January 30th 2021

St Philips News for the Parish

30 January 2021


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


A new heater has been installed in the church hall to replace an unworkable one.


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.






Lord, we are rivers running to thy sea,

Our waves and ripples all derived from thee:

A nothing we should have, a nothing be,

Except for thee.

From a prayer of Christina Rossetti 1830–1894,

who was an invalid for most of her life, and also a prolific poet.



Answers to last week’s crossword:


1: Cock. 3: Shackles. 8: Play. 9: Paradise. 11: Faithfully. 14: Enmesh. 15: Unseen. 17: Armageddon. 20: Benjamin. 21: Beri. 22: Capitals. 23: USPG.


DOWN: 1: Cup of tea. 2: Charisma. 4: Heap up. 5: Challenged. 6: Lois. 7:   Slew. 10: The Servant. 12: Lewdness. 13: Unending. 16: Daniel. 18: BBFC. 19: Snap.



1  ‘Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders — in vain’ (Psalm 127:1) (6)

4  Season of the year (Psalm 84:6) (6)

7  ‘My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. — here and keep watch with me’ (Matthew 26:38) (4)

8  It came over the whole land from the sixth to the ninth hour on the first Good Friday (Luke 23:44) (8)

9  Paul invariably did this in the synagogues he visited on his missionary journeys (Acts 17:2) (8)

13 ‘It is God who works in you to will and to — according to his good purpose’ (Philippians 2:13) (3)

16 Members of the Church of Scotland (13)

17 ‘Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountain side and — down’ (Matthew 5:1) (3)

19 Mock(Luke14:29)(8)

24 Disgrace(Psalm44:13)(8)

25 First month of the Hebrew calendar (Exodus13:4)(4)

26 Christianity of the Britons before Augustine arrived from Rome(6)

27 Mean (Numbers 35:23)(6)


1  ‘Whoever finds his life will — it’ (Matthew 10:39) (4)

2  ‘My lord the king, let the — — on me and on my father’s family, and let the king and his throne be without guilt’ (2 Samuel 14:9) (5,4)

3  O raid (anag.) (5)

4  ‘If two of you on earth — about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven’ (Matthew 18:19) (5)

5  Take care of (1 Samuel 17:15) (4)

6  What the older son heard as he came near the house the day his prodigal brother came home (Luke 15:25) (5)

10 ‘Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought,but rather think of yourself with — judgment’ (Romans 12:3) (5)

11 Do ten(anag.)(5)

12 Architectural style first used in Greek temples in the sixth century BC (5)

13 Capable of being used(1Kings7:36)(9)

14 ‘Each one should — his own actions’(Galatians6:4)(4)

15 Among the items imported by Solomon’s fleet of trading ships (1 Kings 10:22) (4)

18 ‘But I am afraid that just —— was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray’ (2 Corinthians 11:3) (2,3)

20 Outstanding 18th-century hymn writer, — Watts(5)

21 One of the four sons of Asher(Genesis46:17)(5)

22 Be distressed(Proverbs24:19)(4)

23 He was the father of Gaal, who threatened rebellion against Abimelech (Judges 9:28) (4)


Smile Lines

Medical terms for non-medical people

Artery:                                     the study of paintings

Bacteria:                                 the back door to cafeteria

Barium:                                   what doctors do when patients die

Caesarean section:                a neighbourhood in Rome

Catscan:                                 searching for kitty

Cauterize:                               made eye contact with her

Coma:                                     a punctuation mark

Enema:                                   not a friend

Fester:                                    quicker than someone else

Labour Pain:                           getting hurt at work

Nitrates:                                  cheaper than day rates

Outpatient:                              a person who has fainted

Post-operative:                       a letter carrier

Recovery room:                      place to do upholstery

Terminal illness:                     falling ill at the airport


Modern art

A local artist had been commissioned to paint scenes around the parish.  He was showing them off to the vicar.

Artist:  That is the inside of your church on a Sunday morning.

Vicar:  I don’t see me in the pulpit.

Artist:  That’s because you had finished preaching.

Vicar:  But where is the congregation?

Artist:  They’ve gone home for Sunday lunch.


Say it slow

On a beautiful late summer’s day, two American tourists were driving through Wales.   They reached Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwyllllantysiliogogoch  and stopped for lunch.

Still gazing in fascination at the place name on the sign outside, one of the tourists approached the waitress and said: “Before we order, I wonder if you could settle an argument for us. Can you pronounce where we are, very, very, very slowly?

“Sure,” the girl shrugged.  She leaned over the counter and said: “Burrr-gurrr-king”.


Toothy grin

Whilst working for an organisation that delivers lunches to the elderly, I used to take my four-year-old daughter on my afternoon rounds. She was unfailingly intrigued by the various appliances of old age, particularly the canes, walkers and wheelchairs.

One day I found her staring at a pair of false teeth soaking in a glass. As I braced myself for the inevitable barrage of questions, she merely whispered, ‘The tooth fairy will never believe this!’




When darkness comes upon our lives

And death’s black shadow clouds our eyes –

Our Lord helps us, when news is grim,

To fear not and believe in Him.

Yet sometimes, though we try to pray

It seems He tarries on the way,

Though faith grows weak, and vision dim,

Still fear not and believe in Him.

For He, like us, wept tears of woe;

He cried ‘My God, where are you now?’

We only tread where He has been –

So, fear not, and believe in Him

In grief, in tears, or in despair

Recall that Jesus is still there.

O strive not to find faith within,

But fear not and believe in Him.

He’s Lord of Lords and King of Kings

He is the Ruler of all things –

He’s triumphed over death and sin,

We’ll fear not and believe in Him!

By Nigel Beeton





O God, who divides the day from the night, separate our deeds from the darkness of sin, and let us continually live in your light, reflecting in all that we do your eternal beauty.

O God, who gives the day for work and the night for sleep, refresh our bodies and our minds through the quiet hours of night, and let our inward eyes be directed towards you, dreaming of your eternal glory.

From the Leonine Sacramentary, 5th century





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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