17th January – Epiphany 2

The Collect

Almighty God, in Christ you make all things new: transform the poverty of our nature by the riches of your grace, and in the renewal of our lives make known your heavenly glory;

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:        Samuel 3:1-10 (11-20)

Revelation 5:1-10

John 1:43-end

Post Communion Prayer  

God of glory, you nourish us with your Word who is the bread of life: fill us with your Holy Spirit that through us the light of your glory may shine in all the world. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Bible Study

Revd Steve’s online Bible Study resumes on Tuesday 26th in the afternoon on zoom and will be a chance to think about some of the well loved Bible stories. This will be followed by a lent course later on.

For your prayers this week:-

For Marriage: for those whose plans in 2021 are still uncertain

For the sick: Bishop Peter, Kath Sutton & family, Dorothy Tottle, Carol McNeill, Ethan Thorne, Paul Sayer, Jean Kirk, Verity & Lydia, Diane Welding, Stuart Jamieson, Sheila Riley, Mark, Adrian, Jane and others known to us.

For the departed: Eileen Facey, Eveline Habberfield, Dorothy Durant R.I.P

For anniversary of funeral: Gladys Whitrow, Doreen Shattock, Michael Coles

Deanery: : Pray for Kirsty Wells licensed to the Benefice of Woolavington, Cossington, Bawdrip, Puriton and Pawlett last week and Revd Dr Simon Bale shortly to be licensed to the Athelney Benefice.

Diocesan Focus: God of eternity, as we remember Antony of Egypt, Hermit, we remember all those who live alone, either through choice or circumstances. Sustain them in their solitude and give them company and contact where that is needed.

Worldwide Church: Anglican Church of Australia

Persecuted Church: North Korea

Local Community: for our local schools, staff and teachers who are adapting to lockdown as best they can, for local businesses, services, etc that have had to close.

The World: Those who are working hard to distribute COVID vaccines and those working on them still.   For Brexit negotiations.

Please continue to pray for Bryan, Kelvin & Rosie.

Diary

Sun 17th       Morning Prayer via zoom

                   Youtube pre-recorded prayer for Sunday

Mon 18th      3pm Afternoon tea via zoom

Wed 20th     Youtube pre-recorded prayer

       10am  Coffee morning via zoom

Fri 22th         9am Prayer on zoom

                   Youtube pre-recorded prayer

Sun 24th       Youtube pre-recorded prayer for Sunday

       Taize Service at 6pm via zoom with Lorna Britton

Sedgemoor Deanery events

Deanery Synod – 10th February at 7.30pm

Give COVID 19 synod will be by zoom. The Archdeacon of Taunton will be with us and we’ll be looking at the principles of the deployment plan for the diocese and how COVID has impacted on deployment too.  Everyone is welcome to join, whether synod representatives or not, although only reps will be permitted to vote on any items of business.

Growing Leaders – written by CPAS this is a great way to grow in faith and discover gifts.  This runs for 10 sessions over the year. 

For information on any of these please contact Revd Jane H or Revd Morey Andrews (07966 941098)

Keeping in touch during Lockdown

Dear friends, we are now in another lockdown and are seeing cases of COVID rapidly increasing.  There is a lot of anxiety around and an overwhelming sense of staying home as much as we can.  We also have the hope of vaccines being administered to people and we continue to pray for this to be done as quickly as possible.

As with much of last year we will try to keep in touch by phoning people, by sending out this pewsheet and by our online prayers and gatherings (whether by youtube or zoom).  We have also set up a phone line for those who may not have the internet.  At no more than the usual cost of a phone call this number will provide a bible reading, a short reflection and a prayer for each week.  Please continue to show your love and care to each other by keeping in touch with people, especially those who may be lonely and vulnerable.

Also, as like last year, the clergy are also bound by the same guidelines.  Revds Jane’s and Steve have responsibilities to shield vulnerable family members. That said, where there are emergencies we want to respond whether by phone calls or, where it is possible to do so with all safety measures in place, Revd Jane H can make personal contact.  If you know of anything like this please do let us know.

Churches

For the time being all our churches are closed for Sunday worship.  Thurloxton remains open for private prayer.

Pewsheets

Now we are in lockdown there may be people who won’t receive this pew sheet by email.  If you have people nearby whose doors you might pass on a walk, please consider dropping one in to them.

Youtube

To find our Youtube channel search for Youtube in google or your search engine. When you get to youtube type Alfred Jewel Benefice in the search box. This will take you to our page and you should see a list of the services/prayer to watch.  Once they are recorded the youtube prayers and services stay up so you can access them anytime.

Zoom

If you have access to the internet (and a camera on your device) zoom is a great way to join with others and is surprisingly easy to join.  You will be sent links to click on to which admit you to a meeting at the specified time where you can join with others.  We would encourage people to give it a go.  The codes for gatherings in the coming week will be sent out with this pewsheet.  If you’d like help with this please contact Revd Jane Haslam. 

Alfred Jewel Benefice – Dial a service phone line

This is something new that we have just set up which we hope may help people who do not have access to the internet.  The number is 01278 554561.  The cost of the phone call will be no more than you usually pay. 

Each week dialling this number will lead you to a 5-10 minute service which may include a reading, a short reflection and a prayer, hymn or something similar.

The National Church of England phone line also continues