Pews News – 29 August 2021

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Proclaiming Christ in Clewer

Pews News
29 August 2021
Trinity 13
All are welcome to join us for Church Fest at the Pirate Park

There is no service in Church this Sunday
Church Fest begins at 12 and ends at 6pm
with an act of worship at 5pm
Collect – The Prayer of the day

Almighty God,
who called your Church to bear witness
that you were in Christ reconciling the world to yourself:
help us to proclaim the good news of your love,
that all who hear it may be drawn to you;
through him who was lifted up on the cross,
and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen

Liturgy of the Word

Deuteronomy 4.1-2, 6-9

So now, Israel, give heed to the statutes and ordinances that I am teaching you to observe, so that you may live to enter and occupy the land that the Lord, the God of your ancestors, is giving you. You must neither add anything to what I command you nor take away anything from it, but keep the commandments of the Lord your God with which I am charging you. You must observe them diligently, for this will show your wisdom and discernment to the peoples, who, when they hear all these statutes, will say, ‘Surely this great nation is a wise and discerning people!’ For what other great nation has a god so near to it as the Lord our God is whenever we call to him? And what other great nation has statutes and ordinances as just as this entire law that I am setting before you today?

But take care and watch yourselves closely, so as neither to forget the things that your eyes have seen nor to let them slip from your mind all the days of your life; make them known to your children and your children’s children

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

James 1.17-end

Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. In fulfilment of his own purpose he gave us birth by the word of truth, so that we would become a kind of first fruits of his creatures.

You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; for your anger does not produce God’s righteousness. Therefore rid yourselves of all sordidness and rank growth of wickedness, and welcome with meekness the implanted word that has the power to save your souls.

But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves. For if any are hearers of the word and not doers, they are like those who look at themselves in a mirror; for they look at themselves and, on going away, immediately forget what they were like. But those who look into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and persevere, being not hearers who forget but doers who act—they will be blessed in their doing.

If any think they are religious, and do not bridle their tongues but deceive their hearts, their religion is worthless. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.
     
This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Gospel Reading Mark 7.1-8, 14, 15,21-23

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

Now when the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around him, they noticed that some of his disciples were eating with defiled hands, that is, without washing them. (For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not eat unless they thoroughly wash their hands, thus observing the tradition of the elders; and they do not eat anything from the market unless they wash it; and there are also many other traditions that they observe, the washing of cups, pots, and bronze kettles.) So the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, ‘Why do your disciples not live according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?’ He said to them, ‘Isaiah prophesied rightly about you hypocrites, as it is written,
“This people honours me with their lips,
   but their hearts are far from me;
   in vain do they worship me,
   teaching human precepts as doctrines.”
You abandon the commandment of God and hold to human tradition.’

Then he called the crowd again and said to them, ‘Listen to me, all of you, and understand: there is nothing outside a person that by going in can defile, but the things that come out are what defile.’ For it is from within, from the human heart, that evil intentions come: fornication, theft, murder, adultery, avarice, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, folly. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.’

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

Listen to last Sunday’s Sermon

NOTICES

PRIVATE PRAYER

St Andrews is open for private prayer on Wednesday mornings from 10-12.

This Sunday it will also be open 10-6pm, approximately.

SERVICES IN SEPTEMBER

Tuesdays & Thursdays in Sep – 5.00pm Zoom EP

Fridays – 9.30-11.00am Prayers & Bears at St Agnes

Sun 05 Sep 10.30am Family Eucharist in Church, Back to School Sunday,
                                   with Blessing of Backpacks
                      5.00pm Mass for Peace in Church

Tue 07 Sep 12.30 Funeral 

Wed 08 Sep 10.00 Funeral 

Sun 12 Sep 10.30am Family Eucharist in Church
                      5.00pm Zoom EP

Sun 19 Sep 10.30am Family Eucharist in Church
                      5.00pm Zoom EP

Sun 26 Sep 10.30am Family Eucharist in Church
                      5.00pm Zoom EP

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, David Lansley, Sylvia Povey, 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 Episcopal Church of South Sudan. Please also pray for the Churches in the Dioceses of Ekiti Kwara (Nigeria), Ekiti Oke (Nigeria), Doko (Nigeria), the Dominican Republic, Dornakal (South India), Down & Dromore (Ireland), and Dublin & Glendalough (Ireland).

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

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: strong carrier or cloth bags, coffee, pasta sauces, sugar, spaghetti hoops, and rice pudding.

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

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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