The Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity
A prayer for all those affected by coronavirus
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy.
Sustain and support the anxious,
be with those who care for the sick,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may find comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.
VERSE FOR THE WEEK: James 4.7-8: Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.
TODAY: Believe it or not, overcoming evil and temptation is easier than we might think. God always meets us at least half way!
Collect for the Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity: 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.
Collect for The Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity (BCP): O Lord, we beseech thee, let thy continual pity cleanse and defend thy Church; and, because it cannot continue in safety without succour, preserve it evermore by thy help and goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Readings: Proverbs 31.10-end: James 3.13-4.3, 7-8a: Mark 9.30-37
MP: Psalm 119. 153-176: Isaiah 45.9-22: Revelation 14.1-5
EP: Exodus 19.10-end: Matthew 8.23-end
PUBLIC WORSHIP FROM 19TH JULY
All are welcome who feel confident to come. Although many of the restrictions on public worship are no longer legal requirements, the clergy and wardens have decided that those attending services should be asked to continue with some of the some of the things we have been doing, as there will be a number in our congregations who will continue to have concerns. On the plus side, congregations can now sing! Please see the more detailed note below.
SUNDAY 19th September Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity
9am BCP Morning Prayer (Zoom)
9am HC BCP All Saints Coleshill
10.30am HC CW St Mary Amersham (streamed from church)
6pm St Mary BCP Evening Prayer (streamed from church) Wednesday 10am BCP HC Zoom
For all access details see below.
In addition, the clergy team will livestream a short time of evening prayer on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 6pm
VOLUNTARY THIS WEEK at St Mary’s Church:
Choral Song (S.S. Wesley)
AMERSHAM CHARTER FAIR
A slightly slimmed-down version of the Amersham Charter Fair is being held in Old Amersham High Street on Sunday 19th 12 noon to 11pm and on Monday 20th 4pm to 11pm. Expect some disruption in getting to and from St Mary’s during those times.
PARISH OFFICE CLOSED
The Parish Office will be closed this week whilst Dorothy takes a well- deserved break. In cases of urgency, please contact the clergy team or wardens directly.
We welcome the families and friends of George Paton and Ava West as they come for their baptisms at St Mary’s today.
We again welcome David Robinson to lead and preach at All Saints’ this morning.
REVIEW OF CURRENT COVID ARRANGEMENTS
The clergy and wardens keep the whole situation under review. We are now holding the Sunday Evening Prayer service at St Mary’s in St Catherine’s Chapel and hope to resume tea and coffee in a socially distanced way after the 10.30 service at St Mary’s from 26th September.
HARVEST AT ST MARY’S
We will be celebrating Harvest at St Mary’s on Sunday 26th September. Due to the fact that it is difficult to arrange deliveries or collections of large quantities of suitable foods, the clergy and wardens propose that this year we support Chiltern Foodbank by donations of cash or cheques (payable to Chiltern Foodbank) in envelopes that we will collect at the services. Chiltern Foodbank is then best placed to work out how best to support people (they have mountains of things like pasta). We will have the usual displays of Harvest Flowers in church.
CHORAL EVENSONG 6.00PM AT ST MARY’S 26TH SEPTEMBER
At long last we are resuming choral evensong! All are welcome to join us on Sunday 26th September in St Mary’s at 6.00pm for choral evensong with the riches of music in worship around the classic words of Cranmer’s Book of Common Prayer and to take part.
Could you be thinking of going deeper in your faith by getting confirmed? If so, have a no-strings attached chat with Revs. Tim or Sue.
Edward McCall will be giving an organ recital at St Mary’s on Sunday 24th October at 3pm. Further details to follow, but put the date in your diaries now.
FLOWER HARVEST REQUEST
It is Harvest Festival next Sunday 26th September. The arrangements look much better if they have a lot of fruit and veg. in them, so if anyone has any produce eg. marrows, pumpkins, fruit or hops or any other produce, please leave it by the vestry door by Wednesday 22nd September. Many thanks. Jo Coldham
ESSENTIAL INFO ABOUT PUBLIC WORSHIP FROM 19TH JULY
As a church, we are commended to “look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others” (Philippians 2.4). Although most legal restrictions have been removed, not everyone has been fully vaccinated. Some of our congregation remain vulnerable, and the pandemic has shown that people can be carriers of the virus even if they do not display symptoms.
We therefore ask that those coming to church:
- bring a face covering with them, and be sensitive to the needs of those around Wear one if you feel more comfortable doing so; wear one if it would make your neighbour in church feel more comfortable
- sanitise hands on arrival
- continue to register for NHS Track and Trace either through the QR Code or by completing a This will help in contacting people if someone tests positive
- maintain social distancing in an appropriate way – for example, by respecting the wishes of anyone who is uncomfortable about too close contact
Singing – we can now sing, and many of you are in good voice!
Sharing the Peace – the Peace may be shared within or between pews in whatever way you and your neighbours are fully comfortable with. Again, please respect others’ wishes. Please do not move around the church during the Peace.
At Communion – we will continue to offer the sacrament in one kind only, the bread, and the words of administration will be spoken once only to all communicants. Communicants and others who wish to kneel at the rail when receiving can do so, but it will be fine if others prefer to stand.
BOOKS AND PRESERVES
There are plans afoot for the Book Stall to reappear towards the end of October. We thought that while you are turning your excess produce into Jams and Chutneys, put a jar aside for us to sell alongside the books. There will be a box in St. Mary’s to collect these.
Please label so we know what we are selling. Many thanks in anticipation.
A MESSAGE FROM EDWARD
It has been lovely to hear you all sing again now that the restrictions have been lifted. With this in mind, we are asking you to complete the Form (via the link below) so that we can get a sense of your favourite hymns. Our intention is to try and include some of your favourites in the services in the coming weeks. Thank you for doing this and for singing with such energy! https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=pstSeSRlVUO2XDFHhvle9HsMrLK9uWBAo OMlbRymBENUQTU3OFFFRzNVM09WTUhaRFZNU0ZCWUo0Mi4u
Developing Fellowship and Pastoral Care at St. Mary’s
We’ve been thinking about the last year or so of the pandemic, and the current vacancy, in line with the questions posed by the diocese:
What have we lost that we want to have back again? What have we lost, but we don’t miss?
What have we gained?
What opportunities have we spotted?
When we were drawing up the parish profile (our advert for ourselves) a theme that came out was hospitality and fellowship, which will help to sustain us – and hopefully grow us as well. So we’ve come up with…. a list!
Please have a look at the attached table and see if there’s anything on here that appeals to you. Some are established activities you might fancy trying, but have never known how to go about it: bell-ringing or joining the choir, perhaps. Those are regular commitments: would joining a rota be more your thing? Or a one-off like the church fete?
There’s new stuff too. We really need to build up a team to manage the shiny new cameras: at the moment things creak a bit if our established experts are away. And we’d like to have more opportunities for people just to get together and have fun: we’ve missed each other! This could include Bible study (why shouldn’t studying the Bible be fun?), or a book club, or getting together to do craft things over tea and biscuits.
You will know too that with a smaller ministry team since both Tim and Charles left us, it simply won’t be possible for the clergy to cover everything. How do you feel about getting involved in pastoral care?
Most importantly perhaps, as we deal with the continuing impact of the pandemic, and look ahead to the appointment of a new Rector, we’d really like people to help us develop the prayer life of the parish, through meeting regularly.
And of course, if you have any brilliant ideas which we haven’t thought of: do tell us!
Please return with your name and contact details to the parish office by September 28th.
Sunday School at St Mary’s has re-started under Simon Hollett’s leadership, and it’s great to see more children making their way to join him for activities during the service –
obviously enjoying it so much so they haven’t wanted to come back at the end of the service! No decision has been made about re-starting First Steps and Parents and Toddlers.
CHILDREN’S SOCIETY HOUSEBOXES
If you have one of these it’s now the time for them to be emptied. If you are coming to church please give to the sidesman who will pop it in the safe for me to collect. If not, please give me a ring and I will arrange for this to be collected.
DONATIONS TO ST MARY’S AND ALL SAINTS
While the pandemic continues, there is likely to be an impact on finances. We are very grateful that so many people have changed their giving to standing orders and we are in a very fortunate position in comparison with many other parishes. But if you would like to make a donation or catch up with planned giving and have online banking the easiest way is to make a BACS payment – please contact the Parish Office to get the details (it has been brought to our attention that the information previously displayed could be hacked from the notice). Many already donate by Standing Order so please let our Treasurer know if you want any help in changing to this. Please contact Graeme Coles at Treasurerfirstname.lastname@example.org For All Saints Coleshill please speak to Peter Clackett on 01494 433044.
A PASTORAL CHAT
Do contact any of the clergy for a chat by phone, facetime or Zoom about anything that is concerning you. Time we have!
HOW TO ACCESS STREAMED CHURCH SERVICES EACH WEEK
9am Morning Prayer or HC (BCP) Zoom: Please apply to Rev Tim Barnard for meeting joining details, see the contact list below.
10.30am Holy Communion and Evening Prayers log in to: www.facebook.com/stmarysamersham
ANOTHER OPTION is to take part in streamed services from the Diocese of Oxford. Going to https://www.oxford.anglican.org/livestream/ will give you both the link to the streamed service and the download of the service order. The Eucharist can also be watched on demand. TAIZE SHEETS They can be accessed from this site: http://www.taize.fr/en_article1854.html
PLEASE REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS:
Those who are ill: Jane Newman, Richard Simmonds, Marie-Therese and Brian Fawcett.
For your Private Prayers at home: Stuart Tennant
For those that have died: Mike Hooley.
For the family and friends of those that died a year ago: Janice Mills, Aubrey Davidson, Deryck Abbiss
NAMES AND ADDRESSES:
Rev’d Tim Barnard Hon Associate Rector 01494 728478 email@example.com
Tim’s days off are Tuesday and Thursday – please only contact him then in an emergency
Rev’d Sue Gill Hon Assoc Rector 01494 451485 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sheila Shield Reader 01494 571766 email@example.com
Susan Pounce Churchwarden 01494727674 firstname.lastname@example.org
Howard Hughes Churchwarden 01494 723110 email@example.com
Petrina Clackett Churchwarden 01494 433044 firstname.lastname@example.org
Howard Pool Churchwarden 01494 727687 email@example.com
Graeme Coles Treasurer 07703 963990 Treasurerfirstname.lastname@example.org
Clare Atkinson Planned Giving – both churches: email@example.com
Simon Hollett Children’s Worker – firstname.lastname@example.org
|Steve Poulson Mission Partner 07783 506692 email@example.com|