St Philips News for the Parish
20 February 2021
There will be no service in church until further notice – this is because we are all being urged to STAY AT HOME.
BIBLE VERSE FOR THE WEEK 1 John 3:11
11 For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another.
Anxious Times – positive help for those facing uncertainty.
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This book of 18 undated reflections draws comfort and encouragement from the Bible and from the author’s own experience for those going through life-limiting illness and for their family and carers.
With moving vulnerability and without denying the difficult reality of the situation, Rachel Boulding suggests a way to confront terminal illness with faith and hope in a loving God.
Answers to last week’s crossword
- Cross-examined. 9. Ash. 10. Apocrypha. 11. Sci-fi. 13. Typical. 16. Visited. 19. Offer. 22. No account. 24. RAC. 25. Sovereign Lord.
- Oceans. 2. Hophni. 3. Islamist. 4. Exhort. 5. Omar. 6. On spec. 7. Add all. 12. CBI. 14. Plotting. 15. Awe. 16. Vanish. 17. Starve. 18. Daub it. 20. Furrow. 2 1. Recede. 23. Cure.
1 ‘Therefore let us — passing judgment on one another’ (Romans 14:13) (4)
3 ‘I — — these persons here present’ (Marriage service) (4,4)
9 According to a prearranged timetable (Numbers 28:3) (7)
10 Group of eight (5)
11 The cell into which the Philippian jailer put Paul and Silas (Acts 16:24) (5)
12 — Taylor, pioneer missionary to China (6)
14 Otherwise known as the Eucharist, Breaking of Bread, the Lord’s Table (4,9)
17 ‘So that after I have preached to others, I — will not be disqualified for the
prize’ (1 Corinthians 9:27) (6)
19 Attend to (3,2)
22 Approximately (Acts 4:4) (5)
23 Tea rite (anag.) (7)
24 Rule of sovereign (8)
25 Test (anag.) (4)
1 The name of the street where Judas lived in Damascus and where Saul of
Tarsus stayed (Acts 9:11) (8)
2 ‘The playing of the merry — , sweet singing in the choir’ (5)
4 ‘We have been saying that — — was credited to him as righteous’
(Romans 4:9) (8,5)
5 Dr Martyn — Jones, famous for his ministry at Westminster Chapel (5)
6 Port at which Paul landed on his way to Rome (Acts 28:13) (7)
7 Observe (Ruth 3:4) (4)
8 Minister of religion (6)
13 ‘I am — of this man’s blood. It is your responsibility’ (Matthew 27:24) (8)
15 ‘Greater love has no one than this, that he — — his life for his friends’
(John 15:13) (3,4)
16 Archbishop who calculated that the world began in 4004BC (6)
18 ‘No one can — the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit’
(John 3:5) (5)
20 Establish by law (5)
21 Product of Gilead noted for its healing properties (Jeremiah 46:11) (4)
23rd Feb: Polycarp
– faithful servant who would not deny his Lord
Polycarp (c. 69 – c. 155) was one of the most important Christians in Roman Asia in the mid-2nd century, because of his link between the time of the Apostles and the earliest Christian Fathers. This disciple of John the Apostle became bishop of Smyrna and defended orthodox Christian belief against the heresies of Marcion and Valentinus, the most influential of the Gnostics. Irenaeus of Lyons, who as a boy had known Polycarp, praised his gravity, holiness and majesty of countenance.
Near the end of his long life, Polycarp paid a visit to Rome to discuss with the bishop there the possibility of agreeing a uniform date of celebrating Easter. When they found they could not agree, they amicably agreed to differ, and parted in good faith.
Polycarp returned to Smyrna, where a riot broke out at a pagan festival. The crowd suddenly turned on the Christians, whom they called ‘atheists’. Polycarp was on a farm nearby, neither provoking nor fleeing martyrdom. When his captors arrived, he invited them to eat a meal, while he prayed alone for an hour. Then calmly, he agreed to go with them to his interrogation.
All the pagans’ threats and promises did nothing to shake Polycarp. When ordered to execrate Christ, Polycarp gave this dignified reply: “For 86 years I have been his servant and He has never done me wrong; how can I blaspheme my king who saved me?… I am a Christian: if you wish to study the Christian doctrine, choose a day and you will hear it.”
The crowd were outraged and cried first for the lions and then for Polycarp to be burnt at the stake. He was bound, but an official killed him with his sword before his body was burnt. Later, grieving Christians collected his bones and buried them. They also wrote an account of his trial and martyrdom, which is the earliest authentic example of its kind.
In England there are no ancient and only a few modern churches dedicated to this deeply courageous saint of the Christian Church.
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.
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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