20th March

St Philips News for the Parish

20 March 2021

LATEST NEWS

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         Colossians 3:12

12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

SUDOKU

Last weeks solution

GOD IS DOING A GOOD WORK

Changing direction in life is not tragic, but losing passion in life is. Something happens along the way. Convictions to change the world downgrade to commitments to pay the bills. Rather than make a difference, we make a salary. Rather than look outward, we look inward. And we don’t like what we see.

But God is not finished with you yet. Oh you may think he is. You may think you’ve peaked. You may think he’s got someone else to do the job. If so, think again! The Bible says that “God began doing a good work in you, and I am sure he will continue it until it is finished when Jesus Christ comes again” (Philippians 1:6).

Did you see what God is doing? A good work in you.

Did you see when he’ll be finished? When Jesus Christ comes again.

May I spell out the message? God ain’t finished with you yet!

Max Lucado

NATIONAL DAY OF REFLECTION

Since the first lockdown began in 2020, hundreds of thousands of people have died. Too many lives have been cut short and millions have been bereaved.

Behind the statistics and whatever the cause, every death has been devastating for the people left behind.

Join Marie Curie on 23 March, the first anniversary of the first UK lockdown, for a National Day of Reflection to reflect on our collective loss, support those who’ve been bereaved, and hope for a brighter future.

There are still tough times ahead, as the death toll continues to rise. This annual day will give us all time to pause and think about this unprecedented loss we’re facing, and support each other through grief in the years to come.

For more information see the Marie Curie website.

ANXIETY

Isaiah 26:1 – 4; John 14: 15 – 27.

Trust can be spelt out:

T – Tell the Lord all your worries.  Speak them out, write them down. Fear lingering unexposed will grow.  Peter exhorts us ‘Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you’ (1Peter 5:7)

R – Release your anxieties into the Lord’s hands.  Physically, you could gather small stones and name each of your concerns, as you place the stones individually at the foot of a cross, a lit candle or an object symbolising the Lord.

U – Understand the immensity of the Lord’s love for you: ‘For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him’ (Psalm 103:11).  Focus on how much more powerful the Lord is than anything you are facing.

S – Submit yourself and the outcome to the Lord.  Daniel’s friends, when faced with the fiery furnace for refusing to bow down to an image, declared their trust in the Lord whatever the outcome (Daniel 3).  (This is enormous, I know)

T – Turn your eyes upon Jesus; fix your mind on Him and hear His words: ‘my peace I give to you . . . Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid (John 14:27).  ‘I am with you always, to the very end of the age’ (Matthew 28:20).

Submitted by Charmian

PRAYER REQUESTS

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) who is awaiting tests for her ongoing health problem.

Lesley’s mum

Sheila – healing for her legs and knees.

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

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.

MISCELLANEOUS OBSERVATIONS ON DAILY LIFE

Don’t judge a book by its movie.

The way some people love to find fault, you’d think there was a reward.

The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail and not his tongue.

Content makes poor men rich; discontent makes rich men poor. – Benjamin Franklin

I think there may be insanity in my family. They keep asking me for money.

It turns out that being an adult now is mostly just googling how to do stuff.

We would be glad to pay as we go, if only we could catch up paying for where we have been.

CROSSWORD

ACROSS

8  ‘He poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the — ’                 

    (Isaiah 53:12) (13)

9  ‘When they had sung a hymn, they went — to the Mount of Olives             

    (Matthew 26:30) (3)

10 Comes between Galatians and Philippians (9)

11 ‘Your heart will — and swell with joy’ (Isaiah 60:5) (5)

13 Muslim holy month (7)

16 Ten ears (anag.) (7)

19 Under (poetic abbrev.) (5)

22 How Abram described himself to God when he complained that his inheritance  

     would pass to a servant (Genesis 15:2) (9)

24 ‘Go to the — , you sluggard’ (Proverbs 6:6) (3)

25 Debar from receiving Communion (13)

DOWN

1  My — for His Highest (Oswald Chambers’ best-known book) (6)

2  Festival of the resurrection (6)

3  ‘His sons will prepare for war and — a great army’ (Daniel 11:10) (8)

4  ‘Let not the — string his bow’ (Jeremiah 51:3) (6)

5  Name of the River Thames in and around Oxford (4)

6  ‘From then on Judas watched for an opportunity — — him over’                  

    (Matthew 26:16) (2,4)

7  ‘But Christ is faithful — — — over God’s house’ (Hebrews 3:6) (2,1,3)

12 Long-handled implement used to till the soil (Isaiah 7:25) (3)

14 Order to which monks and nuns devote themselves (8)

15 Appropriate (Proverbs 15:23) (3)

16 I, uncle (anag.) (6)

17 ‘They gave him — — of broiled fish’ (Luke 24:42) (1,5)

18 ‘Weren’t there three men that we — — and threw into the fire?’                    

     (Daniel 3:24) (4,2)

20 Mountain where Noah’s ark came to rest (Genesis 8:4) (6)

21 ‘Don’t you know that friendship with the world is — towards God?’               

     (James 4:4) (6)

23  Prominent architectural feature of large cathedrals such as St Paul’s (4)

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