United Benefice of

St Mildred’s, Whippingham

and

St James’, East Cowes

24th October 2021 : Last Sunday after Trinity

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 health and wellbeing of Her Majesty the Queen; the victims of the flooding in Nepal and India; 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 doctors, nurses and other NHS workers as they continue the fight against the pandemic

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

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 THE LAST SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY

Merciful God,

teach us to be faithful in change and uncertainty,

that trusting in your word

and obeying your will

we may enter the unfailing joy of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

READINGS

NEW TESTAMENT READING Hebrews 7 : 23-end

23 Furthermore, the former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office; 24 but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues for ever. 25 Consequently he is able for all time to save those who approach God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.

26 For it was fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, blameless, undefiled, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. 27 Unlike the other high priests, he has no need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for those of the people; this he did once for all when he offered himself. 28 For the law appoints as high priests those who are subject to weakness, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect for ever.

GOSPEL Mark 10 : 46-end

They came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!’ Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, ‘Son of David, have mercy on me!’ Jesus stood still and said, ‘Call him here.’ And they called the blind man, saying to him, ‘Take heart; get up, he is calling you.’ So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. Then Jesus said to him, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ The blind man said to him, ‘My teacher, let me see again.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Go; your faith has made you well.’ Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way.


QUESTIONS TO PONDER

From the letter to the Hebrews

The author of the letter talks about Jesus as our eternal high priest, constantly interceding with God the Father on our behalf. How does it feel knowing that there is always someone there who will speak for you? What would you want him to say for you today?

The priests of ancient Israel sacrificed animals to maintain their relationship with God, but Jesus sacrificed his own life to reconcile God and humanity once and for all. What does this tell you about the demands of discipleship? How far could you surrender your own needs and desires for the sake of others?

From the Gospel of Mark

When Bartimaeus started calling to Jesus for mercy, some people nearby tried to silence him. Why do you think they did this? Have there been times when you too have walked past a beggar on the street and tried to ignore their plight?

Jesus told Bartimaeus that it was the blind man’s faith that had restored his sight. What do you think he meant by this? Might the beggar have been healed in more than one sense? Are there ways in which you might be suffering from a similar ‘blindness’?

INTERCESSIONS (supplied by Gill Jackson)

We thank you, Lord, that we have a high priest, Jesus Christ, your Son, who intercedes for us and who helps us put our prayers into words acceptable to you. Help us to have the strength of faith which healed blind Bartimaeus.

Lord, in your mercy . . . Hear our prayer

We pray for the world and for peace where there is unrest; for an end to terrorism and wars; for action to be taken to halt climate change and losses of habitat for precious wildlife.

Lord, in your mercy . . . Hear our prayer

Ever-present God, we pray for a strengthening of your Church in society. Guide us, Lord, in the way you would have us go to spread your word and warmth.

Lord, in your mercy . . . Hear our prayer

Loving Lord, as we branch out and inhabit our communities and wider world, help us not to take for granted the freedom to socialise again, and to respect those who may still be anxious about mixing with others.

Lord, in your mercy . . . Hear our prayer

Bless and guide Elizabeth our Queen and protect and guide our politicians and government. Give wisdom to those in authority so that they set a good example for the benefit of all.

Lord, in your mercy . . . Hear our prayer

Lord, in your loving embrace be close to the sick and the suffering. We pray for all in hospitals or care homes and for all carers and the bereaved. Compassionate Lord, source of all healing and comfort, fill us with your grace, enabling us, in a few moments of quiet, to pray for everyone we know, as well as those on our prayer list who have asked for our prayers.

Lord, in your mercy . . . Hear our prayer

Thank you, Lord, for the golden colours of the autumn leaves. Help us to appreciate nature’s bounty of fruits, nuts and berries, and help us to make the most of opportunities to get outside, breathe good clean air and feel the sunshine on our faces.

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

God of all grace,

your Son Jesus Christ fed the hungry

with the bread of his life

and the word of his kingdom:

renew your people with your heavenly grace,

and in all our weakness

sustain us by your true and living bread;

who is alive and reigns, now and for ever.

Amen.

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

Oh! Oh! How good is the Lord – HON 397 – YouTube

Open our eyes, Lord – HON 409 – YouTube

There’s a wideness in God’s mercy – AMHS 806 – YouTube

SPRING FORWARD, FALL BACK…

Remember that British Summer Time comes to an end at 2am on Sunday 31st October. Don’t forget to turn your clocks back an hour!

ST JAMES’ CHRISTMAS FAIR

On the 20th November, the Christmas fair will be taking place in the church hall at St James’. Further details will follow in due course.

FORTHCOMING 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