St Philips News for the Parish
21 November 2020
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 Psalm 119:105
105 Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.
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.
Meeting ID: 998 0112 4161
THE PROMISE OF ADVENT
Stir up our hearts, we beseech you,
to prepare ourselves to receive your Son.
When He comes and knocks, may He find us not sleeping in sin,
But awake to righteousness,
Ceaselessly rejoicing in His love.
May our hearts and minds be so purified,
That we may be ready to receive His promise of eternal life.
from The Gelasian Sacramentary, c. 500 (the oldest official prayer book of the Western Church)
Answers to last week’s crossword:
ACROSS: 1. Hide. 3. Disgrace. 9. Sonship. 10. Oaths. 11. Tutti. 12. Ignore. 14. Foreknowledge. 17. Ashram. 19. Men or. 22. Aroma. 23. Nineveh. 24. Amethyst. 25. Trod.
DOWN: 1. His staff. 2. Do not. 4. Imprisonments. 5. Groan. 6. Altered. 7. Easy. 8. Shrink. 13. Searched. 15. Restore. 16. Lament. 18. Reach. 20. Never. 21. Jada.
1 ‘The blind receive sight, the — walk’ (Luke 7:22) (4)
3 Got (Philippians 3:12) (8)
8 Leave out (Jeremiah 26:2) (4)
9 Castigated for using dishonest scales (Hosea 12:7) (8)
11 Weighty (1 John 5:3) (10)
14 ‘Now the serpent was more — than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made’ (Genesis 3:1) (6)
15 ‘Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot — God’ (Romans 8:8) (6)
17 Because Israel lacked one of these, tools had to be sharpened by the Philistines (1 Samuel 13:19) (10)
20 In his vision of the two eagles and the vine, this is how Ezekiel described the latter (Ezekiel 17:8) (8)
21 Rite (anag.) (4)
22 Nine gigs (anag.) (8)
23 ‘The eye cannot say to the — , “I don’t need you”’ (1 Corinthians 12:21) (4)
1 ‘Flee for your lives! Don’t — — , and don’t stop anywhere in the plain!’ (Genesis 19:17) (4,4)
2 Principal thoroughfare (Numbers 20:19) (4,4)
4 ‘The tax collector… beat his — and said, “God have mercy on me, a sinner”’ (Luke 18:13) (6)
5 ‘The zeal of the Lord Almighty will — this’ (2 Kings 19:31) (10)
6 ‘The day of the Lord is — for all nations’ (Obadiah 15) (4)
7 Specified day (Acts 21:26) (4)
10 Deadly epidemic (Deuteronomy 32:24) (10)
12 Roman Catholic church which has special ceremonial rights (8)
13 Tied up (2 Kings 7:10) (8)
16 In his speech to the Sanhedrin, Stephen described Moses as ‘powerful in speech and — ’ (Acts 7:22) (6)
18 ‘Although he did not remove the high places, — heart was fully committed to the Lord all his life’ (1 Kings 15:14) (4)
19 Tribe (Deuteronomy 29:18) (4)
MISCELLANEOUS OBSERVATIONS ON GROWING AS A CHRISTIAN
God isn’t looking for perfect people. He is looking to perfect people. – John Hileman
The finest test of character is seen in the amount and the power of gratitude we have. – Milo Gates
There are some of your graces which would never be discovered if it were not for your trials. – C H Spurgeon
Growth is not the product of effort, but of life. – Augustus Strong
I know not the way God leads me, but well do I know my guide. – Martin Luther
Could we be content to meet a loved one only in public? – J Hudson Taylor
Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car. – Billy Sunday
When God intends great mercy for His people, the first thing He does is set them a-praying. – Matthew Henry
Beginning well is a momentary thing; finishing well is a lifelong thing. – Ravi Zacharias
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).
A bakery set up in a church kitchen to train refugee women in bread-making skills is now supplying its local food bank with more than 200 loaves a week following the coronavirus lockdown.
Proof Bakery in Coventry, founded two years ago in conjunction with the Church Urban Fund, is sending 250 loaves a week to Coventry Food Bank, paid for by regular customers – and increasingly donors from as far afield as Scotland and Singapore.
The bakery, specialising in sourdough but teaching a range of baking skills, meets in St Catherine’s Church in Stoke Aldermoor, Coventry. So far 11 refugee women have graduated from the bakery’s training programme, with three currently employed at the bakery. Two of its bakers are refugees from the conflict in Syria.
The bakery is aiming for 500 donated loaves a week for the food bank and people in need. “We are expecting demand to keep increasing as more people lose employment. And with the bakery restarting its training programme for refugees this month, there is no better time to support it.”
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