THE WEEKLY  NEWSLETTER OF THE BENEFICE OF THREE CLIFFS

 

Contacts

Rev. Canon Peter Brooks, 01792 232928

Peter.brooks256@btinternet.com

Curate Rev Nigel King      01792 233124

Nigeledward.king@btopenworld.com

 

Lay ministers

Sue Waite 234739

David Ball 232027

 

Churchwardens

St Illtyds: Carolyn Kirby 233318;  Merlin Kingham 371285

St Mary’s: Catherine Thomas 233407; Katherine Wilson 232221

St Nicholas & St John: David Harry 371615; Gilda Jones 422339

St Teilo’s: Mike Whiffin 234476; Susan Tercero 234446

 

Items for inclusion in the newsletter to

Stuart Phillips 232444 stuart7ger@gmail.com

 

Treasurers Contact Details

Frances Owen John The Cottage, Nicholaston Hall, Penmaen, Swansea, SA3 2HL fjoj@btopenworld.com

William Nicholas 18, Pennard Drive Southgate 234338 williamrnicholas@gmail.com

Jackie Strawbridge Iona, Ilston, SA27LD 371203 jackie.strawbridge@outlook.com

Mike Thomas 72, Eastlands Park Bishopston SA3DG 234487 mvthomas@talktalk.net

 

If you are missing your regular Sunday and Midweek worship then go https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXC0h5NwMA1In6Eku9gZxiQ?view_as=subscriber

There you will find a thought for the day from your Parish.

 

Worship in Three Cliffs Parish

Week commencing 27th September

 On Sunday 27th September on  our Youtube Channel please use the new Sunday Worship Sheet The following Services will be used over the next week so do have them ready with you whenever you sign into our Youtube Channel

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXC0h5NwMA1In6Eku9gZxiQ…

 

Wednesday 30th  September Morning Prayer (Youtube) from 8.00 am Wednesday 30th September join on Zoom 9.45 am https://us04web.zoom.us/j/2727336964 (Zoom)

ID: 272 733 6964 Password: 9Ugy8L

Thursday 1st October  9.30 am New Celtic Morning Prayer (Zoom) Join Zoom Meeting 9.30 am https://us04web.zoom.us/j/2727336964

ID: 272 733 6964 Password: 9Ugy8L

Please use the new Celtic Morning Prayer Sheet

 

Sunday 4th October Harvest Worship (You tube channel)

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXC0h5NwMA1In6Eku9gZxiQ…

Please use the New Sunday Worship Sheet.

All services have been sent to those not on the internet (except the Zoom) and there are full instructions as to when to use them in a pastoral letter that has gone out to them as well.

Peter

 

Monday 28th September  funeral of Mr Roger Sweetman of Southgate will take place at Swansea Crematorium  2.30 pm.

 

Thursday 8th October Funeral of the late Mrs Stella Sullivan will take place at Llanelli Crematorium at 2.00 pm. Do remember Ken and the family in your prayers.

 

Volunteers needed to form a stewardship team for St Teilo's Bishopston potential church opening.

Can you spare some time (Regardless of what church you are from)  to help us Steward the opening of St Teilo's as the Benefice Place Of Worship under COVID 19 regulations., If you can do either Sunday or Wednesday then I would be grateful.     Do contact me ...Peter

 

 

 

 

CHURCH OPENING

If we are successful in opening from Sunday the 11th and Wednesday 14th October then the last Zoom Morning Prayer on Wednesday will be 7th October but Thursday Celtic Prayer on Zoom to continue.,

 

Dear All,

You will find attached to this weeks bulletin a Harvest Service to be used on the 4th October the Sunday we traditionally give to the Harvest celebrations our offerings.

As we cannot physically do so this year can we possibly consider increasing our giving to the foodbank in the month of October. John and Mary Gibbons and also the Lamplighter will willingly receive any donations you wish to make.

Peter

 

 

 

LAMPLIGHTER

I am writing to confirm that the Lamplighter shop is now open between the hours of  11.00 and 3.30 Wednesday to Friday and possibly 10.00 to 12.30 on a Saturday if we can find additional volunteers

It’s taken some time and some figuring out as well as the application of grants and a new role for our co-ordinator Rachael. However I am pleased to say that this has all paid off.

The Shop will be run under strict COVID 19 regulations and to begin with will not function as a café but will serve take away hot drinks along with the usual line of gifts.

The shop has been re-ordered and re-merchandised and once the volunteers are comfortable with the new system and layout we will consider re-opening as a café. Again this will be limited by social distancing measures.

We want to encourage people to use this as their ‘go to’

gift and card shop and also for church supplies.

Through all our help this shop may flourish and I will be promoting it in the weeks ahead across  Gower and the locality.

 

Do hold this venture in your prayers

 

Volunteers wanted

The Lamplighter has now reopened and is in need of some more volunteers who can help out with shifts If you are able to give a couple of hours a week or even once a month then do contact our co-ordinator Rachael Aka ASAP. on 01792232012 & leave a  message or   gowerlamplighter@gmail.com

Many thanks.         Peter

 

 FOOD BANK COLLECTION

CONTRIBUTIONS BOTH OF GROCERIES AND MONEY ARE NEEDED NOW MORE THAN EVER  PLEASE CONTACT EITHER

SUE WAITE OR MEGAN  ROSSER 01792 234739 suemeg@btinternet.com  OR AT LAMLIGHTER 11-12 EVERYDAY

OR JOHN AND MARY GIBBONS ON   01792 233522 johnandmaryg880@gmail.com  86, PENNARD DRIVE

 

TEAR FUND

Every week we are reminded about the very necessary donations to Food Bank during the present crisis but we should not forget TEAR FUND which will be helping those in other parts of the world that are also suffering possibly more severely than we are, please contact Sue Waite  234739 suemeg@btinternet.com who will accept cash or cheques or pay direct to the Tear Fund bank a/c Sort code 30-90-89 a/c no 37039368

 

 

 

Sunday 27th September 2020

16th Sunday after Trinity

 

 

O Lord,  we beseech you mercifully to hear the prayers of your people who call upon you;  and grant that they may both perceive and know what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to fulfil them;  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 Ezekiel   (18.1-4, 25-32)

 

The word of the Lord came to me:  What do you mean by repeating this proverb concerning the land of Israel, "The parents have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge"?  As I live, says the Lord GOD, this proverb shall no more be used by you in Israel.  Know that all lives are mine; the life of the parent as well as the life of the child is mine: it is only the person who sins that shall die.  Yet you say, "The way of the Lord is unfair." Hear now, O house of Israel: Is my way unfair? Is it not your ways that are unfair?

 When the righteous turn away from their righteousness and commit iniquity, they shall die for it; for the iniquity that they have committed they shall die.  Again, when the wicked turn away from the wickedness they have committed and do what is lawful and right, they shall save their life.  Because they considered and turned away from all the transgressions that they had committed, they shall surely live; they shall not die.  Yet the house of Israel says, "The way of the Lord is unfair." O house of Israel, are my ways unfair? Is it not your ways that are unfair?  Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, all of you according to your ways, says the Lord GOD. Repent and turn from all your transgressions; otherwise iniquity will be your ruin.

 Cast away from you all the transgressions that you have committed against me, and get yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! Why will you die, O house of Israel?  For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone, says the Lord GOD. Turn, then, and live.

 

This is the word of the Lord.

 Thanks be to God.

 

Psalm 25. 1-9

 

 Remember, Lord, your compassion and love.

 

To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul;  O my God, in you I trust;  let me not be put to shame;  let not my enemies triumph over me.  Let none who look to you be put to shame, but let the treacherous be shamed and frustrated.

 Remember, Lord, your compassion and love.

 

Make me to know your ways, O LORD, and teach me your paths.  Lead me in your truth and teach me,  for you are the God of my salvation;  for you have I hoped all the day long.

 Remember, Lord, your compassion and love.

 

Remember, LORD, your compassion and love, for they are from everlasting.  Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions, but think of me in your goodness, O LORD, according to your steadfast love.

 Remember, Lord, your compassion and love.

 

Gracious and upright is the LORD;  therefore shall he teach sinners in the way.  He will guide the humble in doing right and teach his way to the lowly.

 Remember, Lord, your compassion and love.

 

 

A reading from Philippians   (2.1-13)

 

If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.  Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves.  Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others.

 Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death — even death on a cross.

 Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

 Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed me, not only in my presence, but much more now in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling;  for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

 

This is the word of the Lord.

 Thanks be to God.

 

 

 

Listen to the Gospel of Christ according to St Matthew   (21.23-32)

 Glory to you, O Lord.

 

When he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching, and said, "By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?"

 Jesus said to them, "I will also ask you one question; if you tell me the answer, then I will also tell you by what authority I do these things.  Did the baptism of John come from heaven, or was it of human origin?"

 And they argued with one another, "If we say, 'From heaven,' he will say to us, 'Why then did you not believe him?'  But if we say, 'Of human origin,' we are afraid of the crowd; for all regard John as a prophet."  So they answered Jesus, "We do not know."

 And he said to them, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.

 "What do you think? A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, 'Son, go and work in the vineyard today.'  He answered, 'I will not'; but later he changed his mind and went.  The father went to the second and said the same; and he answered, 'I go, sir'; but he did not go.  Which of the two did the will of his father?"

 They said, "The first."

 Jesus said to them, "Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God ahead of you.  For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him; and even after you saw it, you did not change your minds and believe him.

 

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

 Praise to you, O Christ.

 

 

Almighty God, you have taught us through your Son that love is the fulfilling of the law:  grant that we may love you with our whole heart and our neighbours as ourselves;  through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

 

 

Contact:

Rev Canon Peter Brooks

01792 232928 - Email

 

 

 

Rev Nigel King

01792 233124 - Email

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