United Benefice of

St Mildred’s, Whippingham

and

St James’, East Cowes

17th October 2021 : St Luke (transferred)

CURRENT AND FUTURE WORSHIP ARRANGEMENTS

Next month, Café Church will return and our normal service pattern will continue. We are pleased that baptisms are beginning to resume as well. However…

Please continue to be vigilant and to observe social distancing measures at all times. Cases on the island are still 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

Pray for: the soul of Sir David Amess, also for his wife Julia and their three daughters; for an end to violence and terrorism

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; Stuart; Alistair.

Give thanks for: all carers who enable people to have quality of life at 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:

Peter Traill; Jean Morris; June Oatley; Sir David Amess

Please continue to remember Jill Traill in your prayers as she prepares for Peter’s funeral on Saturday 30th October at St Mark’s church, Wootton

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COLLECT FOR ST LUKE

Almighty God,

you called Luke the physician,

whose praise is in the gospel,

to be an evangelist and physician of the soul:

by the grace of the Spirit

and through the wholesome medicine of the gospel,

give your Church the same love and power to heal;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

READINGS

NEW TESTAMENT READING Acts 16 : 6-12a

6 They went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia. 7 When they had come opposite Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them; 8 so, passing by Mysia, they went down to Troas. 9 During the night Paul had a vision: there stood a man of Macedonia pleading with him and saying, ‘Come over to Macedonia and help us.’ 10 When he had seen the vision, we immediately tried to cross over to Macedonia, being convinced that God had called us to proclaim the good news to them.

11 We set sail from Troas and took a straight course to Samothrace, the following day to Neapolis, 12 and from there to Philippi, which is a leading city of the district of Macedonia and a Roman colony. We remained in this city for some days.

GOSPEL Luke 10 : 1-9

1 After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. 2 He said to them, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest. 3 Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves. 4 Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and greet no one on the road. 5 Whatever house you enter, first say, “Peace to this house!” 6 And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you. 7 Remain in the same house, eating and drinking whatever they provide, for the labourer deserves to be paid. Do not move about from house to house. 8 Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you; 9 cure the sick who are there, and say to them, “The kingdom of God has come near to you.”

QUESTIONS TO PONDER

From the reading from Acts

During the night, Paul had a vision. What do you think about God communicating through dreams? Can you think of other Biblical examples of people acting on visions? Could any of your own dreams be interpreted as a message from God? Why/why not?

Paul and his companions were guided by the Spirit to cut short their mission in Asia and head on to Greece. What does this teach us about letting go and new beginnings? Should we always finish the things that we start?

From the Gospel of Luke

Jesus told his new followers to leave behind their money and possessions and to rely solely on the charity of others. Why do you think he did this? How might you respond to the idea of making yourself so vulnerable?

He also told them to proclaim “The kingdom of God has come near to you.” What do you think he meant by this? What sort of kingdom might this be? What might you need to do for the kingdom to come near to you?

INTERCESSIONS

Encouraged by our fellowship with all the saints, let us make our prayers to the Father through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Father, your Son called men and women to leave the past behind them and to follow him as his disciples in the way of the cross. Look with mercy upon those whom he calls today, marks with the cross and makes his disciples within the Church…

Lord in your mercy……Hear our prayer

Your Son told his disciples not to be afraid and at Easter breathed on them his gift of peace. Look with mercy upon the world into which he sent them out, and give it that peace for which it longs…

Lord in your mercy……Hear our prayer

Your Son formed around him a company who were no longer servants but friends, and he called all those who obeyed him his brother and sister and mother. Look with mercy upon our families and our friends and upon the communities in which we share…

Lord in your mercy……Hear our prayer

Your Son sent out disciples to preach and heal the sick. Look with mercy on all those who yearn to hear the good news of salvation, and renew among your people the gifts of healing…

Lord in your mercy……Hear our prayer

Your Son promised to those who followed him that they would sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel and would share the banquet of the kingdom. According to your promise, look with mercy on those who have walked with Christ in this life and now have passed through death…

Lord in your mercy……Hear our prayer

Almighty God,

Grant that your Church

may faithfully hold and make known

the faith that has come to us through the apostles,

that with them and all your saints

we may inherit the glories of eternal life…

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

Lord God, the source of truth and love,

keep us faithful to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship,

united in prayer and the breaking of bread,

and one in joy and simplicity of heart,

in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

To conclude, simply rest quietly in God’s presence

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EVENSONG AT GATCOMBE TODAY

At 6.30pm today, a service of Choral Evensong will be held at St Olave’s Church, Gatcombe. 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 in January. Do come along!

DEANERY SYNOD

The next Deanery Synod meeting will be held in person at Newport Minster on 19 October 2021. Refreshments will be available from 6:30pm for a start at 7:00pm.

If you would prefer to attend virtually, please find the link for the zoom feed below:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83400943949?pwd=ZUtjTUZSUUhHSElWZDloOW4zU2pmZz09

Meeting ID: 834 0094 3949
Passcode: 700294

FOOD BANK

Both churches’ harvest food collections have now been taken to the Foodbank, who are very grateful.

They very kindly wrote us this letter:

Dear St James church East Cowes
We would like to thank you for your kind and generous donation of 55.66kgs of food items. This will go towards the work we do with families and individuals in need throughout the Isle of Wight.

The Isle of Wight Foodbank has fed 5136 people in the last financial year. This can feel like a seemingly hopeless situation and the Foodbank can never be the whole answer but, with your support, you have brought hope to those in crisis.

The food bank relies on the support of people across the Isle of Wight and further afield, especially as we have noted there is a greater level of need to families and individuals.

Your compassionate contribution helps us to continue helping serve those who are in hunger poverty.

Thank you again for all your support.

Hannah

Hannah Jones
Foodbank Centre Co-ordinator

However, 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