Pews News – 22 August 2021

† St Andrews
Proclaiming Christ in Clewer

Summer All Age Family Eucharist
22 August 2021

Trinity 12


The service will be held in person at St Andrews Church at 10.30am
Welcome
The news this week is full of the terrible troubles and struggles in
Afghanistan, the images in all forms of media are heartrending. We
cannot imagine what they are going through especially the women and
children. They are heading for a future of uncertainty, some fleeing
in desperation to any country that will take them, fear of reprisals,
whatever they had – they are giving up for the sake of a future. Where
else can they go?

We keep on our hearts and in our prayers all those who have not been
offered an choice about their future.
Revd Rosie
Collect – The Prayer of the day

Almighty and everlasting God,
you are always more ready to hear than we to pray
and to give more than either we desire or deserve:
pour down upon us the abundance of your mercy,
forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid
and giving us those good things which we are not worthy to ask
but through the merits and mediation
of 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

Note that at the Service on Sunday, only the Gospel reading will be used


Joshua 24.1-2a,14-18

Then Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem, and summoned the elders, the heads, the judges, and the officers of Israel; and they presented themselves before God. And Joshua said to all the people, ‘Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: Long ago your ancestors—Terah and his sons Abraham and Nahor—lived beyond the Euphrates and served other gods.

‘Now therefore revere the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness; put away the gods that your ancestors served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. Now if you are unwilling to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served in the region beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.’

Then the people answered, ‘Far be it from us that we should forsake the Lord to serve other gods; for it is the Lord our God who brought us and our ancestors up from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, and who did those great signs in our sight. He protected us along all the way that we went, and among all the peoples through whom we passed; and the Lord drove out before us all the peoples, the Amorites who lived in the land. Therefore we also will serve the Lord, for he is our God.’

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

Ephesians 6.10-20

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power. Put on the whole armour of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armour of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness. As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace. With all of these, take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints. Pray also for me, so that when I speak, a message may be given to me to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, 20for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it boldly, as I must speak.
     
This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Gospel Reading John 6.56-69

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

Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died. But the one who eats this bread will live for ever.’ He said these things while he was teaching in the synagogue at Capernaum.

When many of his disciples heard it, they said, ‘This teaching is difficult; who can accept it?’ But Jesus, being aware that his disciples were complaining about it, said to them, ‘Does this offend you? Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? It is the spirit that gives life; the flesh is useless. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. But among you there are some who do not believe.’ For Jesus knew from the first who were the ones that did not believe, and who was the one that would betray him. And he said, ‘For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted by the Father.’

Because of this many of his disciples turned back and no longer went about with him. So Jesus asked the twelve, ‘Do you also wish to go away?’ Simon Peter answered him, ‘Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life.9We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.’

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

Intercessions – John Bruce

God invites us to hold the needs of the world, friends and loved ones before Him. And so, loving our neighbours as ourselves, we offer our thanksgivings and prayers on behalf of the church and the world.

Almighty God we pray for the churches around the world and here in Clewer. We pray today for your blessing to be upon this congregation, and for your presence to be seen vividly in what we do and say each day. We pray that your joy and your love will flow freely in and through us.
Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our prayer

Creator God, we pray for all in authority that they may never be tempted to abuse or misuse their power. We pray for the people in Afghanistan at this unsettling time. We pray for those in areas around the world affected by wildfires and for those involved in the plans to slow global warming. We are all members of God’s family and ask for guidance to show us the way to live more sustainably.
Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our prayer.

Father God we pray for our own communities and all of our neighbours. We thank you for our families and friends, raising before you those we know with particular needs. May your peace and love surround them, bringing with it comfort and strength.
Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

Gracious God we thank you for those we know who are on the road to recovery and for the miracle of healing.  We pray for all who minister to the sick and infirm, at home, in hospital and care homes. We name before you now, those we know who are ill or in need of our prayers asking that through these prayers they may all experience a real sense of your healing presence. We pray today for 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

Merciful God, we commend into your hands those who have died. You gave them breath and loved them through their journey of life.   Receive them now at the end of that journey into your eternal presence and may they rest in everlasting peace.  We pray for members of our own and church families who have died, especially Brian Bradbury, and those whose anniversary we remember now.
Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our prayer

Gracious God, as we go out into the world we pray that we may reflect your love in our families, our church and our community; so that the world can witness that we are followers of Christ and draw others into the loving care of his family.

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


Prayer after communion

God of all mercy,
in this eucharist you have set aside our sins
and given us your healing:
grant that we who are made whole in Christ
may bring that healing to this broken world,
in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.
Listen to last Sunday’s Sermon

NOTICES

NEXT SUNDAY – 29 AUGUST
 

Next Sunday 29 August we have Church Fest (from 12-6pm) in the Pirate Park (Clewer Memorial Rec). There will be no service in the morning at St Andrews, and no online service in the evening. Church Fest replaces both.

EVENING PRAYER 22 AUGUST 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 116
Exodus 4.27-5.1
Hebrews 13.16-21


There is no weekday Zoom EP during August

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 before
Wear face covering when you feel you should (if it is crowded, or you feel the need to, or during singing)
The Eucharist will continue under One Kind (wafer only) for now
When distributing the Eucharist, Revd Rosie and Canon Brian will continue to wear a face covering
There is no restriction on the number in each pew, but please ask before sharing
The alternate pews will remain signed as ‘Available Pew’, you are advised to use them
Singing is allowed
We 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 10-12. 

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, Brian Bradbury, 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 Shirley Avenue, Rutherford Close, West Crescent, East Crescent, Hatch Lane, and Firs Avenue.

Anglican Cycle of Prayer: please pray for the Anglican Church of South America. Please also pray for the Churches in the Diocese of Egypt, and in the Nigerian dioceses of Egba, Egba West, Egbu, Eha-Amufu, and Ekiti.

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

PRAYERS AND BEARS

Prayers and Bears is suspended until September. However, Play and Praise is on 24th-27th August.
Please come along and support this event and bring a friend. It’s going to be a wonderful day, lots of fun and games including Pimms..ish and hymns. We also need helpers to set up and take down etc, plus help with to run a Clewer History Trail- using the history boards. If you can help in any way please see Revd Rosie. Take a poster for your window please to help us advertise.
This gives us a wonderful 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.

Spread the word!

SUMMER HOLIDAY – PLAY AND PRAISE

Play and Praise will be held for families at the Pirate Park on 24th-27th August from 2.00 until 4.00, please spread the word, fun and games, crafts and story time together and an ice cream or two!

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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