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 Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church
Schools: Mill Rythe Middle School, Oaklands Secondary School
Care Homes: Bryony Lodge, Cheybassa 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, Vicky Hicks, Karen West, Robyn Clark
Margery Burras, Belinda New, John Buchanan
Raymond Arthur Giles, Martyn John King, John David Hordell,
Susan Marion Aves, Maud Chandler, Frederick Chandler
Readings for next week, 04 October
The Seventeenth Sunday After Trinity
Exodus 20:1–4, 7-9,12-20 Phil. 3:4b–14, Matthew 21:33–end
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
We will hold services at the following times:
Sunday – 9.30 and 11am at St Mary’s – Holy Communion
Wednesday at 3pm at St Andrew’s – Holy Communion
Thursday at 10am at St Peter’s – Holy Communion / Matins
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.
Please book in advance by contacting the office.
For those who are not exempt, please wear a mask.
Sunday 27 September – The Sixteenth Sunday After Trinity
O God, you declare your almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity: Grant us the fullness of your grace, that we, running to obtain your promises, may become partakers of your heavenly treasure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
From the wilderness of Sin the whole congregation of the Israelites journeyed by stages, as the Lord commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. The people quarreled with Moses, and said, “Give us water to drink.” Moses said to them, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the Lord?” But the people thirsted there for water; and the people complained against Moses and said, “Why did you bring us out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and livestock with thirst?” So Moses cried out to the Lord, “What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me.” The Lord said to Moses, “Go on ahead of the people, and take some of the elders of Israel with you; take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. I will be standing there in front of you on the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it, so that the people may drink.” Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel. He called the place Massah and Meribah, because the Israelites quarreled and tested the Lord, saying, “Is the Lord among us or not?”
If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death even death on a cross. Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father. Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed me, not only in my presence, but much more now in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
When Jesus entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching, and said, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?” Jesus said to them, “I will also ask you one question; if you tell me the answer, then I will also tell you by what authority I do these things. Did the baptism of John come from heaven, or was it of human origin?” And they argued with one another, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say to us, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ But if we say, ‘Of human origin,’ we are afraid of the crowd; for all regard John as a prophet.” So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And he said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.”
“What do you think? A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ He answered, ‘I will not’; but later he changed his mind and went. The father went to the second and said the same; and he answered, ‘I go, sir’; but he did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God ahead of you. For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him; and even after you saw it, you did not change your minds and believe him.”
Post Communion Prayer
Almighty God, you have taught us through your Son that love is the fulfilling of the law: grant that we may love you with our whole heart and our neighbours and ourselves; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
St 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 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.
The current Electoral Roll has been circulated. Please could you check and inform us of any amendments to your entry.
If you would like your loved one to be remembered at All Souls please give their names to the parish office by phone or email.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call the parish office. Payment is preferably by bank transfer to St Mary’s PCC 53-50-33 53092643. Please name your payment “Greetings cards”. We will also happily receive cheques to “St Mary’s PCC” , posted to the vicarage with a note saying the money is for cards.
Reflection for Sunday 27th September – Revd Deborah
Almighty God, from your example may we learn to encourage, share, let go of control and be humble as Christ humbled himself. Amen
By the time that Paul is writing this letter he is back in prison. I am not sure as to which of his prison spells this passage relates, but it must be one of a reasonable length. During this time there is an exchange of letters, people visit him and the Philippians are able to send Paul things to make him more comfortable and to encourage his ministry.
Paul uses this time as a missionary opportunity as he recognises that his enforced absence is actually releasing the gifts of others. Perhaps his followers have come to rely on him too heavily but without him they are having to do their own outreach and take some responsibility for discipleship.
It is a hard truth for any leader to face that their absence may be the best gift that can be given to those around them.
In today’s constantly changing times the church has had to be agile and swift in its response to covid and the effect that the pandemic has had on mission, outreach and worship has certainly offered both a time of challenge but also creativity. It has meant that many of us have had to look to new ways of connecting with God by searching out worship through the internet, the radio, the television perhaps praying with each other down the ‘phone, or learning to read and pray alone without the encouragement of a group. The challenge has been to remind ourselves that at the centre of our worship is a relationship with God and in the absence of a worshipping community we have had to rely on the strength of God in these times.
I know that I found learning British Sign Language out of a group context and in lockdown a lonely experience and I am sure many of you have known loneliness at times in your lives but that emotion may have been heightened since March. And during this time we have had to take our own responsibility for maintaining a form of worship that has sustained us even if we have felt fragmented and separated.
I have seen and listened to ideas from many of you and am encouraged to learn of groups that have continued to find ways to pray and study together and who have recognised that leadership and creativity can be found from within the group. Zoom has been a wonderful discovery for many of us, but so has a walk by the sea, coffee in the garden or on a terrace, cards through the post – all ways of encouraging those around us.
I have watched as creative gifts have been released and new ways of fundraising in support of ministry have proved to be well received and generously supported by many. I have also seen a faithful community willing to adapt to change in order to congregate and worship both indoors and out.
While Paul is deprived of his freedom he uses this time to encourage boldness and fresh leadership ideas from those who may have been the quiet ones. While many of us may have felt imprisoned by regulations, I pray that you have discovered a new meaning to your faith, a new path to follow. I also pray for those who are stuck at the moment, separated from God and feeling lonely. I pray that we will continue to creatively nurture each other, recognising each others gifts and stepping back to control less and encourage more.
Almighty God, you call all people to yourself within the loving embrace of your Son. May we know that we are equally part of the world that Christ loves and for which he died. Amen
Suggested Hymns for September 27th.
Hymn 1. At the name of Jesus
Hymn 2. Rock of Ages
Meekness and Majesty
Song for meditation. Jesus, name above all names.
Last Hymn. There’s a wideness in God’s mercy
I have usually sung this last hymn to Stainer’s tune Cross of Jesus. Or else to the tune called Daily, Daily.
I couldn’t find either of these tunes on Youtube with on-screen words. But here is a link for Daily, daily