United Benefice of
St Mildred’s, Whippingham
St James’, East Cowes
10th October 2021 : 19th Sunday after Trinity
DOWNING STREET have announced that the new Bishop of Portsmouth will be the Rt Rev Dr Jonathan Frost, who is currently the Dean of York. See the notices section of the pewsheet for more details!
CURRENT AND FUTURE WORSHIP ARRANGEMENTS
Our current service pattern is now set to continue – but the bad news is that with the recent outbreak of Covid within St James’ congregation although we will be able to serve coffee after the service, Café Church has to be put on hold for a little longer. Please continue to be vigilant and to observe social distancing measures at all times. With the summer season, cases on the island are increasing, and we need to maintain due caution, especially remembering that to have had two vaccinations does not stop people from carrying the virus.
Meanwhile the diocesan website www.portsmouth.anglican.org still has a direct link to parishes that are streaming live worship, while for those unable to access such resources this pewsheet continues to contain material for offering a “spiritual communion” at home. You must do whatever feels right and safe for you.
FOR YOUR PRAYERS THIS WEEK:
Give thanks for: the appointment of Rt Rev Dr Jonathan Frost as our new Bishop; the baptism of Molly Rose May Beattie today
Pray for: Bishop Jonathan and his wife Christine; Judith Swaine, our Island prison chaplain, and all prisoners on the island during this Prisons Week
PRAYERS FOR THOSE IN NEED:
Please pray for: Reg and Eileen; Irene and Henry; Richard Gray; Bob Hitchens; Beryl; Joy and Dave; Maureen; Margaret Perkins; Paul and family; William and family; Gemma; the family of Emily and Sammie; Beccy and family, Richard Sewell, Jemma; Sheila Dunn; Mary Blow; Rebecca and Luke Dadson and their parents, Wendy and Paul; Judith Myatt; Sean; Matthew; Steve; Margot; Bruce; Charles; all those with poor mental health
Give thanks for: Margaret Perkins’ safe return home
NB Margaret Perkins would welcome phone calls on 290201. If you would also like to visit her, please do not do so without asking her first and be aware that you will have to wear a mask.
If you wish particular names to be added to the prayer list, please inform Rev Susan. All names are reviewed on a monthly basis. Please keep Rev Susan updated if you would like a name to stay on the list beyond the current month.
PRAYERS FOR THE DEPARTED:
Bridget Salter; Peter Traill; Betty Le Goff; Jean Morris
Bridget’s funeral will be at the crematorium at 11.15am on Tuesday 12th October, and we wish Bruce and her family well as they visit from the mainland.
Our sincere condolences also go to Jill Traill, following her sad bereavement. The funeral arrangements will be announced in due course, but meanwhile please hold her and the family in prayer.
whose steadfast love never ceases
and whose mercies never come to an end:
grant us the grace to trust you
and to receive the gifts of your love,
new every morning,
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
NEW TESTAMENT READING Hebrews 4 : 12 – end
12 Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13And before him no creature is hidden, but all are naked and laid bare to the eyes of the one to whom we must render an account.
14 Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. 15For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathise with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. 16Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
GOSPEL Mark 10 : 17-31
17 As Jesus was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, ‘Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ 18Jesus said to him, ‘Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. 19You know the commandments: “You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; You shall not defraud; Honour your father and mother.” ’ 20He said to him, ‘Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth.’ 21Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, ‘You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.’ 22When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions.
23 Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, ‘How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!’ 24And the disciples were perplexed at these words. But Jesus said to them again, ‘Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! 25It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.’ 26They were greatly astounded and said to one another, ‘Then who can be saved?’ 27Jesus looked at them and said, ‘For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible.’
28 Peter began to say to him, ‘Look, we have left everything and followed you.’ 29Jesus said, ‘Truly I tell you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields, for my sake and for the sake of the good news, 30who will not receive a hundredfold now in this age—houses, brothers and sisters, mothers and children, and fields, with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life. 31But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.’
The thing that fascinates me about the story of the rich young man who went sadly away after Jesus told him to sell everything he had, is whether he ever actually did sell everything, or whether he remained a wishful thinker, a non-committed follower for the rest of his life. We are left on a bit of a cliffhanger, not knowing, and the assumption is that he failed the test. I would like to think that he changed his mind and eventually de-cluttered his life of material stuff, but who knows?
There is something very therapeutic about de-cluttering. We tend to fill our lives, and our homes, with so much that we don’t actually need. The worst thing is that, if we feel our house is getting too small, instead of de-cluttering, we tend to think about upsizing. And guess what? As soon as we have got more space, we promptly fill it all over again. It’s really all about establishing and maintaining our identity: it’s not that the various things are valuable in themselves, but more that they tell us something about who we are, who we love, events on our life journey that have affected us in some way, and so on. Now that we don’t have to have things like photo albums, because we can store so much stuff online, it’s even worse. And it’s quite possible to become so dependent on what we have created in the cyber word of virtual reality that we forget what it’s like to be in the real world, with all its physical connections. That’s why, to my mind, online church is nowhere near as good as being real church, attending real services, where some folk annoy us, others delight us, the cold makes us shiver and the coffee – well, let’s not go there! The point is that we are physical people, not just images – though you could be forgiven for confusing the two, since we have become so obsessed with appearances. While I am knocking technology, I might add that it is technology that encourages us most to become dissatisfied either with our appearance or our physical circumstances, through relentless advertising, that is simply there to feed other people’s bank balances through sales of whatever commodity attracts us and our own egos. And it is technology that is to blame for so much mental illness, brought about by cyber bullying and media pressures. I was watching a TV programme called “The Cleaner”, where the central character encounters a young millionaire, whom initially he envies. But it soon becomes clear that the millionaire has never really known the joy of relationships, or the simple pleasures of jumping in a puddle, climbing a tree for the fun of it, and so on. It was in many ways a conversion story, where the young man, who apparently had everything, actually had nothing. Which brings us back to the rich young man of today’s gospel.
It was clinging on to a false set of values that was his undoing. If everything we are about is invested in possessing things, then our very identity as precious individuals is under threat. The challenge Jesus sets is for us to invest our identity in him, because he alone sets us free to be who we are called to be. But it comes at a price. There is no redemption without suffering, That applies spiritually as much as physically. Every so often, some bright young athlete or singer or artist will say dramatically that they have sacrificed huge amounts for the sake of their sport or their art. But I would say that actually they have not so much sacrificed as invested in it. Jesus urges us to invest in him, in joining his discipleship, in finding our security not in physical things that can be taken away from us but in eternal things. That doesn’t always come naturally to us, but a good starting point is to focus outwards on becoming more selfless and less self-centred. That in itself is a journey, and the good news is that God doesn’t expect us instantly to become Olympic champions at achieving what we aim for. But as a church noticeboard once informed me, “He who stands for nothing falls for everything”, and we are called to try, time and time again, to stand for Jesus’ values, Jesus’ compassion, Jesus’ generosity. The more space we make for Jesus in our lives, the less spiritually cluttered we shall become. And I think it’s also true to say that the less cluttered we are, the more truly we shall reflect God to other people and the more firmly we shall root our identity as Christians.
So I leave you with a thought to ponder, and I too will be trying to mull this one over: in what area of our lives will we make our first attempts to de-clutter and let go so that God can be in charge? Over to you and God.
INTERCESSIONS(supplied by Sylvia Ash)
Let us bring our needs and concerns before God asking him for wisdom and grace to use the things of the world that will help us
to gain eternal life.
Lord in your mercy……Hear our prayer
For the disciples of Jesus, that the faith they profess
with their words may be born out in their lives.
Lord in your mercy……Hear our prayer
For our political and civil leaders: that God may enable them
to carry out their responsibilities with wisdom and compassion.
Lord in your mercy……Hear our prayer
On this World Mental Health Day, we pray for your comfort and healing for all who suffer in body, mind and spirit; give them courage and hope in their troubles; and bring them the joy of your salvation.
Lord in your mercy……Hear our prayer
For this community, for every city, town, and village, and for all the people who live within them,
For all gathered here: that we not allow the love of wealth and comfort to stifle the spiritual side of ourselves.
Lord in your mercy……Hear our prayer
Let us pray for the sick and for those who suffer, for all in the nursing homes and hospices of our parish, and for those who are housebound.
We bring our personal concerns to you now ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
Comfort and heal all those who suffer; may they know your presence with them in their need.
Lord in your mercy…..Hear our prayer
Heavenly Father, we pray for those whose hearts are saddened by the death of someone close to them or are remembering an anniversary. Grant to them the comforting power of the resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ that together with all your saints they may share in your heavenly kingdom.
Accept these prayers
for the sake of your Son,
our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.
PREPARING FOR SPIRITUAL COMMUNION
In union, Lord, with the faithful at every altar of your Church, where the Holy Eucharist is celebrated, I offer you praise and thanksgiving. I present to you my soul and body with the sure hope that I may always be united to you. And since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, I ask you to come spiritually into my heart. I unite myself to you and embrace you with all my being. Let nothing ever separate you from me. May I live and die in your love. Amen.
You might like to sit in silence for a while, then pray:
Holy and blessed God,
you have fed us with the sacrifice of your Son
and filled us with your Holy Spirit:
may we honour you,
not only with our lips
but in lives dedicated to the service
of Jesus Christ our Lord.
To conclude, either listen to the music links below or simply rest quietly in God’s presence
Both churches’ harvest food collections have now been taken to the Foodbank, who are very grateful. However, there is still a need for the following items, if you can help:
Washing up liquid
They now have plenty of cooking sauces, baked beans, tinned fish, tinned meat, tinned veg, pasta, cereal, soup, tinned fruit, tinned tomatoes, tea – so no more of those for a while, please!
Have you been along to the Browsers Library at St James’ yet? Do drop in on Saturday from 10.00-12.00 for a coffee, choose a free book, buy a jigsaw or just have a socially distanced chat. All visitors please wash your hands on entry: all returned stock is kept separate until it is safe to return it to the shelves. (Not that you have to bring them back, of course…!)
This outreach is going really well – why not join in?!
A MESSAGE FROM JUDITH SWAINE, OUR ISLAND PRISON CHAPLAIN:
Prisons Week this year is 10 – 16 October 2021.
This is the week we are asked to pray especially for those who live and work in prisons and their families as well as those who are victims of crime and the catastrophic and far-reaching effects. If you would like to take part in the prayer week there is a prayer sheet that can be downloaded from the Prison Week website; https://prisonsweek.org/
Anyone who feels they may have a discernment toward serving God through (pastoral) ministry to those in prison and has a couple of hours free each month might be interested in volunteering to become an Official Prison Visitor. This is a scheme run by the National Association of Prison Visitors and seeks to provide visitors for those prisoners who would not otherwise receive visits. It is so important for prisoners to have contact with the ‘outside’ world to help with their rehabilitation and prepare them for when they leave prison.
If you would like to find out more about being an Official Prison Visitor, without obligation, I would love to hear from you at HMP Isle of Wight.
Please contact me by e-mail on Judith.Swaine
God bless and thank you
Rev Judith Swaine
HMP Isle of Wight
Anyone who does not have access to email or the Internet is welcome to ask me to obtain details and resources!
You will be dismayed to hear that Charles Paterson has been diagnosed with cancer, which is inoperable. Please bear with us as we come to terms with this and understand if parish matters are a trifle disorganised. The treatment plan has yet to be arranged, but we are hopeful that the illness can at least be managed if not cured. Please don’t expect us to talk about it, which is hard: but as ever, please keep praying! Rev Susan
**** OUR NEW BISHOP!!! ****
The Rt Rev Dr Jonathan Frost
The announcement from 10 Downing Street on Friday morning confirmed that HM The Queen had approved the nomination of Bishop Jonathan to be the tenth Bishop of Portsmouth, succeeding the Rt Rev Christopher Foster, who retired in May.
Bishop Jonathan will lead the Church of England’s Diocese of Portsmouth, which covers 133 parishes across south-east Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. His current role involves him leading the historic York Minster, where he has served since February 2019.
He was unveiled as the new Bishop of Portsmouth at Charter Academy, the diocese’s only Church of England secondary school on the mainland. He joined pupils in a science laboratory, as part of his desire to start his new role by engaging with young people living in the diocese.
Later in the day, he was due to meet worshippers at three different parts of the diocese: at Portsmouth Cathedral, at Newport Minster, and at St Peter’s Church, Petersfield. In all three places, he asked others to pray for him.
He was also due to visit St Mary’s Church, Brading, on the Isle of Wight, where worshippers have put environmental concerns at the top of their agenda. He saw the ethical and environment shop they have created in their church hall, and the goats and pigs they care for in a small farm next to the churchyard, to emphasise his commitment to combating climate change.
He was also due to visit Carole Damper MBE, at the Roberts Centre in Portsmouth, which supports children, families and vulnerable people in Portsmouth, Gosport and Havant. It was created in 1987 and the centre in Landport was built thanks to a bequest, which was left to a former Bishop of Portsmouth to spend on alleviating poverty.
Bishop Jonathan also asked for a private meeting with staff from HMP Isle of Wight on the day he was announced as the new bishop, as part of his commitment to understanding issues relating to justice and imprisonment.
Bishop Jonathan said: "I believe the role of a bishop is to pray, to share the story and the love of Jesus, and to speak up for the marginalised and voiceless.
"I’ve got Portsmouth on my heart. Many people across this diocese have had a tough time through the pandemic, especially the most vulnerable, and I know Christians here played their part with others to support those in need.
"I’m looking forward to working in partnership, as together we tackle the biggest issues facing us today – such as the poor mental health and wellbeing of so many of our young people; climate change; and the scandal of poverty, which restricts opportunities and life chances.
"I am, of course, sad to be leaving York Minster and valued colleagues there. It’s a real privilege to be called to the work God is doing in south-east Hampshire and the Isle of Wight."
The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, said: “I’m so pleased that Bishop Jonathan has accepted this invitation to become the next Bishop of Portsmouth.
“His wide range of interests and experiences, from youth engagement and interfaith relations to social justice and community building, will be invaluable in bringing the people of Portsmouth together as he begins this new role. Please join me in praying for him and his wife Christine as they take this next step in their journey as disciples of Jesus.”
And the Archbishop of York, the Most Rev Stephen Cottrell, said: “Jonathan Frost has been an outstanding Dean of York. He is a leader who knows how to be led, a man of prayer and a servant of the gospel.
“He has very successfully steered York Minster through difficult and challenging times. But he has also enabled it to focus on its primary purpose as a place of prayer and a centre for mission. Although we are very sad to see him go, we are delighted that he has been called to use his considerable gifts of leadership, pastoral care and missionary endeavour as the next Bishop of Portsmouth.”
Bishop Jonathan was educated at the universities of Aberdeen and Nottingham, and prepared for ordination at Ridley Hall, Cambridge. He served his curacy at St Giles’ West Bridgford, Nottingham. Jonathan was ordained priest in 1994 and, alongside parish duties, served as a police chaplain.
From 1997-2002, Jonathan was rector of Ash in the Diocese of Guildford. In 2002 he took up a new joint post as Anglican Chaplain to the University of Surrey and Residentiary Canon at Guildford Cathedral. For 11 years Jonathan taught Christian doctrine on the local diocesan ministry course. He served as bishop’s advisor for interfaith relations and on General Synod. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Surrey in 2012.
Jonathan served as suffragan Bishop of Southampton, in the Diocese of Winchester, from November 2010 to January 2019. In these years, Jonathan chaired the Portsmouth and Winchester Joint Diocesan Board of Education and became honorary assistant bishop in the Diocese of Portsmouth.
He was installed as Dean of York in February 2019. Among his priorities are prayer and Benedictine spirituality, evangelism, discipleship, and working alongside others to tackle the scandal of poverty.
Jonathan is married to Christine, an integrative child psychotherapist. They have three adult children. He supports Fulham Football Club. He enjoys live jazz, the Taizé community, armchair sport and walking.
Because various legal formalities have to take place before Bishop Jonathan can take up his new role, his installation service in Portsmouth Cathedral is not expected until the New Year. Between now and then, he intends to visit the Diocese of Portsmouth regularly as he begins to get to know the area and its people.