17th April

St Philips News for the Parish

17 April 2021


There will Said Evening Prayer on Sunday 18 April at 4.00pm in Church.

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE WEEK         1 Corinthians 15:1, 3-4

15:1 Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand.

3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance[a]: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.


The bishop’s visit

A bishop was visiting a small church in his diocese for Easter.  He wanted the young people to understand what he had to say about the Good Shepherd, so he dressed up in his bishop’s long, flowing robes and carried his crook.  “Now,” beamed the bishop, “do you know who I am?”

After a moment’s silence, one child ventured “Little Bo Peep?”

The Good Samaritan

A young minister was telling his church the story of the Good Samaritan, in which a man was beaten, robbed and left for dead.  He got carried away and described the situation in vivid detail, wanting his congregation to catch the drama of it all.

Then he asked rhetorically:  ‘If you saw a person lying on the roadside, all wounded and bleeding, what would you do?’

A little girl broke the hushed silence, “I think I’d be sick.”

Christian upbringing

After the baptism of his baby brother in church, Jason sobbed all the way home in the back seat of the car.
His father asked him three times what was wrong. Finally, the boy replied, “That preacher said he wants us brought up in a Christian home, but I want to stay with you and Mum.”


Last week’s answers

ACROSS: 1. Also. 3. Offering. 9. The Magi. 10. Rules. 11. Soper. 12. Help me.    14. Isaac and Jacob. 17. Scorch. 19. In man. 22. Loads. 23. Inertia. 24. Vicinity.    25. Belt.

DOWN: 1. Artistic. 2. Sleep. 4. Faith in Christ. 5. Enrol. 6. Islamic. 7. Gasp.             8. Fabric. 13. Abundant. 15. Archaic. 16. Jailer. 18. Resin. 20. Mitre. 21. Slav.


1  Protective covering recommended to the Ephesians (Ephesians 6:11) (6)

4  The number of apostles (Matthew 10:2) (6)

8  Tenth-century Bishop of Augsberg for 48 years, who became the first saint to be canonized by a pope (5)

9  ‘Do not — what is evil but what is good’ (3 John 11) (7)

10 Reading desk in a church (7)

11 ‘He looked up and said, “I see people; they look like — walking around”’        (Mark 8:24) (5)

12 One of the qualities that Paul exhorted Timothy to pursue (1 Timothy 6:11) (9)

17 One of the meaningless pleasures acquired by the Teacher (Ecclesiastes 2:8) (5)

19 ‘Like — babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation’ (1 Peter 2:2) (7)

21 Jesus said that Moses allowed this only because men’s hearts were hard (Matthew 19:8) (7)

22 Girl’s name (5)

23 Most sagacious (Judges 5:29) (6)

24 How Stephen, the first Christian martyr, died: after being — (Acts 7:59) (6)


1  A Jew whom Paul met in Corinth, whose wife was Priscilla (Acts 18:2) (6)

2  For example, turning water into wine, feeding the five thousand, walking on water (John 7:21) (7)

3  Abram’s relationship to Lot (Genesis 14:12) (5)

5  ‘Jesus answered, “It is —: ‘Man does not live by bread alone.’”’ (Matthew 4:4) (7)

6  ‘Peace I — with you; my peace I give you’ (John 14:27) (5)

7  ‘May the Lord deal with me, be it — — severely, if anything but death separates you and me’ (Ruth 1:17) (4,2)

9  Lack of knowledge (Acts 17:30) (9)

13 This woman ‘followed Paul and believed’ after his words to the Areopagus in Athens (Acts 17:34) (7)

14 Or noise (anag.) (7)

15 ‘Even though I walk through the valley of the — of death, I will fear no evil’ (Psalm 23:4) (6)

16 ‘ — Christian soldiers, marching as to war’ (6)

18 Saver (anag.) (5)

20 ‘Unless a grain of — falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed’ (John 12:24) (5)


Prayers are requested for the following:

Rod’s younger brother Tom.

Rod’s son Steven.

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) for her ongoing health problem.

Lesley’s mum

Sheila – healing for her legs and knees.

Marion’s grandson James and family.

Give thanks that Val’s aunt Helen is free from cancer

Give thanks for Jim’s ongoing recovery after the insertion of 3 stents.

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.


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