25th July– Trinity 8 / St James

The Collect

Almighty Lord and everlasting God, we beseech you to direct, sanctify and govern both our hearts and bodies in the ways of your laws and the works of your commandments;

that through your most mighty protection, both here and ever, we may be preserved in body and soul; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

Collect for St James

Merciful God, whose holy apostle Saint James, leaving his father and all that he had, was obedient to the calling of your Son Jesus Christ and followed him even to death: help us, forsaking the false attractions of the world, to be ready at all times to answer your call without delay; 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

Readings:   Jeremiah 45:1-5 or Acts 11:27-12:2

                  Acts 11:27-12:2 or 2 Corinthians 4:7-15

                  Matthew 20:20-28

Post Communion Prayer  

Strengthen for service, Lord, the hands that have taken holy things; may the ears which have heard your word be deaf to clamour and dispute; may the tongues which have sung your praise be free from deceit; may the eyes which have seen the tokens of your love shine with the light of hope; and may the bodies which have been fed with your body be refreshed with the fullness of your life; glory to you for ever. Amen

Gift Day – St Mary’s, North Petherton

A huge thank you to everyone who supported our gift day last week.  We raised a wonderful amount – £1146.50.  Truly fantastic and will be a huge help.

Don’t forget we have a Cream Tea yet to come on 21st August in the church grounds.

For your prayers this week: –

For Marriage: for those whose banns are being read and getting married this month

For the sick: Bishop Peter, Kath Sutton & family, Carol McNeill, Ethan Thorne, Jean Kirk, Sheila Riley, Verity & Lydia, Diane Welding, Stuart Jamieson, Mark, Adrian, Jane, Christine, Nigel Taylor, Ben, Kath, Heather, Lottie, Jess, Pam & Bob and others known to us.

For the departed: Dave Harris, Nelly Robertson, Ian Crossley RIP

In our year’s mind: Joyce Hodges, Philip Draycott, Ian Carver, Michael Rowe

Deanery:

Diocesan Focus: James the Apostle

Loving God, on National Schizophrenia Awareness Day we pray for all those who are affected by mental illness and for those who provide support and care.  Help us to combat the stigma that can add to the challenges of mental illness.

Worldwide Church: Scottish Episcopal Church

Persecuted Church: Morocco

Local Community: local government and councils.

The World: The people of India, South America, Israel and Palestine

Please continue to pray for Bryan, Kelvin & Rosie.

Diary

Sun 25th      8am Holy Communion at NP

                  9am Holy Communion at Moorland

                  9.30am Morning Prayer at Thurloxton

                 10.30am Holy Communion at North Petherton 

                  11am Holy Communion at Durston

                  11am Morning Prayer at North Newton

                  12.15 Holy Baptism at North Petherton

                    4pm Worship on zoom

Mon 26th      3pm Afternoon Tea (on zoom)

Tues 27th     9am Morning Prayer at Thurloxton

                   2.30pm Bible Study on zoom.

Wed 28th     9am Morning Prayer at St Mary’s

                  10am Coffee morning via zoom

                  YouTube recorded prayer

                   1pm Wedding at NP

Thurs 29th   10.30am Holy Communion at Mary’s

Fri 30th         9am Prayer on zoom      

                   11am Funeral of Nelly Robertson at St Mary’s   

Sun 1st Aug   9am Holy Communion at Moorland

                   9.30am Holy Communion at Thurloxton

                 10.30am Holy Communion at North Petherton 

                  11am Holy Communion at Durston

                  12.15 Holy Baptism at North Petherton

                   4pm Worship on zoom

New Bishop Consultation

A survey is being undertaken to invite people to share their thoughts on the next Bishop of Bath and Wells.  Paper copies of a questionnaire are available in our churches.  Please ask for a copy if you can’t see them. Alternatively you can complete the questionnaire on line  via the Bath and Wells Website: https://www.bathandwells.org.uk/news/new-bishop-have-your-say.php

North Petherton Church Rooms – New Website

We have created a simple website to advertise North Petherton’s Church Rooms. Included on the website is a brief history of the rooms, built by Rev Toogood when he was Vicar in the 1840s.  https://churchrooms.wordpress.com/

Pew Notes

If anybody would like the Pew Notes emailed to them on a weekly basis please contact me on benefice@btinternet.com and I will add you to the list. Please pass this message on to those who may be interested. Sue

United Benefice Service – 29th August

The 29th August is a fifth Sunday and we are hoping (cautiously) that we might have our first United Benefice Service that day at St Mary’s. More updates to follow but we are hopefully this will be possible, even if there are some restrictions as it is possible to seat people socially distanced. Won’t it be wonderful to gather together after all this time.

Leaver’s Books for year 6 pupils in our local schools

We have continued our custom of providing a Leaver’s book to everyone year 6 pupil at North Petherton, Somerset Bridge and North Newton this year on behalf of the local church.  It’s been another difficult year for them and staff and we pray for those who are now making the transition to Secondary school.

Zoom/Youtube in the months to come

As our work patterns are changing we have been looking at what we do online in the coming weeks.  In August we plan to keep going with Monday afternoon tea, Wednesday coffee, Friday prayers and Sunday @ 4.  Bible Study is on holiday in August.  However, we will be reducing what we offer on Youtube to a reflection on a Saint on Wednesdays.  In September we may reduce our zoom gatherings to Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays with Bible Study also resuming on Tuesdays.  Much depends, as always, on how the next few weeks pan out. Please speak to the clergy if you have any questions.

Step 4 – Covid Guidance and Church

As you will no doubt know we have now reached Step 4 in the Government’s covid guidance.  This means that nationally there are no legal restrictions. However, the guidance makes it clear that each church has to undertake it’s own risk assessment and there is clear expectation that we will act responsibly to keep people safe. We should take into account local conditions of the Covid rates.  I am grateful for the seriousness with which the church councils are taking this duty of care and they may make different decisions on mask wearing, distancing, singing, etc. 

We will try and communicate as clearly as possible.  Please do ask if you are unsure of anything or have any thoughts on the way forward.  What is decided may well affect not only our Sunday worship but also christenings, weddings and funerals. 

We will keep decisions under review depending on changing circumstances.

Please remember that being ‘double jabbed’ does not prevent you from catching Covid or transmitting it to others and that many still feel vulnerable and younger people have not yet been vaccinated at all.  If you do have Covid symptons please do not come to church.

Please continue to pray for all those who have difficult decisions to make – for wisdom at what is still a troubling time.