United Benefice of

St Mildred’s, Whippingham

and

St James’, East Cowes

25th July 2021 : Eighth Sunday after Trinity

ST JAMES’ PATRONAL FESTIVAL

and

1st August 2021 : Ninth Sunday after Trinity

CURRENT AND FUTURE WORSHIP ARRANGEMENTS

On the cusp of reverting to more normal worship arrangements, this pew sheet covers both the last Covid-style service and the proposed post-Covid arrangements. At the time of going to press, we are due to be released from restrictions imminently, but here is a plea for caution:

· We continue on 25th July under the old regime, changing at the beginning of August.

· Masks therefore will become optional in August

· Please continue to observe social distancing and the one-way system

· Hymn singing resumes on 1st August

· The chalice remains not in use until the Church of England issues due guidance

ONLINE WORSHIP

Previous services at Whippingham are now being shown on YouTube via the following link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2kNADnUL2s

FOR YOUR PRAYERS THIS WEEK:

Give thanks for: St James; our key workers, especially in the NHS

Pray for: all visitors to the island; the entertainment and hospitality industries; all anxiously awaiting a diagnosis or operation

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; Deanna and family; William and family; Gemma

Give thanks for: Margaret having access to physiotherapy

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 who have died trying to find a safe place to live or as a result of violence

AT ST JAMES’ CHURCH:

COLLECT FOR ST JAMES

Merciful God,

whose holy apostle Saint James,

leaving his father and all that he had,

was obedient to the calling of your Son Jesus Christ

and followed him even to death:

help us, forsaking the false attractions of the world,

to be ready at all times to answer your call without delay;

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 11 : 27 – 12 : 2

27 At that time prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. 28One of them named Agabus stood up and predicted by the Spirit that there would be a severe famine over all the world; and this took place during the reign of Claudius. 29The disciples determined that according to their ability, each would send relief to the believers living in Judea; 30this they did, sending it to the elders by Barnabas and Saul.

12About that time King Herod laid violent hands upon some who belonged to the church. 2He had James, the brother of John, killed with the sword.

GOSPEL Matthew 20 : 20-28

20 Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to Jesus with her sons, and kneeling before him, she asked a favour of him. 21And he said to her, ‘What do you want?’ She said to him, ‘Declare that these two sons of mine will sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom.’ 22But Jesus answered, ‘You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink?’ They said to him, ‘We are able.’ 23He said to them, ‘You will indeed drink my cup, but to sit at my right hand and at my left, this is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.’

24 When the ten heard it, they were angry with the two brothers. 25But Jesus called them to him and said, ‘You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. 26It will not be so among you; but whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant, 27and whoever wishes to be first among you must be your slave; 28just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.’

QUESTIONS TO PONDER

From the reading from Acts:

· Does the Church have a prophetic role today?

· How might we respond on hearing of a neighbouring faith community in physical need?

· How often do you review your regular offering to the Church?

From the Gospel:

· How confident are we that we can drink Christ’s cup, with the degree of self-sacrifice that entails?

· What do you think of the two images of kingdom shown first by James’ and John’s mother and then by Jesus?

· How do you view the Church of England hierarchy in the light of Jesus’ words?

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, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

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, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

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, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

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, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

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, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

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;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

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AT ST MILDRED’S

COLLECT FOR THE EIGHTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY

Lord God,

your Son left the riches of heaven

and became poor for our sake:

when we prosper save us from pride,

when we are needy save us from despair,

that we may trust in you alone;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

READINGS

NEW TESTAMENT READING Ephesians 3 : 14-end

14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name. 16I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, 17and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. 18I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

20 Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, 21to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, for ever and ever. Amen.

GOSPEL John 6 : 1-21

After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias. 2A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick. 3Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples. 4Now the Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near. 5When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming towards him, Jesus said to Philip, ‘Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?’ 6He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do. 7Philip answered him, ‘Six months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.’ 8One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, 9‘There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?’ 10Jesus said, ‘Make the people sit down.’ Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they sat down, about five thousand in all. 11Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. 12When they were satisfied, he told his disciples, ‘Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.’ 13So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets. 14When the people saw the sign that he had done, they began to say, ‘This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world.’

15 When Jesus realised that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain by himself.

16 When evening came, his disciples went down to the lake, 17got into a boat, and started across the lake to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. 18The lake became rough because a strong wind was blowing. 19When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the lake and coming near the boat, and they were terrified. 20But he said to them, ‘It is I; do not be afraid.’ 21Then they wanted to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the land towards which they were going.

QUESTIONS TO PONDER

From the New Testament reading:

· Where do you personally see signs of “the riches of God’s glory”?

· What sustains you best when you feel spiritually drained?

· When is it easy to feel “rooted and grounded in love”? And when is it most difficult?

From the Gospel:

· Imagine yourself as part of the crowd fed by Jesus. What do you notice as you re-live the scene?

· What storms in your life need to be calmed by the presence of Jesus?

INTERCESSIONS

Almighty God, we bring our concerns to you in prayer. We pray for your world-wide church, asking especially for your blessing as countless of your people continue to find new ways to worship in the current emergency and work out how they can safely re-open premises.

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer

We pray for your world. We bring before you our concerns about situations in places such as South Africa, Afghanistan and Iraq, plus other places which may not currently be in the news headlines but are no less important. We pray for world leaders, that they may be inspired less by parochial matters than wider ones.

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer

We pray for our own country, the Prime Minister and Cabinet Members, some of who carry a heavy responsibility for taking the country forward at this difficult time. We remember, too, the places in which we live, work and see our families and friends. Even now, in this period when it’s harder to interact socially face-to-face, we ask your blessing on our efforts to care for those in need. May we prayerfully support those public bodies who are leading the provision of help in our own community.

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer

We remember in our prayers those who are in poor physical or mental health and give thanks to those who look after them. We remember those suffering in other ways, especially those who mourn the deaths of family members and friends from Covid-19.

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer

We pray for ourselves. At the start of a new era of freedom we pray that we shall develop our spiritual selves and learn always to serve our communities better.

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:

Strengthen for service, Lord,

the hands that have taken holy things;

may the ears which have heard your word

be deaf to clamour and dispute;

may the tongues which have sung your praise be free from deceit;

may the eyes which have seen the tokens of your love

shine with the light of hope;

and may the bodies which have been fed with your body

be refreshed with the fullness of your life;

glory to you for ever.

Amen.

To conclude, either listen to the music links below or simply rest quietly in God’s presence

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1st August 2021 : 9th Sunday after Trinity

FOR YOUR PRAYERS THIS WEEK:

Give thanks for: the work of St Mary’s Hospital and local GPs; hope in dark places

Pray for: the unemployed; sufferers from long-Covid; all suffering a breakdown in relationships

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; Deanna and family; William and family; Gemma

Give thanks for: our local hospice; all volunteers and those who co-ordinate them

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 who lost their lives in fires (California) flooding (Europe) and political violence (South Africa, Syria)

COLLECT FOR THE NINTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY

Gracious Father,

revive your Church in our day,

and make her holy, strong and faithful,

for your glory’s sake

in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING Exodus 16 : 2-4, 9-15

2The whole congregation of the Israelites complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. 3The Israelites said to them, ‘If only we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the fleshpots and ate our fill of bread; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.’

4 Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘I am going to rain bread from heaven for you, and each day the people shall go out and gather enough for that day. In that way I will test them, whether they will follow my instruction or not.

9 Then Moses said to Aaron, ‘Say to the whole congregation of the Israelites, “Draw near to the Lord, for he has heard your complaining.” ’ 10And as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of the Israelites, they looked towards the wilderness, and the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud. 11The Lord spoke to Moses and said, 12‘I have heard the complaining of the Israelites; say to them, “At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall have your fill of bread; then you shall know that I am the Lord your God.” ’

13 In the evening quails came up and covered the camp; and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp. 14When the layer of dew lifted, there on the surface of the wilderness was a fine flaky substance, as fine as frost on the ground. 15When the Israelites saw it, they said to one another, ‘What is it?’ For they did not know what it was. Moses said to them, ‘It is the bread that the Lord has given you to eat.’

GOSPEL John 6 : 24-35

24When the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus.

25 When they found him on the other side of the lake, they said to him, ‘Rabbi, when did you come here?’ 26Jesus answered them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. 27Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal.’ 28Then they said to him, ‘What must we do to perform the works of God?’ 29Jesus answered them, ‘This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.’ 30So they said to him, ‘What sign are you going to give us then, so that we may see it and believe you? What work are you performing? 31Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, “He gave them bread from heaven to eat.” ’ 32Then Jesus said to them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. 33For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.’ 34They said to him, ‘Sir, give us this bread always.’

35 Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.’

QUESTIONS TO PONDER

From the Old Testament reading:

· How often do you look back in life at the expense of enjoying the present?

· Can you think of instances when God has provided, even though you may not have realised it at the time?

· What does the passage say about the character of God?

From the Gospel:

· What is “the food that endures for eternal life” (v27)?

· What food sustains your own spiritual journey?

· How can you best share this food with others?

Post Communion Prayer

Holy Father,

who gathered us here around the table of your Son

to share this meal with the whole household of God:

in that new world where you reveal the fullness of your peace,

gather people of every race and language

to share in the eternal banquet of Jesus Christ our Lord.

To conclude, either listen to the music links below or simply rest quietly in God’s presence

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FOOD BANK MOST NEEDED ITEMS THIS MONTH

URGENTLY NEEDED FOOD ITEMS – JULY 2021

  • SQUASH
  • RAZORS
  • SHAVING FOAM / GEL
  • HAND WASH
  • WASHING UP LIQUID
  • SHOWER GEL
  • SHAMPOO

DUE TO THE GENEROSITY OF THE PUBLIC WE HAVE PLENTY OF

  • SWEETCORN
  • BAKED BEANS
  • TINNED SOUP
  • CEREAL
  • SANITARY ITEMS
  • RICE
  • TEA

RESPITE RESIDENTS

Maureen Moore is currently staying at the Gouldings, Freshwater, Tel: 01983 752135

Margaret Perkins has moved to High field Nursing Home, Queens Road, Ryde. She is in isolation for at least 14 days, so therefore NO Visitors for at least that period. The home number is 811015. When it asks for the extension, put in 3534. This will take you straight through to Margaret.

ST JAMES’ BROWSERS’ LIBRARY

Thank you to those who helped with the new Browsers’ Library on Saturday. Great things grow from small beginnings, and we look forward to more of you joining in as we get this new mission underway. If you missed it this time, why not come along next week, either to help or simply to pop in and support us?

RECTOR’S HOLIDAY

I am officially off duty from Monday 19th July until Saturday 7th August, and during this time our services are being led by Rev Peter Hutchinson. I am extremely grateful!! I am also very grateful to Rev Dion Mabey, Rev James Cook and Rev Jonathan Hall, who are officiating at the various weddings during this period. It is possible that you might see me about intermittently, but if so, please don’t ask me to do things!

However, you can depend on our four wardens to keep you informed of important events!

Rev Susan