SUNDAY MAY 17 2020 / EASTER 5 / ROGATION SUNDAY / COVID-19: 9
Welcome to the ninth weekly COVID-19 sheet since the first one was distributed on
Sunday March 22 2020. If you know someone who might appreciate reading this sheet, please print it out (if you can). As the new guidance takes effect, the message to us all remains very clear: STAY ALERT. CONTROL THE VIRUS. SAVE LIVES.
With love, and the assurance of prayers,
The Rev’d Carole Holmes (Methodist Superintendant, Redruth, Camborne & Hayle)
Jenny Lockwood (Methodist Pastor, Lanner Chapel)
The Rev’d Caspar Bush (Rector of the Anglican Benefice of Redruth)
and other ministers and lay ministers in the area
ROGATION SUNDAY / John 14 vv15 – 21
The days of Rogationtide fall immediately before Ascension Day and they emerged from the mists of the past in 1662. The word ‘rogation’ comes from the Latin word, ‘rogare’ which means TO ASK. At Rogationtide, the church prays for a good harvest, for those who are involved in farming and for those who work is in food production and related trades and professions. There are several ancient traditions for this time of year including well dressing and the beating of the bounds of your particular parish.
This year, the season of ROGATION comes in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis and we have all realised more fully the part that food, shops, shop workers and delivery drivers play in our lives. We perhaps have also realised that we have taken all that for granted and failed to honour and indeed thank those who create and supply the food we all need. This year, the days of ROGATION may have a new meaning as we socially distance in a supermarket, wait In a car park for ‘click and collect’ or for a delivery van to find the house.
For all those for whom Rogationtide has a new meaning this year we offer this prayer:
REMEMBER, LORD, YOUR MERCY AND LOVING KINDNESS TOWARDS US,
BLESS THIS GOOD EARTH, AND MAKE IT FRUITFUL.
BLESS OUR LABOUR, AND GIVE ALL THINGS NEEDED FOR OUR DAILY LIVES.
BLESS THE HOMES OF OUR PARISH AND ALL WHO LIVE WITHIN THEM.
BLESS OUR COMMON LIFE AND OUR CARE FOR OUR NEIGHBOUR.
HEAR US, GOOD LORD. AMEN
There has been a suggestion that Christchurch, Lanner should, in a small way organise a COMMUNITY PANTRY. It is a simple idea, food, usually in tins and perhaps jars are out on a table, and those who need help, take them. The slogan of a community pantry is: GIVE WHAT YOU CAN, TAKE WHAT YOU NEED.
The Christchurch Pantry will go live on MONDAY MAY 18 at 10.00am. It is hoped that people will donate as they are able, and take what they need. This initiative does, in no way replace the work of FOODBANK. If anyone needs support from that group, they should phone 01209 714592 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a delivery.
OTHER NEW INITIATIVES AROUND FOOD
Nathan Squire, who has advertised his Lanner community help group through earlier weekly sheets would like to draw your attention to OLIO. This is a food share app which may well be of use to you. It is easy to register and enables you to give and receive food.
As part of Nathan’s OLIO initiative, FREE CAKE will be available at the Christchurch Pantry every MONDAY between 2.00pm – 3.00pm. That of course depends on people making cake to give away!!!!!! Cake should be brought to the pantry at 1.30pm each Monday.
This year Ascension Day falls on THURSDAY MAY 21. This is a major festival within the church and will be remembered in Redruth through a zoom Communion Service at 6.00pm. Maybe you remember ASCENSION DAY being a public holiday, or at least a day when schools closed. It is through the Ascension, the return of Jesus to the heavenly places that the disciples knew that they would have to continue the work that Jesus had begun. That work has been continued through the current crisis by not only unexpected people in unexpected places, but also by people who have been faithfully reflecting God`s love, day by day, year by year almost unnoticed.
THE COLLECT FOR ASCENSION DAY
You have raised our human nature to the throne of heaven:
help us to seek and serve you,
that we may join you at the Father’s side,
where you reign with the Spirit in glory,
now and for ever. AMEN
A RE-WRITTEN SONG FROM “Les Miserables”
(Is anyone brave enough to sing it!!!!!!)
“ON MY OWN”
On my own,
Hoping the virus is behind me,
All alone, I walk to do my shopping.
I see people, but always keep my distance,
I stand apart, behind a line, and the queue goes on and on.
On the streets, we must avoid the runners,
‘Cos the virus, it could be all around us,
And the lockdown is keeping us so safe now,
And the buses all run empty ‘cos there’s nowhere we can go.
And I know I must leave my life behind,
That I’m talking to myself all the time,
And although I could lose my mind,
I hope one day,the world will start again.
I must put my mask on,
Where’s the gel? the bottles almost empty.
The virus has changed the world around us,
The shops were bare and everywhere there’s no-one that I know.
I must keep apart now,
I should really be safe and sound at home,
I should be protecting all the front line workers,
I clap my hands and shine a torch for whom I do not know.
The virus, the virus, the virus has left me all alone.
Several of our young people receive challenges each Sunday. One such challenge is to create a prayer for the times we are now in. WILLIAM, FINN & ISABELLA who are part of the Christchurch Sunday School have written this prayer:
I HOPE PEOPLE WHO HAVE COVID-19 WILL HEAL AND SURVIVE.
PLEASE GIVE HOPE AND FAITH TO FAMILIES THAT HAVE LOST LOVED ONES.
I HOPE THAT THE UNITED KINGDOM WILL RISE AGAIN.
BRING BACK LIGHT, JOY AND HAPPINESS.
Can you create a prayer! Send it along and it will go into the sheet.
SUNDAY PRAYER LIST
Some people light a candle at 6.00pm on a Sunday and pray for the people whose names have been entrusted to us:
DONALD, DAVID, MAVIS, IAIN, LILLIAN, TERRY K., JUDITH, RACHEL,
BETTY, TERRI B., PATTI., BOB., BRENDA, TERRY D., JENNY, TONY,
We also remember those whose lives have slipped from them at this time, remembering MICHAEL, GLORIA
If you are still sitting quietly when you would normally be in church for a service of HOLY COMMUNION, then, here is the prayer you might like to say. Have a piece of bread with you, light a candle and remember ……….
AS THE SEED FALLS INTO THE EARTH AND DIES TO GIVE LIFE TO THE GRAIN,
AS THE CORN IS CRUSHED TO MAKE FLOUR,
AS THE FLOUR IS BAKED AND THE YEAST DIES TO GIVE LIFE TO THE DOUGH.
AS THE BREAD IS BROKEN AND EATEN TO GIVE LIFE TO THE BODY.
SO JESUS, SITTING WITH THE DISCIPLES
TOOK BREAD AND BROKE IT AND SAID:
THIS IS MY BODY BROKEN FOR THE WORLD,
EAT THIS BREAD AND REMEMBER.
PRAYERS AND READINGS FOR THE WEEK
SUNDAY MAY 17 / EASTER 5 / ROGATION SUNDAY
Acts 17 vv22 – 31, 1Peter 3 vv13 – 22, John 14 vv15 – 21
“I will not leave you desolate; I will be with you” John 14 vv18
PRAYER: As I know that you are with me, so I pray that others will know the same, especially those who are struggling to provide our food at this time.
PRAY FOR FARMERS, ALL THOSE WHO WORK ON THE LAND AND ALL THOSE WHO WORK IN FOOD PRODUCTION, SALES AND TRANSPORT
MONDAY MAY 18. Rogation Monday
“God so loved the world that he gave his only son ……” John 3 vv16
PRAYER: Loving God, help me to remember that I can never offer enough thanks for all you have given to the world, I can only pass it on”
PRAY FOR THOSE WHOSE LIVES HAVE SPOKEN TO YOU OF GOD’S LOVE THAT YOU MAY DO THE SAME FOR ALL WHO YOU MEET DAY BY DAY
TUESDAY MAY 19. Rogation Tuesday. Dunstan. Archbishop. 988
“The Lord has founded a city on the holy mountains” Psalm 87 vv1
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, at this Rogationtide we pray for the churches and chapels that are part of our lives. We pray that despite the lockdown they will in whatever possible, continue to proclaim your love for all people, that many may grow towards you.
PRAY FOR THOSE WHO KEEP WATCH OVER OUR CHURCHES AND CHAPELS DURING THE LOCKDOWN, WHO PRINT THE WEEKLY SHHETS, THE MAGAZINES,
PREPARE THE ZOOM LINKS AND SERVICES AND WHO DO WHAT THEY CAN TO KEEP YOUR LOVE OUT IN THE WORLD
WED. MAY 20. Rogation Wednesday. Alcuin of York. Deacon. 804
“This joy of mine is complete. He must increase; I must decrease” John 3 vv29
PRAYER: Loving God of all people, help me to remember that all people are of infinite worth to you and that I must seek to encourage the gifts of all those I meet day by day.
PRAY FOR THOSE WHOSE WORK IS OFTEN UNDERVALUED, BUT WHOM IN THIS CRISIS HAVE RECEIVED HONOUR AND PRAISE
THURSDAY MAY 21. ASCENSION DAY. Acts 1 vv1 – 11. Luke 24 vv44 – end
“And remember, I am with you until the end of time” Matthew 28 vv20
PRAYER: Creator and compassionate God, we give thanks for the hope that as you walked amongst us on earth, so we will walk with you in paradise. Give us courage as our journey continues, that we may lead others to be beside you.
PRAY FOR THOSE WHO ARE STRUGGLING TO UNDERSTAND WHAT THEY MUST DO IN THE WORLD, WHERE THEY SHOULD GO, WHAT THEY SHOULD SAY. PRAY FOR THOSE WHOSE SECURITY HAS BEEN TAKEN FROM THEM AT THIS TIME OF COVID-19
“The Father loves the Son, and has entrusted everything into his hands” John 3 vv35
PRAYER: Eternal God, we give thanks that through Jesus you have given us the pathway to follow, help us on our journey through life, that we may walk his pathway without fear.
PRAY FOR THOSE WHO ARE IN GOVERNMENT THROUGHOUT THE WORLD AND WHO ARE TRYING TO HELP THE NATIONS FIND THE PATHWAY BACK TO HEALTH
“I have raised up one chosen from amongst you, and they have been anointed with oil” Psalm 89 vv20
PRAYER: Lord God, I know you have chosen me, help me to be worthy of that call.
PRAY FOR THOSE WHO HAD HOPED TO HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN PROJECTS BUT HAVE FOUND THEM CANCELLED OR POSTPONED THROUGH THE VIRUS. GRANT THEM NEW OPPORTUNITIES.
SUNDAY MAY 24. EASTER 6. SUNDAY AFTER ASCENSION DAY
For Methodists this particular Sunday is known as ALDERSGATE SUNDAY and marks the moment on May 24 1738 that John Wesley, at a religious meeting in
Aldersgate Street, in the City of London, was assured by God that he was forgiven.
With this assurance John Wesley went on the found Methodism.
Today will signal very special services in Methodist communities.
10.30am Benefice zoom service followed by Parish coffee zooms
3.00pm United Methodist & Anglican Zoom Event to celebrate
John & Charles Wesley
Last week’s sheet did not carry any information about two very important events:
- MAY 12 was the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale
- Last week was CHRISTIAN AID WEEK
Born in Florence, Italy, on May 12 1820, Florence was an English nurse and a pioneer of hospital reform. During the Crimean War she faced considerable opposition as she struggled to care for and improve conditions for injured British soldiers, who called her THE LADY WITH THE LAMP.
A PRAYER FOR NURSES & CARE WORKERS
Lord Jesus, keep our nurses and care workers strong and healthy.
Protect their families, their marriages, their children, their incomes, their futures.
Help them not to grow weary of doing good,
Build them up when they are breaking down.
Be their living water so they do not ‘run on empty’,
Help them to bring peace and hope to many.
CHRISTIAN AID WEEK
This took place between SUNDAY MAY 10 – SATURDAY MAY 16 and sought to shine a light on the many projects that the charity is supporting throughout the world at this time of a global pandemic. The churches within the Benefice would all have had the familiar red envelopes and you can still give through the Christian Aid Web site.
A CHRISTIAN AID PRAYER FOR THIS TIME
May your love that never fails strengthen the weak,
Encourage the fearful, calm the anxious and heal the sick
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
THIS WEEK’S JOKE SENT IN BY A READER
Two children were waiting to be given some fruit at their Primary School,
there were bowls of apples and bowls of oranges. “Take one apple” said the teacher, “God is watching”. The first child whispered to the second child “take two oranges, God is watching the apples”.
This rather stoical zoom conversation between a three year old and her grandparents might make you smile:
GP: I can see you are helping with the hoovering
GP: Oh you can come and help hoover our house
GP: Why not?
C: I am not allowed to go out because of the GERMS!!!!!!
CONTROL THE VIRUS
God bless you wherever you are, your family, your friends and all whom you love, this day and forever …………
PS. THE LAST MONDAY BIBLE STUDY will take place on zoom on
Monday May 24 at 4.30pm. The passage to be studied: ROMANS 8 vv31 – 39.
All welcome, please check the Sunday Sheet next week for the zoom link.