August 15

St Philips News for the Parish

15 August 2020


Sunday 16 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            Luke 12:6-7

6 Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. 7 Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.



Answers from last week:

  1. All the people on the boat are married.
  2. The match
  3. He was born on February 29.


  1. I have branches, but no fruit, trunk or leaves. What am I?
  2. What can’t talk but will reply when spoken to?
  3. The more of this there is, the less you see. What is it?



Prayers are requested for the following:

Rod’s younger brother Tom, Latest news: When Rod visited Tom he says that Tom today was really looking quite well, (although quite slimmer than usual)  his radiation burns have healed up very well, his speech is much better, but most importantly his radiant and jovial attitude is shining through, he seemed so happy and alive it was great to see! of course he has some off days where he doesn’t feel too good, and he still can’t eat solids fully yet, but I do believe he is on the right road to recovery!

Rod’s son Steven who has to undergo another heart operation, at the end of the month. Latest news: Unfortunately Steven is still waiting for a date to take him into hospital, which is causing him a lot of anxiety, as he just wants it over and done with, but as the doctors have said they don’t want to do the op and risk him catching COVID whilst they can still control his condition with medication.

Elanea Maoudis a 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 her and her family.

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.

Pray for Val’s auntie Helen who is very poorly having being diagnosed with an ulcer and a lymphoma.


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. And for the life of Rod’s friend Solvieg.

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. Josiah 2. Host 3. Tsar 4. Remus 5. Stamp 6. Pilot 7. Tonic 8. Cloud 9. Dab
  2. Babel 11. Laos 12. Sharp 13. Plaza

Keyword: Lazarus

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 Desert in North Africa

2 Aramaic word for “Father (Mark 14)

3 Roman Province with seven churches(Revelation 1)

4 Valuable property

5 Book between 2 Timothy and Philemon

6 Chair carried on two poles

7 Book describing the fall of Nineveh

8 Important or powerful person

9 Zodiac sign of the Lion

10 Daughter-in-law of Naomi (Ruth 1)

11 Sword handle

12 1955 Disney animation “Lady and the …..”

13 Rice field


Keyword clue:  Alternative name for Doubting Thomas (John 11)



Palm waving

It was Palm Sunday, but five-year-old Jamie stayed at home with mum because of a bad cold. When his father and sisters returned, they were carrying several palm fronds. His sister explained:  “People held them over Jesus’ head as He walked by.”

“That’s not fair!” Jamie protested. “The one Sunday I don’t go, and He shows up!”

On the hop

Q:  What do you get when you cross the Easter Bunny with an over-stressed minister during Holy Week?

A:  An Easter Basket Case


What do you call a chocolate bunny that was out in the sun too long? A runny bunny.

Higher power

A Sunday school teacher said to her children, “We have been learning how powerful kings and queens were in Bible times. But there is a higher power. Can anybody tell me what it is?”

One child blurted out, “Aces!”

The Lord is my Shepherd

A Sunday school teacher decided to have her young class memorise one of the most quoted passages in the Bible, Psalm 23. She gave the youngsters a month to learn the Psalm, but little Charles did not find it easy to memorise much of anything.

On the day that the children were scheduled to recite Psalm 23 in front of the congregation, Charles stepped up to the microphone and began proudly, “The Lord is my Shepherd….” He knew that much, but the rest of the Psalm suddenly deserted him.  So he concluded bravely: “… and that’s all I need to know.

Planted in the love of the Father

by Daphne Kitching


Planted in the love of the Father

You can grow, dear one,

You can grow.


Watered by the spring of the Spirit

His fruit you’ll show,

His fruit you’ll show.


And when the sun scorches,

And the thorns threaten,

And the storms around life’s garden blow –

Your roots will hold,

And hold secure,

Because you’re planted in the love of the Father.




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