United Benefice of

St Mildred’s, Whippingham

and

St James’, East Cowes

31st October 2021 : All Saints (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 Anglican Church in Ghana; the starving citizens of Afghanistan; the work of all aid agencies and humanitarian organisations; the victims of coronavirus, their families and friends

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:

Jean Morris; Pauline Ayerst (widow of Rev Ayerst, rector of East Cowes 1966-67)

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COLLECT FOR ALL SAINTS

God of holiness,

your glory is proclaimed in every age:

as we rejoice in the faith of your saints,

inspire us to follow their example with boldness and joy;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING Isaiah 25 : 6-9

6 On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-matured wines, of rich food filled with marrow, of well-matured wines strained clear. 7 And he will destroy on this mountain the shroud that is cast over all peoples, the sheet that is spread over all nations; 8 he will swallow up death for ever. Then the Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces, and the disgrace of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken. 9 It will be said on that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, so that he might save us. This is the Lord for whom we have waited; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.

GOSPEL John 11: 32-44

32 When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, ‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.’ 33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved. 34 He said, ‘Where have you laid him?’ They said to him, ‘Lord, come and see.’ 35 Jesus began to weep. 36 So the Jews said, ‘See how he loved him!’ 37 But some of them said, ‘Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?’

38 Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. 39 Jesus said, ‘Take away the stone.’ Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, ‘Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead for four days.’ 40 Jesus said to her, ‘Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?’ 41 So they took away the stone. And Jesus looked upwards and said, ‘Father, I thank you for having heard me. 42 I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me.’ 43 When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come out!’ 44 The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, ‘Unbind him, and let him go.’

QUESTIONS TO PONDER

From the book of Isaiah

In this passage, we see the image of a holy mountain where God saves people from the darkness that has been thrown over them. Is there anything in your life that you feel may be casting a dark shroud over you? How could Isaiah’s words here inspire you with hope?

The prophet speaks of God’s faithful having waited for him. Why do you think God keeps people waiting? What might the benefits be in not having our needs or desires met as and when we want?

From the Gospel of John

When Jesus sees Mary and all the people grieving for Lazarus, he is moved to tears. What does this tell us about God’s love for humanity? Could it offer comfort for you or anyone that you know who is mourning the loss of someone close?

After the dead man emerges alive from the tomb, Jesus tells the people to untie him. Given that they would have removed the cloth strips anyway, why did he feel the need to say this? Might Lazarus have been bound in more than one sense? Is there anyone you know who might need help freeing themselves from similar constraints?

INTERCESSIONS

United in the company of all the faithful and looking for the coming of the kingdom, let us offer our prayers to God, the source of all life and holiness.

Merciful Lord, strengthen all Christian people by your Holy Spirit, that we may live as a royal priesthood and a holy nation to the praise of Jesus Christ our Saviour.

Lord, in your mercy . . . Hear our prayer

Bless Jonathan our bishop and all ministers of your Church, that by faithful proclamation of your word we may be built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets into a holy temple in the Lord.

Lord, in your mercy . . . Hear our prayer

We give thanks for all the people who make up your church here. Empower us by the gift of your holy and life-giving Spirit, that we may be transformed into the likeness of Christ from glory to glory.

Lord, in your mercy . . . Hear our prayer

We pray for those parts of the world where there is conflict and injustice. Give to the world and its peoples the just peace that comes from above, that they may find Christ’s way of freedom and life.

Lord, in your mercy . . . Hear our prayer

Hold in your embrace all who witness to your love in the service of the poor and needy; all who minister to the sick and dying; and all who bring light to those in darkness. We remember especially all who are working to bring us relief in this pandemic, through government and science, caring and serving.

Lord, in your mercy . . . Hear our prayer

Touch and heal all those whose lives are scarred by sin or disfigured by pain, and all those for whom the pandemic brings sickness, poverty or anxiety. Raised from death to life in Christ, may their sorrow may be turned to eternal joy.

Lord, in your mercy . . . Hear our prayer

Remember in your mercy all those gone before us who have been well-pleasing to you from eternity. Preserve in your faith your servants on earth, guide us to your kingdom and grant us your peace at all times.

Lord, in your mercy . . . Hear our prayer

Hasten the day when many will come from east and west, from north and south, and sit at table in your kingdom.

Lord, in your mercy . . . Hear our prayer

We give you thanks for the whole company of your saints in glory, with whom in fellowship we join our prayers and praises; by your grace may we, like them, be made perfect in your love.

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, the source of all holiness and giver of all good things:

may we who have shared at this table

as strangers and pilgrims here on earth

be welcomed with all your saints

to the heavenly feast on the day of your kingdom;

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

For all the Saints – HON 134 – YouTube

Glory to you, O God – AMHS 300 – YouTube

MESSAGE FROM REV SUSAN

As many of you know, Charles has been diagnosed with cancer and is due to start chemotherapy soon. Due to this and other family concerns, I have decided to ask for compassionate leave for the next few weeks so that I can focus on giving support where it is most needed. Many of you will have been praying for us, for which we are very grateful. Because I am trying to minimise parish involvement, I would appreciate some space and 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 will be 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

SERVICES ON REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY

At St James’ Church at 10.45am, there will be an Ecumenical Civic Service led by Fr Jonathan Redvers Harris.

At St Mildred’s Church at 10.50am, there will be a service of Holy Communion for Remembrance with laying of wreaths. A special welcome to Friends of Osborne House.

RUTH RAPER

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

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