22nd August

St Philips News for the Parish

22 August 2020


Sunday 23 August 2020, we will have said Evening Prayer at 5pm in church (observing COVID 19 restrictions including face coverings). Please keep your distances especially at the end of the service and do not sing. Do not congregate in the doorway, people need to leave safely, THANKS.



21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.



Answers from last week:

  1. A bank.
  2. An echo
  3. Darkness



Answers to last week’s puzzle:

  1. Sahara 2. Abba 3. Asia 4. Asset 5. Titus 6. Sedan 7. Nahum 8. Mogul 9. Leo
  2. Orpah 11. Hilt 12. Tramp 13. Paddy

Keyword: Didymus





Crossword Clues


8       Where the Ark of the Covenant was kept for 20 years (1 Samuel 7:1) (7,6)

9       One of the parts of the body on which blood and oil were put in the ritual cleansing from infectious skin diseases (Leviticus 14:14–17) (3)

10     Uncomfortable (3,2,4) 11      ‘Yet I have loved Jacob, but Esau I have — ’ (Malachi 1:3) (5)

13     Where Paul said farewell to the elders of the church in Ephesus  (Acts 20:17) (7)

16     ‘Jesus bent down and — to write on the ground with his finger’ (John 8:6) (7)

19     Prophet from Moresheth (Jeremiah 26:18) (5)

22     Comes between Exodus and Numbers (9)

24 and 2 Down   ‘Then Elkanah went home to Ramah, but the boy ministered before the Lord under — the — ’ (1 Samuel 2:11) (3,6)

25     There was no room for them in the inn (Luke 2:7) (4,3,6)



1       Rough drawing (2 Kings 16:10) (6)

2       See 24 Across

3       Underground literature (including Christian books) circulated in the Soviet Union (8)

4       Lo, mash (anag.) (6)

5       The Bible’s shortest verse: ‘Jesus — ’ (John 11:35) (4)

6       ‘Can a mother forget the baby at her — and have no compassion on the child she has borne?’ (Isaiah 49:15) (6)

7       Can be seen in a dying fire (Psalm 102:3) (6)

12     ‘Send me, therefore, a man… experienced in the — of engraving, to work in Judah and Jerusalem’ (2 Chronicles 2:7) (3)

14     Second city of Cyprus (8)

15     United Nations Association (1,1,1)

16     One of the women who first heard that Jesus had risen from the dead (Mark 16:1) (6)

17     Braved (anag.) (6)

18     — of Evangelism, outreach initiative in the 1990s (6)

20     ‘Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and — in their own sight’ (Isaiah 5:21) (6)

21     ‘Neither — nor depth… will be able to separate us from the love of God’ (Romans 8:39) (6)

23     What Jesus shed in 5 Down (4)



Prayers are requested for the following:

Rod’s younger brother Tom, Latest news: When Rod visited Tom he says that Tom today was really looking quite well, (although quite slimmer than usual)  his radiation burns have healed up very well, his speech is much better, but most importantly his radiant and jovial attitude is shining through, he seemed so happy and alive it was great to see! of course he has some off days where he doesn’t feel too good, and he still can’t eat solids fully yet, but I do believe he is on the right road to recovery!

Rod’s son Steven who has to undergo another heart operation, at the end of the month. Latest news: Unfortunately Steven is still waiting for a date to take him into hospital, which is causing him a lot of anxiety, as he just wants it over and done with, but as the doctors have said they don’t want to do the op and risk him catching COVID whilst they can still control his condition with medication.

Elanea Maoudis a lady we’ve had on the vicarage home group prayer list is currently in hospital with a broken femur. Rod would be most grateful if we could remember her and her family.

For 4-year-old Asher, in the USA (Ann Westerman’s family friend) – Latest news – Asher is making slow progress – pray also for his mum and dad.

For Ann Westerman’s brother Bob, who has liver cancer. Between 8-15 August he is to be evaluated for a new treatment in Houston Texas.

Pray for Val’s auntie Helen who is very poorly having been diagnosed with an ulcer and a lymphoma. Update: Starts chemo on Thursday 20th)

Dave and Amy Barker (Walsgrave Baptist ministers)

Malcolm (Vicar at St Mary’s, Walsgrave) and Frances (Hospital Chaplin) Tyler.

Brian Nash (Vicar at St Chad’s, Wood End)

Please pray for:

Mike, Marjorie, Mignon, Zena, Ruth, Felicity, Addis and the Oromo people, Ida (Val’s neighbour), 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.

Story behind the hymn ABIDE WITH ME

One of the most famous hymns in the world came out of Brixham, near Torbay, Devon, in 1847.

In those days it was a poor, obscure fishing village, and the vicar was the Rev Henry Francis Lyte. It was a discouraging place to be a pastor, but Henry felt that God wanted him there, and so he stayed, though it was lonely work, and he suffered constant ill health.

By the time he was 54, Henry had contracted tuberculosis and asthma, and he and his family knew he was dying. It would have been so easy for him to look back on his life and feel a complete failure.  What had he ever much accomplished? And yet – and yet – Henry knew that in life it is not worldly success that matters, but how much we respond to Jesus Christ, and how much we follow Him.

In September of 1847 Henry was preparing to travel to the south of France, as was the custom for people with tuberculosis at that time. One day before he left, he read the story in the gospel of Luke about the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. They were met by Jesus on the day of His resurrection, and they invited Him to stay with them because it was getting late. “Abide with us”, they said “for it is towards evening.”

“Abide with us – for it is toward evening.” These words struck a chord with Henry, who knew that it was getting ‘towards evening’ in his life. So, he sat down and wrote this hymn as a prayer to God – (the following are just some of the verses)

Abide with me; fast falls the eventide;

The darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide!

When other helpers fail and comforts flee,

Help of the helpless, O abide with me.


Swift to its close ebbs out life’s little day;

Earth’s joys grow dim; its glories pass away;

Change and decay in all around I see;

O Thou who changest not, abide with me.

I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless;

Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness.

Where is death’s sting?  Where, grave, thy victory?

I triumph still, if Thou abide with me.


Shortly after Henry wrote that hymn, he preached his last sermon. He was so ill he practically crawled into the pulpit to do so. A few weeks later, in Nice, France, he died, and so of course he never knew that his hymn would go on to become greatly loved the world over.


Here are some excruciating one-liners…

What time of day was Adam created?

Just a little before Eve.


Who was the fastest runner in the race?

Adam. He was first in the human race.


Why are atoms Catholic?

Because they all have mass.


Why didn’t they play cards on the Ark?

Because Noah was always standing on the deck


Why didn’t Noah ever go fishing?

He only had two worms.


Did Eve ever have a date with Adam?

No — just an apple.


Why did the unemployed man get excited while reading his Bible?

He thought he saw a job.


My intention is that this will be a weekly edition, if you have any thoughts, prayer requests or things you would like to share, please get them to me by Thursday.

Yours in Christ