Pew News May 2021
Hi from Rev Richard,
The Month of May includes the Festivals of The Ascension; Pentecost and Trinity I am sure you will hear much about each of these Festivals as the month progresses and you attend Services either at Church or on line..
But there is one that especially hits the button for me..
Sadly it is a Festival that is almost lost in the secular world. No Holiday, no special cards and presents or parties. I can remember my Mum saying that when she was young how the school had a holiday and the children all went in a farm cart to a picnic after a Church Service.
Yet it is perhaps one of the most important events in the Christian story. The end of Jesus' ministry as a human being and the disciples witnessing Him leaving them physically. (see the story in Luke 24; 25 Acts 1)
There is a Hymn that comes to mind; “Will your anchor hold in the storms of life? “ And the chorus begins; “We have an anchor that keeps the soul steadfast and sure” As Jesus left the disciples how must they have felt ? Another doubt in their minds as to who Jesus really was ? What next ?
During our lives we face many “Storms”. Sickness, bereavement, and especially during this current period of lockdown with many people losing their loved ones or friends and livelhood, and restrictions on going out, shopping and entertainment. O where/when will it end ?. What does the future hold? We can imagine the Disciples and many, many people since then saying those words? O where/when will it end.
Being a Christian does not exclude us from the trials of this world, but as Priscilla Owens wrote in her hymn (late 1800's); we have an ANCHOR Sure and Stedfast that KEEPS OUR SOUL. The anchor keeps the ship safe and still, our Anchor is JESUS. The anchor is held to the ship by rope or chain, we are firmly attached to our Anchor by our Prayers, Bible Reading, Worship and Faith. Do read the words of this hymn. It has been a mainstay of my faith since I was very young (aged 9), as a member of The Boys' Brigade for some 50 years They use the anchor as a symbol of faith. (based on a verse from Hebrews 6;19)
Is Jesus your Anchor?
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Will your anchor hold in the storms of life,
When the clouds unfold their wings of strife?
When the strong tides lift, and the cables strain,
Will your anchor drift or firm remain?
We have an anchor that keeps the soul
Steadfast and sure while the billows roll;
Fastened to the rock which cannot move,
Grounded firm and deep in the Saviour's love!
Will your anchor hold in the straights of fear
When the breakers roar and the reef is near?
While the surges rage, and the wild winds blow,
Shall the angry waves then your back o’erflow?
Will your anchor hold in the floods of death,
When the waters cold chill your latest breath?
On the rising tide you can never fail,
While your anchor holds within the veil.
Will your eyes behold through the morning light,
The city of gold and the harbour bright?
Will your anchor safe by the heavenly shore,
When my storms are passed for evermore?
Priscilla Owens (late 1800's)
We’re back! It’s so good to be meeting face to face again. All of our sections are meeting at the hut. Numbers are reduced at the moment to maintain social distancing. We are hoping to increase back to normal before too long. The light evenings and warmer weather mean that we can spend most if not all of the meetings outdoors.
We are still keen to hear from anyone who would like to join our leadership team.
Group Scout Leader
Bernice Andrea SULLIVAN (Westwell)
Bernice was baptised at St. Mary, Westwell
on Sunday 21st March 2021.
May God make her home Christian and loving
Paul Lawrence WISELY
Paul died on Wednesday 17th March 2021 aged 72. His funeral took place at St. James the Great, Egerton, followed by burial in the churchyard,
on Friday 23rd April 2021.
David Sidney HOPKINS (Egerton)
David died on Monday 22nd March 2021 aged 86. His funeral took place at Charing Crematorium
on Thursday 15th April 2021.
May God enfold Paul and David
in his tender love and care.
Readings for MAY 2021
Sunday 2nd May 5th Sunday of Easter Psalm 22 25 – end
[Baruch 3. 9 – 15, 32. 4. 4] or Genesis 22. 1 – 18 Acts 8. 26 – end* 1 John 4. 7 - end John 15. 1 - 8
Sunday 9th MAY 6th Sunday of Easter Psalm 98
[Isaiah 55. 1 – 11] Acts 10. 44 – end* 1 John 5. 1 - 6 John 15. 9 - 17
Thursday 13th Ascension Day Psalm 47 or 93
Daniel 7. 9 - 14 Ephesians 1. 15 - end Acts 1. 1 – 11* Luke 24. 44 - end
Sunday 16th MAY Sunday after Ascension Day Psalm 1
[Ezekiel 36. 25 – 28] Acts 1. 15 – 17, 21 - end* 1 John 5. 9 - 13 John 17. 6 - 13
Sunday 23rd MAY Pentecost Psalm 104. 26 – 36, 37b (or 104. 26 – end) [Romans 8. 22 - 27] Acts 2. 1 - 21* John 15. 26 – 27, 16. 4b - 15
Sunday 30th MAY Trinity Sunday Psalm 29
Isaiah 6. 1 – 8 Romans 8. 12- 17 John 3. 1 - 17
*Reading from Acts must be used as the first or second Reading