For our prayers:
The Bishop, Christopher Foster
The Dean, Anthony Cane
Havant Deanery: St Clare, Warren Park, St Faith, Havant
Churches together in Hayling: St Patricks Roman Catholic Church
Schools: Mill Rythe Infant School, Mill Rythe Junior School,
Care Homes: Gorseway, Oak View
Belinda New, Christopher, Elizabeth Noble, Gerry Richmond, Heidi, Henry Durrell, Jean White, June Stowell, Kathy Byrom, Margaret Evan-Hughes, Marshall, Molly, Paul Clothier, Sally Ann Lane, Sylvia Dyke, Tony Turner, Tess, Mags Hymas, Cyrena, Mark Evans, Jay Saunders, Barbra Gardner, Margery Burras, Sally Joad, John McCann, Vicky Hicks, Ron Stouse
Christopher John Payne, John Relph Norton, Lillian blades,
Harry Blades, Lynn Blake, Georgina Parry.
Readings for next week
(Sunday 12th July, Sea Sunday)
St Andrew’s, St Mary’s, & St Peter’s
Priest in Charge: Revd Dr Jenny Gaffin
Tel: 9307 0178 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Associate Priest: Revd Deborah Curram
Tel: 9246 2379 Email: email@example.com
9am Sunday – please light a candle and join us in spirit for prayers.
This week the churches will be open at the following times:
St Mary’s: Sunday, 2-3.30pm
St Andrew’s: Wednesday 3-4.30pm
St Peter’s Thursday 10-11.30am
Social distancing will be required so numbers in church at any time will be limited and you may be invited to wait before space becomes available. You will be asked to sanitise your hands before entering the church.
Sunday 5th July
O God, you have taught us to keep all your commandments by loving you and our neighbour: Grant us the grace of your Holy Spirit, that we may be devoted to you with our whole heart, and united to one another with pure affection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67
The servant said to Laban, “I am Abraham’s servant. The Lord has greatly blessed my master, and he has become wealthy; he has given him flocks and herds, silver and gold, male and female slaves, camels and donkeys. And Sarah my master’s wife bore a son to my master when she was old; and he has given him all that he has. My master made me swear, saying, ‘You shall not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I live; but you shall go to my father’s house, to my kindred, and get a wife for my son.’
“I came today to the spring, and said, ‘O Lord, the God of my master Abraham, if now you will only make successful the way I am going! I am standing here by the spring of water; let the young woman who comes out to draw, to whom I shall say, “Please give me a little water from your jar to drink,” and who will say to me, “Drink, and I will draw for your camels also” let her be the woman whom the Lord has appointed for my master’s son.’
“Before I had finished speaking in my heart, there was Rebekah coming out with her water jar on her shoulder; and she went down to the spring, and drew. I said to her, ‘Please let me drink.’ She quickly let down her jar from her shoulder, and said, ‘Drink, and I will also water your camels.’ So I drank, and she also watered the camels. Then I asked her, ‘Whose daughter are you?’ She said, ‘The daughter of Bethuel, Nahor’s son, whom Milcah bore to him.’ So I put the ring on her nose, and the bracelets on her arms. Then I bowed my head and worshiped the Lord, and blessed the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who had led me by the right way to obtain the daughter of my master’s kinsman for his son. Now then, if you will deal loyally and truly with my master, tell me; and if not, tell me, so that I may turn either to the right hand or to the left.”
And they called Rebekah, and said to her, “Will you go with this man?” She said, “I will.” So they sent away their sister Rebekah and her nurse along with Abraham’s servant and his men. And they blessed Rebekah and said to her, “May you, our sister, become thousands of myriads; may your offspring gain possession of the gates of their foes.” Then Rebekah and her maids rose up, mounted the camels, and followed the man; thus the servant took Rebekah, and went his way. Now Isaac had come from Beer-lahai-roi, and was settled in the Negeb. Isaac went out in the evening to walk in the field; and looking up, he saw camels coming. And Rebekah looked up, and when she saw Isaac, she slipped quickly from the camel, and said to the servant, “Who is the man over there, walking in the field to meet us?” The servant said, “It is my master.” So she took her veil and covered herself. And the servant told Isaac all the things that he had done. Then Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah’s tent. He took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her. So Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.
I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree that the law is good. But in fact it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot do it. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me.
So I find it to be a law that when I want to do what is good, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God in my inmost self, but I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind, making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!
Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30
Jesus said to the crowd, “To what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to one another, ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we wailed, and you did not mourn.’ For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon’; the Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.” At that time Jesus said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Andrew’s, St Mary’s & St Peter’s – Information
A number of people have asked what they should do with their freewill offering envelopes / collection money. Please could you hold them for now and give them to us once the church re-opens, or put them into the buckets in church if you attend for private prayer. Alternatively if you would like to join the Parish Giving Scheme please call Jenny on 02393 070178 and she will send you the forms. The Parish Giving Scheme is a straightforward safe way for you to give regularly to the church and includes the option of gift aiding if you are a taxpayer.
If you are able to donate any gifts of food to the foodbank it will be gratefully accepted. Please email Paul Dennison – firstname.lastname@example.org – to find out the latest ways to donate your food. Please bear in mind that anyone who has any symptoms and has to self-isolate, although very kind, should not be contributing. It is now possible to put food for the foodbanks in boxes in the churches when we open for private prayer.
Hayling Holiday lunches – message from David, Sarah and Sam following the announcement that the government will provide free school meals during the summer holidays.
You will no doubt have heard of Marcus Rashford’s success in bringing about a Government Uturn! We would like to assure people that nothing is wasted – we are making one delivery to each family to use up our stocks but will not be collecting any more food for the time being. At the moment the government has said that the FSM provision is only for this summer holiday. We would have thought that it will be very difficult and unpopular for them to withdraw it in the future but we are putting our scheme on hold. We do hold some considerable funds that we would have used up over the summer but will keep them for Christmas and beyond.
Thank you to you all for your giving and for your support.
David and Sarah Smith and Samantha White
FOR SALE! Greetings cards – images of Jenny’s sea stole, blank inside – in aid of Hayling Anglicans (all money will be put towards joint church costs)
Pack of 4 (1 of each design) for £5. To place your order please email email@example.com or call the parish office.
Sunday Reflection – Rev Deborah
Loving God, we pray that our hearts and lives this day may be attuned to the promptings of the Spirit, and that we may be inspired by the example of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
If you are a facebook user you may know that every Friday a bible story is uploaded onto the Hayling Anglicans Junior Church facebook page. This week was a version of the Gospel reading from Matthew called ‘Children Know This.’ In the story book the words are slightly different to verse 17 – ‘I played my flute, so nice and sweet, but you wouldn’t dance, I cried out loud, all through the street, but you were in a trance.’ One of the children in the bible story listening to Jesus asks what a ‘trance’ is and the reply is this:
‘It’s like having a dream, except you’re not asleep. So many people are walking around as if they are asleep. They don’t notice things that are happening.’
This rung so true with how I feel some days as I continue to journey emotionally and spiritually along in this ‘lockdown’ world. There are days which seem a blur and others when I notice very sharply what is going on around me. The other day I went with a friend to Exbury Gardens. I hadn’t yet visited there and although some things were not open (the train and tour buggy rides, along with the shop) the gardens were a real joy to behold. It was a day of noticing the beauty around me and to be grateful. It was a Sabbath day for me, Monday being one of the days when I take a break from parish duties and immerse myself in other things. Nature and conversation with a friend were truly restoring as we shared our ups and down, those things that continue to challenge us and those things of joy, often the simple things in life.
Today’s passage from Matthew reminded me that too often we can focus on the negative of life, particularly on the negative of personalities. The path of criticising others can be a well worn path while the saying of ‘If you haven’t got anything nice to say, then don’t say anything’ can be forgotten. The art of criticism for the sake of it is a harsh road and can gather a crowd intent on doing damage, while the art of acceptance and even praise is a much gentler road one that can be full of encouraging encounter. As disciples, and as we look into the eyes of others, imagine those eyes being those of Jesus. Do we see before us a demon or a weary soul? Do we stumble in the dark or do we offer a humble and gentle heart to all those we meet?
As we continue to worship in alternative ways, I hope that some of you are able to notice and join in with our on-line worship presence on the two facebook pages – ‘Hayling Anglicans’ and ‘Hayling Anglicans Junior Church’ – and also on the YouTube channel ‘Hayling Anglicans’.
Whatever your week holds, I pray that you will be seen through the eyes of love by others and that lockdown with all its shifts and turns will not weary you too much. And if it does I pray that you will find rest in the joy of life and on the gentle road of peace.
Almighty God, through the kaleidoscopic mosaic of our lives you teach us to respond to the promptings of your Spirit. May our spirits be shaped by the teaching and example of your Son and may we taste the freedom that comes from knowing that we are your children, safe in the security of your love. Amen
Hymn 1 How sweet the name of Jesus sounds
Hymn 2 Have faith in God my heart
Have faith in God, my heart,
Trust and be unafraid;
God will fulfil in every part
Each promise He has made.
Have faith in God, my mind,
Though oft Thy light burns low;
God’s mercy holds a wiser plan
Than Thou canst fully know.
Have faith in God, my soul,
His cross for ever stands;
And neither life nor death can pluck
His children from His hands.
Lord Jesus, make me whole;
Grant me no resting place,
Until I rest, heart, mind, and soul,
The captive of Thy grace.
Hymn 3 Just as I am two very different versions with different tunes!
An Anthem to sing along if you read music. Lord, be thy word my rule
Last hymn Walk in the light
Thought you would enjoy both versions!