8th August

St Philips News for the Parish

8 August 2020


Sunday 9 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.


BIBLE VERSE FOR THE WEEK            Jeremiah 33:2-3

2 “This is what the Lord says, he who made the earth, the Lord who formed it and established it – the Lord is his name: 3 ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’


Answers from last week:

  1. A towel
  2. Your word
  3. A barber


  1. You see a boat filled with people, yet there isn’t a single person on board. How is that possible?
  2. You walk into a room that contains a match, a kerosene lamp, a candle and a fireplace. What would you light first?
  3. A man dies of old age on his 25 birthday. How is this possible?



Prayers are requested for the following:

Rod’s younger brother Tom, Latest news: Tom has now finished his treatment and although suffering with some radiation burns to the neck and blisters in his mouth and some other side effects of the treatment he remains upbeat and determined to beat this

Rod’s son Steven who has to undergo another heart operation, at the end of the month. Latest news . Steven is still awaiting to go in for his op, as the hospital are reluctant to operate under the present circumstance, which unfortunately isn’t helping Stevens anxiety!

Solvieg one of the ladies Rod used to help and we have had on the vicarage home group prayer list in the past has unfortunately passed away. Elanea Maoudis another 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 these and their families.

Rod who is having a long-awaited MRI scan on his foot (Sunday 2 August).

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.


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.

Give thanks for the life of Gwen Foster and remember Robert and the family in their bereavement.

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.



Answers to last week’s puzzle:

  1. Jordan 2. Nous 3. Shem 4. Mould 5. David 6. Dijon 7. Nomad 8. Dante 9. Eye
  2. Egypt 11. Talc 12. Coven 13. Nymph

Keyword: Japheth


Simply fill in the grid in a clockwise direction starting from 1. The last letter of each word becomes the first letter of the next word. If you have correctly filled in the grid, there should be a seven-letter key word reading left to right in the centre row.


1 King of Judah who reigned from the age of eight? (2 Kings 22)

2 “By the word of the Lord were the heavens made, their starry ….       by the breath of his mouth” (Psalm33)

3 Former Russian ruler

4 Legendry founder of Rome with Romulos

5 Postage sticker

6 Aviator

7 Pick me up

8 Nimbus, eg.

9 Small flatfish

10 Word that sounds like the Hebrew for “confused” (Genesis 11)

11 Asian country capital Vientiane

12 Acidic, or above true pitch

13 Open square in Spain

Keyword clue:  Beggar at the rich man’s gate (Luke 16)




Politician to aide: “About their charge that I’m indecisive – do you think I should answer it, or let it go, or answer it in part, or what?”


Old politicians never die. They just run once too often.


Admirer to political candidate:  Great speech sir! I really like the straightforward way you dodged the issues.

Public office

If you want to find out what’s wrong with a man, elect him to public office.


We pay a tremendous crime bill each year, but we do get a lot of crime for our money.


Politics:  the career of plundering and blundering.  – Disraeli


The Chief Purpose of Man

How clever man is, he has conquered the skies,

Reached for the stars and stepped onto the moon,

But he still does not know why he is here

Or what is the purpose, or why he was born.

And did it all start with one big bang

As stars and galaxies burst into space?

Or was it the hand of a mighty Creator

Who lovingly fashioned this wondrous place?

Into this world God planted a garden

And placed man there to enjoy its delights,

But he soon disobeyed, and sin entered in,

And so, man was banished and thrust from God’s sight.

How gracious God is, He has reached out again

To reconcile man and bring him back home,

Sin’s debt has been paid by the death of His Son,

To know God as Father is why man was born.

By Megan Carter



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