Sunday 22nd March 2020
Vicar: Revd TERESA TAYLOR 01179093078 email@example.com
Church Warden CHRIS LLEWELLYN firstname.lastname@example.org
Church Warden ROGER LONG email@example.com
Lay Minister: BARRIE FLEET firstname.lastname@example.org
Lay Minister RICH HARRIS Rich.Harris@bristol.ac.uk
Lay Minister JANE HUZZEY email@example.com
Lay Minister: JACKIE LONG firstname.lastname@example.org
Lay Minister: DAVID MILES email@example.com
Parish Office: VENETIA RODGERS 0117 9561 016 firstname.lastname@example.org
Church Website & FB: TERRIE WALKER-SMITH http://www.stjameschurch.co.uk
1st Reading: 2 Corin.1, verses: 3-7 Praise to the God of All Comfort
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 5 For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. 6 If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. 7 And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.
2nd Reading: Luke 2, verses: 33-35 Jesus Presented in the Temple
33 The child’s father and mother marvelled at what was said about him. 34 Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, 35 so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”
The Collect for Mothering Sunday
God of love, passionate and strong, tender and careful: watch over us and hold us all the days of our life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen
We pray for all those who we know who have underlying health issues and for all those who are required to self-isolate at this time.
We pray especially today for: Sophie, Doreen, Pat, Karen, Sue, David, Liz, Bev, Erin, Caroline, Sophie, Chris,Pauline and Pat.
Our prayers are with Rachel, Amanda and Oliver in their time of sadness at the loss of baby Florence.
MESSAGE FROM REVD TERESA TAYLOR
For the foreseeable future all general Church services and events, due to Government advice and Church of England ruling, have ceased. This is of course to particularly protect those who are vulnerable to Covid 19 (Corona Virus) in our Nation and we MUST abide by this.
However, the life of St. James Church continues under these extenuating circumstances and we must find ways to support each other, our community and fresh ways of “being church”.
I find it is a profound message to us, just as we are on the threshold of having our beloved church building returned, that we are prevented from using it in the usual way.
Although public worship has ceased we will endeavour (in due course) to open the building at certain times for personal prayer and quiet reflection as quickly as we are able to, abiding by Government social distancing recommendations. Opening times will be advertised on our website, Face Book page and Newssheet.
There are arrangements in place for weddings, baptisms and funerals, the guidance and restrictions are clear on the Church of England website, but for local information contact Teresa or Peter.
The Leadership Team is developing a system of maintaining pastoral contact with the whole church and we will be looking at ways we can share in acts of corporate worship, all be it remotely!
This is a developing situation and the Newsletter, FB and the website as well as individual contacts are how we will best communicate all of this.
We will print the Sunday readings and collect out each week and perhaps we will decide a collective time when we will worship together in our own homes.
For this Sunday there are several things we can join in with:
- At 8.10am on Radio 4 the morning service will be a national service led by the Archbishop of Canterbury, which can be heard live or will be downloadable.
- At 9.30am I will celebrate Holy Communion on behalf of the whole church and parish; this would be a good time to join us in personal prayer from your home.
- Sunday has been declared a day of national prayer and we are encouraged to light a candle or lamp at 7.00pm and place it in a window as a sign of prayer and solidarity (please publicise this around your neighbours).
When we come together to worship we come offering an expression of our individual love for Jesus, this is the very essence of our faith. Our love for our Lord is not stripped away with isolation, it may well be that with more time, as other activities are being curtailed, we will find more time to pray, read, study our bibles and grow in our own personal faith journeys. This is also a time when we are being asked to look out for our neighbours who may be in need perhaps as never before.
Jesus said: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” The second is this: “Love your neighbour as yourself.” There is no commandment greater than these.’ Mark 12: 30 – 31
May it be our prayer that the coming weeks may help us to live out these commandments more truly and fully and may we grow in being a Christ-centred Church caring for the Community in ways we never dreamed of. May God be with us all. Teresa
If during these weeks of isolation either you yourself or you become aware of someone else with a pastoral or practical need please do let one of the leadership team know.