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.
This Sunday is St Luke's Day. St Luke is the patron saint of healers and physicians, and this week's service is centred around the theme of healing.
View and sign up for our upcoming services, and access our live stream videos, all via our Services & Worship page:
Morning Prayer and Private Prayer
Morning Prayer is at 9am on Wednesdays and the church is open from 9am through to 12 noon for those who wish to visit for Private Prayer and all are welcome. Again, don’t forget your mask.
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.
The winners for October are: £50 Alison Telfer; £30 Tina Tompkins; £20 Margaret Evans.
A Message from The Bay Foodbank
Thank you so much for your wonderful Harvest Festival donations, we really do appreciate all the help you give us over the year too. We could not exist without the generous donations from supporters such as yourself so thank you for your co-operation in helping us feed people in our area who simply need assistance at difficult times. Please continue to donate at Sainsbury’s, Morrison’s or the church vestibule.
'Walking With' are accepting food donations (no clothing) as well as cash donations at the Walking With centre in Hugh Street, Wallsend on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9.30am-3pm. They ask that anyone who delivers donations to wear a mask and follow the government guidelines. They require the following: basmati rice, sugar, tea bags, coffee, toilet rolls, washing powder, washing up liquid, oil, pasta/spaghetti, shampoo, shower gel, toothpaste and biscuits.
The flowers in Church
The flowers in the vestibule and in church are looking wonderful. Here are a few photos for those who haven't been able to see them in person.
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
Photos from the weekend
For those who were not able to be at the services at the weekend, here are a few snaps!
Kathleen Dales has real difficulty with the phone now but please do continue to contact her. You may have to let the phone ring for around 20 times! If Kathleen doesn’t pick up, she knows how to ring back at the time. The best time of day to call Kathleen is between 2.30pm - 5pm. We do hope that some of you will try to ring Kathleen as in these strange times with ongoing restrictions it can be very lonely, especially for those who live on their own.
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 is now available on Amazon. Click here to take a look.
The Parish Office
The Parish Office remains closed as Dot and Carol are doing most of the 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.
For your prayers this week:
Your Prayers are requested for
Rest in Peace
Anne Ainsworth (whose funeral is on Friday 16th October)
John Campbell (Anniversary)
Also pray for
Ben who was ordained priest last Saturday
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
Readings for 18th October 2020
St Luke the Evangelist & Physician
Almighty God, you called Luke the physician,
whose praise is in the gospel,
to be an evangelist and physician of the soul:
by the grace of the Spirit and through
the wholesome medicine of the gospel,
give your Church the same love
and power to heal;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen
A reading from Isaiah
Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who are of a fearful heart, ‘Be strong, do not fear! Here is your God. He will come with vengeance, with terrible recompense. He will come and save you.’
Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy. For waters shall break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert;
Isaiah 35: 3-6
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles
They went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia. When they had come opposite Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them; so, passing by Mysia, they went down to Troas. During the night Paul had a vision: there stood a man of Macedonia pleading with him and saying, ‘Come over to Macedonia and help us.’ When he had seen the vision, we immediately tried to cross over to Macedonia, being convinced that God had called us to proclaim the good news to them.
We set sail from Troas and took a straight course to Samothrace, the following day to Neapolis, and from there to Philippi, which is a leading city of the district of Macedonia and a Roman colony. We remained in this city for some days.
Acts 16: 6-12a
The Gospel according to Luke
After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. He said to them, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest. Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves. Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and greet no one on the road. Whatever house you enter, first say, “Peace to this house!” And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you. Remain in the same house, eating and drinking whatever they provide, for the labourer deserves to be paid. Do not move about from house to house. Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you; cure the sick who are there, and say to them, “The kingdom of God has come near to you.”
Luke 10: 1-9
For the healing of the nations, Lord, we pray with one accord; For a just and equal sharing Of the things that earth affords. To a life of love and action Help us rise and pledge our word.
Lead your people into freedom, From despair your world release That, redeemed from war and hatred, All may come and go in peace. Show us how, through care and goodness, Fear will die and hope increase.
You, creator God, have written Your great name on humankind; For our growing in your likeness Bring the life of Christ to mind, That by our response and service Earth its destiny may find.
© 1968, Hope Publishing Co.
We cannot measure how you heal or answer every sufferer’s prayer, yet we believe your grace responds where faith and doubt unite to care.
Your hands, though bloodied on the cross,
survive to hold and heal and warn,
to carry all through death to life
and cradle children yet unborn.
The pain that will not go away, the guilt that clings from things long past, the fear of what the future holds, are present as if meant to last. But present too is love which tends the hurt we never hoped to find, the private agonies inside, the memories that haunt the mind.
So some have come who need your help and some have come to make amends, as hands which shaped and saved the world are present in the touch of friends. Lord, let your Spirit meet us here to mend the body, mind and soul, to disentangle peace from pain, and make your broken people whole.
©1989 WGRG, Iona Community, Govan, Glasgow G51 3UU, Scotland
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