This Week's News & Notices
Our Parish Eucharist continues to be held each Sunday at 10am. If you you would like to attend you can sign up by going to our Services & Worship page (link below), clicking on the service you'd like to attend, and filling in your details.
You can also sign up by ringing the office and leaving a message. It’s helpful for us to know who’s coming in advance, but if you do just turn up on the day, we will always accommodate you if there is space. We must now wear face coverings so please don’t forget to bring yours with you. You can bring your Planned Giving envelopes to the service too.
Don’t forget the clocks go back this weekend!
View and sign up for our upcoming services, and view our online service, all via our Services & Worship page:
Morning Prayer and Private Prayer
Morning Prayer is at 9am on Wednesdays (the informal service lasts around 20 minutes) and the church is open thereafter until midday for those who wish to visit for Private Prayer and all are welcome to come. Face coverings must be worn as above.
The Parish Office
The Parish Office remains closed as Dot and Carol continue to work from home. Phone messages or emails will be checked regularly and correspondence can be popped through the letterbox in the north door and will be responded to as soon as possible.
Funeral in church
The funeral service for Edna Davis RIP will be on Thursday 29th October at 11.15am in church. If you would like to attend you must ring the office to see if there is a seat for you as funeral services have a limited attendance.
All Souls’ Service
Our service of remembrance and thanksgiving for those who have lost loved ones will be held at 4pm on Sunday 1st November at St Mary’s. If you would like to attend please sign up using the link above or contact the church office and if you are attending and would like to have the name of a loved one added to the list of those being remembered then again let the office know by 30th October.
Flowers in Church
The flowers in church this Sunday at the north ambo are in loving memory of Ken Humble from Betty & family and the flowers at the south ambo are for Birthday memories for Tony from Tina Tomkins & family.
A Message from Ben
To all my dear St Mary’s friends: I have been overwhelmed by the cards and gifts, and the messages of support, love and encouragement I received for my ordination. Thank you! Despite the local covid restrictions, the whole weekend felt like a real celebration and a joy, and it was a pleasure to share it with you. I’m looking forward now to cracking on with life and work at St Mary’s. Thanks be to God.
Marian Burton would like to thank the many kind friends for all the cards and good wishes sent to her on her 90th Birthday. Special thanks to the Mothers' Union for the beautiful plant.
Judith Mill and family have moved out of our area and if you would like their new address do contact the office. We send our best wishes and love to all the family as they settle in to their new home.
Are you in a bubble?
We are aware that there are some people living alone who are not part of a support bubble. If this is you, have you considered forming a support bubble with another household? It could be you and another ‘single adult household’ or it could be you and a couple or family. It doesn’t have to be a member of your family—you can be in a bubble with any household. Once you’re in a bubble you can have all the benefits of all being in one household—you can see each other, go round for tea etc. If you’re on your own and you’re not in a bubble, why not think about forming one. Or you can get in touch with us and we’ll see if there are others in your situation that you could ‘bubble’ with. Perhaps you are a family or couple that has no bubble, and you’d be happy to support others on their own? Get in touch. Always check with your next of kin—once you are in a bubble you are advised not to form any other bubble—including with your own family.
For more information visit the government website: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/making-a-support-bubble-with-another-household
Our next Online Coffee Morning is on Tuesday 10th November. If you are able to join us online between 10:30am and 11:15am we’d love to see you.
Click the link above, or go to ‘Events’ on our website to RSVP and get a link to join via Zoom. You would need to click on RSVP and enter your name and email address and click on ‘submit’. An email is then sent to you with a link to the Coffee Morning.
Derek’s book ‘Scripture Messages’ now has been renamed ‘A Light To My Path’ and is available to order from Waterstone’s in Newcastle and from Amazon.co.uk. The new version has a foreword by Tony Garland along with a dedication and has some reviews at the back.
The Bay Foodbank & Walking With
Please continue to donate non-perishable items at Sainsbury’s & Morrison’s. Donations can also be placed in the box in the church vestibule for both the Foodbank and Walking With who are also accepting food donations (no clothing) and cash donations at their centre in Hugh Street, Wallsend on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9.30am-3pm.
For your prayers this week:
Jennifer Stephenson would like to thank everyone at St Mary’s for their prayers during her recent surgery – they were greatly appreciated. Please do continue to pray for Jennifer as she faces a long road ahead to recovery.
Your Prayers are requested for
Rest in Peace
Ken Humble (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.
This Sunday's Hymns & Readings
Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures
to be written for our learning:
help us so to hear them,
to read, mark, learn and inwardly digest them that,
through patience, and the comfort of your holy word,
we may embrace and for ever hold fast
the hope of everlasting life,
which you have given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen
A reading from Leviticus
The Lord spoke to Moses, saying:
Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them: You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.
You shall not render an unjust judgement; you shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great: with justice you shall judge your neighbour. You shall not go around as a slanderer among your people, and you shall not profit by the blood of your neighbour: I am the Lord.
You shall not hate in your heart anyone of your kin; you shall reprove your neighbour, or you will incur guilt yourself. You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against any of your people, but you shall love your neighbour as yourself: I am the Lord.
Leviticus 19: 1-2, 15-18
A reading from Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians
You yourselves know, brothers and sisters, that our coming to you was not in vain, but though we had already suffered and been shamefully maltreated at Philippi, as you know, we had courage in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in spite of great opposition. For our appeal does not spring from deceit or impure motives or trickery, but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the message of the gospel, even so we speak, not to please mortals, but to please God who tests our hearts. As you know and as God is our witness, we never came with words of flattery or with a pretext for greed; nor did we seek praise from mortals, whether from you or from others, though we might have made demands as apostles of Christ. But we were gentle among you, like a nurse tenderly caring for her own children. So deeply do we care for you that we are determined to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you have become very dear to us. 1 Thessalonians 2: 1-8
The Gospel according to Matthew
When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. ‘Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?’ He said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.’
Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them this question: ‘What do you think of the Messiah? Whose son is he?’ They said to him, ‘The son of David.’ He said to them, ‘How is it then that David by the Spirit calls him Lord, saying, “The Lord said to my Lord, ‘Sit at my right hand, until I put your enemies under your feet’ ”? If David thus calls him Lord, how can he be his son?’ No one was able to give him an answer, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions.
Matthew 22: 34-end
Take my life, and let it be
consecrated, Lord, to thee;
take my moments and my days,
let them flow in ceaseless praise.
Take my hands, and let them move
at the impulse of thy love;
take my feet, and let them be
swift and beautiful for thee.
Take my will, and make it thine:
it shall be no longer mine;
take my heart: it is thine own;
it shall be thy royal throne.
Frances Ridley Havergal
Ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est.
Congregavit nos in unum Christi amor.
Exsultemus, et in ipso jucundemur.
Timeamus, et amemus Deum vivum.
Et ex corde diligamus nos sincero. Amen
© Signum Records
Where charity and love are, God is there.
Christ's love has gathered us into one.
Let us rejoice and be pleased in Him.
Let us fear, and let us love the living God.
And may we love each other
with a sincere heart. Amen.
Post Communion Prayer
God of all grace,
your Son Jesus Christ fed the hungry
with the bread of his life
and the word of his kingdom:
renew your people with your heavenly grace,
and in all our weakness
sustain us by your true and living bread;
who is alive and reigns, now and for ever. Amen.
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