13th February 2021

St Philips News for the Parish

13 February 2021


There will be no service in church until further notice – this is because we are all being urged to STAY AT HOME.


A new heater has been installed in the church hall to replace an unworkable one.


BIBLE VERSE FOR THE WEEK         2 Thessalonians 1:3


3 We ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters,[a] and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love all of you have for one another is increasing..




1. A donkey’s eyes are positioned so they are able to see all four of their feet – this helps with climbing hilly and mountainous terrain all across the world.

2.   A Murder of Crows.

3. The peregrine falcon is the fastest animal in the world and is capable of reaching speeds over 200 mph.

4. The bowhead whale, which is believed to have an average lifespan of 200 years.

5.  Lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and the cape buffalo.

6. The hippopotamus has the most powerful bite out of all mammals.

7.  The bloodhound has the most acute smell out of all dogs.

8.  Manatee

9.  Barbary macaque – they can be found in Gibraltar.




8 Interrogated (Acts 12:19) (5-8)

9 ‘Burn it in a wood fire on the — heap’ (Leviticus 4:12) (3)

10 Tobit, Judith, Baruch and the books of Esdras and the Maccabees are part of it    (9)

11 Science fiction (abbrev.) (3-2)

13 Clay pit (anag.) (7)

16 Went to (John 4:46) (7)

19 ‘Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to — your bodies as

living sacrifices’ (Romans 12:1) (5)

22 David’s plea to God concerning those referred to in 14 Down: ‘On — — let them

escape’ (Psalm 56:7) (2,7)

24 Royal Automobile Club (1,1,1)

25 How the book of Ezekiel refers to God more than 200 times (Ezekiel 2:4) (9,4)


1 Seas (Proverbs 8:24) (6)

2 One of the sons of Eli the priest, killed in battle by the Philistines

(1 Samuel 4:11) (6)

3 Specialist in the study of the Muslim religion (8)

4 ‘Do not rebuke an older man harshly, but — him as if he were your father’

(1 Timothy 5:1) (6)

5 One of Esau’s grandsons (Genesis 36:11) (4)

6 Taking a chance (colloq.) (2,4)

7 God’s instructions to the Israelites concerning grain offerings: ‘ — salt to — your

offerings’ (Leviticus 2:13) (3,3)

12 Confederation of British Industry (1,1,1)

14 ‘All day long they twist my words; they are always — to harm me’

(Psalm 56:5) (8)

15 The crowd’s reaction to Jesus bringing back to life a widow’s son in Nain

(Luke 7:16) (3)

16 Disappear (Psalm 104:35) (6)

17 How Jeremiah was likely to die if he wasn’t rescued from the cistern where he

was imprisoned (Jeremiah 38:9) (6)

18 What the prophets do to a wall, with whitewash (Ezekiel 13:10, RSV) (4,2)

20 Made by a plough (Job 39:10) (6)

21 Noah was relieved when the flood waters continued to — (Genesis 8:5) (6)

23 Jesus gave the Twelve the power and authority to do this to diseases

(Luke 9:1) (4)



The Most Reverend Janani Luwum (d 1977) was the Archbishop of Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi and Boga Zaire when 35 years ago this month he was murdered by the dictator Idi Amin.

At the time the Church in Uganda was on the verge of centennial celebrations of its birth through the seed of the early Ugandan martyrs, and so Luwum became the first martyr of the second century of Christianity in Uganda. A statue of him stands in Westminster Abbey London.

Janani Luwum was greatly loved in Uganda. He was by all accounts an exceptional leader with a great personal godliness, a holistic vision, pastoral compassion and evangelistic fervour. Janani was born in 1922 at Mucwini in the Kitgum District of Uganda. He spent his childhood and early youth herding goats. Given an opportunity to attend a local school, he learned quickly, and was soon a teacher himself.

Janani Luwum was converted to Christianity on 1st January 1948, started at theological college in Buwalasi the following year, became a deacon in 1955 and was ordained a priest in 1956. He served in the upper Nile Diocese of Uganda and the diocese of Mbale, and was consecrated Bishop of Northern Uganda in 1969 and Archbishop of Uganda in 1974, three years after Idi Amin came to power in a military coup. His death was mourned by millions in East Africa.



It is unlikely there’ll be a reduction in the wages of sin.

If you don’t like the way you were born, try being born again.

Looking at the way some people live, they ought to obtain eternal fire insurance soon.

This is a ch_ _ch What is missing? (U R)

Forbidden fruit creates many jams.

In the dark?  Follow the Son.

Running low on faith?  Stop in for a fill-up.

If you can’t sleep, don’t count sheep.  Talk to the Shepherd.



Prayers are requested for the following:


Rod’s younger brother Tom.

Rod’s son Steven.

Rod’s friend Elanea Maoudis

For Ann Westerman’s brother Bob (in the USA), who has liver cancer.

For Ann and Charlie Westerman – seeking a new church home – that God will guide them to the right place to use their gifts.

Pray for Mignons daughter Andrea suffering with breast cancer.

Wendy’s husband Julian

Chris Foxton’s (Sunday evening congregation) nephew Russell and his wife Rosio.

Barry’s (Sunday evening congregation) brother-in-law Roger and wife Kathleen.

Kathy (Mike’s sister in Leeds) who is awaiting tests for her ongoing health problem.

Len and Chloe

Family and friends of Margaret Annie Tulley (86), who died on 12th January.


Local Clergy

Dave and Amy Barker (Walsgrave Baptist ministers)

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

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

George Bennett (Priest at St Patrick’s RC, Potters Green)


Please pray for:

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


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.



A LONDON SPARROW – the inspiring and true story of Gladys Aylward

                                  by Phyllis Thompson


A down-to-earth London girl, without many prospects, Gladys Aylward became a Christian when she was just 18. When she felt God’s call on her to go to China as a missionary, she overcame great obstacles in order to obey, and made the perilous solitary journey from London to China to join other missionaries out there.

Gladys may have been little and ill-educated, but she was determined and committed, and in time became a formidable force for the gospel amongst her beloved Chinese people. Her courage was extraordinary, leading her to even going into a Chinese prison in order to stop a riot.

But she will be forever remembered for her ‘incredible journey’ during the Second World War, when the Japanese had invaded China. She led hundreds of Chinese children to safety on foot through the war zone, risking her life in order to save theirs.

Throughout it all, Gladys had a simple, transparent faith in God and knew she rather die with ‘her people’ than desert them.


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