United Benefice of
St Mildred’s, Whippingham
St James’, East Cowes
7th November 2021 : Third Sunday before Advent
CURRENT AND FUTURE WORSHIP ARRANGEMENTS
This 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 leaders and representatives at the COP26 conference; those displaced by the volcanic eruptions and earthquake in the Canary Islands; the victims of coronavirus, their families and friends
PRAYERS FOR THOSE IN NEED:
Emergency prayers needed for: Paul and family; William and family; Stuart; Alistair; Lusia; David.
Long term, please pray for: Charles; Reg and Eileen; Irene and Henry; Richard Gray; Bob Hitchens; Beryl; Joy and Dave; Maureen; Margaret Perkins.
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:
All whose anniversaries fall at this time.
COLLECT FOR THE THIRD SUNDAY BEFORE ADVENT
God, our refuge and strength,
bring near the day when wars shall cease
and poverty and pain shall end,
that earth may know the peace of heaven
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
OLD TESTAMENT READING – Jonah 3 : 1-5, 10
1 The word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time, saying, 2 ‘Get up, go to Nineveh, that great city, and proclaim to it the message that I tell you.’ 3 So Jonah set out and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly large city, a three days’ walk across. 4 Jonah began to go into the city, going a day’s walk. And he cried out, ‘Forty days more, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!’ 5 And the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast, and everyone, great and small, put on sackcloth. 10 When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil ways, God changed his mind about the calamity that he had said he would bring upon them; and he did not do it.
GOSPEL – Mark 1 : 14-20
14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, 15 and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.’ 16 As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake — for they were fishermen. 17 And Jesus said to them, ‘Follow me and I will make you fish for people.’ 18 And immediately they left their nets and followed him. 19 As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets. 20 Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.
QUESTIONS TO PONDER
From the book of Jonah
Jonah was a reluctant prophet, and God had to give him more than one nudge before he finally agreed to fulfil his calling. Are there ways in which you, like Jonah, have been unwilling to listen to God? What encouragement would you need in order to overcome your reluctance?
Even though they were not of the same culture or religion as him, the people of Nineveh listened to Jonah and changed their way of life. What does this say about the message of God? Should we be addressing our words and deeds mainly to our fellow disciples, or reaching out more to the wider world?
From the Gospel of Mark
When Jesus called Simon and Andrew, they followed him immediately and without question. Would you be able to do the same, dropping everything and not demanding an explanation? Could you give up your entire way of life if God called you to serve in a different way?
In responding to Jesus’ call, James and John left their father and his business behind. What does this tell us about our priorities as disciples? Could you place service to God before the expectations of your own family members?
INTERCESSIONS (supplied by Robert Hall)
Heavenly Father, as the world leaders meet in Glasgow for the COP26 talks, we trust that you will guide them in such a way that the talks can be eventful and productive, so that they can return to their countries in a way that enables them to keep to the agreements that have been made. We also should be able to help with the climate change programme in a small way by doing things that will help; things that, unfortunately in the past, we did without thinking. Help all of us to understand the benefits of this and make sure that the Earth is better for future generations.
Lord, in your mercy . . . Hear our prayer
Holy Father, we ask you to guide and support all priests and Christian people that act in your name. Keep them safe and well. Support all the people who are too scared to worship in the open due to threats or public humiliation, and those that have had to flee their homelands, so that they too can worship you. We also ask you to guide us so that we too can do your work, trusting in your word just like Simon, Andrew, James and John; and we hold firm that even if we cannot see the end result, you will guide us all on the way.
Lord, in your mercy . . . Hear our prayer
Heavenly Father, we think of all those people who are unwell. Some are national figures, some are known to us, others are known only to you. We think especially of Charles and Rev Susan’s family at this time. Give them strength that they know that your guiding hand is on them as they recover. We think also of all the people, professionals, family and friends, that are looking after them. Give them your support so that they have the strength to cope, and also to realise when they need to ask for extra help, so that they themselves do not fall ill.
Lord, in your mercy . . . Hear our prayer
Holy Father, as the school term restarts, give all teachers the guidance and strength to teach every pupil, so that this will enable the young to work to their advantage. We trust that the pupils will listen and learn so that they can do the best that they can.
Lord, in your mercy . . . Hear our prayer
Heavenly Father, at this time we think especially of those that we no longer see. We know that they have joined you in your heavenly house. Let us remember those bright times that we had with them and know that, one day, we will join them with you in the same heavenly house. Give us in this world the strength to carry on and to support your work as best we can, especially the plans for us to join with our Christian friends in Wootton if that be your wish.
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:
God of peace,
whose Son Jesus Christ proclaimed the kingdom
and restored the broken to wholeness of life:
look with compassion on the anguish of the world,
and by your healing power
make whole both people and nations;
through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ
To conclude, either follow the links below to our new Youtube channel or simply rest quietly in God’s presence
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.
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’s memorial service will be on the 20th November at midday at St Mildred’s. Everyone most welcome to attend.
ST JAMES’ CHRISTMAS FAIR
This will take place on Saturday 20th November in the Church Hall opening at 10am. Any items would be welcome. They can be brought along to Church or to the Church Hall the day before between 10am – 12noon. Also, if anyone is available to help on the day, please let Rose know.
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
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.
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!
There is still a need for the following items, if you can help:
Washing up liquid
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!
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?!