Trinity Sunday 7th June 2020
As if 2020 could not get any more alarming we’ve watched all week the cities of the United States of America in flames following the death of George Floyd, asphyxiated after he was arrested and a police officer knelt on his neck. The officer involved is facing charges and it remains to be seen what a court makes of that. Public opinion has been quicker and clearer in making a judgment and the Black Lives Matter movement has turned out a huge showing of support from across all sorts of different communities, activist groups, students, politicians on both sides of the aisle, the Amish, and even police officers themselves, all taking the knee, as it is called, in acknowledgment of the pain and rage of so many black Americans who feel routinely abused by a system stacked against them.
In the middle of this President Trump chose to clear protestors (and its clergy) away from the Anglican church of St John, just over the way from the White House, with tear gas and rubber bullets, for a bizarre photo call in which he stood in front of the church holding up a Bible.
Make what you will of this, and we’ll have different views about the rights and wrongs here, but there’s no doubt that the United States are more disunited today than they’ve been since the 60s, when the Civil Rights movement and the Vietnam War strained the Union to breaking point.
What do we do when things fall apart? Some look to power, to bind together with force fracturing societies, and to deal with the causes of disunity. Men (usually) of power are standing tall once again on the world stage, full of rhetoric about how they intend to do exactly that.
But history tells us that in the long run that brings ruin, not repair; because it doesn’t solve the problem, it just forces it into a corner. In the long run it is patience, understanding, commitment to the common good, and sacrifice that heals the wounds of the world, and all wounds.
In that Bible, so ostentatiously shown, in the letter to the arguing Colossians St Paul writes: “let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body”.
My Bible teaches me to seek the peace of Christ, not power; nor to force the injustices of the world out of sight and out of mind.
In the peace of Christ we will discover together our identity, our purpose, our goal, which is to be united – that is Christ’s will and his gift – and that can only be with righteousness and justice for all.
The Revd Richard Coles MA FKC FRSA
Vicar of Finedon
Almighty and everlasting God, you have given to us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of your divine Majesty to worship the Unity: Keep us steadfast in this faith and worship, and bring us at last to see you in your one and eternal glory, O Father; who with the Son and the Holy Spirit live and reign, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
The eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’
11th June Corpus Christi
In the Church of England “the Thursday after Trinity Sunday may be observed as The Day of Thanksgiving for the Institution of Holy Communion (Corpus Christi)” as one of the Church’s Festivals and with a special liturgy.
Please remember in your prayers all that are sick in our Parish, especially:-
Janice Pinnock, Christopher Munns, Judy Barker, Hazel Ager, Dale and Dave Cheney, Margaret Butts, Jean Rochester, Robyn l’Anson, Bob Haseldine, Susan Knight, Catherine Ramsey, Sheila Lloyd, Ann Whitworth, Cynthia Foster, Natalie Freeman, Catherine Harding, Martin Pettitt, Fr Christopher Hopkins, Belinda Hughes, Anton McArthy, Alan Palmer, Iris Mason.
Please pray for the departed:
Louise Coles, Freddie Dickens Groome.
And those whose anniversary of death occurs at this time:
Thank you Corner.
Thank you to Carolyn Smith for her research and work in contributing a series of interesting information concerning the history of the Star Coffee House, Institute and Hall to the Church magazine. May you continue to supply more fascinating articles.
7th June: In memory of Peter (On The Fourteenth Anniversary Of His Death) – Isobel Swords and family.
9th June : Madge Toop and family in remembrance of Ken on what would be his 92nd birthday.
Eco Church – Ecobricks
If you have ever wondered how to reduce your plastic waste and free up some space in your bin, maybe ecobricks are for you. This scheme involves making a potential building block by taking a transparent bottle (any size) and packing it with clean, dry (used) plastic like styrofoam cartons, straws, plastic bags, or crisp packets. It’s a great way of minimising household waste, and preventing even more single-use plastic from winging its way to the rubbish dump. You can use the finished product to make something yourself, or donate them to a project. They can be used to build all kinds of things from furniture to structures in play parks. For more information, including advice on how to make ecobricks, visit:
The Builders start work again on Monday 8th June.
Christian Aid Week
Although Christian Aid Week was very different from normal, across the UK and Ireland vibrant, virtual communities created an amazing movement, giving, acting and praying with our sisters and brothers living in poverty. Thank you for your support.
Your love protects. With soap, clean water, and medical supplies we are providing life-saving support to communities facing coronavirus, from families in refugee camps to mothers living with HIV. Thank you for making this possible this Christian Aid Week. Find out how Christian Aid is helping: https://www.christianaid.org.uk/appeals/key-appeals/christian-aid-week/news-blogs
If you weren’t able to join in this Christian Aid Week, perhaps you would consider supporting our neighbours in another way, by giving a regular gift, or considering a gift in your will. To make a donation please use this link: https://donate.christianaid.org.uk/DirectDebit/Step/1
Here at St Mary’s we will resume our fundraising events for Christian Aid either later in the year or next year.
Lord Jesus Christ,
you taught us to love our neighbour,
and to care for those in need
as if we were caring for you.
In this time of anxiety, give us strength
to comfort the fearful, to tend the sick,
and to assure the isolated
of our love, and your love,
for your name’s sake. Amen.
Everything is not cancelled
Summer is not cancelled
Love is not cancelled
Relationships are not cancelled
Reading is not cancelled
Naps are not cancelled
Devotion is not cancelled
Music is not cancelled
Dancing is not cancelled
Imagination is not cancelled
Kindness is not cancelled
Conversation is not cancelled
HOPE is not cancelled.