January 23rd 2021

St Philips News for the Parish

23 January 2021


There will be no service in church until further notice – this is because we are all being urged to STAY AT HOME.


BIBLE VERSE FOR THE WEEK         James 1:2-3


2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.





Many years ago, the Salvation Army’s founder General William Booth was in full spate. Suddenly he stopped and stabbed a finger at a young man busily writing, and called out, “Young man, are you saved?”  To which the astonished individual replied: “ME, sir?  I’m a reporter!” – Colin R Coote

Man to wife: “He preaches a remarkably good sermon. It is so hard to avoid offending people like us.” –  New Yorker magazine (cartoon caption)

Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards. If you disgrace yourself, you can always write a book. – Ronald Reagan



Answers to last week’s crossword:


1: Labour. 4: Autumn. 7: Stay. 8: Darkness. 9: Reasoned. 13: Act.

16: Presbyterians. 17: Sat. 19: Ridicule. 24: Reproach. 25: Abib. 26: Celtic.

27: Intend.



1: Lose. 2: Blamerest. 3: Radio. 4: Agree. 5: Tend. 6: Music. 10: Sober. 11: Noted. 12: Doric. 13: Available. 14: Test. 15: Apes. 18: As Eve. 20: Isaac. 21: Ishvi.         22: Fret. 23: Ebed.



1       ‘Again Peter denied it, and at that moment a — began to crow’ (John 18:27) (4)

3       Fetters (Job 33:11) (8)

8       Perform on a musical instrument (1 Samuel 16:23) (4)

9       Paul describes it as ‘the third heaven’ (2 Corinthians 12:2–4) (8)

11     Loyally (Deuteronomy 11:13) (10)

14     Hens? Me? (anag.) (6)

15     Not visible (Matthew 6:6) (6)

17     Predicted site of the final great battle (Revelation 16:16) (10)

20     Jacob’s youngest son (Genesis 35:18) (8)

21     One of Zophar’s eleven sons (1 Chronicles 7:36) (4)

22     For example, London, Paris, Rome (8)

23     United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel (1,1,1,1)



1       Favourite church activity: Fellowship round a — — — (3,2,3)

2       Divinely bestowed powers or talents (8)

4       Pile together (1 Thessalonians 2:16) (4,2)

5       Commanded to justify (John 8:13) (10)

6       Timothy’s grandmother (2 Timothy 1:5) (4)

7       Killed (Psalm 78:34) (4)

10     One of Graham Kendrick’s best-known songs, — — King (3,7)

12     Indecency (Mark 7:22) (8)

13     Unceasing (Jeremiah 15:18) (8)

16     He prophesied ‘the abomination that causes desolation’ (Matthew 24:15) (6)

18     British Board of Film Classification (1,1,1,1)

19     Pans (anag.) (4)




Smile Lines

Films adapted for Wales

It is said that the Welsh film industry has spent lockdown planning to remake numerous well-known films, but this time with a Welsh flavour. The following have been suggested as sure winners:

* 9½ Leeks

* The Lost Boyos

* Dai Hard

* The Eagle has Llandudno

* The Magnificent Severn

* Haverfordwest Was Won

* Austin Powys

* Independence Dai

* The Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch That Time Forgot

* The Bridge on the River Wye

* The Welsh Patient

* Look You Back in Bangor

* Evans Can Wait

* A Fishguard Called Rhondda

* Where Eagles Aberdare

* Dial M For Merthyr



When the minister announced the first hymn on Zoom, “Ten thousand times ten thousand!” the little boy turned anxiously to his father. “Does he want us to work that out?”


Sign on the tomb of an atheist:

Here lies an atheist.  All dressed up and sadly no place to go.



Two choir members recently got married.  They met by chants.



Prayers are requested for the following:


Rod’s younger brother Tom.

Rod’s son Steven.

Rod’s friend Elanea Maoudis

For Ann Westerman’s brother Bob (in the USA), who has liver cancer.

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) who is awaiting tests for her ongoing health problem.

Len and Chloe

Family and friends of Margaret Annie Tulley (86), who died on 12th January.


Local Clergy

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.




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