November Magazine

PASTON ALL SAINTS CHURCH MAGAZINE   …  NOV.  2020

MISSION STATEMENT

“Sharing the fun, friendship and peace of knowing God’s love with everyone.”

 

Dear readers,

 

2020 has so far been a very strange and difficult year. Here in England, the Covid19crisis began in March. Toilet rolls, paper towels and soap began to disappear from supermarket shelves. Long-distance queues formed outside shops and there were daily briefings from the Prime Minister and his scientific advisors in Downing Street.

 

As a nation we rediscovered walking. We went out onto the streets to clap for our health services and we took to exercising and cycling.  Many people, inspired by Captain Tom, have raised thousands of pounds to help others less fortunate. 

But, back then, few of us believed that eight months later, we would still be facing yet another total lockdown as we approach the Christmas season.

 

At Paston All Saints Church, we have managed to maintain a regular weekly service – first on the web and, since the end of June, in our own church. 

 

Each month, our all age family services have been looking at different aspects of Jesus. 

Prior to lockdown we learnt about Jesus the Way, the Truth and the Life. Since re-opening we have heard about Jesus the Teacher, the Provider and the Servant King.

So, midst epidemic, it seemed quite appropriate at the beginning of November, that we turned our attention to Jesus the Healer. During the service we heard familiar stories of Jesus working miracles - curing the blind, the lame and the deaf. (In fact, the four Gospels give us 32 different examples of these miracles and many of them are reported in more than one of the Gospels.) Some of them cover physical illnesses,whilst others deal with weaknesses in faith, mind, spirit and fear. 

 

As well as all these remarkable healing stories, there are many other reassuring promises that we find in both the Old and the New Testaments, and it may be reassuring during this epidemic to share just a few of these :-

 

“I am the Lord who heals you”  …. Exodus 15

“The Lord says, I have heard your prayers and seen your tears. I will heal you”…2Kings

“Oh Lord, I cried to you and you healed me” …. Psalm 30

“Jesus healed every kind of disease and sickness” … Matthew 9
“If I can only touch His cloak I shall be healed” ….Matthew 9

“The man walked into the pool, as Jesus told him to, and he was healed”  …..John 9

“Prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well” … James 5

“Pray for each other that you may be healed” …. James 5

Jesus said, “You are now well because of your faith” – and at that point she was healed” ….. Matthew 9

 

Let us remember these promises as we face the weeks ahead, strong in the knowledge that Jesus walks alongside us. 

- Steve

A MESSAGE FROM BISHOP DONALD  ---   Remember, remember…

 

 

November

– 1st: All Saints, 2nd: All Souls, 5th: Guy Fawkes, 8th: Remembrance, 11th: Armistice… 22nd: Christ the King (and 29th is Advent Sunday this year). Lots of church, community, and civic highlights. This year still very real, and very important – but subdued and maybe overshadowed by the virus.

  

Remembering still matters though. Not just wars and those lost in them or damaged by them, not just those currently in our armed forces – though we mustn’t minimise that at all. But we need to remember our story, our history (even Guy Fawkes and his co-conspirators). We need to remember our Church story, and who we are as the inheritors of all the saints, named and unnamed. We need to remember those we have lost, those who have gone before us into eternity. And above all, we need to remember that Jesus is still Lord, that Christ is still King, High King, Lord of lords and King of kings.

  

In these strange days of covid, apparently running through the dark winter ahead, we need hope and light. In a sense, some of that comes through our support for each other, our continued self-discipline for the common good, and the scientific endeavour to find a cure or at least a vaccine. But in the deepest sense, hope and light come only through Christ – and we are assured of that by remembering the past.

  

Ultimately we have hope, and light at the end of every tunnel, because God is faithful. Scripture and Church history point so consistently to a merciful, saving, promise-keeping, faithful God. Nothing “in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord”. “God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength.” “Come to me, all you who are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”

  

Remember, remember, what a faithful God we have. Remember, remember, his faithfulness to the saints of old. Remember, remember, that Jesus is King. Remember, remember, that he promises to put all things right.

  

With best wishes

 

 

 

+Donald

Bishop of Peterborough

 


ALL SOULS SERVICE.  (Saturday 31st October)

Sadly, this year we were unable to hold our usual All Souls Service due to coronavirus. However, we felt that it was important for us to remember and commemorate the faithfully departed. Therefore, our Reader Yvonne and Mo Tanner,  jointly lead a closed service on 31 October to give thanks before God for those whom we have known more directly: those who gave us life, or those who nurtured us in faith. During the service they read out the list of names held from last year, and names of all those known to us who have died in 2020.   Thank you to Mo and Yvonne, and also to Fiona, our PCC secretary, who helped to collect and coordinate the names. The service consisted of names, readings, prayers and moments of reflective silence.

Rev. Mike. -  On your bike!    Peterborough to Land’s End?  

 

During this current interregnum our Rural Dean, Rev Michael Moore, has been a great help to us. 

We have had several meetings with him - touring the graveyard, looking at problems, planning the way forward and generally guiding us along the way, and for all his help, wisdom, time and input we are truly grateful.. 

 

But Michael has been doing other things too -- not least, rowing from Peterborough to John O’Groats! 

 

Each year his church at St Mary’s chooses a specific local charity to support, and this year it chose Peterborough Foodbank. However, this year the usual fundraising garden party could not be held so instead, in a heat of madness, Michael said, “I will cycle to Land’s End on my exercise bike”.

From here he takes up his own story ….

  

“The distance from Peterborough to Land’s End is 374 miles and I divided this into seven days – thus 54 miles per day. Notionally, I fixed a place in my mind where I would like to aim for each day – the places were Newport Pagnell, Swindon, Bristol, Taunton, Chagford, Bodmin and Land’s End.

I knew that it would take about four to five hours a day so I would have to fit my normal work around it all.

  

The first thing was to split the day into three sessions, and then each session into three-mile stints. I would set off, do the first three miles then stop, walk around the bedroom where the bike is, then walk downstairs and go back up again. I found this would allow the blood to find the numb areas, so as to refresh them before getting straight back on to the bike.

  

Boredom soon came into play. I kept looking at the speedometer and, as it seemed to slow down, I tried to amuse myself by looking out of the window. This did not work. So I said morning prayer, midday prayer and evening prayer whilst peddling.

  

As I got more proficient, I started to send emails whilst peddling and making phone calls. Who says men cannot multi-task?!

  

After day two, soreness started to be a problem. One church member told me to have a bath when I finished each night. That sounded good advice, but I was so tired after the last session I had a job to get out of the bath! One other member told me to put two banana skins in my shorts so as to ease things along. I did not do this because I didn’t want any slip-ups!

  

So I motored on and prayed as I went along, knowing that God would get me through it because He always has and always will. All I kept thinking of on day four was those people losing their jobs once furlough ends and being short of food. Jesus explicitly tells us to feed the hungry, so I kept on.

  

When not praying, I listened to two documentaries about the Falklands War – it was really interesting because they had accounts from both sides. I recall          the war very clearly and how I was involved – I was working in a foundry at the time and we worked 18 hours a day for two weeks to make spare parts for the troops’ vehicles as they steamed down to the islands. When you hear these real-life stories, you are very grateful for what you have.

  

After a week of cycling, I finally ‘arrived’ at Land’s End on the Friday night at 7pm and was sorelyglad to have done it!  I was glad also that I had raised money for the Peterborough Foodbank and for the Church, and I was really glad that I did not have to sit on a bike the following day!

 

 

CONGRATULATIONS REVEREND MICHAEL.  Well done!

 

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY … 8th November at 10.00am

 

Our Remembrance Service, led by our lay-reader Yvonne, will look different this year, but it still includes most of the key elements of our traditional service.  There will be rousing hymns (albeit on tape) and poignant readings. There will be poppies, our traditional wreathe and the usual cross of poppies. We will also read out the names of all those local men who have fallen whilst fighting for their country in the two World Wars. 

However, sadly, we will not be able to move to the lychgate (our war memorial) to read out the names of the fallen, nor will we hear the bugler play the Last Post, 

This service of remembrance replaces our usual communion service on the 8th November. 

 

 

THIS MONTH’S BRAIN TEASER.

 

The names of Books in the Bible are hidden in each sentence. 

Can you find them?

 

1. The study of genes is called genetics. 

2. This has been a most unusual year.

3. The young lad found it difficult to tell the truth.

4. Jennie’s icecream was the biggest her mother could find.

5. Tom chose a much smaller one.

6. The scientist was able to extract some of the bacteria.

7. I love to visit Peterborough Cathedral.

8. “That goal was a real fluke,” laughed Henry. 

9. Wendy said, “I love jam, especially if it is strawberry.”

10. The common bluetit uses its beak to make holes in the milk bottle tops.

 

 

OUR SERVICES FOR THIS MONTH

 

Sunday 1st -  All age family service looking at Jesus the Healer.

Sunday 8th  - Service of Remembrance.

Sunday 15th – Communion Service. We welcome Rev Catherine Furlong.

Sunday 21st -  Communion Service . Again, we welcome Rev Catherine Furlong.

Sunday 28th  -  Communion Service with Rev Charles May.

 

…   AND MOVING INTO DECEMBER

 

Sunday  6th December – All-age Family Service.   “Jesus the Light of the World”

Sunday  13th December – Holy Communion with our Rural Dean, Rev Michael Moore.

 

All Christmas services will be detailed in next month’s magazine.

 

                            FACE MASKS MUST BE WORN AT ALL SERVICES

and congregations must be social distanced and obey regulations.


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