Pews News – 31 Jul 2022

† St Andrews
Proclaiming Christ in Clewer
31 July 2022
The 7th Sunday after Trinity


THE EUCHARIST SERVICE IS IN ST ANDREWS CHURCH AT 10.30Welcome

One of the positive things that happened in lockdown, and during my sabbatical, was the opportunity to have a good clear out!

Time to sort through all those cupboards, visit the tip, sell things online, recycle or give to charity.

And I have certainly come out lighter and leaner! Both of our daughters have either moved or are in the process of moving house this summer, it is giving them a chance to sort out. Letting go of things and sorting out our outer world has benefits too for our inner well being. Letting go of possessions helps let go of the past and helps us to look forward to a different future.

In todays gospel Jesus gives us a really good example of someone who is holding tightly on to earthly things- someone who has forgotten the things of God. His story of the rich fool is given in answer to someone who comes to him about a disputed will and Jesus warns him and us to be careful about greed.

Its all about ‘my crops’, ‘my barns’, ‘my grain’, ‘my goods…. that’s alot of ‘mys’!
We’re in Ordinary in the church season, it’s green time, its a great time of year to do some Christian stocktaking. The ideal time to sort out our Christian lives, letting go of the past and moving into a future that is Christ-shaped. Of course this doesn’t happen all at once, like a trip to the tip! It takes time, in fact it takes a lifetime.

This summer, during those long days, why not spend some time sorting, de cluttering, upcycling, think carefully about what you bring into the house, the way you shop and what you buy, then, move internally. Think about attitudes, prejudices and behaviours- what needs to be ditched or changed?

Make space once again for Christ in your life and move confidently and humbly into his future.

Blessings
Revd Rosie

COLLECT

Lord of all power and might,
the author and giver of all good things:
graft in our hearts the love of your name,
increase in us true religion,
nourish us with all goodness,
and of your great mercy keep us in the same;
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.
All Amen

READINGS – RELATED

Ecclesiastes 1.2, 12-14; Ecclesiastes 2.18-23

Vanity of vanities, says the Teacher,
   vanity of vanities! All is vanity.

I, the Teacher, when king over Israel in Jerusalem, applied my mind to seek and to search out by wisdom all that is done under heaven; it is an unhappy business that God has given to human beings to be busy with. I saw all the deeds that are done under the sun; and see, all is vanity and a chasing after wind.

I hated all my toil in which I had toiled under the sun, seeing that I must leave it to those who come after me – and who knows whether they will be wise or foolish? Yet they will be master of all for which I toiled and used my wisdom under the sun. This also is vanity. So I turned and gave my heart up to despair concerning all the toil of my labours under the sun, because sometimes one who has toiled with wisdom and knowledge and skill must leave all to be enjoyed by another who did not toil for it. This also is vanity and a great evil. What do mortals get from all the toil and strain with which they toil under the sun? For all their days are full of pain, and their work is a vexation; even at night their minds do not rest. This also is vanity.

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

Psalm 49.1-12

1  Hear this, all you peoples; 
   listen, all you that dwell in the world,
2  You of low or high degree, 
   both rich and poor together.
3  My mouth shall speak of wisdom 
   and my heart shall meditate on understanding.
4  I will incline my ear to a parable; 
   I will unfold my riddle with the lyre.
5  Why should I fear in evil days, 
   when the malice of my foes surrounds me,
6  Such as trust in their goods 
   and glory in the abundance of their riches?
7  For no one can indeed ransom another 
   or pay to God the price of deliverance.
8  To ransom a soul is too costly; 
   there is no price one could pay for it,
9  So that they might live for ever, 
   and never see the grave.
10  For we see that the wise die also;
      with the foolish and ignorant they perish 
   and leave their riches to others.
11  Their tomb is their home for ever,
      their dwelling through all generations, 
   though they call their lands after their own names.
12  Those who have honour, but lack understanding, 
   are like the beasts that perish.

Colossians 3.1-11

So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth,3for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory.

Put to death, therefore, whatever in you is earthly: fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed (which is idolatry). On account of these the wrath of God is coming on those who are disobedient. These are the ways you also once followed, when you were living that life. But now you must get rid of all such things – anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive language from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have stripped off the old self with its practices 10and have clothed yourselves with the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of its creator. In that renewal there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all!

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

GOSPEL READING

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

Luke 12.13-21

Someone in the crowd said to him, ‘Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.’ But he said to him, ‘Friend, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over you?’ And he said to them, ‘Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.’ Then he told them a parable: ‘The land of a rich man produced abundantly. And he thought to himself, “What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?” Then he said, “I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.” But God said to him, “You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?” So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich towards God.’

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

INTERCESSIONS

We pray for all clergy and all who bring us the Gospel. We pray for the pastoral team, churchwardens and the PCC. We pray for all in our church who offer their gifts of service; teas and coffees, messy church, for youth and children’s workers, music providers, cleaners and flower arrangers, for the upkeep of graves and graveyard, the bell ringers, welcomers and sacristans – let us rejoice in the work that is done to build the body of Christ in this place. And we pray especially for all who offer prayer and comfort when needed. May those who confess your name be united in your truth, live together in your love, and reveal your glory to the world. 
Lord in your mercy – Hear our prayer

We pray for your world, O Lord. We pray for peace and justice in areas of the world in war or conflict and we pray for all people who are in trouble and in fear today: For those who are sad because it is another day of memories of the death of a loved one. For those who are anxious because someone is ill or in pain. For those who are lonely because someone they love is not there for them. We pray especially for those experiencing mental illness and for those who witness the extremes that can arise. Bring them peace, Lord. Bless those who struggle to earn a living wage to earn the cost of food for their children. Those who are dealing with finances and facing impossible inflationary pressure. Those who have experienced unkind words or actions from the stress of living in this world. Lord, surround those in need with your wisdom, your spirit, your healing and life-giving restoration. 
Lord in your mercy – Hear our prayer

Prayer for Ukraine
God of peace and justice,
we pray for the people of Ukraine today.
We pray for peace and the laying down of weapons.
We pray for all those who fear for tomorrow,
that your spirit of comfort would draw near to them.
We pray for those with power over war or peace,
for wisdom, discernment and compassion
to guide their decisions.
Above all, we pray for your precious children, at risk and in fear,
that you would hold and protect them.
We pray in the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace.
Amen
Lord in your mercy – Hear our prayer

Lord, we confess that we have not always followed your words. There have been moments when we chose other options. When we chose to join in the gossip and not to speak out on behalf of the misunderstood. When we chose to take sides with the strong, because we feared the consequences of being found alongside the weak. When we spoke a harsh word of judgement regretting what has been said that can’t be taken back. When we allowed our pride to get the better of us. Though having your forgiveness today, Lord, the memory continues to linger. We thank you that you do not treat us as our sins deserve, and Your love and your word permit a renewed relationship. As we leave this church today, may others see a difference in us. As you forgive us may we surprise others with our own gift of forgiveness. 
Lord in your mercy – Hear our prayer

We pray for the suffering: Blake, Sam, Reuben, Don, Karl, Hugh and Sarah, Joanna, Pam, Holly, Hugo, Frank and Barbara, Bill, Suzanne, Christopher, Jackie, Norman and Diane, Patricia, Frank, Mulle, Martin and Ishbel, and Louise. Refugees, Prisoners, the Homeless and those who mourn. And we also pray for all who have asked for our prayers, those whose needs we know, and those known to God alone. 
Lord in your mercy – Hear our prayer

Lord, we acknowledge the supremacy of Christ, that we are reconciled through his physical body, by his death and resurrection. We pray for all those recently departed this life, and those whose anniversaries fall at this time. Rest eternal grant unto them O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon them.
Lord in your mercy – Hear our prayer

We rejoice in the fellowship of St Andrew and all the Saints. 
Merciful Father – Accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Lord God, whose Son is the true vine and the source of life,
ever giving himself that the world may live:
may we so receive within ourselves the power of his death and passion
that, in his saving cup, we may share his glory and be made perfect in his love;
for he is alive and reigns, now and for ever.
AmenListen to Revd Rosie’s Sermon last Sunday

NOTICES

NO SUNDAY EVENING PRAYER

As it is the 5th Sunday of the month, there is no Evening Prayer is on Sunday.

SERVICES FOR THE NEXT FEW WEEKS

No Evening Prayer on Tuesday and Thursday in August

Church open for Private Prayer, every Wednesday 10.00am-12.00

Sun 31 July  10.30am 7th Sunday after Trinity – Parish Eucharist 
                       No Evening Service (5th Sunday)

Sun 07 Aug  10.30am 8th Sunday after Trinity – Family Eucharist 
                      5.00pm Eucharist – in Church

Sun 14 Aug  10.30am 9th Sunday after Trinity – Family Eucharist 
5.00pm Evening Prayer – Zoom

Sun 21 Aug  10.30am 10th Sunday after Trinity – Family Eucharist 
5.00pm Evening Prayer – Zoom

Sun 28 Aug  10.30am 11th Sunday after Trinity – Family Eucharist 
5.00pm Evening Prayer – ZoomPRAYERS & BEARS

Prayers and Bears is now taking a break.

NEXT CHURCHYARD TIDY

The next, and end of season, churchyard tidy is 08 Oct 10.00am-12.00

AWAYDAY

The PCC are having an awayday, a quiet day at Burnham Abbey on 10 September, all day. There are still a few places for non PCC members, so if you would like to join us, please let Revd Rosie know.

CHARITIES THAT WE SUPPORT

The PCC at their last meeting confirmed the charities which we are supporting:

Mothering Sunday – Baby Bank 
Christian Aid Coffee morning (at Rectory) and Bucket collections – Christian Aid
Harvest Festival – Windsor Christian Action
Remembrance Sunday – Royal British Legion
Christmas – East to West, Crisis, Childrens’ Society (if we have a crib service this year).
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR

The Suffering: Blake, Sam, Reuben, Don, Karl, Hugh and Sarah, Joanna, Pam, Holly, Hugo, Frank and Barbara, Bill, Suzanne, Christopher, Jackie, Norman and Diane, Patricia, Frank, Mulle, Martin and Ishbel, and Louise. Refugees, Prisoners, the Homeless and those who mourn.

The Departed: all those recently departed this life, and those whose anniversaries fall at this time.

Those baptised this month: 

Those married this month: Christopher and Louise, Lauren and Zsolt

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 Hermitage Lane,  Longbourn, Maidenhead Road, Rays Avenue, Wells Close, Vale Road, and Buckland Crescent.

Anglican Cycle of Prayer: please pray for The Church of the Province of West Africa. Please pray also for the Churches in these Dioceses: Matlosane (Southern Africa), Mauritius (Indian Ocean), Mbaise (Nigeria), Mbale (Uganda), North Mbale (Uganda), and Mbamili (Nigeria).Please continue to pray for and support your neighbours and families in any way you can whilst keeping yourself safe.

WINDSOR FOODSHARE

From their Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/windsorfoodshare

We are currently running low on tinned meat, tinned spaghetti and ladies deodorant.

All items can be dropped off to the church:
Dedworth Green Baptist Church, Smiths Lane, Windsor, SL4 5PE
9.30am-1.30pm Wednesdays
9.30am -3.00pm Thursdays.

or alternatively they can be brought from our Amazon wish list. The address they are delivered to are saved to Amazon to make your life a little easier 😀.
https://amzn.to/3a1IMAk

Thankyou all for your continued support and for helping to feed local families.

More information, and to donate online:
https://www.windsorfoodshare.org.uk/food-donations

Did you know that Windsor Foodshare has its own just giving page. If you are donating with just giving don’t forget to tick the gift aid box that way we get an extra 25% on top of your donation.  Every single penny we get given goes to help feed local families. 
https://www.justgiving.com/windsorfoodshare

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.

CONTACTS
 
The Parish Office is now closed.
The Office Number is: 07490 094261
Email:  office@clewerparish.org

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

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