Church of England Diocese of Sheffield Whiston

4th Sunday after Trinity

4 Jul 2020, 5:45 p.m.
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Greetings from Whiston Parish Church on the 4th Sunday after Trinity

Come unto me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens and I will give you rest. Matt. 11:28

After over a hundred days of lockdown we are indeed weary and many of us are carrying heavy burdens often alone and without the normal support of our families. Jesus speaks to us now in our everyday situations knowing that we are struggling to cope with the challenges of the health crisis, knowing that we are worried about our families, our jobs, and our health. He brings strength and hope, he brings comfort and compassion and he shares our problems. He invites us to lean upon him and so we can turn to him for help and encouragement.

This Sunday at 9.45 am. we light again the candle of hope, joining together in prayer, as we share God’s word and praise his Holy Name for all that He has done for us in his Son Jesus, our Friend and Redeemer. Jesus has promised that he is gentle and humble in heart and that in him we will find rest for our souls.

We say the prayer for today:

Gracious Father,

by the obedience of Jesus

you brought salvation to our wayward world:

draw us into harmony with your will,

that we might find all things restored in him,

our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen

We read today’s Gospel – Matthew 11:16-19. 25-end.

We sing or say:

What a friend we have in Jesus

All our sins and griefs to bear!

What a privilege to carry

Everything to God in prayer!

O what peace we often forfeit

O what needless pain we bear!

All because we do not carry

Everything to God in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy-laden,

Cumbered with a load of care?

Precious Saviour, still our refuge,

Take it to the Lord in prayer;

Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?

Take it to the Lord in prayer

In His arms He’ll take and shield thee,

Thou wilt find a solace there.

We pray for ourselves:

Lord, you know how weary

And bowed down I feel sometimes.

I claim your rest for my soul.

I come to you with my emptiness

And cry to you for your fullness.

Rescue me and fill me, Lord. Amen

We are still working towards the opening of church for worship and the Churchwardens have prepared the following piece of information about this:

The churchwardens and members of the PCC are continuing to work towards opening the church for worship as soon as possible, while keeping everyone safe. Subject to approval by the PCC, we hope to open for our first service on Sunday 19th July, when we will celebrate the festival of our patron saint, St Mary Magdalene. Please look out for more information in the Bulletin, the Advertiser and on our website and Facebook page. Best wishes, Wendy and Alan.

Please contact any of us if you need to talk or simply to have a chat.

Patrick White 01709 370069 or 077 40 941 921 Jan Teale 07745 560580 Wendy Whitaker 07821549096 Alan Teale 07803 021201 Alan Bradbury 07711691594

Rev. Karen Skidmore (tel.01709 836052­) and the Rev. Sue Davies (mob.07515881605) are both happy to be contacted if you wish to speak to a priest.

Take care of each other and remember God is good