Ordinary 19 Newsletter

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Dear <<First Name>>

This is the weekly noticesheet for the week beginning Sunday 9th August – Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time. The noticesheet is attached below. I hope you will find it a useful ‘heads-up’, even while we are locked down.

Our Preacher this Sunday is Fr Matt Godfrey, RN who is in preparations for deployment on HMS Albion within a couple of weeks. We pray for him and his new ‘mini-parish’ and also for his family as they remain here alongside us.
Private Prayer at S. Anne’s
Thanks to a number of volunteers we will be making S. Anne’s Church available for Private Prayer only twice a week. This has to be under supervision and with everyone’s commitment to social distancing and the safety of others.

The Church will be open on

Mondays          5pm to 7pm
Thursdays        2pm to 4pm
   
This week

We will be broadcasting the Mass for Spiritual Communion from S. Mary the Virgin, Bickleigh We are using both Twitch.and YouTube.


Simply visit

https://www.twitch.tv/roboroughteam/

or for YouTube

https://bit.ly/roboroughteam

After Mass there will be Virtual Coffee on Zoom at: https://bit.ly/3hniKX7

Parish WhatsApp Group
if you’d like to be kept in the loop through WhatsApp, we have Parish Group – reminders, links, prayers and communications as well as the odd good cartoon… click here to join


The Services

IMPORTANT: I will be taking a couple of midweek breaks in August so there will be NO ONLINE MIDWEEK SERVICES (Mass or Daily Prayer) 10-15th August and 24th-30th August.

Mass
is offered on Thursday at 10.30am (replacing MP for that morning) and Sunday at 10.30am

If you miss the actual time, you can replay it at your convenience.

Sunday services include hymns specially recorded by Sarah and readings recorded at home by members of our Churches (volunteers always welcome). All Masses have a short sermon, and even though we are not together, we engage in Spiritual Communion with the Lord. All of the words are on screen and the readings as usual are further down this email bulletin. At the bottom of this email are details of a rota for readings and intercessions: all voices are welcome, please contact me if you would like to do one.

Each weekday there will be Morning Prayer at 9am and Evening Prayer at 5.30pm .

You can say the Morning and Evening Prayer with me, and I have begun putting the words on screen for you to follow or say along with me.

For those who don’t have Internet… (can you please pass this on)
We can now enable non-internet users to access our worship. Anyone can call 0333 011 0616 and enter code 262 6330# to be able to listen to our worship.

Calls are LOCAL RATE which on many phone or mobile tarrifs are effectively free, but I advise you to check with your phone/mobile supplier if you are unsure. The Sunday Mass takes less than an hour.

I am pleased that someone has started to use this facility. Please tell others. Please tell when you are checking up on those you know have no Internet (because if I ask it’ll look a little intimidating),

Bible Study and Prayer will gather us together on a video conference platform called Zoom (www.zoom.us).



It is easy to sign up for a free account and you can download an app for phone, tablet (Apple or Android) or on your PC or Mac to make it happen. Although you can connect over phone data, you get more out of it if you connect your phone/tablet/computer to your home WiFi otherwise you can get choppy audio and video sometimes.

To join these gatherings on Wednesdays at Noon – click on https://us02web.zoom.us/j/714047787

For the next few weeks we will be looking at Theories of Atonement at the Noon group – what does the Cross and Resurrection mean, what does “Christ died for our sins” signify? All are welcome to join this group.

7.30pm – click on https://us02web.zoom.us/j/138949074 For the next few weeks the 7.30pm group will be studying the Psalms using Psalms – Prayers of the Heart which is only £2.99 on Kindle see https://www.amazon.co.uk/Psalms-Prayers-Heart-LifeBuilder-studies-ebook/dp/B01ICDEYTO/

These locations will not change.

If you get lost with all this information, it’s all on the Parish Diary: https://www.roborough.org.uk/diary/
 and the Broadcast page https://www.roborough.org.uk/broadcast/



To get good notice of these things, can I encourage you to “Like” and “Follow” the Parish Facebook Page (S. Cecilia and S. Anne also have their own FB pages as well, but the worship links and reminders will be on the main page) to get notifications and please encourage others you know who might not have subscribed to this newsletter to do so as well as connect on Facebook.

Please let me know if you yourself or you become aware of anyone around you who needs a Priest to call them. I may have been forced as a result of my diabetes to be self-isolating, but I am still here to serve. I am slowly working round calling people, but you can always call me first, just to chat and perhaps to pray.

My email is:         fr.simon@rundell.org.uk
My number is:      07976 802123
(I also use WhatsApp so if you want to contact me by that, use my phone number)

Please pass all this information on to others: keep our network strong my friends, call those in our church communities and keep me informed of the needs of the community so I can serve them,

Stay safe. Keep praying. And of your charity, please pray for me also.

Yours in Christ


  Reflection Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Matthew 14:22-33

Both Jesus and Peter are recorded by the Gospel­ writers Matthew, Mark and John as having walked on water. The suspension of the law of gravity for two human beings (which is what would need to happen) is truly an incredible miracle! Indeed, the image is so compelling that to this day if someone is revered or admired, we use the expression that “they can walk on water’.
 
The supernatural phenomenon of walking on water is not unique to Christianity. In Greek mythology, the gods Horus and Orion both defied gravity in this way, as did several revered heroes of the Hindu and Buddhist traditions. The difference between these traditions and the Gospel accounts is that the latter are recorded not as stories but as history. When Matthew informs us that Jesus walked on water, he is reporting an actual event that took place on a certain date in history. I personally don’t believe the story was made up or embellished to convince us that Jesus was God but that it is literally true.
 
There is an important and profound truth: ‘The sacred authors wrote the four Gospels, selecting some things from the many which had been handed on by word of mouth or in writing, reducing some of them to a synthesis, explaining some things in view of the situation of their churches and preserving the form of proclamation but always in such fashion that they told us the honest truth about Jesus’ (para. 19).
 
If we approach the sacred text in this way, we open ourselves up to being taught, informed and enlightened by the Holy Spirit about the meaning of this event in Jesus’ life.
 
Jesus’ walking on the water is certainly a miracle but it is also a sign. A sign of what? A sign of Jesus’ divinity. Who else could walk on water? Who else could calm the wind and the waves? Only God. Only God can truly say: ‘Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid’ (v. 27 NIV), because only God can promise true and everlasting peace.
 
Let us pray…
 
Lord Jesus, you invite me to step out with you on the storm waters and furious squalls of life. I do indeed take courage from your promises because it is you who invite me not to be afraid and with your Holy Spirit all things are possible. Amen.
 
  Source: Christian Aid Prayer Lists Those sick in mind, body or spirit:
Ken; Laura; Nicola; Sue; Ron; Karen; Alice; David; Ozzie; Jason, Richard

All those injured and killed by the Beirut bombing. We pray for all those giving care and treatment to the injured.

Pray for the Souls of the Recently Departed
Colin Parry, Steven Gregory

Those whose year’s mind occur around this time

Those whom we love and see no longer and those who have no-one else to pray for them

+Rest eternal grant unto them, O Lord
and let light perpetual shine upon them

May they rest in peace
and rise in glory

we join our prayers with the whole company of heaven as we seek the intercession of Our Lady, sayng

Hail Mary, Full of Grace, 
The Lord is with thee.
(Luke 1:28)
Blessed art thou among women, 
and blessed is the fruit
of thy womb, Jesus.
  (Luke 1:42)
Holy Mary, Mother of God, 
pray for us sinners now, 
and at the hour of our death.

  Mass Card for Ordinary Time (Sundays and Thursdays) Sunday Readings 9th August 2020 Ordinary 19 Readings   Entrance antiphon Lord, be true to your covenant, forget not the life of your poor ones for ever. Rise up, O God, and defend your cause; do not ignore the shouts of your enemies. [Psalm 74:20,19,22,23]
  The Collect Almighty and ever-living God,
your Spirit made us your children,
confident to call you Father.
Increase your Spirit within us
and bring us to our promised inheritance.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
 
  1 Kings 19: 5-15 A reading from the Book of Kings
 
When Elijah reached Horeb, the mountain of God, he came to a cave, and spent the night there. Then the word of the LORD came to him, saying, ‘What are you doing here, Elijah?’ He answered, ‘I have been very zealous for the LORD, the God of hosts; for the Israelites have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. I alone am left, and they are seeking my life, to take it away. ’He said, ‘Go out and stand on the mountain before the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.’ Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. Then there came a voice to him that said, ‘What are you doing here, Elijah?’ He answered, ‘I have been very zealous for the LORD, the God of hosts; for the Israelites have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. I alone am left, and they are seeking my life, to take it away.’ Then the LORD said to him, ‘Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus; when you arrive, you shall anoint Hazael as king over Aram. Also you shall anoint Jehu son of Nimshi as king over Israel; and you shall anoint Elisha son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah as prophet in your place. Whoever escapes from the sword of Hazael, Jehu shall kill; and whoever escapes from the sword of Jehu, Elisha shall kill. Yet I will leave seven thousand in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him.’
 
This is the word of the Lord
Thanks be to God
  Romans 10: 5-15 A reading from Paul’s letter to the Romans
 
Moses writes concerning the righteousness that comes from the law, that ‘the person who does these things will live by them.’ But the righteousness that comes from faith says, ‘Do not say in your heart, “Who will ascend into heaven?”’ (that is, to bring Christ down) ‘or “Who will descend into the abyss?”’ (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).But what does it say? ‘The word is near you, on your lips and in your heart’ (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved. The scripture says, ‘No one who believes in him will be put to shame.’ For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him. For, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’ But how are they to call on one in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him? And how are they to proclaim him unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’
 
This is the word of the Lord
Thanks be to God
  Matthew 14: 22-33 Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew
Glory to you, O Lord
 
Immediately after feeding the crowd with the five loaves and two fish, Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them. And early in the morning he came walking towards them on the lake. But when the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified, saying, ‘It is a ghost!’ And they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, ‘Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.’ Peter answered him, ‘Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.’ He said, ‘Come.’ So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came towards Jesus. But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’ Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, ‘You of little faith, why did you doubt?’ When they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshipped him, saying, ‘Truly you are the Son of God.’
 
This is the Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you, O Christ
 
  Communion Antiphon:  Praise the Lord, Jerusalem; he feeds you with the finest wheat. [Psalm 147:12,14] Prayer after Communion:  Lord, may the Eucharist you give us bring us to salvation
and keep us faithful to the light of your truth.
We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord. Amen.

 
  Readings Rota for Online Worship Date Week Reading 1 Reading 2 Intercessions 02/08/2020 Ordinary 18 Janet Katie Jones Kate (Ordinand) Preacher: Frank 09/08/2020 Ordinary 19 Samantha Dawn Jo C Preacher: Fr Matt 16/08/2020 Ordinary 20 Katie Jones Zoe Lou 23/08/2020 Ordinary 21 Frank Anne P Alan 30/08/2020 Ordinary 22 Helen Janet Ruth 06/09/2020 Ordinary 23 Alan Chris Carpenter Frank 13/09/2020 Ordinary 24 Chris Crosby Samantha Jo C 20/09/2020 Ordinary 25 Dawn Karen Ruth 27/09/2020 Ordinary 26 Chris Carpenter Anne P Alan 04/10/2020 Ordinary 27 Katie Jones Zoe Lou 11/10/2020 Ordinary 28 Janet Jo C Frank

Weekly Newsletter: Ordinary 17 (26th July 2020)

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Dear <<First Name>>

This is the weekly noticesheet for the week beginning Sunday 26th July – Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time. The noticesheet is attached below. I hope you will find it a useful ‘heads-up’, even while we are locked down.

Our Preacher this Sunday is Dr Kate Wells  who is studying for the Priesthood at Cranmer Hall, Durham and who has been on a virtual placement with us. Dr Kate is studying at Cranmer Hall in Durham, where Fr Simon recently completed his MA. The Quiz of Quizzes
on Zoom 31st July at 7.30pm FREE QUIZ (because there are no prizes, it’s just for fun)
BASED UPON lots of other quizzes…

Click here to Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUtcOusqD0sEtPrKNz7tbJezR3RMDZIP01y

and you will get the login details.

ALL WELCOME – CHALLENGE YOUR FRIENDS!
Private Prayer at S. Anne’s
Thanks to a number of volunteers we will be making S. Anne’s Church available for Private Prayer only twice a week. This has to be under supervision and with everyone’s commitment to social distancing and the safety of others.

The Church will be open on

Mondays          5pm to 7pm
Thursdays        2pm to 4pm
  Prayer Trees There are Prayer Trees at S. Anne’s, S. Mary’s and S. Edwards. Please bring along a ribbon, piece of string, a luggage label with a prayer written on it to tie to the trees: an outward witness of the Church and a safe(r) place for prayer. What Next? The PCC met on Thursday 16th July to discuss what the Parishes wanted to do for reopening. The Doodle Poll showed a majority of people wanted worship to remain online for the time being.


In order to comply legally, a resolution was passed asking for the Bishop to authorise keeping our Churches closed for Public Worship until the end of August. The Bishop has indicated his expectation that Churches would be open for September, and so it was agreed that we would adopt the second most popular option in September.

Recognising that many were still anxious to attend church but some were desperate, there would still be a full broadcast service at 10.30am and then a Said Mass (still to be confirmed at either 9.30am or 11.15am) rotating between S. Mary, S. Edward and S. Anne. This Low Mass would be a simple 30min Mass with Sermon but no music or singing. Full Social Distancing protocols would be implemented and communion would be in one kind only. The PCC will meet again in August to finalise arrangements for September which will include the need to book attendance (there will be a Max of 30 at each Mass) and the closure of pews to ensure safe social distance (so no, you won’t necessarily be able to sit in the pew you normally do).

The Bishop of Exeter has directed that when we do meet together for the Low Mass, Masks must be worn. See this document

Face coverings should be worn by all those attending a place of worship, including ministers, worshippers, staff, volunteers, contractors and visitors, where there may be other people present; remembering that they are mainly intended to protect other people, not the wearer, from coronavirus COVID-19 and that they are not a replacement for physical distancing and regular hand washing.

The Broadcast Mass at 10.30am on a Sunday on Twitch and Youtube will continue.  
This week

We will be broadcasting the Mass for Spiritual Communion from S. Anne, Glenholt We are using Twitch. Anyone can access Twitch on their phone, tablet or computer browser and you don’t need an account to watch it, although if you register a free account, you can even “chat” which I would like to use as a source for prayer, and perhaps after the worship is over, fellowship. The more subscribers the better service we can deliver (we need fifty for the next level).

Simply visit

https://www.twitch.tv/roboroughteam/

and you will see our services, including past ones. These will also be available once uploaded to the previous Facebook Page and our YouTube channel for you to catch up on.

The YouTube Channel will be run simultaneously this week on

https://bit.ly/roboroughteam

(I know some people have had Twitch issues, so this might help, I have used a short link here because we don’t have enough YouTube subscribers to get a custom name – we need a thousand!)

After Mass there will be Virtual Coffee on Zoom at: https://bit.ly/3hniKX7

Yes, there will always be problems and glitches, particularly at the start of worship (my propensity for pushing the wrong button remains an issue) but bear with me and this slightly less than tech-competent priest will get the worship flowing



Parish WhatsApp Group
if you’d like to be kept in the loop through WhatsApp, we have Parish Group – reminders, links, prayers and communications as well as the odd good cartoon… click here to join


The Services
Mass is offered on Thursday at 10.30am (replacing MP for that morning) and Sunday at 10.30am

If you miss the actual time, you can replay it at your convenience.

Sunday services include hymns specially recorded by Sarah and readings recorded at home by members of our Churches (volunteers always welcome). All Masses have a short sermon, and even though we are not together, we engage in Spiritual Communion with the Lord. All of the words are on screen and the readings as usual are further down this email bulletin. At the bottom of this email are details of a rota for readings and intercessions: all voices are welcome, please contact me if you would like to do one.

Each weekday there will be Morning Prayer at 9am and Evening Prayer at 5.30pm .

You can say the Morning and Evening Prayer with me, and I have begun putting the words on screen for you to follow or say along with me.

For those who don’t have Internet… (can you please pass this on)
We can now enable non-internet users to access our worship. Anyone can call 0333 011 0616 and enter code 262 6330# to be able to listen to our worship.

Calls are LOCAL RATE which on many phone or mobile tarrifs are effectively free, but I advise you to check with your phone/mobile supplier if you are unsure. The Sunday Mass takes less than an hour.

I am pleased that someone has started to use this facility. Please tell others. Please tell when you are checking up on those you know have no Internet (because if I ask it’ll look a little intimidating),

Bible Study and Prayer will gather us together on a video conference platform called Zoom (www.zoom.us).



It is easy to sign up for a free account and you can download an app for phone, tablet (Apple or Android) or on your PC or Mac to make it happen. Although you can connect over phone data, you get more out of it if you connect your phone/tablet/computer to your home WiFi otherwise you can get choppy audio and video sometimes.

To join these gatherings on Wednesdays at Noon – click on https://us02web.zoom.us/j/714047787

For the next few weeks we will be looking at Theories of Atonement at the Noon group – what does the Cross and Resurrection mean, what does “Christ died for our sins” signify? All are welcome to join this group.

7.30pm – click on https://us02web.zoom.us/j/138949074 For the next few weeks the 7.30pm group will be studying the Psalms using Psalms – Prayers of the Heart which is only £2.99 on Kindle see https://www.amazon.co.uk/Psalms-Prayers-Heart-LifeBuilder-studies-ebook/dp/B01ICDEYTO/

These locations will not change.

If you get lost with all this information, it’s all on the Parish Diary: https://www.roborough.org.uk/diary/
 and the Broadcast page https://www.roborough.org.uk/broadcast/



To get good notice of these things, can I encourage you to “Like” and “Follow” the Parish Facebook Page (S. Cecilia and S. Anne also have their own FB pages as well, but the worship links and reminders will be on the main page) to get notifications and please encourage others you know who might not have subscribed to this newsletter to do so as well as connect on Facebook.

Please let me know if you yourself or you become aware of anyone around you who needs a Priest to call them. I may have been forced as a result of my diabetes to be self-isolating, but I am still here to serve. I am slowly working round calling people, but you can always call me first, just to chat and perhaps to pray.

My email is:         fr.simon@rundell.org.uk
My number is:      07976 802123
(I also use WhatsApp so if you want to contact me by that, use my phone number)

Please pass all this information on to others: keep our network strong my friends, call those in our church communities and keep me informed of the needs of the community so I can serve them,

Stay safe. Keep praying. And of your charity, please pray for me also.

Yours in Christ


  Foundation Governor We need a fourth Foundation Governor who will help to ensure the distinctive nature of our Church School. Bickleigh Down is a significant part of our mission here in this Parish, and the Foundation Governors are drawn from the Church. It is a voluntary position, and a vital part of ensuring the flourishing of our School which has a really good reputation for quality and its pastoral care which both come from its Christian ethos.

If you want to know more about what it entails: the reading, the meetings, the training which is offered then please speak with our existing Governors: Wendy Round, Janet Liddicoat or Alan Hawking and they can give you the honest insight into this rewarding and important role in society.

Please consider this, and then contact Fr Simon Reflection July 26th 2020  Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Matthew 13:44-52

 
 
What is our greatest treasure, something for which we would sell everything we own? Do we ever dream what we would do if we won the lottery? In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells two short parables about the kingdom of heaven being like a treasure hidden in a field or a pearl of great value, and challenges our response to this kingdom.
 
What is the kingdom of heaven or the kingdom of God? The catechism explains: “The kingdom of God lies ahead of us. It is brought near in the Word incarnate, it is proclaimed throughout the whole Gospel and it has come in Christ’s death and resurrection… it is in our midst in the Eucharist… The kingdom of God means Christ himself’ (The Catechism para 2816). Both the people described in the parables were searching: the treasure in the field was hidden and probably took some effort to find; the merchant was looking among many pearls to find the one of great value and this probably needed concentration and a discerning eye. We are encouraged to seek the presence of Jesus in our daily lives: ‘seek first his kingdom and his righteousness’ (Matt 6:33), ‘Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you’ (Matt 7:7).
 
What they find is of enormous value for they both sell everything they own to acquire it: this is their chance of a lifetime. We can ask ourselves, how much do we treasure Jesus and our life with him?
The words: ‘sells all that he has’, can seem a little frightening to us at first, but it is important to note that the man is full of joy (Matt 13:44). Contrast this with the rich young man Jesus met who was unable to give away all he possessed and ‘went away sorrowful’ (Matt 19:22). What we are asked to do is to give first place in our hearts to Jesus and to lay down anything which may interfere with this. This may mean ‘selling’ some of our time in order to meet Jesus in prayer; ‘selling’ the temptation to do unnecessary work or shopping and make Sunday a special day for rest, worship of God and time with our families; it may mean ‘selling’ our approval from friends and colleagues in order to be honest or chaste in our relationships. All these things can be done with joy when we realize how great the treasure we receive in exchange.
 
Let us pray…
 
Lord, you are our treasure, the delight of our souls, our life, salvation, refuge and hope. Help us to hold nothing back, but to embrace you wholeheartedly Amen.
  Prayer Lists Those sick in mind, body or spirit:
Ken; Laura; Nicola; Sue; Ron; Karen; Alice; David; Ozzie; Jason

We give thanks to God for the news that Fox is now Cancer-free and that Fletcher has been in remission from Cancer for a whole year.

We pray for all those affected by the Coronavirus worldwide and for the staff who are caring for them.

Pray for the Souls of the Recently Departed
Colin Parry

Those whose year’s mind occur around this time
Carl Rugman, David Welch, Mervyn Hunt, Ian Webster

Those whom we love and see no longer and those who have no-one else to pray for them

+Rest eternal grant unto them, O Lord
and let light perpetual shine upon them

May they rest in peace
and rise in glory

we join our prayers with the whole company of heaven as we seek the intercession of Our Lady, sayng

Hail Mary, Full of Grace, 
The Lord is with thee.
(Luke 1:28)
Blessed art thou among women, 
and blessed is the fruit
of thy womb, Jesus.
  (Luke 1:42)
Holy Mary, Mother of God, 
pray for us sinners now, 
and at the hour of our death.

  Mass Card for Ordinary Time (Sundays and Thursdays) Sunday Readings   Sunday 26th July 2020: Ordinary 17, Year A  
Entrance antiphon
God is in his holy dwelling; he will give a home to the lonely, he gives power and strength to his people. 
 
The Collect
God our Father and protector,
without you nothing is holy,
nothing has value.
Guide us to everlasting life
by helping us to use wisely
the blessings you have given to the world.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
 
1 Kings 3:5,7-12
A reading from the first book of Kings
 
The Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream and said, ‘Ask what you would like me to give you.’ Solomon replied, ‘O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in succession to David my father. But I am a very young man, unskilled in leadership. Your servant finds himself in the midst of this people of yours that you have chosen, a people so many its number cannot be counted or reckoned. Give your servant a heart to understand how to discern between good and evil, for who could govern this people of yours that is so great?’ It pleased the Lord that Solomon should have asked for this. ‘Since you have asked for this’ the Lord said ‘and not asked for long life for yourself or riches or the lives of your enemies, but have asked for a discerning judgement for yourself, here and now I do what you ask. I give you a heart wise and shrewd as none before you has had and none will have after you.’
 
This is the word of the Lord
Thanks be to God
 
Romans 8:28-30
A reading from Paul’s letter to the Romans
 
We know that by turning everything to their good, God co-operates with all those who love him, with all those he has called according to his purpose. They are the ones he chose specially long ago and intended to become true images of his Son, so that his Son might be the eldest of many brothers. He called those he intended for this; those he called he justified, and with those he justified he shared his glory.
 
This is the word of the Lord
Thanks be to God
 
Gospel Acclamation Jn15:15
Alleluia, alleluia!
I call you friends, says the Lord,
because I have made known to you
everything I have learnt from my Father.
Alleluia!
 
Matthew 13:44-52
Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew
Glory to you, O Lord
 
Jesus said to the crowds, ‘The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field which someone has found; he hides it again, goes off happy, sells everything he owns and buys the field.
 
‘Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls; when he finds one of great value he goes and sells everything he owns and buys it.
 
‘Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet cast into the sea that brings in a haul of all kinds. When it is full, the fishermen haul it ashore; then, sitting down, they collect the good ones in a basket and throw away those that are no use. This is how it will be at the end of time: the angels will appear and separate the wicked from the just to throw them into the blazing furnace where there will be weeping and grinding of teeth.
 
‘Have you understood all this?’ They said, ‘Yes.’ And he said to them, ‘Well then, every scribe who becomes a disciple of the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out from his storeroom things both new and old.’
 
This is the Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you, O Christ
 
Communion Antiphon: 
O bless the Lord, my soul, and remember all his kindness. [Psalm 102:2]
 
Prayer of Spiritual Communion
My Jesus
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there
and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.
Amen.
 
 
Prayer after Communion: 
Lord,
we receive the sacrament
which celebrates the memory
of the death and resurrection of Christ your Son.
May this gift bring us closer to our eternal salvation.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen. 
 
  Giving

Since lockdown, of course people have been unable to give in the usual way on the plate, which places us in a particularly difficult situation. But.. the Church of England is rich – why do I need to give money to my Parish Church? If we had a pound for every time I’ve heard that, I wouldn’t need to be writing this part of the newsletter! Certainly, on paper, the Church of England has massive assets… and no money. The assets are virtually all Churches: from beautiful historic medieval buildings to modern churches built in a housing estate – it certainly looks good on paper, but these often historic, significant buildings can’t be sold off and the responsibility for its maintenance falls to the local community, often small in number and in the current COVID-19 lockdown unable to gather in Church for health reasons. The responsibility of maintaining our 4 churches here on the edge of Dartmoor falls to us, and that includes the cost of the Vicar, so we are expected to pay almost £40,000 a year to the Diocese (between the Parishes of Bickleigh and Shaugh Prior) as well as ongoing maintanence costs to the Churches and the Churchyards: if you wonder why the grass of the Churchyard isn’t cut quite as often as you might like it – we simply can’t afford it. Since the lockdown, nearly 80% of our collections have disappeared because the plate simply isn’t there any more. So I am asking you, if you are a regular giver, an occasional visitor, a local resident or a friend of our parish from further afield, to please consider helping us by making a regular or a one-off donation online. As you know, we have Card Machines in Church, and the same providers of this have a giving screen For S. Mary’s, S. Anne’s and S. Cecilia, click here For S. Edward’s, click here You can also choose to add Gift Aid if you are a taxpayer, which as you know makes a significant different to your giving. In the medium term, we are asking you to transfer to a Direct Debit giving (just like you pay for your Gas Bill). Just download, print and complete and send to the Treasurer listed at the top of the right form for you. For Bickleigh Parish please use this form: For Shaugh Prior Parish please use this form: Thank you very much for your support in this difficult time. I need your readings! Date Week Reading 1 Reading 2 Intercessions 26/07/2020 Ordinary 17 Karen Chris Carpenter Alan Preacher: Kate (Ordinand) 02/08/2020 Ordinary 18 Janet Katie Jones Kate (Ordinand Preacher: Frank 09/08/2020 Ordinary 19 Samantha Lou Jo C Preacher: Fr Matt 16/08/2020 Ordinary 20 Ann P Dawn Ruth 23/08/2020 Ordinary 21 Frank Zoe Alan 30/08/2020 Ordinary 22 Helen Janet Lou 06/09/2020 Ordinary 23 Alan Chris Carpenter Frank 13/09/2020 Ordinary 24 Chris Crosby Samantha Jo C 20/09/2020 Ordinary 25 Dawn Karen Ruth 27/09/2020 Ordinary 26 Chris Carpenter Anne P Alan 04/10/2020 Ordinary 27 Katie Jones Zoe Lou 11/10/2020 Ordinary 28 Janet Jo C Frank Take part in this Sunday’s service – sign up to help I would like as much as possible to involve people in our online Sunday worship. There are 4 ways to help: send in a voice recording send in a video send me some text (ie. write intercessions as normal and email them to me for me to read out) send me a photo or picture that you’ve drawn Doing a reading: To take part in the readings, figure out how to record your voice on your phone using the built in voice recorder or using Whatsapp or Facebook Messenger (my WhatsApp phone number is 07976802123 ) or record a video using the camera in your phone of you reading. I’d welcome all kinds of voices recorded as sometimes I mix them all up together. You don’t have to have your face on screen if you don’t want it, as I will probably use just the audio. When you’ve made the recording click on ‘share’ and email it to fr.simon@rundell.org.uk Doing the intercessions: Write some intercessions for me to read out – email them to me or record yourself reading them and send me the recording. Help with illustration: Send me a photograph, a picture of a drawing or painting or send me a piece of artwork on the theme set for that day. Please send me your contributions by Saturday lunchtime at the very latest for inclusion in Sunday’s service. Keeping in contact:   Fr Simon can be contacted day or night on 07976 802123 We don’t use a landline for anything. If you see an 01752 number for the parish clergy or office, it won’t work. Your clergy are here for you. If you are a little lonely or down, need some help, advice, spiritual counsel or prayer. Or even if you just want a cup of tea with someone –  If you are in hospital and want a visit call Fr. Simon. Although he has many gifts, being psychic isn’t one of them, so unless you ask for him to visit, he won’t know you would like one.
Other methods of contact: eMail: simon@rundell.org.uk
Twitter: @frsimon Carrier Pigeon and smoke signals also gratefully received Post Address The Vicarage,
33 Leat Walk
Roborough
Plymouth PL6 7AT
 

Noticesheet to 17th July – Ordinary 16

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This is the weekly noticesheet for the week beginning Sunday 19th July – Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time. The noticesheet is attached below. I hope you will find it a useful ‘heads-up’, even while we are locked down.
Private Prayer at S. Anne’s
Thanks to a number of volunteers we will be making S. Anne’s Church available for Private Prayer only twice a week. This has to be under supervision and with everyone’s commitment to social distancing and the safety of others.

The Church will be open on

Mondays          5pm to 7pm
Thursdays        2pm to 4pm
  Prayer Trees There are Prayer Trees at S. Anne’s, S. Mary’s and S. Edwards. Please bring along a ribbon, piece of string, a luggage label with a prayer written on it to tie to the trees: an outward witness of the Church and a safe(r) place for prayer. What Next? The PCC met on Thursday 16th July to discuss what the Parishes wanted to do for reopening. The Doodle Poll showed a majority of people wanted worship to remain online for the time being.


In order to comply legally, a resolution was passed asking for the Bishop to authorise keeping our Churches closed for Public Worship until the end of August. The Bishop has indicated his expectation that Churches would be open for September, and so it was agreed that we would adopt the second most popular option in September.

Recognising that many were still anxious to attend church but some were desperate, there would still be a full broadcast service at 10.30am and then a Said Mass at 11.15am rotating between S. Mary, S. Edward and S. Anne. This Low Mass would be a simple 30min Mass with Sermon but no music or singing. Full Social Distancing protocols would be implemented and communion would be in one kind only. The PCC will meet again in August to finalise arrangements for September which will include the need to book attendance (there will be a Max of 30 at each Mass) and the closure of pews to ensure safe social distance (so no, you won’t necessarily be able to sit in the pew you normally do).

The Broadcast Mass at 10.30am on a Sunday on Twitch and Youtube will continue.  
This week

We will be broadcasting the Mass for Spiritual Communion from S. Anne, Glenholt We are using Twitch. Anyone can access Twitch on their phone, tablet or computer browser and you don’t need an account to watch it, although if you register a free account, you can even “chat” which I would like to use as a source for prayer, and perhaps after the worship is over, fellowship. The more subscribers the better service we can deliver (we need fifty for the next level).

Simply visit

https://www.twitch.tv/roboroughteam/

and you will see our services, including past ones. These will also be available once uploaded to the previous Facebook Page and our YouTube channel for you to catch up on.

The YouTube Channel will be run simultaneously this week on

https://bit.ly/roboroughteam

(I know some people have had Twitch issues, so this might help, I have used a short link here because we don’t have enough YouTube subscribers to get a custom name – we need a thousand!)

After Mass there will be Virtual Coffee on Zoom at: https://bit.ly/3hniKX7

Yes, there will always be problems and glitches, particularly at the start of worship (my propensity for pushing the wrong button remains an issue) but bear with me and this slightly less than tech-competent priest will get the worship flowing

Parish WhatsApp Group
if you’d like to be kept in the loop through WhatsApp, we have Parish Group – reminders, links, prayers and communications as well as the odd good cartoon… click here to join


The Services
Mass is offered on Thursday at 10.30am (replacing MP for that morning) and Sunday at 10.30am

If you miss the actual time, you can replay it at your convenience.

Sunday services include hymns specially recorded by Sarah and readings recorded at home by members of our Churches (volunteers always welcome). All Masses have a short sermon, and even though we are not together, we engage in Spiritual Communion with the Lord. All of the words are on screen and the readings as usual are further down this email bulletin. At the bottom of this email are details of a rota for readings and intercessions: all voices are welcome, please contact me if you would like to do one.

Each weekday there will be Morning Prayer at 9am and Evening Prayer at 5.30pm .

You can say the Morning and Evening Prayer with me, and I have begun putting the words on screen for you to follow or say along with me.

For those who don’t have Internet… (can you please pass this on)
We can now enable non-internet users to access our worship. Anyone can call 0333 011 0616 and enter code 262 6330# to be able to listen to our worship.

Calls are LOCAL RATE which on many phone or mobile tarrifs are effectively free, but I advise you to check with your phone/mobile supplier if you are unsure. The Sunday Mass takes less than an hour.

I am pleased that someone has started to use this facility. Please tell others. Please tell when you are checking up on those you know have no Internet (because if I ask it’ll look a little intimidating),

Bible Study and Prayer will gather us together on a video conference platform called Zoom (www.zoom.us).



It is easy to sign up for a free account and you can download an app for phone, tablet (Apple or Android) or on your PC or Mac to make it happen. Although you can connect over phone data, you get more out of it if you connect your phone/tablet/computer to your home WiFi otherwise you can get choppy audio and video sometimes.

To join these gatherings on Wednesdays at Noon – click on https://us02web.zoom.us/j/714047787

For the next few weeks we will be looking at Theories of Atonement at the Noon group – what does the Cross and Resurrection mean, what does “Christ died for our sins” signify? All are welcome to join this group.

7.30pm – click on https://us02web.zoom.us/j/138949074 For the next few weeks the 7.30pm group will be studying the Psalms using Psalms – Prayers of the Heart which is only £2.99 on Kindle see https://www.amazon.co.uk/Psalms-Prayers-Heart-LifeBuilder-studies-ebook/dp/B01ICDEYTO/

These locations will not change.

If you get lost with all this information, it’s all on the Parish Diary: https://www.roborough.org.uk/diary/
 and the Broadcast page https://www.roborough.org.uk/broadcast/



To get good notice of these things, can I encourage you to “Like” and “Follow” the Parish Facebook Page (S. Cecilia and S. Anne also have their own FB pages as well, but the worship links and reminders will be on the main page) to get notifications and please encourage others you know who might not have subscribed to this newsletter to do so as well as connect on Facebook.

Please let me know if you yourself or you become aware of anyone around you who needs a Priest to call them. I may have been forced as a result of my diabetes to be self-isolating, but I am still here to serve. I am slowly working round calling people, but you can always call me first, just to chat and perhaps to pray.

My email is:         fr.simon@rundell.org.uk
My number is:      07976 802123
(I also use WhatsApp so if you want to contact me by that, use my phone number)

Please pass all this information on to others: keep our network strong my friends, call those in our church communities and keep me informed of the needs of the community so I can serve them,

Stay safe. Keep praying. And of your charity, please pray for me also.

Yours in Christ

Giving

Since lockdown, of course people have been unable to give in the usual way on the plate, which places us in a particularly difficult situation. But.. the Church of England is rich – why do I need to give money to my Parish Church? If we had a pound for every time I’ve heard that, I wouldn’t need to be writing this part of the newsletter! Certainly, on paper, the Church of England has massive assets… and no money. The assets are virtually all Churches: from beautiful historic medieval buildings to modern churches built in a housing estate – it certainly looks good on paper, but these often historic, significant buildings can’t be sold off and the responsibility for its maintenance falls to the local community, often small in number and in the current COVID-19 lockdown unable to gather in Church for health reasons. The responsibility of maintaining our 4 churches here on the edge of Dartmoor falls to us, and that includes the cost of the Vicar, so we are expected to pay almost £40,000 a year to the Diocese (between the Parishes of Bickleigh and Shaugh Prior) as well as ongoing maintanence costs to the Churches and the Churchyards: if you wonder why the grass of the Churchyard isn’t cut quite as often as you might like it – we simply can’t afford it. Since the lockdown, nearly 80% of our collections have disappeared because the plate simply isn’t there any more. So I am asking you, if you are a regular giver, an occasional visitor, a local resident or a friend of our parish from further afield, to please consider helping us by making a regular or a one-off donation online. As you know, we have Card Machines in Church, and the same providers of this have a giving screen For S. Mary’s, S. Anne’s and S. Cecilia, click here For S. Edward’s, click here You can also choose to add Gift Aid if you are a taxpayer, which as you know makes a significant different to your giving. In the medium term, we are asking you to transfer to a Direct Debit giving (just like you pay for your Gas Bill). Just download, print and complete and send to the Treasurer listed at the top of the right form for you. For Bickleigh Parish please use this form: For Shaugh Prior Parish please use this form: Thank you very much for your support in this difficult time. Foundation Governor We need a fourth Foundation Governor who will help to ensure the distinctive nature of our Church School. Bickleigh Down is a significant part of our mission here in this Parish, and the Foundation Governors are drawn from the Church. It is a voluntary position, and a vital part of ensuring the flourishing of our School which has a really good reputation for quality and its pastoral care which both come from its Christian ethos.

If you want to know more about what it entails: the reading, the meetings, the training which is offered then please speak with our existing Governors: Wendy Round, Janet Liddicoat or Alan Hawking and they can give you the honest insight into this rewarding and important role in society.

Please consider this, and then contact Fr Simon Collective Worship Prayer Lists Those sick in mind, body or spirit:
Ken; Laura; Nicola; Sue; Ron; Karen; Alice; David; Ozzie; Jason

We give thanks to God for the news that Fox is now Cancer-free and that Fletcher has been in remission from Cancer for a whole year.

We pray for all those affected by the Coronavirus worldwide and for the staff who are caring for them.

Pray for the Souls of the Recently Departed

Those whose year’s mind occur around this time

Those whom we love and see no longer and those who have no-one else to pray for them


+Rest eternal grant unto them, O Lord
and let light perpetual shine upon them

May they rest in peace
and rise in glory

we join our prayers with the whole company of heaven as we seek the intercession of Our Lady, sayng

Hail Mary, Full of Grace, 
The Lord is with thee.
(Luke 1:28)
Blessed art thou among women, 
and blessed is the fruit
of thy womb, Jesus.
  (Luke 1:42)
Holy Mary, Mother of God, 
pray for us sinners now, 
and at the hour of our death.

  Mass Card for Ordinary Time (Sundays and Thursdays) Sunday Readings Sunday 19 July 2020 Ordinary 16  
Entrance Antiphon
God himself is my help. The Lord upholds my life. I will offer you a willing sacrifice; I will praise your name, O Lord, for its goodness. [Psalm 54:6,8]
 
Collect
Lord, be merciful to your people.
Fill us with your gifts
and make us always eager to serve you
in faith, hope, and love.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
 
Wisdom 12:13,16-19
A reading from the book of Wisdom
 
There is no god, other than you, who cares for every thing,
to whom you might have to prove that you never judged unjustly;
Your justice has its source in strength,
your sovereignty over all makes you lenient to all.
You show your strength when your sovereign power is questioned
and you expose the insolence of those who know it;
but, disposing of such strength, you are mild in judgement,
you govern us with great lenience,
for you have only to will, and your power is there.
By acting thus you have taught a lesson to your people
how the virtuous man must be kindly to his fellow men,
and you have given your sons the good hope
that after sin you will grant repentance.
 
This is the Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God
 
Romans 8:26-27
A reading from the letter of Paul to the people of the city of Rome
 
The Spirit comes to help us in our weakness. For when we cannot choose words in order to pray properly, the Spirit himself expresses our plea in a way that could never be put into words, and God who knows everything in our hearts knows perfectly well what he means, and that the pleas of the saints expressed by the Spirit are according to the mind of God.
 
This is the Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God
 
 
Gospel Acclamation cf.Ep1:17,18
Alleluia, alleluia!
May the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ
enlighten the eyes of our mind,
so that we can see what hope his call holds for us.
Alleluia!
 
Matthew 13:24-43
The Lord be with you
And also with you
 
Hear the Gospel of our Lord according to Matthew
Glory to you, O Lord
 
Jesus put another parable before the crowds: ‘The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field. While everybody was asleep his enemy came, sowed darnel all among the wheat, and made off. When the new wheat sprouted and ripened, the darnel appeared as well. The owner’s servants went to him and said, “Sir, was it not good seed that you sowed in your field? If so, where does the darnel come from?” “Some enemy has done this” he answered. And the servants said, “Do you want us to go and weed it out?” But he said, “No, because when you weed out the darnel you might pull up the wheat with it. Let them both grow till the harvest; and at harvest time I shall say to the reapers: First collect the darnel and tie it in bundles to be burnt, then gather the wheat into my barn.”’
 
He put another parable before them: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed which a man took and sowed in his field. It is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the biggest shrub of all and becomes a tree so that the birds of the air come and shelter in its branches.’
 
He told them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like the yeast a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour till it was leavened all through.’
 
In all this Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables; indeed, he would never speak to them except in parables. This was to fulfil the prophecy:
 
I will speak to you in parables
and expound things hidden since the foundation of the world.
 
Then, leaving the crowds, he went to the house; and his disciples came to him and said, ‘Explain the parable about the darnel in the field to us.’ He said in reply, ‘The sower of the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world; the good seed is the subjects of the kingdom; the darnel, the subjects of the evil one; the enemy who sowed them, the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; the reapers are the angels. Well then, just as the darnel is gathered up and burnt in the fire, so it will be at the end of time. The Son of Man will send his angels and they will gather out of his kingdom all things that provoke offences and all who do evil, and throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and grinding of teeth. Then the virtuous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Listen, anyone who has ears!’
 
This is the Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you, O Christ
 
Communion Antiphon
The Lord keeps in our minds the wonderful things he has done. He is compassion and love; he always provides for his faithful. [Psalm 111:4-5]

Prayer of Spiritual Communion
My Jesus
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there
and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.
Amen.
 
Prayer after Communion
Merciful Father,
may these mysteries
give us new purpose
and bring us to a new life in you.
We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord. Amen.
 
 
  I need your readings! Date Week Reading 1 Reading 2 Intercessions 05/07/2020 Ordinary 14 Ann P Helen Lou 12/7/2020 Ordinary 15 Jo C Janet Ruth 19/7/2020 Ordinary 16 Dawn Chris Crosby Frank 26/7/2020 Ordinary 17
Preacher: Kate (Ordinand) Karen Chris Carpenter Alan 02/8/2020 Ordinary 18 Janet Katie Jones Kate (Ordinand)          
Others have put their names forward and will appear on the rota for subsequent weeks Take part in this Sunday’s service – sign up to help I would like as much as possible to involve people in our online Sunday worship. There are 4 ways to help: send in a voice recording send in a video send me some text (ie. write intercessions as normal and email them to me for me to read out) send me a photo or picture that you’ve drawn Doing a reading: To take part in the readings, figure out how to record your voice on your phone using the built in voice recorder or using Whatsapp or Facebook Messenger (my WhatsApp phone number is 07976802123 ) or record a video using the camera in your phone of you reading. I’d welcome all kinds of voices recorded as sometimes I mix them all up together. You don’t have to have your face on screen if you don’t want it, as I will probably use just the audio. When you’ve made the recording click on ‘share’ and email it to fr.simon@rundell.org.uk Doing the intercessions: Write some intercessions for me to read out – email them to me or record yourself reading them and send me the recording. Help with illustration: Send me a photograph, a picture of a drawing or painting or send me a piece of artwork on the theme set for that day. Please send me your contributions by Saturday lunchtime at the very latest for inclusion in Sunday’s service.

Noticesheet for 12th July – Ordinary 15

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Dear Simon

This is the weekly noticesheet for the week beginning Sunday 12th July – Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time. The noticesheet is attached below. I hope you will find it a useful ‘heads-up’, even while we are locked down.
Private Prayer at S. Anne’s
Thanks to a number of volunteers we will be making S. Anne’s Church available for Private Prayer only twice a week. This has to be under supervision and with everyone’s commitment to social distancing and the safety of others.

The Church will be open on

Mondays          5pm to 7pm
Thursdays        2pm to 4pm
  Prayer Trees There are Prayer Trees at S. Anne’s, S. Mary’s and S. Edwards. Please bring along a ribbon, piece of string, a luggage label with a prayer written on it to tie to the trees: an outward witness of the Church and a safe(r) place for prayer. What Next? Many of you have already completed my doodle poll to see how we proceed with re-opening. However, if you haven’t, I need your views.

Please click on this link: https://doodle.com/poll/uqct33kbxzsyb7b8
to complete the poll and see what we can offer from August/September.

These are the options so far…
    Giving
Since lockdown, of course people have been unable to give in the usual way on the plate, which places us in a particularly difficult situation. But.. the Church of England is rich – why do I need to give money to my Parish Church? If we had a pound for every time I’ve heard that, I wouldn’t need to be writing this part of the newsletter! Certainly, on paper, the Church of England has massive assets… and no money. The assets are virtually all Churches: from beautiful historic medieval buildings to modern churches built in a housing estate – it certainly looks good on paper, but these often historic, significant buildings can’t be sold off and the responsibility for its maintenance falls to the local community, often small in number and in the current COVID-19 lockdown unable to gather in Church for health reasons. The responsibility of maintaining our 4 churches here on the edge of Dartmoor falls to us, and that includes the cost of the Vicar, so we are expected to pay almost £40,000 a year to the Diocese (between the Parishes of Bickleigh and Shaugh Prior) as well as ongoing maintanence costs to the Churches and the Churchyards: if you wonder why the grass of the Churchyard isn’t cut quite as often as you might like it – we simply can’t afford it. Since the lockdown, nearly 80% of our collections have disappeared because the plate simply isn’t there any more. So I am asking you, if you are a regular giver, an occasional visitor, a local resident or a friend of our parish from further afield, to please consider helping us by making a regular or a one-off donation online. As you know, we have Card Machines in Church, and the same providers of this have a giving screen For S. Mary’s, S. Anne’s and S. Cecilia, click here For S. Edward’s, click here You can also choose to add Gift Aid if you are a taxpayer, which as you know makes a significant different to your giving. In the medium term, we are asking you to transfer to a Direct Debit giving (just like you pay for your Gas Bill). Just download, print and complete and send to the Treasurer listed at the top of the right form for you. For Bickleigh Parish please use this form: For Shaugh Prior Parish please use this form: Thank you very much for your support in this difficult time.

 
This week
We will be broadcasting the Mass for Spiritual Communion from S. Anne, Glenholt

We are using Twitch. Anyone can access Twitch on their phone, tablet or computer browser and you don’t need an account to watch it, although if you register a free account, you can even “chat” which I would like to use as a source for prayer, and perhaps after the worship is over, fellowship. The more subscribers the better service we can deliver (we need fifty for the next level).

Simply visit

https://www.twitch.tv/roboroughteam/

and you will see our services, including past ones. These will also be available once uploaded to the previous Facebook Page and our YouTube channel for you to catch up on.

The YouTube Channel will be run simultaneously this week on

https://bit.ly/roboroughteam

(I know some people have had Twitch issues, so this might help, I have used a short link here because we don’t have enough YouTube subscribers to get a custom name – we need a thousand!)

After Mass there will be Virtual Coffee on Zoom at: https://bit.ly/3hniKX7

Yes, there will always be problems and glitches, particularly at the start of worship (my propensity for pushing the wrong button remains an issue) but bear with me and this slightly less than tech-competent priest will get the worship flowing

Parish WhatsApp Group
if you’d like to be kept in the loop through WhatsApp, we have Parish Group – reminders, links, prayers and communications as well as the odd good cartoon… click here to join


The Services
Mass is offered on Thursday at 10.30am (replacing MP for that morning) and Sunday at 10.30am

If you miss the actual time, you can replay it at your convenience.

Sunday services include hymns specially recorded by Sarah and readings recorded at home by members of our Churches (volunteers always welcome). All Masses have a short sermon, and even though we are not together, we engage in Spiritual Communion with the Lord. All of the words are on screen and the readings as usual are further down this email bulletin. At the bottom of this email are details of a rota for readings and intercessions: all voices are welcome, please contact me if you would like to do one.

Each weekday there will be Morning Prayer at 9am and Evening Prayer at 5.30pm .

You can say the Morning and Evening Prayer with me, and I have begun putting the words on screen for you to follow or say along with me.

For those who don’t have Internet… (can you please pass this on)
We can now enable non-internet users to access our worship. Anyone can call 0333 011 0616 and enter code 262 6330# to be able to listen to our worship.

Calls are LOCAL RATE which on many phone or mobile tarrifs are effectively free, but I advise you to check with your phone/mobile supplier if you are unsure. The Sunday Mass takes less than an hour.

I am pleased that someone has started to use this facility. Please tell others. Please tell when you are checking up on those you know have no Internet (because if I ask it’ll look a little intimidating),

Bible Study and Prayer will gather us together on a video conference platform called Zoom (www.zoom.us).



It is easy to sign up for a free account and you can download an app for phone, tablet (Apple or Android) or on your PC or Mac to make it happen. Although you can connect over phone data, you get more out of it if you connect your phone/tablet/computer to your home WiFi otherwise you can get choppy audio and video sometimes.

To join these gatherings on Wednesdays at Noon – click on https://us02web.zoom.us/j/714047787

For the next few weeks we will be looking at Theories of Atonement at the Noon group – what does the Cross and Resurrection mean, what does “Christ died for our sins” signify? All are welcome to join this group.

7.30pm – click on https://us02web.zoom.us/j/138949074 For the next few weeks the 7.30pm group will be studying the Psalms using Psalms – Prayers of the Heart which is only £2.99 on Kindle see https://www.amazon.co.uk/Psalms-Prayers-Heart-LifeBuilder-studies-ebook/dp/B01ICDEYTO/

These locations will not change.

If you get lost with all this information, it’s all on the Parish Diary: https://www.roborough.org.uk/diary/
 and the Broadcast page https://www.roborough.org.uk/broadcast/



To get good notice of these things, can I encourage you to “Like” and “Follow” the Parish Facebook Page (S. Cecilia and S. Anne also have their own FB pages as well, but the worship links and reminders will be on the main page) to get notifications and please encourage others you know who might not have subscribed to this newsletter to do so as well as connect on Facebook.

Please let me know if you yourself or you become aware of anyone around you who needs a Priest to call them. I may have been forced as a result of my diabetes to be self-isolating, but I am still here to serve. I am slowly working round calling people, but you can always call me first, just to chat and perhaps to pray.

My email is:         fr.simon@rundell.org.uk
My number is:      07976 802123
(I also use WhatsApp so if you want to contact me by that, use my phone number)

Please pass all this information on to others: keep our network strong my friends, call those in our church communities and keep me informed of the needs of the community so I can serve them,

Stay safe. Keep praying. And of your charity, please pray for me also.

Yours in Christ

Foundation Governor We need a fourth Foundation Governor who will help to ensure the distinctive nature of our Church School. Bickleigh Down is a significant part of our mission here in this Parish, and the Foundation Governors are drawn from the Church. It is a voluntary position, and a vital part of ensuring the flourishing of our School which has a really good reputation for quality and its pastoral care which both come from its Christian ethos.

If you want to know more about what it entails: the reading, the meetings, the training which is offered then please speak with our existing Governors: Wendy Round, Janet Liddicoat or Alan Hawking and they can give you the honest insight into this rewarding and important role in society.

Please consider this, and then contact Fr Simon Collective Worship on Forigiveness Prayer Lists Those sick in mind, body or spirit:
Ken; Laura; Nicola; Sue; Ron; Fletcher; Karen; Alice; David; Fox; Jason

We pray for all those affected by the Coronavirus worldwide and for the staff who are caring for them.

Pray for the Souls of the Recently Departed

Those whose year’s mind occur around this time

Those whom we love and see no longer and those who have no-one else to pray for them


+Rest eternal grant unto them, O Lord
and let light perpetual shine upon them

May they rest in peace
and rise in glory

we join our prayers with the whole company of heaven as we seek the intercession of Our Lady, sayng

Hail Mary, Full of Grace, 
The Lord is with thee.
(Luke 1:28)
Blessed art thou among women, 
and blessed is the fruit
of thy womb, Jesus.
  (Luke 1:42)
Holy Mary, Mother of God, 
pray for us sinners now, 
and at the hour of our death.

  Mass Card for Ordinary Time (Sundays and Thursdays) Sunday Readings Ordinary 15 12th July 2020 
Entrance Antiphon
In my justice I shall see your face, O Lord; when your glory appears, my joy will be full. (Psalm 17:15)
 
Collect
God our Father, your light of truth
guides us to the way of Christ.
May all who follow him
reject what is contrary to the gospel.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ,
your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen
 
Isaiah 55:10-11

A reading from the prophet Isaiah
 
Thus says the Lord: ‘As the rain and the snow come down from the heavens and do not return without watering the earth, making it yield and giving growth to provide seed for the sower and bread for the eating, so the word that goes from my mouth does not return to me empty, without carrying out my will and succeeding in what it was sent to do.’
 
This is the word of the Lord
Thanks be to God
 
Romans 8:18-23
A reading from Paul’s letter to the people of the city of Rome
 
I think that what we suffer in this life can never be compared to the glory, as yet unrevealed, which is waiting for us. The whole creation is eagerly waiting for God to reveal his sons. It was not for any fault on the part of creation that it was made unable to attain its purpose, it was made so by God; but creation still retains the hope of being freed, like us, from its slavery to decadence, to enjoy the same freedom and glory as the children of God. From the beginning till now the entire creation, as we know, has been groaning in one great act of giving birth; and not only creation, but all of us who possess the first-fruits of the Spirit, we too groan inwardly as we wait for our bodies to be set free.
 
This is the word of the Lord
Thanks be to God
 
Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia!
Speak, Lord, your servant is listening:
you have the message of eternal life.
Alleluia!
 
Matthew 13:1-9
Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew
Glory to you, O Lord
 
Jesus left the house and sat by the lakeside, but such large crowds gathered round him that he got into a boat and sat there. The people all stood on the beach, and he told them many things in parables.
 
He said, ‘Imagine a sower going out to sow. As he sowed, some seeds fell on the edge of the path, and the birds came and ate them up. Others fell on patches of rock where they found little soil and sprang up straight away, because there was no depth of earth; but as soon as the sun came up they were scorched and, not having any roots, they withered away. Others fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Others fell on rich soil and produced their crop, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Listen, anyone who has ears!’
 
This is the Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you, O Christ
 
Communion Antiphon
The sparrow even finds a home, the swallow a nest wherein to place her young, near to your altars, Lord of hosts, my King, my God! How happy they who dwell in your house! For ever they are praising you. [Psalm 84:4-5]
 
Prayer of Spiritual Communion
My Jesus
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there
and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.
Amen.
 
Prayer after Communion
Lord, by our sharing in this mystery of the eucharist, let your saving love grow within us. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
 
  I need your readings! Date Week Reading 1 Reading 2 Intercessions 05/07/2020 Ordinary 14 Ann P Helen Lou 12/7/2020 Ordinary 15 Jo C Janet Ruth 19/7/2020 Ordinary 16 Dawn Chris Crosby Frank 26/7/2020 Ordinary 17
Preacher: Kate (Ordinand) Karen Chris Carpenter Alan 02/8/2020 Ordinary 18 Janet Katie Jones Kate (Ordinand)          
Others have put their names forward and will appear on the rota for subsequent weeks Take part in this Sunday’s service – sign up to help I would like as much as possible to involve people in our online Sunday worship. There are 4 ways to help: send in a voice recording send in a video send me some text (ie. write intercessions as normal and email them to me for me to read out) send me a photo or picture that you’ve drawn Doing a reading: To take part in the readings, figure out how to record your voice on your phone using the built in voice recorder or using Whatsapp or Facebook Messenger (my WhatsApp phone number is 07976802123 ) or record a video using the camera in your phone of you reading. I’d welcome all kinds of voices recorded as sometimes I mix them all up together. You don’t have to have your face on screen if you don’t want it, as I will probably use just the audio. When you’ve made the recording click on ‘share’ and email it to fr.simon@rundell.org.uk Doing the intercessions: Write some intercessions for me to read out – email them to me or record yourself reading them and send me the recording. Help with illustration: Send me a photograph, a picture of a drawing or painting or send me a piece of artwork on the theme set for that day. Please send me your contributions by Saturday lunchtime at the very latest for inclusion in Sunday’s service.

Noticesheet for Ordinary 12 21st June 2020

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Dear Simon

This is the weekly noticesheet for the week beginning Sunday 21st June – Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time. The noticesheet is attached below. I hope you will find it a useful ‘heads-up’, even while we are locked down.
  Giving
Since lockdown, of course people have been unable to give in the usual way on the plate, which places us in a particularly difficult situation. But.. the Church of England is rich – why do I need to give money to my Parish Church? If we had a pound for every time I’ve heard that, I wouldn’t need to be writing this part of the newsletter! Certainly, on paper, the Church of England has massive assets… and no money. The assets are virtually all Churches: from beautiful historic medieval buildings to modern churches built in a housing estate – it certainly looks good on paper, but these often historic, significant buildings can’t be sold off and the responsibility for its maintenance falls to the local community, often small in number and in the current COVID-19 lockdown unable to gather in Church for health reasons. The responsibility of maintaining our 4 churches here on the edge of Dartmoor falls to us, and that includes the cost of the Vicar, so we are expected to pay almost £40,000 a year to the Diocese (between the Parishes of Bickleigh and Shaugh Prior) as well as ongoing maintanence costs to the Churches and the Churchyards: if you wonder why the grass of the Churchyard isn’t cut quite as often as you might like it – we simply can’t afford it. Since the lockdown, nearly 80% of our collections have disappeared because the plate simply isn’t there any more. So I am asking you, if you are a regular giver, an occasional visitor, a local resident or a friend of our parish from further afield, to please consider helping us by making a regular or a one-off donation online. As you know, we have Card Machines in Church, and the same providers of this have a giving screen here: You can also choose to add Gift Aid if you are a taxpayer, which as you know makes a significant different to your giving. In the medium term, we are asking you to transfer to a Direct Debit giving (just like you pay for your Gas Bill). Just download, print and complete and send to the Treasurer listed at the top of the right form for you. For Bickleigh Parish please use this form: For Shaugh Prior Parish please use this form: Thank you very much for your support in this difficult time.

 
This week
We will be broadcasting the Mass for Spiritual Communion from S. Edward, Shaugh Prior.  The Bishop and the Government still has not allowed there to be a congergation present, so it will remain broadcast online for the time being.

Although you might be reading about pressure to open the Churches for private prayer, the age and health profile of our congregations and volunteers will make this (and we are by no means ready nation-wise for it to happen) difficult to implement, as it requires regular cleaning and antibac-ing surfaces and I don’t think we are able to do so until all is properly safe. Some people have kindly volunteered to staff a Church for perhaps an hour a day on a rota. If you are willing please let me know, and we can see what we can do. The Risk Assessment from the CofE is quite daunting but I am working through it and will consult with the PCC (meeting on Tuesday) on this.

When the time comes that the Bishops declare other churches are able to be open for prayer I have been considering making an outdoor prayer installation on and by a tree in each of S. Anne, S. Edward and S. Mary which will be considerably safer and yet prayerful.

Your safety is paramount to me, alongside giving you the spiritual support, teaching and consolation you need during these difficult times.

While public worship has been suspended we are offering worship, prayer and Bible Study online. We are using Twitch. Anyone can access Twitch on their phone, tablet or computer browser and you don’t need an account to watch it, although if you register a free account, you can even “chat” which I would like to use as a source for prayer, and perhaps after the worship is over, fellowship. The more subscribers the better service we can deliver (we need fifty for the next level).

Simply visit

https://www.twitch.tv/roboroughteam/

and you will see our services, including past ones. These will also be available once uploaded to the previous Facebook Page and our YouTube channel for you to catch up on.

The YouTube Channel will be run simultaneously this week on

https://bit.ly/roboroughteam

(I know some people have had Twitch issues, so this might help, I have used a short link here because we don’t have enough YouTube subscribers to get a custom name – we need a thousand!)

After Mass there will be Virtual Coffee on Zoom at: https://bit.ly/3hniKX7

Yes, there will always be problems and glitches, particularly at the start of worship (my propensity for pushing the wrong button remains an issue) but bear with me and this slightly less than tech-competent priest will get the worship flowing

The Services
Mass is offered on Thursday at 10.30am (replacing MP for that morning) and Sunday at 10.30am

If you miss the actual time, you can replay it at your convenience.

Sunday services include hymns specially recorded by Sarah and readings recorded at home by members of our Churches (volunteers always welcome). All Masses have a short sermon, and even though we are not together, we engage in Spiritual Communion with the Lord. All of the words are on screen and the readings as usual are further down this email bulletin. At the bottom of this email are details of a rota for readings and intercessions: all voices are welcome, please contact me if you would like to do one.

Each weekday there will be Morning Prayer at 9am and Evening Prayer at 5.30pm .

You can say the Morning and Evening Prayer with me, and I have begun putting the words on screen for you to follow or say along with me.

For those who don’t have Internet… (can you please pass this on)
We can now enable non-internet users to access our worship:


Anyone can call 0333 011 0616 and enter code 262 6330# to be able to listen to our worship.

Calls are LOCAL RATE which on many phone or mobile tarrifs are effectively free, but I advise you to check with your phone/mobile supplier if you are unsure. The Sunday Mass takes less than an hour.

I am pleased that someone has started to use this facility. Please tell others. Please tell when you are checking up on those you know have no Internet (because if I ask it’ll look a little intimidating),

Bible Study and Prayer will gather us together on a video conference platform called Zoom (www.zoom.us).



It is easy to sign up for a free account and you can download an app for phone, tablet (Apple or Android) or on your PC or Mac to make it happen. Although you can connect over phone data, you get more out of it if you connect your phone/tablet/computer to your home WiFi otherwise you can get choppy audio and video sometimes.

To join these gatherings on Wednesdays at Noon – click on https://us02web.zoom.us/j/714047787
7.30pm – click on https://us02web.zoom.us/j/138949074 These locations will not change.

We will also have some Prayer Groups if someone can suggest a good date/time.

If you get lost with all this information, it’s all on the Parish Diary: https://www.roborough.org.uk/diary/
 and the Broadcast page https://www.roborough.org.uk/broadcast/



To get good notice of these things, can I encourage you to “Like” and “Follow” the Parish Facebook Page (S. Cecilia and S. Anne also have their own FB pages as well, but the worship links and reminders will be on the main page) to get notifications and please encourage others you know who might not have subscribed to this newsletter to do so as well as connect on Facebook.

Please let me know if you yourself or you become aware of anyone around you who needs a Priest to call them. I may have been forced as a result of my diabetes to be self-isolating, but I am still here to serve. I am slowly working round calling people, but you can always call me first, just to chat and perhaps to pray.

My email is:         fr.simon@rundell.org.uk
My number is:      07976 802123
(I also use WhatsApp so if you want to contact me by that, use my phone number)

There may be some members of our community that you know who don’t have access to the Internet. Can I ask you to remind them that I can be called (I’ve tried to get as many people as I can on the phone, but there must be some people I have missed) and if they would like access to worship the Church of England has started Daily Hope.



Please pass all this information on to others: keep our network strong my friends, call those in our church communities and keep me informed of the needs of the community so I can serve them,

Stay safe. Keep praying. And of your charity, please pray for me also.

Yours in Christ

A message from Fr Michael Ellis… Fr Simon has told me of your thoughts and prayers for me during this recent time of Covid19 which very nearly claimed my life. Your concerns have warmed my heart and your prayers I have no doubt aided my recovery from the acute phase, which has been one of the worst experiences in my life.

I am now with Ulla in Sweden (caught here through my illness and travel restrictions), rehabilitating, and am slowly and surely on the recovery road, learning to walk, dealing with fatigue and breathlessness and allowing the hoarseness to heal.

Thanks be to the Lord for his presence, protection, healing and grace, for my recovery from this illness which had a 95% risk of death, is nothing short of a miracle.

Ulla and I look forward to being among you once more later this year. Until then we send our love. God bless you all.

Fr Michael.
PCC Meeting Agenda For members of the two Parish PCCs, a meeting will be held on Tuesday 23rd June at 7pm over Zoom (apologies for the date change)

Meeting Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81107534191?pwd=ZGNtakNObGdqQ0dLQ1U1NDF3VzFWdz09
Meeting ID: 811 0753 4191
Password: 115966

It woud be useful if PCC members would have a look at this document (pdf) from the diocese regarding reopening


and this Risk Assessment template (Word Document).



Agenda
  Prayers Apologies Minutes of the Last Meeting Matters Arising Reopening the Churches for Private Prayer Risk Assessment Rota to open S. Anne’s Prayer Station outside S. Anne, S. Mary and S. Edward Diocese roadmap towards reopening, including Baptism, Funerals and Weddings Worship Offering Online Financial Position and ability to meet Parish Share obligations S.Mary S. Edward Envelope giving, alternatives during church closures Fabric of the Closed Churches Safeguarding AOB Sunday Reflection Sunday June 21st 2020
Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus made promises to his disciples to encourage them to persevere in following him. But he warned them to remain faithful to him if they wished him to fulfil his promises to them: ‘So every one who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven; but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven’ (w. 32-33). Jesus would fulfil his promises only if they remained faithful to him. How were the disciples to remain faithful to Jesus? By relying on his promises. It was not beyond them.

Jesus’ first promise was that good would triumph over evil, that in the end the light would triumph over the darkness: ‘nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known’ (v. 26). Jesus’ death on the cross has conquered evil and so good will triumph in the end. Therefore, however difficult things are for us, however unfair or unjust our situations are, in the end good will defeat evil. Evil will not have the last word.
 
Jesus’ second promise was that our soul, the innermost part of every human being, can never be destroyed by either Satan or death. Our soul will survive physical death: ‘do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul’ (v. 28). The death of our body will not be the end of our existence. Our immortal soul is in the hands of God: it is inviolable, protected by God from all harm and destruction. How encouraging to those who are facing death, persecution or even martyrdom is that promise of Jesus!
 
Jesus’ third promise is that we are always under God’s care and protection. God knows everything that is happening to us: ‘the hairs of your head are all numbered’ (v. 30). We are very precious to God: ‘Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows’ (v. 31). These great promises of Jesus give us hope, confidence and trust. They give us the strength to remain faithful in our following of Jesus. Try to remember these promises and frequently recall them to your mind. Stand steadfast in them!

Let us pray…
 
Lord Jesus. We trust your promises for your words are spirit and life! Strengthen us to remain faithful to you in all the circumstances of Ife, Amen
  Prayer Lists Those sick in mind, body or spirit:
Laura; Nicola; Howard; Sue; Ron; Fletcher; Karen; Alice; David; Fox; Jason

We continue to pray for Michael Ellis,Priest for his continued recovery.

We pray for all those affected by the Coronavirus worldwide and for the staff who are caring for them.

Pray for the Souls of the Recently Departed
and
Those whose year’s mind occur around this time
John Costello, Gordon Morris

+Rest eternal grant unto them, O Lord
and let light perpetual shine upon them

May they rest in peace
and rise in glory

we join our prayers with the whole company of heaven as we seek the intercession of Our Lady, sayng

Hail Mary, Full of Grace, 
The Lord is with thee.
(Luke 1:28)
Blessed art thou among women, 
and blessed is the fruit
of thy womb, Jesus.
  (Luke 1:42)
Holy Mary, Mother of God, 
pray for us sinners now, 
and at the hour of our death.

  Mass Card for Ordinary Time (Sundays and Thursdays) Sunday Readings Sunday 21st June Ordinary 12 Year A 

Entrance Antiphon
God is the strength of his people. In him, we his chosen live in safety. Save us, Lord, who share in your life, and give us your blessing; be our shepherd for ever. (Psalm 28:8-9)
 
 
The Collect
Father, guide and protector of your people,
grant us an unfailing respect for your name,
and keep us always in your love.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
 
Jeremiah 20:10-13

A reading from the prophet Jeremiah
 
Jeremiah said:
 
I hear so many disparaging me,
‘“Terror from every side!” “Denounce him! Let us denounce him!’
 
All those who used to be my friends watched for my downfall, ‘Perhaps he will be seduced into error. Then we will master him and take our revenge!’ But the Lord is at my side, a mighty hero; my opponents will stumble, mastered, confounded by their failure; everlasting, unforgettable disgrace will be theirs. But you, O Lord of Hosts, you who probe with justice, who scrutinise the loins and heart, let me see the vengeance you will take on them, for I have committed my cause to you. Sing to the Lord,
praise the Lord, for he has delivered the soul of the needy from the hands of evil men.
 
This is the word of the Lord
Thanks be to God
 
Romans 5:12-15
A reading from Paul’s letter to the Romans
 
Sin entered the world through one man, and through sin death, and thus death has spread through the whole human race because everyone has sinned. Sin existed in the world long before the Law was given. There was no law and so no one could be accused of the sin of ‘law-breaking’, yet death reigned over all from Adam to Moses, even though their sin, unlike that of Adam, was not a matter of breaking a law.
 
Adam prefigured the One to come, but the gift itself considerably outweighed the fall. If it is certain that through one man’s fall so many died, it is even more certain that divine grace, coming through the one man, Jesus Christ, came to so many as an abundant free gift.
 
This is the word of the Lord
Thanks be to God
 
Gospel Acclamation Jn1:14,12
Alleluia, alleluia!
The Word was made flesh and lived among us:
to all who did accept him
he gave power to become children of God.
Alleluia!
 
Matthew 10:26-33
Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew
 
Jesus instructed the Twelve as follows: ‘Do not be afraid. For everything that is now covered will be uncovered, and everything now hidden will be made clear. What I say to you in the dark, tell in the daylight; what you hear in whispers, proclaim from the housetops.
 
‘Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; fear him rather who can destroy both body and soul in hell. Can you not buy two sparrows for a penny? And yet not one falls to the ground without your Father knowing. Why, every hair on your head has been counted. So there is no need to be afraid; you are worth more than hundreds of sparrows.
 
‘So if anyone declares himself for me in the presence of men, I will declare myself for him in the presence of my Father in heaven. But the one who disowns me in the presence of men, I will disown in the presence of my Father in heaven.’
 
This is the Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you, O Christ
 
Communion Antiphon
The eyes of all look to you, O Lord, and you give them food in due season. [Psalm 145:15]
 
Prayer of Spiritual Communion
My Jesus
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there
and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.
Amen.
 
Prayer after Communion
Lord, you give us the body and blood of your Son
to renew your life within us.
In your mercy, assure our redemption
and bring us to the eternal life
we celebrate in this eucharist.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
 
 
  I need your readings! Date Week Reading 1 Reading 2 Intercessions 28/06/2020 Ordinary 13 Dawn Zoe Alan 05/07/2020 Ordinary 14 Ann P Helen Lou 12/7/2020 Ordinary 15 Jo C Janet Ruth 19/7/2020 Ordinary 16 Dawn Chris Crosby Kate (Ordinand) 26/7/2020 Ordinary 17
Preacher: Kate (Ordinand) Karen Chris Carpenter Alan 02/8/2020 Ordinary 18 Janet Katie Jo C          
Others have put their names forward and will appear on the rota for subsequent weeks Take part in this Sunday’s service – sign up to help I would like as much as possible to involve people in our online Sunday worship. There are 4 ways to help: send in a voice recording send in a video send me some text (ie. write intercessions as normal and email them to me for me to read out) send me a photo or picture that you’ve drawn Doing a reading: To take part in the readings, figure out how to record your voice on your phone using the built in voice recorder or using Whatsapp or Facebook Messenger (my WhatsApp phone number is 07976802123 ) or record a video using the camera in your phone of you reading. I’d welcome all kinds of voices recorded as sometimes I mix them all up together. You don’t have to have your face on screen if you don’t want it, as I will probably use just the audio. When you’ve made the recording click on ‘share’ and email it to fr.simon@rundell.org.uk Doing the intercessions: Write some intercessions for me to read out – email them to me or record yourself reading them and send me the recording. Help with illustration: Send me a photograph, a picture of a drawing or painting or send me a piece of artwork on the theme set for that day. Please send me your contributions by Saturday lunchtime at the very latest for inclusion in Sunday’s service. Keeping in contact:   Fr Simon can be contacted day or night on 07976 802123 We don’t use a landline for anything. If you see an 01752 number for the parish clergy or office, it won’t work. Your clergy are here for you. If you are a little lonely or down, need some help, advice, spiritual counsel or prayer. Or even if you just want a cup of tea with someone –  If you are in hospital and want a visit call Fr. Simon. Although he has many gifts, being psychic isn’t one of them, so unless you ask for him to visit, he won’t know you would like one.
Other methods of contact: eMail: simon@rundell.org.uk
Twitter: @frsimon Carrier Pigeon and smoke signals also gratefully received Post Address The Vicarage,
33 Leat Walk
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Noticesheet for Corpus Christi

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Dear *|FNAME|*

This is the weekly noticesheet for the week beginning Sunday 14th June – Corpus Christi. The noticesheet is attached below. I hope you will find it a useful ‘heads-up’, even while we are locked down.
 
Giving
Since lockdown, of course people have been unable to give in the usual way on the plate, which places us in a particularly difficult situation.

But.. the Church of England is rich – why do I need to give money to my Parish Church?

If we had a pound for every time I’ve heard that, I wouldn’t need to be writing this part of the newsletter! Certainly, on paper, the Church of England has massive assets… and no money. The assets are virtually all Churches: from beautiful historic medieval buildings to modern churches built in a housing estate – it certainly looks good on paper, but these often historic, significant buildings can’t be sold off and the responsibility for its maintenance falls to the local community, often small in number and in the current COVID-19 lockdown unable to gather in Church for health reasons.

The responsibility of maintaining our 4 churches here on the edge of Dartmoor falls to us, and that includes the cost of the Vicar, so we are expected to pay almost £40,000 a year to the Diocese (between the Parishes of Bickleigh and Shaugh Prior) as well as ongoing maintanence costs to the Churches and the Churchyards: if you wonder why the grass of the Churchyard isn’t cut quite as often as you might like it – we simply can’t afford it.

Since the lockdown, nearly 80% of our collections have disappeared because the plate simply isn’t there any more. So I am asking you, if you are a regular giver, an occasional visitor, a local resident or a friend of our parish from further afield, to please consider helping us by making a regular or a one-off donation online.

As you know, we have Card Machines in Church, and the same providers of this have a giving screen here:

You can also choose to add Gift Aid if you are a taxpayer, which as you know makes a significant different to your giving.

In the medium term, we are asking you to transfer to a Direct Debit giving (just like you pay for your Gas Bill). Just download, print and complete and send to the Treasurer listed at the top of the right form for you.

For Bickleigh Parish please use this form:

For Shaugh Prior Parish please use this form:

Thank you very much for your support in this difficult time.

 



This week
We will be broadcasting the Mass for Spiritual Communion from S. Anne, Glenholt.  The Bishop and the Government still has not allowed there to be a congergation present, so it will remain broadcast online for the time being.

Although you might be reading about pressure to open the Churches for private prayer, the age and health profile of our congregations and volunteers will make this (and we are by no means ready nation-wise for it to happen) difficult to implement, as it requires regular cleaning and antibac-ing surfaces and I don’t think we are able to do so until all is properly safe. Some people have kindly volunteered to staff a Church for perhaps an hour a day on a rota. If you are willing please let me know, and we can see what we can do. The Risk Assessment from the CofE is quite daunting but I am working through it and will consult with the PCC on this.

When the time comes that the Bishops declare other churches are able to be open for prayer I have been considering making an outdoor prayer installation on and by a tree in each of S. Anne, S. Edward and S. Mary which will be considerably safer and yet prayerful.

Your safety is paramount to me, alongside giving you the spiritual support, teaching and consolation you need during these difficult times.

While public worship has been suspended we are offering worship, prayer and Bible Study online. We are using Twitch. Anyone can access Twitch on their phone, tablet or computer browser and you don’t need an account to watch it, although if you register a free account, you can even “chat” which I would like to use as a source for prayer, and perhaps after the worship is over, fellowship. The more subscribers the better service we can deliver (we need fifty for the next level).

Simply visit

https://www.twitch.tv/roboroughteam/

and you will see our services, including past ones. These will also be available once uploaded to the previous Facebook Page and our YouTube channel for you to catch up on.

Yes, there will always be problems and glitches, particularly at the start of worship (my propensity for pushing the wrong button remains an issue) but bear with me and this slightly less than tech-competent priest will get the worship flowing

The Services
Mass is offered on Thursday at 10.30am (replacing MP for that morning) and Sunday at 10.30am

If you miss the actual time, you can replay it at your convenience.

Sunday services include hymns specially recorded by Sarah and readings recorded at home by members of our Churches (volunteers always welcome). All Masses have a short sermon, and even though we are not together, we engage in Spiritual Communion with the Lord. All of the words are on screen and the readings as usual are further down this email bulletin. At the bottom of this email are details of a rota for readings and intercessions: all voices are welcome, please contact me if you would like to do one.

Each weekday there will be Morning Prayer at 9am and Evening Prayer at 5.30pm .

You can say the Morning and Evening Prayer with me, and I have begun putting the words on screen for you to follow or say along with me.

For those who don’t have Internet… (can you please pass this on)
We can now enable non-internet users to access our worship:


Anyone can call 0333 011 0616 and enter code 262 6330# to be able to listen to our worship.

Calls are LOCAL RATE which on many phone or mobile tarrifs are effectively free, but I advise you to check with your phone/mobile supplier if you are unsure. The Sunday Mass takes less than an hour.

I am pleased that someone has started to use this facility. Please tell others. Please tell when you are checking up on those you know have no Internet (because if I ask it’ll look a little intimidating),

Bible Study and Prayer will gather us together on a video conference platform called Zoom (www.zoom.us).



It is easy to sign up for a free account and you can download an app for phone, tablet (Apple or Android) or on your PC or Mac to make it happen. Although you can connect over phone data, you get more out of it if you connect your phone/tablet/computer to your home WiFi otherwise you can get choppy audio and video sometimes.

To join these gatherings on Wednesdays at

Noon – click on https://us02web.zoom.us/j/714047787
7.30pm – click on https://us02web.zoom.us/j/138949074

These locations will not change.

We will also have some Prayer Groups if someone can suggest a good date/time.

If you get lost with all this information, it’s all on the Parish Diary: https://www.roborough.org.uk/diary/
 and the Broadcast page https://www.roborough.org.uk/broadcast/



To get good notice of these things, can I encourage you to “Like” and “Follow” the Parish Facebook Page (S. Cecilia and S. Anne also have their own FB pages as well, but the worship links and reminders will be on the main page) to get notifications and please encourage others you know who might not have subscribed to this newsletter to do so as well as connect on Facebook.

Please let me know if you yourself or you become aware of anyone around you who needs a Priest to call them. I may have been forced as a result of my diabetes to be self-isolating, but I am still here to serve. I am slowly working round calling people, but you can always call me first, just to chat and perhaps to pray.

My email is:         fr.simon@rundell.org.uk
My number is:      07976 802123
(I also use WhatsApp so if you want to contact me by that, use my phone number)

There may be some members of our community that you know who don’t have access to the Internet. Can I ask you to remind them that I can be called (I’ve tried to get as many people as I can on the phone, but there must be some people I have missed) and if they would like access to worship the Church of England has started Daily Hope.



Please pass all this information on to others: keep our network strong my friends, call those in our church communities and keep me informed of the needs of the community so I can serve them,

Stay safe. Keep praying. And of your charity, please pray for me also.

Yours in Christ

PCC Meeting Agenda
For members of the two Parish PCCs, a meeting will be held on Monday 22nd June at 7pm over Zoom

Meeting Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81107534191?pwd=ZGNtakNObGdqQ0dLQ1U1NDF3VzFWdz09
Meeting ID: 811 0753 4191
Password: 115966

It woud be useful if PCC members would have a look at this document (pdf) from the diocese regarding reopening


and this Risk Assessment template (Word Document).



Agenda

 
  1. Prayers
  2. Apologies
  3. Minutes of the Last Meeting
  4. Matters Arising
  5. Reopening the Churches for Private Prayer
    1. Risk Assessment
    2. Rota to open S. Anne’s
    3. Prayer Station outside S. Anne, S. Mary and S. Edward
    4. Diocese roadmap towards reopening, including Baptism, Funerals and Weddings
  6. Worship Offering Online
  7. Financial Position and ability to meet Parish Share obligations
    1. S.Mary
    2. S. Edward
    3. Envelope giving, alternatives during church closures
  8. Fabric of the Closed Churches
  9. Safeguarding
  10. AOB

Sunday Reflection

Sunday June 14th 2020 The Body and Blood of Christ
John 6:51-5
 

The following scene, described by St Justin Martyr, provides a wonderful picture of the celebration of the Eucharist in the early Church:
 
On the day we call the day of the sun, all those who dwell in the city or country gather in the same place. The memoirs of the apostles and the writings of the prophets are read, as much as time permits. When the reader has finished, he who presides over those gathered admonishes and challenges them to imitate these beautiful things. Then we all rise together and offer prayers for ourselves.. .and for all others, wherever they may be, so that we may be found, by our life and actions, faithful to the commandments, so as to obtain eternal salvation.
 
“When the prayers are concluded, we exchange the kiss. Then someone brings bread and a cup of water and wine mixed together to him who presides over the brethren. He takes them and offers praise and glory to the Father of the universe, through the name of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and for a considerable time he gives thanks that we have been judged worthy of these gifts.
 
“When he has concluded the prayers and thanksgiving, all present give voice to an acclamation by saying “Amen”. When he who presides has given thanks and the people have responded, those whom we call deacons give to those present the eucharistic bread, wine and water, and take them to those who are absent.’
 
What makes this description of a Eucharistic celebration so remarkable is that, although hailing from ancient days (Justin lived from 100-165AD), it could just as easily be taking place today! We celebrate the Eucharist in exactly the same way — the sacrament has been faithfully handed down from the apostles through every generation to us today. On this feast-day of the Body and Blood of Christ, Corpus Christi, we rejoice in this sacrament which is the source and summit of our Christian life. It would not be an exaggeration to say that the goal and purpose of the Christian life is to grow and mature in awe, wonder and amazement the reality of God’s presence among us in the Eucharist.
 
‘O Sacrament most holy, O Sacrament divine, all praise and all thanksgiving be every moment thine. ’
Prayer Lists
Those sick in mind, body or spirit:
Laura; Nicola; Howard; Sue; Ron; Fletcher; Karen; Alice; David; Fox; Jason

We continue to pray for Michael Ellis,Priest for his continued recovery.

We pray for all those affected by the Coronavirus worldwide and for the staff who are caring for them.

Pray for the Souls of the Recently Departed
Elsie Mockford

Those whose year’s mind occur around this time
Hilda May; Rosemary Roberts; Peter Tomlin

+Rest eternal grant unto them, O Lord
and let light perpetual shine upon them

May they rest in peace
and rise in glory
 
Mass Card for Ordinary Time (Sundays and Thursdays)
Sunday Readings
 

Sunday 14th June 2020 Corpus Christi

 
Entrance antiphon
The Lord fed his people with the finest wheat and honey; their hunger was satisfied. (Psalm 81:17) 
 
The Collect
Lord Jesus Christ,
you gave us the eucharist
as the memorial of your suffering and death.
May our worship of this sacrament of your body and blood
help us to experience the salvation you won for us
and the peace of the kingdom
where you live with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen. 
 
Deuteronomy 8:2-3,14-16
A reading from the Book of Deuteronomy
 
Moses said to the people: ‘Remember how the Lord your God led you for forty years in the wilderness, to humble you, to test you and know your inmost heart – whether you would keep his commandments or not. He humbled you, he made you feel hunger, he fed you with manna which neither you nor your fathers had known, to make you understand that man does not live on bread alone but that man lives on everything that comes from the mouth of the Lord.

  ‘Do not become proud of heart. Do not forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery: who guided you through this vast and dreadful wilderness, a land of fiery serpents, scorpions, thirst; who in this waterless place brought you water from the hardest rock; who in this wilderness fed you with manna that your fathers had not known.’
 
This is the Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God
 
1 Corinthians 10:16-17
A reading from the first letter of Paul to the people of the city of Corinth
 
The blessing-cup that we bless is a communion with the blood of Christ, and the bread that we break is a communion with the body of Christ. The fact that there is only one loaf means that, though there are many of us, we form a single body because we all have a share in this one loaf.
 
This is the Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God
 
Gospel Acclamation   Jn6:51
Alleluia, alleluia!
I am the living bread which has come down from heaven,
says the Lord. Anyone who eats this bread will live for ever.
Alleluia!
 
John 6:51-58
The Lord be with you
And also with you
 
Hear the Gospel of our Lord according to John
Glory to you, O Lord
 
Jesus said to the crowd:
 
‘I am the living bread which has come down from heaven.
Anyone who eats this bread will live for ever;
and the bread that I shall give is my flesh,
for the life of the world.’
 
Then the Jews started arguing with one another: ‘How can this man give us his flesh to eat?’ they said.
 
Jesus replied:
 
‘I tell you most solemnly,
if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood,
you will not have life in you.
Anyone who does eat my flesh and drink my blood
has eternal life,
and I shall raise him up on the last day.
For my flesh is real food
and my blood is real drink.
He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood
lives in me
and I live in him.
As I, who am sent by the living Father,
myself draw life from the Father,
so whoever eats me will draw life from me.
This is the bread come down from heaven;
not like the bread our ancestors ate:
they are dead,
but anyone who eats this bread will live for ever.’
 
 
This is the Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you, O Christ
 

Love’s Choice by Malcom Guite

This bread is light, dissolving, almost air,
A little visitation on my tongue,
A wafer-thin sensation, hardly there.
This taste of wine is brief in flavour, flung
A moment to the palate’s roof and fled,
Even its aftertaste a memory.
Yet this is how He comes.
Through wine and bread
Love chooses to be emptied into me.
He does not come in unimagined light
Too bright to be denied, too absolute
For consciousness, too strong for sight,
Leaving the seer blind, the poet mute;
Chooses instead to seep into each sense,
To dye himself into experience.
 
Prayer over the gifts
Be gentle
When you
Touch bread.
Let it not lie
Uncared for,
Unwanted
So often bread
Is taken for granted.
 
There is such beauty in bread,
Beauty of sun and soil,
Beauty of patient toil.
Wind and rain have caressed it,
Christ often blessed it.
Be gentle when you touch bread
 
Be careful
When you
Pour wine.
Let it not be
Overlooked,
Disregarded
So often wine
Is taken for granted.
 
There is such beauty in wine:
The sweetness of love,
The power of blood.
Wind and rain have raised it,
Christ often blessed it.
Be careful when you pour wine

Communion Antiphon: 
 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood will live in me and I in him, says the Lord. (John 6:57)
 
Prayer of Spiritual Communion
My Jesus
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there
and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.
Amen.

Prayer after Communion:
Lord Jesus Christ,
you give us your body and blood in the eucharist
as a sign that even now we share your life.
May we come to share it completely in the kingdom
where you live for ever and ever. Amen. 
 
 
 
I need your readings!
Date Week Reading 1 Reading 2 Intercessions
14/06/2020 Corpus Christi Katie Alan Jo C
21/06/2020 Ordinary 12 Samantha Lou Ruth
28/06/2020 Ordinary 13 Dawn Zoe Alan
05/07/2020 Ordinary 14 Ann P Helen Lou

Others have put their names forward and will appear on the rota for subsequent weeks

Take part in this Sunday’s service – sign up to help

I would like as much as possible to involve people in our online Sunday worship.

There are 4 ways to help:

  • send in a voice recording
  • send in a video
  • send me some text (ie. write intercessions as normal and email them to me for me to read out)
  • send me a photo or picture that you’ve drawn

Doing a reading:

To take part in the readings, figure out how to record your voice on your phone using the built in voice recorder or using Whatsapp or Facebook Messenger (my WhatsApp phone number is 07976802123 ) or record a video using the camera in your phone of you reading. I’d welcome all kinds of voices recorded as sometimes I mix them all up together. You don’t have to have your face on screen if you don’t want it, as I will probably use just the audio.

When you’ve made the recording click on ‘share’ and email it to fr.simon@rundell.org.uk

Doing the intercessions:

Write some intercessions for me to read out – email them to me or record yourself reading them and send me the recording.

Help with illustration:

Send me a photograph, a picture of a drawing or painting or send me a piece of artwork on the theme set for that day.

Please send me your contributions by Saturday lunchtime at the very latest for inclusion in Sunday’s service.

Keeping in contact:

 

Fr Simon can be contacted day or night on 07976 802123

We don’t use a landline for anything. If you see an 01752 number for the parish clergy or office, it won’t work.

Your clergy are here for you. If you are a little lonely or down, need some help, advice, spiritual counsel or prayer. Or even if you just want a cup of tea with someone –  If you are in hospital and want a visit call Fr. Simon. Although he has many gifts, being psychic isn’t one of them, so unless you ask for him to visit, he won’t know you would like one.


Other methods of contact:

eMail: simon@rundell.org.uk
Twitter: @frsimon

Carrier Pigeon and smoke signals also gratefully received

Post Address

The Vicarage,
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Roborough
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Noticesheet for Holy Trinity 2020

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This is the weekly noticesheet for the week beginning Sunday 7th June – Trinity Sunday. The noticesheet is attached below. I hope you will find it a useful ‘heads-up’, even while we are locked down.

The Holy Trinity is one of the greatest mysteries of faith, of how God is both one and yet manifested as God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. There are some things which we as humans will never be able to fully grasp, simply because God is so far beyoind our human experience. The Trinity is a small hint of trying to comprehend our awesome God, and so we should perhaps not focus too much on separating Father, Son and Holy Spirit but rather remembering their unique, special and interdependant relationship.

Look at the famous ikon on the right: Andrei Rublev’s Trinity from the 13th Century – three persons sat around a table, each gazing at the other in mutuality. The fourth side of the table is open, and you are invited to come and join in the Trinit’s dance of life and love.



Each person of the Trinity fulfils different functions of the Godhead whilst still being the very nature of God:



The Trinity might not appear explicitly in Scripture, but the mystery is so great that there are plenty of echoes of the work of the Trinity: Father, Son and Spirit shot through both Old and New Testaments



I want to thank our young people for providing illustrations of Pentecost last week, but don’t worry – no one is going to be asked to draw a picture to illustrate the mystery of the Holy Trinity!

There is a story of a little girl drawing a picture. The teacher says to her “what are you drawing?” and she replies “it’s a picture of God!”, “but lovely, no-one knows what God looks like…” “They will once I’ve finished this picture” the girl says.

This week we will be broadcasting the Mass for Spiritual Communion from S. Mary the Virgin, Bickleigh.  The Bishop and the Government still has not allowed there to be a congergation present, so it will remain broadcast online for the time being.

Although you might be reading about pressure to open the Churches for private prayer, the age and health profile of our congregations and volunteers will make this (and we are by no means ready nation-wise for it to happen) difficult to implement, as it requires regular cleaning and antibac-ing surfaces and I don’t think we are able to do so until all is properly safe.

(this is what it has felt like this week)

When the time comes that the Bishops declare other churches are able to be open for prayer I have been considering making an outdoor prayer installation on and by a tree in each of S. Anne, S. Edward and S. Mary which will be considerably safer and yet prayerful.

Your safety is paramount to me, alongside giving you the spiritual support, teaching and consolation you need during these difficult times.

While public worship has been suspended we are offering worship, prayer and Bible Study online. We are using Twitch. Anyone can access Twitch on their phone, tablet or computer browser and you don’t need an account to watch it, although if you register a free account, you can even “chat” which I would like to use as a source for prayer, and perhaps after the worship is over, fellowship. The more subscribers the better service we can deliver (we need fifty for the next level).

Simply visit

https://www.twitch.tv/roboroughteam/

and you will see our services, including past ones. These will also be available once uploaded to the previous Facebook Page and our YouTube channel for you to catch up on.

Yes, there will always be problems and glitches, particularly at the start of worship (my propensity for pushing the wrong button remains an issue) but bear with me and this slightly less than tech-competent priest will get the worship flowing

The Services
Mass is offered on Thursday at 10.30am (replacing MP for that morning) and Sunday at 10.30am

If you miss the actual time, you can replay it at your convenience.

Sunday services include hymns specially recorded by Sarah and readings recorded at home by members of our Churches (volunteers always welcome). All Masses have a short sermon, and even though we are not together, we engage in Spiritual Communion with the Lord. All of the words are on screen and the readings as usual are further down this email bulletin. At the bottom of this email are details of a rota for readings and intercessions: all voices are welcome, please contact me if you would like to do one.

Each weekday there will be Morning Prayer at 9am and Evening Prayer at 5.30pm .

You can say the Morning and Evening Prayer with me, and I have begun putting the words on screen for you to follow or say along with me.

For those who don’t have Internet… (can you please pass this on)
We can now enable non-internet users to access our worship:


Anyone can call 0333 011 0616 and enter code 262 6330# to be able to listen to our worship.

Calls are LOCAL RATE which on many phone or mobile tarrifs are effectively free, but I advise you to check with your phone/mobile supplier if you are unsure. The Sunday Mass takes less than an hour.

I am pleased that someone has started to use this facility. Please tell others. Please tell when you are checking up on those you know have no Internet (because if I ask it’ll look a little intimidating),

Bible Study and Prayer will gather us together on a video conference platform called Zoom (www.zoom.us).



It is easy to sign up for a free account and you can download an app for phone, tablet (Apple or Android) or on your PC or Mac to make it happen. Although you can connect over phone data, you get more out of it if you connect your phone/tablet/computer to your home WiFi otherwise you can get choppy audio and video sometimes.

To join these gatherings on Wednesdays at

Noon – click on https://us02web.zoom.us/j/714047787
7.30pm – click on https://us02web.zoom.us/j/138949074

These locations will not change.

We will also have some Prayer Groups if someone can suggest a good date/time.

If you get lost with all this information, it’s all on the Parish Diary: https://www.roborough.org.uk/diary/
 and the Broadcast page https://www.roborough.org.uk/broadcast/



To get good notice of these things, can I encourage you to “Like” and “Follow” the Parish Facebook Page (S. Cecilia and S. Anne also have their own FB pages as well, but the worship links and reminders will be on the main page) to get notifications and please encourage others you know who might not have subscribed to this newsletter to do so as well as connect on Facebook.

Please let me know if you yourself or you become aware of anyone around you who needs a Priest to call them. I may have been forced as a result of my diabetes to be self-isolating, but I am still here to serve. I am slowly working round calling people, but you can always call me first, just to chat and perhaps to pray.

My email is:         fr.simon@rundell.org.uk
My number is:      07976 802123
(I also use WhatsApp so if you want to contact me by that, use my phone number)

There may be some members of our community that you know who don’t have access to the Internet. Can I ask you to remind them that I can be called (I’ve tried to get as many people as I can on the phone, but there must be some people I have missed) and if they would like access to worship the Church of England has started Daily Hope.



Please pass all this information on to others: keep our network strong my friends, call those in our church communities and keep me informed of the needs of the community so I can serve them,

Stay safe. Keep praying. And of your charity, please pray for me also.

Yours in Christ

Sunday Reflection

Sunday 7th June 2020 The Holy Trinity
John 3:16-18 
 
It is common today for commentators to point out that the three major world faiths are very similar in that they all share a belief in one God. While it is true that Christians believe in one God, Christian faith departs radically from Islam and Judaism in its belief that in the one God there are three Persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Furthermore, and this is an even more scandalous idea as far as the other two faiths are concerned, we believe that, the Second Person of the Trinity, God the Son, entered time and space and lived as one of us.
 
Belief in the Trinity is a central mystery of Christian faith. We are baptized ‘in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit’ (Matt. 28:19), and we are invited to develop a relationship with each Person of the Blessed Trinity. Jesus’ life, work, ministry, preaching and teaching all testify to this fundamental truth of Christian revelation. In fact, the doctrine of the Most Holy Trinity could be described as the central mystery of the Christian faith and life, and it is this mystery that we are celebrating and rejoicing in today, Trinity Sunday.
 
For many Christians the ‘mystery’ of the Trinity remains just that: a mystery. But the word in this sense is not used to mean a conundrum, puzzle or riddle that is impossible to solve, but a sacred truth which we will only be able to penetrate more deeply if we ask the Holy Spirit to shed his light and truth into our minds and spirits. Instead of saying, ‘I can’t get my head around the Trinity’, we need to say, ‘I need God’s help to get my head into the Trinity.’ In other words, we need to pray, ‘Lord, teach me, show me, guide me, lead me into the beauty, glory and majesty of the mystery of your Blessed Trinity.’

Try praying the following prayer today:
 
‘O my God, Trinity whom I adore, help me to forget myself entirely so as to establish myself in you, unmovable and peaceful as if my soul were already in eternity.’
(Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity)
Prayer Lists
Those sick in mind, body or spirit:
Laura; Nicola; Howard; Sue; Ron; Fletcher; Karen; Alice; David; Fox; Jason

Giving thanks to God for the return home of Michael Ellis,Priest and praying for his continued and probably long recovery.

We pray for all those affected by the Coronavirus worldwide and for the staff who are caring for them.

Pray for the Souls of the Recently Departed

Those whose year’s mind occur around this time
Peggy Clenaghan, Maureen Hunt, Gladys LeGrys, Roy Tomlin, Harry Mullard and Ian Crosby

+Rest eternal grant unto them, O Lord
and let light perpetual shine upon them

May they rest in peace
and rise in glory
 
Mass Card for Ordinary Time (Sundays and Thursdays)
Sunday Readings
Sunday 7 June 2020 The Most Holy Trinity
 
Entrance Antiphon
Blessed be God the Father and his only-begotten Son and the Holy Spirit: for he has shown that he loves us.
 
Collect
Father,
you sent your Word to bring us truth
and your Spirit to make us holy.
Through them we come to know the mystery of your life.
Help us to worship you, one God in three Persons,
by proclaiming and living our faith in you.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
Who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
One God, for ever and ever. Amen.
 
Exodus 34:4-6,8-9
A reading from the book of the Exodus
 
With the two tablets of stone in his hands, Moses went up the mountain of Sinai in the early morning as the Lord had commanded him. And the Lord descended in the form of a cloud, and Moses stood with him there.
 
He called on the name of the Lord. The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, ‘The Lord, a God of tenderness and compassion, slow to anger rich in kindness and faithfulness.’ And Moses bowed down to the ground at once and worshipped. ‘If I have indeed won your favour, Lord,’ he said ‘let my Lord come with us, I beg. True, they are a headstrong people, but forgive us our faults and our sins, and adopt us as your heritage.’
 
This is the Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God
 
2 Corinthians 13:11-13
 A reading from the second letter of Paul to the people of the city of Corinth

Brothers and Sisters, we wish you happiness; try to grow perfect; help one another. Be united; live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you.
 
Greet one another with the holy kiss. All the saints send you greetings. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
 
This is the Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God
 
Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia!
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;
the God who is, who was, and who is to come.
Alleluia!
 
John 3:16-18
 
The Lord be with you
And also with you
 
Hear the Gospel of our Lord according to John
Glory to you, O Lord
 
Jesus said to Nicodemus:
‘God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son,
so that everyone who believes in him may not be lost
but may have eternal life.
For God sent his Son into the world
not to condemn the world,
but so that through him the world might be saved.
No one who believes in him will be condemned;
but whoever refuses to believe is condemned already,
because he has refused to believe in the name of God’s only Son.’
 
This is the Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you, O Christ
 
Communion Antiphon
You are the children of God, so God has given you the Spirit of his Son to form your hearts and make you cry out: Abba, Father. (Galatians 4:6)
 
Prayer of Spiritual Communion
My Jesus
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there
and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.
Amen.
 
Prayer after Communion
Lord God,
we worship you, a Trinity of Persons, one eternal God.
May our faith and the sacrament we receive
bring us health of mind and body.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
More?
I can thoroughly recommend Heresies and how to avoid them by Ben Quash and Michael Ward

It is a very accesible book recounting the many ways we have failed in our understanding of the mystery of God, the nature of the Trinity, the meaning of the Incarnation.

Most tellingly, they suggest that heresy arises not because people have over-thought the nature of God, but that they have thought too little, and have tried to place God in too small a (theological) space. Whatever we say of God, it will never be enough.

However, for your delight and education, I present to you Trinity Sunday Bingo and you can tick off the relevent heresies when I commit them in trying to articulate the wonder and mystery of God:


Yes, I know: guily as charged. However, here is some proper theological teaching:
 
Trinitarian/Christological Heresies
Heresy Description Origin Official Condemnation Other
Adoptionism Belief that Jesus was born as a mere (non-divine) man, was supremely virtuous and that he was adopted later as “Son of God” by the descent of the Spirit on him. Propounded by Theodotus of Byzantium, a leather merchant, in Rome c.190, later revived by Paul of Samosata Theodotus was excommunicated by Pope Victor and Paul was condemned by the Synod of Antioch in 268 Alternative names: Psilanthropism and Dynamic Monarchianism. Later criticized as presupposing Nestorianism (see below)
Apollinarism Belief that Jesus had a human body and lower soul (the seat of the emotions) but a divine mind. Apollinaris further taught that the souls of men were propagated by other souls, as well as their bodies. Proposed by Apollinaris of Laodicea (died 390) Declared to be a heresy in 381 by the First Council of Constantinople .
Arianism Denial of the true divinity of Jesus Christ taking various specific forms, but all agreed that Jesus Christ was created by the Father, that he had a beginning in time, and that the title “Son of God” was a courtesy one. The doctrine is associated with Arius (ca. AD 250–336) who lived and taught in Alexandria, Egypt. Arius was first pronounced a heretic at the First Council of Nicea, he was later exonerated as a result of imperial pressure and finally declared a heretic after his death. The heresy was finally resolved in 381 by the First Council of Constantinople. All forms denied that Jesus Christ is “consubstantial with the Father” but proposed either “similar in substance”, or “similar”, or “dissimilar” as the correct alternative.
Docetism Belief that Jesus’ physical body was an illusion, as was his crucifixion; that is, Jesus only seemed to have a physical body and to physically die, but in reality he was incorporeal, a pure spirit, and hence could not physically die Tendencies existed in the 1st century, but it was most notably embraced by Gnostics in subsequent centuries. Docetism was rejected by the ecumenical councils and mainstream Christianity, and largely died out during the first millennium AD. Gnostic movements that survived past that time, such as Catharism, incorporated docetism into their beliefs, but such movements were destroyed by the Albigensian Crusade (1209–1229).
Monarchianism An overemphasis on the indivisibility of God (the Father) at the expense of the other “persons” of the Trinity leading to either Sabellianism (Modalism) or to Adoptionism.     Stressing the “monarchy” of God was in Eastern theology a legitimate way of affirming his oneness, also the Father as the unique source of divinity. It became heretical when pushed to the extremes indicated.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Monophysitism or Eutychianism Belief that Christ’s divinity dominates and overwhelms his humanity, as opposed to the Chalcedonian position which holds that Christ has two natures, one divine and one human or the Miaphysite position which holds that the human nature and pre-incarnate divine nature of Christ were united as one divine human nature from the point of the Incarnation onwards. After Nestorianism was rejected at the First Council of Ephesus, Eutyches emerged with diametrically opposite views. Eutyches was excommunicated in 448. Monophysitism and Eutyches were rejected at the Council of Chalcedon in 451. Monophysitism is also rejected by the Oriental Orthodox Churches  
Nestorianism Belief that Jesus Christ was a separate human united, but not identical, to the divine Son of God. Advanced by Nestorius (386–450), Patriarch of Constantinople from 428–431. The doctrine was informed by Nestorius’ studies under Theodore of Mopsuestia at the School of Antioch. Condemned at the First Council of Ephesus in 431 and the Council of Chalcedon in 451, leading to the Nestorian Schism. Nestorius rejected the title Theotokos for the Virgin Mary, and proposed Christotokos as more suitable. Many of Nestorius’ supporters relocated to Sassanid Persia, where they affiliated with the local Christian community, known as the Church of the East. Over the next decades the Church of the East became increasingly Nestorian in doctrine, leading it to be known alternately as the Nestorian Church.
Patripassianism Belief that the Father and Son are not two distinct persons, and thus God the Father suffered on the cross as Jesus.     similar to Sabellianism
Psilanthropism Belief that Jesus is “merely human”: either that he never became divine, or that he never existed prior to his incarnation as a man.   Rejected by the ecumenical councils, especially in the First Council of Nicaea, which was convened to deal directly with the nature of Christ’s divinity. See Adoptionism
Sabellianism Belief that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are three characterizations of one God, rather than three distinct “persons” in one God. First formally stated by Noetus of Smyrna c.190, refined by Sabellius c.210 who applied the names merely to different roles of God in the history and economy of salvation. Noetus was condemned by the presbyters of Smyrna. Tertullian wrote Adversus Praxeam against this tendency and Sabellius was condemned by Pope Callistus. Alternative names: Patripassianism, Modalism, Modalistic Monarchianism
I need your readings!
Date Week Reading 1 Reading 2 Intercessions
14/06/2020 Ordinary 11 Katie Alan Jo C
21/06/2020 Ordinary 12 Samantha Lou Ruth
28/06/2020 Ordinary 13 Dawn Zoe Alan
05/07/2020 Ordinary 14 Ann P Helen Lou

Others have put their names forward and will appear on the rota for subsequent weeks

Take part in this Sunday’s service – sign up to help

I would like as much as possible to involve people in our online Sunday worship.

There are 4 ways to help:

  • send in a voice recording
  • send in a video
  • send me some text (ie. write intercessions as normal and email them to me for me to read out)
  • send me a photo or picture that you’ve drawn

Doing a reading:

To take part in the readings, figure out how to record your voice on your phone using the built in voice recorder or using Whatsapp or Facebook Messenger (my WhatsApp phone number is 07976802123 ) or record a video using the camera in your phone of you reading. I’d welcome all kinds of voices recorded as sometimes I mix them all up together. You don’t have to have your face on screen if you don’t want it, as I will probably use just the audio.

When you’ve made the recording click on ‘share’ and email it to fr.simon@rundell.org.uk

Doing the intercessions:

Write some intercessions for me to read out – email them to me or record yourself reading them and send me the recording.

Help with illustration:

Send me a photograph, a picture of a drawing or painting or send me a piece of artwork on the theme set for that day.

Please send me your contributions by Saturday lunchtime at the very latest for inclusion in Sunday’s service.

Keeping in contact:

 

Fr Simon can be contacted day or night on 07976 802123

We don’t use a landline for anything. If you see an 01752 number for the parish clergy or office, it won’t work.

Your clergy are here for you. If you are a little lonely or down, need some help, advice, spiritual counsel or prayer. Or even if you just want a cup of tea with someone –  If you are in hospital and want a visit call Fr. Simon. Although he has many gifts, being psychic isn’t one of them, so unless you ask for him to visit, he won’t know you would like one.


Other methods of contact:

eMail: simon@rundell.org.uk
Twitter: @frsimon

Carrier Pigeon and smoke signals also gratefully received

Post Address

The Vicarage,
33 Leat Walk
Roborough
Plymouth PL6 7AT


 
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Noticesheet for Pentecost 2020

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This is the weekly noticesheet for the week beginning Sunday 31st May – Pentecost. The noticesheet is attached below. I hope you will find it a useful ‘heads-up’, even while we are locked down.

Pentecost is a major feast of the Church, often called Whitsun – as in the Witness Sunday when the Holy Spirit come upon the disciples and we recognise that the Church was born (hence the happy birthday joke).

The excellent priest and poet Malcom Guite says

Today we feel the wind beneath our wings
Today the hidden fountain flows and plays
Today the church draws breath at last and sings
As every flame becomes a Tongue of praise.
This is the feast of fire, air, and water
Poured out and breathed and kindled into earth.
The earth herself awakens to her maker
And is translated out of death to birth.
The right words come today in their right order
And every word spells freedom and release
Today the gospel crosses every border
All tongues are loosened by the Prince of Peace
Today the lost are found in His translation.
Whose mother-tongue is Love, in every nation.

from Sounding the Seasons and used in our liturgy for Pentecost.

This week we will be broadcasting the Mass from S. Anne, Glenholt, using the musical styles of our own S. Cecilia’s, Woolwell. That community usually meet in Bickleigh Down School, but the S. Cecilia’s Hall is being used by the school in preparation for reopening with social distancing.  The Bishop and the Government still has not allowed there to be a congergation present, so it will remain broadcast online for the time being.

Your safety is paramount to me, alongside giving you the spiritual support, teaching and consolation you need during these difficult times.

While public worship has been suspended we are offering worship, prayer and Bible Study online. We are using Twitch. Anyone can access Twitch on their phone, tablet or computer browser and you don’t need an account to watch it, although if you register a free account, you can even “chat” which I would like to use as a source for prayer, and perhaps after the worship is over, fellowship. The more subscribers the better service we can deliver (we need fifty for the next level).

Simply visit

https://www.twitch.tv/roboroughteam/

and you will see our services, including past ones. These will also be available once uploaded to the previous Facebook Page and our YouTube channel for you to catch up on.

Yes, there will always be problems and glitches, particularly at the start of worship (my propensity for pushing the wrong button remains an issue) but bear with me and this slightly less than tech-competent priest will get the worship flowing

The Services
Mass is offered on Thursday at 10.30am (replacing MP for that morning) and Sunday at 10.30am

If you miss the actual time, you can replay it at your convenience.

Sunday services include hymns specially recorded by Sarah and readings recorded at home by members of our Churches (volunteers always welcome). All Masses have a short sermon, and even though we are not together, we engage in Spiritual Communion with the Lord. All of the words are on screen and the readings as usual are further down this email bulletin. At the bottom of this email are details of a rota for readings and intercessions: all voices are welcome, please contact me if you would like to do one.

Each weekday there will be Morning Prayer at 9am and Evening Prayer at 5.30pm .

You can say the Morning and Evening Prayer with me, and I have begun putting the words on screen for you to follow or say along with me.

For those who don’t have Internet… (can you please pass this on)
We can now enable non-internet users to access our worship:


Anyone can call 0333 011 0616 and enter code 262 6330# to be able to listen to our worship.

Calls are LOCAL RATE which on many phone or mobile tarrifs are effectively free, but I advise you to check with your phone/mobile supplier if you are unsure. The Sunday Mass takes less than an hour.

I am pleased that someone has started to use this facility. Please tell others. Please tell when you are checking up on those you know have no Internet (because if I ask it’ll look a little intimidating),

Bible Study and Prayer will gather us together on a video conference platform called Zoom (www.zoom.us).



It is easy to sign up for a free account and you can download an app for phone, tablet (Apple or Android) or on your PC or Mac to make it happen. Although you can connect over phone data, you get more out of it if you connect your phone/tablet/computer to your home WiFi otherwise you can get choppy audio and video sometimes.

To join these gatherings on Wednesdays at

Noon – click on https://us02web.zoom.us/j/714047787
7.30pm – click on https://us02web.zoom.us/j/138949074

These locations will not change.

We will also have some Prayer Groups if someone can suggest a good date/time.

If you get lost with all this information, it’s all on the Parish Diary: https://www.roborough.org.uk/diary/
 and the Broadcast page https://www.roborough.org.uk/broadcast/



To get good notice of these things, can I encourage you to “Like” and “Follow” the Parish Facebook Page (S. Cecilia and S. Anne also have their own FB pages as well, but the worship links and reminders will be on the main page) to get notifications and please encourage others you know who might not have subscribed to this newsletter to do so as well as connect on Facebook.

Please let me know if you yourself or you become aware of anyone around you who needs a Priest to call them. I may have been forced as a result of my diabetes to be self-isolating, but I am still here to serve. I am slowly working round calling people, but you can always call me first, just to chat and perhaps to pray.

My email is:         fr.simon@rundell.org.uk
My number is:      07976 802123
(I also use WhatsApp so if you want to contact me by that, use my phone number)

There may be some members of our community that you know who don’t have access to the Internet. Can I ask you to remind them that I can be called (I’ve tried to get as many people as I can on the phone, but there must be some people I have missed) and if they would like access to worship the Church of England has started Daily Hope.



Please pass all this information on to others: keep our network strong my friends, call those in our church communities and keep me informed of the needs of the community so I can serve them,

Stay safe. Keep praying. And of your charity, please pray for me also.

Yours in Christ

Sunday Reflection

Have you ever bought something that needed to be assembled? Ikea is of course our downfall. After struggling through the seven circles of hell to actually buy the stuff, and after struggling to get the package into the house, and further struggling to open the wretched thing, the instructions are tucked right at the bottom.
 
The instruction booklet is in a number of languages, the English translation — for that is obviously what it is – from Swedish, or Japanese is only to be found tucked amidst other languages and alphabets.
 
There’s a list of all sorts of nuts and bolts: a few odd-looking tools, which look much too fragile for the job, and then the assembling parts, heavy and awkward to manipulate.
 
One feels lost, confused, and even helpless. “If only Lou were here,” I’d think. She is the undeniable Queen of the flatpacks. She would know how to do this. She ordered this thing and then left us to it, assuring us that we would have the skill to get the task finished.
 
I often think that the disciples in that Upper Room, after the Ascension and before Pentecost, held a long, long PCC meeting. The task had been assigned. They were to go into the whole world telling about the Good News of the Resurrection, baptizing those who believed. They were to be “witnesses.”
 
The word for witness is martyros, from which we get “martyr”. Witness is a challenging, dangerous business. Witness is at the heart of our Christian lives. Witness can get you killed: not just back then, at the hands of a stoning mob, but today also. In certain countries, Christian witness means martyrdom.
 
The witness which is worth so much risk, and continues to be worth it is the witness to be a new race, tribe, a new nation. Anyone who believed could join. It didn’t matter what gender one was, or one’s race, language, nationality, customs, sexuality or religion: all were welcome.
 
It’s a challenge, and much as when faced with a flatpacked wardrobe, it must have looked so daunting. So what did they do? They held an election. It’s a good way of avoiding the task ahead – a bit like having yet another cup of tea.
 
It’s a pity we don’t know what they talked about at that first PCC meeting:
 
  • The accounts were in disarray after Judas had gone.
  • Someone must have said that there was no way they could afford to go into the entire world.
  • Someone else may have suggested that it was dangerous to go outside the Upper Room. They were the chosen: Who would do the work if they were killed or thrown in prison?
  • Perhaps another disciple said that they were no good at evangelism, or they were too old, too tired, too poorly educated to speak of what moves them towards God
 
The Upper Room must have felt so safe, so comfortable. It was in that room that Jesus had given them the Eucharist. If the disciples stayed put, then maybe others would come from outside and join them?
 
And then something extraordinary happened.
 
They were all attacked by what seemed to be wind and fire, the ancient symbols of God’s presence. That energy, that being set on fire with confidence, thrust them out into the street, where they were soon accused of being drunk at ten o’clock in the morning.
 
As we read in the Gospel this morning, all this had been promised, that the Holy Spirit would be received. All those fears and doubts, all those reasonable objections to Jesus’ command evaporated. The Church was on the move.
 
The Church was intended to be on the move. It was not intended for Upper Rooms. It was intended for the street, for people, and places everywhere.
 
The Holy Spirit wasn’t given so individuals could have a form of “spirituality” just for them. She wasn’t given to an elite group so that they could practice a religion close to their political opinions, left, right, or centre. The Holy Spirit was given to the Church to enable it to be the Church. In the power of the Spirit, the Church is enabled to put things together and to be together.
 
The Holy Spirit doesn’t guarantee that the decisions we make together are wise or good. The Holy Spirit guarantees that the Church and the Church’s mission will go on and on until kingdom come. It is the truth of kingdom which is, and is to come, into which the Spirit leads us.
 
In this parish, we continue to make mistakes, and to feel our way forward as a pilgrim people together. We seek to do the will of God, and to enable this whole community, young and mature alike to move closer to the heart of God. We begin to look seriously at how this building can better serve the Church, rather that be the Church.
 
The Holy Spirit shows us Jesus Christ and brings us to the Father. The Holy Spirit moves in the water; in bread, and wine, and oil transformed into the sacraments of our salvation; in our prayers: private and collective. Above all, She drives us out of the safety and security of our local Upper Rooms, our parishes. The Holy Spirit pushes us beyond ourselves, our abilities, expectations, and safety levels.
 
Today we pray, “Come Holy Spirit.” My dear friends, Watch out! Your prayer may be answered.

 
 
Prayer Lists
Those sick in mind, body or spirit:
Sue; Ron; Fletcher; Karen; Alice; David; Fox; Jason; and Michael Ellis,Priest

We pray for all those affected by the Coronavirus worldwide and for the staff who are caring for them.

Pray for the Souls of the Recently Departed

Those whose year’s mind occur around this time
Peggy Clenaghan, Maureen Hunt, Gladys LeGrys, Roy Tomlin, Harry Mullard and Ian Crosby

+Rest eternal grant unto them, O Lord
and let light perpetual shine upon them

May they rest in peace
and rise in glory
 
Mass Card for Eastertide (Sundays and Thursdays)
Sunday Readings

Sunday 31 May 2020 Pentecost

 
Entrance Antiphon
The Spirit of the Lord fills the whole world. It holds all things together and knows every word spoken by man, alleluia. (Wisdom 1:7)
 
 
Collect
God our Father,
let the Spirit you sent on your Church
to begin the teaching of the gospel
continue to work in the world
through the hearts of all who believe.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen
 
Acts 2:1-11
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles
 
When Pentecost day came round, they had all met in one room, when suddenly they heard what sounded like a powerful wind from heaven, the noise of which filled the entire house in which they were sitting; and something appeared to them that seemed like tongues of fire; these separated and came to rest on the head of each of them. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak foreign languages as the Spirit gave them the gift of speech.
 
Now there were devout men living in Jerusalem from every nation under heaven, and at this sound they all assembled, each one bewildered to hear these men speaking his own language. They were amazed and astonished. ‘Surely’ they said ‘all these men speaking are Galileans? How does it happen that each of us hears them in his own native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; people from Mesopotamia, Judaea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya round Cyrene; as well as visitors from Rome – Jews and proselytes alike – Cretans and Arabs; we hear them preaching in our own language about the marvels of God.’
 
This is the word of the Lord
Thanks be to God
 
1 Corinthians 12:3-7,12-13
A reading from Paul’s first letter to the people of the city of Corinth
 
No one can say, ‘Jesus is Lord’ unless he is under the influence of the Holy Spirit. There is a variety of gifts but always the same Spirit; there are all sorts of service to be done, but always to the same Lord; working in all sorts of different ways in different people, it is the same God who is working in all of them. The particular way in which the Spirit is given to each person is for a good purpose. Just as a human body, though it is made up of many parts, is a single unit because all these parts, though many, make one body, so it is with Christ. In the one Spirit we were all baptised, Jews as well as Greeks, slaves as well as citizens, and one Spirit was given to us all to drink.
 
This is the word of the Lord
Thanks be to God
 
Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia!
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Alleluia!
 
John 20:19-23
Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John
Glory to you O Lord
 
In the evening of the first day of the week, the doors were closed in the room where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews. Jesus came and stood among them. He said to them, ‘Peace be with you’, and showed them his hands and his side. The disciples were filled with joy when they saw the Lord, and he said to them again, ‘Peace be with you.
 
‘As the Father sent me,
so am I sending you.’
 
After saying this he breathed on them and said:
 
‘Receive the Holy Spirit. For those whose sins you forgive, they are forgiven; for those whose sins you retain, they are retained.’
 
This is the Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you, O Christ
 
Communion Antiphon
They were filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke of the great things God had done, alleluia. (Acts 2:4,11)

Spiritual Communion
 My Jesus
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there
and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.
Amen.

 
Prayer after Communion
Father, may the food we receive in the eucharist
help our eternal redemption.
Keep within us the vigor of your Spirit
and protect the gifts you have given to your Church.
We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord. Amen
 
Solemn Blessing
This day the Father of light
has enlightened the minds of the disciples
by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
May he bless you and give you the gifts of the Spirit for ever. Amen.
 
May that fire which hovered over the disciples
as tongues of flame burn out all evil from your hearts
and make them glow with pure light. Amen.
 
God inspired speech in different tongues
to proclaim one faith.
May he strengthen your faith
and fulfill your hope to see him face to face. Amen.
 
May the blessing of God almighty,
the +Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.
Amen.
 
The mass is ended. Go in the peace of Christ. Alleluia! Alleluia!
Thanks be to God. Alleluia! Alleluia!
I need your readings!
Date Week Reading 1 Reading 2 Intercessions
31/05/2020 Pentecost Chris Crosby Dawn Lou
07/06/2020 Holy Trinity Chris Carpenter Karen Alan
14/06/2020 Ordinary 11 Katie Alan Jo C
21/06/2020 Ordinary 12 Samantha Lou Ruth
28/06/2020 Ordinary 13 Dawn Zoe Alan

Others have put their names forward and will appear on the rota for subsequent weeks

Take part in this Sunday’s service – sign up to help

I would like as much as possible to involve people in our online Sunday worship.

There are 4 ways to help:

  • send in a voice recording
  • send in a video
  • send me some text (ie. write intercessions as normal and email them to me for me to read out)
  • send me a photo or picture that you’ve drawn

Doing a reading:

To take part in the readings, figure out how to record your voice on your phone using the built in voice recorder or using Whatsapp or Facebook Messenger (my WhatsApp phone number is 07976802123 ) or record a video using the camera in your phone of you reading. I’d welcome all kinds of voices recorded as sometimes I mix them all up together. You don’t have to have your face on screen if you don’t want it, as I will probably use just the audio.

When you’ve made the recording click on ‘share’ and email it to fr.simon@rundell.org.uk

Doing the intercessions:

Write some intercessions for me to read out – email them to me or record yourself reading them and send me the recording.

Help with illustration:

Send me a photograph, a picture of a drawing or painting or send me a piece of artwork on the theme set for that day.

Please send me your contributions by Saturday lunchtime at the very latest for inclusion in Sunday’s service.

Keeping in contact:

 

Fr Simon can be contacted day or night on 07976 802123

We don’t use a landline for anything. If you see an 01752 number for the parish clergy or office, it won’t work.

Your clergy are here for you. If you are a little lonely or down, need some help, advice, spiritual counsel or prayer. Or even if you just want a cup of tea with someone –  If you are in hospital and want a visit call Fr. Simon. Although he has many gifts, being psychic isn’t one of them, so unless you ask for him to visit, he won’t know you would like one.


Other methods of contact:

eMail: simon@rundell.org.uk
Twitter: @frsimon

Carrier Pigeon and smoke signals also gratefully received

Post Address

The Vicarage,
33 Leat Walk
Roborough
Plymouth PL6 7AT


 
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Noticesheet for the Ascension of the Lord 24/5/20

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This is the weekly noticesheet for the week beginning Sunday 24th May – The Ascension of the Lord. The noticesheet is attached below. I hope you will find it a useful ‘heads-up’, even while we are locked down.

The Ascension is one of the major festivals of the Church, where Christ rises – bodily – into heaven, and then sends the Holy Spirit on the Church at the feast of Pentecost the following week.



Although… to be honest, it’s more about him moving from here on earth to be everywhere with us through the Spirit.

After last week’s Mass broadcast from S. Anne’s, we plan to hold this Sunday’s Mass from S. Edward, Shaugh Prior. Unfortunately, the Bishop and the Government has not allowed there to be a congergation present, so it will remain broadcast online for the time being.

Your safety is paramount to me, alongside giving you the spiritual support, teaching and consolation you need during these difficult times.

While public worship has been suspended we are offering worship, prayer and Bible Study online. We are using Twitch. Anyone can access Twitch on their phone, tablet or computer browser and you don’t need an account to watch it. You can even add “chat” which I would like to use as a source for prayer, and perhaps after the worship is over, fellowship.

Simply visit

https://www.twitch.tv/roboroughteam/

and you will see our services, including past ones. These will also be available once uploaded to the previous Facebook Page and our YouTube channel for you to catch up on.

Yes, there will always be problems and glitches, particularly at the start of worship (my propensity for pushing the wrong button remains an issue) but bear with me and this slightly less than tech-competent priest will get the worship flowing

The Services
Mass is offered on Thursday at 10.30am (replacing MP for that morning) and Sunday at 10.30am

If you miss the actual time, you can replay it at your convenience.

Sunday services include hymns specially recorded by Sarah and readings recorded at home by members of our Churches (volunteers always welcome). All Masses have a short sermon, and even though we are not together, we engage in Spiritual Communion with the Lord. All of the words are on screen and the readings as usual are further down this email bulletin. At the bottom of this email are details of a rota for readings and intercessions: all voices are welcome, please contact me if you would like to do one.

Each weekday there will be Morning Prayer at 9am and Evening Prayer at 5.30pm .

You can say the Morning and Evening Prayer with me, and I have begun putting the words on screen for you to follow or say along with me.

Bible Study and Prayer will gather us together on a video conference platform called Zoom (www.zoom.us).



It is easy to sign up for a free account and you can download an app for phone, tablet (Apple or Android) or on your PC or Mac to make it happen. Although you can connect over phone data, you get more out of it if you connect your phone/tablet/computer to your home WiFi otherwise you can get choppy audio and video sometimes.

To join these gatherings on Wednesdays at

Noon – click on https://us02web.zoom.us/j/714047787
7.30pm – click on https://us02web.zoom.us/j/138949074

These locations will not change.

We will also have some Prayer Groups if someone can suggest a good date/time.

If you get lost with all this information, it’s all on the Parish Diary: https://www.roborough.org.uk/diary/
 and the Broadcast page https://www.roborough.org.uk/broadcast/



To get good notice of these things, can I encourage you to “Like” and “Follow” the Parish Facebook Page (S. Cecilia and S. Anne also have their own FB pages as well, but the worship links and reminders will be on the main page) to get notifications and please encourage others you know who might not have subscribed to this newsletter to do so as well as connect on Facebook.

Please let me know if you yourself or you become aware of anyone around you who needs a Priest to call them. I may have been forced as a result of my diabetes to be self-isolating, but I am still here to serve. I am slowly working round calling people, but you can always call me first, just to chat and perhaps to pray.

My email is:         fr.simon@rundell.org.uk
My number is:      07976 802123
(I also use WhatsApp so if you want to contact me by that, use my phone number)

There may be some members of our community that you know who don’t have access to the Internet. Can I ask you to remind them that I can be called (I’ve tried to get as many people as I can on the phone, but there must be some people I have missed) and if they would like access to worship the Church of England has started Daily Hope.


And now, I am pleased to be able to pass onto you that WE can enable non-internet users to access our worship:


Anyone can call 0333 011 0616 and enter code 262 6330 to be able to listen to our worship.

Calls are LOCAL RATE which on many phone or mobile tarrifs are effectively free, but I advise you to check with your phone/mobile supplier if you are unsure. The Sunday Mass takes less than an hour.

Sadly no-one took this option up last Sunday so I may need some feedback on whether this channel is needed. Please ask when you are checking up on those you know have no Internet (because if I ask it’ll look a little intimidating),

Please pass on this information. Keep our network strong my friends, call those in our church communities and keep me informed of the needs of the community so I can serve them,

Stay safe. Keep praying. And of your charity, please pray for me also.

Yours in Christ

Prayer Lists
Those sick in mind, body or spirit:
Ron; Fletcher; Karen; Alice; David; Fox; Jason; Michael Ellis,Priest, Freddie Denman, Priest

We pray for all those affected by the Coronavirus worldwide and for the staff who are caring for them.

Pray for the Souls of the Recently Departed
Joan Kirkup
Sam Alexander MC
Harold Santillo

Those whose year’s mind occur around this time
+Rest eternal grant unto them, O Lord
and let light perpetual shine upon them

May they rest in peace
and rise in glory
 
Mass Card for Eastertide (Sundays and Thursdays)
Sunday Readings

The Ascension of the Lord Year A 

 
Entrance Antiphon
Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking in the sky? The Lord will return, just as you have seen him ascend, alleluia. (Acts 1:11)
 
Collect
God our Father,
make us joyful in the ascension of your Son Jesus Christ.
May we follow him into the new creation,
for his ascension is our glory and our hope.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
 
Acts 1:1-11
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles
 
In my earlier work, Theophilus, I dealt with everything Jesus had done and taught from the beginning until the day he gave his instructions to the apostles he had chosen through the Holy Spirit, and was taken up to heaven. He had shown himself alive to them after his Passion by many demonstrations: for forty days he had continued to appear to them and tell them about the kingdom of God. When he had been at table with them, he had told them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for what the Father had promised. ‘It is’ he had said ‘what you have heard me speak about: John baptised with water but you, not many days from now, will be baptised with the Holy Spirit.’
 
Now having met together, they asked him, ‘Lord, has the time come? Are you going to restore the kingdom to Israel?’ He replied, ‘It is not for you to know times or dates that the Father has decided by his own authority, but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and then you will be my witnesses not only in Jerusalem but throughout Judaea and Samaria, and indeed to the ends of the earth.’
   
As he said this he was lifted up while they looked on, and a cloud took him from their sight. They were still staring into the sky when suddenly two men in white were standing near them and they said, ‘Why are you men from Galilee standing here looking into the sky? Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven, this same Jesus will come back in the same way as you have seen him go there.’
 
This is the Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God
 
Ephesians 1:17-23

A reading from the letter of Paul to the people of Ephesus
 
May the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, give you a spirit of wisdom and perception of what is revealed, to bring you to full knowledge of him. May he enlighten the eyes of your mind so that you can see what hope his call holds for you, what rich glories he has promised the saints will inherit and how infinitely great is the power that he has exercised for us believers. This you can tell from the strength of his power at work in Christ, when he used it to raise him from the dead and to make him sit at his right hand, in heaven, far above every Sovereignty, Authority, Power, or Domination, or any other name that can be named not only in this age but also in the age to come. He has put all things under his feet and made him, as the ruler of everything, the head of the Church; which is his body, the fullness of him who fills the whole creation.
 
This is the Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God
 
Gospel Acclamation Mt28:19,20
Alleluia, alleluia!
Go, make disciples of all the nations.
I am with you always; yes, to the end of time.
Alleluia!
 
Matthew 28:16-20
 
The Lord be with you
And also with you
 
Hear the Gospel of our Lord according to Matthew
Glory to you, O Lord
 
The eleven disciples set out for Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had arranged to meet them. When they saw him they fell down before him, though some hesitated. Jesus came up and spoke to them. He said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, make disciples of all the nations; baptise them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them to observe all the commands I gave you. And know that I am with you always; yes, to the end of time.’
 
This is the Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you, O Christ
 
Communion Antiphon
I, the Lord, am with you always, until the end of the world, alleluia. (Matthew 28:20)
 
Prayer of Spiritual Communion

 
My Jesus
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there
and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.
Amen.
 
Prayer after Communion

Father,
in this eucharist
we touch the divine life you give to the world.
Help us to follow Christ with love
to eternal life where he is Lord for ever and ever. Amen.
 
Solemn Blessing:

May almighty God bless you on this day
when his only Son ascended into heaven
to prepare a place for you. Amen.
 
After his resurrection, Christ was seen by his disciples.
When he appears as judge
May you be pleasing for ever in his sight. Amen.
 
You believe that Jesus has taken his seat in majesty
at the right hand of the Father.
May you have the joy of experiencing
that he is also with you to the end of time,
according to his promise. Amen.
 
And the Blessing of God Almighty,
+Father, Son and Holy Spirit
Be upon you, this day and always. Amen
I need your readings!
Date Week Reading 1 Reading 2 Intercessions
24/05/2020 Ascension Janet Jo C Ruth
31/05/2020 Pentecost Chris Crosby Dawn Lou
07/06/2020 Holy Trinity Chris Carpenter Karen Alan
14/06/2020 Ordinary 11 Katie Alan Jo C
21/06/2020 Ordinary 12 Samantha Lou Ruth
28/06/2020 Ordinary 13 Dawn Zoe Alan

Others have put their names forward and will appear on the rota for subsequent weeks

Take part in this Sunday’s service – sign up to help

I would like as much as possible to involve people in our online Sunday worship.

There are 4 ways to help:

  • send in a voice recording
  • send in a video
  • send me some text (ie. write intercessions as normal and email them to me for me to read out)
  • send me a photo or picture that you’ve drawn

Doing a reading:

To take part in the readings, figure out how to record your voice on your phone using the built in voice recorder or using Whatsapp or Facebook Messenger (my WhatsApp phone number is 07976802123 ) or record a video using the camera in your phone of you reading. I’d welcome all kinds of voices recorded as sometimes I mix them all up together. You don’t have to have your face on screen if you don’t want it, as I will probably use just the audio.

When you’ve made the recording click on ‘share’ and email it to fr.simon@rundell.org.uk

Doing the intercessions:

Write some intercessions for me to read out – email them to me or record yourself reading them and send me the recording.

Help with illustration:

Send me a photograph, a picture of a drawing or painting or send me a piece of artwork on the theme set for that day.

Please send me your contributions by Saturday lunchtime at the very latest for inclusion in Sunday’s service.

Keeping in contact:

 

Fr Simon can be contacted day or night on 07976 802123

We don’t use a landline for anything. If you see an 01752 number for the parish clergy or office, it won’t work.

Your clergy are here for you. If you are a little lonely or down, need some help, advice, spiritual counsel or prayer. Or even if you just want a cup of tea with someone –  If you are in hospital and want a visit call Fr. Simon. Although he has many gifts, being psychic isn’t one of them, so unless you ask for him to visit, he won’t know you would like one.


Other methods of contact:

eMail: simon@rundell.org.uk
Twitter: @frsimon

Carrier Pigeon and smoke signals also gratefully received

Post Address

The Vicarage,
33 Leat Walk
Roborough
Plymouth PL6 7AT


 
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Easter 6 Noticesheet

Posted Posted in Uncategorized
Dear <<First Name>>

This is the weekly noticesheet for the week beginning Sunday 17th May – Easter 6. The noticesheet is attached below. I hope you will find it a useful ‘heads-up’, even while we are locked down.

After last week’s Mass broadcast from S. Mary’s, we plan to hold this Sunday’s Mass from S. Anne’s Glenholt. Unfortunately, the Bishop and the Government has not allowed there to be a congergation present, so it will remain broadcast online for the time being. The Bishop of Liverpool brought to our attention the risks of opening Churches too soon:

The link he gave was to this article from Canada: https://calgary.ctvnews.ca/i-would-do-anything-for-a-do-over-calgary-church-hopes-others-learn-from-their-tragic-covid-19-experience-1.4933461

Your safety is paramount to me, alongside giving you the spiritual support, teaching and consolation you need during these difficult times.

While public worship has been suspended we are offering worship, prayer and Bible Study online. We are using Twitch. Anyone can access Twitch on their phone, tablet or computer browser and you don’t need an account to watch it. You can even add “chat” which I would like to use as a source for prayer, and perhaps after the worship is over, fellowship.

Simply visit

https://www.twitch.tv/roboroughteam/

and you will see our services, including past ones. These will also be available once uploaded to the previous Facebook Page and our YouTube channel for you to catch up on.

Yes, there will always be problems and glitches, particularly at the start of worship (my propensity for pushing the wrong button remains an issue) but bear with me and this slightly less than tech-competent priest will get the worship flowing

The Services
Mass is offered on Thursday at 10.30am (replacing MP for that morning) and Sunday at 10.30am

If you miss the actual time, you can replay it at your convenience.

Sunday services include hymns specially recorded by Sarah and readings recorded at home by members of our Churches (volunteers always welcome). All Masses have a short sermon, and even though we are not together, we engage in Spiritual Communion with the Lord. All of the words are on screen and the readings as usual are further down this email bulletin. At the bottom of this email are details of a rota for readings and intercessions: all voices are welcome, please contact me if you would like to do one.

Each weekday there will be Morning Prayer at 9am and Evening Prayer at 5.30pm .

You can say the Morning and Evening Prayer with me, and I have begun putting the words on screen for you to follow or say along with me.

Bible Study and Prayer will gather us together on a video conference platform called Zoom (www.zoom.us).



It is easy to sign up for a free account and you can download an app for phone, tablet (Apple or Android) or on your PC or Mac to make it happen. Although you can connect over phone data, you get more out of it if you connect your phone/tablet/computer to your home WiFi otherwise you can get choppy audio and video sometimes.

To join these gatherings on Wednesdays at Noon – click on https://us02web.zoom.us/j/714047787
7.30pm – click on https://us02web.zoom.us/j/138949074 These locations will not change.

We will also have some Prayer Groups if someone can suggest a good date/time.

If you get lost with all this information, it’s all on the Parish Diary: https://www.roborough.org.uk/diary/
 and the Broadcast page https://www.roborough.org.uk/broadcast/



To get good notice of these things, can I encourage you to “Like” and “Follow” the Parish Facebook Page (S. Cecilia and S. Anne also have their own FB pages as well, but the worship links and reminders will be on the main page) to get notifications and please encourage others you know who might not have subscribed to this newsletter to do so as well as connect on Facebook.

Please let me know if you yourself or you become aware of anyone around you who needs a Priest to call them. I may have been forced as a result of my diabetes to be self-isolating, but I am still here to serve. I am slowly working round calling people, but you can always call me first, just to chat and perhaps to pray.

My email is:         fr.simon@rundell.org.uk
My number is:      07976 802123
(I also use WhatsApp so if you want to contact me by that, use my phone number)

There may be some members of our community that you know who don’t have access to the Internet. Can I ask you to remind them that I can be called (I’ve tried to get as many people as I can on the phone, but there must be some people I have missed) and if they would like access to worship the Church of England has started Daily Hope.


And now, I am pleased to be able to pass onto you that WE can enable non-internet users to access our worship:


Anyone can call 0333 011 0616 and enter code 262 6330 to be able to listen to our worship.

Calls are LOCAL RATE which on many phone or mobile tarrifs are effectively free, but I advise you to check with your phone/mobile supplier if you are unsure. The Sunday Mass takes less than an hour.

Sadly no-one took this option up last Sunday so I may need some feedback on whether this channel is needed. Please ask when you are checking up on those you know have no Internet (because if I ask it’ll look a little intimidating),

Please pass on this information. Keep our network strong my friends, call those in our church communities and keep me informed of the needs of the community so I can serve them,

Stay safe. Keep praying. And of your charity, please pray for me also.

Yours in Christ

Sunday Reflection Sixth Sunday of Easter
John 14:15-21

  Before his ascension into heaven, Jesus told his disciples that he would ask the Father to give them another Advocate, the Holy Spirit, to be with them forever (v. 16). They would not be left orphans, without someone to love them, care for them and guide them: ‘I will not leave you desolate; I will come to you’ (v. 18). The Paraclete would come to them to remain with them forever. Jesus also told them that the Spirit would live in them: Tor he dwells with you, and will be in you’ (v. 17). The Spirit would dwell in their innermost being and transform them to become children of the Father. Like Jesus, who through the gift of the same Spirit would be revealed as the Son of God, so the disciples, by the gift of the same Spirit, would be revealed as the children of God. The Spirit would pray in them as he prayed in Jesus. Like Jesus they would be able to say, ‘Abba, Father’, for they would be the sons and daughters of God (Rom. 8:15-16).

What an extraordinary gift has been given to us in the Holy Spirit! Every moment of our lives we have the right and the privilege to turn to the Holy Spirit living within us. He is waiting for us to turn to him. He wishes to reveal to us how much God loves us. When we are perplexed about what we should do or say, he will guide us and give us wisdom. When we are fearful, he will give us courage. He longs to strengthen our faith and overcome doubts. He desires to set our hearts on fire with love for both God and neighbour. He will give us the power we need to live out our faith and do what we know to be right.

As beloved children of the Father, we can always call upon the Spirit, pray to the Spirit, seek wisdom and counsel from the Spirit. All too often the Spirit remains for us the forgotten person of the Blessed Trinity. Yet he is the Spirit of power, of life, of wisdom, of understanding and truth. Turn to the Spirit, speak to him and consult him. Love the Holy Spirit!

Let us pray…

Holy Spirit, you are always with me. You live within me. I no longer have to live as an orphan. Impart to me the desire to turn to you frequently throughout the day. Amen







  Prayer Lists Those sick in mind, body or spirit:
Ron; Fletcher; Karen; Alice; David; Fox; Jason; Michael Ellis,Priest

We pray for all those affected by the Coronavirus worldwide and for the staff who are caring for them.

Pray for the Souls of the Recently Departed


Those whose year’s mind occur around this time John Pitcher Raymond Kellaway Joan Kirkup
+Rest eternal grant unto them, O Lord
and let light perpetual shine upon them

May they rest in peace
and rise in glory
  Mass Card for Eastertide (Sundays and Thursdays) This week’s Readings for Sunday Sunday 17 May 2020 6th Sunday of Easter Entrance Antiphon
Speak out with a voice of joy; let it be heard to the ends of the earth: The Lord has set his people free, alleluia. (See Isaiah 48:20)

Collect
Ever-living God,
help us to celebrate our joy
in the resurrection of the Lord
and to express in our lives
the love we celebrate.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Acts 8:5-8,14-17
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles

Philip went to a Samaritan town and proclaimed the Christ to them. The people united in welcoming the message Philip preached, either because they had heard of the miracles he worked or because they saw them for themselves. There were, for example, unclean spirits that came shrieking out of many who were possessed, and several paralytics and cripples were cured. As a result there was great rejoicing in that town.

When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them, and they went down there, and prayed for the Samaritans to receive the Holy Spirit, for as yet he had not come down on any of them: they had only been baptised in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.

This is the Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

1 Peter 3:15-18
A reading from the first letter of Peter

Reverence the Lord Christ in your hearts, and always have your answer ready for people who ask you the reason for the hope that you all have. But give it with courtesy and respect and with a clear conscience, so that those who slander you when you are living a good life in Christ may be proved wrong in the accusations that they bring. And if it is the will of God that you should suffer, it is better to suffer for doing right than for doing wrong.

Why, Christ himself, innocent though he was, had died once for sins, died for the guilty, to lead us to God. In the body he was put to death, in the spirit he was raised to life.

This is the Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

Gospel Acclamation Jn14:23
Alleluia, alleluia!
Jesus said: ‘If anyone loves me he will keep my word,
and my Father will love him,
and we shall come to him.’
Alleluia!


John 14:15-21
The Lord be with you
And also with you

Hear the Gospel of our Lord according to John
Glory to you, O Lord

Jesus said to his disciples:
‘If you love me you will keep my commandments.
I shall ask the Father,
and he will give you another Advocate
to be with you for ever,
that Spirit of truth
whom the world can never receive
since it neither sees nor knows him;
but you know him,
because he is with you, he is in you.
I will not leave you orphans;
I will come back to you.
In a short time the world will no longer see me;
but you will see me,
because I live and you will live.
On that day you will understand that I am in my Father
and you in me and I in you.
Anybody who receives my commandments and keeps them
will be one who loves me;
and anybody who loves me will be loved by my Father,
and I shall love him and show myself to him.’

This is the Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you, O Christ

Communion Antiphon
If you love me, keep my commandments, says the Lord. The Father will send you the Holy Spirit, to be with you for ever, alleluia. (John 14:15-16)

Prayer of Spiritual Communion
My Jesus,
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there
and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.
Amen.

Prayer after Communion
Almighty and ever-living Lord,
you restored us to life
by raising Christ from death.
Strengthen us by this Easter sacrament;
May we feel its saving power in our daily life.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen. I consider Dr Paula Gooder a friend and am delighted that the Church Times is making these devotionals available for use in the congregation. I commend this to you. I need your readings! Week Reading 1 Reading 2 Intercessions Easter 6 17/5 Samantha Janet Alan Ascension 24/5     Ruth Pentecost 31/5       Holy Trinity 7/6      
Please let me know if you would like to do a reading/pray for any of these Sundays Take part in this Sunday’s service – sign up to help I would like as much as possible to involve people in our online Sunday worship. There are 4 ways to help: send in a voice recording send in a video send me some text (ie. write intercessions as normal and email them to me for me to read out) send me a photo or picture that you’ve drawn Doing a reading: To take part in the readings, figure out how to record your voice on your phone using the built in voice recorder or using Whatsapp or Facebook Messenger (my WhatsApp phone number is 07976802123 ) or record a video using the camera in your phone of you reading. I’d welcome all kinds of voices recorded as sometimes I mix them all up together. You don’t have to have your face on screen if you don’t want it, as I will probably use just the audio. When you’ve made the recording click on ‘share’ and email it to fr.simon@rundell.org.uk Doing the intercessions: Write some intercessions for me to read out – email them to me or record yourself reading them and send me the recording. Help with illustration: Send me a photograph, a picture of a drawing or painting or send me a piece of artwork on the theme set for that day. Please send me your contributions by Saturday lunchtime at the very latest for inclusion in Sunday’s service. Keeping in contact:   Fr Simon can be contacted day or night on 07976 802123 We don’t use a landline for anything. If you see an 01752 number for the parish clergy or office, it won’t work. Your clergy are here for you. If you are a little lonely or down, need some help, advice, spiritual counsel or prayer. Or even if you just want a cup of tea with someone –  If you are in hospital and want a visit call Fr. Simon. Although he has many gifts, being psychic isn’t one of them, so unless you ask for him to visit, he won’t know you would like one.
Other methods of contact: eMail: simon@rundell.org.uk
Twitter: @frsimon Carrier Pigeon and smoke signals also gratefully received Post Address The Vicarage,
33 Leat Walk
Roborough
Plymouth PL6 7AT
 
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