The Parish of S Michael and All Angels

 Abbey Wood.

SUNDAY 21 June 2020

12th Sunday of Ordinary Time

At this time we are not allowed to offer public worship in church, although we can now open churches for prayer.  Mass is offered for you ever day in church, although at the moment this has to be without any people, and the Daily Office is said.  Even if you cannot be with us you will be in our prayers.  We produce this sheet each week, 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 don’t have an email address.


Matthew 10:26-33

Do not be afraid of those who kill the body

Jesus instructed the Twelve as follows: ‘Do not be afraid.  For everything that is now covered will be uncovered, and everything now hidden will be made clear.  What I say to you in the dark, tell in the daylight; what you hear in whispers, proclaim from the housetops.

‘Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; fear him rather who can destroy both body and soul in hell.  Can you not buy two sparrows for a penny?  And yet not one falls to the ground without your Father knowing.  Why, every hair on your head has been counted.  So there is no need to be afraid; you are worth more than hundreds of sparrows.

‘So if anyone declares himself for me in the presence of men, I will declare myself for him in the presence of my Father in heaven.  But the one who disowns me in the presence of men, I will disown in the presence of my Father in heaven.’


This week our church will be open for prayer

Sunday 21 June  09:45 -11:00

Tuesday 23 June  18:00-19:00

Wednesday 24 June 10:00-11:00

Please come and pray and be with God

Our worship this week

Mon 22   Saints John Fisher, Bishop, and Thomas More, Martyrs Feast

Tue 23     Tuesday of week 12 of ordinary time


Thu 25     Thursday of week 12 of ordinary time

Fri 26       Friday of week 12 of ordinary time

Sat 27      Saint Cyril of Alexandra, Bishop, Doctor


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.


There are lots of ways that we can pray each day and each of us will find that a different way is the best for us.  Some of us are more spontaneous others more methodical, some of us will use set forms others pray in our own words.  The way we pray will change though our lives – if it doesn’t perhaps something is wrong.

One of the common methods of praying and one deeply rooted in our Anglican tradition, is to use the word ACTS.

The letters stand for the four aspects of prayer.

ADORATION.  To turn to God and worship and praise him. Prayer begins with worship, remembering who God it.  So start your prayer by praising him and remembering his presence.

CONFESSION.  When we think of God we become conscious of our own weakness and failure, of our Sin.  But God loves us and so we can be honest to about ourselves, confess in sorrow our sins. We can just be honest about ourselves before him.

THANKSGIVING.  We have so much to thank God for, but often we forget to than him.  In thanking him we grow in our awareness of his working in our lives and in our world.

SUPPLICATION.  We pray for our needs and the needs of others.  A saint once said that ‘God would give us anything we ask if only we actually asked him’.  Pray honestly for your needs, the needs of those you know and of the Church and the World.

Fr David

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



We cannot yet come together for a service, but we can come together for private prayer.

This Sunday our church will be open for prayer between 09:45 and 11:00.

Fr David will say mass earlier and will leave the Blessed Sacrament on the Altar, so that our private prayer becomes an extension of the mass,



Coming together again.

PRAYING IN CHURCH.  We can now come to church for private prayer.  We have to do this however in a responsible way.

Entry & Exit  You must enter via the SW door and leave by the NW Door.  While in church please keep 2 metres socially distant.  You are asked to use the hand sanitiser provided.  Please do this on entry and exit and as often as you like while you are in church.

Chairs  Our seating has been distanced for individual, with some rows removed and some chairs marked as out of use.  We have tried to keep some chairs together for households or families with children.  Please do not sit next to people unless they are from your household, even if a space is free.

Books.  You will need to bring your own prayer aids, prayer books and Bibles.  If you wish to use this sheet or the prayer sheet, please print off your own and bring it with you.  Please take these and other sheets you use home with you.

Text Box: If you use this sheet in church please take it home with you.
If you would like to receive it each week please email Fr David.

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; ‘Offering’.



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

Toilets  The toilets in the Church Hall will not be open during the times of private prayer

Children are very welcome. but the Kid Zone with its toys cannot be in operation.  They will need to bring their own toys, crayons etc.  If they run around, please make sure that they maintain a safe distance from other families.

Holy Things  Please not enter the Sanctuary Areas around the altars.  Please do not touch or kiss any statues, icons etc.  Votive Candles can be lit but please avoid touching the metal and light them from other candles in the votive stand. Please stand away from others as they light candles and pray.

Talking  The Church is open only for private prayer, so please keep talking to a minimum and respect those praying. If you want to have a chat to catch up with each other, please go out of the church to do this. You are welcome to use the garden.

Gardens.  The church grounds and Garden of Remembrance will be open whenever possible.  Please access these by going round the church and through the gate between the church and the hall.

DON’T COME TO CHURCH.  It is not often we say that!

You must not come to church, if you have symptoms of Covid 19 or have tested positive or you have been in contact with someone who has or may have the Virus.  You should not come if you are quarantining.

We would encourage you not to come at the moment if you are vulnerable or have been told to shield or isolate, unless a medical professional has said that it would be ok and that you feel happy at being in a public place.  If you have any questions or uncertainty, please have a chat with Fr David.

USING CHURCH.  If you go into the church building, outside the times for private you must inform Fr David whenever you have been in church, as we are still required to keep an accurate record of this.

OPENING ABBEY WOOD.  Fr David’s hair grows longer and longer as he waits for the barbers, he grows hungrier and hungrier as he waits for Greggs and thirstier and thirstier as he waits for the Abbey.  But there is a new café at the other Abbey – he recommends the coffee and ice creams.

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 PRIEST. Fr David Sherratt. Tel.  0779432357


Assistant Priest  Fr Derek Robinson

Churchwardens  Mr Peter Ludlow,  Mr Christopher Harper

Safeguarding  Officer  Mrs Susan Robinson

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