For our prayers:
The Bishop, Christopher Foster
The Dean, Anthony Cane
Havant Deanery: All Saints, Denmead
Blendworth and Charlton with Idsworth
Churches together in Hayling: Bridge Church
Schools: Mengham MIddle School, Mill Rythe Infant School
Care Homes: Blossom House, Bryony Lodge
Christopher, Elizabeth Noble, Gerry Richmond, Heidi, Jean White, June Stowell, Kathy Byrom, Margaret Evan-Hughes, Marshall, Molly, Paul Clothier, Sally Ann Lane, Sylvia Dyke, Tess, Mags Hymas, Cyrena, Mark Evans, Jay Saunders, Barbra Gardner, Sally Joad, John McCann, Karen West, Michael Cayley
The recently departed
Hilda Moody, Phyllis Booth
Matthew Hall, Alan Locke, Lesley Herbert Payne, Kenneth Francis Richmond, Agnes Clough
Readings for next week, 31 January
The Fourth Sunday of Epiphany
Deuteronomy 18:15-20, Revelations 12:1-5a, Mark 1:21-28
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
NO SERVICES IN CHURCH THIS WEEK DUE TO COVID
Sunday, 10am – Service of the Word via Zoom
Wednesday, 2pm – Service of the Word via Zoom
(please contact the office for the zoom invitation)
The services below are found on our Facebook pages –
Hayling Anglicans and Hayling Anglicans Junior Church –
and on our YouTube channel – Hayling Anglicans.
Sunday morning – Morning Prayer
Tuesday evening – Compline
Friday morning – Storytime
Daily reflections by email.
Sunday morning reflection, pewsheet and hymns.
If you wish to receive the above, please contact the office.
Information on all our services can be found on our website – www.haylinganglicans.co.uk
Sunday 24 January – The Third Sunday of Epiphany
Almighty God, whose Son revealed in signs and miracles the wonder of your saving presence; renew your people with your heavenly grace, and in all of our weakness sustain us by your might power; 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
After his return from the defeat of Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him, the king of Sodom went out to meet him at the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley). And King Melchizedek of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was priest of God Most High. He blessed him and said, ‘Blessed be Abram by God Most High, maker of heaven and earth; and blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand!’ And Abram gave him one-tenth of everything.
Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the sound of many waters and like the sound of mighty thunder-peals, crying out, ‘Hallelujah!
For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready; to her it has been granted to be clothed with fine linen, bright and pure’—
for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints. And the angel said to me, ‘Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.’ And he said to me, ‘These are true words of God.’ Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said to me, ‘You must not do that! I am a fellow-servant with you and your comrades who hold the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.’
On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, ‘They have no wine.’ And Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.’ His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’ Now standing there were six stone water-jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to them, ‘Fill the jars with water.’ And they filled them up to the brim. He said to them, ‘Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.’ So they took it. When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom and said to him, ‘Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.’ Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.
Post Communion Prayer
Almighty Father, whose Son our Saviour Jesus Christ is the light of the world: may your people, illumined by your word and sacraments, shine with the radiance of his glory, that he may be known, worshipped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; for he is alive and reigns, now and for ever. Amen
St Andrew’s, St Mary’s & St Peter’s – Information
If you are able to donate any gifts of food to the foodbank it will be gratefully accepted. 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 the collection boxes in the churches.
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Zoom Services: How to access by telephone
To access Sunday at 10am Zoom service:
1. Dial 0203 901 7895
2. When prompted, enter the meeting ID followed by 958 1675 7796 the # key
3. You will be asked if you want to enter a participant ID number, just press #
4. When prompted, enter the password for the meeting 986077 followed by the # key. You will then join in with the meeting.
To access Wednesday at 2pm Zoom service:
1. Dial 0203 901 7895 United Kingdom
2. When prompted, enter the meeting ID 993 8397 4505 followed by the # key
3. You will be asked if you want to enter a participant ID number, just press #
4. When prompted, enter the password for the meeting 631068 followed by the # key. You will then join in with the meeting.
Reflection for Sunday 24th January – Revd Deborah
Heavenly Father, you call us to follow Christ and to spread the good news of your kingdom. We pray that, with Jesus, we may read the words of scripture and find them alive with the commission to serve you. Amen
The beginning of the reading from Revelation really made me smile as I can no longer count how many ‘Hallelujahs’ have been shouted as more and more of us have begun to grasp technology and join in with worship through our computers and telephones. As we gather together during the week there is great chatter and noise as people see each other perhaps for the first time in an age.
We are also beginning to master singing over zoom, guided by the wise Josie as to the legalities and licences needed in order that we may join in with this singing. There is something else that we have had to learn which is that unmuted voices in number can also create a not so holy noise in worship which at times is best kept for our living rooms. There is a time lag in the air as we speak and sing communally over the airwaves and for many, including those of us who are hard of hearing, this heavenly noise can sound more like a roar!
All that aside, it is really important that we do gather to make a great noise in praise and worship, rejoicing and giving glory to the God who loves us. As in the Gospel reading, there is to be a wedding to which God invites us to be a blessed guest. As individuals we gather at the wedding each time we worship, giving thanks for the bounty that God offers to us and celebrating with each other as we see our friends.
When our service of worship is complete and the time of coffee and chat has ended I wonder how quickly the joy of praise is forgotten as we disconnect from the gift and the duty of gratitude and praise that we owe to God and return to our every day lives.
On Sunday mornings I listen to the radio and join in with the praise and worship that is on offer, connecting with the glorious sound of community over the airwaves but without sight of who or how many are worshipping alongside me.
In the Gospel reading the wedding guests have come together in celebration, so much so that the wine is beginning to run out. How can the party possibly continue without appropriate sustenance? How do our faith lives continue when our sustenance becomes low or inferior? To whom do we turn when our tanks are on low and hope starts to disappear?
It has not been easy for everyone to sustain a celebratory relationship with God during the last year and I know that while some of us are able to congregate through other means there will be just as many who are alone and silent and wait for the invitation to the wedding to appear.
I pray for all those who are weary, bored, uncertain of what is to come that they may receive somehow a continuing invitation to the wedding feast and taste the new wine of rejoicing that God offers each one of us.
Living Lord, who through your loving, longing and letting go, discerned that you and your Father were one, by your courage and example enable us to respond fearlessly to the Father’s love; may we know him to be the fulfilment of our deepest desires, where all that is most precious to us finds its true place and perfection. Amen
Hymn suggestions for Sunday 24th Jan (email)
Awake my soul and with the sun
Jesus is Lord, creation’s voice proclaims it
Songs of thankfulness and praise
Halleluyah, for the Lord our God, the Almighty reigns.
Praise my soul the king of heaven