Thank you for all your donations towards Harvest this year so far, it is very much appreciated by those who receive it.
I wonder what kind of week you’ve had?
Have you had much to be grateful for?
Thank you is such a small word and easy to say, but deep gratitude can change lives, your life, and the lives of those around you.
We have a routine in our house, at bedtime we say – what do you want to say thank you to God for today? It’s really important to end the day on a grateful note, count your blessings before you go to sleep and of course, it aids sleep!
Last week we reflected on generosity, this week, part 2 of harvest we are reflecting on gratitude. Gratitude comes at the top of my list of Christian values.
This week our eldest son was successful in being appointed to a new job. A job/ role that he feels is his vocation, called by God to do, and a way of giving thanks for all the help and support he has received and can now give back to others. It has been a challenging four years for him, and he continues to work on his own recovery, but we are all very proud of him and grateful to God for being at work in his life.
In the gospel reading today we have the familiar story of the 10 lepers, and the obvious main theme of this Gospel passage is gratitude. Ten lepers are cured but only one comes back to give thanks to Jesus (Luke 17:17). A story that only Luke remembers, perhaps because it features outsiders, those excluded, a despised minority, a Samaritan and healing – which are Luke’s favourite topics. Next week Canon Brian will be keeping the feast of St Luke with you so it’s good to have a ‘healing’ story from Luke today.
Every story of healing that we see in the gospels involves someone who for one reason or another is excluded. There is healing and restoration to the community. There are still people today who for a variety of reasons have found themselves excluded from society or from the Church and have yet to find healing and restoration.
In the story in Luke, Jesus and company are walking to Jerusalem in the region between Samaria and Galilee – Samaria is itself a red flag area. Observant Jews did not go anywhere near Samaria. It is interesting how people so closely related could have become so hostile toward one another and unfortunately, we are not much better within the Church of England! This is a story of Jews and Samaritans, of clean and unclean, of those who are ‘in’ and those who are ‘out’, the accepted and the rejected.
On the way to Jerusalem Jesus and company encounter ten men with leprosy, a skin disease that was considered to be radically contagious, which we know now is treatable. The irony of Covid-19 is not lost on me here.
People with leprosy lived in total isolation, banished from their homes, from the living touch of spouses, children, parents and from the faith community. They were so feared that even to cross the shadow of one with leprosy was to risk infection, so is it any wonder they banded together as a company of misery?
The ten lepers approach Jesus clearly identifying him as being a bringer of healing. His reputation precedes him and he commands them to present themselves to the priest, in accordance with the law (Leviticus 14:2-32) and in so doing, they are healed. Whilst nine follow this instruction, one (a Samaritan) turns back in gratitude. In response Jesus appears to admonish the nine from afar.
Were they ungrateful?
Were they following the order of their healer, Jesus?
Or were they not aware of the depth of healing that Jesus had on offer?
And what of the Samaritan, why did he disobey Jesus and come back?
Did he turn back because the priests wouldn’t accept him?
Or perhaps he saw in Jesus a priest who could offer true cleansing?
Perhaps in the act of being healed, he saw a deeper healing, one that was given generously and graciously by God.
At what point did that faith spark into life and when was he healed?
What is clear, is that his gratitude is intrinsic to the faith that has healed him. As at the end of the Colossians passage, faith and thankfulness go hand in hand. The actions of the Samaritan to thank Jesus built the relationship beyond a simple transaction of mercy, into a flourishing of connection between the two.
Whereas the nine saw Jesus as a healer, the Samaritan saw him as a Saviour. That is the power of a “thank you”, it is reciprocal. It doesn’t assume. It brings with it a desire for connection and the reward is restoration and relationship.
I don’t know at what point our son turned to God, but his faith has made him well and for that we are all very grateful.
It’s so easy though isn’t it to take everything that God gives to us for granted, both the everyday things and the miraculous.
But for me there is one sentence in this gospel reading that stands out and hits me between the eyes and that is the final statement, one in which Jesus turns the story around, “Your faith has made you well.”
Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks to the Holy One
Give thanks because he has given
Jesus Christ His Son
And now let the weak say I am strong
Let the poor say I am rich
Because of what the Lord
Has done for us.
|Welcome in the name of Christ. God’s grace, mercy and peace be with you.|
and also with you.
Faithful one, whose word is life.
Come with saving power
to free our praise,
inspire our prayer
and shape our lives
for the kingdom of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
In a time of silence,
let us pray that we may draw closer
to the one who has created all things.
Silence is kept.
God of grace, ever creating and restoring,
you breathe life into all things
and embrace us with an everlasting love;
help us to grow in wonder and awe,
to embody a spirit of gratitude,
and to dream generous dreams;
that, in gathering what we have,
we may graciously offer ourselves
to accomplish what you will,
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
The First Reading – Colossians 3.12-17
As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
This is the word of the Lord
Thanks be to God
Gospel Reading – Luke 17.11-19
Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, according to Luke.
Glory to you, O Lord.
On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, they called out, saying, ‘Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!’ When he saw them, he said to them, ‘Go and show yourselves to the priests.’ And as they went, they were made clean. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. He prostrated himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus asked, ‘Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they? Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?’ Then he said to him, ‘Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well.’
This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
Accept, O Lord, our thanks and praise for all that you have done for us.
We thank you for the splendour of the whole creation,
for the beauty of this world, for the wonder of life,
and for the mystery of love.
We thank you for the blessing of family and friends,
and for the loving care which surrounds us on every side.
We thank you for setting us at tasks which demand our best efforts,
and for leading us to accomplishments which satisfy and delight us.
We thank you also for those disappointments and failures
that lead us to acknowledge our dependence on you alone.
Above all, we thank you for your Son Jesus Christ;
for the truth of his Word and the example of his life;
for his steadfast obedience, by which he overcame temptation;
for his dying, through which he overcame death;
and for his rising to life again,
in which we are raised to the life of your kingdom.
Grant us the gift of your Spirit,
that we may know him and make him known;
and through him, at all times and in all places,
may give thanks to you in all things. Amen.
Prayer of General Thanksgiving, BCP New York 1979
PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
around your table we taste your generosity and your sacrificial love;
help us to be rooted, grafted and built in you,
that in all we are and all we do,
we may show forth abundant thanksgiving
and live lives of immeasurable gratitude;
through Jesus Christ our Lord
The God of grace enrich us in every way,
with hearts overflowing with thanksgiving to God;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit be with you always.
SUNDAY EUCHARIST AT 10.30am
This Sunday’s service in Church is a Eucharist. The order of service may be downloaded from here. The service will be recorded, and should be uploaded to YouTube later. The readings are the same as the readings above.
SUNDAY COFFEE ZOOM AT 11.45am
After you have attended Church, or 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 have moved it to slightly later due to finishing up at church, getting home and putting the kettle on!
We will resend the meeting details later.
CHURCH OUTSIDE: HARVEST – TODAY
11 October 2pm- 3pm, Clewer Green CE school, front playground. Come along to Church Outside, celebrating Harvest Festival.
We will be collecting for our local Food Share. Tinned fruit, desserts, custard, tea, coffee, sugar, toiletries. Thank you – St Andrews Clewer in the community
SUNDAY EVENING PRAYER AT 5.00pm
BCP evening prayer will continue this Sunday at 5pm via a Zoom link. We will send out the order of service, and the readings, later.
1 John 3.1-15
EVENING PRAYER DURING THE WEEK
We are continuing to hold Evening Prayer meetings every Tuesday and Thursday at 1700 (5.00pm).
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.
WEDNESDAY HOLY COMMUNION AT 10.00am
The Church is still open on Wednesdays from 10am-12 for private prayer. Revd Rosie will conduct a short Eucharist service at 10am for those who wish to take communion. This gives us an additional or alternative opportunity to receive the Sacrament and also to help with limited amount of seating.
PRAYERS AND BEARS
Prayers and Bears will now be held at the Pirate Park every Friday at 10.00am as we can’t meet in church. This is an act of worship, therefore is exempt from the six person rule.
OXFORD DIOCESE CHURCH AT HOME
We worship God together from across the communities of the Diocese of Oxford. Our President is the Venerable Jonathan Chaffey, Archdeacon of Oxford, and the address is given by the Revd Tina Molyneux, Diocesan Discipleship Enabler.This week our focus is discipleship and what it means to follow Jesus Christ today. Our Diocesan vision is to enable the whole people of God to feel confident and equipped to become more Christ-like for the sake of God’s world. It’s about renewing and re-igniting the faith of every person to find and follow God in everyday life.As ever, links to the order of service and the many different ways to watch, listen or dial in will be published on this page before 10am.You’ll find links to each at the top of this page.Live-streamed and ‘as live’ worship is available for everyone across the Diocese of Oxford, these services complement the prayers, meditations and worship offered by local 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’)
PLEASE PRAY FOR
The suffering: Blake, Sam, Reuben, Margaret, David, Don, Karl, Hugh, Sarah, Elsie, Lesley, Joanna, Pam, Andy, Jean, Victoria, 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 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: pray for the Church of the Province of Uganda. Please pray also for the Churches in Port Sudan (Sudan), Colombo (Ceylon), Kondoa (Tanzania), Portsmouth (England), Colorado (The Episcopal Church), Kongor (South Sudan), Pretoria (Southern Africa), Concepcion (Chile), Puerto Rico (The Episcopal Church), Connecticut (The Episcopal Church), Connor (Ireland), Pune (North India), Cork, Cloyne & Ross (Ireland), Qu’Appelle (Canada), Costa Rica (Central America), and Kontagora (Nigeria).
Please continue to pray for and support your neighbours and families in any way you can whilst keeping yourself safe.
Harvest Festival October
Our Harvest collection for the Food Share ends this Wednesday.
This year they have requested:
Tinned fruit, desserts, custard.
Tea, coffee, sugar.
Toiletries – shampoo etc.
There are labelled crates at the back of the church for you to place your items in directly. This means just the crates will need to be transferred to the Food Share for safe storage for 72 hours. Please put items in the right crate. Thank you
Sunday Morning Eucharist directions
Please be patient as we implement the recommendations to ensure everyone’s safety. Please note that in the event that all available pews are taken, we may not allow any more people into Church, as we must not exceed our maximum capacity, for everyone’s’ safety.
At all times, please keep at least two metres away from people not in your own household, this includes when entering and leaving the church, receiving communion, and when taking your pew.
The advice from the Church of England and Oxford Diocese is that we must all wear face coverings in Church unless we have an exemption. However, this does not apply to worship leaders, who do not have to wear face coverings when leading worship.
On entering the Church, please use the available hand sanitiser.
We need to record who is attending Church for test and trace purposes, so will be keeping a log. A data protection (GDPR) statement is available.
It is also now mandatory for all places of worship to display the NHS Test and Trace QR codes, and there will be one on the door as you enter the Church, and another with the paper Test and Trace log. If you can check in with the NHS COVID-19 App on your phone, you do not need to be recorded in the paper log. The QR code is on an NHS poster, and looks a bit like this (this is actually the one for the St Andrews website):
Please find a pew marked with the green Available Pew sign. One person, or one household/bubble per pew.
If you would like to light a candle, please do so one by one. Take an unlit candle from the top of the candle stand, light it and then put it back.
After the Eucharistic Prayer and Agnus Dei, we will go up to receive communion at the high altar. Please ensure you keep well spaced out (two metres or more). Please wear your face covering. Hand sanitiser is available in the Chancel, and near the main door of the Church. Revd Rosie will drop the consecrated wafer into your outstretched hands. Please either take the wafer back to your pew to consume it, or lift your mask to eat it immediately after receiving it. Please return to your pew through the Brocas Chapel and the South aisle, not back down the centre aisle.
We will not be taking a collection during the service; your envelopes may be left in the brass collection plate as you leave. We also have a credit card reader available.
After the service, please leave the building promptly, keeping social distancing at all times.
On leaving the Church, please use the hand sanitiser again.
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Welcome back to Sharon as she returns to the parish office, which will be open 3 mornings a week, Monday,
Wednesday and Friday. Its good to have her back and have some ‘normality’!
Christmas Market – advance notice. This year’s market is hopefully going to continue to be held, but outside in the churchyard. We’ll keep you posted.
Church Finances – message from Andrew
Thank you to everyone for all you have been able to give in this difficult time.
Sunday and Wednesday services and private prayer – you can put your envelopes in the collection plate in Church on the table outside the bell tower.
Note that we have a card reader in Church that accepts payments from debit and credit cards, and phones.
Or 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
Revd Rosie will, hopefully, still be trekking 13 miles for Alzheimer’s Society on 17th October, if you haven’t yet sponsored her and still want to, then please do so. See Andrew or Revd Rosie. Thank you to those who have sponsored so far. Next Sunday morning she will be having a lie in!
The Parish Office is now open Monday Wednesday and Friday mornings.
Out of hours office number: 07490 094261
Revd Rosie Webb: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 01753 852334
Parish website: www.standrewsclewer.org
Churchwarden: Stuart Cockman
Pastoral helpline number: 07946 590223