St Andrews Church, Taunton

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18th OCTOBER 2020

THE NINETEENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY

LUKE THE EVANGELIST

10.00am Parish Eucharist

followed by Annual Parish Meeting and Annual Parochial Church Meeting

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Collect: 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.


Readings:    Acts 16.6-12a, 2 Timothy 4.5-17, Luke 10.1-9


Post Communion Prayer: Holy and blessed God, you have fed us with the body and blood of your Son and filled us with your Holy Spirit: may we honour you, not only with our lips but in lives dedicated to the service of Jesus Christ our Lord.


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
  • Bishop Peter, Bishop Ruth and their families
  • Children who will be baptised at St Andrew's in the coming weeks and their families

Information Update:


  • The Church will be open for private prayer on Sundays from 12 noon to 3.30pm and Thursdays from 9.00am to 12.30pm.
  • Some meetings and events are suspended. Others are taking place online or in person with measures based on Government and Church of England guidance. The hall has reopened with safety measures in place. The office remains closed.

  • The Government is making face coverings mandatory in places of worship from the 8th August 2020.


Thank you! 

Dear all, I felt wonderfully well supported as I presided at the Eucharist for the first time on 4th October. I was touched to see the largest congregation that we have had present since the lockdown, as well as those joining online and praying from home. Thank you for the beautiful flowers, Prosecco and card which Robin presented on behalf of you all. On opening the card, I discovered that Robin had added pictures inside of what was yet to be delivered - an oil stock and sick call stole, designed to be carried with me when called out to minister to the sick, or to prepare the dying for their death. As I take on these new responsibilities as a priest, I am thankful to do so within this supportive church community, and look forward to continuing to grow in my ministry together with you. 

Katy Gough

THIS WEEK’S NOTICES

 

Social distancing within Church

In line with guidance from the Church of England we are now permitted to seat household bubbles 1m apart provided there is mitigation through the wearing of masks.  There will be an area in the church available where there will be seating 2m apart should people prefer this.

Our keeping of All Souls will take place on Sunday 1 November this year at 6.00pm.

The current arrangements for worship, of course, apply to this service too, so sadly we will not be able to serve the tea this year, nor linger in conversation before or after the service, 

We will though be able to remember our departed loved ones in prayer as we always do.
In a change from previous years, please phone or email any names to Ruth Cook on 01823 973787 or  ruth-cook@sky.com by 27th October.

As on Sunday mornings, the service will be live streamed to our Facebook page for those unable to attend in person but wishing to take part.


HYMNS OF THE WEEK

We cannot measure how you heal

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BwlaTxvWQ4

 

The words of this hymn were written by John Bell and Graham and sung to the traditional Scottish folk melody ‘Ye Banks and Braes’.  This hymn has been chosen as a focus on Luke the Evangelist who is thought to have been both a physician and a disciple of Paul. As we celebrate St Luke Day we give thanks for the healing ministry in the church, for healing in our own lives, the skill of doctors and nurses and for the healing of the nation’s especially at this time of crisis.

We cannot measure how you heal
or answer every sufferer’s prayer,
yet we believe your grace responds
where faith and doubt unite to care.
Your hands, though bloodied on the cross
survive to hold and heal and warn,
to carry all through death to life
and cradle children yet unborn.

The pain that will not go away,
the guilt that clings from things long past,
the fear of what the future holds
are present as if meant to last.
But present too is love which tends
the hurt we never hoped to find,
the private agonies inside
the memories that haunt the mind.

So some have come who need your help,
and some have come to make amends,
as hands which shaped and saved the world
are present in the touch of friends.
Lord, let your Spirit meet us here
to mend the body, mind and soul,
to disentangle peace from pain
and make your broken people whole


Following our Eucharist this morning our Annual Parochial Meeting takes place.


The following hymn is included as a focus of prayer and thanksgiving for our ministry here at St Andrew’s and in the Community we are called to serve.
The words are included with the following recording.

 

Let us build a house where love can dwell


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKJgcv8SdnQ

 



25th OCTOBER 2020

THE TWENTIETH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY

BIBLE SUNDAY

10.00am Parish Eucharist


Collect: God, our light and our salvation: illuminate our lives, that we may see your goodness in the land of the living, and looking on your beauty may be changed into the likeness of Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Readings: Nehemiah 8.1-4a (5-6)8-12, Colossians 3.12-17,                        Matthew 24.30-35 


Post Communion Prayer: God our Father, whose Son, the light unfailing, has come from heaven to deliver the world from the darkness of ignorance: let these holy mysteries open the eyes of our understanding that we may know the way of life, and walk in it without stumbling; through Jesus Christ our Lord.


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
  • Bishop Peter, Bishop Ruth and their families
  • Children who will be baptised at St Andrew's in the coming weeks and their families

Information Update:


  • The Church will be open for private prayer on Sundays from 12 noon to 3.30pm and Thursdays from 9.00am to 12.30pm.
  • Some meetings and events are suspended. Others are taking place online or in person with measures based on Government and Church of England guidance. The hall has reopened with safety measures in place. The office remains closed.

  • The Government is making face coverings mandatory in places of worship from the 8th August 2020.


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  • Somerset
  • TA2 6HU

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