St. Mary’s Church
Readings, Homily
and Newsletter 17th January, 2021.

Revd Richard Coles,
The Vicarage,
Church Hill,
Finedon, NN9 5EA
Tel: 01933 681 786
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Revd Jane Burns
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Topic: Morning Prayer 17th January
Time: Jan 17, 2021 09:30 AM London

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From FR Richard

Deja-vu again, as we get used to another lockdown. I have forgotten how many there have been now, but this  feels different, not only because we’ve been here before, but because it is January.  Do you remember saying in the spring how lucky we were that this had not happened in the winter, imagine how much tougher it would be?

But here we are. Familiarity should not make us complacent. The government advisers tell us that we are right now in the most dangerous period of the pandemic, and the data tells us that same story very plainly. I am sure it was the right decision to close the church again.

The PCC meets on Sunday, by Zoom, to review that decision and discuss how we go forwards. Obviously, our first priority is to keep people safe, but it is also a priority to ensure we remain connected. To this end, we are now meeting for Morning Prayer on Zoom at 9.30 every Sunday morning.   It is not as we ideally would wish it to be, but it is good to be together, and I recommend it to you. If you do not have a computer, or have techno-anxiety, you can dial in on your phone. If you need help with this, please just ask and we will endeavour to sort you out.

Meanwhile, stay safe, be assured of our prayers, and God’s unfailing love.

Remember, this will pass.

Yours in Christ,

Fr Richard.



1 Samuel 3.1–10

The boy Samuel was ministering to the LORD under Eli. The word of the LORD was rare in those days; visions were not widespread. At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his room;  the lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was. Then the LORD called, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ and he said, ‘Here I am!’  and ran to Eli, and said, ‘Here I am, for you called me.’ But he said, ‘I did not call; lie down again.’ So he went and lay down.  The LORD called again, ‘Samuel!’ Samuel got up and went to Eli, and said, ‘Here I am, for you called me.’ But he said, ‘I did not call, my son; lie down again.’  Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, and the word of the LORD had not yet been revealed to him. The LORD called Samuel again, a third time. And he got up and went to Eli, and said, ‘Here I am, for you called me.’ Then Eli perceived that the LORD was calling the boy. Therefore Eli said to Samuel, ‘Go, lie down; and if he calls you, you shall say, “Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.”’ So Samuel went and lay down in his place. Now the LORD came and stood there, calling as before, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ And Samuel said, ‘Speak, for your servant is listening.’

Psalm 139.1–5

R I will thank you because I am marvellously made.

  1. Lord, you have searched me out and known me; you know my sitting down and my rising up; you discern my thoughts from afar.


2 You trace my journeys and my resting-places and are acquainted with all my ways.


3 Indeed, there is not a word on my lips, but you, O Lord, know it altogether.


4 You press upon me behind and before and lay your hand upon me.


5 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is so high that I cannot attain to it.



GOSPEL John 1.43–51


The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, ‘Follow me.’ Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.  Philip found Nathanael and said to him, ‘We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.’ Nathanael said to him, ‘Can anything good come out of Nazareth?’ Philip said to him, ‘Come and see.’  When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, ‘Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!’  Nathanael asked him, ‘Where did you come to know me?’ Jesus answered, ‘I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.’  Nathanael replied, ‘Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!’  Jesus answered, ‘Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.’  And he said to him, ‘Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man’.


Your prayers are asked for:-
Linda in the choir.


For the Departed:-
Brian Binley, Gillian Reynolds,  Brenda Westley and Arthur Farnin.


And for those whose anniversary of death occurs at this time:-
Willie Kerr, Harry Brooks, Keith Faulkner, Gwen Simms.


Dale Carnegie

Floodlight Sponsorship

Victoria Howkins

In memory Jean Hawkes on the 34th Anniversary of her death.

Daphne and David Billson

To enjoy seeing the Church Floodlights

Delia Kerr

In memory of Willie Kerr, much loved and greatly missed on the second anniversary of his death.

Mrs Muriel Brooks

In memory of Harry on the anniversary of his death.

“Remember, happiness doesn’t depend upon who you are or what you have: it depends solely upon what you think.  So start each day by thinking of all the things you have to be thankful for.  So think thoughts of hope and confidence and love and success”.