United Benefice of

St Mildred’s, Whippingham

and

St James’, East Cowes

14th November 2021 : Remembrance Sunday

CURRENT AND FUTURE WORSHIP ARRANGEMENTS

Please continue to be vigilant and to observe social distancing measures at all times. Cases on the island are heading in the right direction, but we still 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 positive developments happening at the COP26 summit

Pray for: all serving members of the armed forces, their families and friends; all those suffering as a result of the ongoing conflict in Ethiopia

PRAYERS FOR THOSE IN NEED:

Emergency prayers needed for: Paul and family; William and family; Stuart; Alistair; Lusia; David; Mike Sharp (awaiting radiotherapy).

Long term, please pray for: Charles; Reg and Eileen; Irene and Henry; Richard Gray; Bob Hitchens; Beryl; Joy and Dave; Maureen; Margaret Perkins.

Give thanks for: the return home of Beryl Cox following a prolonged stay in Highfield nursing 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:

All fallen members of the armed forces, and civilians who lost their lives in conflicts past and present

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COLLECT FOR REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY

Almighty Father,

whose will is to restore all things

in your beloved Son, the King of all:

govern the hearts and minds of those in authority,

and bring the families of the nations,

divided and torn apart by the ravages of sin,

to be subject to his just and gentle rule;

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

GOSPEL READING: Matthew 5 : 1-12

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2 Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:

3 Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.

8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

QUESTIONS TO PONDER

Jesus assures his listeners that God will comfort those who are in mourning. Does this refer only to the life to come, or could it be a prophecy for this world too? Is there anyone you know who is currently grieving for a loved one? Could you be the agent by which God works to comfort them?

Jesus encourages his followers to be peacemakers. Do you think this appeal is concerned solely with wars on a national scale, or might it refer to conflicts in general, even down to the smallest personal quarrel? Are there disagreements among your friends or family that you could help resolve? Do you yourself have an ongoing dispute with someone? If so, given his words here, what do you think Jesus would say to you?

INTERCESSIONS (supplied by Sylvia Ash)

Trusting in God’s love and mercy we bring the needs of the Church, the world and our own needs to Him in prayer.

Let us pray for all who suffer as a result of conflict, and ask that God may give us peace: for the servicemen and women who have died in the violence of war, each one remembered by and known to God.

May God give peace…. God give peace.

For those who love them in death as in life, offering the distress of our grief and the sadness of our loss.

May God give peace…. God give peace.

For all members of the armed forces who are in danger this day, remembering family, friends and all who pray for their safe return.

May God give peace…. God give peace

For civilian women, children and men whose lives are disfigured by war or terror, calling to mind in penitence the anger and hatreds of humanity.

May God give peace…. God give peace.

For peacemakers and peacekeepers, who seek to keep this world secure and free.

May God give peace…. God give peace.

For all who bear the burden and privilege of leadership, political, military and religious; asking for gifts of wisdom and resolve in the search for reconciliation and peace.

May God give peace…. God give peace.

Most holy God and Father, hear our prayers for all who strive for peace and all who fight for justice. Help us, who today remember the cost of war, to work for a better tomorrow; and, as we honour the past, may we put our faith in your future; for you are the source of life and hope, now and for ever.

Merciful Father,

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:

Post Communion

Gracious Lord,

in this holy sacrament

you give substance to our hope:

bring us at the last

to that fullness of life for which we long;

through Jesus Christ our Saviour

Amen.

POEM FOR REFLECTION

‘And Death shall have no dominion’ (verse 1) by Dylan Thomas

Follow this link to hear the poem read by Peter Capaldi:

"And Death Shall Have No Dominion" by Dylan Thomas – YouTube

And death shall have no dominion.
Dead men naked they shall be one
With the man in the wind and the west moon;
When their bones are picked clean and the clean bones gone,
They shall have stars at elbow and foot;
Though they go mad they shall be sane,
Though they sink through the sea they shall rise again;
Though lovers be lost love shall not;
And death shall have no dominion.

To conclude, either follow the links below to our new Youtube channel or simply rest quietly in God’s presence

I vow to thee, my country – AMHS 579 – YouTube

National Anthem – HON 177 – YouTube

UPDATE FROM REV SUSAN

As of last Tuesday, Charles has begun his course of chemotherapy and is currently doing well. We remain very grateful for your thoughts and prayers.

Assuming that this positive progress will continue, I hope to resume taking church services on Advent Sunday. On my return as celebrant, I will need to maintain a degree of social distancing at the giving of communion. I ask everyone kindly to respect my need to take such precautions and to avoid crowding me at the altar.

In the meantime, I remain on compassionate leave and am still trying to minimise parish involvement, so I will not be answering my phone. If there is a problem that you need help with, please contact any of the pastoral team:

Colin Dutton – Dutton.Colin; 293140

Gillian Jackson – gillhjackson; 281633

Peter Robinson – sandprob; 299230

Alternatively, please speak to a churchwarden who will be able to point you in the right direction. Many thanks for your understanding and continued prayers.

Rev Susan

PEW SHEET ARRANGEMENTS

During my period of leave, administration of the pew sheet is being handled by Stuart McKerracher. Please send any prayer requests, intercessions, and other notices to him by Wednesday evening each week.

His contact details are stuart_mckerracher; 07570 914117

CAFÉ CHURCH

We have reluctantly had to postpone the planned Café Church. Accordingly, the service at St James’ next week will be Holy Communion. Watch this space for future developments.

RUTH RAPER

Ruth’s memorial service will be on the 20th November at midday at St Mildred’s. Everyone is most welcome to attend.

ST JAMES’ CHRISTMAS FAIR

This will take place on Saturday 20th November in the Church Hall opening at 10am. Any items would be welcome. They can be brought along to Church or to the Church Hall the day before between 10am – 12noon. Also, if anyone is available to help on the day, please let Rose know.

ANNA CHAPLAINCY EVENT

On Tuesday 23rd November, 2pm at Carisbrooke Priory, there will be an ecumenical event held by the Anna Chaplaincy, which offers spiritual and emotional support to older people. If you are interested in finding out about the role of the Anna Chaplaincy on the island, and to explore whether or not you might want to get involved in some way, you are very welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be available. Numbers are limited so booking is essential.

For more information about the event or to book a place please contact: westwightannachaplain by Friday 19th November. Further information about Anna Chaplaincy is available from www.annachaplaincy.org.uk

DOG WALKING VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED

The Cinnamon Trust is the national charity whose wonderful volunteers help people over retirement age and those in the latter stages of a terminal illness by offering all kinds of free pet care. They are looking for volunteers to help a resident of East Cowes whose delightful dog would love to go for a good walk.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, you can download a volunteer registration form from their web site appeals. If you would like to have a more in-depth chat about becoming a volunteer, please call during office hours (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm) on 01736 758 701.

ADVENT CAROL SERVICE AT BROOK

On the 5th December, a service of lessons and carols for Advent will be held at St Mary’s Church, Brook. Music will be sung by the liturgical ensemble Cantus Vesperi, who kindly provided us with a carol service at St James’ last year and will be offering an Epiphany carol service at St Mildred’s on the 9th January. Put the dates in your diary!

FOOD BANK

There is still a need for the following items, if you can help:

Packet rice

Tinned spaghetti

Tinned potatoes

Squash (750ml)

Pudding (rice/sponge)

Biscuits

Coffee

Laundry tabs/powder

Washing up liquid

Toothbrushes (single)

Razors

Toothpaste

Shaving gel

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!

BROWSERS LIBRARY

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?!

Rev Susan