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 ​​​​​The Benefice of Watchet and Williton

Sunday 27th September 2020.

THE SIXTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY

 ‘Knowing what we ought to do’

Today’s Collect reminds us that prayer is more than simply asking God for something and waiting for an answer. We are part of the answer, for God works through us. We ask him what things we ought to do, and pray for grace and power to carry them out. As someone once said: ‘Pray as if everything depended on God. Do as if everything depended on you.’

 

 

 

 

 


Collect

O Lord, we beseech you mercifully to hear the prayers of your people who call upon you;

and grant that they may both perceive and know what things they ought to do,

and also may have grace and power faithfully to fulfil them;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you,in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever                     Amen.

Praying Hands.

The story goes that Albrecht and Albert Durer were two of eighteen siblings born to a goldsmith in 15th century Nuremburg who worked eighteen hours a day to support his family.

Born into such hard circumstances the brothers Albert and Albrecht needed to learn to support themselves. Both wanted to become artists and so they agreed that one would work down the mines in order to finance the other`s time at the Acadamy of Art, and that they would swap over when one had completed the course. At the toss of a coin it fell to Albert to go down the mines and Albrecht to study art.

By the time he completed his studies Albrecht was already making a good living from his art work and so he was able to say to his brother that it was his turn to go and follow his dream, but the story goes that with tears streaming down his face Albert said that it was too late because his hands had become so battered and worn by working in the mines that he would never be able to produce fine artwork.                     Deeply moved by his brother's sacrifice Albrecht began to produce a series of etchings simply entitled "Hands" using his brother's hands as their subject. As the story spread people were so moved by it that the etchings became known as "The Praying Hands"

 

St. Teresa of Avilla wrote this beautiful prayer:

Christ has no body but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks
Compassion on this world,
Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good,
Yours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world.
Yours are the hands, yours are the feet,
Yours are the eyes, you are his body.
Christ has no body now but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks
compassion on this world.
Christ has no body now on earth but yours. — St. Teresa of Ávila

 

"The Father loves the Son and has placed all things into his hands.  John 3.35

 

How will  you use your hands to do His work?                              Clive

Today's Worship & Reading:

 

Gospel Readings: Matthew 21.23-32 & Luke 7.11-17 (BCP)

9.15 am     Parish Communion at St. Decuman's Church.

9.15 am.    Parish Communion at St. Peter's Church.

11.00 am.  AGAPE service in our own homes, via Zoom.

For passwords see below

 

Great News - You can join our Zoom Service by telephone.

Thanks to Andrew Tatham for making this possible and here are his instructions if you would like to join us by phone:

 

The instructions for Sunday morning are : Dial      0203 901 7895 or  0203 481 5257

 

When asked, dial the meeting number          833 1302 6866#

 

Then when asked:       #          Then when asked, the password:        116208#      - and you should get through !

 

I assume that the meeting numbers and passwords for Morning Prayer and Compline could be used in the same way.       All blessings,   Andrew

 

And, don`t forget, there are services on the television and the radio.

 

And for everybody who has a TELEPHONE - DAILY HOPE!

You can use it at any time and on any day. There is a message from the Archbishop of Canterbury.

 

 

tel: 0800 804 8044

 

Both Parish Churches are open for private prayer from 11.00 am - 5.00pm Sunday & Wednesday

 

 

This week.

Sunday 27th Sept. :         9.15 am.      Parish Communion at St. Decuman's

                                        9.15 am.      Parish Communion at St. Peter's

                                       11.00 am.    Agape Service in our homes via Zoom

Monday 28th :                9.30 am.      Morning Prayer - join us on Zoom     (for codes and passwords see below)

Tues. 29th. Sept.             12.00 noon. Funeral of Kathleen Bulpin.

                                         7.30 pm.     St. Decuman's PCC meeting in church

Wednesday 30th Sept. :   7.00 pm      Compline - join us on Zoom.   (for codes and passwords see below)

Sunday 4th October         9.15 am.     Harvest festival in both churches.

 Dates for your diary:

Wed. 21st. Oct.           7.00 pm.          St. Peter's APCM in church.

Sun. 25th Oct.             11.00 am.        St. Decuman's APCM in church after Parish                                                                                                              Communion.

Worship.

 

A prayer of Spiritual communion:

In union, O Dear Lord, with the faithful at every Altar of Your Church,
where Your blessed Body and Blood are being offered to the Father,
I desire to offer You praise and thanksgiving.
I present to You my soul and body,
with the earnest wish that I may ever be united to You.
And since I cannot now receive You sacramentally,
I beseech You to come spiritually into my heart.
I unite myself to You, and embrace You with all the affections of my soul.
O let nothing ever separate me from You.
Let me live and die in Your love.                                Amen.

We all realise that, whilst Covid-19 is an ever-present risk, what we have been used to regard as normal is no longer relevant. Therefore our Zoom services are part of what is now normality, as is the way we celebrate the Eucharist, remaining in our seats (standing, sitting or kneeling) as we receive the wafer or a blessing.

 

Please sit where you are asked to sit to avoid additional risk to others. There will be a day when you can decide where to sit again but we are not there yet.

 

If you would prefer not to receive communion but would like a blessing please hold the service sheet in your hands as a sign to the minister distributing communion.                  Clive & Kathryn.

 

Traidcraft is still going, but there won't be a stall at either church at the moment.

Please let me know if you'd like me to order anything. WE HAVE SOME LOVELY CHRISTMAS CATALOGUES FOR YOU TO BROWSE THROUGH!!

 (I still have sugar, strawberry jam and soap).           Anne.

 

HYMNS: Tell us your favourite and why it’s so important to you.

One of my favourites is "I the Lord of Sea and Sky." (Clive)

Let me know yours and we'll compile a Top Ten!

"Dear Lord and father of mankind", "Be Thou My Vision",  "All my hope on God is founded." "Love Divine",

"Be thou my Vision", "In Christ Alone", "Jerusalem", "I vow to thee my country", "Be still for the presence of the Lord”, “Tell out my soul",  “To God be the glory." , "Thine be the Glory!", "Breathe on me Breath of God." "Go forth and tell", "O church of God awake", "Here I am Lord", "And can it be", "O Lord, all the world belongs to you.", "New every morning is the love ", "God of Mercy God of Grace", "Abide With Me", " How Great Thou Art",  " I the Lord of Sea and Sky",  "We are conquerors",  "Come Holy Ghost our souls inspire". "Take my life and let it be" ," Make me a channel of your peace." "Just as I am". "Peace perfect Peace." "All mortal flesh keep silence." "One more step along the world I go".

 

Good choices everyone - keep them coming!

 

 

Thank you so much to those who have volunteered to clean the places and surfaces that have been used after each service in both churches - it only takes a few minutes and helps your church wardens a great deal and enables us to have the churches open after worship. If you’d like to help, please see Clive, Kathryn or a church warden

 

QUANTOCK FOOD BANKemail:quantockfoodbank@gmail.com  tel: 07483 815122

STOP PRESS: The Foodbank is now open Monday-Thursday 9.30-12.30 for donations. Thankyou The TOP FIVE items needed are:

Part baked bread, savoury snacks,Custard - packets or tins, cold meats, chicken soup only.                        THANK YOU you have helped us feed 5,500 people

 

 

HUMULUS LUPULUS seems such a long name for  HOPS.

 

At this time of year many churches in Kent and Sussex would normally be decorated with hops as part of their Harvest displays.

 We will celebrate HARVEST FESTIVAL in both our churches on Sunday 4th October.

If you look in the hedgerows of Watchet & Willton - especially in the river valleys - you may find hops growing in the wild. As well as providing a bittering agent for THE NECTAR OF THE GODS hops have a soporific effect when used in hop pillows, they are used as a herbal remedy for anxiety, as a natural dye and when the shoots are cut young and cooked I am told they taste like asparagus, although I have never tried this.

Methods of cultivation and harvesting have changed with time but there has been renewed interest in growing them due to the  growing popularity of real ale. For me "Bishop's Finger" is an excellent brew, produced in Kent and being named after a finger post on the downs, pointing the way to Canterbury for pilgrims. I am either a Kentish Man or a man of Kent depending on which definition you believe is correct.

Autumnal hedgerows contain other plants that are also grown commercially and which provide food or medicinal remedies. We have so much to appreciate and give thanks for in the fields and around their edges.

God provides for all creatures great and small.

26 Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?                    Matthew 6,26

Now you have proof that the author of this piece is "Hopping Mad!"

 

 

 

 

COLLECTIONS & GIVING.              As we find our way forward into a new normal the bills for our churches continue to come in so please do consider how you can continue to give each week. If you give by direct debit that need not change.

Please also consider contacting your bank and giving by direct debit - this would be a tremendous help and ensure we have greater regular income. Please ask for help to do this if you need it and I can supply forms to complete for your bank. Alternatively you could send cheques to me and I will pass them on to your treasurer.

If you prefer to give by envelope please place what you can each week into the envelope and bring it along when we return to church. If you give by placing your offering in the plate then please put what you can in an envelope and bring it along when we return to church or alternatively send  a cheque to me and I will pass it on. We do of course understand that if you are unable to work at the moment that you may need to reduce what you give.                  Clive

 

Zoom Codes:

Agape Service

Time: Sunday 2020 11:00 AM London

        Sep 27, 2020 11:00 AM

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83313026866?pwd=

TGdJUVFSVVp0eGdEOElQeHJseU5nQT09

Meeting ID: 833 1302 6866

Passcode: 116208

Morning Prayer

Time: 09:30 AM London

        Sep 28, 2020 09:30 AM

        Oct 5, 2020 09:30 AM

        Oct 12, 2020 09:30 AM

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84889596291?pwd=MVYxcTJuMWNvaDhWZmxDWitraldVQT09

Meeting ID: 848 8959 6291         Passcode: 317048

Compline

        Sep 30, 2020 07:00 PM

        Oct 7, 2020 07:00 PM

        Oct 14, 2020 07:00 PM 

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81986037591?pwd=NGhyZS9yU3dUWGxPVWlHUWJiK0pFdz09

Meeting ID: 819 8603 7591     Passcode:     879521

 

 

 

We take Safeguarding very seriously in our Benefice and our Safeguarding Officers are Sara Hempshall and Anne Gilbert. They can be contacted initially by ringing 07961 268411 and by e-mail on annegilbertsafeguarding@outlook.com

Clive:               01984 631005 / clive.gilbert@btinternet.com

Kathryn:         01984 633568 /Kathryn.flenley@btinternet.com

Benefice Website                   www.watchetandwillitonbenefice.com 

 

 

DON'T FORGET last week was

YOUR LAST CHANCE TO RETURN THE FORM!

General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

If you have not returned it this really is your last chance and we will not be able to send you this News sheet in October so you have one week left.

 

We have done our best to keep in touch with all of you throughout this testing time and wish to continue to do so. We now need to be sure that we comply fully with GDPR regulations.

Please can we ask you to complete and return this form to Clive by the end of August.

If you do not return the form then we will be required to remove your details from our records and will not be able to send you the News Sheet or anything else.

We are sorry if this sounds harsh but we have to comply with the legislation.

                Many thanks for your help with this and best wishes,

Clive & Kathryn

 

St. Decuman's, Watchet Parochial Church Council (the PCC), or

St. Peter's, Williton Parochial Church Council (the PCC) (as appropriate).

 

The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) came into force on 25 May 2018. Every society/organisation must ensure they have members’ consent to have personal information stored on a database to allow contact. The PCC needs your written permission to hold your contact details in order to contact you with information about events and activities in the Parish and Benefice and to share this data with authorised members of our church communities. This includes contact by email, phone or letter.

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Please complete this form, and send it to The Vicar as soon as possible, either by email or by post.

I am happy for the Parochial Church Council to hold the following contact details, to share my data with other members of the PCC and to use my data to contact me by

E-mail                    YES/NO                               Post                       YES/NO                Telephone          YES/NO

(Please delete as applicable.)

Please complete your details below :

Full name: …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

Address: ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

Telephone Number: ……………………………………………………………………………………………………..

E-mail address: …………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

I understand that I can withdraw this consent at any time by writing to the PCC Secretary and that this data will be retained only for the period of my connection with the Parish of St Decuman’s, Watchet or St Peter’s, Williton.

Signature (an electronic signature is permissible): ...........................................................................

Date:...................................................................................................................................................

 

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