The Parish of S Michael and All Angels
SUNDAY 19 April 2020
THE OCTAVE DAY OF EASTER
Divine Mercy Sunday
My Lord and my God
Dear friends as you will have heard we cannot have any public services at S. Michaels during the current emergency. Mass and the Daily Office will continue to offered every day, but in the Vicarage. Even if you can’t 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 as you pray. The only way for us to do at the moment is to send it with an email. Please pass sheets or information on to those for whom we don’t have an email address.
We will try to continue with this over the coming weeks, but the current inadequate provision of IT resources may mean we are sadly unable to continue with it.
THIS WEEKS GOSPEL READING.
Eight days later, Jesus came again and stood among them
In the evening of that same day, the first day of the week, the doors were closed in the room where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews. Jesus came and stood among them. He said to them, ‘Peace be with you’, and showed them his hands and his side. The disciples were filled with joy when they saw the Lord, and he said to them again, ‘Peace be with you.
‘As the Father sent me,
so am I sending you.’
After saying this he breathed on them and said:
‘Receive the Holy Spirit.
For those whose sins you forgive,
they are forgiven;
for those whose sins you retain,
they are retained.’
Thomas, called the Twin, who was one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. When the disciples said, ‘We have seen the Lord’, he answered, ‘Unless I see the holes that the nails made in his hands and can put my finger into the holes they made, and unless I can put my hand into his side, I refuse to believe.’ Eight days later the disciples were in the house again and Thomas was with them. The doors were closed, but Jesus came in and stood among them. ‘Peace be with you’ he said. Then he spoke to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here; look, here are my hands. Give me your hand; put it into my side. Doubt no longer but believe.’ Thomas replied, ‘My Lord and my God!’ Jesus said to him:
‘You believe because you can see me.
Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe.’
There were many other signs that Jesus worked and the disciples saw, but they are not recorded in this book. These are recorded so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing this you may have life through his name.
Fr David continues our Parishes liturgy and prayer in the front room of the Vicarage. He will do this until the Bishops permit him to enter church. Mass will be offered at 10 on Sunday and usually around 9 on other days.
The Anglican Bishops have forbidden all podcasts etc. from church buildings. If you want to follow a service online it is therefore perhaps best to see here
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.
EASTER 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; ‘Offering’.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO RECEIVE THIS SHEET BY EMAIL OR YOU KNOW SOMEONE ELSE WHO WOULD PLEASE TELL FR DAVID ON firstname.lastname@example.org
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
I saw a young boy the other day, coming down the road; his hoodie was up, he had a mask across his face and when he saw someone else coming up the pavement he went right out into the road to avoid them. Probably he had been sent down to the village to get some milk or something, by his parents, but told to avoid anyone he came across, in case he caught it. He looked very afraid,
The disciples were afraid. They locked the door of the room, for fear of the Jews. They had cause to be afraid, given what the Jews has done to Jesus., what might they do to them? But it was in the midst of their locked down fear, that Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you’.
Fear can be a necessary, a good thing, but fear is not always the same as being afraid. It is right to have a fear of crossing a busy road, to be aware that you could be hit by a car, to take reasonable precautions – looking right and left etc, but that is very different from be so afraid, that you never cross a road.
The Bible sometimes speaks of the Fear of God, meaning by that a rightful sense of awe, recognising God’s otherness and holiness. It is right to respect that holiness, but it the same God that we can also call Abba Father. Mark probably ends his Gospel with the phrase ‘and they were afraid.’1 They were afraid because they didn’t know what the Resurrection meant or where it would take them. They had encountered something unknown, that had never happened before.
We all feel fear at this moment, that fear treats the current Pandemic with reality, it is something that will change the lives of many and change the world in which we live. But just as Jesus stood amongst those fearful disciples, he stands amongst us and offers us peace. Peace because he is with us. That peace changes our fear.
When this pandemic draws to an ending, we will have a task as his disciples to spread that peace, which will overcome the grief and fear. We will have to build trust again, to relearn the value of touch and closeness. It is a task in which we must lead as a Christian Community, from us that young boy must learn to be able to walk down the road once again without being afraid.
 MK16:8 Most Biblical Scholars see this as the surviving end of the original Gospel. It is possible that the original text had more but this has been lost a at very early date, vv9-17 are usually seen as an attempt to provide an ending by another early writer.
© Fr D Sherratt April 2020. Fr David exerts his right as author of this piece and to its Intellectual Property
Our worship this week
Mon 20 THE DEDICATION OF S. MICHAELS Transferred,
Tue 21 Saint Anselm of Canterbury, Bishop, Doctor
Wed 22 Wednesday of the 2nd week of Eastertide
Thu 23 Saint George, Martyr and Patron of England
Fri 24 Friday of the 2nd week of Eastertide
Sat 25 SAINT MARK, EVANGELIST
PARISH PRIEST. Fr David Sherratt. Tel. 0779432357
Assistant Priest Fr Derek Robinson
Churchwardens Mr Peter Ludlow, Mr Christopher Harper
Safeguarding Officer Mrs Susan Robinson
OUR PARIS H LIFE
APCM Our Annual Parish meeting was going to happen today. At this we elect a new PCC and the Church Wardens. It will now take place later in the year, Fr David will announce a date in due course. Meanwhile if you were on the PCC, you are still on the PCC – hard luck.
FUNERALS. If you know of anyone who has to arrange a Funeral over the coming weeks, please advise them that if they want a member of the clergy to take the service, they will have to tell this to the undertaker, otherwise they will be given a Civil Celebrant.
If you would like Fr David to conduct a funeral please give the undertakers the contact details on this sheet.
PASTORAL WORK If you need him for something or just want a chat, please phone or email Fr David, he is here for you. During the current situation either email him on email@example.com or phone him on 07796 432357
If you are self-isolating and need help getting shopping etc., please let him know and he will do his best to find someone to help you. A kind person has donated a quantity of food etc. for a family or persons who may need it. Please contact Fr David if we could help you or someone you know of.
SAINTS AND FEASTS. This week sees three feast days. On Monday we celebrate the Dedication of S. Michaels on 11 April 1908. This year we have had to transfer the celebration as it occurred on Holy Saturday. Let us pray this year that we will soon be able to worship again in our building and to continue its witness as a sacred space in our community.
Thursday is the Feast of S. George the Patron of England, so let us particularly pray for this country at this difficult time.
On Saturday we keep the feast of the Evangelist, S. Mark.
The other Saint that we remember id S. Anselm. He was the Archbishop of Canterbury under William Rufus. He born in Italy and became a monk at Bec in Normandy. He is probably the greatest Theologian amongst the many Archbishops of Canterbury, he was also a very holy man and a great shepherd of the Church. Let’s pray for more bishops like him.
Bill PRICE. Sadly, Bill Price died last week. Many of you will have known Bill, he was a great friend to us at S. Michaels. For very many years he was a Reader at Christ Church, Bexley Heath. Bills Funeral will be at 10:00 on 22 April. His family are inviting all of us to join in with it online. The login details are as follows.
We pray that Bill will rest in peace and know the reward that God gives to his faithful servants.
PARISH MAGAZINE. We are unable to print and deliver this at the moment, but we have placed some of the articles from the April Magazine on the Parish Website.