Sunday 26th July 2020
7th Sunday after Trinity
Vicar: Revd TERESA TAYLOR 01179093078 firstname.lastname@example.org
Church Warden CHRIS LLEWELLYN email@example.com
Church Warden ROGER LONG firstname.lastname@example.org
Lay Minister: BARRIE FLEET email@example.com
Lay Minister RICH HARRIS Rich.Harris@bristol.ac.uk
Lay Minister JANE HUZZEY firstname.lastname@example.org
Lay Minister: JACKIE LONG email@example.com
Lay Minister: DAVID MILES firstname.lastname@example.org
Parish Office: VENETIA RODGERS 0117 9561016 email@example.com
Church Website & FB: TERRIE WALKER-SMITH http://www.stjameschurch.co.uk
New Testament: Romans 8: 26 – end, New International Version
26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.
28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[i]have been called according to his purpose. 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30 And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.
More Than Conquerors
31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”[j]
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[k] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Gospel Reading: Matthew 13: 31-33, 44-52, New International Version
The Parables of the Mustard Seed and the Yeast
31 He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. 32 Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.”
33 He told them still another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds[a] of flour until it worked all through the dough.”
The Parables of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl
44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.
45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. 46 When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.
The Parable of the Net
47 “Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish. 48 When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore. Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away.49 This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous 50 and throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
51 “Have you understood all these things?” Jesus asked.
“Yes,” they replied.
52 He said to them, “Therefore every teacher of the law who has become a disciple in the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.”
The Collect for the Seventh Sunday After Trinity
Generous God, you give us gifts and make them grow: though our faith is small as mustard seed, make it grow to your glory and the flourishing of your kingdom; 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, Pat, Pete, Pam, Colin (Shirley N’s brother) and Kelly
We give thanks for the life of Molly Hocking and remember her family at this time
It is with great sadness that we let you know that Peggy Lane passed away the Sunday before last, she had been living in residential care following admission to hospital during lockdown. We remember her daughter and husband at this sad time for them.
SUNDAY WORSHIP & ST JAMES CHILDREN’S CHURCH DIGITAL
Join with us for worship from around 9.30am this Sunday by going to St James Mangotsfield Facebook page and follow the link to the service. You can also find St James Children’s Church Digital.
COFFEE TIME AT ST. JAMES
We meet at 11.30am each Sunday via Zoom
If you would like to join us for a coffee, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org stating your name and that you’d like to join us for coffee. Each week you will receive an email from email@example.com with the link to this week’s session.
INVITATION TO A SOCIALLY DISTANCED MEETING OR CHAT WITH THE VICAR
Despite all our new technology for communication, sometimes nothing beats a face to face conversation.
Weather permitting, my garden allows for socially distanced meeting, so if anyone is in need of a chat or prayer do please get in touch. Teresa ><>
MESSAGE FROM REVD TERESA TAYLOR
Yesterday I had to venture to our local Sainsbury’s, for most of the pandemic I have manged to avoid large supermakets, but having to pick up a prescription meant there was no alternative.
It already felt strange entering such a big shop after so many weeks and I also decided to wear my face mask as a practice run. Doddle I thought, as I had years of practive in my previous nursing career, however that was a long time ago! Over the Summer my GP has changed the way repeat prescritions are ordered and the new system is allegedly automatic, however the pharmacist knew nothing about it when I arrived! Trying to express myself calmly, quietly and politely behing my mask and a plethora of plastic screens and then wait safely in the confined space allocated for the pharmacy for a result was a challenge. I was hot behind the mask and frustrated at the blunted communication, but I will as they say “have to get over it” for this is the new normal. In that moment my heart certainly went out to all those throughout these months who have had to endure restrictive, uncomfortable PPE in the course of their work.
Over these months our normal communication has been somewhat fettered by social distancing; having to use phones, computers for programmes such as Zoom and good old fashioned letters and all of these have their limitations. Nothing beats a face to face meeting where full body language, expressions and tone of voice as well as the words being said are available to the other person(s).
Thankfully our invitiation to communicate with God through prayer remains unchanged, we can come just as we are unfettered and pour our heart out to a God who always hears perfectly, but how often do we find ourselves putting on a mask, keeping something back from God, our metaphoric PPE if you like? Maybe a sin we refuse to address, a relationship too hard to work at, a character trait we know we should try to do something about, our use of money, the list is endless…..
When we come to God, God sees beyond this, God knows what hinders us, but God sees beyond to the person we could become, created in God’s image. When we offer our true authenic self to God and allow ourselves to be refashioned in God’s hands this is when we make real progress in our Christian journey.
To end, some verses from one of my favourite psalms 139.
have searched me, Lord,
and you know me.
2 You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
3 You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
4 Before a word is on my tongue
you, Lord, know it completely.
can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence? Ps.139: 1-4,7
With every blessing, Teresa ><>
Limbo Land by Sally Sibley 16.07.20
All at sea and yet washed ashore
Not really sure how I feel anymore
I now tread carefully on shifting sand
Yet remain marooned in Limbo Land
Confused, not sure of how to proceed
Or if ‘going out’ is what I need
Some welcome new freedom with arms open wide
Whilst others still choose to remain inside
A swathe of emotion engulfs my days
Feelings ebb and flow like tidal waves
Some days are happy whilst others are sad
Often mourning the life that I thought I had
Many are grieving and counting the cost
Of days gone by and what’s been lost
Families robbed of a parent or friend
Not able to be by their side at the end
So much was taken from our hands
When Covid19 swept through our lands
This catalytic happening that flooded our earth
Now commands a response by the way of rebirth
So should I go out and start to roam
And leave the safety of my home
When freedom is calling and is here at last
But keeping distance now seems a thing of the past
Masks and visors now fill my days
Whilst I grapple and struggle to find new ways
Yet all I want is to hold your hand
In this my new world of Limbo Land
TEN’S HARVEST FOR THE HUNGRY 2020 APPEAL
This year’s appeal highlights a project run by TEN’s partner, Mission Possible Bulgaria that is supported by donations from UK churches and individual gifts. Harvest for the Hungry is a life-line for many in desperate need. Thousands of families in Eastern Europe face a harsh winter without food, especially this year, due to the loss of vital earned income as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Every £15 will feed a family in Eastern Europe for a week. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to all who have continued to give so generously to the regular work of St. James over the past difficult weeks. Understandably our giving has reduced as we are not able to take weekly collections and some may have difficulty getting offerings to us. Although the building is closed we do have overheads for both the Church and Hall and we are committed to pay our Parish Share to the Diocese, which is also struggling at this time. The Diocese supports us in so many, often unseen ways, such as LLM training, paying for DBS checks, general training and events and a souce of support and advice to parishes to name but a few.
Please would you search your hearts at this time about a regular commitment financially to St. James. If you would like to give regularly or alter the amount you give, our Giving Officer is Roger Long, please have a word with him about the easieist way to give. For some there may be reduced income at the moment and if this is the case and your regular giving is a burden please come and talk to one of the Leadership Team. Alternatively for some there may have been a bit of an underspend in the last few months with holidays not taken, less meals out etc., if this is the case, would you consider giving an extra one off to the work of St. James, maybe as a thanksgiving as we begin to emerge form our lock down.
Thank you too to those who are giving to our separate re-order fund, your gifts are being well used and we thank God for them. The Reorder team met recently and looked at how we can re-open St. James in the not too distant future – the conversations have begun and we will give a fuller update soon.
JULY MESSAGE FROM RESOUND FOODBANK
Use of our FoodBank services has settled down to about what we would normally expect at this time of year, but we need to stay prepared for any upward change in the number of people requiring our help. In particular, the school summer holiday will be with us soon which can cause additional problems for families due to the absence of school meals though some families, but not all, will receive vouchers in lieu of ‘Free School Meals’.
Attached below, is our current ‘Shopping List’ which contains several items that we will be providing to families with school-age children, in addition to the usual food items, to ease the pressure of providing lunchtime snacks. If you could help with any of these items, your generosity will be greatly appreciated.
Donations can be brought to the Resound Centre on Mondays and Wednesdays between 1000 – 1200 or on a Friday between 0900 – 1300. Alternatively, there are permanent collection boxes in the Sainsburys stores at Emersons Green and Lyde Green. Your continued support for the FoodBank is greatly appreciated. Many thanks to you all.
Shopping List July 2020
Please can you help us by donating any of the following:-
Tinned Mince Meat & Onions
Tinned Macaroni Cheese
Tinned Vegetables (Carrots, Green/Broad Beans, Mushrooms)
Beans with Sausages
Jars of Fish/Meat Paste
Chocolate Biscuits (KitKats, Penguins etc)
Snack Bars (Mars, Marathon etc)
NEWSLETTER AND OFFICE OPENING HOURS
Please send anything you wish to be included in the 2nd August newsletter to the church office by 11am, Friday 31st July, to email@example.com . Please note that while I am working from home and until the church hall is open again, my parish office hours are usually from 9.30am – 3pm (lunchbreak approx. 1-1.30pm) on Fridays. Thanks, Venetia