St Philips News for the Parish
13 March 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 Isaiah 25:1
25:1 Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done wonderful things, things planned long ago.
Last weeks solution
Good to know
The little word of love,
the right time and place
Will be blessed by God above,
and watered by His grace.
The following quote forms the entire text of a miniature book, which was hand-set and printed in 1963 by a Doris V Welsh, a former staff member of the Newberry Library in Chicago. No information about the book can be found in the essays and sermons of a James Allan Francis, to whom it is often attributed. As an anonymous work, “One Solitary Life” was published in The Irish Echo, 27th December 1969; in the Congressional Record, 23rd December 1969, vol. 115; and on a variety of Christmas greeting cards in the 1970s and 1980s.
One Solitary Life
Here is a man who was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He grew up in another obscure village, where He worked in a carpenter shop until He was 30, and then for three years He was an itinerant preacher.
He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never owned a home. He never had a family. He never went to college. He never put His foot inside a big city. He never travelled two hundred miles from the place where He was born. He never did one of the things that usually accompany greatness. He had no credentials but Himself. He had nothing to do with this world except the power of His divine manhood.
While still a young man, the tide of public opinion turned against Him. His friends ran away. One of them denied Him. He was turned over to His enemies. He went through the mockery of a trial. He was nailed to a cross between two thieves. His executioners gambled for the only piece of property He had on earth while He was dying – and that was his coat.
When He was dead, He was taken down and laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend. 19 wide centuries have come and gone and today He is the centrepiece of the human race …
All the armies that ever marched, and all the navies that ever were built, and all the parliaments that ever sat, all the kings that ever reigned, put together have not affected the life of man upon this earth as powerfully as has that One Solitary Life.
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) who is awaiting tests for her ongoing health problem.
Give thanks that Val’s aunt Helen is free from cancer
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.
I am only one
I am only one, but I am one.
I cannot do everything, but I can do something.
What I can do, I ought to do,
And what I ought to do, by the grace of God I will do.
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