Sunday 2 August 2020 (Trinity 8)
Face Masks …
Face coverings are currently mandatory on public transport and will be mandatory in shops and in supermarkets from 24 July 2020. People are also encouraged to wear face coverings in enclosed public spaces where there are people they do not normally meet, such as a place of worship. The guidance from the Church of England strongly recommends that face coverings should be worn by all those attending a place of worship, including ministers, worshipers, 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.
“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Isaiah 55:1
Quote “All the money in the world could not buy one square inch of the Kingdom of God” Anon
Collect for Trinity 8
Almighty Lord and everlasting God, we beseech you to direct, sanctify and govern both our hearts and bodies in the ways of your laws and the works of your commandments; that through your most mighty protection, both here and ever, we may be preserved in body and soul; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Sunday 2 August (Trinity 8) – Old Testament: Isaiah 55:1-5 (Come to the waters); New Testament: ; Gospel: Matthew 14:13-21 (Feeding of 5,000)
Sunday 9 August (Trinity 9) – Old Testament: 1 Kings 19:9-18 (wind, earthquake, fire, silence); New Testament: Romans 10:5-15 (Law and righteousness); Gospel: Matthew 14:22-33 (Jesus walks on the water)
Open and shut! …
We are presently running an 8am Prayer Book Communion service at 8am at Holy Trinity and a 10am Service of the Word at 10am at St Margaret’s. Because Holy Trinity and St Margaret’s are both open for collective worship on Sundays it is necessary that we keep both churches locked Monday and Tuesday of each week to allow the 72 hour period for any contamination to become inactive.
We will also be continuing our ‘on line’ service for the foreseeable future.
We also have a daily Morning Prayer service sheet for those in isolation who might like a time of structured prayer. Click to link
For additional prayers for a wide variety of situations Prayers for use at home may be what you are looking for
If you are in lockdown with children then ‘diddy disciples’ has lots of material for babies, toddlers and young children. Click to link https://www.diddydisciples.org/
Other Sunday Services and resources from the Diocese
The Diocese will continue to stream a communion service from his home at 10am available from the Diocesan Website
Reflections for a church in lockdown
The next episode in a new series of reflective podcasts by Bishop Steven is published on Thursday. The series aims to resource the Church during the crisis. Listen online in your web browser, or search ‘My Extraordinary Family’ wherever you get your podcasts.
Other news …
Flowers at St Margaret’s …
The rota is arranged for the rest of the year and we have a terrific team of florists. So if this is a service you feel that you would like to offer please let Gail know. Revd Mike
Virtual Communion …
Our services are audio and there are some advantages to this. It looks like we will continue for a while. Because they are audio Communion is not feasible. Those who are particularly missing Communion can watch the Diocese of Oxford Service on the Web each week. If you Google/Safari ‘Diocese of Oxford online service’ it should take you to the web page where you can participate each week in Communion led by one of the Oxford Bishops. It starts at 10am.
For Prayer …
Lorna Barnard in Wexham Park Hospital
For Ted and Rosemary Rees
Ron Hedley for his hospital appointment on 3 August
Our churches and local communities particularly any who are affected by the present situation
Pray for our Government, the Prime Minister and all those who are working to get the best outcome for the people of our country
The NHS and all those who work in it. Protect them and give them strength and perseverance as they work in difficult situations
Alde House and Bury Lodge, for all the staff in our care homes as they manage the challenge of protecting the residents from the virus.
If you have not looked at this already, this time of enforced isolation might be a good time to view the Archbishop of Canterbury’s series of videos on prayer. They can be found at https://www.archbishopofcanterbury.org/exploring-prayer
Rennie Grove Hospice Care…
Spread your Lovely Words and Not the Virus.
An Anthology entitled ‘When This is All Over …’ in aid of the Rennie Grove Hospice Care which is a charity providing specialist nursing care and support for adults and children with a life-limiting illness.
Please send me any poems (Haiku? Limericks? Clerihew? Sonnets? Freestyle?) fiction or creative non-fiction up to 200 words for the anthology. Do write about your thoughts, wishes, hopes, reflections, experiences at this time: what is happening in your world and what is happening to the world out there. Submissions free and from all ages welcome to firstname.lastname@example.org
There is no limit to submissions and published successes are welcome too. The closing date for now is the end of the year. Also, give her one sentence describing yourself and where you come from.
One Can …
Emma Byrne’s OneCan Collection point is out daily (rain or shine) on their drive. She takes the donations down weekly. They are currently low on Cooking Sauces, Tins of pulses and beans (kidney etc), Tinned vegetables, Bags of sugar, Deodorant (male/female), Razors (male/female) . And ‘well done’ to Emma (and those who have given cans) as she has now delivered no less than 976 cans to One Can
A note from our Treasurers about Giving
Although the church is locked down and we have reduced expenditure as much as we can, most of our bills still have to be paid and we are missing out on a chunk of our income through Sunday collections, hall rental, weddings and funerals. If you are not giving by Standing Order and are in a position to do so, then please do get in contact with Sue Wallace for St. Margaret’s (812879) or John Scurrell for Holy Trinity (813181) and they will get a form to you. Alternatively, they can tell you how to give a single donation. Sue and John would like to thank those who have sent funds for their generous ongoing support and additional donations over the past number of weeks.
If you sense yourself becoming isolated or are feeling particularly lonely, do make sure you do not suffer alone but contact friends or family. They may not be able to visit, but you will feel better for having spoken. Equally, if you know of others who may be in this position, please do make contact to see if you can help. Ask people how they are and wait for an answer.
Spoiler Alert!!!!! ….
Further down this webpage we’ve included the sermon for our service on Sunday morning. You may wish to stop reading here and wait to listen on Sunday. Up to you.
Reflection for Sunday by Revd. Derrick
Reflection on Matthew 14:13-21
Over the last few weeks, we’ve been journeying in the lectionary through Matthew. Today we’ve reached chapter 14 and one of the best known of all Jesus’ miracles – the feeding of the 5000. Apart from the Resurrection it’s the only miracle that’s covered in all four gospels
It’s a wonderful story and thank goodness there is no heavy theology to unpack here. Just a simple but very important story of a ‘day in the life’ of Jesus
So let’s have a look at the story itself.
Now it’s called the feeding of the 5000 because that’s the number given in the text. But if we pick up verse 21 these are only the men. It also says besides the women and children. So we’re talking here about a much larger group of people – maybe upwards of 15,000 people.
So, 15,000 people descend on Jesus and his disciples, just as they’re seeking some peace and quiet to reflect on what the death of John the Baptist meant to them personally and to their ministry. They must have felt pretty hacked off when 15,000 people arrive!
But fortunately for that crowd, Jesus “saw [the] large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.” Despite his own pressing needs, Jesus spends the rest of the day healing and teaching the crowd.
But the crowd remain, perhaps waiting to see if any more miracle’s take place – they want to make absolutely sure that they’re there to see it. But as the day draws on the disciples start thinking of practicalities like food.
Maybe their own stomachs began to rumble or maybe the crowd were asking for food, the gospels don’t tell us.
So, the disciples start asking Jesus, “Look we’ve got all these people. They’re all hungry – send them all away to the villages to buy food.
Jesus sets down a challenge to the disciples – ‘you give them something to eat!’ No doubt panic set in amongst the disciples!
But there was this one little boy – we know it was a boy from John’s Gospel – with his packed lunch of five loaves and two fish. And he appears willing to give it up to Jesus.
This in itself is a minor miracle.
- Perhaps he thought that somebody else needed it more than him and he was willing to share.
- Maybe he was expecting Jesus to do a miracle
- Maybe he just thought that Jesus, in addition to everyone else, was also hungry. We don’t know
- Whatever his reasons were, he offered his lunch to Jesus.
So, a short resume of the storyline:
- We’ve got the huge crowd who are going to get fed.
- We’ve got the disciples who are sort of standing by wondering what to do
- We’ve got the little boy who’s given Jesus his lunch.
- And then we’ve got Jesus multiplying this little lunch of loaves and fishes and miraculously feeding the crowd.
And so, with this simple story we can all relax finish our coffee and perhaps think about our own lunch!
Or alternatively, is there more to this simple story that each of us might consider this morning:
It seems to me that this miracle couldn’t have happened without the little boy. He is the key to the miracle of Jesus. He gave away his lunch to Jesus
That to me is the real message of the feeding of the 5000. One little boy giving away his lunch gave food for perhaps 15,000 people.
That little boy not only had lunch that day but, along with everyone else, he had a real feast! Look at verse 20: “They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.”
It’s as simple as that!
And that is the message that we have to hang on to. You see if we spend our time eating our own lunch, and not sharing it with those who are in need then we will fail to see the power and grace of Jesus in our own lives.
If we don’t give Jesus anything that he can work with, then how on earth can Jesus perform the miracle of multiplying and doing miraculous things.
And that’s very good news for all of us. By giving away our lunch we can not only have food for ourselves but help feed others.
But whilst this is good news it’s also very challenging news because it puts us on the front line and asks if we’re prepared to give away our lunch, so that it can be used and multiplied by Jesus.
As we look at the world there are so many places where we can give away our lunch. For example
- The Dec appeal for Yemen
- The Thames Valley Air Ambulance
- The One Can Trust
- Our own favourite charities
Whoever we choose, the message of this simple story is straightforward. When we are challenged to actively look for opportunities to give away our lunch as part of our service for Jesus, our actions are honoured and multiplied many hundreds of times over.
Who will you give your lunch to today? Amen
Intercessions with Revd. Mike
A meditation on Isaiah 55 …
Lord you call to us, you call us out and you call us on. Father, would you grant to us the grace to respond to your invitation to come to the waters. We have nothing to give in return, we come emptyhanded to the throne of grace. May our very souls be nourished by the richest of fare as we come to the waters and drink.
May we know your presence and your voice in our lives as we find grace to listen. And as we listen may we hear your life giving and life sustaining voice, your word, the voice of the One who feeds us with the bread of life. For you are faithful to your word and your covenant, to your faithful love promised to King David and through him to all of us.
And as you fed the 5,000 may we receive from you the very bread of life. And in receiving may we be changed and in our very weakness find your strength. And may we find faith to share with others the glory of the life that you offer to us.
And you invite us into the life of the spirit in the prayer that you taught us …..
Our Father, in heaven
Hallowed be your name
Your kingdom come, Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our sins
As we forgive those who sin against us
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil,
For the kingdom, the power and the glory
Are yours, now and for ever, Amen.
BIBLE READINGS FOR THE WEEK AHEAD
|Day||Old Testament||New Testament|
|Monday||1 Samuel 14:24-46||Luke 23:13-25|
|Tuesday||1 Samuel 15:1-23||Luke 23:26-43|
|Wednesday||1 Samuel 16||Luke 23:44-56a|
|Thursday||1 Kings 19:1-16||1 John 3:1-3|
|Friday||1 Samuel 17:31-54||Luke 24:13-35|
|Saturday||1 Samuel 17:55 – 18:16||Luke 24:36-53|
|Sunday||1 Kings 19:9-18||Romans 10:5-15; Matt. 14:22-33
Our prayer for growth
God of Mission, who alone brings growth to your Church, send your Holy Spirit to give vision to our planning, wisdom to our actions and power to our witness. Help Holy Trinity and St. Margaret’s to grow in numbers, in spiritual commitment to you and in service to our local community, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen