Prayer for this week
We are not people of fear:
we are people of courage.
We are not people who protect our own safety:
we are people who protect our neighbours’ safety.
We are not people of greed:
we are people of generosity.
We are your people God,
giving and loving,
wherever we are,
whatever it costs.
For as long as it takes
wherever you call us.
Perhaps ‘our daily walk’ is something that we will forever associate with Covid-19 virus lockdown. Whether that will make us avoid walks in the future remains to be seen. But for centuries walking has been associated with prayer, that’s why there are so many pilgrimage routes to holy places. For many people walking through the countryside is one of the best ways of meeting God. St Chad, our local saint, was a great walker, refusing to ride a horse. Lichfield Diocese urges us to walk ‘ in the footsteps of St Chad’ and perhaps with the help of St Chad our daily walk might also become our daily prayer. So if you are looking for a new way of combining walking and praying, try a guided prayer walk with pray-as-you-go.org/retreat/walking-prayer and see if God walks with you while you are out on your daily exercise.
With best wishes from Deborah
Prayers this week
Those who are ill:
Val Anderson, Jane Williams, Jane & Glyn, Helen Sansom, Rosie Skelton, Les Reece and any known to us who are feeling low at this time of isolation. Jeanette who has serious heart problems and Mary Simmons.
Those who have died:
- Lichfield CathedralVirtual Prayer Wall. On this page, you can write a prayer, which is then posted on the Wall. Visitors to the Prayer Wall can choose to light a candle to mark their prayer or the memory of a loved one. A flickering candle will appear on the wall next to the visitor’s prayer and burn down slowly for the next 48 hours.
- Your Ministers are still here for you. You may not actually see us but we are still here and if you need us please just pick up the phone or email us. It is our job to be here for you. Contact details are in the Parish Magazines.
Some extra resources for prayer and worship:
NB Please note that some of these times may vary
- Television and Radio:
- Songs of Praise, Sundays at 1.15 pm BBC1 Also on BBC 1 Morning worship 10.45 am
- Sunday Worship, Sundays at 8.10 am R4
- Choral Evensong, Sundays at 3 pm R3 and Wednesdays at 3.30 pm R3
- Lichfield Cathedral, ‘Worship at Home
- Church of England Prayer and Worship
- Diocese of Lichfield
- R.C. Church, Society of Jesus (Jesuits)
- Society of Jesus (Jesuits), Pray as you stay
- Methodist Church prayer resources
Many churches are streaming their services, prayers, thoughts, and sermons online.
Floodlights ~ Until further notice we are unable to set the floodlights on request. They have however been set for Sunday evenings as a sign of respect for all those who are ill or who have passed away. In our thoughts: 22nd May, in loving memory of Gladys Hammond. For any queries please contact Sue Piper (472314).
Thank you to all who have put flowers around the cross outside the church, they have been appreciated by many people in the village. We are no longer able to place flowers in the church in memory of a loved one, however, if you would like to the buckets of greenery will remain around the cross and flowers or a pot could be placed there to keep the Easter display going.
Salvation Army ~ We are unable to collect food donations for the Salvation Army Food Bank during the Church closure but their work has tripled over the last few weeks for obvious reasons.
In order to respond to this situation, the SA has asked us to make any monetary donation we feel we can to support their work. It is proposed that we send a donation on behalf of the whole congregation of St Peter’s directly from the Church account. (If you would prefer to send your donation directly, then please contact either Mike Binsley or Malcolm Piper for details.) If you make donations to the Church by regular bank payments please would you consider adding something extra to support this as a ‘one-off’ donation.
Never have our neighbours needed our support more and we have few opportunities like this to respond to God’s generosity to us and our thankfulness for all we receive.
St.Peter’s church building has been checked and secured, following updated information from the Diocese and guidelines issued from our Insurers. In line with the above, all wheelie bins have been withdrawn until further notice. While the church building remains locked down, access is ONLY for the clergy and wardens. No keyholder is allowed entry without permission of the wardens. Grass cutting will continue as normal, whilst at the same time observing social distancing. Would parishioners living near the church or passing by, please be vigilant in respect of possible damage to the building at this time?
Parish share ~ We really need parishes to continue paying Parish Share regularly each month to hold Share at a level each month which will support and help others. We accept that you may need to reduce the amount each month but it is important to maintain a level of share each month. With this in mind, if you would like to make use of the link below, to set up (or amend) a regular form of giving, it would be very helpful to our church. If you don’t have access to the internet, you can be given a printed copy. The form can then be sent directly to St.Mary’s House in Lichfield (address on form).
Rev Marilyn 07889372275 or 01889 624127 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Rev Mike on 01543 472761 or email@example.com
Items for notices for next Sunday to Sue Piper by Wednesday please ~ email firstname.lastname@example.org (Tel 472314)
Reading for this week
The Promise of the Holy Spirit
15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. 17 This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you.
18 “I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you. 19 In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. 21 They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.”
Families and Church
Please look at St Peter’s Church Facebook page every week. Our Roots Church subscription provides us with lots of free resources.
For families with children, we have got a weekly Bible Reading with related questions, prayers, lots of things to do, including a worksheet and colouring pages linked to the Lectionary, Year A.
For all of us, there is a very good postscript linking this week’s reading to the news. This contains a reflection, prayers and activities for all. Well worth looking at! Judith Rickard.