St Andrews Church, Taunton

Reaching lives for change and hope

Newsletter


12th JULY 2020

THE FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY
FEAST OF DEDICATION

10.00am Parish  Eucharist


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Collect:  Almighty God, send down upon your Church the riches of your Spirit, and kindle in all who minister the gospel your countless gifts of grace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. 


Readings:    Genesis 25.19-3, Romans 8.1-11,

   Matthew 13.1-9, 18-23

 

For your prayers:

  • All those across the world affected by the Coronavirus; the sick and the frightened
  • For all medical professionals and researchers
  • The residents and staff of care homes, including those in our parish - Cedar Lodge, Aspen Court and Northway House
  • The sick and those who have died
  • The Listening Chaplaincy phoneline, and all the volunteer chaplains including those from St Andrew's and Rowbarton Methodist.

  • The children and staff at St Andrew’s and Priorswood Schools. 

Information Update:


  • The Church will be open for private prayer on Sundays, 12.00 noon to 3.30pm, and Thursdays 9.00am to 12.30pm.
  • Meetings and events are suspended until further notice, and the hall and office will remain closed.
  • See back page for on-line prayer resources. 


Zoom Coffee is moving to Zoom Lunch on Wednesday at 1pm

As public worship restarts this Sunday, we will no longer meet for coffee online on Zoom, as some of us will have tasks after the service or be travelling home. But as we cannot yet have coffee in church, this week we will be trying out Zoom at 1pm on Wednesday 15th. You are very welcome to bring your lunch to your computer screen! Please contact Katy Gough if you would like the log in details.


                            LIGHT UP THE SPIRE                   

          For the month of July the church spire is floodlit   

   In memory of Paul Trott.  Always remembered with love.

          In loving memory of Tony Rice on his birthday,

                            from Eileen and family. 

                To celebrate Ruth Cook’s special day.  

      In thanks for NHS Staff, Care Workers and Key Workers,

             and that the Spire light may be Hope for the future.                                                                                                                                                               

 















PSALM AND HYMN OF THE WEEK


This Sunday we are celebrating the 139th Anniversary of the Dedication of St Andrew’s Church. To mark our celebrations I have chosen an arrangement of Psalm 122 with music composed by Christopher Walker who was sometime Director of Music at Clifton Roman Catholic Cathedral in Bristol. Psalm 122 was traditionally sung by pilgrims at the moment they caught sight of Jerusalem. For us today every Sunday is like a short pilgrimage to St Andrew’s to greet and share in worship with each other.


Refrain for a modern arrangement of Psalm 122



I rejoiced when I heard them say; “Let us go to the Lord’s house! O my friends, O my friends, let us go to the house of the Lord!”


I rejoiced when I heard them say: “Let us go to the house of the Lord!”
And now we stand within your gates O Jerusalem, Jerusalem. [Refrain]


Here the people of God rejoice: here they worship the name of the Lord.
Here justice reigns within your gates O Jerusalem, Jerusalem. [Refrain]


Pray for peace in Jerusalem. All who love you will never be lost.
May peace be here within your walls O Jerusalem, Jerusalem [Refrain]


For all you who give praise to God, I will ask for the peace of the Lord.
May love of God fill all your days in Jerusalem, Jerusalem [Refrain]


For the law of our God commands that we always give thanks to our God;
that praise of God be on our lips in Jerusalem, Jerusalem [Refrain]


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nit66LUr2K4


Traditional hymn for reflection in thanksgiving for all past members of St Andrew’s Church


In our day of thanksgiving one psalm let us offer
for the saints who before us have found their reward;
when the shadow of death fell upon them, we sorrowed,
but now we rejoice that they rest in the Lord.
 

In the morning of life, and at noon, and at even,
they were gathered to heav’n from our worship below;
but not till God’s love, at the font and on the altar,
had clothed them with grace for the way they should go.

These stones that have echoed their praises are holy,
and dear is the ground where their feet have once trod;
yet here they confessed they were strangers and pilgrims,
and still they were seeking the city of God.

Sing praise, then, and thanks that God’s love here has found them
whose journey is ended, whose perils are past;
they believed in the light; and its glory is round them,
where the clouds of earth’s sorrows are lifted at last.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxV3fOrCwsQ


THIS WEEK’S NOTICES

Weekly Picture Quiz

If you have email and would like to receive a weekly picture quiz – again, just for fun – please email Bill and Ali who will provide you with a weekly quiz plus answers for the previous week. 

 

Community Art Project – Hope

An opportunity to draw or paint Christian symbols of hope, using a circle design, which can be displayed to the wider community. Please contact Katy on 01823 330854 for more information.

 

Yarn Bombing

Get creative with your knitting needles and crochet hooks so that we can yarn bomb the railings around the Church Hall to show a visual presence of St Andrew’s being there for the community.  Please contact Esther on 07879 491276 or Sue on 07791 721780 for more information.

 

Church Services by Telephone – free

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has launched a free national phone line as a simple new way to bring worship and prayer into people’s homes while church buildings are closed because of the coronavirus. Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line.


The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind.


 PRAYER RESOURCES

 The seasonal Daily Prayer leaflet for is on the parish website. See also…

https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/join-us-service-daily-prayer

 

You can hear the Prayer for the Day (Collect) read aloud on the Church of England website at

https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/join-us-daily-prayer/todays-prayer

 

Prayers for use during the current crisis…

https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-liturgy-and-prayer-resources

 

Weekly online services are available at

https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/church-online


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19th JULY 2020

THE SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY

10.00am Parish  Eucharist

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Collect:  Creator God, you made us all in your image: may we discern you in all that we see, and serve you in all that we do; through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Readings:    Genesis 28.10-19a, Romans 8.12-25,
                    Matthew 13.24-30,36-43 


For your prayers:


  • All those across the world affected by the Coronavirus; the sick and the frightened
  • For all medical professionals and researchers
  • The residents and staff of care homes, including those in our parish - Cedar Lodge, Aspen Court and Northway House
  • The sick and those who have died
  • The Listening Chaplaincy phoneline, and all the volunteer chaplains including those from St Andrew's and Rowbarton Methodist.

  • The children and staff at St Andrew’s and Priorswood Schools. 


Information Update:


  • The Church will be open for private prayer on Sundays, 12 noon to 3.30pm, and Thursdays 9.00am to 12.30pm.

  • Meetings and events are suspended until further notice, and the hall and office will remain closed.

Zoom Coffee is moving to Zoom Lunch on Wednesday at 1pm 


As public worship restarts this Sunday, we will no longer meet for coffee online on Zoom, as some of us will have tasks after the service or be travelling home. But as we cannot yet have coffee in church, this week we will be trying out Zoom at 1pm on Wednesday 15th. You are very welcome to bring your lunch to your computer screen! Please contact Katy Gough if you would like log in details. 


REFLECTION


Genesis 28: 10 – 19a 


 “So Jacob rose early in the morning, and he took the stone that he had put under his head and set it up for a pillar and poured oil on the top of it.  
He called that place Bethel which means House of God”

 

Jacob

He met with God, dreaming,
wrestling, ascending, descending
angels;

awaking, recognising God’s presence;

knowing, remembering ancestors here too.

Raising the stone, the pillar

anointing with oil, becomes the marker,

the place where God is.

Renaming and becoming Bethel – House of God.

Blessing, following, returning,
fulfilling God’s promise to be with him always.


Taunton St Andrew


We meet with God, praying,
praising, singing, preaching;

listening to God’s voice.

Sharing, welcoming others to meet with God here too.
Dedicated, set aside, anointed
for God to meet with us here.
Sharing, welcoming others.

Sending, going out, meeting others where they are

and drawing them back
where our God is continually near. 


Ourselves


And now the House of God is closed,

doors shut, candles snuffed, prayers extinguished.

Where can we meet with God now?

New ways, with different stones raised,
placed in home, or garden, or countryside.

We now meet alone,
encounter God as Jacob did.

But God is here in living room, or bed,

on scrunchy stones – falteringly tread. 


God’s promised holds fast
as to Jacob and for you.

He is with each one wherever we go
as we stay or shield or masked venture forth.

The rainbow promise, covenant of old
now with new meaning;
gives fresh hope.


And Christ is still within, without;

Risen, ascended, glorified
despite no Easter shouts or candles lit
or garden laid, or cross revered.

His love, his promise

stays always true. 


Now doors reopen;

One hundred days of famine done.

We meet again, as Jacob did,
blessing, breaking bread
and knowing God
in the House of God – our Bethel.


Amen

Ruth Cook


HYMN OF THE WEEK


Let us light a candle in the darkness


The words of this hymn were written by Robert Willis who is Dean of Canterbury Cathedral with the music composed by Richard Shephard. I have chosen this hymn feeling that it affirms that the Light of the Risen Christ shines in the darkness bringing hope and healing throughout the world and in our lives.


In a world where people walk in darkness,
let us turn our faces to the light,
to the light of God revealed in Jesus,
to the Daystar scattering our night.
Refrain
For the light is stronger than the darkness

and the day will overcome the night,
though the shadows linger all around us,
let us turn our faces to the light
. 


In a world where suffering of the helpless,
casts a shadow all along the way,
let us bear the Cross of Christ with gladness
and proclaim the dawning of the day.
Refrain
For the light is stronger than the darkness

and the day will overcome the night,
though the shadows linger all around us,
let us turn our faces to the light
. 


Let us light a candle in the darkness,
in the face of death, a sign of life;
as a sign of hope where all seems hopeless,
as a sign of peace in place of strife.
Refrain
For the light is stronger than the darkness

and the day will overcome the night,
though the shadows linger all around us,
let us turn our faces to the light
.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDTO6RgrZj0 


 

A SONG FOR REFLECTION AND DEDICATION


Praying for God’s blessing on our journey home and for those sharing in worship from their homes.


May God bless and keep you, may God’s face shine on you: May God be kind to you and give you peace.


The text is the oldest biblical verse ever found in Jerusalem (Numbers 6: 22-27) it was scratched onto a piece of silver. 


Music composed by Christopher Walker formerly Director of Music at Clifton Roman Catholic Cathedral. 


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQDOI07gmnA

 

THIS WEEK’S NOTICES

Weekly Picture Quiz


If you have email and would like to receive a weekly picture quiz – again, just for fun – please email Bill and Ali who will provide you with a weekly quiz plus answers for the previous week. 


 Community Art Project – Hope


An opportunity to draw or paint Christian symbols of hope, using a circle design, which can be displayed to the wider community. Please contact Katy on 01823 330854 for more information.


Yarn Bombing


Get creative with your knitting needles and crochet hooks so that we can yarn bomb the railings around the Church Hall to show a visual presence of St Andrew’s being there for the community.  Please contact Esther on 07879 491276 or Sue on 07791 721780 for more information.

 

Church Services by Telephone – free

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has launched a free national phone line as a simple new way to bring worship and prayer into people’s homes while church buildings are closed because of the coronavirus. Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line. 


The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind.


PRAYER RESOURCES 


The seasonal Daily Prayer leaflet is on the parish website.


See also…


https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/join-us-service-daily-prayer

 


You can hear the Prayer for the Day (Collect) read aloud on the Church of England website at


https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/join-us-daily-prayer/todays-prayer

 


Prayers for use during the current crisis…


https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-liturgy-and-prayer-resources

 


Weekly online services are available at


https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/church-online