Sunday 10th May 2020
5th Sunday of Easter
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 9561016 firstname.lastname@example.org
Church Website & FB: TERRIE WALKER-SMITH http://www.stjameschurch.co.uk
New Testament: Acts: 7: 55-end New International Version (NIV)
55 But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56 “Look,” he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”
57 At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, 58 dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul.
59 While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”60 Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep.
Gospel Reading: John 14: 1- 14 New International Version (NIV)
Jesus Comforts His Disciples
14 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God[a]; believe also in me.2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.”
Jesus the Way to the Father
5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you really know me, you will know[b] my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”
8 Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”
9 Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. 11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. 12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
The Collect for the Fifth Sunday of Easter
Risen Christ, your wounds declare your love for the world and the wonder of your risen life: give us compassion and courage to risk ourselves for those we serve,
to the glory of God the Father, Amen
SUNDAY 10th MAY WORSHIP
Join with us for worship from around 9.30am this Sunday, when we will be joined by Jackie Long, Rich Harris and others.
Watch our website and FB page in the coming days as some thoughts for the day will also continue to be posted, as well as our regular Sunday worship.
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, Pat, Pete, Peggy, Iris, John and Sally.
MESSAGE FROM REVD TERESA TAYLOR
Alleluia Christ is Risen!
Hello everybody, I expect you are like me this week-end, waiting at the end of our seventh week in lockdown to hear what Boris Johnson has to say to the nation on Sunday evening.
When maybe a slight softening of our current situation may be announced, with many questions in our minds as to what this will mean for each one of us.
I am convinced that Jesus offers us good advice to look to the concerns of each new day in its entirety and not to dwell on what has been or will be. I do get very frustrated with elements of our “news” programmes that try to look forward with no concrete information to go on and at the moment, we seem to be taken down lots of rabbit holes and a sense of panic is often further engendered. If we seek daily to ask the question “Lord how are you wanting me to live today?” I believe God will point us in the direction we should take in the future. In conversations I have had and what I have been reading, so often the question being posed is what will the new normal look like? I will be preaching more on that next week, but this is being asked not only in respect to continued social distancing as we are able to get out and about more, but also perhaps the new normal will hold a change in perspective. This lockdown has given us a real opportunity to reassess our lives and resources, to review what is at the heart of how we tick and what is truly important to us. I believe this could be a God-given moment in time to shift humanity’s direction towards a mutual care and respect of each other. With so much stripped away in these weeks, we have been taken back to what is at the very heart of our relationship with God. “What is the greatest commandment asked the experts of the Law and Jesus replied:
“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”Matthew 22:37-40
As we learn daily with the Holy Spirit’s help to follow these commands at a deepening level in this pandemic, may we be prepared to be a force for a changed “normal” in line with God’s way.
Every blessing, Teresa
CHRISTIAN AID WEEK 10th – 16th MAY
It goes without saying that raising funds for Christian Aid Week will be particularly challenging this year, at a time when money is needed more than ever to support the world’s poorest and most deprived communities. The following is taken from their website:
As this virus spreads across the world, love rises up in response. You’ve already shown incredible kindness to your neighbours. Now is the time to reach out to your neighbours both near and far.
Your love protects. From storms, from drought, and now from coronavirus. Your love protects our global neighbours battling the spread of this illness. Your love protects. With soap, clean water and medical supplies.
By supporting us this Christian Aid Week, you can reach out and protect more of your neighbours today
Please click on the link below for information about the work of Christian Aid and find out how you can donate to Christian Aid week.
I have a few plants for sale for Christian Aid. If you are interested in any of the following, please contact me on the office email address or phone number for a list of prices and pictures of the plants. I have the following: Red/ orange sunflowers, scented sweet pea plants (mixed colours) and Nasturtiums (orange/ yellow mix).
There will be other plants available in June, when we hope to be able to have a plant sale at the church in aid of church funds. More information to follow. Thanks, Venetia
Please note that in the newsletter two weeks ago the account details were incorrect. It should have said Reserve Fund and not Reserve Account
If you are wondering what to do with your planned giving envelopes, that you would normally put in the collection plate, then they may be put through the letterboxes of Sylvia, Chris Llewellyn, Roger or Teresa. If you need further details please phone one of us. At present it is easier to pay in cheques than cash. If you would like to write a cheque, then please print clearly “PCC Mangotsfield – Reserve Fund“. Easier still, if you are willing, to change your giving to a standing order. To do this please contact Roger.
MAY MESSAGE FROM THE RESOUND FOODBANK
Dear friends and supporters, thank you so much for your amazing and generous support especially over the past few weeks. We are adapting to our new delivery schedule although we find one week we are very busy and the next less so. It’s hard to gauge so it’s keeping us on our toes.
Just to say, we have all the cardboard boxes we need for the moment, thanks for donating, but no more please!!
We are always at the foodbank preparing our deliveries on Friday mornings. We would like to suggest that if you wanted to bring donations in to Resound, Friday mornings would be a really great time for both us and, hopefully, you to bring food along. We will place some large boxes outside for popping in donations between 9am – 1pm. Resound is also open Mondays and Wednesday mornings between 10am – 12pm
The good news is that the money raised so far is now £8,100. This is an amazing effort made by so many and maybe in these strange times of being at home, you might even have some more ideas about how to grow this figure even more. David Miles is doing exactly that and is willing to consider taking commissions for his artwork. Any other ideas would be welcomed. God Bless and stay safe. Sally Sibley
CRYPTIC CLUES OF OLD TESTAMENT BOOKS
set by Jane Huzzey (answers next week)
|Can he see over me?|
|– Madoc, – Wilson, – Rendell,|
|Alley has an energy|
|Old Ford car is nearly an exclamation|
|Do you dare to be this?|
|Recurring ringing of ‘phone|
|In favour of action words|
|Spoilt her Jamie|
|Sounds like a chemical compound|
|Steam lit anon|
ANSWERS TO LAST WEEK’S BIBLE PUZZLE
Look away now if you have yet to complete the puzzle! Thank you to Tony Hammond for sending in the answers.
| This is a most remarkable puzzle. It was found by a gentleman in an airplane seat pocket, on a flight from Los Angeles to Honolulu, keeping him occupied for hours. He enjoyed it so much that he passed it on to some friends. One friend from Illinois worked on this while fishing from his John-boat. Another friend studied it while playing his banjo. Elaine Taylor, a columnist friend, was so intrigued by it, she mentioned it in her weekly newspaper column. |
Another friend judges the job of solving this puzzle so involving that she brews a cup of tea to help her nerves. There will be some names that are really easy to spot. That’s a fact. Some people, however, will soon find themselves in a jam, especially since the books ae not necessarily capitalised. Truthfully from answers we get, we are forced to admit it usually takes a minister or scholar to see some of them at the worst. Research has shown that something in our genes is responsible for the difficulty we have in seeing the books in these paragraphs. During a recent fundraising event, which features this puzzle, the Alpha Delta Phi Lemonade booth set a new sales record.
The local paper, the Chronicle, surveyed over 50 patrons who reported that this puzzle was one of the most difficult they had ever seen. As Daniel Humana humbly puts it, “the books are all right here in plain view, hidden from sight”. Those able to find all of them will hear great lamentations from those who have to be shown. One revelation that may help is that books Timothy and Samuel appear without their numbers. Also, keep in mind, that punctuation and spaces in the middle are normal. A chipper attitude will help you compete really well against those who claim to know the answers.
Remember, there is no need for a mass exodus, there really are 30 books of the Bible lurking somewhere in these paragraphs waiting to be found.
MESSAGE FROM AGE CONCERN
During this difficult time with the Covid-19 crisis we at Age UK South Gloucestershire want older people to know that we are still here and we are open to support them in whatever way we can. Our Telephone advice line – 01454 411707 is open Monday – Friday from 9:30am – 1:00pm and our advisers are able to support older people who may be anxious about the current and future situation. Pauline Sandell, Information and Advice Manager
Please send anything you wish to be included in the 17th May newsletter to the church office by 11am, Friday 15thMay, to email@example.com or leave a message on the office answerphone: 0117 956 1016 Thanks, Venetia.