PARISH NEWSLETTER

SUNDAY 8th NOVEMBER 2020

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY

22nd SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY

 

This Week:

Sundays 8th - 29th November

We received the very disappointing news that Public Worship in Church is to cease from 5th November - 2nd December 2020.  There will therefore be no public worship inside our Churches on Remembrance Sunday 8th November or the other Sundays.  We are able to have Acts of Remembrance and prayers at the War Memorials outside our churches beginning at 10.55am. Whether you are able to join us or not, please do keep those who have been killed or injured in war and their families, and the work of the Royal British Legion in your prayers today.

10.55am Act of Remembrance St Michaels Stokenham

10.55am Act of Remembrance St Martins Sherford

In addition to this you can join our Eucharist from St Michael Stokenham by watching it at home each Sunday online through our website ssbparish.co.uk or our YouTube channel.  Check the time of the broadcast there.

 

Wednesdays in Lockdown

The Archbishops have asked us to make the month a month of prayer. They have recalled us to some of the fundamental disciplines of the Christian disciple – prayer,  fasting and reading the Scriptures. 

If you are able to access Zoom, I would like to invite you to pray Morning Prayer and/or Compline (Night Prayer) with me on Wednesdays:

 

Wednesday 10.00am Morning Prayer and Bible Study

Wednesday 8.00pm Night Prayer (Compline) and Prayers

 

You will need to have the Zoom software or App and to have registered with Zoom (https://zoom.us/) prior to the service, to participate.  You will not need any service booklet because I will share this with you online. The service consists of psalms, readings and prayers with which we can all join in, and lasts about 15minutes . We can then grab a cup of coffee or tea and have a short Bible Study followed by a chat, finishing in no more than 40 minutes.   The meeting ID is 560-019-2609. and the password is 1HBHiQ.

 

If you would like to use some notes to help you make a daily short reading of the Bible and reflect on it then you might try Bible Alive (a Roman Catholic publication but follows our daily and Sunday cycle of readings) at   https://www.alivepublishing.co.uk/publications/bible-alive/ or

Bible Reading Fellowship

https://www.brf.org.uk/

 

Fr Michael writes: Our public worship is absolutely at the heart of our Parish life. It is where we gather together around Our Lord as his family. It is the beating heart of the body of Christ, God's people. We cannot be properly sustained in our lives, in our acts of loving service, or in our very being without it. I really do think we have demonstrated as a Church that we can keep folk safe while coming together in offering worship and prayer for God's world.  It is particularly through the sacramental life, that is, through the offering of the Eucharist as Jesus commanded us to do, and through our receiving of the Bread of Life in Holy Communion that we do the work we are called to do in this world; the work of loving our planet rather than harming it; of forgiving all the sinfulness that we encounter and helping to replace it with new life; and of trying to imitate our Lord Jesus Christ in our lives as we let him change us into more of his likeness. The Sacraments, and particularly those of Holy Communion, Baptism and Absolution, are not optional extras, they are the source and summit of what we as Christians are all about.

 

So I was very glad to see that our Archbishops had joined with the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster and other faith leaders to write to the Prime Minister and impress upon him and the Government the importance of communal worship in our collective culture, and the heightened need for the kind of vision of hope for the future faith communities can bring at difficult times like these; and to remind him too of the many different types of community service given by people of faith that result from their public worship. We will have to wait and see if this leads to any releasing of any of the restrictions to enable us to recommence public worship!

 

In the meantime, we must be patient as we pray and yearn for the time when we can come together again and know that our hunger for the bread that only can satisfy, is a recognition of our dependence upon God. During this time of 'lockdown' we are able to keep both our churches open for private prayer and reflection. We will be doing this between 10.00am - 12.00noon at St Michael's from 15th November and from 8th November 10.00am – 4.00pm St Martins. You are very welcome to come in for any period of time, however short. Bring your prayers, for others, for our world and for yourself, perhaps your Bible, and most importantly, an intention to simply be in God's presence.

Morning and Evening Prayer: Said daily at 9.00am & 6.00pm by Fr Michael with prayers for Parish and People. Please join him at these times in your homes. You might like to use the Form of Morning and Evening Prayer for Ordinary Time which is available on the website, or your own Book of Common Prayer.

'Daily Hope' is a free phone line of hymns, reflections and prayers. Now that we have begun public worship again and have the streamed service online, the weekly reflection has come to a natural end.  But those unable to join us in either way can access this free telephone line to hear hymns, daily prayers and reflections: 0800 804 804

Our prayers this week for:

Justin, Archbishop of Canterbury...the homeless and refugees...carers...the work of the Royal British Legion...medical researchers...the depressed and anxious... .our home communicants...victims of the terrorist attacks and their families...peace in the USA...all who have asked our prayers including the sick and among them  Gill and Trevor Moore, Bobby Parsons, Dick Lloyd, Gill Mickel, Keith and Jackie Rollinson, Katherine Yandell, Jamie Cooke, Andrew Graner and Marjorie Godden...those injured and killed in warfare and acts of terror...those who have died at this time and among them Matthew Ward, and those whose anniversaries we keep at this time and among them  Barbara Weyland, Rona Wilcox, Margaret Kranen, Joan Christine Stone and Nancy Pound.

 

Christian Response to Eastern Europe – Shoe boxes

CR2EE are a Christian based charity seeking to show love and care to those in Eastern Europe who are less fortunate than ourselves.
The objects of the charity are to provide relief to disadvantaged and vulnerable people living in Eastern Europe through the support of donations received from individuals and organisations in this country.
Help is given by supporting families, churches and medical organisations through financial gifts, taking Humanitarian aid and medical supplies, and setting up projects to provide long term benefits and independence. It is also given through arranging for special medical diagnosis and treatment here in the United Kingdom.
In practice the charities main areas of work are Romania and Moldova.

Moldova is one of Europe's poorest countries. A bad harvest and the effects of the pandemic has made things a lot worse.  This Devon based charity is arranging to deliver shoeboxes full of practical gifts and treats for children young people and elderly people in need.  If you feel able to fill a shoebox  or get together with another or others to do so, please contact Isabelle Warren who can give you all the information you need!

 

Prayer for us to pray this week:

Loving God, you know us and all that we are facing. We thank you that we can come to you as we are – with all our fears and concerns, our difficulties and challenges. Please draw close to each of us and those we remember before you now. Bring to us your peace and comfort. And fill us with your Spirit that we may be bearers of your grace and hope to others. As a country protect us, encourage us and keep us. In the name of your Son Jesus we pray. Amen.

 

 

Visiting & Home Communions

 

I have now had to put visits and home communions on hold again. I am very sorry about this. Can we all make a particular point of identifying people who are finding the isolation of lockdown really difficult. Keep in touch with them regularly, and do let me know if a phone call from me would help? Also make sure they are getting their groceries, prescriptions etc delivered ... and if not help them to find a way to do this – perhaps you can offer to do it yourself if that is possible?

 

If you would like to contact me about any personal or pastoral matter please do so, I should be very happy to help you. Please leave a message on my phone 01548 580908 or send me an email.

 

Your Church remains here for you, please know we are praying for you, for those in need, and for all those you love.  Please do get in touch if there is anyone or anything I can pray for or if I can help you in any way.

 

With my prayers and very best wishes

 

Fr Michael

Priest in Charge: Fr Michael Berrett, The Vicarage, Stokenham, Kingsbridge, Devon  TQ7 2ST  01548 580908  priest@ssbparish.co.uk

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