Joining us in Church
Our Sunday Services...
Come and join us in church this Sunday 16th August 2020. To help us prepare we are asking that you let us know you're coming. You can do that here:
Live Stream Technical Issues
Huge apologies to everyone attempting to join our online service from home last week. We encountered a technical issue that we had not experienced before, and which we couldn't have predicted. It looked like it was live streaming... but it wasn't!
This week, hopefully everything will be all sorted, and we will be live from 9:45am on Sunday. Thank you so much for your support and patience!
If you aren't able to join us in church, you can still join in from home. The service is LIVE from 09:45am on Sunday, then available as a video all week.
Church Open Times
Morning Prayer is on Wednesdays at 9am, and the church remains open until midday for private prayer. The Office is still working remotely, as is the norm in August.
We are planning to hold our Annual Parish Church Meeting on Sunday 20th September at 11:30am. This year, because of restrictions around meeting we are hoping to hold the meeting online via Zoom. Once things have been finalised we will make sure everything is explained fully, plus there are ways in which those without the internet can join via telephone, or by sending in postal votes, and we are exploring all the options to make sure everyone can be involved. There will be more information nearer the time...watch out for more details!
Flowers in Church
The flowers in church for Sunday 16th August are from John & Elizabeth Charlton and family with loving memories of John & Ellen Charlton and John & Ellen Monaghan
Copies of Derek Burton’s book ‘Scripture Messages’ are available free of charge. (Any donations from members to parish funds would be appreciated). Let the office or Derek know if you’d like a copy.
Plants Sale for Church Funds
Last year, Dave Haddock, who was running the Tai Chi class in our hall, brought a selection of plants and shrubs to our Autumn Fayre. He is now offering to sell some of his plants which he grows in his Wallsend nursery garden, and he will deliver if local. 30% of sales will be donated to St Mary’s, so be sure to mention St Mary’s when you order!
Order from Dave Haddock: tel. 0191 2524985, mob. 07976 687973, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. View the Catalogue below.
Joining our Mailing List
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For your prayers this week:
Your Prayers are requested for
Rest in Peace
Gladys Muitt (Anniversary)
Don’t forget, you can add someone to the prayer list by emailing or phoning as usual, but you need to get their permission before adding them to the sick list. You can also use the form on the website here to submit a prayer request online.
Hymns & Readings from this Sunday's Service
In Christ there is no east or west, in him no south or north, but one great fellowship of love throughout the whole wide earth. In him shall true hearts everywhere their high communion find; his service is the golden cord, close binding humankind. Join hands, then, children of the faith, whate'er your race may be; who serves my Father as his child is surely kin to me.
In Christ now meet both east and west, in him meet south and north; all Christlike souls are one in him, throughout the whole wide earth.
I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means! I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin. God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew. Do you not know what the scripture says of Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel? …for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. Just as you were once disobedient to God but have now received mercy because of their disobedience, so they have now been disobedient in order that, by the mercy shown to you, they too may now receive mercy. For God has imprisoned all in disobedience so that he may be merciful to all.
Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32
Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon.” But he did not answer her at all. And his disciples came and urged him, saying, “Send her away, for she keeps shouting after us.” He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.” He answered, “It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered her, “Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed instantly.
There's a wideness in God's mercy like the wideness of the sea; there's a kindness in his justice which is more than liberty. There is no place where earth's sorrows are more felt than up in heaven; there is no place where earth's failings have such kindly judgement given.
For the love of God is broader than the measure of our mind, and the heart of the Eternal is most wonderfully kind. But we make his love too narrow by false limits of our own; and we magnify his strictness with a zeal he would not own.
There is plentiful redemption through the blood that has been shed; there is joy for all the members in the sorrows of the Head. There is grace enough for thousands of new worlds as great as this; there is room for fresh creations in that upper home of bliss.
If our love were but more simple, we should take him at his word; and our lives would be all gladness in the joy of Christ our Lord.
Frederick William Faber
The Woman of Canaan at the Feet of Christ
Service Full Transcript
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