Services whilst we are closed due to Corona virus

                                

                                        

        

 

               St Clement Church Community Sunday Service

 

Good morning to you all as we celebrate our Sunday service.

As I expect you’ve heard on the news, church buildings can open on Saturday 13th June.  But before we break out the champagne and organise the party, this news doesn’t mean our return to worship at St Clement.

The ruling is that church buildings can be open for; ‘supervised prayer’ for visitor’s private, individual prayer, not public worship. 

‘Supervised prayer’ means the church building would need to be ‘manned’ whilst it is open, extensive Covid signage in place, every other pew roped off, hand sanitiser available and kneelers and hymn books removed.

I shall email the PCC for their views, but for now, until such signage and requirements are in place, I’m afraid St Clement Church building will remain closed for the time being.

To cheer us up, at the bottom of this service is a poem written by Angela’s daughter Heather, and a rather amusing photo from Lis Bashforth.

As I said last week, the covid restrictions are beginning to lift, but be careful if you go out and about and keep yourselves safe.

Oh, and Daphne, PLEASE let Dave have some cake this week……..!

Much love and prayers and may Christ’s love sustain you not only during these difficult times, but always. 

Rev Di and family xx

 

 

Let us pray;

Faithful Lord, whose steadfast love never ceases and whose mercies never come to an end: grant us the grace to trust you and to receive the gifts of your love, new every morning, in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

 

Our prayers of Penitence

As we celebrate the grace and goodness of God, we remember our sins and weaknesses:

 

When we are quick to criticize others, but slow to praise them…

Lord, have mercy.

 

When we bear grudges, and find it hard to forgive…

Christ, have mercy.

 

When we let evil go unchallenged, and are afraid to speak the truth…. Lord, have mercy.

 

When we do not trust in God’s unfailing love…

Christ, have mercy

 

May Almighty God have mercy upon us, forgive us our failings, and bring us to everlasting life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

 

Let us pray our Collect for the 1st Sunday after Trinity

God of truth, help us to keep your law of love and to walk in the ways of wisdom, that we may find true life in Jesus Christ your Son. Amen.  

                                                                                           

Our Reading today is taken from the Gospel of Matthew (9.35-10.8) Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. 

When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest.’

Then Jesus summoned his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to cure every disease and every sickness. 

These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon, also known as Peter, and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax-collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed him.

These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: ‘Go nowhere among the Gentiles, and enter no town of the Samaritans, but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 

As you go, proclaim the good news, “The kingdom of heaven has come near.” Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. You received without payment; give without payment.

 

Our Reflection this week is written by Liz Davies    

We have been in ‘lockdown’ for over twelve weeks now – shut away from the normality of everyday life. That twelve weeks has brought with it rather a lot of grumbling – grumbling about things that can’t be changed so complaining about them is pointless.

In fact, it has made me realise the sheer destructive nature of ill-tempered grumpy complaining especially when it goes on and on. 

While life is not as we might like it to be, we have much to be thankful for – the ‘lockdown’ has kept us safe and we have done and achieved a lot of things we would not have done if life had been normal.

So, these ‘strange’ times have me wonder what our ‘core values’ are, or should be.

Thinking about ‘core values,’ I came across this little story:

Many years ago, Betty, a prominent member of her community and church, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. She lived with the disease for eight years deteriorating a little more each year.

About two years before she died, a new priest came to her church and he began visiting her. When she died and the priest had to prepare his sermon, he realized he never knew Betty as everyone else had known her.  He had known Betty stripped of inhibitions and totally dependent on others to care for her. All he ever heard her say was, ‘I love you.’ All he had ever seen her do, was smile.  

At Betty’s funeral, the priest shared this observation with everyone and used an onion as an analogy to her life. An onion starts with a core and adds layers as it matures.

As in life, each experience and thought are layered to our core. The priest pointed out that Betty’s core was love and he had met her without any layers. ‘What is your core made of?’ was his question to the congregation.           

Had I been there, I’m not sure what I would have said my core was made of, but I would like to think it was love, too.                                                                           What is your core? What is the core of our church? What have been the values that have sustained our church for over 800 years?                                                                     If we look at our Gospel reading for today there are clues to core values. Jesus travelled round to cities and villages, teaching, preaching and healing.

‘But when he saw the multitudes, He was moved to compassion for them, because they were harassed and scattered like sheep without a shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, ‘The harvest indeed is plentiful, but the labourers are few. Pray therefore that the Lord of the harvest will send out his labourers into his harvest.’

If you think about St Clement Church’s history, there have been approximately 44,800 Sundays of worship, teaching and preaching. Hopefully, there has been healing too. We may not have experienced as many spectacular miracles as they did when Jesus walked the earth, but I hope we have shown the compassion spoken of when Jesus saw the crowds.                                                                    

Jesus also offers another image – that of ‘the harvest.’ A harvest is traditionally seen as an occasion for joy – a time of abundance, a time of rejoicing for the blessings that have been bestowed.                                                                                                 Well, the harvest is plentiful – a good sign that suggests that this harvest may be the good things of the kingdom that Jesus has been preaching and teaching about.

These ‘good things’ include all the healings and other miracles Jesus has been performing as evidence of the approaching kingdom. BUT, there is a problem – ‘the labourers are few.’

More labourers are needed, not to ‘rescue’ the few before judgement descends but so that more may be introduced to the blessings of the approaching kingdom.                                                                                  Jesus is still calling new disciples each and every day to set out on that same mission. The 800 year history of our church will be over and done with, unless we continue to call new disciples to take up the Gospel message and carry it to a new generation.                                                                                                                    The death of George Floyd in the USA a couple of weeks ago has triggered much unrest, across the world.

People have said that racism and unfair treatment of individuals due to colour, race and creed MUST stop. Everyone is equal.

As a church, we have a choice of whether to be inclusive or exclusive. We can become a sanctuary for saints where purity reigns or we can be a haven for sinners where everyone is welcome. Surely, the word ‘inclusive’ is much more representative of the ministry and example of Jesus than is the word ‘exclusive.’                                                                                                                                           As Jesus was ‘moved with compassion’ so we are called to be a church of compassion and each of us to be a compassion worker for Christ.                                             So, thinking back to - What is my core value? I pray that I may, one day, be able to answer, ‘compassionate love.’                                                                                                      What about you?  Amen.

 

Affirmation of our faith

Let us declare our faith in God.

We believe and trust in God the Father, source of all being and life, the one for whom we exist.  We believe and trust in God the Son, who took our human nature, died for us and rose again. 

We believe and trust in God the Holy Spirit, who gives life to the people of God and makes Christ known in the world. 

This is the faith of the Church. This is our faith.

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

 

Our Intercessions this week are written by Daphne

Let us pray: Holy loving and most merciful God, we ask for your divine presence as we pray separately in our homes but joined together in faith and love that our beloved Reverend Diane has woven around us giving us strength comfort and hope over these many weeks of darkness and despair.

 

We pray you will guide and direct all world leaders to make the right decisions over the next coming weeks to overcome and eliminate Covid 19. I pray we will all be sensible and observe the rules laid down to help us.

 

We pray for the world wide church, all Bishops and priests , who at this time are striving to serve the parishes and communities in their everyday needs without support and in such difficult times of stress and anxiety.

Be with them and give them strength and courage in their daily lives.

 

We pray for all people who daily put their lives at risk caring for the sick, vulnerable and those in great need. For those who are working to provide us all with; FOOD, WATER, LIGHT and HEAT. For those who are keeping us safe and providing for all our many needs that we take for granted.  Lord please be with them and keep them safe.

 

We pray for all who are sick and suffering in body mind and spirit. Those who have Covid19 and all other sickness and all who cannot be treated or helped at this time.

Give hope to all troubled souls, may they find comfort knowing you are always with them.

In our community at St Clement we have recently witnessed sorrow and sadness, and been unable to support our dear friends in their time of need. They have been always on our minds and in our prayers.

May they know they have not been forgotten, but we have been there for them not in body but always in our hearts. Hold them in your hands Lord always.

 

Lord we pray that you will be with all who are adding to our world problems with violence, looting, and destruction under the coat of protest.  May they overcome hatred, and replace it spreading the word of justice and hope for a peaceful future.

 

Dear Lord, I pray you will be with us all, guide us, protect us, and show us how to do all we can in these difficult days to help in some small way. Help us to sustain our faith to give us strength and fortitude to look ahead beyond the days of uncertainty and sometimes despair to the dawn of a future in light and hope that with Go’s grace we will emerge someday soon.

Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

 

Gathering our prayers and praises into one, let us pray with confidence as Jesus taught us;

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

The Peace

We are the body of Christ.  In the one Spirit we were all baptised into one body.  Let us then pursue all that makes for peace and build up our common life.  May the peace of God be always with us. 

Amen.

 

 

Blessing

May God the Holy Trinity make us strong in faith and love, defend us on every side and guide us in truth and peace.  And may the presence of God watch over us, the power of God protect us, those whom we love, and may we never forget that wherever we are, God is with us always, to the end of the age.

Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From Heather; I thought I’d have a go at a lockdown poem for your church newsletter…….

 

I am a little slug and can’t believe my eyes,

Loads of lovely lettuces growing high in to the skies!

Not sure what has happened,

but can’t say I really care.

Humans planting loads of stuff,

sporting very scary hair!!

I feast upon the abundance,

drooling as I go.

chomping my way through everything,

in the beautiful moon lit glow.

I’m hoping this lasts forever,

as this is the best spring I’ve ever known.

I just wish humans would quickly learn, 

How to cut their hair when stuck at home!!!

 

 

 

A photo from Lis:

Well, we’re social distancing, but we’ve had to hide our ball and skateboard…….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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