28th November

St Philips News for the Parish

28 November 2020

 

PRAYER FOR ADVENT 1

 

God of new beginnings,

As the new church year begins,

We thank you for the chance to start again.

May this Advent deepen our faith, restore our hope,

And inspire us to serve our Lord and saviour,

In whose name we pray. Amen.

 

 

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE WEEK           Psalm 100:4-5

 

4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.

5 For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.

 

              

CHRISTMAS FRUSTRATION????

 

I said to God, upon my knees                            “I know,” said God, “I understand,

“O Lord, I am so cross!                                      “I sent my Son, you know.

“That gift I sent to Aunt Denise                          “He came to Earth, just as I’d planned

“Within the post is lost!                                       “Two thousand years ago

“That tree I bought for forty pounds                  “Was born within a stable bare –

“(Well, just a penny less)                                   “The cattle heard Him cry

“It’s needles lie upon the ground                       “He spoke of love, men didn’t care

“It looks a total mess!”                                        “They led Him out to die.”

“No gift was given with such love

“No higher price was paid.

“He left His throne of light above

“For sin His life to trade.

“But even after all these years

“This gift you men eschew,

“So, Christmas is a time of tears

“For Me, as well as you.”

by Nigel Beeton

 

THE WELL CHRISTIAN HEALING CENTRE

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Thursday 3rd December 10am to 12.45pm.

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CROSSWORD

Answers to last week’s crossword:

ACROSS: 1. Lame. 3. Obtained. 8. Omit. 9. Merchant. 11. Burdensome. 14. Crafty. 15. Please. 17. Blacksmith. 20. Splendid. 21. Tier. 22. Singeing. 23. Hand.

 

DOWN: 1. Look back. 2. Main road. 4. Breast. 5. Accomplish. 6. Near. 7. Date.      10. Pestilence. 12. Basilica. 13. Tethered. 16. Action. 18. Asa’s. 19, Clan.

 

Crossword Clues

Across

1  These letters come between Romans and Galatians (11)

9  ‘You will not — me to the grave’ (Psalm 16:10) (7)

10 King of Moab to whom the Israelites were subject for 18 years (Judges 3:14) (5)

11 Town possessing mineral spring (3)

13 Mede (anag.) (4)

16 High-fidelity (abbrev.) (4)

17 He succeeded his father Rehoboam as king of Judah (1 Kings 14:31) (6)

18 A son of Simeon (Genesis 46:10) (4)

20 Controversial religious book of the 1970s, The — of God Incarnate (4)

21 ‘He has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you — — and hear’ (Acts 2:33) (3,3)

22 ‘You — me together in my mother’s womb’ (Psalm 139:13) (4)

23 Edit (anag.) (4)

25 ‘Who has believed our message and to whom has the — of the Lord been revealed?’ (Isaiah 53:1) (3)

28 Abraham’s brother (Genesis 22:23) (5)

29 ‘When Mordecai learned of — that had been — , he tore his clothes’           (Esther 4:1) (3,4)

30 Sympathetic (Proverbs 11:16) (4-7)

 

Down

2  ‘That was why his parents said, “He is — —; ask him”’ (John 9:23) (2,3)

3  Integrated Services Digital Network (1,1,1,1) 4

4  ‘Saul has slain his thousands, and David his — of thousands’ (1 Samuel 18:7) (4)

5  Concept (John 8:14) (4)

6  ‘Do we, then, — the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law’ (Romans 3:31) (7)

7  Industrious (2 Timothy 2:6) (11)

8  ‘I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be — in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you (Ephesians 1:18) (11)

12 ‘Out of the same mouth come — and cursing’ (James 3:10) (6)

14 This was how many of the Jewish leaders described Jesus (John 10:20) (3)

15 Vitality (Job 20:11) (6)

19 He urged David to kill Saul at Hakilah (1 Samuel 26:8) (7)

20 ‘So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul — with the church and taught great numbers of people’ (Acts 11:26) (3)

24 ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord — — ’ (Deuteronomy 6:4) (2,3)

25 Parched (Matthew 12:43) (4)

26 ‘In the image of God he created him; — and female he created them’                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               (Genesis 1:27) (4)

27 Disparagement (Psalm 15:3) (4)

 

 

PRAYER REQUESTS

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.

 

Local Clergy

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

(https://www.amazon.co.uk/hz/wishlist/ls/3Q8B5ZGYKWLE8?ref_=wl_share)

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 (sarah@covcitymission.org.uk).

 

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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