United Benefice of

St Mildred’s, Whippingham

and

St James’, East Cowes

21st November 2021 : Christ the King

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 work of all rescue services and volunteers

Pray for: all people in positions of power and responsibility; all those affected by the recent landslides in western Canada; a compassionate resolution to the migrant crisis in Eastern Europe

PRAYERS FOR THOSE IN NEED:

Emergency prayers needed for: Paul and family; William and family; Alistair; Lusia; David.

Long term, please pray for: Charles; Stuart; Reg and Eileen; Irene and Henry; Richard G; Bob; Beryl; Joy and Dave; Maureen; Margaret; the family of Emily and Sammie; Richard S; Peter.

Give thanks for: the meaningful commemoration of Remembrance Day

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:

Mary McDonagh; all those whose anniversary falls at this time.

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COLLECT FOR CHRIST THE KING

God the Father,

help us to hear the call of Christ the King

and to follow in his service,

whose kingdom has no end;

for he reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, one glory.

Amen.

READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING: Daniel 7 : 9-10, 13-14

As I watched, thrones were set in place, and an Ancient One took his throne; his clothing was white as snow, and the hair of his head like pure wool; his throne was fiery flames, and its wheels were burning fire. A stream of fire issued and flowed out from his presence. A thousand thousand served him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood attending him. The court sat in judgement, and the books were opened.

As I watched in the night visions, I saw one like a human being coming with the clouds of heaven. And he came to the Ancient One and was presented before him. To him was given dominion and glory and kingship, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that shall not pass away, and his kingship is one that shall never be destroyed.

GOSPEL: John 18 : 33-37

Then Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, ‘Are you the King of the Jews?’ Jesus answered, ‘Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?’ Pilate replied, ‘I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me. What have you done?’ Jesus answered, ‘My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here.’ Pilate asked him, ‘So you are a king?’ Jesus answered, ‘You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.’

QUESTIONS TO PONDER

From the book of Daniel

Daniel himself was used to the idea of supreme kingship through his life at the ancient royal courts of Babylon and Persia, but most of us as adults today have never experienced the real presence of absolute power. What sort of vision do you think God would give you if He wanted to convey the authority of His Son? Would He send an apparition of thrones and fiery strength just as Daniel saw, or would he reveal himself in another way? What do you think this might look like?

From the Gospel of John

In his conversation with Pontius Pilate, Jesus avoids answering the governor’s question directly. Why do think he did not simply give a straight ‘yes’ or ‘no’? As a military officer under the command of the Roman emperor, do you think Pilate could understand the nature of Jesus’ kingship? As a person living in the modern world of elected government where monarchs have no real power, how far can you understand it?

INTERCESSIONS (supplied by Robin Mainstone)

Through Jesus, our King, let us pray.

As we celebrate Jesus, the head of the Church body, we pray for all the members with their various gifts and ministries; we pray that even our weaknesses can be used to your glory for the good of the world.

Lord in your mercy… Hear our prayer

May all the monarchs and heads of state be led in ways of truth and righteousness, and recognise with humility that they are called to serve.

Lord in your mercy… Hear our prayer

May we reach out to one another with greater love and better understanding; we pray for our homes, our relatives, our neighbours and our friends, particularly those who do not yet realise the extent of your love for them.

Lord in your mercy… Hear our prayer

May those who have been scattered far from their homes and loved ones be enabled to live again in peace and happiness; may the bitter and resentful find hope again and the confused find new direction.

Lord in your mercy… Hear our prayer

May the dying know your closeness, and those who mourn their loved ones know for certain that your kingdom stretches across both sides of death.

Lord in your mercy… Hear our prayer

Our hearts are filled with thanksgiving as we realise again the extraordinary extent of your love for us.

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

Stir up, O Lord,

the wills of your faithful people;

that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may by you be plenteously rewarded;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

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

Christ triumphant – HON 81 – YouTube

Longing for light – AMHS 42 – YouTube

UPDATE FROM REV SUSAN

Charles continues with his course of chemotherapy and is currently doing well. We remain very grateful for your thoughts and prayers.

Assuming that this positive progress will be ongoing, I hope to resume taking church services next week. 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

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

MESSY CHRISTINGLE

This will be taking place on Saturday 4th December in St James’ church hall. More assistance is required! Please speak to Jean if you are able to help.

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!

ST JAMES’ COFFEE MORNING

A coffee morning will be held at St James’ church hall on Tuesday 14th December from 10.00 to 12.00. Do come along and support us.

BROWSERS LIBRARY

Have you been along to the Browsers Library at St James’ yet? Do drop in on Saturdays from 10.00-12.00 for a coffee, choose a free book, buy a jigsaw or just have a socially distanced chat.

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.

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!

Rev Susan