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St. George’s Church Newsletter

24th January 2021

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Today is the 3rd Sunday of Epiphany.

Collect

Almighty God,
whose Son revealed in signs and miracles the wonder of your saving presence:
renew your people with your heavenly grace, and in all our weakness
sustain us by your mighty power;
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.

1st Reading Genesis 14. 17-20

After Abram’s return from the defeat of Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him, the king of Sodom went out to meet him at the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley). And King Melchizedek of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was priest of God Most High. He blessed him and said, ‘Blessed be Abram by God Most High, maker of heaven and earth; and blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand!’ And Abram gave him one-tenth of everything.

Psalm 128
Response: With the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption

Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord, Lord, hear my voice!
O let your ears be attentive
to the voice of my pleading.

Response

If you, O Lord, should mark our guilt Lord, who would survive?
But with you is found forgiveness: for this we revere you.

Response

My soul is waiting for the Lord,
I count on his word.
My soul is longing for the Lord more than watchman for daybreak.

Response

Because with the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption,
Israel indeed he will redeem
from all its iniquity.

Response

2nd Reading Revelation 19.6–10

I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the sound of many waters and like the sound of mighty thunder-peals, crying out, ‘Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready; to her it has been granted to be clothed with fine linen, bright and pure’ – for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints. And the angel said to me, ‘Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.’ And he said to me, ‘These are true words of God.’ Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said to me, ‘You must not do that! I am a fellow-servant with you and your comrades who hold the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.’

Gospel John 2.1-11

There was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, ‘They have no wine.’ And Jesus said to her,‘Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.’ His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’ Now standing there were six stone water-jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to them, ‘Fill the jars with water.’ And they filled them up to the brim. He said to them, ‘Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.’ So they took it. When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom and said to him, ‘Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.’ Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

Post Communion Prayer

Almighty Father,
whose Son our Saviour Jesus Christ
is the light of the world:
may your people,
illumined by your word and sacraments,
shine with the radiance of his glory,
that he may be known, worshipped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth;
for he is alive and reigns, now and for ever.

Welcome to St. George’s Church

Services are as follows:
Sunday 8am Holy Eucharist (said); 9.30am Holy Eucharist – with a cantor. During the week the Holy Eucharist is celebrated on the following days: Monday 9am; Thursday 10am; Saturday 10am

The new LOCKDOWN

Thankfully our church remains open both for private prayer and public worship. We must, however, be very rigorous in following our risk assessment, which we have adjusted in the light of the current situation. The Archdeacons have stressed that 'It is particularly important to emphasise to our communities that they MUST refrain from social mingling before and after worship. Worshippers must take their seat on entering church and leave the building immediately after worship ends...’ So on entering the church, please register with our track and trace system, sanitise your hands and go and sit down in a pew straight away. The baptistry must be kept as clear of people as possible so that we can maintain 2 meters distance from one another.

For the time being, and while our schools are closed, there are restrictions on our younger choristers being able to sing in choir, and the choir club meet via video-link.

There will be no more than three servers at any liturgy so that we are better able to maintain the required 2 meters in our vestries.

Blyth is understandably reticent to approach people to read on Sundays in case they feel any pressure or obligation to be in church. He is therefore going to ask those who are present on the day if they would be prepared to read. Do please let him know if you are happy to do so. A printed copy of the readings is on the lectern, and if you are asked to read please feel free to take it back to your pew to read through before the liturgy begins.

The following restrictions continue to apply...

  • Social distancing will continue.

  • Please use the hand sanitisers as you enter the church.

  • Please wear a face mask, unless you have good reason not to do so.

  • You will be stewarded to a pew, and to receive the Holy Sacrament, and also on leaving the church.

  • The sacrament is administered in one kind only and always into the hand.

    Cleaning the Church

    The daily ‘Covid’ clean continues. If you can spare just fifteen minutes every once in a while to lend a hand with this it would be very gratefully received – it means we can keep the church open for private prayer!

    Keeping in Touch

    For those who have asked to receive a printed newsletter, these will continue to be available, as usual, from the table at the rear of the church – just look for the copy with your name on it.

    Newsletter items to Maggi by (10am Friday please) at maggi.creese@protonmail.com or ring her on 284 5745.

If you know someone who might appreciate a telephone call for whatever reason, do let Fr. Adrian (0191 252 1817) or Margaret Patterson (0191 257 0211) know.

We have a Facebook page!! Look for us on ‘Parish of St George, Cullercoats’, ask to be befriended and click ‘like’.

The WhatsApp group is up and running. If you would like to join the stream of daily chatter, please download the app (if you haven’t done so already) and let me (Fr. Adrian) know your mobile number, so we can invite you to the St. George’s Group and you can join in the fun.

PRAYER

Bullet Points for Prayer

  • Those still in isolation

  • North Tyneside Hospital

  • All our NHS workers

  • Our local G.P. surgeries

  • Cullercoats Primary School and Marden High School

  • Coble House and our other local residential care homes

  • Our local shopkeepers

  • Parents/carers having to home school their children

  • Post-persons and delivery drivers

    Those in trouble, sorrow, need or sickness: Brother Harold, David Atkinson, Paul Bain, Colin Campbell, Theresa Curran, Jennifer Emmett, David Foster-Smith, Brian Hall, Helen Hall, Jane Leadbitter, Liz Lynn, Ron Paine, Canon Jim Robertson, Dora Simpson, John Simpson, Don Slater, Ron Stewart, Jordan Storey, Cathy Strasshine, Audi Troilett

    Thanksgiving for the measure of recovery: Helen Brunton, Steve Glover

    Each month we pray for Betty Bell, Brenda Ryland & the residents of Coble House.

    The departed: Doreen Burrows, Christine Chick, Rita Tough

    In Our Year’s Mind: Eleanor Gair, Elizabeth Brunton, Lionel Robson Lunn

    Mothers’ Union Prayer Chain. If there is anyone you know who would like to be prayed for please contact Diane Nicholson on 296 5147.

    News & Other Notices
    Candlemas at St. George’s will be celebrated on Sunday 31st January this year.

    Congratulations and best wishes to Jocelyn Scurr and Eleanor Cooke, who celebrated their birthdays this week.

    Jennifer Beeston will be celebrating (within the Covid restrictions) her 80th birthday on Wednesday 27th January. This event would have usually included cake and ‘something in a glass’ in the Church Hall, but is not possible at present - but might be something to look forward to!

    From Judy Collins: thank you for the lovely scarf from Secret Santa!
    From Rosemary Kinghorn: I too have realised very belatedly that the lovely scarf I was sent was from

    St George's! Thank you so much for that. Perhaps your Santa shouldn't be so secret!

    From Jean McClean: I thought I was a good detective. It hasn’t worked! Many thanks to the Secret Santa. A lovely surprise!

Please save your used postage stamps for "Hearing Dogs." Please remember to leave a small margin around each stamp and keep at home until things get back to normal. Alternatively, you can put them in an envelope, marked "For the attention of Anne Brown," and put them through St. Hilda's Church letter box. Please note that green bottle tops are no longer required. Many thanks, Margaret Patterson.

Can anyone make any of the following for the Northumbria Healthcare Trust Chaplaincy Departments?:

  • Lap-blankets (for use at Berwick.) These can be made from squares.

  • Twiddle muffs/matts (https://www.ouh.nhs.uk/patient-guide/documents/twiddle-muffs.pdf)

  • Small knitted hearts in any shade of pink or red for use in Palliative Care Unit (Hearts pattern

    by Amanda Berry); these need to be made in pairs and put in sealed bags with the date they

    were completed. And (most importantly)

  • Small cross-stitch crosses (using plastic mesh canvas) which are used regularly in Chaplaincy

    work.
    If you are able to help, please contact Margaret Patterson 01912570211.

    Giving

    We are asking everyone to review their giving to St. George’s Church. For those who are able to do so we are inviting you to increase your weekly giving by the price of a small cappuccino at Costa Coffee (£2.25). If you can afford a bit more, the cost of an additional tray bake would be especially welcome! Thank you.

    Ways of Giving

    Weekly/monthly envelopes are available or donations can be made on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis through our Parish Giving Scheme. Please contact our Coordinator, Denise Appleton, on 07773 703993.

    Giving on-line: You can now make a donation to St. George’s Church online! Simply click the link on our website and it will guide you painlessly through the process.

    Fundraising

    I hope you saw the offer from Easy Fundraising. If you sign up to this we get £5 every time. Lots of us will be doing more shopping on-line this year, so if we use this portal, then the church may benefit at the same time.

    www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/stgeorgescullercoats

    Tell your family and your friends!!

    Amazon has a similar programme, so just look at ‘Amazon Smile’ next time you are on-line – St. George’s is now registered with them too, and they will make a contribution to the Church for every pound you spend with them.

    If we can no longer hold fundraising events, at least we can get a little income this way.

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