In the interests of respecting the privacy of individuals, some notices from the  sheet are sometimes omitted from this on-line facility

The items below are to accompany the videos of the Sunday services to be found on the ‘videos’ page under ‘Media’. The service sheet each week is followed by the newsletter fro that week, which includes readings and sermon in full.

August 9th    Madron Heamoor Gulval    Trinity 9

Welcome and Notices

Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you, and also with you

‘Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from beginning to end’    Hebrews 12.2

HYMN  –  Sing to God new songs of worship

Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hidden. Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,  that we may perfectly love you and worthily magnify your holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Confession

Lord Jesus Christ, we confess we have failed you as did your first disciples. We ask for your mercy and your help.Our selfishness betrays you: Lord, forgive us.   Christ have mercy.

We fail to share the pain of your suffering: Lord, forgive us.   Christ have mercy.

We run away from those who abuse you: Lord, forgive us.   Christ have mercy.

We are afraid of being known to belong to you: Lord, forgive us.   Christ have mercy.

Absolution or declaration of forgiveness

May the God of love and power forgive you and free you from your sins, heal and strengthen you by his Spirit,and raise you to new life in Christ our Lord.   Amen.

Collect for Trinity 9                                                                                                                                                               Almighty God, who sent your Holy Spirit to be the light and life of your Church: open our hearts to the riches of your grace, that we may bring forth the fruit of the Spirit in love and joy and peace; 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.

First Reading –   1 Kings 19.9-18   Andy Freeman

This is the word of the Lord

Thanks be to God

HYMN –  How sweet the name of Jesus sounds

Second Reading  –  Matthew 14.22-33    Rona Freeman

This is the word of the Lord

Thanks be to God

Sermon  – Rev Howard Peskett

HYMN  –  Dear Lord and Father of mankind

Creed

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty,

maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God,

eternally begotten of the Father,

God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God,

begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father.

Through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven,

was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary,

and was made man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;

he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures;

he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,

and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit,

the Lord, the giver of life,

who proceeds from the Father and the Son.

With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified.

He has spoken through the prophets.

We believe in one holy, catholic and apostolic Church.

We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead,

and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Intercessions – Rev Peter Butterfield

Almighty and everlasting God, increase in us your gift of faith that, forsaking what lies behind and reaching out to that which is before us, we may run the way of your commandments and win the crown of everlasting joy; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.

Our Father, who art in heaven Hallowed be thy Name. Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread And forgive us our trespasses As we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation But deliver us from evil. For thine is the Kingdom, the power and the glory For ever and ever. Amen.

HYMN – Eternal Father, strong to save

God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, whose years never fail, and whose mercies are new each returning day: let the radiance of your Spirit renew our lives, warming our hearts and giving light to our minds; that we may pass the coming week in joyful obedience and firm faith; through him who is the beginning and the end, your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

 Lord Jesus Christ, you are the way, the truth and the life: let us not stray from you who are the way,nor distrust your promises who are the truth, nor rest in anything but you who are the life,for beyond you there is nothing to be desired neither in heaven nor in earth.  Amen.

May the Father who made you bless you. May the Son who saved you bless you. May the Spirit who called you bless you. Amen.

August 9th   Madron Gulval Heamoor   Trinity 9

Dear all

Welcome to our service(s) for today. At Gulval our worship is inspired by five favourite hymns

Do pray for the emergency services & rel’ps between the superpowers, for post Brexit trade agreements, and future water & energy supplies

You can still access our service videos via our website or church Facebook page (ask Jo for details) and via our local phone line – 279019. These will continue although I have changed the format of the videos slightly, to encourage more people to sample something a little shorter.

Next Sunday our services will be:

9.30am Morning Prayer (Heamoor)

11.0am Holy Communion  (Madron)

11.0am Holy Communion Gulval

6.00pm Evening Prayer  Madron

Collect for Trinity 9

Almighty God, who sent your Holy Spirit to be the light and life of your Church: open our hearts to the riches of your grace, that we may bring forth the fruit of the Spirit in love and joy and peace; 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.

First reading      1 Kings 19.9-18

There Elijah went into a cave and spent the night. And the word of the Lord came to him: “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 10 He replied, “I

have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.” 11 The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”

Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 13 When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 14 He replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.”

15 The Lord said to him, “Go back the way you came, and go to the Desert of Damascus. When you get there, anoint Hazael king over Aram. 16 Also, anoint Jehu son of Nimshi king over Israel, and anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from Abel Meholah to succeed you as prophet. 17 Jehu will put to death any who escape the sword of Hazael, and Elisha will put to death any who escape the sword of Jehu. 18 Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel—all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and whose mouths have not kissed him.”

Second reading    Matthew 14.22-33

22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. 25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and

cried out in fear. 27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” 28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”29 “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

Sermon Notes – Rev Howard Peskett

Picture the scene in your imagination.  On the video I showed a poster by the German painter Sieger Koder.  What do you see? I see white-flecked waves merging with a thunderous black sky.  The boat is almost overwhelmed;  the storm is still raging.  The fishermen in the boat are looking at their friend Peter who, it seems, is about to drown!   I see also – HANDS – the hand of Jesus stretched down to save; and the hands of Peter stretched up to grasp the hand of Jesus. The picture says as loud as paint can speak, “LORD SAVE ME!” From Jesus’ words I deduce that the STRENGTH OF FAITH lies more in the ONE TRUSTED than in THE ONE TRUSTING.   In the hand stretched down, not those stretched up!

Then they got into the boat. The wind died down. Matthew concludes:  Those in the boat worshipped him: “Truly you are the SON OF GOD!”

I have three reflections on this story, for your consideration.

First, about TIMES OF SHAKING, TIMES OF STORMS The absolutely central words in this story are: “Courage!  It’s me! Don’t be afraid!”  We are living in shaking times.  The death of someone we love is a shaking time – there are uncoverings, if-onlys, memories, regrets.  It can be a time of wobbling, of arguments, of questions, tiredness.  But the storms on the Lake of Galilee do not last long.  The disciples found themselves at their destination.  Peter did not sink very far for very long.  For some of us the trials we face may be much longer, much deeper and there is no escape, no quick rescue.  We might even have found ourselves shouting or crying LORD SAVE ME – and there doesn’t seem to be any answer.  Why doesn’t he DO SOMETHING? If you are one of these people going through a long drawn-out trial, I hope you will return again and again to this story.  For it tells me that however long your trial and however deep you sink, our Lord will always hold you.  This story happened in the fourth watch of the night – it was the deepest, darkest time…   But this story reminds us that we cannot go through any storms or trials that our Lord himself has not endured.  We cannot experience any feelings of desperation, dereliction, abandonment, which he himself has not felt. (In every gospel story the CROSS IS HIDDEN.  The cross is hidden in this story in the storm on the lake.  What could be a greater storm than CRUCIFIXION?)  He can help us.  He will hold us.

Second, there is quite a lot about FEAR in this story.  The disciples were terrified in this storm.  Jesus says, Don’t be afraid.  Peter confronts his fear, If IT IS YOU, then bid me come to you…  Isn’t Peter wonderful?!  Always out in front, always the first to speak, to act…  But then he gets fearful too.  He had second thoughts!  He wished he was back in the boat!  I wonder if there are any folks here in this situation.  You have started out on a venture of faith, but now you wish you hadn’t!  This story tells us, JESUS WILL NEVER LET US SINK.

The third is about how the story ends – WORSHIP! The story Matthew tells ends with the disciples worshipping Jesus.   We haven’t got to the heart of the Christian faith until we get down on our knees and WORSHIP JESUS.  This is good news for me and for you, every day. If we trust the LORD JESUS CHRIST WE WILL NEVER BE DISAPPOINTED!

August 2nd    Madron Heamoor Gulval    Trinity 8

Welcome and Introduction

HYMN  –  To God be the glory  (the greatness of a God who acts)

Lord, we come to you, aware of all that you are, and of all that you have done for us, even before we can give you anything back. May we worship you as grateful people, may we live our lives as your servants, and may we pray with renewed awareness of your compassion and power. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

‘He will not let you fall; your protector is always awake. He will protect you as you come and go, now and for ever’    Psalm 121. 3,8

Confession

‘There is no one who is righteous, but by the free gift of God’s grace we are all put right with God through Jesus Christ, who sets us free’.                                                                           Romans 3.10,24          

God be gracious to us and bless us, and make your face shine upon us: Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

May your ways be known on the earth, your saving power among the nations: Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.

You, Lord, have made known your salvation, and reveal your justice in the sight of the nations: Lord, have mercy.   Lord, have mercy.

 Absolution or declaration of forgiveness

May almighty God, who sent his Son into the world to save sinners, bring you his pardon and peace, now and for ever.  Amen.

HYMN – O Lord my God   (God revealed in nature as well as Easter events)

‘Ever since God created the world, his invisible qualities, both his eternal power and his divine nature, have been clearly seen; they’re perceived in the things that God has made.                                    Romans 1.20

A prayer of thanks

Collect for Trinity 8                                                                                                     Almighty Lord and everlasting God, we beseech you to direct, sanctify and govern our hearts and bodies in the ways of your laws and the works of your commandments, that through your most mighty protection, both here and ever, we may be preserved in body and soul: through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

First Reading –   Romans 9.1-5     Rev Jo Thomas

This is the word of the Lord

Thanks be to God

Second Reading–  Matthew 14.13-21    Georgina Thorne

This is the word of the Lord

Thanks be to God

HYMN  –  One more step  (The God of our past, present and future)

‘Lord, you have examined me and you know me. You know everything I do. Even before I speak, you know what I will say. You are all around me on every side. You saw me before I was born’.                Psalm 139.1,5,16

A prayer for ourselves and our future

Sermon  – Helen Hawkins

‘Come, everyone who is thirsty, here is water. Why spend money on what does not satisfy ?’                    Isaiah 55. 1,2

HYMN  –  Love Divine, all loves excelling  (the love of a faithful God)

‘If you listen to God’s commands and obey them faithfully, then the Lord your God will continue to keep his covenant with you and will show you his constant love, as he promised your ancestors

Deuteronomy 7.12 (a pre-nup book! )

Creed

We believe in God the Father,

from whom every family

in heaven and on earth is named.

We believe in God the Son,

who lives in our hearts through faith,

and fills us with his love.

We believe in God the Holy Spirit,

who strengthens us

with power from on high.

We believe in one God;

Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Prayers of intercession – Rev Howard Peskett

Our Father, who art in heaven Hallowed be thy Name. Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread And forgive us our trespasses As we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation But deliver us from evil. For thine is the Kingdom, the power and the glory For ever and ever. Amen.

 HYMN –  Go forth and tell   (God is good news to be shared with others)

‘Go then to all peoples everywhere and make them my disciples, …..and I will be with you always, to the end of the age    Matthew 28.19,20

Eternal God, giver of love and power, your Son Jesus Christ has sent us into all the world to preach the gospel of his kingdom: confirm us in this mission, and help us to live the good news we proclaim;through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Blessing

May The Father, cleanse you and send you to proclaim his word. May The Son, pour upon you the riches of his grace.May The Holy Spirit, equip you and strengthen you in your ministry. And the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you this week and always. Amen.

August 2nd   Madron Gulval Heamoor   Trinity 8

Dear all

Welcome to our service(s) for today where our worship is inspired by five favourite hymns in a rather different Songs of Praise to usual. Gulval will be having this next week.

It is great to see Peter back at Gulval this morning; he will be at Madron next week. A big thank you to Howard and Jo for all their assistance in my absence

Do pray for those on holiday to find refreshment, especially those who go back to stressful lives. Pray too for refreshment for school staff, who have been busy since lockdown looking after keyworker children as well as providing homework and online lessons.

Pray for those whose mental health has been at a low ebb under lockdown and for those who work with them. Pray for those struggling with addiction or in a difficult relationship, or with financial pressures.

You can still access our service videos via our website or church Facebook page (ask Jo for details) and via our local phone line – 279019. The video for next week, dated August 9th, can also be found on our website or Facebook page or YouTube. The phone line material will only be updated for next Sunday when I return from holiday tomorrow.

Next Sunday our services will be:

9.30am Holy Communion (Heamoor)

11.0am Holy Communion  (Madron)

11.0am Songs of Praise  Gulval

6.00pm Evening Prayer  Madron

Collect for Trinity 8

Almighty Lord and everlasting God, we beseech you to direct, sanctify and govern our hearts and bodies in the ways of your laws and the works of your commandments, that through your most mighty protection, both here and ever, we may be preserved in body and soul: through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

First reading      Romans 9.1-5

I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience confirms it by the Holy Spirit— 2I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. 3For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my own people,* my kindred according to the flesh. 4They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises; 5to them belong the patriarchs, and from them, according to the flesh, comes the Messiah,* who is over all, God blessed for ever.* Amen.

Second reading    Matthew 14.13-21

13 When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.15 As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.” 16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.” 17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered. 18 “Bring them here to me,” he said. 19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.

Sermon Notes from Helen

In most years this would be the time for a huge part of the population to go on holiday – taking a well-deserved break from their usual environment. It’s meant to be relaxing, and ideally it should be all part of the fun to get ready to go. I like to feel I have covered every eventuality in packing, but usually remember at least one thing I’ve forgotten within the first half hour of the journey. Some people really go to town on holiday preparations. My uncle once went away with some friends, who rang him in a panic about two weeks before departure, suggesting a dummy run of packing. Another example is a family my sister and brother-in-law encountered one year. They put up their own tent and then sat down to watch as this other family methodically recreated their entire house under canvas. The final touch was a ladder, whose sole purpose was to hold a pot plant!

Sometimes we’re tempted to think that as Christians we have to have a long list of spiritual baggage with us in order for God to use us. I’d be no use, we think, as I don’t go to church every week, I don’t know the Bible through and through, I don’t find prayer at all easy, I can’t answer my friends’ questions etc. The Bible is full of characters who are “heroes”, yet felt very unready and inadequate to be part of God’s work – Moses who said he couldn’t speak, Gideon who needed repeated assurance, Jonah who ran away, Thomas who found it hard to believe, and the list goes on. And yet God chose them and, even more amazing, stuck with them in spite of all their failings. God never gives up on his people, and this is the message of the Romans reading. Paul is devastated by the fact that those who had always called themselves God’s people should fail to recognise Jesus for who he really was. And he spends the next three chapters working out that God will never let go of his people. As a church we certainly present God with some ghastly mistakes over time, but we are always his people, and he never gives up on us.

The account of the feeding of the 5,000 (and today’s reading from Isaiah 55, 1-5) mention nothing about qualifications for God’s kingdom. The sole command is to come – and God will do the rest. The only thing that is necessary is that we are “thirsty” for God, and “come with ears wide open”. At the feeding of the 5,000 the people who came to listen to Jesus were probably there for a number of reasons, ranging from mild curiosity to desperate need, but the fact that they chose to stay listening to him long past teatime showed that their natural hunger and thirst took second place to the hunger and thirst for Jesus’ words.

And they didn’t have to bring anything with them. Jesus himself provided for them all – and provided so fully that there was enough for even more people afterwards. There is no end to the grace and mercy of God. He will never ask us to do something for him without enabling us to do it.

A picture to take away: at the Foodbank we have a whole box of packets which announce that they are meals, with great titles like chicken satay, beef casserole etc. However if you look carefully at the packet it will say just add meat and vegetables – that’s the main part of the meal and certainly the most expensive part. We are like that – we come with our own flavour (not all the same), but it is God who gives us all the qualities and opportunities to work for him.

Thank you, Lord that you call us to be part of your kingdom, and that you never ask us to do something without giving us what we need to do it. Thank you for your gift to us, freely given and overflowing, and help us to play our part in the building of your kingdom, not because we are good but simply because you call us. Amen

July 26th    Madron Heamoor Gulval    Trinity 7 service

Welcome and Notices

The Lord be with you  And also with you

HYMN  –  Immortal, invisible

That this day may be holy, good and joyful: we pray to you, O Lord.

That we may offer to you our worship and our work: we pray to you, O Lord.

That we may strive for the well-being of all creation: we pray to you, O Lord.

That in the pleasures and pains of life, we may know the love of Christ and be thankful: we pray to you, O Lord.

That we may be bound together by your Holy Spirit, in communion with all your saints, entrusting one another and all our life to Christ: we pray to you, O Lord.

Let us commend ourselves, and all for whom we pray, to the mercy and protection of God. Amen.

 

‘The Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us’   Romans 8.26

Confession

Let us return to the Lord our God and say to him:

All   Father, we have sinned against heaven and against you. We are not worthy to be called your children. We turn to you again. Have mercy on us, bring us back to yourself as those who once were dead but now have life through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Absolution or declaration of forgiveness

Almighty God, who in Jesus Christ has given us a kingdom that cannot be destroyed, forgive us our sins, open our eyes to God’s truth, strengthen us to do God’s will and give us the joy of his kingdom, through Jesus Christ our Lord.   Amen.

Collect for Trinity 7                                                                                                    

Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: graft in our hearts the love of your name, increase in us true religion, nourish us with all goodness, and of your great mercy keep us in the same; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.

O Lord, you have given us your word for a light to shine upon our path. Grant us so to meditate on that word, and to follow its teaching, that we may find in it the light that shines more and more until the perfect day; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

First Reading –   1 Kings 3.5-12    Rev Peter Butterfield

This is the word of the Lord Thanks be to God

HYMN –  Thy hand, O God, has guided

Second Reading/Gospel   –  Matthew 13. 24-30, 36-43   Richard Westcott

Sermon  – The Bishop of St Germans, the Rt Rev Hugh Nelson

HYMN  –  Be thou my vision

Creed

We believe in God the Father, God almighty, by whose plan earth and heaven sprang to being, all created things began.

We believe in Christ the Saviour, Son of God in human frame, virgin-born, the child of Mary upon whom the Spirit came. Christ, who on the cross forsaken, like a lamb to slaughter led, suffered under Pontius Pilate, he descended to the dead. We believe in Jesus risen, heaven’s king to rule and reign, to the Father’s side ascended till as judge he comes again.

We believe in God the Spirit; in one Church, below, above: saints of God in one communion, one in holiness and love. So by faith, our sins forgiven, Christ our Saviour, Lord and friend, we shall rise with him in glory to the life that knows no end.

IntercessionsHelen Hawkins

Our Father, who art in heaven Hallowed be thy Name. Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread And forgive us our trespasses As we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation But deliver us from evil. For thine is the Kingdom, the power and the glory For ever and ever. Amen.

 HYMN – Guide me, O thou great redeemer

Lord Jesus Christ, you are the way, the truth and the life: let us not stray from you who are the way,nor distrust your promises who are the truth, nor rest in anything but you who are the life, for beyond you there is nothing to be desired neither in heaven nor in earth.  Amen.

 The Blessing

 The God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ Jesus, establish, strengthen and settle you in the faith, and the blessing of God Almighty, The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be with you and remain with you always. Amen.

July 26   Madron Gulval Heamoor   Trinity 7   newsletter

Dear all

Welcome to our service(s) for today. On the video we have a special sermon from the new Bishop of St Germans, the Rt. Rev Hugh Nelson.

Do pray for those who have been in hospital or had treatment recently

You can still access our service videos via our website or church Facebook page (ask Jo for details) and via our local phone line – 279019. Please note that due to holiday the phone recordings will change tomorrow evening to next Sunday’s and then the Sunday 9th service recordings will be uploaded on Aug 10th when we return

Videos for the next two Sundays will be available on our website from tomorrow. Papers for the next two Sundays will be available at the back of church from tomorrow (Aug 9th will be in the vestry). Those who have these papers delivered or sent by email will get them tomorrow.

Today our live services will be:

9.30am Holy Communion (Heamoor)

11.0am Holy Communion  (Madron)

11.0am Morning Prayer  Gulval

6.00pm Evening Prayer  Madron

Next Sunday at Heamoor and Madron we will be holding a Songs of Praise service with a difference. We won’t be singing or saying six or eight hymns, just five, but our worship in the rest of the service will be based on the message of those favourite hymns. Gulval will have the same service on August 9th. The videos will not duplicate live services.

Pray for countries with high virus death tolls, especially Brazil. Give thanks that Sudan has been opening up after years of oppressive government and it is hoped persecution of minorities will cease.

Collect for Trinity 7

Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: graft in our hearts the love of your name, increase in us true religion, nourish us with al goodness, and of your great mercy keep us in the same; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.

First reading    1 Kings 3.5-12

At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, ‘Ask what I should give you.’ 6And Solomon said, ‘You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant my father David, because he walked before you in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart towards you; and you have kept for him this great and steadfast love, and have given him a son to sit on his throne today. 7And now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David, although I am only a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. 8And your servant is in the midst of the people whom you have chosen, a great people, so numerous they cannot be numbered or counted. 9Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, able to discern between good and evil; for who can govern this your great people?’ 10 It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. 11God said to him, ‘Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches, or for the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, 12I now do according to your word. Indeed I give you a wise and discerning mind; no one like you has been before you and no one like you shall arise after you.

Second reading    Matthew 13.31-33,44-52

He put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; 32it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.” 33He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.”

44“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. 45“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; 46on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it. 47“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and caught fish of every kind; 48when it was full, they drew it ashore, sat down, and put the good into baskets but threw out the bad. 49So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous 50and throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 51“Have you understood all this?” They answered, “Yes.” 52And he said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.”

No sermon notes available today from the Bishop of St Germans

Sermon  notes from Tim (live church sermon)

I think it was Mark Twain who said of the Bible, ‘I don’t worry about what I don’ t know, but what I do about what I do know (understand)’. There is an important truth here. Mere knowledge can be acquired through life about all kinds of subjects – just look at Mastermind; but facts and knowledge alone don’t get us that far; what matters is what we do about what we know. Take a tool kit. You have to know what tool is used for which job, not simply is name and what it costs. You also know where you have to borrow or buy what you haven’t got, which is typical in my case. The word for using knowledge is ‘wisdom’. It is practical. Wisdom knows when you need help and where to get it from. I never tinker under a car bonnet; leave it to the person who knows what he/she is doing.

In our Romans passage used in the service sheet we are reminded that prayer is difficult (it Is not clear in the translation as to whether it means when we don’t know what to pray or how to pray), but we are told the Spirit helps us in our weakness, like the AA man (Other roadside help is available). So we turn to God. It’s that simple – it’s life that spoils things, as we see below.

In Matthew we have three parables about the Kingdom of God. What might seem insignificant or unimportant to us when we are young and foolish becomes the most important thing – like the growing mustard seed. We have our treasures, but we need to come to realise like the person in the parable that the treasure of knowing God is more important than any other ‘valuable’. The catch of fish which is separated into good and bad at the end of the fishing trip reminds us that God’s wisdom will only be fully revealed at the end of time when God can sort between the good and the bad. Our experience of wisdom is limited in this life but always samples heaven and anticipates it when we turn to God..

Not a wonder Solomon was rewarded by understanding wisdom is the greatest treasure he needed for himself and for the sake of his subjects

July 19th    Madron Heamoor Gulval    Trinity 6 service

Welcome and Notices

HYMN  –  I am waiting for the dawning

Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

And also with you.

This is the day that the Lord has made

Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

We have come together in the name of Christ to offer our praise and thanksgiving, to hear and receive God’s holy Word, to pray for the needs of the world, and to seek the forgiveness of our sins, that by the power of the Holy Spirit we may give ourselves to the service of God

‘But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger and abounding in love and faithfulness for all who call upon you’                                                                                                                Psalm 86.5

Confession

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, we have sinned against you, and against our neighbour in thought and word and deed, through negligence, through weakness, through our own deliberate fault. We are truly sorry, and repent of all our sins. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, Forgive us all that is past; And grant that we may serve you in newness of life To the glory of your Name. Amen.

Absolution or declaration of forgiveness

May Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.

Collect for Trinity 6

Merciful God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as pass our understanding: pour into our hearts such love towards you that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; 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.

First Reading –  Romans 8.12-25    Roy Matthews

This is the word of the Lord  Thanks be to God

HYMN – Father God, I wonder

Second Reading –  Matthew 13. 24-30, 36-43      Theresa Pritchard

This is the word of the Lord    Thanks be to God

Sermon – Peter

HYMN  –  If I were a butterfly

Creed

Do you believe and trust in God the Father ?

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.

Do you believe and trust in his Son Jesus Christ ?

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, Born of the Virgin Mary, Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, died and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day He rose again, He ascended into heaven; He is seated at the right hand of the Father, And he will come to judge the living and the dead.

Do you believe and trust in the Holy Spirit ?

I believe in the Holy Spirit, The holy Catholic Church, The communion of saints, The forgiveness of sins, The resurrection of the body, And the life everlasting.  Amen.

IntercessionsHelen Crofts (read by Helen)

Our Father, who art in heaven Hallowed be thy Name. Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread And forgive us our trespasses As we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation But deliver us from evil. For thine is the Kingdom, the power and the glory For ever and ever. Amen.

HYMN – Stand up, stand up for Jesus

Almighty and everlasting God, We thank you that you have brought us safely to the beginning of this day. Keep us from falling into sin Or running into danger; Order us in all our doings and guide us to do always What is righteous in your sight; Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 The Blessing 

God the Holy Trinity make you strong in faith and love, defend you on every side, and guide you in truth and peace;and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be with you and remain with always. Amen.

July 19   Madron Gulval Heamoor   Trinity 6

Dear all

Welcome to our service(s) for today where we move from last week’s theme of harvest of the spirit to our destiny in the Spirit.

We shall be wearing face masks when we administer communion from now on – not because of fear, but to give extra confidence to those venturing out of isolation to come to church, in much the same way as shopping may well become now a more confident activity, if only for shop assistants ! The Church authorities are considering making facemask wearing in church strongly recommended, but not absolutely compulsory.

Do pray for our diocese. Bishop Hugh was made Bishop on Thursday Archdeacon Audrey has announced she is leaving in February.

Magazines for July/August are available from te churches, Heamoor Costcutter or Tim

Continue to pray for our relations with China, the future of our trade agreements, the Brexit new deal negotiators, and for the estimated 650k who have lost their jobs in the UK since March.

You can still access our service videos via our website or church facebook page (ask Jo for details) and via our local phone line – 279019. These will continue although I have changed the format of the videos slightly, to encourage more people to sample something a little shorter.

On-line shopping. A huge number of people have gone over to online shopping during lockdown but millions of pounds have been lost to fraud in the process. The police advise (1) to use a strong password without email account (2) to research any seller you have not used before (3) to use credit cards , where money may more easily be recovered. (PS We have fallen victim to fraud. Read your online bank statements regularly so you can flag up to your bank rogue payments quickly – they refunded our money)

Next Sunday our services will be:

9.30am Holy Communion (Heamoor)

11.0am Holy Communion  (Madron)

11.0am Morning Prayer  Gulval

6.00pm Evening Prayer  Madron

Collect for Trinity 6

Merciful God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as pass our understanding: pour into our hearts such love towards you that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; 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.

First reading      Romans 8.12-25

So then, brothers and sisters, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh— for if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, ‘Abba! Father!’ it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ—if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.

I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God; for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labour pains until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

Second reading    Matthew 13.24-30,36-43

24He put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field; 25but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away. 26So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared as well. 27And the slaves of the householder came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where, then, did these weeds come from?’ 28He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The slaves said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ 29But he replied, ‘No; for in gathering the weeds you would uproot the wheat along with them. 30Let both of them grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Collect the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.’” 36Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples approached him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.” 37He answered, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man; 38the field is the world, and the good seed are the children of the kingdom; the weeds are the children of the evil one, 39and the enemy who sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels. 40Just as the weeds are collected and burned up with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. 41The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all evildoers, 42and they will throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Let anyone with ears listen!

Sermon  notes –  Rev Peter Butterfield

The wheat and the Tares

This parable seems similar to last weeks and the fields near me, like Tim’s have maize growing. The recent dampness seems to be helping.

In this parable, the field is the world and Jesus has planted good seed only for Satan to come in and plant weeds. The workers are worried about this and want to pull up the bad plants but the owner is concerned that pulling them up is going to disturb his crop. So, they grow together. The sun and the rain fall on both. This explains something of the problem of the seeming lack of justice in the world. Many good people are poor and persecuted and many bad people living comfortably.

We all wait for the harvest. Jesus explains that the weeds will be taken first and put to one side and then the wheat will be harvested. This will be the judgement. Until then we flourish and we suffer along with others in this world, all growing as we are nourished by the ground with the sun and rain helping us to grow.

 

July 5th    Madron Heamoor Gulval    Sea Sunday Service

Welcome and Notices

HYMN  – Will your anchor hold ?

Introduction

We are come here today to pray for all who work on and around the sea, for their families and for the future of jobs. We pray for those on holiday and pray for their safety and pleasure. We remember Jesus who commanded wind and wave to be still and remember he is our rock, our anchor and our harbour.

Confession

Heavenly Father, you made the land and the sea, forgive us that we take your world for granted and think of it as ours and not yours, Forgive us when we have wasted the earth’s resources

Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer

Lord Jesus, you called fishermen to follow you by the lakeside, forgive us when we have not taken notice of your call to us to serve you.

Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer

Holy Spirit, you descended with power on Jesus at his baptism; forgive us when we have not looked to you to fill us with your truth, your holiness and your guiding.

Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer

Absolution or declaration of forgiveness

Collect for Trinity 4

O God, the protector of all who trust in you, increase and multiply on us your mercy, that with you as our ruler and guide we may so pass through things temporal that we lose not our hold on things eternal; grant this, heavenly Father, for our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.

First Reading –  Romans 7.15-25

Second Reading – Matthew 8.23-27

HYMN – Here is love vast as the ocean

Sermon – Rev Howard Peskett

HYMN  – Break thou the bread of life

Creed

Do you believe and trust in God the Father,

source of all being and life,

the one for whom we exist?

All   We believe and trust in him.

Do you believe and trust in God the Son,

who took our human nature,

died for us and rose again?

All   We believe and trust in him.

Do you believe and trust in God the Holy Spirit,

who gives life to the people of God

and makes Christ known in the world?

All   We believe and trust in him.

This is the faith of the Church.

All   This is our faith.

        We believe and trust in one God,

Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Intercessions – Rev Jo Thomas

HYMN – Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us

We pray for people whose work takes them to sea;

for those in the different branches of the navy;

for those who transport goods by ship;

for those who catch fish for their living.

Be with them as they work,

and keep them safe when the weather is bad

and seas are rough.

Lord God, creator of all that is, Hear our prayer.

 

We pray for those who give help

when people get into difficulties at sea;

for the lifeboat service, and for air-sea rescue;

for coast guards, and for lifeguards.

We thank You for their courage,

and ask that You will guard and guide them

as they work for others in need.

Lord God, creator of all that is, Hear our prayer.

 

We pray for those who are going on holiday to the seaside,

especially those from our own congregations.

Keep them safe on the beaches and in the sea;

may they come back refreshed,

and ready for new work and activity.

Lord God, creator of all that is, Hear our prayer.

 

Remembering seafarers’ families

Merciful Father, we remember those whom seafarers leave behind when they join their ships; grant strength, wisdom and peace to those whose lives continue at home whilst seafarers are at sea. And for all those who feel the pain of separation – who are sometimes afraid and uncertain – grant comfort and hope as they wait to be reunited with their loved ones.

Lord God, creator of all that is, Hear our prayer.

Our Father, who art in heaven

Hallowed be thy Name.

Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread

And forgive us our trespasses

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation

But deliver us from evil.

For thine is the Kingdom, the power and the glory

For ever and ever. Amen.

ALL :  Eternal God and Father, By your power you  made us, and by your love you rescued us;  guide and strengthen us by your Spirit that we may give ourselves wholeheartedly to serving you and caring for others, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

May the Father who made you bless you.

May the Son who saved you bless you

And may the Spirit who called you bless you.  Amen.

HYMN  – Shall we gather at the river ?

 

June 5th  Madron Heamoor Gulval Sea Sunday/Trinity 4

Dear all,
Welcome to our annual opportunity to celebrate the sea and pray for all who work and play on it or near it. Let us pray for all the holiday makers who are now arriving.

There is a 9.30am service at Heamoor and 11am service at Madron this Sunday, both of which will not be replicas of this service, so do persevere with one or both. Gulval’s  11am is back next week, with Madron Evensong.

Pray for places where there are a large number of virus cases – eg Leicester, Medway and Lanarkshire

Pray for South Sudan. Half a million people have lost their homes. 1.3m children under five are acutely malnourished, and because of conflict 3.67m have fled their homes.

Pray for Dem Rep of Congo, where, in the world’s biggest outbreak of the disease, over 335,000 have contracted measles and over 6,000, mostly children, have died.

Pray for 3 million people made homeless by Cyclone Ampham from the coastal areas of India and Bangladesh

Pray for many Christians in Asia without food as they are without work. They are routinely left out of food distribution, just as Christian nurses are not given PPE

 Magazines for July/August are now available in church or from the vicarage. Deliverers to regular customers welcome.

 Whoever gave a quantity of delicious flapjacks for the fete Theresa has your container safe and sound. There is also a foil tray.  Please let Tim know who you are so that they may be returned.’

First reading – Romans 8.15-25

In fact, I don’t understand why I act the way I do. I don’t do what I know is right. I do the things I hate. 16 Although I don’t do what I know is right, I agree that the Law is good. 17 So I am not the one doing these evil things. The sin that lives in me is what does them.  18 I know that my selfish desires won’t let me do anything that is good. Even when I want to do right, I cannot. 19 Instead of doing what I know is right, I do wrong. 20 And so, if I don’t do what I know is right, I am no longer the one doing these evil things. The sin that lives in me is what does them.  21 The Law has shown me that something in me keeps me from doing what I know is right. 22 With my whole heart I agree with the Law of God. 23 But in every part of me I discover something fighting against my mind, and it makes me a prisoner of sin that controls everything I do. 24 What a miserable person I am. Who will rescue me from this body that is doomed to die? 25 Thank God! Jesus Christ will rescue me. So with my mind I serve the Law of God, although my selfish desires make me serve the law of sin.

Second Reading  –   Matthew 8.23-27

Then Jesus got into the boat and his disciples followed him. 24 Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went and woke him, saying, ‘Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!’ 26 He replied, ‘You of little faith, why are you so afraid?’ Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. 27 The men were amazed and asked, ‘What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!’

Sermon by Rev Howard Peskett

INTRODUCTION

  1. Today we remember Cornish fishermen and their dangerous business in great waters.
  2. We also give thanks for the sea, which is majestic and beautiful and makes our summers cooler and our winters warmer.
  3. We also pray for holiday makers that they will stay safe and for Lifeguards and the RNLI.

THIS YEAR WE ARE STUDYING MATTHEW

In this gospel there are five “teaching blocks” – the one we have just “passed” is the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5-7.  The in-between sections of Matthew are designed to show us what sort of person Jesus was – which was the disciples’ question at the end of today’s story!

WHAT DO WE LEARN FROM TODAY’S STORY?

  1. Followers of Jesus experience storms. The disciples followed Jesus straight into a storm. We do not float above the storms of life on a magic carpet.
  2. Believers experience fear. These fishermen were scared – while the Carpenter was sleeping! They say to Jesus, “We are about to DIE!”  We are not promised a fear-free life.  Do you think older persons are MORE or LESS prone to fears….?
  3. JESUS IS LORD. The disciples woke Jesus. He spoke to them about their lack of faith.  Then he rose and rebuked the wind and the sea and there was a GREAT CALM.

WHAT STEPS DO WE NEED TO TAKE?

The coronavirus pandemic is a storm – and it is not over yet.  There have been over 5,000,000 cases and over 500,000 deaths.  The virus does not observe any national borders.  It has hit older people and poorer people, black and minority ethnic people and people with underlying health conditions hardest.

Have you experienced any fears or anxiety during these past three months?

We have also experienced an INFODEMIC – with lack of information; and MISinformation and DISinformation – so that we don’t know which way to turn or who to trust.

And now we are facing the ECONOMODEMIC – as we try to rebuild our businesses and communities and repay our debts and catch up with our backlogs and try to get back to something like normal.

What steps can we take to face this storm, these storms?

  1. Put your trust in the Lord Jesus Christ now and for ever. Death is the last storm we face and the pandemic has not changed the statistics of death – one out of one dies. But Jesus our Lord has overcome the power of death.
  2. We can give thanks for the good things we have seen coming out of these last three months – especially the way in which we have seen people caring for one another.
  3. We must pray for those who work on the sea and in the sea and by the sea.
  4. When we are afraid and anxious, will not spend our time looking at the things which may give us very valid reasons to be fearful. We will fix our eyes on Jesus, our Saviour and our Friend, and say, “Lord of this and all storms, I will trust in you for ever.”
  5. In order to do this we must get to know the Lord more intimately – by studying the gospels especially; and by prayer and by encouraging each other.

The words of an old hymn come to mind:

How wonderful, how marvellous – and my song shall ever be

How wonderful, how marvellous is my Saviour’s love to me!

 

June 28th       Iona Morning Prayer   Trinity 3

CALL TO WORSHIP

In the beginning before time, before people, before the world began, God was.

Here and now, among us, beside us, enlisting the peoples of the earth for the purposes of heaven, God is.

In the future, when all have turned to dust and all we know has found its fulfilment, God will be.

Not denying the world, but delighting in it, not condemning the world, but redeeming it, through Jesus Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit, God was, God is, God will be.

HYMN –  Fill your hearts with joy and gladness

One thing I have asked of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life; to behold the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple.

Call: Who is it that you seek?
Response: We seek the Lord our God.
Call: Do you seek Him with all your heart?
Response: Amen. Lord, have mercy.
Call: Do you seek Him with all your soul?
Response: Amen. Lord, have mercy.
Call: Do you seek Him with all your mind?
Response: Amen. Lord, have mercy.
Call: Do you seek Him with all your strength?
Response: Amen. Christ, have mercy.

WORD OF GOD

In the beginning was the Word

And the word was with God, and the word was God

First reading – Romans 6.12-23 – Georgina Thorne

Second reading – Matthew 10.40-42   Rev Jo Thomas

(At the end of the readings)

For the Word of God in scripture, for the Word of God among us, for the Word of God within us;

Thanks be to God.

HYMN – I, the Lord of sea and sky

Sermon – Helen Hawkins

HYMN – From heaven you came (The servant king)

Declaration of faith

 

To whom shall we go?
You have the words of eternal life,
and we have believed and have come to know
that You are the Holy One of God.

Praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ,
King of endless glory.

Intercessions – Rev Peter Butterfield

HYMN – Brother, let me be your servant

PRAYERS

Let us pray for the breaking in of God’s kingdom in our world today.

Lord God, because Jesus has taught us to trust you in all things we hold to his word and share his plea:

Your kingdom come, your will be done

Where nations budget for war, while Christ says, ‘Put down your sword’:

Your kingdom come, your will be done

Where countries waste food and covet fashion, while Christ says, ‘I was hungry… I was thirsty…’

Your kingdom come, your will be done

Where Christians seek the kingdom in the shape of their own church, as if Christ had come to build and not to break barriers:

Your kingdom come, your will be done

Where we, obsessed with being adult, forget to become like children:

Your kingdom come, your will be done

Where our prayers falter, our faith weakens, our light grows dim:

Your kingdom come, your will be done

Where Jesus Christ calls us:

Your kingdom come, your will be done

Lord God, you have declared that your kingdom is among us. Open our ears to hear it, our hands to serve it, our hearts to hold it. This we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen

WE ARE SENT OUT…

From where we now are to where you need us,

Jesus, now lead us on.

From the security of what we know to the adventure of what you will reveal,

Jesus, now lead us on.

To refashion the fabric of this world until it resembles the shape of your kingdom,

Jesus, now lead us on.

HYMN – Who is on the Lord’s side ?

BLESSING

Lord, set your blessing on us as we begin this day together. Confirm in us the truth by which we rightly live; confront us with the truth from which we wrongly turn. We ask not for what we want but for what you know we need, as we offer this day and ourselves for you and to you through Jesus Christ, our Saviour. Amen

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

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June 28th   Trinity 3   Madron Heamoor and Gulval

     Dear all,

                    I would like to restart services gradually from next Sunday, Sunday 5th July with a service at Heamoor at 9.30am and Madron at 11am, with Gulval perhaps following next week, plus Madron Evensong. If they do restart, and all sorts can happen in a few days, some of you will be waiting on the step while others will still not feel ready and safe to come out yet. For this reason, whatever decision is made, the videos and sheets plus phone recordings will continue at least for a few weeks, perhaps longer. The re-started services will of course be very different – no singing, no chalice, no Peace, no sitting next to people not of your household, no bell ringing, no refreshments, no handshakes at the door. They will complement the video content but it won’t be the same as that. All that said, it will be good to be together again. We can say the words of hymns, we can share wafers in communion and we can worship via pieces of paper to take away when we aren’t allowed to use books. We can speak to each other. Await further announcements by email , but at the moment it will be 9.30am at Heamoor and 11am at Madron only next week, with Gulval and the 6pm service starting the week after and 8ams and midweeks in August. I am looking to consult widely on that one so that we can go forward together

 Pray for the staff of many shops that have gone under plus others still unsure about their future; pray too for those in the catering and hospitality industries, for leisure centre staffs, airline staff and many others. Pray for countries where death tolls are rising e.g. Brazil and for those being cared for in poorly equipped hospitals

Pray for persecuted Christians in N Nigeria. At least 6000 have been killed since 2015 with two million having to flee from their homes. In May alone, under cover of lockdown, 28 have been killed.

Collect for Trinity 3 Almighty God, you have broken the tyranny of sin and have sent the Spirit of your Son into our hearts whereby we call you Father: give us grace to dedicate our freedom to your service, that we and all creation may be brought to the glorious liberty of the children of God; 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.

First reading          Romans 6.12-23

Therefore, do not let sin exercise dominion in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions. 13No longer present your members to sin as instruments* of wickedness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and present your members to God as instruments* of righteousness. 14For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.

15 What then? Should we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! 16Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17But thanks be to God that you, having once been slaves of sin, have become obedient from the heart to the form of teaching to which you were entrusted, 18and that you, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. 19I am speaking in human terms because of your natural limitations.* For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to greater and greater iniquity, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness for sanctification.

When you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21So what advantage did you then get from the things of which you now are ashamed? The end of those things is death. 22But now that you have been freed from sin and enslaved to God, the advantage you get is sanctification. The end is eternal life. 23For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Second reading      Matthew 10.42-44

Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward; and whoever welcomes a righteous person  in the name of a righteous person will receive the reward of the righteous; and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple-truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.”

 Sermon by Helen Hawkins

One of our new routines in lockdown has been a weekly family chat and games across the miles. We hear from Andrew how things are going in Spain (don’t envy the 40°C temperature of the last week) and an update from our daughter in North Wales. Every week her other half, who is a very handy engineer, has completed another home improvement, and he has a collection of tools in the garage which would do credit to a DIY store. Our own collection back in Madron pales by comparison: a couple of rusty and blunt saws, a worn spade, shears with handles held together by tape – you get the picture. Today we’re going to think about ourselves as tools in God’s service – and I suspect most of us see ourselves as more like the items in our garage!

Our gospel reading is the last piece of advice he gave his 12 disciples before sending them out on a mission, and what a mission! Jesus had spent time teaching and preaching and performing miracles, and now he sent out his disciples to continue the work of proclaiming the Kingdom of God. At the start of chapter 10 he outlined the task and gave instructions. In the passage Jo preached on last week he highlighted the difficulties and dangers of the task; like the Old Testament prophets, the disciples will find that speaking the truth does not always make for an easy life. Today’s verses are like a final BUT – giving the positive side of what they are doing. In v 41 he says that those who welcome a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward; this is a pointer to the inexhaustible love and grace of God. If we have a bag of sweets to distribute, no matter how big it is to start with, it will run out. God’s love never runs out, and so when we go to others there is full grace for all – it is not diluted. All who are involved in the spreading of the kingdom are of equal value and all are involved in passing on Jesus’ words and in the practical outworking of love represented by the giving of a cup of water (v.42).

If we are going to be in any way ready for this task, we need a bit of a makeover, and that is what is described in the Romans passage. Paul talks about the difference between lives lived under grace and lives lived under sin. The words are familiar, but sometimes the way Paul speaks about sin sets our minds in the wrong direction. When we hear about a sinful life, we tend to associate it with fast living, sex and alcohol – and to think of a sin-free life as one without any fun! Sin is actually something much more humdrum and pervasive. Sin is about a ‘me-me-me’ attitude, an approach that puts me and mine above the needs of others, about pushing God to the margins of our lives, and then giving him scant and reluctant attention. Sin is the accumulation of those petty acts of meanness, those unkind thoughts, those losses of self-control, those moments when we fail to do or be something good for others.

We are old fashioned enough here not to have a dishwasher, and so all is done by hand. Picture a bowl of fresh hot water with detergent, ready for the challenge of the last meal. The few glasses appear to make little difference to the state of the water, but after a few plates and a bit of gravy the water looks less clear. Unless the water gets changed, by the end of a heavy-duty roast meal, the water looks dirtier than what’s still to be done. Our lives are the same – we may consider ourselves clean (and at least cleaner than others) but the slips and trips of everyday life leave their mark. If we do not regularly come to God to clean us up (as we do with the confession) then we will be of little use in his kingdom. If the love and grace of God are muddied by the failings we have hoped to forget rather than deal with, then it will be hard to pass them on to others.

Lord, make us ready for the task you have for us. Sometimes that task seems daunting and we don’t feel we can be up to it. Help us to be so close to you that we are clean enough for others to meet you in us. Amen

June 21st        The Second Sunday after Trinity

Welcome and HYMN  –  Tell out, my soul

Minister: The Lord be with you        All:          And also with you                  

All: Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hidden; cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Christ our Lord. AMEN

Our Lord Jesus Christ said, ‘The first commandment is this. Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is the only Lord. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these’.

‘This saying is true and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners’                       1 Timothy 1.15

All: Father eternal, giver of light and grace, We have sinned against you and against our neighbour,    in what we have thought, in what we have said and done, through ignorance, through weakness,      through our own deliberate fault. We have wounded your love and marred your image in us. We are sorry and ashamed and repent of all our sins. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, who died for us, Forgive us all that is past and lead us out from darkness to walk as children of light. Amen.

The declaration of forgiveness

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, who in his great mercy has promised forgiveness of sins to all those who with heartfelt repentance and true faith turn to him: Have mercy upon you; pardon and deliver you from all your sins; confirm and strengthen you in all goodness, and keep you in life eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.

The Collect

Lord, you have taught us that all that we do without love is worth nothing: send your Holy Spirit and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of love, the true bond of peace and of all virtues, without which whoever lives is counted dead before you. Grant this for your only Son Jesus Christ’s sake, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

First Bible Reading – Jeremiah 20.7-13    Roy Matthews

HYMN – I heard the voice of Jesus say

Second Bible reading – Matthew 10.24-39   Richard Westcott

Sermon – Rev Jo Thomas

HYMN – My God, accept my heart this day

The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

 The Prayers of intercession – Rev Howard Peskett

 HYMN  –  Take up thy cross, the Saviour said

Prayers for those who are persecuted as Christians

Lord, be with all those who spread your word in countries where this brings danger of retribution. Bless those who preach and lead churches or disciple new believers; be with those who are in prison and their families at home with no income. Be with organisations who help them to establish businesses or simply keep them fed.

Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

Be with those who broadcast via radio, television or the internet, that lone believers in places such as North Africa & the Middle East may be encouraged and be able to find fellowship. May new Christians be guarded from error and be given courage, and may their families also come to a living faith.   Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

 

We pray for women and girls, for those forced into marriage, for those beaten or rejected by their husbands because of their faith, for those who are trafficked or abused in captivity. We pray for the release and recovery of the hundred Nigerian girls still being held somewhere.

Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.                        Short video

 

We pray for your healing for all those who have suffered through persecution, that they may be healed from physical, mental and emotional scars, that they may be safe from re-arrest, that they may be given wisdom as to whether to continue a former ministry despite the risks. Give us courage in our time and place to follow the example of our brave brothers and sisters around the world.

Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

All: Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory for ever and ever. AMEN

HYMN – O Jesus, I have promised

God the Holy Trinity make you strong in faith and love, defend you on every side, and guide you in truth and peace, and the blessing…

June 21st     Madron Heamoor and Gulval

Dear all

 Welcome to another Sunday and thank you for those who supported our reduced fete at Madron yesterday. The churches are not immediately reopening for private prayer, but I will let you know when that is to happen. We haven’t heard any more about the restarting of funerals in churches – although details of how this can happen are imminent. Weddings we are still waiting guidance on.

 A number of news items are under the radar thanks to the virus coverage. Pray for Yemen, where millions are still facing starvation. Pray for our negotiations over a deal with Europe. Pray for refugees who cannot possibly social distancing in camps and for many countries where medics are unpaid, under fire and have no PPE or essential medical supplies even for routine operations.

 One of our themes today will be praying for persecuted Christians. Over 200 Christian girls were abducted from Chibok in Nigeria and over 100 are still in captivity. Our service features some short interviews with some of the mothers of those girls.

 Do pray for Russell Jory at Gulval, following the loss of his wife Enid. With both passed their mid 90s, they were together many many years.

 Scams multiply at this time. There’s even one connected with Test and Trace

Contact tracers will only call you from the number 0300 013 5000

The NHS Test and Trace service will never:

  • ask you to dial a premium rate number to speak to them (for example, those starting 09 or 087)
  • ask you to make any form of payment or purchase a product or any kind
  • ask for any details about your bank account
  • ask for your social media identities or login details, or those of your contacts
  • ask you for any passwords or PINs, or ask you to set these up on the phone  
  • ask you to download any software to your PC or ask you to hand over control of your PC, smartphone or tablet to anyone else
  • ask you to access any website that does not belong to the government or NHS

First reading    Jeremiah 20.7-13      

 O Lord, you have enticed me, and I was enticed; you have overpowered me, and you have prevailed. I have become a laughing-stock all day long; everyone mocks me. For whenever I speak, I must cry out, I must shout, ‘Violence and destruction!’ For the word of the Lord has become for me a reproach and derision all day long. If I say, ‘I will not mention him,  or speak any more in his name’, then within me there is something like a burning fire shut up in my bones; I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot. For I hear many whispering: ‘Terror is all around! Denounce him! Let us denounce him!’  All my close friends are watching for me to stumble. ‘Perhaps he can be enticed, and we can prevail against him, and take our revenge on him.’ But the Lord is with me like a dread warrior; therefore my persecutors will stumble, and they will not prevail. They will be greatly shamed, for they will not succeed. Their eternal dishonour will never be forgotten. O Lord of hosts, you test the righteous, you see the heart and the mind; let me see your retribution upon them, for to you I have committed my cause. Sing to the Lord; praise the Lord! For he has delivered the life of   the needy from the hands of evildoers.

Second reading     Matthew 10.24-39        

 “A disciple is not above the teacher, nor a slave above the master; it  is enough for the disciple to be like the teacher, and the slave like the master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household! “So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known. What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim from the housetops. Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. And even the hairs of your head are all counted. So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows. Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before others, I also will acknowledge before my Father in heaven; but whoever denies me before others, I also will deny before my Father in heaven. “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and one’s foes will be members of one’s own household. Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever does not take up the cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.

Sermon    Rev Jo Thomas

Our Old Testament reading today gave us insight into how Jeremiah was feeling about following God, when all those around him were watching and waiting for him to stumble. He was counting the cost of being a follower and recognised how lonely and challenging that can be. Likewise, in Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus is sharing that believing in God can create conflict with those we love most, our families. Certainly, it is easier to be a Christian in some other parts of the world, where our faith is part of the culture and supported by everyone around us. When I was teaching in the slums of Kenya, everyone had a faith in God and prayed openly, making it easier to be a Christian.

Yet, it is also true that believers in other countries experience appalling persecution and Bishop Phillip has been given a special task, for the government, to research Christian persecution oversees and report his findings which initiated new landmark responses to be implemented to protect the human rights of Christians overseas. Similarly, The Barnabas Trust works tirelessly, to defend those who face daily threat, simply because they believe in Jesus Christ.

Our culture, despite having a somewhat controversial Church history and Christian values inculcated into our legal system, is predominantly secular and in many ways based around values of consumerism. Nevertheless, for those of us who have experienced the love of God in our lives, we seek to live in a different way, by responding to the teachings of Christ: ‘Loving the Lord our God with all our hearts, mind and strength and loving our neighbours as ourselves’.

As Christians, we aim to put God first in our lives, relying on prayer times to sustain us, reading Scriptures to encourage and inspire us and this leads us to worship with others through songs and words. Thankyou Bridget, for enabling us to sing with you each week on our video links.

However, being a Christian often means we have to face ridicule, or snide comments from others. The media often misrepresents our faith. I have listened to Radio 4 comedy, in the past, and have had to turn it off, because celebrity guests are joking in such a way that they were blasphemous, but also irritatingly ignorant and ill informed. It seems they only look at the surface and through a very narrow lens. Our faith encompasses a different dimension – the kingdom of God on earth, which is a spiritual encounter.

Jesus explains in today’s reading, that being a follower of him creates clear divisions. His way is not necessarily the way of the culture we find ourselves part of. It is hard not to get  embroiled in values and behaviours of those we are close to, but we are called to be disciples and, as such, will inevitably cause division if we choose to take a different path. That is why Jesus said: “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.”

Jesus caused all manner of difficulty, by being contrary to his culture. He healed on the Sabbath, valued and respected women, some of whom were prostitutes, encouraged his followers to care for foreigners (in his parable of the Good Samaritan) and overturned the stalls of the money lenders in the temple as well as speaking up for the plight of the poor.

The authorities were perplexed and challenged by him, so determined to be rid of him. So today’s Gospel reading could be confusing, as Jesus says he comes to bring a sword and to turn members of a household against one another and not to automatically bring peace.

Obviously, we have peace within ourselves, because we experience the love and reassurance of the Holy Spirit, but we mustn’t be surprised if those around us react to our faith or behave in ways that indicate they oppose our beliefs. At the moment I am being very annoying. I am constantly writing to my MP, have reported several incidents to the police, involved my local councillor, arranged meetings with coastguard and harbour masters and made a thorough nuisance of myself by gaining coverage on the BBC and ITV. All because I regularly see jet skis, driven by untrained individuals, at terrific speeds, through stretches of water used by all year round swimmers. The culture we live in, has no laws to protect against reckless use of jet skis and coastguard, police and council all avoid responsibility and probably groan when they see my name pop up again on their phones and computers with images and updates. I am making myself a perfect pain and using a digital sword to fight to save lives. Doing so does not make me popular, but, I know it is the right thing to do.

At the moment there is a rising of protest against prejudice in our culture with ‘Black Lives Matter’. Clearly, some of the demonstrations have been controversial, with statues being taken down, but essentially as the Bishop of Dorset, Rose Hudson-Wilkin said on Sky News: “Racism exists in this country, as it does in other countries too”. In 1807, William Wilberforce, a man of faith, was prepared to go against his culture, use his ‘sword’, fight for what was right and campaign to abolish slave trading. He face opposition and mockery all because he was a Christian, who was prepared to be obedient. Sometimes, doing the right thing does make us irritating to those we work and live with. Sometimes we are called to fight for what is right.

Finally, Jesus said: “Whoever does not take up the cross and follow me is not worthy of me”. Which is a tough call. We can expect to suffer for our faith and for behaving in ways that are ‘against the flow’, standing up for matters of conscience and deciding to go God’s way.

June 14th      The First Sunday after Trinity

Welcome and HYMN  –  Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim

 Minister: The Lord be with you

All:          And also with you                  

All: Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hidden; cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Christ our Lord. AMEN

Our Lord Jesus Christ said, ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is the only Lord. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself. There is no greater commandment than these’.

Jesus said to his disciples, ‘This is the will of my Father, that whoever sees the Son and believes on him should have eternal life, and that I shall raise him up on the last day.’                                                                                     John 6.40

All: Almighty God, our heavenly Father, we have sinned against you and against our neighbour, in thought and word and deed, through negligence, through weakness, through our own deliberate fault, We are truly sorry and repent of all our sins. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, who died for us, forgive us all that is past; and grant that we may serve you in newness of life to the glory of your name. AMEN.

The declaration of forgiveness

Almighty God, who forgives all who truly repent, have mercy upon you, pardon and deliver you from all your sins, confirm and strengthen you in all goodness, and keep you in life eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.

The Collect

O God, the strength of all who put their trust in you, mercifully accept our prayers and, because through the weakness of our human nature we can do no good without you, grant us the help of your grace, that in the keeping of your commandments we may please you in both will and deed; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.

First Bible Reading – Romans 5.1-8    Malcolm Furneaux

HYMN – Father, hear the prayer we offer

Second Bible reading – Matthew 9.35 -10.8  Theresa Pritchard

Sermon – Rev Peter Butterfield

HYMN – Praise to the holiest in the height

Creed

All:    We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father,  God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father; through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven    was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; He suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again     in accordance with the Scriptures; He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son,    who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified, who has spoken by the prophets.      We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen

The Prayers  – Marj Jenkin

HYMN – Colours of Day

Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, who knows what we need before we ask and our ignorance in asking; have compassion on our weaknesses and grant us those things which, through our unworthiness we dare not ask, and through our blindness we cannot ask, for the worthiness of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O Lord, our heavenly Father, Almighty and everlasting God, who has safely brought us to the beginning of this day: defend us in the same by your mighty power, and grant that this day we fall into no sin, nor run into any kind of danger, but that all our doings may be ordered by your governance, to do always what is right in your eyes; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Grant, Almighty God, that the words we have heard today with our outward ears, may through your grace be grafted inwardly in our hearts, that they may produce in us the fruit of good living, to the honour and praise of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

All: Our Father who art in heaven,

      hallowed be thy name;

      thy kingdom come,

      thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

      Give us this day our daily bread.

      And forgive us our trespasses,

      as we forgive those who trespass against us.

      And lead us not into temptation

      but deliver us from evil.

      For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory

      for ever and ever. AMEN

HYMN – Go tell it on the mountain

Blessing

June 14th     Madron, Heamoor and Gulval  Churches

Dear all

Things are moving quickly. Madron and Gulval churches could  be open for private prayer (not services) at limited times soon, but this will be subject to the approval of warden, me and PCC, who will need to agree this can be done safely. I will be happy to accept offers of help to host but there is no expectation  – you may be nervous about this. It could be that Helen and I will be doing this at Madron, for example. The PCC will be given a resume of how I see this can be safely don, together with proposed signage. If we are open with 72 hour gaps in between (i.e. twice a week, we will not need deep cleaning each time)

Funeral services in church could also be returning within days – no details on number limits at present and hymn singing is unlikely – we await further details. Again, this will be subject to my, the wardens and PCC approval, as it is again a health and safety and safeguarding issue.

Services on Sunday seem set nationally to return some time after the first Sunday of July. This is not definite and again you may feel delighted or nervous. I don’t know yet how many staff members will be willing or able to lead services – I can only do so many and not be in two churches at once. We shall see. Personally I hope the government and archbishops will be cautious unless the national picture dramatically changes. I would like us to be all back in church, not half or less because of a sense that such a move is rash or premature.

On each of the above – watch for announcements via email.

Don’t forget our Reduced Church Fete at Madron from 10-12 on Saturday coming (20th). We star at the north gate and it will be a one way route with every food item bagged and books etc. laid out so purchasers only touch what they want to buy. Sanitisers will be available and gloves worn to receive your donations. We look forward to seeing you. As our income has been severely affected, we hope this will kick start our ability to pay bills.

For our prayers, Val at Gulval has a son who works for British Airways and she reports that many of the workforce are very unsure about their future, face an imminent substantial pay cut and have been experiencing suicides of colleagues. Please pray for these employees and their families.

Yemen is away from the news but 17million face starvation there. North Africa and the Middle East are experiencing church growth, but at a price; wives who find faith are frequently terribly abused by their husbands or just thrown out. Pray for them, for their finding a way o support themselves or their children (many do not get to keep the children) and for those trying to heal them from their traumas.

Finally, today would have been ringers Sunday at Madron, so we say thank you to all our ringers, young and old, and ask God’s blessing on the. There is a prayer at the end of the service on the video but it is printed here

We pray for our ringers; we thank you that you have called them to this ministry of praise: grant them the spirit of reverence and joy to lift both their lives and their ringing to you. We pray for all who hear the ringing; grant that they may be drawn to your worship in mind and body. We pray for those in particular need, especially those prevented by sickness from coming to worship. We pray for those learning to ring and especially for the young, that you would help them in their learning and in their growth in faith. Amen.

First reading – Romans 5.1-8

Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering  produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die. But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.

Second reading – Matthew 9.35 – 10.8

Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest.’ Then Jesus summoned his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to cure every disease and every sickness. These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon, also known as Peter, and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax-collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the man from Canaan, and Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed him. These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: ‘Go nowhere among the Gentiles, and enter no town of the Samaritans, but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As you go, proclaim the good news, “The kingdom of heaven has come near.” Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. You received without payment; give without payment.

Sermon     Rev Peter Butterfield     (based on the Matthew reading)

As we travelled from Pentecost to Trinity Sunday, the readings concentrated on the renewed strength the disciples had as they proclaimed the gospel message to both Jews and Gentiles. We are now in what the church refers to as “Ordinary time” and the emphasis changes to the teachings and works of Jesus.

This Sunday’s reading from Matthew’s Gospel gives us both a good insight into Jesus ministry and a look at his way of training the disciples. Matthew shows us how Jesus was ministering to the poor and the sick, whose lives would have been extremely harsh and desperate. Life for those who have long-term illness today is hard enough and the feeling of isolation makes it harder. Also, there is often very little sympathy for some kinds of illness and diseases. These were among the “lost sheep” that Jesus sought out. He was a leader and shepherd with a message for all of the Jews. He was also, having been trained in carpentry, a craftsman and the disciples were his apprentices. They were there to learn how to fix the problems and rebuild the kingdom.

This is the start of the training they received and Matthew leads us on through his writings to the moment of the “Great Commission” when he instructs them to go out into the whole world to make disciples. They went to India, Africa, Europe, to people of all races because God shows his love and grace to all people.

Trinity / A Service of Prayers for Healing

Welcome and Notices

HYMN  –  Thou whose almighty Word  (Trinity hymn)

If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him. Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.                John 14.7,9

As we come to worship and praise

Father God, we welcome you.

As we come together in friendship

Father God, we welcome you.

As we come to listen and learn

Father God, we welcome you

As we bring our worries and problems

Father God, we welcome you

CONFESSION

God the Father forgives us in Christ and heals us by the Holy Spirit. Let us therefore put away all anger and bitterness, all evil speech, and confess our sins to the God who rescues us.

Father, you come to meet us when we return to you:

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

Jesus, you died on the cross for our sins:

Christ, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Spirit, you give us life and peace:

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

Absolution/ Declaration of our forgiveness

God, the Father of mercies, has reconciled the world to himself through the death and resurrection of his Son, Jesus Christ,  not holding our sins against us, but sending his Holy Spirit to scatter his love among us. By the ministry of reconciliation entrusted by Christ to his Church, let us receive his pardon and peace to stand before him in his strength alone, this day and for evermore. Amen.

HYMN  – I heard the voice of Jesus say (healing through Jesus)

Collect for Trinity

Holy God, faithful and unchanging: enlarge our minds with the knowledge of your truth, and draw us more deeply into the mystery of your love, that we may truly worship you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Readings    –    Isaiah 40.12-14, 27-31    Marj Jenkin

  •                 John 14.23-27       Ali Milne

HYMN   – Father, Lord of all creation (Tim to lead)

Address   – Tim

CREED     We believe in God the Father

Maker of the universe

And in Christ, his Son, our Saviour,

Come to us by virgin birth.

We believe he died to save us,

Bore our sins, was crucified;

Then from death he rose victorious

Ascended to the Father’s side.

 

We believe He sends his Spirit

On his Church with gifts of power;

God, his word of truth affirming,

Sends us to the nations now.

He will come again in glory,

Judge the living and the dead:

Every knee shall bow before him,

Then must every tongue confess

Jesus is Lord x3

The prayers  – Rev Ian Lowell

HYMN  – Holy, Holy , Holy, Lord God Almighty (Trinity hymn)

Almighty God, who called out and healed your people in the Bible through the touch of your Holy Spirit, touch us now where we are by that same spirit, to heal, cleanse, forgive, guide, energise and live lives of worship and service; for Christ’s sake. Amen.

Silence

God the Father, your will for all people is health and salvation.

We praise and bless you, Lord.

God the Son, you came that we might have life, and might have it more abundantly.

We praise and bless you, Lord.

God the Holy Spirit, you make our bodies the temple of your presence.

We praise and bless you, Lord.

Holy Trinity, one God, you are the source of our life and lives together.

We praise and bless you, Lord.

Lord, grant your healing grace to all who are sick, injured or disabled, that they may be made whole.

Hear us, Lord of life.

Grant to all who are lonely, anxious or depressed a knowledge of your will and an awareness of your presence.

Hear us, Lord of life.

Grant to all who minister to those who are suffering wisdom and skill, sympathy and patience.

Hear us, Lord of life.

Mend broken relationships, and restore to those in distress soundness of mind and serenity of spirit.

Hear us, Lord of life.

Sustain and support those who seek your guidance, and lift up all who are brought low by the trials of this life.

Hear us, Lord of life.

Grant to the dying peace and a holy death, and uphold, by the grace and consolation of your Holy Spirit, those who are bereaved.

Hear us, Lord of life.

Restore to wholeness whatever is broken by human sin: in our lives, in our nation, and in the world. Hear us, Lord of life:

Heal us, and make us whole.

A short silence to pray for ourselves

The Lord’s Prayer

Almighty and eternal God, you have revealed yourself as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and live and reign in the perfect unity of love: hold us firm in this faith, that we may know you in all your ways and evermore rejoice in your eternal glory, who are three Persons yet one God, now and for ever. Amen.

All:  Eternal God and Father, by your power you made us, and by

        your love you rescued us; guide and strengthen us by your

        Spirit, that we may give ourselves wholeheartedly to serving

        you and caring for others; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

        AMEN.

HYMN  – Go forth and tell (sharing the life of God the Trinity with others)

Blessing

God the Holy Trinity make us strong in faith and love, defend us on every side, and guide us in truth and peace; and the blessing of God Almighty, The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be with us all this day and always. Amen.

 Pray God will continue what he has begun in you

June 7th      Madron Heamoor Gulval Churches

Dear all

Welcome to June and to a rather different and more visual service today for Trinity. It may be strange having a Healing Service under these circumstances, but I have used that very point as the basis for the message of the sermon. Helen is leading this week and I am preaching. We also have a bit of guitar to go with piano and a sung creed, I don’t want the services to become a carbon copy of each other.

Watch out for cold caller rogue traders (again)!

I emailed you during the week about our new telephone number for Sunday service material (279019). Your feedback will be appreciated. I have added another option – press 1 for Sunday’s service, press 2 for prayers, press 3 for sermon and press 4 for a Sunday hymn. All these are short (four minutes or less for 2-4 and just over 10 for 1) and can be accessed for the price of a local phone call. The quality is not fantastic –but for those without the internet, it’s something we can offer each week.

I hear that the churches may be reopening soon for private prayer and contemplation, but this yet to be confirmed. There is no word on weddings – pray for those scheduled for September unsure whether their weddings can go ahead.

A big thank you to Caroline’s gardener for cutting the grass at St Thomas’ and to Andy & Rona and Andy & Bridgit, for gardening in Madron  churchyard. Madron PCC are to hold some substitute for our fete in the        autumn and a reduced fete on Saturday 20th June from 10-12.

Collect for Trinity

Almighty and everlasting God, you have given us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity and in the power of the divine majesty to worship the Unity: keep us steadfast in this faith, that we may evermore be defended from all adversities; 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.

First reading       Isaiah 40.12-14, 23-27

12 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens? Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket, or weighed the mountains on the scales and the hills in a balance? 13 Who can fathom the Spirit of the Lord, or instruct the Lord as his counsellor? 14 Whom did the Lord consult to enlighten him, and who taught him the right way? Who was it that taught him knowledge, or showed him the path of understanding? 27 Why do you complain, Jacob? Why do you say, Israel, “My way is hidden from the Lord; my cause is disregarded by my God”? 28 Do you not know?  Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. 29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31 but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Second reading     John 14.23-27   (not the lectionary reading)

23 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me. 25 “All this I  have spoken while still with you. 26 But the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Trinity sermon       Tim

We can imagine the Trinity as three dancers in a ring holding hands – ever moving, ever holding hands so that you can barely tell were one ends and another begins. From the air you would be aware of one circle of life. The wonder of it is that this self-sufficient God has hands open for us to join, for us to participate in the life of God and be a channel to others outside the circle. As in the best barn dance, caught up in the dance we are aware that nothing else matters; we are all one, no one is sitting out for want of a partner, we are not tired as long as we are enjoying ourselves, we feel complete – another, better, word for healing. Healing is nothing less than the state of completeness that God offers, where we are whole in body, mind, spirit, heart, relationships; where, to reference Howard’s sermon last week, we know we are forgiven and accepted; we are free.

I mentioned that we all miss touch at the moment, It plays a huge part in the Bible as a sign of acceptance, call and, above all, healing. Isaiah’s lips are touched by God in his vision of him in the Temple. The touch is cleansing and commissioning and perhaps empowering all at the same time. Moses’ call comes from the tangible sign of a bush in the desert burning but not burning up. How about the tangible proof of God’s love, when the Red Sea parted for the Israelites to walk though. It is similar to the tangible reminder of afterlife because of the empty tomb and the resurrection appearances where Jesus ate food. Thomas’ faith was aroused by Jesus inviting him to touch his wounds made by the nails on the cross. Jesus himself used touch many times, although when we read that one person stood far off from Jesus and the centurion asked simply for Jesus to give the word of command for a healing to take place, we see social distancing as well as faith ! His touch communicated love and acceptance as well as channelled that life of God we talked about in the dancing ring.

We can receive the touch of Jesus without his physical presence; we can receive the touch of Jesus without bread and wine or olive oil (that picture of healing and the Holy Spirit). We receive in prayer when we come to God. The second reading we had talks of how when we receive Jesus, we receive the Father also. It also tells us about the Spirit, the Comforter, literally ‘one called alongside us’. The same expression is used of Jesus. So to receive Jesus means to receive the Spirit to be with us. How does it work ? Impossible to put into precise words. The Isaiah reading warns us in a wonderful way that God is bigger than any box we could put him in to. The same passage tells us about how we can run and never grow tired, that we can fly like eagles – poetic rather than literal, but it tells us that being filled and energised with the life of God will transform our whole lives.

So that is how we are healed and made complete, but what about those we pray for ? Well, if we have put our hand into the hand of Jesus and are therefore in the dancing ring with the Trinity and with one another, it is our place by prayer, word and life, to reach out to those people, that we may be channels of God’s life to them. Now that Jesus is ascended, we are told that his special job is to hear our prayers and to pray for us. Ultimately it is his prayers like the love and life of God in general displayed at Easter that holds the key for us and for those we love.

We are rightly cautious at the moment to take a hand that is offered us. Many are cautious about accepting Jesus’ hand. It may be that the church has been a negative influence for them, it may be out of a sense of difficulty in believing or unworthiness. But when we and others dare to touch the hand that reaches out to us, he will never let go.

Lord, I come to you. Please forgive me and make me whole. May your life fill my life and may I channel that life to others. Amen.

Pentecost  Service     May 31st

Welcome and HYMN – Spirit of God, unseen as the wind

Minister: The Lord be with you   Alleluia, Christ is risen

All:          And also with you      He is risen indeed. Alleluia

All:  Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hidden; cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Christ our Lord. AMEN

As we wait in silence,

All fill us with Your Spirit.

As we listen to Your word,

All fill us with Your Spirit.

As we worship You in majesty,

All fill us with Your Spirit.

As we long for Your refreshing,

All fill us with Your Spirit.

As we long for Your renewing,

All fill us with Your Spirit.

As we long for Your equipping,

All fill us with Your Spirit.

As we long for Your empowering,

All fill us with Your Spirit.                  Silence

Prayer of Penitence – A time to say sorry to God

‘Jesus says, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand.’

Lord have mercy upon us, forgive us where we have gone wrong and sinned and help us to walk from now on in your way. Amen.

May the God of love and power bring you back to himself, forgive you and free you from your sins, and restore you to newness of life by his Spirit.

Glory to God in the highest,

And peace to his people on earth.

Lord God, heavenly King,

Almighty God and Father,

We worship you, we give you thanks

We praise you for your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,

Lord God, Lamb of God,

You take away the sins of the world:

Have mercy on us.

You are seated at the right hand of the Father:

Receive our prayer.

For you alone are the Holy One.

You alone are the Lord.

You alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ,

With the Holy Spirit,

In the glory of God the Father.  Amen.

The Collect and Bible Reading – Acts 2.1-11   Andy Freeman

HYMN – Spirit of the Living God (twice)

Gospel Reading  –  John 20.18-23            Rona Freeman

Sermon – Rev Howard Peskett

HYMN – Spirit of holiness, wisdom and faithfulness

Creed

We believe in God, the Father,

From whom every family

In heaven and on earth is named.

We believe in God the Son,

Who lives in our hearts through faith,

And fills us with his love.

We believe in God, the Holy Spirit,

Who strengthens us with power from on high.

We believe in one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Pentecost – All together in one place – Bridgit England

Interview with Ali Milne

The Prayers – Rev Jo Thomas

Minister: The Peace of our risen Lord be always with you.            All:          And also with you

We share the words ‘Peace be with you’.

HYMN – There’s a spirit in the air

Minister:   The Lord is here                    Lift up your hearts

All   :         His Spirit is with us      We lift them to the Lord

Minister:   Let us give thanks to the Lord our God

All:            It is right to give him thanks and praise

And now we give you thanks because, in the incarnation of the Word, a new light has dawned upon the world, that all the nations may be brought out of darkness to see the radiance of your glory. It is always right to give you thanks, God our Creator, loving and faithful, holy and strong. You made us and the whole universe, and filled your world with life. You sent your Son to live among us, Jesus our Saviour, Mary’s child. He suffered on the cross; he died to save us from our sins; he rose in glory from the dead. You send your Spirit to bring new life to the world, and clothe us with power from on high. And so we join the angels to celebrate and say together:

All: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might.

       Heaven and earth are full of your glory.

       Hosanna in the highest.  

      Father, on the night before he died, Jesus shared a meal with his friends. He took the bread, and thanked you.     He broke it, and gave it to them, saying: Take and eat; this is my body, given for you. Do this to remember me.     After the meal, Jesus took the cup of wine. He thanked you, and gave it to them, saying: Drink this, all of you; this is my blood, the new promise of God’s unfailing love. Do this to remember me.

Jesus Christ has died. Jesus Christ has died.

Jesus Christ is risen. Jesus Christ is risen.

Jesus Christ will come again. Jesus Christ will come again.

Father, as we bring this bread and wine, and remember his death and resurrection, Pour your Spirit on us that we may love one another, work for the healing of the earth, and share the good news of Jesus, as we wait for his coming in glory. For honour and praise belong to you, Father, with Jesus your Son, and the Holy Spirit: one  God, for ever and ever. Amen.                  Silence

The Lord’s Prayer

The receiving of bread and wine on behalf of all

Blessed are you, Creator God, To you be praise and glory for ever. As your Spirit moved over the face of the waters Bringing light and life to your creation, Pour out your Spirit on us today That we may walk as children of light And by your grace reveal your presence. Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit Blessed be God for ever.

The Spirit of truth lead you into all truth, give you grace to confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, and strengthen you to proclaim the word and works of God, and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit be with you and remain with you always. Amen.

HYMN – The Spirit lives (Walk in the light)

Minister:  Go in peace to love and serve the Lord

All:           In the name of Christ. AMEN.

Common Worship – Services & Prayers for the Church of England, material from which is included in this service is copyright © The Archbishops’ Council

 

May 31st   Pentecost/Whit Sunday

Dear all

    Welcome to our service today. Pentecost celebrates the Coming of the Spirit and is a major festival. I thought I would mark this by appearing in church. St Thomas has been chosen because of the natural light levels. It will be a Communion but not in the Easter way. I alone will receive on behalf of you all and we will all partake as it were spiritually. I would encourage you to have something to eat and drink to hand in order to help you experience that spiritual receiving but my prayer will only consecrate what is in front of me. Next week I will be home again for Trinity and I will be speaking myself, making the most of the opportunity to draw out the wonder and relevance(?) of the Trinity by using visuals available through video.

      As flagged up by Jo in her prayers, the ten days between Ascension and Pentecost have been a prayer initiative for the nation in recent years, entitled ‘Thy Kingdom come’. Printed below is a hymn to the tune ‘Tell out my soul’.

Thy Kingdom Come (tune – Tell out my soul)

Thy Kingdom Come – Lord teach us how to pray

For all to know your joy, your peace and love

And know your friendship each and every day

The breath of Christ, the Father’s gentle dove

 

Thy Kingdom Come – Christ’s prayer to make us one

That all may know the Father sent the Son

To celebrate the victory He has won

In love and grace we pray: ‘thy will be done’

 

Thy Kingdom Come – we pray for those we know

To turn and follow you for all their days

and in your love find peace and service grow

Our one desire and hope your highest praise

 

Thy Kingdom Come – transform our human ways

Our lives laid down in mercy, truth and care

Nations renewed, in giving thanks and praise

To see God’s Kingdom come: this is our prayer

 

Thy Kingdom Come – we praise your Holy name

Your sacrifice and rising sets us free

That by our words and lives we may proclaim

By Jesus’ risen life, God’s victory!

 

©2020 Neil Hamilton Thompson, Chris Russell, Emma Buchan, Harvey Jessop

Pray for the family of David Tregenza, whose funeral is next Thursday at 1pm. His wife is seriously ill in hospital, also of Jane Drew, whose funeral is on Wednesday.

A firm is offering the chance for us to record sermons or services and play them down the phone line to people who dial the relevant number. I am looking into this – a lot of people are not on the internet

Collect. Faithful God, who fulfilled the promises of Easter by sending us your Holy Spirit and opening to every race and nation the way of life eternal: open our lips by your Spirit, that every tongue may tell of your glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Epistle reading – Acts 2.1-11

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of

them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability. Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, ‘Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.’

Gospel reading  –  John 20.18-23

Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, ‘I have seen the Lord’; and she told them that he had said these things to her. When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’ When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.’

Sermon – Rev Howard Peskett      FORGIVENESS IS POSSIBLE

JOHN 20 AND 21 ARE ABOUT THE RESURRECTION APPEARANCES OF JESUS

Five things happen in John chapter 20:

1.(Verses 1-10) Mary Magdalen went to the tomb early, found that the stone which closed the tomb had been rolled away; told Peter and John, who ran to the tomb and found that it was so – but they DID NOT see  Jesus.

2.(Verses 11-18) Mary Magdalen stayed at the tomb; Jesus appeared to her;  she did not recognise him at first and thought he was the gardener; but  Jesus revealed himself to her by addressing her by name.

3.(Verses 19-23) Jesus appeared to the disciples (without Thomas).  This was today’s reading, and more of that in a moment.

4.(Verses 24-29) Jesus appeared to the disciples eight days later when Thomas WAS present.

5.(Verses 30-31) John tells us why he wrote his book.

NOW LET US LOOK AT VERSES 19-23 MORE CLOSELY.

1.Verse 19.  It was Sunday evening.  The disciples were meeting together.  The doors were locked for fear of the Jews – no wonder!  They had seen their beloved Master killed and had not lifted a finger.  Peter had denied Jesus with oaths and curses. Now they were FRIGHTENED– they might be next on the “hit list”! Jesus  stood among them – and WHAT DID HE SAY?

2.Verse 20.  Did he say, “You good-for-nothing bunch!  I warned you!”  NO!  He says, “Peace be with you!”   Then he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were GLAD because they knew it was the Lord!

3.Verse 21. He said, “Peace be with you!”  Why did he sat it again?  Then he said, “As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.”  In other words, he gives them a TASK.  The task is to continue his work, in the way that he did it.  He knows that he is soon to “leave them”; so he delegates his own mission to them.

4.Verse 22.  Then he EMPOWERS them by breathing on them and saying, Receive the Holy Spirit.”  He knew that they couldn’t do HIS MISSION without HIS SPIRIT.  (Luke wrote his story of Jesus in two books and he told us about Pentecost at the beginning of his second book – we read it just now).  John only wrote one book – but they tell the same story.)

5.Verse 23.  In the disciples’ mission FORGIVENESS will be central.  Jesus forgave peoples’ sins.  He taught his disciples to pray, “Forgive us our sins…”  And he warned that unforgiveness could become unforgiveable.

PRAYER: Father, thank you for your forgiveness.  Help me to be a forgiving person.  Fill me with the joy of your forgiveness.  Amen

The Seventh Sunday of Easter       May 24th

Welcome and Notices

HYMN –  Come let us join our cheerful songs

And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent

Minister: The Lord be with you     Alleluia, Christ is risen

All:          And also with you       He is risen indeed. Alleluia

All:  Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hidden; cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Christ our Lord. AMEN

Our Lord Jesus Christ said, ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is the only Lord. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself. There is no greater commandment than these’.

Jesus said to his disciples, ‘This is the will of my Father, that whoever sees the Son and believes on him should have eternal life, and that I shall raise him up on the last day.’         John 6.40

Most merciful God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we confess that we have sinned in thought, word and deed. We have not loved you with our whole heart, we have not loved our neighbours as ourselves. In your mercy, forgive what we have been, help us to amend what we are, and direct what we shall be, that we may do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with you, our God. AMEN.

The minister declares God’s forgiveness

Collect for Easter7  (The Sunday after the Ascension) – see newsletter

First reading    Acts 1.6-14     read by Jo Thomas

HYMN – Jesus is King and I will extol Him

Second reading      John 17.1-11      read by Richard Westcott

Sermon – Helen Hawkins

HYMN –  I come with joy, a child of God

The Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,

Creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,

Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

Born of the Virgin Mary,

Suffered under Pontius Pilate,

Was crucified, died and was buried;

He descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again;

He ascended into heaven,

He is seated at the right hand of the Father,

And he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

The holy catholic Church,

The communion of saints,

The forgiveness of sins,

The resurrection of the body,

And the life everlasting. Amen.

Bridgit – ‘He was taken before their eyes’

Prayers of Intercession – Christina de Vries

Dear God, Thank-you for bringing us safely through this night. Let us join together in prayer.

We pray for all the people affected in these challenging times for fighting Covid 19. We give you our thanks for being with us and ask you to bless children and parents, the lonely, families of the bereaved, and the sadness and heartbreak of not being able to say their goodbyes to their loved-ones. We thank families, friends, neighbours and strangers for the out pouring of kindnesses. We ask you to look after our frontline workers……….

Please help us to find time to listen to other people in our busy lives and be respectful of others views even when we don’t agree. Let us ask ourselves what we would say to God if he walked into our churches today?  Please bless all our members of our congregations………….

We pray for our Queen and all members of her family, and for all world leaders to make the right decisions for all people. We ask for your blessing on our clergy and their families. Keep them safe and strong in faith…………

We now take a short time to pray for people only known to ourselves……….. Amen.   

The Lord’s Prayer

All: Our Father who art in heaven,

      hallowed be thy name;

      thy kingdom come,

      thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

      Give us this day our daily bread.

      And forgive us our trespasses,

      as we forgive those who trespass against us.

      And lead us not into temptation

      but deliver us from evil.

      For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory

      for ever and ever. AMEN

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all evermore. Amen.

HYMN – Rejoice, the Lord is King

A Prayer of Dedication

Almighty God, we thank you for the gift of your Holy Word. May it be a lantern to our feet, a light to our paths, and a strength to our lives. Take us and use us to love and serve in the power of the Holy Spirit and in the Name of your son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

The Blessing. Go forth into the world in peace, be of good courage, hold fast to that which is good, render to no-one evil for evil. Strengthen the fainthearted, support the weak, help the afflicted, honour everyone, love and serve the Lord, rejoicing in the power of the Holy-spirit.

Alleluia. Christ is risen.

He is risen indeed. Alleluia.

HYMN  – Our eyes have seen the glory

May 24th     Sunday after Ascension Day

Dear all,

                Welcome to the final Sunday after Easter before we get to Pentecost next week. Our key passage for the Epistle this week is an account of the Ascension and to some extent goes over the ground of my meditation which I sent out during the week, but Helen will put her own slant in this in the sermon and make us look forwards rather than backwards.

I may well record next Sunday’s service in one of our churches, partly as a gesture of hope and partly to reflect that it is a very special Sunday. It will be a Communion but not with wafers sent through the post on request this time. It will be where I visibly take communion before you all to represent you all. You can of course bring your own bread and drink to the table in front of your television so that you can have something physical to eat and drink while you receive communion as it were spiritually. Communion is fundamentally spiritual rather than physical, and no one is pretending that your piece of bread is being consecrated or that my prayers are consecrating your own offerings. As Pentecost is about the tangible receiving of the Holy Spirit, it seems important to me to be thinking next week about God tangibly energising and inspiring us, even if we do this by proxy.

Do continue to pray for Jo, for Theo, for our wedding couples having their weddings postponed, for unemployed catering workers, for the greatly increases local homeless population, and for wisdom for the government in all their decisions in these coming days.

Collect for Easter7  (The Sunday after the Ascension)

O God the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your Kingdom in heaven: we beseech you, leave us not comfortless, but send your Holy Spirit to strengthen us and exalt us to the place where our saviour Christ is gone before, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

First reading    Acts 1.6-14     the Ascension

So when they had come together, they asked him, ‘Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?’ He replied, ‘It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’ When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. While he was going and they were gazing up towards heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. They said, ‘Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up towards heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.’

Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey away. When they had entered the city, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying, Peter, and John, and James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers.

Second reading      John 17.1-11      Jesus’ prayer for us all

After Jesus had spoken these words, he looked up to heaven and said, ‘Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed.

‘I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.

Sermon   Helen Hawkins

Three years ago I flew to Malawi, in the days when we were still allowed to travel by ‘plane. On board there was a screen with a map of our route, but the best bit was catching glimpses of exotic places out of the window through breaks in the cloud. We saw the whole island of Cyprus, the Nile valley, a peak above the cloud-line which must have been Mount Kilimanjaro, and the northern shores of the 600 km lake that forms the eastern half of Malawi; it was fantastic and gave us a taste of how the presence of the lake determines the life of the country.

Today’s readings are also about glimpses of something we have heard of, and tried to describe, find amazing, and which will help us to live as God intended. In Acts we have the account of the risen Jesus in the last stage of his earthly life, where he is revealed to his followers in a new way. The sight of him rising into the skies underlines that he is so much more than even a very special human being – he is God himself. At his conception he was revealed to be the “son of the most high”, at his birth the shepherds were told “the saviour has been born”, at his baptism followers were told to “hear him” because he had God’s authority. These glimpses of the full divine and human nature of Jesus drew back the curtain between heaven and earth, and helped to involve his followers into God’s purpose.

Yet the disciples found this very hard to understand. Like them we tend to focus on the here and now rather than open up our minds to the world as God sees it. Our limited view reminds me of an occasion when I went to the National Gallery and queued up to see a very special exhibition of an original drawing by Leonardo da Vinci. As we queued and got used to the subdued lighting in the special room the lady in front of me turned to her friend and said “isn’t the wallpaper lovely” completely missing the drawing! Just as at the transfiguration the disciples tried to keep hold of the moment by building shelters for Moses and Elijah, and at the resurrection were told not to look for the risen Jesus among the dead, so here they are told (again by two men in white) not to focus on the freeing of Israel from Roman occupation, but called to step out into the future with God. They will be given not full understanding of the process, but given power to tell everyone about Jesus, right throughout the world.

In the passage from John’s gospel we have another glimpse of the nature of Jesus when he is in conversation with his Father. He talks about his coming death and resurrection as the focal point of his life on earth, and says “glorify me so that I will glorify you” (v.2). Father and Son are like two strands which weave together to make a whole; I picture this as the double helix (or two-stranded spiral) which is the model of DNA. As the two strands move together they grow and give life.

More amazingly Jesus’s prayer is that we too can become part of the dynamic relationship. Jesus looks ahead to the time when he will no longer walk the earth on human feet, but his presence will be his followers. He asks that we, his followers (v 9-11) will be “one” or “united” alongside the Father and Son (v.9-11), and so his work of bringing the kingdom of God becomes ours. We are promised the “power” or resources to play our part.

Among all these amazing verses there is one that really astonishes me. Jesus says of us “they are my glory” – how can that possibly be true! Whenever we draw close to God, whenever we take his love to others, and when we help to bring others nearer to his kingdom we are caught up in the great spiral, taking the message of love and salvation “to the ends of the earth”. During lockdown we may feel especially cut off from others, but even behind closed doors we can join in the healing of the world because we are joined with the Father and the Son.

Lord give us the imagination to join in your work of healing the world. Help us to see how we can each play our part by keeping close to you and reaching out to others, to take your love to the ends of the earth.

The Sixth Sunday of Easter       May 17th

Welcome and Notices

HYMN –  Jesus lives !

‘Because I live, you also will live’.           John 14.19

Minister: The Lord be with you    Alleluia, Christ is risen

All:          And also with you       He is risen indeed. Alleluia

All:  Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hidden; cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Christ our Lord. AMEN

The minister reminds us of God’s commands and his love

    Lord God, we have sinned against you; we have done evil in your sight. We are sorry and repent.    Have mercy on us according to your love. Wash away our wrongdoing and cleanse us from our sin.    Renew a right spirit within us and restore us to the joy of your salvation, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

May the Father of all mercies cleanse us from our sins, and restore us in his image to the praise and glory of his name, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Collect and 1st Bible reading – Acts 17.22-31     Malcolm Furneaux

HYMN  –   Spirit of holiness

2nd Bible Reading – John 14.15-21   Theresa Pritchard

Sermon – Rev Peter Butterfield

HYMN – Rock of ages

The Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,

Creator of heaven and earth.

 

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,

Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

Born of the Virgin Mary,

Suffered under Pontius Pilate,

Was crucified, died and was buried;

He descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again;

He ascended into heaven,

He is seated at the right hand of the Father,

And he will come to judge the living and the dead.

 

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

The holy catholic Church,

The communion of saints,

The forgiveness of sins,

The resurrection of the body,

And the life everlasting. Amen.

Prayers of Intercession   Rev Howard Peskett

The General Thanksgiving

Almighty God, Father of all mercies, We your unworthy servants Give you most humble and hearty thanks For all your goodness and loving kindness to us and to everyone.We bless you for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; But above all for your inestimable love In the redemption of the world through our Lord Jesus Christ, For the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. And we ask you to give us that due sense of all your mercies That our hearts may be unfeignedly thankful, And that we show your praises, not only with our lips but with our lives, By giving up ourselves to your service, And by walking before you In holiness and righteousness all our days; Through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom with you and the Holy Spirit, be all honour and glory, world without end. Amen.

 A prayer for Florence Nightingale’s 200th anniversary (May 12)

Today, our world needs healing and to be rekindled with Love.

Once, Florence Nightingale lit her beacon of lamplight to comfort the wounded. Her light has blazed a path of service across a Century to us– through her example and through the countless nurses and healers who have followed in her footsteps.

“Today, we celebrate the flame of Florence Nightingale’s legacy. Let that same light be rekindled to burn brightly in our hearts. Let us take up our own ‘lanterns of caring,’ each in our own ways – more brightly to walk our own paths of service to the world — more clearly to share our own ‘noble purpose’ with each other.

“May human caring become the lantern for the 21st Century.

May we better learn to care for ourselves, for each other and for all Creation. Through our caring, may we be the keepers of that flame. That our spirits may burn brightly to kindle the hearts ​of our children and great-grandchildren—  as they, too, follow in these footsteps.”

HYMN – I need Thee every hour

O Lord, our heavenly Father, almighty and everlasting God, you have safely brought us to the beginning of this day. Defend us in the same by your mighty power; and grant that this day we fall into no sin, neither run into any kind of danger, but that all our doings may be ordered by your governance, to do always what is right in your eyes; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

God, who through the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ has given us the victory, give you joy and peace in your faith, and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the son and the Holy Ghost be with us all this Easter and always. Amen.

HYMN – O love that wilt not let me go.

God bless you all. Keep safe. Keep well.

YouTube link to a special blessing sung by children from all over the world. The adult one I advertised has bow had 2.5million views

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uiWZXLsdE9w

May 17th    Easter 6     Madron, Heamoor and Gulval

Dear all,

Another week has shot by and the sun is shining. Our daughter’s wedding has been postponed to next year, and I think it will be a while before we are back to normal, despite a carrot dangled before us that we might be reopening our churches at the start of July. Let’s face it, we don’t know what will happen, so we take each day as it comes, not in resignation but in the hope we have through Jesus risen and reigning. He is stronger than any crisis. The Greek audience in our Acts reading were like the people of today, turning to anything and everything to help them, however credible . Paul simply reminds them that Jesus is the jigsaw piece they are looking for to make everything fit, and everything work. But if He is the answer, people have to be asking the question.

Christianity and how it works. It might be that you know people who are asking questions about faith at the moment and with extra time to think. I have put together a short video of slides, with a very few words on each, which you can find on YouTube on the Helen Hawkins channel (where you find the services) and it will give the chance for people to see what we’re saying, how it fits together and what we do about it.

Pray for Jo Morris, David’s funeral was on Friday. Jo says: Will you please thank everyone on my behalf for all the lovely messages and cards I have received. It means so much to know so many people are praying for us and thinking of us. Pray too for family and friends of Marjorie Weymouth, whose funeral is on Wednesday. Pray too for Theo (Heamoor) who still has pneumonia despite antibiotics. Good news on Barbara, Angela’s sister: ‘she is feeling well and is I would say getting back to her old self. She has more energy.’

Terry says a big thank you to those who have made arrangements to pay money to the churches via standing order. It not only helps with budgeting (in normal circs) but it also gets money into our account now. Sadly all the big bills such as insurance and MMF keep on having to be paid (I am still being paid).

Surprise. We have a surprise item at the end of our service some time soon. It comes from a long way away.

Ascension Day is on Thursday and we normally have a service that day. Instead there will be a service sheet circulated, with sermon and reading incorporated.

Collect for Easter 6

God our redeemer, you have delivered us from the power of darkness and brought us into the Kingdom of your Son: grant, that as by his death he has recalled us to life, so by his continual presence he may raise us to eternal joy; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.

1st Reading     Acts 17.22-31   Paul preaching in Athens

22 Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: “People of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. 23 For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: to an unknown god. So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship—and this is what I am going to proclaim to you.

24 “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. 25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. 26 From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. 27 God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. 28 ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ 29 “Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone—an image made by human design and skill. 30 In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. 31 For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.”

2nd Reading   John 14.15-21    The promise of the Holy Spirit

15 “If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be[a] in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”

Sermon   –  Rev Peter Butterfield         ‘The Unknown God’.

Paul’s talk with the philosophers takes into account where they are and where they need to go. He does so well that this summary in Acts can still help us today.

Paul was the ideal person for this task of explaining about God to intelligent Greeks – he was brought up among them. He finds a hook, something that they can understand and relate to – the altar to the  unknown god. It draws them in, and Paul, bravely, tells them that they worship God in ignorance.

Like a version of the creed, Paul describes the Creator God – one who doesn’t need what we can give because he gave us everything that we have, our time and our place. In return we search for him and it turns out, he isn’t very far from us.

We, today, have to seek God because no longer is ignorance of him an excuse – the gospel has travelled the world – so it is our duty and our joy. We were all at the point of repentance when we turned in the right direction and found him to be very near.

How can we be sure of the directions? Because God placed Jesus Christ at the very place we realised that we were lost. We have assurance that all can be saved through him by his death and resurrection and that is the conclusion that Paul presents to those learned Greeks, some of whom were convinced.

Have a good week. Keep well. Keep safe.

 

The Fifth Sunday of Easter   (inc VE)      May 10th

Welcome and Notices

HYMN – Christ the Lord is risen again

‘Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God’.           Acts 7.55

Minister: The Lord be with you    Alleluia, Christ is risen

All:          And also with you       He is risen indeed. Alleluia

All:  Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hidden; cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Christ our Lord. AMEN

The minister reminds us of God’s commands and his love

Lord God, we have sinned against you; we have done evil in your sight.We are sorry and repent.    Have mercy on us according to your love. Wash away our wrongdoing and cleanse us from our sin.    Renew a right spirit within us  and restore us to the joy of your salvation, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

May the Father of all mercies cleanse us from our sins, and restore us in his image to the praise and glory of his name,through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 Collect and 1st Bible reading – Acts 7.54 – 8.1   Marj Jenkin

 HYMN  Forgive our sins as we forgive

 2nd Bible Reading – John 14.1-14   Peter Butterfield

 Sermon – Rev Howard Peskett

 HYMN – Come, my way

 The Creed

 We believe in one God,

the Father, the Almighty,

maker of heaven and earth,

of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,

the only Son of God,

eternally begotten of the Father,

God from God, Light from Light,

true God from true God,

begotten, not made,

of one Being with the Father;

through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven,

was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary

and was made man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;

he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again

in accordance with the Scriptures;

he ascended into heaven

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,

and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit,

the Lord, the giver of life,

who proceeds from the Father and the Son,

who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified,

who has spoken through the prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.

We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead,

and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Prayers of Intercession   Rev Ian Lowell

Dear Lord and Father, we can feel very small and insignificant, like the Breton fisherman in his tiny boat afloat in a broad and very deep sea; like the disciples feeling afraid in the storm while you are asleep in the stern of the boat; as people who are self-isolating in strange circumstances during this coronavirus…

Stephen, in the face of isolation and death, did not give in to the temptations of flight, fright or fight but faced his fears and prayed for those who persecuted him; Give us, Lord and Father that same spirit to face our fears and to pray for those in need…

Dear Lord and Father, You have called us to be living stones, built on the corner-stone of Jesus Christ: As we recognise and realise our interdependence on each other, we pray for the vulnerable and those at risk, those exposed daily to coronavirus in their work and those they care for…

Dear Lord and Father, You have shared your love for us in Jesus Christ, teaching us to trust in the future you have prepared for us. In your name we pray for all who are dying, all those who have died and every person who mourns them at this trying time of separation; May you bring them comfort, consolation and courage and give them your spirit of hope, faith and love…

Dear Lord and Father, We offer you these our prayers, In the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, And through the communion of your Holy Spirit. Amen.

HYMN – O the love of my Lord

VE Day – introduction

A short video from Col Edward Bolitho OBE

Prayers

HYMN –  Christ is our cornerstone

ALL :  Eternal God and Father, By your power you made us, and by your love you rescued us; guide and strengthen us by your Spirit that we may give ourselves wholeheartedly to serving you and            caring for others, through Jesus Christ our Lord.Amen

God, who through the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ has given us the victory, give you joy and peace in your faith, and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the son and the Holy Ghost be with us all this Easter and always. Amen.

We’ll meet again sung by Bridgit

A Blessing of the UK

You might like to follow this link on Youtube  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUtll3mNj5U

May 10th    Easter 5     Madron, Heamoor and Gulval

Pray for Jo Morris, having lost husband David. Pray too for refugees in camps who can’t socially distance and for many health workers oversees with hardly any masks, ventilators etc.

Post Office reopening: Just to let you know that the Mobile Post Office is returning to Heamoor. The van will be outside the Legion from 09.30 to 10.30 am every Monday starting tomorrow (slightly shorter hours than before the lockdown). St Clare Post Office is also reopening from tomorrow, 9.30am – 2pm Monday to Friday. They have two counter positions open, so only 2 customers in at any one time and please observe the 2 metre apart government guidelines. Their ATM will be up and running from Wed 6th May.

Road closures: And in case you hadn’t heard, the Ross Bridge is closed for repairs from tomorrow for 3-4 weeks. Mario has also forwarded to us advance notice that Josephs Lane, Polmennor Road and Trannack Lane (the back road from Heamoor to Gulval) will be closed from 8th June 2020 to 3rd July 2020 for scouring and resurfacing.

Christian Aid Week is not happening this year.  We are asked by Christian Aid to donate on line instead – caweek.org or call 08080 006 006. Money can still be paid into Lloyds bank without the paying in slip.

Scams. Watch out for scammers on your doorstep, whoever they say they come from. Don’t let them in; if they gain access, they are likely to steal. They have been in Heamoor recently

Collect for Easter 5. Eternal God, whose Son Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life: grant us to walk in his way, to rejoice in his truth, and to share his risen life; who is alive and reigns, now and for ever. Amen.

First Reading – Acts 7.54 – 8.1

54 When the members of the Sanhedrin heard this, they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him. 55 But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up

to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56 “Look,” he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” 57 At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, 58 dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59 While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 60 Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep. And Saul was there, giving approval to his death.

 

Second reading – John 14.1-14

1“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. 4 And you know the way to the place where I am going.” 5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” 8 Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” 9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. 11 Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. 12 Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.

 

Sermon – Rev Howard Peskett     THE STONING OF STEPHEN.

If you have some extra time during these days, I would encourage you to read the whole story of Acts, which is about how the good news of Jesus Christ spread from Jerusalem & Galilee to Rome, the centre of empire.

THE GROWTH OF THE CHURCH – SETBACKS

At the beginning there were setbacks:

1.Peter and John were arrested & threatened after healing the lame man;

2.Ananias and Sapphira tried to cheat the church with dreadful results;

3.Quarrelling broke out about the distribution of charity;

4.Finally, Stephen was seized and we read today about the end of his life.

THE GROWTH OF THE CHURCH – FOUR KEY PERSONS

In the middle of Acts we meet four v. important men in Acts  big story .

1.Stephen – whom we study today.

2.Philip, whom we meet in chapter 8, explaining the scriptures to the Ethiopian Finance Minister.

3.Saul/Paul, whose conversion is described for the first time in chapter 9 (it is told twice more later in Acts, in different situations).

4.Cornelius, a Roman centurion, whom we meet in chapters 10,11.

WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM TODAY’S STORY ABOUT STEPHEN?

1.Stephen was one of seven responsible and gifted persons chosen to sort out the problems about the gift distribution of the church.  We know hardly anything about the other six; but we are told that Stephen was doing great wonders and signs among the people; and that when arguments arose about what he was doing, his opponents “could not withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking.”  They dragged him before the Council, accusations were made, but in 6.15 we are told that “…all who sat in the Council saw that his face was like the face of an angel.”  Chapter 7 records a very long and detailed sermon which Stephen preached, which ended with a very pointed accusation towards the Jewish leaders about their treatment of the prophets and Jesus.  At the end of the sermon there was a furious reaction, described vividly by Luke with eight verbs: they heard, were enraged, ground their teeth, cried out loudly, stopped their ears, rushed together at Stephen, cast him out and stoned him. HOW DID LUKE KNOW ALL THESE DETAILS? I think that Saul/Paul told him, because we know that he was there.

2.     In the midst of all this turmoil and excitement, we are told that Stephen said, “I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” The phrase is repeated so that we should not miss it! In the Creed we say “…and ascended into heaven and is seated on the right hand of God…”  This is the position of executive agency… We talk about someone being “X’s right hand man”.  But Stephen sees Jesus STANDING not seated.   We are not told specifically why Jesus stood, but I think it was to welcome Stephen.  There is always a welcome for believers when they die.

3       Stoning was a horrifying means of execution. But Stephen does not shout or scream. The second thing we are  told that Stephen said is, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”  Whatever happens to my body, my spirit will be safe if I trust in Jesus.

4        We are told that when William Tyndale was burned at the stake, his last words were, “Lord, open the king of England’s eyes!” In 2 Chronicles 24.22, right at the end of the Old Testament story we are told that as the prophet Zechariah was being stoned to death, he cried out, “May the LORD see and avenge!” But Stephen prays, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them!”  It seems that here he was echoing the very words of the Lord Jesus.

5        Luke finishes the story simply: “… when he had said this, HE FELL ASLEEP.” All over the world people are afraid of death and dying. But this expression, “he fell asleep” spells the transformation of death for believers.  It is used several more times in the New Testament.  Jesus by his death and resurrection has defeated our enemy Death and drawn its sting.

LORD, make us more like your brave witness Stephen, full of wisdom and the Holy Spirit.  And bring us finally to a quiet and peaceful end.  Amen