St Philips News for the Parish
15 November 2020
We have received an anonymous gift of £20,000 for the church. We give thanks to God for this great generosity.
A FAMILY PRAYER
Loving God, you know us and all that we are facing.
We thank you that we can come to you as we are – with all our
fears and concerns, our difficulties and challenges.
Please draw close to each of us and those we remember before you now.
Bring to us your peace and comfort.
And fill us with your Spirit that we may be bearers of your grace and hope to others.
As a country protect us, encourage us and keep us.
In the name of your Son Jesus we pray. Amen.
BIBLE VERSE FOR THE WEEK Joshua 24:15
15 But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”
Answers to last week’s crossword:
ACROSS: 1, Jehoiachin. 7, Endured. 8, Eased. 10, Rash. 11, Startled.
13, Easier. 15, Rubric. 17, Impurity. 18, Feet. 21, Eye at. 22, Ready to.
23, Holy Spirit.
DOWN: 1, Judas. 2, Harm. 3, Is duty. 4, Cheerful. 5, Insular. 6, Jezreelite.
9, Dedication. 12, Secretly. 14, Supremo. 16, Stir up. 19. Egypt. 20, Hair.
1 ‘How long will you — your face from me?’ (Psalm 13:1) (4)
3 ‘Let us, then, go to him outside the camp, bearing the — he bore’ (Hebrews 13:13) (8)
9 Posh sin (anag.) (Romans 8:15) (7)
10 Solemn pledges (Matthew 5:33) (5)
11 Italian term for full orchestra (5)
12 ‘For he who avenges blood remembers; he does not — the cry of the afflicted’ (Psalm 9:12) (6)
14 Prescience (1 Peter 1:2) (13)
17 Where a Hindu holy man lives (6)
19 ‘If he found any… who belonged to the Way, whether — — women, he might take them as prisoners’ (Acts 9:3) (3,2)
22 Fragrance (2 Corinthians 2:15) (5)
23 Vine hen (anag.) (Jonah 1:2) (7)
24 Precious stone decorating the twelfth foundation of the New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:20) (8)
25 ‘Will you keep to the old path that evil men have — ?’ (Job 22:15) (4)
1 ‘Then Moses raised his arm and struck the rock twice with — — ’ (Numbers 20:11) (3,5)
2 ‘You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, “ — — murder”’ (Matthew 5:21) (2,3)
4 One of Paul’s many hardships endured as a servant of God (2 Corinthians 6:5) (13)
5 ‘We ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, — inwardly’ (Romans 8:23) (5)
6 Changed (Daniel 6:8) (7)
7 ‘My yoke is — and my burden is light’ (Matthew 11:30) (4)
8 Recoil (Revelation 12:11) (6)
13 ‘O Lord, you have — me and you know me’ (Psalm 139:1) (8)
15 ‘ — to me the joy of your salvation’ (Psalm 51:12) (7)
16 Express sorrow (Isaiah 16:7) (6)
18 ‘Then he said to Thomas, “ — out your hand and put it into my side”’ (John 20:27) (5)
20 ‘God has said, “ — will I leave you; — will I forsake you”’ (Hebrews 13:5) (5)
21 Son of Onam and brother of Shammai (1 Chronicles 2:28) (4)
Prayers are requested for the following:
Rod’s younger brother Tom; Latest: Tom continues to be getting stronger and is being really positive about things, he has had his PET scan this Wednesday (4th Nov) which will tell us if the treatment has been a success, so prayers that it has been would be much appreciated.
Rod’s son Steven. Latest: Steven had the operation in the afternoon (19 October) and it was a success, the doctors now believe he should be able to live a normal life now without any further problems which is great news.
Rod’s friend Elanea Maoudis has been placed into a nursing home temporary until she fully recovers from her broken leg, but unfortunately this hasn’t done her mental health any good and the family say she is finding it very difficult.
For Ann Westerman’s brother Bob, who has liver cancer.
Pray for Val’s auntie Helen.
Pray for Mignons daughter Andrea suffering with breast cancer
Chris Foxton’s (Sunday evening congregation) nephew Russell and his wife Rosio. Rosio is blind therefore they are both in isolation.
Barry’s (Sunday evening congregation) brother-in-law Roger and wife Kathleen.
Carol and Jim’s grandson Reiss – he has been measured for the brace. Please pray for the funding to be made available.
Dave and Amy Barker (Walsgrave Baptist ministers)
Malcolm (Vicar at St Mary’s, Walsgrave) and Frances Tyler.
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.
COVENTRY CITY MISSION
THE GIVING TREE PROJECT runs each year to provide Christmas presents to those children in Coventry who otherwise wouldn’t receive them. Last year (2019) we were able to give presents to 896 children from 362 families!
The families in need are referred from agencies or self-refer and we register them at locations across the city to receive presents. This year we are having to do things differently and are registering families with as little face to face contact as possible. We are still looking to receive new families though and please do spread the word if you know anyone who will struggle to buy Christmas presents for their children.
Many people help us by donating gifts and money to ensure that each child who is registered receives a gift. This year that is slightly harder so we are asking for gifts to be donated via our Amazon Gift List
and money to be given via our Go fund me page (https://covcitymission.org.uk/)
– this way we can still pass the presents on without the concerns about quarantine and social distancing of those delivering to us. A number of individuals, churches and organisations are involved each year in order to make sure this project happens, we are so grateful to you please continue to give this year in spite of the strange circumstances.
This is an amazing opportunity to share God’s love with the people of Coventry. If you would like more information, please contact Sarah White (firstname.lastname@example.org).
CITY PRAYER AND PRAISE
In the darkest times, it’s important to come together as one city and pray.
We are excited to announce City Praise & Prayer for Coventry and beyond, on Sunday 22nd November, via Zoom.
This will be an opportunity to gather hundreds of Christians, online, to pray together and to worship – scattered, but gathered, from 7:00-8:15pm.
The giant Zoom Prayer Meeting will include worship; prayer together; short sections led by leaders in Coventry including Bishop Christopher Cocksworth; and some prayer in breakout rooms.
Please save the date and look out for the Zoom details which will be released nearer the time.
SOME MISCELLANEOUS OBSERVATIONS ON OUR CHRISTIAN FAITH…
The Bible is not a kind of horoscope by which to tell your fortune…. I do not deny that God sometimes reveals his particular will by lighting up a verse of Scripture. But this is not his usual method, and it is highly dangerous to follow such supposed guidance without checking and confirming it. John R W Stott
If you’re not allowed to laugh in heaven, I don’t want to go there. Martin Luther
Everyone says forgiveness is a lovely idea until he has something to forgive CS Lewis
The Himalayas are the raised letters upon which we blind children put our fingers to spell out the name of God. J H Barrows
The New Testament churches did not have specific programmes of social reform in their community action, but they did have Christ and the gospel so that social reform in the community inevitably came, and with awful and positive power. Foy Valentine
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Yours in Christ