman Drive, St Johns Drive, Clewer Green School, St Edwards First School, St Edwards Middle School, and Windsor Girls School.

Anglican Cycle of Prayer: please pray for the Church of the Province of West Africa. Please also pray for the Churches in the Dioceses of Georgia (USA), Gippsland (Australia), Gitega (Burundi), Glasgow & Galloway (Scotland), Gloucester (England), and Gogrial (South Sudan).

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



WHP’S ANNUAL SLEEP OUT IS BACK!Join us on 15th October, as we sleep out under the stars, in our sleeping bags and cardboard boxes, at Windsor College.

The Sleep Out is Windsor Homeless Project’s biggest fundraiser of the year. The funds we raise every year mean we’re able to be here, when we’re needed, enabling homeless and vulnerable people in our local community to rebuild their lives.
What is the WHP Sleep Out?

The WHP Sleep Out is an annual fundraising challenge, where people in our community come together to raise funds and awareness for Windsor’s homelessness charity.

We won’t fully experience what it is like to sleep rough, but it does open our eyes to the experience that so many people in our community and around the UK find themselves in every day.

As always, it will be an evening of education, entertainment, food, and testimonials, all before we bed down for a night in the elements.

We would love for you, your friends, and your family to join us. Will you help to make 2021’s Sleep Out our biggest and best yet?

ONLINE GIVING

In light of recent events, you may want to consider giving to charity online.

For Afghanistan – Save the Children
https://www.savethechildren.org.uk/where-we-work/asia/afghanistan

For Haiti – Christian Aid
https://www.christianaid.org.uk/appeals/emergencies/haiti-earthquake-appealIn addition, there is the Church of England Toolkit for supporting Afghan Refugeeshttps://www.churchofengland.org/resources/community-action/toolkit-supporting-afghan-refugees
WINDSOR FOODSHARE

Thank you very much for your generous Harvest donations, they were gratefully received when we delivered them to Dedworth Green Baptist church last Wednesday.

They still need: cereals, UHT milk, tinned meat, beans, pulses, pasta, desserts, fruit, rice, teabags, biscuits, sugar, coffee, toilet rolls, any toiletries, any cleaning items, and carrier bags.

Please continue to donate via the purple bin near the font, or the collection boxes that are around the community, the locations can be found on the Windsor Food Share website. https://www.windsorfoodshare.org.uk

Or drop off at Dedworth Green Baptist church on Smith’s Lane on Wednesday or Thursdays between 10-3pm.

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.
 
We also have boxes of numbered envelopes available, if you would like to use these please contact the Parish Office office@clewerparish.org

CONTACTS
 
The Parish Office is now closed again.
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
Facebook: www.facebook.com/standrewsclewer

Churchwarden: Stuart Cockman
 
Safeguarding Policy: www.standrewsclewer.org/safeguarding-policy
Safeguarding Officer: clewerparishsafeguarding@gmail.com
 
Pastoral helpline number: 07946 590223

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