St Philips News for the Parish
24 April 2021
There will Said Evening Prayer on Sunday 25 April at 4.00pm in Church.
On Sunday 2 May Morning Worship at 10.30am in Church.
Sunday 2 May Evening Prayer 5pm on Zoom – contact Mike if you would like to join.
BIBLE VERSE FOR THE WEEK John 10:28-30
28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”
HOW TO STAY SAFE THIS SPRING
Avoid riding in automobiles.
They are responsible for 20% of all fatal accidents.
Do not stay home.
17% of all accidents occur in the home.
Avoid walking on streets or pavements.
14% of all accidents occur to pedestrians.
Avoid traveling by air, rail, or water.
16% of all accidents involve these forms of transportation.
Of the remaining 33%, 32% of all deaths occur in Hospitals.
So, above all else, avoid hospitals.
You will be pleased to learn that only .001% of all deaths occur in worship services in church, and these are usually related to previous physical disorders. Therefore, logic tells us that the safest place for you to be at any given point in time is at church!
A Bible study is safe, too. In fact, the percentage of deaths that occur during Bible study is not even .001%…
So, attend church, and read your Bible – IT COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE!
Last week’s answers
ACROSS: 1. Armour. 4. Twelve. 8. Ulric. 9. Imitate. 10. Lectern. 11. Trees. 12. Endurance. 17. Harem. 19. Newborn. 21. Divorce. 22. Erica. 23. Wisest. 24. Stoned.
DOWN: 1. Aquila. 2. Miracle. 3. Uncle. 5. Written. 6. Leave. 7. Ever so. 9. Ignorance. 13. Damaris. 14. Erosion. 15. Shadow. 16. Onward. 18. Raves. 20. Wheat.
1 Sense of right and wrong (1 Corinthians 8:7) (10)
7 Coming (John 11:17) (7)
8 ‘All I have is — , and all you have is mine’ (John 17:10) (5)
10 Smarten (Acts 9:34) (4)
11 Hold back (Job 9:13) (8)
13 Member of the Society of Friends (6)
15 At ague (anag.) (6)
17 Citizen of the Greek capital (8)
18 So be it (Galatians 6:18) (4)
21 Twentieth-century poet and dramatist who wrote Murder in the Cathedral, T.S. — (5)
22 Empowers (Philippians 3:21) (7)
23 Imposing (1 Samuel 9:2) (10)
1 Healed (Luke 7:21) (5)
2 Central space in a church (4)
3 Co-founder of Spring Harvest and General Secretary of the Evangelical Alliance 1983–97, Clive — (6)
4 Moses killed one when he saw him beating a Hebrew labourer (Exodus 2:12) (8)
5 Bravery (Acts 4:13) (7)
6 It interrupted Paul and Silas singing hymns in a Philippian jail (Acts 16:26) (10)
9 Transgression (Psalm 36:1) (10)
12 Irish province in which Dublin is situated (8)
14 Same hit (anag.) (7)
16 ‘The Spirit of God was hovering over the — ’ (Genesis 1:2) (6)
19 Author of the immortal stories of Winnie the Pooh, A.A. — (5)
20 Cab (4)
CORONAVIRUS – WARNING ABOUT VACCINE
This happened recently and is an important lesson for our friends and family in the older age group. A friend had his second doze of vaccine at the vaccination centre. Shortly afterwards he began to have blurred vision and struggled to get home.
He rang the vaccination centre and asked if he should go straight to the hospital for help. He was told NOT to go to the hospital, but instead to return at once to the vaccination centre and pick up his glasses….
I asked my mother if I was a gifted child. She said I must be, because they certainly wouldn’t have paid for me.
A client brought a litter of Golden Retriever puppies to the local veterinary clinic for inoculations and worming. As the look-alike pups tumbled over and under one another in their box, the experienced vet realised it would be difficult to tell which had been treated and which hadn’t. So, the vet turned on the water tap, wet her fingers and gently moistened each dog’s head as she finished giving it the necessary shots.
After the fourth puppy, the vet noticed her hitherto talkative client had grown silent and was looking rather reverent. As the animal doctor sprinkled the last pup’s head, the owner leaned forward and whispered, “Thank you so much. I hadn’t realised you baptised them, too.”
DISPLACED CHRISTIANS STARVING IN TIGRAY, ETHIOPIA
Troops from the massive army of Marxist Eritrea have been massacring the Christian people of Ethiopia’s Tigray region. Recently, three days of slaughter in the region left more than 100 dead.
They are only the latest victims, for already hundreds more Christians have died at the hand of the Eritrean forces in Axum, in central Tigray. According to Amnesty International, it could amount to a crime against humanity.
Despite denials by the Eritrean government, details are now emerging. Torture, killing, atrocities have been the pattern of recent months. Eritrea has a long track-record of brutal persecution. It is often considered to be the second worst country in the world for Christians, after North Korea
Food in Tigray is now desperately short. Famine has been predicted. Christian leaders from Tigray have appealed to Barnabas Aid to send funds. If you would like to help, please go to: https://barnabasfund.org
Among the estimated 130,000 people from Hong Kong who are making their way to the UK, there are bound to be thousands of Christians. What kind of reception will they get from the churches here?
We shudder when reminded of the cold shoulder shown to the 500 Jamaicans who disembarked the SS Empire Windrush at Tilbury in 1948, and others who followed. They came in response to a recruitment drive by London Transport and the NHS. Many were practising Anglicans, so naturally they made their way to English parish churches. Many were told they didn’t belong there.
Paul’s nightmare about the Church had become a reality, with the eye saying to the hand, “I don’t need you.” (1 Corinthians 12.21) As a result, the Church of England missed out on the faith, experience, and witness of brother and sister believers from the Caribbean.
Hong Kong citizens who hold British National Overseas passports can now apply for a work visa, enabling them to live and work in the UK, after which they may apply for permanent UK citizenship. They will bring a wealth of knowledge with them, including the experience of living under an increasingly repressive regime.
This is our chance to learn from past errors and to turn hostility into hospitality. We will soon discover that we have at least as much to receive as we have to give. UK society has already been enriched by immigrants, especially those who belong to ethnic minorities in this country, but are in the majority, worldwide. The NHS alone would collapse without them.
In Bible times, Christians who were from Jewish backgrounds found it hard to believe the Church could accommodate foreigners. First there was a division between Hebrew-speakers and Greek-speakers. An even bigger row followed, when new Christians in other countries were regarded as sub-standard. Then Peter had a visionary experience which contradicted his narrow upbringing. This is how he summarised it:
“I now realise it is true that God treats everyone on the same basis. Those who fear him and do what is right are acceptable to him, no matter what race they belong to.” (Acts 10.34)
Chinese? African? Caribbean? European? British? The real Church will accommodate all of them and then look for others to welcome.
100 YEARS OF THE BRITISH LEGION
One hundred years ago, on 15th May 1921, the British Legion was founded in the aftermath of the First World War, to provide support to veterans of the British Armed Forces, their families and dependants.
It was created at a time when two million people were unemployed. More than six million had served in the war: of those who came back, 1.75 million had suffered some kind of disability, and half of those were disabled permanently.
Four organisations came together at the instigation of Lancastrian Lance Bombardier Tom Lister, who was angered at the Government’s unwillingness to help, and Field Marshal Earl Haig, who had been Commander in Chief of the British Forces. The Legion campaigned for fair treatment of those who given everything for their country, and it continues this work today.
In 1922, the Legion’s poppy factory opened in the Old Kent Road, London, with 40 disabled men manufacturing 1000 poppies a week. The first Poppy Day was held that same year. The Festival of Remembrance began in 1927, and the Legion became ‘Royal’ in 1971 – 50 years ago – on its golden anniversary.
At first membership of the Legion was confined to ex-Service personnel, but it was expanded to include serving members of the Forces in 1981.
FAMINE MAY BE ON THE WAY
That is the stark warning of the Disasters Emergency Committee coalition of UK aid agencies, who says that the economic devastation caused by the pandemic is leading to increasing hunger in poorer countries.
Thousands are likely to die this year as the knock-on effect of Covid-19 worldwide has left millions less able to afford food. South Sudan and Yemen are already on the brink of famine, and Afghanistan and Democratic Republic of the Congo are also in deep trouble.
Just at a time when Covid-19 and wars have crippled the economic and health systems of many countries, humanitarian funding has dropped as donor countries also struggle.
Saleh Saeed, the committee’s chief executive, explained: “People living in places made perilous by conflict, violence and climate disasters are coping as best they can, but the odds are stacked against them. The knock-on effects of the pandemic have crippled economies, making the world’s poorest people even poorer.”
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.
Sheila – healing for her legs and knees.
Marion’s grandson James and family.
Mike and Charmian’s daughter Victoria
Give thanks that Val’s aunt Helen is free from cancer
Give thanks for Jim’s ongoing recovery after the insertion of 3 stents.
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.