20 September 2020 Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity

Church Outside is bringing such joy to our families. We are getting used to putting the event tent up and now we have our flag banner, thanks to a generous donation from one of our families. We are learning to do things in new ways, ways in which we can still worship together, pray together and play together and most importantly learn God’s story together. At a time when things are so uncertain, things we thought we were ok with are now questionable, it’s important to keep talking and listening and praying.

Anxiety levels are wobbling again and those back to school classroom coughs and sneezes bring a whole new level of worry! Remember…we are not on our own, we have each other and God’s promise of love and grace. Today we would have been singing ‘Amazing Grace’, so as I stay home with this cold, I leave you in the capable hands of Canon Brian and the words of this blessed hymn.
‘The Lord has promised good to me,
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be
As long as life endures.’
Blessings, stay safe, stay well.
Revd Rosie
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.



God, who in generous mercy sent the Holy Spirit
upon your Church in the burning fire of your love:
grant that your people may be fervent
in the fellowship of the gospel
that, always abiding in you,
they may be found steadfast in faith and active in service;
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.



Jonah 3.10-end of 4
10 When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil ways, God changed his mind about the calamity that he had said he would bring upon them; and he did not do it.
4.1 But this was very displeasing to Jonah, and he became angry. 2 He prayed to the Lord and said, ‘O Lord! Is not this what I said while I was still in my own country? That is why I fled to Tarshish at the beginning; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and ready to relent from punishing. 3 And now, O Lord, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live.’ 4 And the Lord said, ‘Is it right for you to be angry?’ 5 Then Jonah went out of the city and sat down east of the city, and made a booth for himself there. He sat under it in the shade, waiting to see what would become of the city.
6 The Lord God appointed a bush, and made it come up over Jonah, to give shade over his head, to save him from his discomfort; so Jonah was very happy about the bush. 7 But when dawn came up the next day, God appointed a worm that attacked the bush, so that it withered. 8 When the sun rose, God prepared a sultry east wind, and the sun beat down on the head of Jonah so that he was faint and asked that he might die. He said, ‘It is better for me to die than to live.’
9 But God said to Jonah, ‘Is it right for you to be angry about the bush?’ And he said, ‘Yes, angry enough to die.’ 10 Then the Lord said, ‘You are concerned about the bush, for which you did not labour and which you did not grow; it came into being in a night and perished in a night. 11 And should I not be concerned about Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who do not know their right hand from their left, and also many animals?’

This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
Philippians 1.21-end
21 For to me, living is Christ and dying is gain. 22 If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labour for me; and I do not know which I prefer. 23 I am hard pressed between the two: my desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better; 24 but to remain in the flesh is more necessary for you. 25 Since I am convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with all of you for your progress and joy in faith, 26 so that I may share abundantly in your boasting in Christ Jesus when I come to you again.
27 Only, live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that, whether I come and see you or am absent and hear about you, I will know that you are standing firm in one spirit, striving side by side with one mind for the faith of the gospel, 28 and are in no way intimidated by your opponents. For them this is evidence of their destruction, but of your salvation. And this is God’s doing. 29 For he has graciously granted you the privilege not only of believing in Christ, but of suffering for him as well— 30 since you are having the same struggle that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.
This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
Gospel Reading
Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew.
Glory to you, O Lord.
Matthew 20.1-16
1 ‘For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire labourers for his vineyard. 2 After agreeing with the labourers for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard. 3 When he went out about nine o’clock, he saw others standing idle in the market-place; 4 and he said to them, “You also go into the vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.” So they went. 5 When he went out again about noon and about three o’clock, he did the same. 6 And about five o’clock he went out and found others standing around; and he said to them, “Why are you standing here idle all day?” 7 They said to him, “Because no one has hired us.” He said to them, “You also go into the vineyard.” 8 When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, “Call the labourers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and then going to the first.” 9 When those hired about five o’clock came, each of them received the usual daily wage. 10 Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more; but each of them also received the usual daily wage. 11 And when they received it, they grumbled against the landowner, 12 saying, “These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.” 13 But he replied to one of them, “Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage? 14 Take what belongs to you and go; I choose to give to this last the same as I give to you. 15 Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous?” 16 So the last will be first, and the first will be last.’
This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.

Usually, every year there are a considerable number of tennis lovers who queue all night for seats at the Wimbledon Championships. They bring their own provisions and many set up little tents to secure their place for the precious tickets. If the weather is unfavourable, from all accounts it can be a long night.

Imagine, though, you are one of those people: the morning comes and you have paid for your centre court ticket in more ways than one. You have put in the time and effort, made the sacrifices, and you deserve it. And then you get a shock. you realise that the authorities are letting in people in before you. People who have not queued, have had a good nights sleep, have just turned up, and are being allowed to enter the grounds without the inconvenience of waiting. You’re still going to get your ticket, of course, but that’s not the point. That’s not fair, you might say. You might even say something a bit stronger.

I suspect that is how some of the workers in the parable felt. That’s not fair. What sort of employer is this? They had toiled all day in the scorching heat, but when it came to collecting their wages, they were put at the back of the queue. Worse still, when it came for them to be paid they received the same money as those who had done virtually no work.

Nowadays they might take their grievances to a trade union. Imagine the media frenzy at the injustice of it all! But there were no unions then, and no media, and the workers had to deal directly with the landowner, who revealed himself to be an equal opportunities employer with a difference. The contract of employment specified the “usual daily wage” and that’s what the workers received at the end of the working day. If some were paid that same wage for only working part of the day, that was the employer’s discretion. Did he not have the right to be generous with his own money? Why should that generosity be limited in any way?

Jesus told this parable in direct response to Peter’s complaint: “Look, we have left everything and followed you. What then will we have?” (Matthew 19:27). Not for the first time Peter had missed the point. The point is that people cannot earn a place in the kingdom of heaven, but that God is gracious to all alike, regardless of what work they have done or what contribution they have made. Sometimes, those who have become Christians later in life achieve more than those who are Christians from early baptism. The last will be first. To all, though, justice will be done. Nothing will be withheld that was promised.

It is easy to sympathise with those who were hired early in the morning. In our own lives it’s easy to develop a sense of entitlement, based on how involved we’ve been in church life, or how generous we’ve been with our time, talents and money. Then people who have done nothing for God all their lives, who have perhaps wasted their lives, come along at the eleventh hour and get an equal blessing. That’s not fair, we think. Nevertheless, we need to understand that we will all receive an equal blessing and in God’s good time something will be made of all our lives. Entry to the kingdom is at God’s invitation, although we can decline it. The hiring of all the workers through the day was done personally by the landowner, not by any intermediary. At Calvary, the criminal crucified with Jesus was not deserving of anything but of Jesus he made a simple request: ” Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” to which Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” And so a criminal was the first to enter God’s kingdom, with God’s grace and with an equal blessing with all who would follow him. Because of God’s grace, we should all feel like those workers hired last, and be filled with gratitude and thanksgiving that God has chosen us at all.

Now as always you are a lovely attentive congregation, so just FIVE things for you to remember or forget!

1. Imagine queuing overnight for tickets to an event you really wanted to attend, only to find in the morning that people behind you in the queue were called forward ahead of you.

2. Entry into God’s kingdom cannot be earned; it is solely by God’s grace and generosity.

3. Justice will be give to all mankind. Nothing that has been promised will be withheld.

4. The landowner employed the workers personally. Likewise, God deals with us personally.

5. Whatever our expectations, we are to be thankful that God has chosen us at all.

Today’s Readings

Jonah 3:10-end of 4
Jonah is angry about the success of his mission to turn the people of Nineveh from their evil ways. Jonah wants God to destroy the enemies of Israel, not be merciful to them.

Philippians 1:21-end
Paul declares that physical death is gain for him, because it will bring his union with Jesus even closer.

St. Matthew 20:1-16
Jesus makes it clear that entry into the kingdom of heaven cannot be earned by work or good deeds. It is solely by the grace and generosity of God.

The response to the words Lord hear us, is Lord, graciously hear us.
Let us pray for the Church and for the world, and let us thank God for his goodness.
In this time of unprecedented change, even though all of us are not together in buildings, we are together in our homes and hearts, together as a church family, together as God’s people, and through all bishops and priests, to praise you and to hear your holy word.
Give us a sense of expectation as we come, and inspiration as we go.
Help us to put our differences behind us, and to unite instead behind the great commission of Jesus, to make disciples of all nations. 
Lord hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us
Lord, as we approach World Peace Day, September 21st, give your people your peace, that we may shine brightly in a dark world. Grant us the courage to live faithfully, even in the midst of hard times.
Let our fear of you be the beginning of wisdom, rather than allowing the fear of the world to drive our actions. Help us to embrace our heavenly citizenship and live strangely in the midst of a world that needs to know you.
Show your mercy and heal those who are suffering in your fallen creation. Most of all, Lord, come. Restore the world you have made, and make all things new. We pray that your will would be done. Amen.
Lord hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us
Good Shepherd, within your embrace we find peace. We bring to you those orphaned, crippled or dispossessed by war, for refugees wandering this earth in search of a home, for all victims of strife and warfare, in Syria, Yemen and Afghanistan, and for all those who have dedicated their lives for the search for peace and reconciliation.
Lord hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us
God of Clewer, and of our nation, we pray for those who give themselves in politics, civil life, and humanitarian aid, in order to help others. The many thousands of volunteers delivering PPE, and food packages to hungry children, and elderly people living alone.
Lord hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us
Dear Lord, turn your healing love towards those who are sick and in pain today. We pray for those infected with Coronavirus. We bring them to mind now. We pray for our noble NHS, all the thousands of nurses, doctors, medics, porters, key helpers in care homes, who daily risk infection, and their lives, by their constant help and dedication.
Lord hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us
Keep us, good Lord, under the shadow of your mercy in this time of uncertainty and distress. Sustain and support the anxious and fearful and lift up all who are brought low – particularly those who in their final hours, are prevented from physical contact from family and friends – knowing that nothing can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Lord hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us
In this present crisis in the educational sector, we pray for all those children returning to school, and for those beginning, or returning to university next week. Protect and fortify them O Lord, as they take the path to adulthood, and will be looking forward to a much brighter future.
Lord hear us, Lord, graciously hear us
Please pray for healing: Blake, Sam, Reuben, Margaret, David, Don, Karl, Hugh, Sarah, Elsie, Lesley, Joanna, Pam, Andy, Jean, Victoria, Refugees, Prisoners, the Homeless and those who mourn.
Lord hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us
We pray for the lately departed, especially Joyce Doe, and those whose anniversary falls at this time.
Lord hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us
Rejoicing in the fellowship of all your saints, we commend ourselves and all people to your unfailing love.
Merciful Father,
accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ


Keep, O Lord, your Church, with your perpetual mercy;
and, because without you our human frailty cannot but fall,
keep us ever by your help from all things hurtful,
and lead us to all things profitable to our salvation;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.



Go forth into the world in peace,
be of good courage,
hold fast that which is good,
render to no one evil for evil,
strengthen the fainthearted,
support the weak, help the afflicted,
honour everyone,
love and serve the Lord,
rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit,
and the blessing of God almighty, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit be with you always.


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.

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 11.30 for about half an hour.

We will resend the meeting details later. 



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.

EP Readings
Psalm 119.113-136
Ezekiel 33.23,30 – 34.10
Acts 26.1,9-25


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.


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 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.


20 September 2020 10am Church at Home takes place online at 10am on Sunday. As ever, links to listen, watch or dial-in in to the service will be published here a few hours beforehand. We are delighted to welcome as our president the Revd Dr Tess Kuin Lawton, Chaplain to Worcester College Oxford and Vicar of the Parish of Black Bourton. The Rt Revd Colin Fletcher, Bishop of Dorchester, is giving the address from his home. This weekend deacons across the diocese will be ordained to the priesthood. So our service celebrates the theme of Vocation – remembering that each of us are called by God by our common Baptism. Please pray especially this weekend for our curates ahead of their ordination and all are welcome to watch live streams of the ordination services. 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’)


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, Joyce Doe, 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 Cleves Court, Carter Close, St Johns Road, Gordon Road, Dawson Close, Convent Road, and Bailey Close.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: please pray for the Province of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan. Please pray also for the Churches in Kiteto (Tanzania), Kitgum (Uganda), Kitui (Kenya), Panama (Central America), Central Pennsylvania (The Episcopal Church), Kivu (Rwanda), Pankshin (Nigeria),
Central Philippines (Philippines), Panyana (South Sudan), Central Solomons (Melanesia), Central Tanganyika (Tanzania), Central Zambia (Central Africa), Paraguay (South America) , Central Zimbabwe (Central Africa), and Kobe (Japan).
Please continue to pray for and support your neighbours and families in any way you can whilst keeping yourself safe.


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.
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.
Parish Mailing List – If you know of anyone who would like to receive the Pews News by email, please ask them to email office@clewerparish.org to be added to the list. We currently have 91 subscribers.

If you know anyone without internet access who would like to receive a printed copy of the Pews News, please send their name and address to office@clewerparish.org

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
Now Sunday services have resumed, you can put your envelopes in the collection plate in Church on the table outside the bell tower, or if you come to private prayer, on Wednesday.
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
Symbols of hope and happiness
Don’t forget to keep on crafting so that we can make something to reflect our time away from church.
Windsor Foodshare – are now putting boxes in various locations in the area for donations. They welcome all non-perishable foods. At the moment they are short of tinned fruit. Details on their Facebook page:
Trevor Morgan’s Fundraising for a school in Kenya
Trevor has asked us to remind you that he is still collecting banknotes and coins, from any country, any age. The need for funds in the school in Nakuru, Kenya is even greater as a result of the pandemic and like here, the school has had to close, and children are struggling. Trevor is happy to collect coins and notes from anyone.
Please email the Parish Office – office@clewerparish.org – if you can help.
Revd Rosie will 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. With thanks.
Membership Secretary
Windsor Christian Action (WCA), who are the charity responsible for the Windsor Homeless Project, Street Angels, Foodshare and More Than a Shelter, are looking for a volunteer to replace the present Membership Secretary who is retiring at Christmas or thereabouts. The purpose of the role is to keep a record of members and distribute mailings. It is not an arduous task taking no more than about an hour or so each month, but it is an important one to the administration of WCA. If you are interested and would like to be sent a Job Description please contact Mike McEvoy at: secretary@windsorchristianaction.org
Windsor Christian Action Newsletter  
  Continuing to Serve the Community in the Pandemic
During the pandemic, three of the WCA projects – Windsor Homeless Project, Windsor Foodshare, and Windsor Street Angels – continue to  work together to serve the vulnerable people in our local community. The Homeless Project and Foodshare have continued throughout, while Street Angels closed for a while and have now re-opened.  They partner with others in the community, including local counsellors, Tesco, Waitrose, Morrisons, People to Places, Driven Forward, Rotary Club, Ascot Racecourse, the Greene Oak, and the West Windsor Hub. 

In addition, now is the time that we are starting to consider whether to re-run our fourth project, More than a Shelter, for the winter months of this year.

Thank you to Nick and Liv who organised the Virtual Sleepout in July, and everyone who took part or sponsored someone. Over £25,000 was raised. An incredible result!! 

All this work would not be possible without the many wonderful volunteers who give their time and donations to support us. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We could not do what we do, without you.

WHP re-opens as a Drop-In Service

From March until July, WHP was operating as a delivery only service. During this time, 1820 meals and 1400 food parcels were delivered. Over 1000 support calls were made, in order to keep in touch with guests and check on their wellbeing. There was close collaboration with Foodshare on food supplies. After July, when WHP re-opened for guests at St Edward’s Church premises, numbers averaged 17 per session during the week, and slightly fewer on Saturdays at St Stephen’s church. During this time it became clear that some guests were not attending the drop-in, and so Nick and Livi continued the delivery service for them. 

With all this going on, amazingly 3 individuals were housed and also one couple (along with their rabbit). The WHP van was used to move them into their new accommodation.   New leaders for Foodshare
At the end of August, Sarah Howard, who had led Foodshare on a voluntary basis for 7 years, left the post to be able to spend more time with her family. She did an amazing job building up the project, and will be greatly missed. 

We welcome three new part-time leaders who will take over the work – Maria Ruci, who will run the Thursday sessions and deal with referrals and vouchers; Micky Foden-Andrews, who will be in charge of volunteers; and Simon Long, who will handle stock and donations. 
Contact details for the new leaders are as follows:
Maria – manager@windsorfoodshare.org.uk
Micky – volunteers@windsorfoodshare.org.uk
Simon – donations@windsorfoodshare.org.uk

Earlier in the pandemic, Foodshare was operating a delivery only service, but now three quarters of clients are currently picking up their food. A few (about 12) are still receiving deliveries. A second distribution point which has recently opened at Kerith Church in Dedworth, could take the number of vouchers up to 65 from 50 if necessary, as demand increases.    Street Angels has opened again
Now that more people are going out in the evening, the Street Angels operating again, patrolling the streets in the town centre on Friday and Saturday nights with a limited number of Angels. In order to comply with the safety regulations, a huge amount of preparation work has been needed to retain the Angels in the new COVID model. The Safety Hub at Windsor Baptist Church is still closed for the time being while risk assessments take place for safe reopening.    More than a Shelter Update
The government issued a directive on 5th August that all homeless shelters should be open, and that no-one should be turned away if they have COVID. This poses quite a challenge for opening a shelter, as all the regulations need to be followed to ensure everyone is safe, including having the beds two metres apart, and having barriers between the beds. As several of the church venues which were used last year would be too small for this, MtaS is struggling to find accommodation which is large enough to allow for the safety measures to be put in place. We are therefore appealing to anyone who knows of a building in the centre of town which is available and which has plenty of space, so that we can open the shelter again this year. If you know of anywhere, please email our trustee Jeremy Crame: 



If you have help from family or friends we encourage you to continue to accept help from them as usual.  If any of your circumstances change and you need help from outside these support groups then please contact us to let us know. If you are having difficulties we advise you to call the HUB number above and we’ll arrange help for you.

More information:
The Parish Office is now open Monday Wednesday and Friday mornings.
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

Churchwarden: Stuart Cockman

Pastoral helpline number: 07946 590223

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