Pew News - 2020 November 1

Pew Sheet for week starting 1 November 2020

Services

This weekend’s worship - 1 November 2020

At 09:30 we worship together virtually in a Service of Parish Communion for All Saints Day.
At 18:00 we offer our Evening Prayer (BCP) in the Parish Church.

The presiding minister at our 09:30 Service is Andrew Doye. The evening service is led by Andrew Doye.

The readings in our morning service are 1 John 3: 1-3 and Matthew 5: 1-12.

The preacher is Martin Brown.

 

Worship for the week ahead: (‘remote’ through the medium of ‘Zoom’, unless stated

Monday 2 November 2020
08:30 Morning Prayer

Tuesday 3 November 2020
08:30 Morning Prayer

Wednesday 4 November 2020
08:30 Morning Prayer

UPDATE:
There will be an additional service in the parish church this week at the unfamiliar time of 12 noon on Wednesday 4 November 2020. This will be a service of holy communion for the kingdom season (modern language).

Anybody wishing to attend, please let the Rector know in advance (email westbournechirector@outlook.com or phone 01243 372867) so that he can ensure numbers are not allowed to exceed our local 'safe number'.

Face coverings must be worn; sanitizing on the way in (north door) and on leaving (west door); seating will observe social distancing; communion received standing (at chancel entrance) and in one kind only (wafers). Andrew Doye 

Thursday 5 November 2020
08:30 Holy Communion

Friday 6 November 2020
08:30 Morning Prayer

Sunday 8 November 2020 
09:30 Parish Communion, with Hymns & Address.
Incorporating act of compassion & respect on REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY
18:00 Holy Communion (BCP) - an Act of Worship in the Parish Church.
 

Notices regarding latest announcements on COVID-19

Yesterday evening, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced provisions affecting national life for the
next four weeks. These will affect everybody and without doubt will make necessary some of the
thoughtful and caring attitudes of neighbourliness that have characterised our common life over the
earlier months of the covid-19 pandemic. At the time of writing, we have not had opportunity yet to
assess with confidence the consequences for activities associated with our churches.
Please allow that here in the Parish of Westbourne we will be listening carefully over the coming days to
the fine detail of the PM’s announcements and to the necessary conclusions and advice issued by the
Church of England centrally and by our Diocese of Chichester. Some of our published information may
need to be changed as these assessments are made. We will do our best to identify and publicise those
necessary corrections.

General Notices regarding provision and access during COVID-19

Any gathered worship which we are to offer requires new and unfamiliar things of those participating.
Please honour the constraints that apply, including the bringing of a face covering for any gathering
indoors; and the use of Sanitiser as directed on entering and leaving the Church. For Prayer Book
services, you feel able to bring your own copy of the Book of Common Prayer.
PLEASE HELP US - TO HELP YOU !

Our Parish Church of St John the Baptist, Westbourne, is open to visitors from 10am-3pm each
day (Sunday 12 noon – 3pm). Whilst this remains so, we continue presently to ask all who come
to wear face coverings and to write their details on the sheet to help us fulfil our Test and Trace
responsibilities. For smartphone users, we now have our own venue QR code which can be used
to record your visit. Please enter by the North door, and leave by the West door, using sanitizer
on entry and upon leaving. The toilet is not in use.

The Parish Hall is closed to ‘casual’ bookings, though it has now re-opened to many regular users.
Our Sunday worship offers a regular ‘Zoomed’ service at 0930, together with gathered worship
on most Sunday evenings. Next week’s provision appears above in the Schedule for the week
ahead. Details may change in the present turbulent period.

The local church continues to worship through ‘Zoom’ on weekday mornings at 0830 (for half an
hour). The Rector will be pleased to add to those names already registered with us and wishing
to join these daily acts, however occasionally. Just send him an email. 

 

Some thoughts on our set reading from 1 John Chapter 3 verses 1-3......

We all have had different experiences of being the children of our earthly parents. For some it
wasn’t easy growing up. However, our earthly experience isn’t as deep as the truth that we are
Children of God.

This may be difficult to remember while we’re still in this world. There are so many competing
voices waiting to tell us who we are. Some say we aren’t as good as others if we don’t wear the
right kind of clothes, or drive the right kind of car. Other voices deceive us into thinking we’re
defined by how much money we have, or how popular we are. Others may say we’re defined by
our history of mistakes, failures and sins. The media appears to want us to constantly question
who we are, and for us to seemingly be discontent with ourselves. This is how they hope to sell us
their products.

However, this isn’t how God sees us. God sees us as His beloved children for whom He came to
earth and died in order to purchase and save; and God loves us all the same.
John writes of an interesting promise: “Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has
not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we
will see him as he is.”

I’m sure you’ve heard people say: I’m becoming more and more like my parents.
Sometimes this is said in frustration, sometimes it’s a compliment.
How often do you look at your children and see a bit of yourself in them? I think this is a little bit
like what John is writing about.

As Christians, we’re on a journey and it’s a journey of becoming more like Christ. Before we
became Christians we probably struggled to understand what made children of God tick. They
seemed so different from the world and had something different shaping their values.
Those who haven’t experienced Jesus’ saving grace stand with both feet planted firmly in the
kingdom of this world. They don’t know anything different. But those who have been born of
God now have one foot still planted in the kingdom of this world, but the other foot is planted in
the Kingdom of God. We’re saved, but we’re still in this world. We’re saints, but we’re still
sinners. We’re in Christ, but we’ve not yet been perfected. As Paul wrote: “For now we see in a
mirror, dimly, but then we shall see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully,
even as I have been fully known.”

Here lies our hope - when Christ returns, or when we go to heaven; we will become like
God.

Everyone who has this hope in God purifies themselves, just as God is pure. This is the
process of sanctification, or what happens after we’re saved. It’s the journey we’re now on.
The saved life in Christ is to take a human life and transform it into a whole new mode of
existence. If anyone is in Christ, they’re a new creation; the old has gone, the new has
come; and that’s how regular old humans like you and I, can be called saints.

Do you hold onto hope, even when things seem to point to the contrary? Do you hold onto
hope in the middle of this pandemic? Do you hold onto hope when a loved one dies? Do
you hold onto hope when money becomes tight? Do you hold onto hope when it seems like
nothing is going your way? You know you can, since we’re loved.

We’re children of God - brothers and sisters of Christ who died to rescue us from sin, death
and hell. One day we will be reunited with those for whom we mourn, and we will see God
as God is - face to face. We will know God fully; even as, right now, we are fully known;
and we will be sanctified, perfected, fully purified with both feet planted firmly in the
Kingdom of God - just like those who have gone before us, those whose robes have been
washed and made white in the blood of the Lamb.

“[We] will hunger no more, and thirst no more; the sun will not strike [us], nor any
scorching heat; for the Lamb at the centre of the throne will be [our] shepherd, and he will
guide [us] to the springs of the water of life, and God will wipe away every tear from [our]
eyes.”
Amen.

Martin Brown, Reader

 


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