12th September

St Philips News for the Parish

12 September 2020


Sunday 13 September 2020, we will have said Evening Prayer at 5pm in church (observing COVID 19 restrictions including face coverings). Please keep your distances especially at the end of the service and do not sing. Do not congregate in the doorway, people need to leave safely, THANKS.


BIBLE VERSE FOR THE WEEK            Psalm 5:3

3 In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.


Answers to last week’s crossword:

ACROSS: 1, Planet. 4, Rugged. 7, True. 8, Augustus. 9, Attitude. 13, Bed. 16, Participation. 17, War. 19, Hillside. 24, Baldhead. 25, Bede. 26, Census. 27, Arisen.

DOWN: 1, Path. 2, Adulterer. 3, Tract. 4, Rigid. 5, Gust. 6, Exude. 10, Irish. 11, Uriel. 12, Esau’s. 13, Blindness. 14, Deny. 15, Spew. 18, Awake. 20, Ideas. 21, Lydia. 22, Odes. 23, Lean.



Crossword Clues


1       ‘Again Peter denied it, and at that moment a – began to crow’ (John 18:27) (4)

3       Fetters (Job 33:11) (8)

8       Perform on a musical instrument (1 Samuel 16:23) (4)

9       Paul describes it as ‘the third heaven’ (2 Corinthians 12:2–4) (8)

11     Loyally (Deuteronomy 11:13) (10)

14     Hens? Me? (anag.) (6)

15     Not visible (Matthew 6:6) (6)

17     Predicted site of the final great battle (Revelation 16:16) (10)

20     Jacob’s youngest son (Genesis 35:18) (8)

21     One of Zophar’s eleven sons (1 Chronicles 7:36) (4)

22     For example, London, Paris, Rome (8)

23     United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel (1,1,1,1)



1       Favourite church activity: Fellowship round a — — — (3,2,3)

2       Divinely bestowed powers or talents (8)

4       Pile together (1 Thessalonians 2:16) (4,2)

5       Commanded to justify (John 8:13) (10)

6       Timothy’s grandmother (2 Timothy 1:5) (4)

7       Killed (Psalm 78:34) (4)

10     One of Graham Kendrick’s best-known songs, — — King (3,7)

12     Indecency (Mark 7:22) (8)

13     Unceasing (Jeremiah 15:18) (8)

16     He prophesied ‘the abomination that causes desolation’ (Matthew 24:15) (6)

18     British Board of Film Classification (1,1,1,1)

19     Pans (anag.) (4)



Prayers are requested for the following:

Rod’s younger brother Tom; Rod’s son Steven; Rod’s friend Elanea Maoudis

For 4-year-old Asher, in the USA (Ann Westerman’s family friend) and his mum and dad

For Ann Westerman’s brother Bob, who has liver cancer.

Pray for Val’s auntie Helen who is very poorly having been diagnosed with an ulcer and a lymphoma. Undergoing chemo.

Dave and Amy Barker (Walsgrave Baptist ministers)

Malcolm (Vicar at St Mary’s, Walsgrave) and Frances (Hospital Chaplin) Tyler.

Brian Nash (Vicar at St Chad’s, Wood End)

Please pray for:

Mike, Marjorie, Mignon, Zena, Ruth, Felicity, Addis and the Oromo people, Beryl, Bill and Celia, Ken.

The life of Ida (Val’s neighbour) whose earthly life came to an end this week. Pray for all those who knew and loved her.

John Banks (Update: operation went well – he is very cheerful and not in too much pain – undergoing physio)

All our local businesses, that they may survive through this difficult time. Give thanks for all who work in them and their families.

Pray for all the front-line workers who are enabling our lives to progress in these difficult times.



Heavenly Father,

We bring to you all those struggling with their mental health just now.

For everyone who is smiling, when inside they’re in pain.

For everyone who is saying they’re fine, when inside they feel drained and empty.

For everyone struggling with fear and worry as the easing of the lockdown brings new anxieties.

Be with them in their suffering, as so much of their world has been stripped back and emptied.

When loved family and friends have been taken by illness,

Or made distant by lockdown.

Pour your healing balm into their pain and sadness.

May you walk with them besides still waters

May you speak to them in a still small voice.

May you heal them, and fill them, and bless them with your abundant love and fullness of life.

And may they know that they are loved by you for the beautiful unique person that they are, created in the image of their heavenly creator and loving Lord.

In the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit   Amen.



Keep the faith…but not from others! – Anon

What we take in by the Word we digest by meditation and let out by prayer. – Thomas Manton

Success can feather our nest so comfortably that we forget how to fly. – Vance Havner

The Bible that is falling apart usually belongs to someone who isn’t. – Vance Havner



The APCM will take place in Church on Sunday 11 October 2020 at 12 noon. It will follow a 10.30am service of Holy Communion.


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