Weekly Notice Sheet 2nd August 2020
Weekly Notice Sheet 2nd August 2020
JULY 26th 2020 -PASTORAL LETTER FOR ST ANDREW’S CHURCH BURNHAM ON SEA
There will NOT be a notice-sheet available in Church – this one is the notice-sheet for the whole congregation,
Both those attending worship and also for those deferring attendance
This week there will be a Youtube service for Sunday. We will have a service available to you via, post, church website, email and YouTube & Facebook and the website – A Church Near You.(ACNY) It would be wonderful (where possible) to all join in this occasion on Sunday at 10.0a.m. as an act of solidarity and prayer. The YouTube service should be available on Saturday – so do look. https://youtu.be/iCsi522hvEc
Monday 3rd Aug
Ps. 119vv 89-96
Matt 14vv 22 - end
Tuesday 4th Aug
Matt Matt 15 vv 1&2, 10 - 14
Wednesday 5th Aug
Matt 15vv 21 - 28
Thursday 6th August
Matt 16 vv. 13 - 23
Friday 7th Aug
Matt 16 vv 24 to end.
Saturday 8th Aug
Matt 17 vv 14 - 20
PLEASE PICK UP REVISED COPY OF SUNDAY SERVICE IF COMING TODAY – recycle the one you have
There are one or two changes – the Gloria was sung before lockdown – this is revised to a said and spoken version used.
ZOOM evening prayer – Wednesday @5.00
Last week 7 souls joined in – more welcome. Go to Zoom – and sign in meeting – see Margarets instructions from last week.
Saint Andrew's Church is inviting you to a Zoom prayer meeting.
Topic: Celtic Evening Prayer by Zoom
Time: Aug 5, 2020 05:00 PM London
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 421 472 4119
NOTE – for those attending worship in Church on Sunday – We will continue the current scheme until the end of August ( at least) and review the situation and give you two weeks notice of any changes.
So, while we will as a general rule worship with two congregations – A to M and N to Z alternative weeks –
we have some spare capacity each week. This week is A – M… However…
Your own domestic and family life may mean you cannot always fit in your church attendance (for those that attend) on the Sunday designated to you. With this in mind, should you wish to attend worship on a week that you do not normally attend then please – in the first instance phone me or email me to see if you may worship in church. It might well be that there is room for you to change – but – and I have to say this – it may not be possible to accommodate you – we will do our best given the guidelines we have to adhere to. However, please do not just turn up at Church without consulting Graham
Sunday reading - Printed at the end of this Noticesheet.
Face coverings – government guidelines. – please read - UPDATED
The Prime Minister has outlined plans (31/-7/20) to make face coverings mandatory in Places of Worship from 8th August. i.e Next Sunday onwards.
In the meantime, we continue to strongly advise that face coverings should be worn by all those attending a place of worship, including ministers.
Thursday Prayer at Ten" Now Holy Communion is taking place again.
However for those not able to attend you may join us ‘in Spirit’ "together but apart" in the presence of Christ whilst remaining in our own homes.
You are invited to devote 15 minutes, starting at 10 a.m. with the "Our Father" then praying for the weeks cause and concluding at 10.15 by saying the "Grace". This is NOT on the internet it is simply committing to that time each week by praying "together whilst apart".
Here is the prayer for Thursday prayer:
THURSDAY 6th August Feast of the Transfiguration.
We pray the collect for today and reflect upon its meaning and give thanks for the Transfiguration in our lives.
"Father in Heaven, whose son Jesus Christ was wonderfully transfigured before chosen witnesses upon the holy mountain, and spoke of the exodus he would accomplish at Jerusalem; that in the world to come we may see him as he is; who is alive and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit one God now and for ever."
FOODBANK – Thank you for the donations left at the Vicarage. The Foodbank is receiving a huge number of requests for help while people wait for grants and benefits to come through. If, you can support the foodbank donations can be dropped off in Tesco or at the Vicarage. Tinned Potatoes and small bags of sugar are a particular need at the moment Thank You.
INTERCESSION TOPICS FOR THE WEEK
Monday Those in hospitality industry
Tuesday Weston Hospice and its staff and chaplains
Wednesday Those working in our care homes in Burnham
Thursday Our Town
Friday Our families
Saturday Pilgrims walking to Santiago
Sunday St Andrews PCC
CHURCH OF ENGLAND – There is now a FREEPHONE number with a daily reflection – so if you would like to hear a recorded message by Archbishop Justin Welby – ring 0800 804 8044
The Parish pump – This is a section to share any news across the congregation. I welcome any contributions which need to be with me by 12 Noon on Tuesday in the week leading up to the Sunday – so that postal copies can be sent out in time
A Note from Julia Smith
Julia would like to thank everyone who has given so generously to the flower fund which has exceeded her expectations. Any further donations marked in an envelope for Julia to Church this week or next or via a letter using the Vicarage as an address.
St Andrew’s Church Finances
During Lockdown the Church was able to receive your offertory if you had set up a Standing Order or Direct Debit.
Those who are able to return to church and give via the envelop scheme can hand in their ‘lockdown’ donations via the offertory basket. If you give via the envelop scheme and are deferring your return to Church we can arrange to collect your envelopes – if that is helpful. Alternatively, some have given a cheque for the period of the lockdown.
If you wish to use this method please make cheques payable to St Andrew’s Church, Burnham on Sea – I would thank you for that commitment to the Church. Thank you to all of you who have responded so promptly and generously.
From the Ministry team – John, Sharon, Margaret & Graham
We are planning some 10am Sunday worship reflections on our current Covid19 situation. More details to follow next week or see parish magazine. – Graham’s article/
8th Sunday after Trinity
Almighty Lord and everlasting God,
we beseech you to direct,
sanctify and govern both our hearts and bodies
in the ways of your laws and the works of your commandments;
that through your most mighty protection,
both here and ever, we may be preserved in body and soul;
through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
R Show me, O Lord, your loving-kindness.
1 Hear my plea of innocence, O Lord; give heed to my cry; listen to my prayer, which does not come from lying lips.
2 Let my vindication come forth from your presence; let your eyes be fixed on justice. R
3 Weigh my heart, summon me by night, melt me down; you will find no impurity in me.
4 I give no offence with my mouth as others do; I have heeded the words of your lips. R
5 My footsteps hold fast to the ways of your law; in your paths my feet shall not stumble.
6 I call upon you, O God, for you will answer me; incline your ear to me and hear my words. R
7 Show me your marvellous loving-kindness, O Saviour of those who take refuge at your right hand from those who rise up against them.
16 But at my vindication I shall see your face; when I awake, I shall be satisfied, beholding your likeness. R
Reading from Scripture
Matthew 14.13–21 - Hear the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew.
13 When Jesus heard that Herod had beheaded John the Baptist, he withdrew in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick. 15 When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, ‘This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.’ 16 Jesus said to them, ‘They need not go away; you give them something to eat.’ 17 They replied, ‘We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.’ 18 And he said, ‘Bring them here to me.’ 19 Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 20 And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. 21 And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.
John, Matthew, Mark and Luke share the story of the feeding of the 5000. However, it is John who adds the small detail that Andrew tells Jesus about the young lad who has five loaves and two small fish.
Maybe like the story of the widow’s mite this story illustrates something of God rewarding sacrificial giving – the young lad offering to give his food to share his tea with everyone else who had followed Jesus.
One theologian has tried to explain away the story of the feeding of the 5000 by suggesting that the young lads actions so embarrassed everyone present that they too got out their Tupperware boxes and shared their supper. Like a parish social ( you remember those) there was food left over after the event!!
God’s providence is often exercised through the generosity of others. Providence means literally ‘attending to’. God attends to needs and offers a practical solution. We are sometimes asked to be the answer to our own prayers in natural rather than supernatural means.
I want to consider not the mechanics of how the 5000 were fed – but rather concentrate on what Jesus did with the 5 loaves and two fish.
You will note that several words have been underlined in this Bible passage –
TAKING – BLESSED – BROKEN – SHARE
Those 4 words should be ringing a bell for you – it is the shape of the Communion or Eucharistic Prayer we use in church following the example of Jesus at the last Supper.
In this passage those four actions are used to show the love of God. When we offer ourselves as instruments of Gods own peace then we become a living sacraments – outward and visible signs of an inward and invisible grace.
God takes ordinary things – you and me
God blesses ordinary things – you and me
God breaks us and humbles us – you and me
God shares his love in and through you and me
Who will I be a blessing to this week – Not me as me, but me as a channel of God’s blessing.
Whose lives will you spiritually, emotionally and metaphorically ‘touch’ this week.
Yes social distancing must be kept in place – but you and I are commissioned by God himself this week to remove his spiritual distance from the lives we meet with, talk with, email and phone with.
YOU ARE A SACRAMENT and presence of God as much as any wafer thin host. AMEN. AMEN. AMEN.