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Dear Friends,


Please find attached copy of the June Benefice Magazine - with many thanks to the contributors.


Hope this finds you well and having been able to enjoy something of this lovely weather.


Take care and hope to see you soon,


Nick
N P Heron

Rector of Wem, Lee Brockhurst and Weston-under-Redcastle

01939 232550


- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -  Week Commencing 6th June 2021 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -


Dear Friends,


I really hope you have been able to enjoy some of this week's glorious weather, somehow it seems to give most of us a spring in the step even though we have some way to go in our covid response it does tend to bring out the positive in us.  May this find you in good spirits and the best health possible.


UPDATE


All our local church and national Church guidance and direction remain as previous weeks so I will not trouble you with these.  However, should you wish for a 'refresher' previous emails and details may as always be found at: www.wemcofe.co.uk


Again up to date information may be found at Church of England website  and latest updates on guidance are also on our diocesan website.  Equally as and when more guidance emerges it will be sent to all.


SUNDAY PUBLIC WORSHIP - FIRST after TRINITY/ENVIRONMENT SUNDAY


Wem Parish Church:       08:00. - Holy Eucharist

                                              09:45 -  Holy Eucharist (with homily and hymn music)


Weston Parish Church:  09:30.  Holy Eucharist (with homily and hymn music)


Lee Parish Church:         11:15 - Holy Eucharist (with homily and hymn music)


Our essential precautions we are now so accustomed to continue, of course, to apply:-


 *  Always sanitise hands on entry, after touching anything 'communal' and before Communion 

 *  Wear your mask whenever attending worship

 *  At all times keep to physical distancing -  the 2 metre rule

 *  As you would expect Communion will remain in 'one kind' and as yet we are not able to sing

 *  Follow any other guidance of the church wardens or sidespeople


Please continue to leave directly after the service and not 'mingle' in church and outside adhere to governmental guidelines, especially with regard to keeping appropriate distances apart irrespective of being outside 'space' is still a virtue of the day.


I cannot stress too strongly that it is, very clearly, absolutely fine and in order for any not to resume just yet if we feel individually that the time is not quite right and no one should feel under any pressure to do so; hopefully these continued emails will allow you to feel connected, they will continue providing details of on-line and media services, amongst which this week are:-


THIS SUNDAY:  FIRST after TRINITY/ENVIRONMENT SUNDAY


LICHFIELD CATHEDRAL


You may follow our Cathedral services for this Sunday by clicking of the above and following the necessary links -  many of you do and find this extremely helpful, if you haven't do have a 'visit'.

 

08:00 - Holy Eucharist (traditional language)

10:30 - Choral Eucharist for The First Sunday after Trinity

17:30 - Choral Evensong 


OR

 

Access the C of E website to find details of this week's service which you can also watch during the week, it is available from 09:00.   Do visit the site.


As I wrote last week Corpus Christi is the ancient and revered day in our year to remember with thanksgiving the gift of the Blessed Sacrament, always celebrated on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday, it is good to see this acknowledged this Sunday:-


09:00 - 'Celebrating God through Corpus Christi.'   Fr Oliver Coss leads worship for the First Sunday after Trinity. From All Saints' Northampton, this online church service celebrates Corpus Christi, the day of thanksgiving for the sacramental gifts of Christ’s body and blood in Holy Communion.

THIS SUNDAY on BBC

 

Radio Four   08:10 - 'A Centenary of Note'.  Matins from St George's Chapel, Windsor, marking the centenary of the birth of the late Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh this week.


BBC ONE   10:30 - 'Pilgrimage. The Road to Rome.'  Not (perhaps) the standard 'religious broadcast' but nonetheless one that seems an intriguing and highly attractive 'watch' and perhaps a refreshing change from some more typical, even cliched, offerings: 8 celebrities of differing faiths and beliefs don backpacks and walking boots to tackle part of an ancient pilgrimage to Rome, where a private audience with the Pope awaits.


                      13:15 - Songs of Praise.  'The Power of Music.'  At the sublime Salisbury Cathedral Katherine Jenkins explores the harmony between music and faith.


Please find attached the readings, 'Live the Word' and Homily for this Sun (courtesy of Redemptorist Publications) with my thanks again to Mike for separating these out from a bulk email.   Also find attached our Local Prayer Diary and Diocesan Prayer Diary.


NEXT SUNDAY


Next Sunday, 13 Jun, is The Second after Trinity when once again our services will be at their usual times and place.


Wem Parish Church  08:00 and 09:45

Weston Parish Church  09:30

Lee Parish Church  11:15


BREAD OF LIFE


A series of teaching sessions from the bishops who serve in and are linked to our diocese, these are available, with a precis of the series, from 10:00 on the Tuesday of each week on the Bread Of Life webpage and will remain posted on the website through the summer. Where written texts of the presentations are provided, these will also be available with the talk. This week we can hear from +Sarah our own Area Bishop on the relationship between the Eucharist and Mission and Justice  Our zoom study group this week, as always at 19:30 on Tuesday, will be playing catch-up by considering 'The work of the Spirit (epiclesis)' the presentation by Bishop Jan McFarlane, Assistant Bishop in the diocese.


WEM PARISH DAY OF PRAYER 26 JUN 0700 TO 1900


Acts 1:14 ‘They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers’ 


On our annual prayer day we aim to create a continuous 12 hour chain of prayer. Inspirations will be provided on-line and (Covid restrictions permitting) in the church building. Do join with the church community for whatever time you are able to spend during the day. You might like to join with a partner to pray together. To ensure at least 2 people are praying at any given time, please consider committing to a specific hour during the day. 


To sign up, please contact Thelma Pugh: 01939 232273 or email at:  thelmapugh0@gmail.com 


PRAYERS TO USE ON ENVIRONMENT SUNDAY


Environment Sunday is a day for Christians to align themselves with Environment Day, 5th June,  the United Nations day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment.


Heavenly Father,

You have taught us, through your servant St Francis,

That all creation is your handiwork.

Grant us your grace that we may

Exercise wise stewardship of this Earth;

Tread lightly upon it;

And cherish its resources;

That our children may enjoy its riches, throughout all generations,

And your name be glorified through all that you have made.

Amen.


God of creation, who loves all he has made and all that has evolved,
open the eyes of your people,
that your love might be reflected in our care for the planet.
Through Jesus Christ, who walked this earth and calls us by name.
Amen.


THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK


With the importance of Environment Sunday in mind:


“Twenty-five years ago, people could be excused for not knowing much, or doing much, about climate change. Today we have no excuse.” — Desmond Tutu


From the UN website for Environment Day, a hopeful, positive note, one to align with in thought prayer and our own small (but all together cumulative) intent and actions.  For as the Psalmist wrote: 'The earth is the Lord’s and the fulness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein;' - Psalm 24.

    


REIMAGINE. RECREATE. RESTORE.

This is our moment.

We cannot turn back time. But we can grow trees, green our cities, rewild our gardens, change our diets and clean up rivers and coasts. We are the generation that can make peace with nature.

Let’s get active, not anxious. Let’s be bold, not timid.















Please remember to keep taking care and staying safe - and know we are a people of Hope 🌈. Have the best week you can


Nick

N P Heron

Rector of Wem, Lee Brockhurst and Weston-under-Redcastle

01939 232550


- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -  Week Commencing 13th June 2021 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -


Dear Friends,


With a warm weekend in prospect I hope this finds you able to look forward to some seasonal sun and in the best possible spirits.


UPDATE


For the third week in a row (possibly a record in the many months I have been sending these emails) there is nothing to add to either our national of local Church updates.  Clearly matters may change over the next few days and should you wish for a 'refresher' previous emails and details may as always be found at: www.wemcofe.co.uk


Again up to date information may be found at Church of England website  and latest updates on guidance are also on our diocesan website.  Equally as and when more guidance emerges it will be sent to all.


SUNDAY PUBLIC WORSHIP - THE SECOND SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY


Wem:  08:00 -  Holy Eucharist

             09:45 -  Holy Eucharist (with homily and hymn music)


Weston:  09:30 - Holy Eucharist (with homily and hymn music)


Lee:  11:15 - Holy Eucharist (with homily and hymn music)


Our essential precautions we are now so accustomed to continue, of course, to apply:-


 *  Always sanitise hands on entry, after touching anything 'communal' and before Communion 

 *  Wear your mask whenever attending worship

 *  At all times keep to physical distancing -  the 2 metre rule

 *  As you would expect Communion will remain in 'one kind' and as yet we are not able to sing

 *  Follow any other guidance of the church wardens or sidespeople


Please continue to leave directly after the service and not 'mingle' in church and outside adhere to governmental guidelines, especially with regard to keeping appropriate distances apart irrespective of being outside 'space' is still a virtue of the day.


I cannot stress too strongly that it is, very clearly, absolutely fine and in order for any not to resume just yet if we feel individually that the time is not quite right and no one should feel under any pressure to do so; hopefully these continued emails will allow you to feel connected, they will continue providing details of on-line and media services, amongst which this week are:-


THIS SUNDAY:  SECOND after TRINITY


LICHFIELD CATHEDRAL


You may follow our Cathedral services for this Sun by clicking of the above and following the necessary links -  many of you do and find this extremely helpful, if you haven't do have a 'visit'.

 

08:00 - Holy Eucharist (traditional language)

10:30 - Choral Eucharist for The Second Sunday after Trinity

17:30 - Choral Evensong 


OR


Access the C of E website to find details of this week's service which you can also watch during the week, it is available from 09:00.   Do visit the site as these services are excellent and well worth watching, last week's was a superb celebration and reflection of Corpus Christi.  This week:


09:00 - 'A Service for the fourth Anniversary of Grenfell.'   The service this week marks the fourth anniversary of the Grenfell fire.


Led by Rev Gareth Wardell, the service comes from St Clement and St James Church, and includes a sermon from the Rt Rev Dr Graham Tomlin, Bishop of Kensington.


THIS SUNDAY on BBC

  

Radio Four:  08:10 - 'Woven'.  The Rev Michaela Youngson leads a service on story telling - God's Story, Our Story, Every Story, because God is interested in the smallest detail of our lives.


BBC ONE:   11:30 - 'Pilgrimage. The Road to Rome.'  Episode Two.  Not (perhaps) the standard 'religious broadcast' but nonetheless one that seems intriguing and perhaps a refreshing change from some more typical, even cliched, offerings: 8 celebrities of differing faiths and beliefs don backpacks and walking boots to tackle part of an ancient pilgrimage to Rome, where a private audience with the Pope awaits.  The write up for this episode is curious, quixotic even.......could well be worth a watch.


BBC TWO:  13:15 - Songs of Praise.  'Durham Pilgrimage.'  Kate Bottley joins pilgrims as they walk one of the new pilgrim routes to the majestic Durham Cathedral.  Music from around the country on the theme of pilgrimage.


Please find attached the readings, 'Live the Word' and Homily for this Sun (courtesy of Redemptorist Publications).  Also find attached our Local Prayer Diary and Diocesan Prayer Diary.


NEXT SUNDAY


Next Sunday, 20 Jun, is The Third after Trinity (also World Refugee Day) once again our services will be at their usual times and place.


Wem:  08:00 and 09:45

Weston: 09:30

Lee: 11:15


WEM PARISH DAY OF PRAYER 26 JUN 0700 TO 1900


Acts 1:14 ‘They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers’ 


On our annual prayer day we aim to create a continuous 12 hour chain of prayer. Inspirations will be provided on-line and (Covid restrictions permitting) in the church building. Do join with the church community for whatever time you are able to spend during the day. You might like to join with a partner to pray together. To ensure at least 2 people are praying at any given time, please consider committing to a specific hour during the day. 


There are some excellent aids to prayer throughout this day which will be available on-line (as well as in-person) soon.


BREAD OF LIFE


A series of teaching sessions from the bishops who serve in and are linked to our diocese, these are available, with a precis of the series, from 1000 on the Tuesday of each week on the Bread Of Life webpage at www.lichfield.anglican.org/bread-of-life/ and will remain posted on the website through the summer. Where written texts of the presentations are provided, these will also be available with the talk. This week our discussion group will be looking at Assistant Bishop Alistair Magowan's presentation on 'Anticipation' (eschatological hope) don't be put off by that long word bracketed these are not 'heavy'!  All welcome to join this, please just let me know.  The current on-line talk is from our own Area Bishop +Sarah on the Eucharist and Mission and Justice.


THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK


Evelyn Underhill was a renowned and influential writer on faith and worship of the last century, since 2000 she has been commemorated by the C of E, and other parts of our communion, on 15 June (the day of her death in 1941).  In the week that our Church commemorates her life and work two phrases of hers which may illuminate our coming week: -


'For the want of attention a thousand forms of loveliness elude us every day.'


'Deliberately seek opportunities for kindness, sympathy, and patience.














Having just listened to the R4 news it seems apposite to end on a note of caution, do please keep taking care of yourself and those around you - and know we are a people of Hope. Have the best week you can.




Nick 

N P Heron

Rector of Wem, Lee Brockhurst and Weston-under-Redcastle

01939 232550


- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -  Week Commencing 20th June 2021 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -


Dear Friends,


I sometimes wonder where a week goes.....anyway, once again, my absolute best wishes to you and hope that this finds you in both the best health possible and good spirits


UPDATE


We now have updates on covid-19 guidance for churches following the Governments announcement of a delay to stage 4.  There are, as you would expect, few changes, the biggest 'headline' one is re weddings and whilst there is considerable detail for these and funerals most of this accords with all we have been practicing for some considerable time or plain common sense and wider practices.


Weddings:  The biggest change and the one most if not all will have heard of, namely: the number attending is now dependent on the safe capacity of the church


Face masks remain mandatory for all (except the bride and groom....as if?) and  'people should avoid singing, shouting, raising voices and/or playing music at a volume that makes normal conversation difficult or that may encourage shouting. This is important to mitigate the potential for increased risk of transmission - particularly from droplets and aerosols.'


Funerals:  The limit for these is dependent on the safe capacity of the specific church (this is as it has been so since 17 May)


(Curiously I can find no updates for Baptisms so must assume for now these remain as was at a 30 limit, if not in the main Sun service, even though this doesn't make a lot of sense to me).


For all the above, and all our other services: 'In step 3 groups of 6, or larger groups where everyone present is from the same two households (or linked support bubble), can sit together. Everyone else will need to observe appropriate physical distancing at all times.'


For all services the guidance is that services 'should be kept concise while still consistent with the nature of the occasion,' I can't imagine too many grumbles about that!  Shouldn't they always be?  


Again up to date information may be found on the Church of England website  and latest updates on guidance are also on our diocesan website.  Equally as and when more guidance emerges it will be sent to all.


SUNDAY PUBLIC WORSHIP - THE THIRD SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY (Also World Refugee Day)


Wem:  08:00 - Holy Eucharist

            09:45 - Holy Eucharist (with homily and hymn music)


Weston:  11:00 - Holy Eucharist (with homily and hymn music)  Please nb this is not the time advertised last week - my apologies for the typo


Lee:  11:15 - Holy Eucharist (with homily and hymn music)


Our essential precautions we are now so accustomed to continue, of course, to apply:-


 *  Always sanitise hands on entry, after touching anything 'communal' and before Communion 

 *  Wear your mask whenever attending worship

 *  At all times keep to physical distancing -  the 2 metre rule

 *  As you would expect Communion will remain in 'one kind' and as yet we are not able to sing

 *  Follow any other guidance of the church wardens or sidespeople


Please continue to leave directly after the service and not 'mingle' in church and when outside adhere to governmental guidelines, especially with regard to keeping appropriate distances apart irrespective of being outside 'space' is still a virtue of the day.


I cannot stress too strongly that it is, very clearly, absolutely fine and in order for any not to resume just yet if we feel individually that the time is not quite right and no one should feel under any pressure to do so; hopefully these continued emails will allow you to feel connected, they will continue providing details of on-line and media services, amongst which this week are:-


THIS SUNDAY:  THIRD after TRINITY


LICHFIELD CATHEDRAL


You may follow our Cathedral services for this Sun by clicking of the above and following the necessary links -  many of you do and find this extremely helpful, if you haven't do have a 'visit'.

 

08:00 - Holy Eucharist (traditional language)

10:30 - Choral Eucharist for The Third Sunday after Trinity

17:30 - Choral Evensong 


OR

 

Access the C of E website to find details of this week's service which you can also watch during the week, it is available from 09:00.   Do visit the site as these services are excellent and well worth watching, this has been especially so for the past few weeks so do consider a catch up - they are still available. This week:


09:00 - 'A service exploring Mark 4. 35-41. and "the other side of the lake".  Church Mission Society lead this online church service to mark the Third Sunday after Trinity.   With Cathy Ross and Jonny Baker, the service of prayer, music and reflection explores Mark 4.35-41 and 'the other side of the lake'.


THIS SUNDAY on BBC

 

Radio Four:  08:10 - 'The world's favourite psalm'.  John Bell of the Iona Community looks at Psalm 23.  In the 1,500th anniversary of St Columba's birth he ponders how the psalm, brought to the island from Ireland by the saint, still has universal significance.


BBC TWO:  13:15 - Songs of Praise.  'Faith and Fatherhood.'  Aled Jones meets inspirational fathers, including rap artist and author Guvna B.  He also visits Liberty Farm in Staffs to find out about its work with men who have left prison or who are at risk of going there.


Please find attached the readings, 'Live the Word' and Homily for this Sun (courtesy of Redemptorist Publications).  Also find attached our Local Prayer Diary and Diocesan Prayer Diary.


NEXT SUNDAY


Next Sunday, 27 June, is The Fourth after Trinity our services will be:.


Wem:  08:00 and 09:45

Weston: 11:00

Lee: 11:15


WEM PARISH DAY OF PRAYER 26 JUN 0700 TO 1900


Acts 1:14 ‘They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers’ 


On our annual prayer day we aim to create a continuous 12 hour chain of prayer. Inspirations will be provided on-line and (Covid restrictions permitting) in the church building. Do join with the church community for whatever time you are able to spend during the day. You might like to join with a partner to pray together. To ensure at least 2 people are praying at any given time, please consider committing to a specific hour during the day. 


Please contact Thelma Pugh to take a place on the rota for prayer, it would be so good and symbolic to keep this continuous chain through the day: 


There are some excellent aids to prayer throughout this day which will be available on-line (as well as in-person) soon.


BENEFICE MAGAZINE


Yes it is the time of the month to ask for any inputs for our Benefice Mag'.  Articles, reflections, prose, poetry - the floor is yours and it's your magazine, so any contributions to Pam Clarke or myself in the near future please.


BREAD OF LIFE


A series of teaching sessions from the bishops who serve in and are linked to our diocese, these are available, with a both a recording and text of their talk on the Bread Of Life webpage and will remain posted on the website through the summer.  This is the basis of a zoom discussion to which all are welcome (just let me know) at 19:30 every Tuesday.   This week the discussion group will be looking at our own Area Bishop's gift.  It is on 'Mission and Justice' and I strongly encourage you to watch or read +Sarah's words, not only full of so much to reflect on...but also the shortest of the presentations(!).


LEE BROCKHURST STRAWBERRY TEA


Advance notice that the Lee Strawberry Tea originally scheduled for 10 Jul has been moved to Sat 24 Jul due to the change in moving from stage 3.  Please see attached notice.


REFUGEE SUNDAY/THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK


May I encourage you to visit any of the websites for Refugee Sunday (just google) there you will find a host of thought, prayer and action encouraging facts, information and other materials.  The following, with regrets (🦖for the shaded area is from: refugeesunday.org 


There are more displaced people in the world today than at any other point in history. Around the world, millions of people live in squalid poverty and intense vulnerability, forced to flee their homes for unknown lands and uncertain futures. As Christians, we are called to always come alongside and act to aid those who are in need. The great 20th-century pastor, theologian, and martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer once wrote, “Mere waiting and looking on is not Christian behavior. Christians are called to compassion and to action.”

Refugee Sunday exists to provide resources for the church to respond to the worldwide refugee crisis. It is an opportunity for Christ’s body to reflect on God’s heart for refugees, and to pray and provide for the millions of struggling refugees and displaced people around the globe. This website serves as a guide for further action and understanding. It is a resource for those who desire to answer Jesus’ call to come beside and help “the least of these.”


“He loves the foreigner, sojourner, stranger, refugee…” 


– Deuteronomy 10:18


May we all join in the following wonderful prayer, from our Church resources, on this Sunday:


Almighty and merciful God,
whose Son became a refugee and had no place to call his own;
look with mercy on those who today are fleeing from danger,
homeless and hungry.
Bless those who work to bring them relief;
inspire generosity and compassion in all our hearts;
and guide the nations of the world towards that day when all will rejoice in your Kingdom of justice and of peace;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.














Do have the very best week you can and be mindful of how we still need to exercise caution, take care and stay safe.🌈  Every good wish,



Nick

N P Heron

Rector of Wem, Lee Brockhurst and Weston-under-Redcastle

01939 232550


- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -  Week Commencing 27th June 2021 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -


Dear Friends,


I hope this finds you in good spirits and all is as well as possible for you and those closest to you, do please keep taking care as things progress.  Underneath, as always, an update/refresher of where we are as a Church re the pandemic alongside some supplementary or alternative devotion and worship.  May you find this helpful.


UPDATE


In addition to the changes announced or reiterated last week our latest Church guidance includes the assurance that PCC meetings may now take place (yippee! I can hear you all shouting across the benefice) in person - subject, clearly, to social distancing etc.  As announced last week the attendance at weddings and funerals is now limited by the safe capacity of the building rather than a specified number.  Frustratingly and (to me) utterly bafflingly this seems not to apply to baptisms when outside the main Sunday worship where the number remains limited to 30.


For all our services: 'In step 3 groups of 6, or larger groups where everyone present is from the same two households (or linked support bubble), can sit together. Everyone else will need to observe appropriate physical distancing at all times.'


Equally the guidance is that services 'should be kept concise while still consistent with the nature of the occasion,'  A principle for all good liturgy in my book! ;-)


Again up to date information may be found at Church of England website  and latest updates on guidance are also on our diocesan website.  Equally as and when more guidance emerges it will be sent to all.


SUNDAY PUBLIC WORSHIP - THE FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY (Also World Refugee Day)


Wem Parish Church:       08:00 - Holy Eucharist

                                              09:45 - Holy Eucharist (with homily and hymn music)


Weston Parish Church:  11:00  Holy Eucharist (with homily and hymn music)  Please note the change in time due to clergy availability.


Lee Parish Church:         11:15 - Holy Eucharist (with homily and hymn music)


Our essential precautions we are now so accustomed to continue, of course, to apply:-


 *  Always sanitise hands on entry, after touching anything 'communal' and before Communion 

 *  Wear your mask whenever attending worship

 *  At all times keep to physical distancing -  the 2 metre rule

 *  As you would expect Communion will remain in 'one kind' and as yet we are not able to sing

 *  Follow any other guidance of the church wardens or sidespeople


Please continue to leave directly after the service and not 'mingle' in church and when outside adhere to governmental guidelines, especially with regard to keeping appropriate distances apart irrespective of being outside 'space' is still a virtue of the day.


I cannot stress too strongly that it is, very clearly, absolutely fine and in order for any not to resume just yet if we feel individually that the time is not quite right and no one should feel under any pressure to do so; hopefully these continued emails will allow you to feel connected, they will continue providing details of on-line and media services, amongst which this week are:-


THIS SUNDAY:  FOURTH after TRINITY


LICHFIELD CATHEDRAL


You may follow our Cathedral services for this Sun by clicking of the above and following the necessary links -  many of you do and find this extremely helpful, if you haven't do have a 'visit'.

 

08:00 - Holy Eucharist (traditional language)

17:30 - Choral Eucharist for The Fourth Sunday after Trinity


OR

 

Access the C of E website to find details of this week's service which you can also watch during the week, it is available from 0900.   This week:


09:00 - 'Celebrating Petertide and the call of God'.  This week from Sunderland Minster. Celebrating Petertide and the call of God, Rev Canon Stuart Bain leads an online church service of music, reflection and prayer.


THIS SUNDAY on BBC

  

Radio Four:  08:10 - 'Exile and Return'.  A service exploring the parallels between the experience of those in education during the coronavirus pandemic and themes of exile and return in the Bible.  From Rugby school.


BBC ONE:  13:15 - Songs of Praise.  'Iona.'  Claire McCollum meets the Princess Royal on the remote Scottish island of Iona and joins others inspired by its special atmosphere as a place of Christian pilgrimage.


Please find attached the readings, 'Live the Word' and Homily for this Sunday (courtesy of Redemptorist Publications).  Also find attached our Local Prayer Diary and Diocesan Prayer Diary.


NEXT SUNDAY


Next Sunday, 4th July, is The Fifth after Trinity our services will be:.


Wem:  08:00 and 09:45

Weston: 11:00

Lee: Joint with Weston


WEM PARISH DAY OF PRAYER 26 JUN 0700 TO 1900


On this annual prayer day when it is hoped there will be a continuous 12 hour chain of prayer inspirations can be found on-line and (Covid restrictions permitting) in the church building. Do join with the church community for whatever time you are able to spend during the day, perhaps preferably in the security of your own home accessing any of the following with very many thanks to the ream who created them:-


St Peter and St Paul Prayer Day 2021 online material here you can download the “St P and P prayer day guide booklet 2021” as a pdf file and access a short audio-visual video of the prayers and an additional short aid to reflection.


(If you are curious about labyrinths ref to please follow these Youtube links here (about 2½ mins) and here (about 15 mins).


BENEFICE MAGAZINE


Any articles, reflections, prose, poetry - the floor is yours and it's your magazine, to Pam Clarke or myself asap please.


BREAD OF LIFE


A series of teaching sessions from the bishops who serve in and are linked to our diocese, these are available, with a both a recording and text of their talk on the Bread Of Life webpage and will remain posted on the website through the summer.  This is the basis of a zoom discussion to which all are welcome - just let me know - at 19:30 every Tuesday.   This week the discussion group draws to a close, for this series, with a final presentation by Bishop Michael on the Eucharist and Personal Devotion.


SAINT'S DAYS THIS WEEK


It is unusual to have two Festival days to commemorate Apostles in one diary week.  This week we celebrate SS Peter and St Paul on Tuesday (29 Jun) and St Thomas on Saturday (3 Jul).  the former being of course the Patronal Festival for two of the churches in our benefice.  The Wem church bell ringers will celebrate with an hour peal of the bells at 19:30 on Tuesday and the Eucharist will be celebrated for the whole benefice at 09:30 on Tuesday (in Lee) and 09:30 (in Wem) on Saturday.  Please find time to join in the collects for the day on each of these major days in our calender.


Collect for the Feast of St Peter & St Paul

 

Almighty God,

whose blessed apostles Peter and Paul

glorified you in their death and in their life:

grant that your Church,

inspired by their teaching and example,

and made one by your Spirit,

may ever stand firm upon the one foundation,

Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever.

 

 

Collect for the Feast of St Thomas Apostle

Almighty and eternal God,

who, for the firmer foundation of our faith,

allowed your holy Apostle Thomas

 to doubt the resurrection of your Son

 till word and sight convinced him:

grant to us who have not seen, that we also may believe

 and so confess Christ as our Lord and our God

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever


THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK


If we think of St Thomas then it is very likely that the word doubt or doubting will soon spring to mind, I've often reflected on Alfred Tennyson's aphorism - something to ponder:

'There lives more faith in honest doubt, believe me, than in half the creeds'




Do have the very best week you can and be mindful of how we still need to exercise caution, take care and stay safe.🌈  Every good wish,


Nick

N P Heron

Rector of Wem, Lee Brockhurst and Weston-under-Redcastle

01939 232550