Pews News – 11 Jul 2021

† St Andrews
Proclaiming Christ in Clewer

The Eucharist in Ordinary Time
11 July 2021
The Sixth Sunday after Trinity

Collect

Merciful God,
you have prepared for those who love you
such good things as pass our understanding:
pour into our hearts such love toward you
that we, loving you in all things and above all things,
may obtain your promises,
which exceed all that we can desire;
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

Liturgy of the Word

Amos 7.7-15

 This is what he showed me: the Lord was standing beside a wall built with a plumb-line, with a plumb-line in his hand. And the Lord said to me, ‘Amos, what do you see?’ And I said, ‘A plumb-line.’ Then the Lord said,
‘See, I am setting a plumb-line
   in the midst of my people Israel;
   I will never again pass them by;
   the high places of Isaac shall be made desolate,
   and the sanctuaries of Israel shall be laid waste,
   and I will rise against the house of Jeroboam with the sword.’
 Then Amaziah, the priest of Bethel, sent to King Jeroboam of Israel, saying, ‘Amos has conspired against you in the very centre of the house of Israel; the land is not able to bear all his words. For thus Amos has said,
“Jeroboam shall die by the sword,
   and Israel must go into exile
   away from his land.” ’
And Amaziah said to Amos, ‘O seer, go, flee away to the land of Judah, earn your bread there, and prophesy there; but never again prophesy at Bethel, for it is the king’s sanctuary, and it is a temple of the kingdom.’
 Then Amos answered Amaziah, ‘I am no prophet, nor a prophet’s son; but I am a herdsman, and a dresser of sycomore trees, and the Lord took me from following the flock, and the Lord said to me, “Go, prophesy to my people Israel.”

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

Ephesians 1.3-14

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love. He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace that he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and insight he has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ, as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance, having been destined according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to his counsel and will, so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in him, were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit; this is the pledge of our inheritance towards redemption as God’s own people, to the praise of his glory.

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

Gospel Reading Mark 6.14-29

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

King Herod heard of it, for Jesus’ name had become known. Some were saying, ‘John the baptizer has been raised from the dead; and for this reason these powers are at work in him.’ But others said, ‘It is Elijah.’ And others said, ‘It is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old.’ But when Herod heard of it, he said, ‘John, whom I beheaded, has been raised.’

For Herod himself had sent men who arrested John, bound him, and put him in prison on account of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, because Herod had married her. For John had been telling Herod, ‘It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.’ And Herodias had a grudge against him, and wanted to kill him. But she could not, for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he protected him. When he heard him, he was greatly perplexed; and yet he liked to listen to him. But an opportunity came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his courtiers and officers and for the leaders of Galilee. When his daughter Herodias came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his guests; and the king said to the girl, ‘Ask me for whatever you wish, and I will give it.’ And he solemnly swore to her, ‘Whatever you ask me, I will give you, even half of my kingdom.’ She went out and said to her mother, ‘What should I ask for?’ She replied, ‘The head of John the baptizer.’ Immediately she rushed back to the king and requested, ‘I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.’ The king was deeply grieved; yet out of regard for his oaths and for the guests, he did not want to refuse her. Immediately the king sent a soldier of the guard with orders to bring John’s head. He went and beheaded him in the prison, brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl. Then the girl gave it to her mother. When his disciples heard about it, they came and took his body, and laid it in a tomb.

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

The Intercessions 

We come before our heavenly Father to offer our praise and adoration. You are God the creator giving us richly all things to enjoy. You are Christ the Saviour of the world, made flesh to set us free. You are the Spirit of truth and love, willing to dwell within each one of us. You are holy and blessed, one God, eternal Trinity. Be near to us, we pray; we are the people formed in your image and close to the world your love brings to life.
Amen.

Two prayers for peace in Israel and Palestine
Spirit of the living God, come afresh on your Holy Land. Help your children to restore broken relationships. Give them patience to break down barriers of suspicion and mistrust, ability to discern personal prejudices and the courage to overcome fear. Teach them to respect each others’ integrity and rights so that your kingdom may be established on earth.
We pray not for Arab or Jew, for Palestinian or Israeli but pray rather for ourselves that we may not divide them in our prayers but keep them both together in our hearts. When races fight, peace be amongst us, when neighbours argue, peace be amongst us, when nations disagree, peace be amongst us. When people struggle for justice, let justice prevail. Where Christ’s disciples are found, let peace be our way. 

Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer

Heavenly Father, we pray for the world you have made for us to live in and to cherish. We ask you to bless the land, the crops and the livestock. Help us to be good stewards of your beautiful creation, to work humbly with you, recognising both the possibilities and the dangers posed by our growing knowledge and capability. Keep us humble and down to earth; may we be aspiring, seeking new opportunities which you may open up for us.

Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer

God of second chances, we recognise the damage we have done to the earth and the injustice we see in our world every day, fuelled by worship of profit and  possessions. We pray for a better world with justice, kindness and humility at its heart. We ask that you guide us to play our part in bringing about a fairer world. Give us the confidence to stand against injustice. 
Creator of the sky, the land and the seas, may we be filled by your Spirit of hope and resolve.

Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer

Heavenly Father, we are aware that the pandemic has not been mastered and that there is still much to be done especially in poorer nations of our world. We pray for medical workers everywhere, especially where resources and protective equipment is not readily at hand or is in very short supply. May these times lead to deep and necessary changes and genuine efforts to address profound injustices. May we all play our part in creating a community and a world with resources for all your children.

Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer

We remember before our heavenly Father all those in our community or otherwise known to us who are in any kind of need; those who are unwell, those who have concerns about members of their family, those who are unemployed, those who have concerns about money or accommodation, those waiting for hospital treatment or awaiting results of tests. In particular we bring to our heavenly Father Blake, Sam, Reuben, Don, Karl, Hugh, Sarah, Joanna, Pam, Holly, Hugo, Frank and Barbara, Bill, Suzanne, Christopher, Jackie, and Alan. Refugees, Prisoners, the Homeless and those who mourn.

Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer

Finally, Lord, we commend to your gracious safekeeping the souls of all those who have died in recent days and whose anniversary falls at this time.

Rest eternal grant unto them, O Lord,
and let light perpetual shine upon them

Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of Your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ Our Lord
Amen

NOTICES
EVENING PRAYER 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 66
Job 4.1 + 5.6-end
Romans 15.14-28

And don’t forget to join us on Tuesdays and Thursdays for evening prayer at 5pm via Zoom.
EASING OF RESTRICTIONS
 
The latest guidelines now say “groups of six people from different households can now sit together during worship“. So please still sit only in the Available Pews, but if you would like to sit with friends, please ask them first, don’t just sit down with them!
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 10-12. Please continue to observe social distancing and hand washing procedures as before.
PRAYERS AND BEARS

Prayers and Bears is now St Agnes, each Friday, at 9.30am. Bring your own refreshments at this stage.

The annual Teddy Bears Picnic will be on 16th July at the Rectory 11am.
BAPTISMS

11th July, 12.30pm, Amelia and Milly – helpers needed please.
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR

The suffering: Blake, Sam, Reuben, Don, Karl, Hugh, Sarah, Joanna, Pam, Holly, Hugo, Frank and Barbara, Bill, Suzanne, Christopher, Jackie, and Alan. 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. 

Baptisms: on 11th July, 12.30pm, Amelia and Milly.

Parish Cycle of Prayer: Please pray for all who live in Clarence Road, Trevelyan Estate, Helston Lane, Green Lane, Clewer Avenue, Clewer New Town, and Birchington Road.

Please pray for: the new Vicar of All Saints Dedworth, Revd Paul Walker and his family. He starts on 15th July.

Anglican Cycle of Prayer: please pray for The Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea. Please also pray for the Churches in The Diocese of Connor –The Church of Ireland, The Diocese of Cork, Cloyne & Ross – The Church of Ireland, The Diocese of Costa Rica – Iglesia Anglicana de la Region Central de America, The Diocese of Coventry – The Church of England, The Diocese of Cuba – The Episcopal Church, and The Diocese of Cueibet – The Province of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan.

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

Me Time is returning! The next meeting will be on Monday 12 July to Henry Street garden centre, followed by coffee in Arborfield. Leaving at 9.30, if anyone needs a lift please let Mulle or Revd Rosie know.
G and T walk

The next G and T walk is on 14th July meet at Leisure Centre 7.30pm.
Young Christian Climate Network – Relay To COP26

This November, world leaders are meeting in Glasgow for important climate negotiations. YCCN believes it’s time to make decisions which protect people not bank balances, to decide that no country will go into debt tackling climate change.  It’s a decade-defining opportunity to make a stand.

This is a walk in relay, from Cornwall to Glasgow. They will be in our area on the 1st of August, and will spend the night at St Agnes. We will need to be there to greet them, and provide meals. Please see Revd Rosie if you can help, or wish to take part.

Web site: https://www.yccn.uk
 
CHURCH FEST

Advance notice: on the Sunday of the Summer bank holiday weekend, 29 August, Churches Together in Windsor are planning a Church Fest. The vision is to have a fun family day together in the Pirate Park as a witness of our faith and working together in our town.The words we have are: pray, witness, invite.This gives us another opportunity to pray for our town.To witness how God is at work in our lives and churches.To invite the community to experience faith.This will start at 12.00 and continue until 6.00pm, when there will be an act of worship. More details as plans firm up. Please pray for this event, and put it in your diaries.

What can you offer for this event, do you have any great ideas as to how we can share who we are and what we do at St Andrews? anyone wanting to help with the planning, there will be a zoom meeting on Wednesday 7th at 7.30pm – let Revd Rosie know so that you have the Zoom details. 
SUMMER HOLIDAY – PLAY AND PRAISE

Play and Praise will be held for families at the Pirate Park on 24th-27th August, please spread the word, fun and games, crafts and story time together and an ice cream or two!
CHURCHYARD TIDY

Another date for your diary: the next Churchyard tidy is on Saturday 24th July from 1000-1200. 
VACANCIES

We are looking for a Parish Administrator to take over from Sharon. A job description will be finalised shortly.

The PCC is short of several members. If you think PCC  membership is for you, or would like to know what is involved,  please see Revd Rosie.
WINDSOR FOODSHARE

Foodshare are currently short of the following: sugar, rice and tinned meat.

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
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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