The Parish of S Michael and All Angels

Abbey Wood.

SUNDAY 7 June 2020

THE MOST HOLY TRINITY

At this time we are not allowed to offer public worship in church.However, Mass is offered for you ever day, as is the Daily Office.Even if you cannot be with us you will be in our prayers.

We are producing this sheet each week instead of our usual notice sheet, to keep everyone in touch and to provide some things to help you to join us in prayer.Please pass sheets or information on to those for whom we donít have an email address.

Trinity Sunday by Matthew David Morris | Grace Memorial Episcopal ...

THIS WEEKS SCRIPTURE READING.

John 3:16-18

God sent his Son so that through him the world might be saved

Jesus said to Nicodemus:

 

ĎGod loved the world so much that he gave his only Son,

so that everyone who believes in him may not be lost

but may have eternal life.

For God sent his Son into the world

not to condemn the world,

but so that through him the world might be saved.

No one who believes in him will be condemned;

but whoever refuses to believe is condemned already,

because he has refused to believe in the name of Godís only Son.í

Our worship this week

Mon 8††††† Monday of week 10 of ordinary time

Tue 9†††††† Saints Ephraem, Deacon, Doctor

Wed 10††† Wednesday of week 10 of ordinary time

Thu 11†††† S. Barnabus

Fri 12†††††† Friday of week 10 of ordinary time

Sat 13††††† Saint Anthony of Padua, Priest, Doctor

Sun 14††† CORPUS CHRISTI

A PRAYER OF S PATRICK

I bind to myself today
The strong virtue of the Invocation of the Trinity:
I believe the Trinity in the Unity
The Creator of the Universe.
I bind to myself today
The virtue of the Incarnation of Christ with His Baptism,
The virtue of His crucifixion with His burial,
The virtue of His Resurrection with His Ascension,
The virtue of His coming on the Judgement Day.
I bind to myself today
The virtue of the love of seraphim,
In the obedience of angels,
In the hope of resurrection unto reward,
In prayers of Patriarchs,
In predictions of Prophets,
In preaching of Apostles,
In faith of Confessors,
In purity of holy Virgins,
In deeds of righteous men.
I bind to myself today
The power of Heaven,
The light of the sun,
The brightness of the moon,
The splendour of fire,
The flashing of lightning,
The swiftness of wind,
The depth of sea,
The stability of earth,
The compactness of rocks.
I bind to myself today
God's Power to guide me,
God's Might to uphold me,
God's Wisdom to teach me,
God's Eye to watch over me,
God's Ear to hear me,
God's Word to give me speech,
God's Hand to guide me,
God's Way to lie before me,
God's Shield to shelter me,
God's Host to secure me,

MAKING A SPIRITUAL COMMUNION.

Even if we cannot be at mass and receive Holy Communion, we can always make a Spiritual Communion. God will always fill our hearts with his grace if we ask.

My Jesus
I believe that You
are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. 
I love You above all things, 
and I desire to receive You into my soul. 
Since I cannot at this moment
receive You sacramentally, 
come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.

PRAYER REQUESTS

If you want us to bring someone or something to our Lord in prayer, please let Fr David know. Prayer is one of the most important things that we can do at this time.

Please remember these people in your prayers

 

THE CLOSED BIBLE.

We have seen the image this week of President Trump, having cleared away the protesters standing in front of a boarded up church, holding a closed bible the wrong way round and upside down. It was an image that many of us found disturbing even sinister. The murder of George Floyd exposes to us all the evils of division and prejudice that are so rampant in our world. Our failure to see one another in the eyes of God,

On Trinity Sunday we think about God. We think of the revelation of him as a Trinity, that means that by his very nature God is about relationships. A relationship that because of Jesus we are invited into.

To look at God means we ask about our relationships, are they distorted by prejudice and fear? Do we give of ourselves and are we open to what others give?

We have at this time a wonderful opportunity to begin again and to build a new. A chance to recreate ourselves, our communities, our world. Letís pray that we will take that opportunity that God gives us.

Letís not stand in front of our church and before our community, with a bible tightly closed and closed in on ourselves, but rather with an open Bible and open lives, ready to enter in to a relationship with Godís Word and ready to do what that Word says.

Fr David

© Fr D SherrattMay 2020. Fr David exerts his right as author of this piece and to its Intellectual Property

OUR PARIS H LIFE

WHEN SHALL WE BE BACK TOGETHER?The answer is that we donít know, but there is some suggestion that the church that we will be able to open the church for private prayer from the middle of this month.In preparation for this we are trying to put into place all of the likely hygiene and safety provision which we will have to do before we can think of opening.It looks like public church services may resume sometime in July.

WEEKLY OFFERINGS. We know that this will be a time of financial hardship for many. But if those who are able can keep up their regular giving to our Parish, it will enable us to keep operating as normally as we can. We cannot have collections, but there are still bills to pay. The best way to do this will by Internet banking. The details are Sort Code 30-99-88, Account No 00160771, Account Name is PCC Saint Michael and All Angels Abbey Wood. In the reference section please put your name followed by; ĎOfferingí.

USING CHURCH. Just a reminder that currently service including mass take place in church without a Congregation, but the activity of prayer and worship continues. If you have permission to go into the church building you must follow the appropriate guidance on hygiene and distancing. and must inform Fr David whenever you have been in church, as we are required to keep an accurate record of this.

COULD YOU HELP?Once we are able to open the church for prayer, we could keep it open for longer if we had some people who were prepared to sit in church to keep an eye on things. We shall be asking for volunteers soon.

It would be good also to have some flowers once we reopen.

THIS WEEKS SAINTSSaint Ephraem was a poet and a theologian. He lived all his life in Mesopotamia, first founding a school and then, when the Persians invaded his native town of Nisibis, moving to Edessa. He preached there, and laid the foundations of its great school of theology.

He is famous not only for the beauty of expression of his homilies but also for his hymns, which have spread far beyond his native Syriac church and are in use in East and West alike.

Saint Barnabas was born in Cyprus. He was one of the early converts in Jerusalem and vouched for St Paul when he appeared before the elders there. He accompanied Paul on his first missionary journey and later went to Cyprus with his cousin John Mark (Mark the evangelist) to preach the gospel there. He was probably martyred at Salamis in Cyprus, some time before the year 61

St Antony of Padua (1195? - 1231)  was born in Lisbon was an Augustinian monk, but he was so impressed by the martyrdom of five Franciscans who had been spreading the faith in Morocco that he became a Franciscan friar himself.He was an outstanding preacher, who travelled over Europe preaching Gods word.

He is amongst other things the patron saint of the lost and found.

WALSINGHAM YOUTH PILGRIMAGE. Sadly it hasnít been de-cancelled. But it has just been announced that there will be a Virtual Youth Pilgrimage in August. Details are coming soon, but go to visit here see what might be happening.

COMMUNITY LIFE. We are happy to report that both Please of Sole and Blossom Garden have now reopened serving Take Away Food. The Abbey Wood Cafť is also open for takeaways. The Village Market hopes to start again on 18 June. Please support the business of our local community.

Fr David awaits with hungry and thirsty anticipation for news of Greggs and the Abbey Arms.

SPREAD THE WORD. As we approach the end of our time of exile, it is important that we regain contact with as many members of our congregation as possible. Please pass this sheet on to them, let them know what is happening or give their email address to Fr David.

PARISH MAGAZINE.We are unable to print and deliver this at the moment, but we have placed some of the articles from the June Magazine on the Parish Website.

PARISH INFORMATION.

PARISH PRIEST. Fr David Sherratt. Tel.0779432357

email dasherratt@aol.com

Assistant PriestFr Derek Robinson

Churchwardens Mr Peter Ludlow,Mr Christopher Harper

SafeguardingOfficerMrs Susan Robinson

Web site:ÖÖ..michaels.church