25th October 2020
Weekly notices & Church at Home
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Sister Corita Kent, love is hard work, 1985
Serigraph on paper, The Corita Art Center, Los Angeles
Sunday, 10.30am at St James'
We meet for Holy Communion as the Benwell & Scotswood Team. Let us know you're coming if you can!
Can't get to church? Watch the service live on Facebook! You can also read or print the service booklet here >
در هنگام خطبه روز یکشنبه هدفون های خود را بگذارید و به این ترجمه گوش دهید.
یا در خانه گوش دهید.
You can now submit prayer requests online. This can be done anonymously or by name and the clergy and congregation will pray for you each week.
New videos for worship with children are uploaded every week by the Diocese of Newcastle.
Your donations ensure our work keeps going and our buildings stay open.
Clocks go back 1 hour tonight.
Which means you get an extra hour in bed before church!
We move to the Venerable Bede this Sunday.
Our team service will be at 10.30am at the Venerable Bede, West Road, NE4 8AP
Free and cheap holiday meals for children
Our friends at Cornerstone Benwell are providing free packed lunches for children and hot meals for £1.50 for youngsters.
Open Wed & Thurs,8.30am to 2pm
Armstrong road, NE4 7TU
All Souls' service online - Sunday 1st Nov, 4pm
Thanksgiving for the departed
Every year we have a special service to remember those we have lost. This year we think it is extra important to make sure this goes ahead, so we're going to livestream a service online
Please keep your mask on as you leave the building on Sunday until you are out of the gates.
Sanitise your hands when you enter and leave.
Wear a mask while in church whether you are sitting or moving around.
Stay 2m apart.
Stay at home if you feel unwell (contact us if you need anything)
Last Sunday after Trinity
Reflection by The Revd Chris Minchin
Service led by The Revd Dominic Coad
or listen and read along here:
The service starts with some quiet music; please use this to clear your mind and acknowledge the presence of God.
Vals Poetico by Enrique Granados.
In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
God so loved the world
that he gave his only Son Jesus Christ
to save us from our sins,
to be our advocate in heaven,
and to bring us to eternal life.
Let us confess our sins in penitence and faith,
firmly resolved to keep God’s commandments
and to live in love and peace with all.
God be gracious to us and bless us,
and make your face shine upon us:
Lord, have mercy. (Lord, have mercy.)
May your ways be known on the earth,
your saving power among the nations:
Christ, have mercy. (Christ, have mercy.)
You, Lord, have made known your salvation,
and reveal your justice in the sight of the nations:
Lord, have mercy. (Lord, have mercy.)
May the God of love and power
forgive us and free us from our sins,
heal and strengthen us by his Spirit,
and raise us to new life in Christ our Lord. Amen.
teach us to be faithful in change and uncertainty,
that trusting in your word
and obeying your will
we may enter the unfailing joy of Jesus Christ our Lord.
A reading from the book Leviticus.
The Lord spoke to Moses, saying:
Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them: You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.
You shall not render an unjust judgement; you shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great: with justice you shall judge your neighbour. You shall not go around as a slanderer among your people, and you shall not profit by the blood of your neighbour: I am the Lord.
You shall not hate in your heart anyone of your kin; you shall reprove your neighbour, or you will incur guilt yourself. You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against any of your people, but you shall love your neighbour as yourself: I am the Lord.
This is the word of the Lord
(Thanks be to God)
Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.
You have the words of eternal life.
Hear the Gospel of our lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew.
(Glory to you O Lord)
When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. ‘Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?’ He said to him, ‘ “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.’
Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them this question: ‘What do you think of the Messiah? Whose son is he?’ They said to him, ‘The son of David.’ He said to them, ‘How is it then that David by the Spirit calls him Lord, saying, “The Lord said to my Lord, ‘Sit at my right hand, until I put your enemies under your feet’ ”? If David thus calls him Lord, how can he be his son?’ No one was able to give him an answer, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions.
This is the gospel of the Lord.
(Praise to you, O Christ)
by The Revd Chris Minchin
I love how this Gospel passage ends. Pharisees are trying to trap Jesus with questions about law and scripture. So Jesus asks his own question – “is the Messiah the Son if David? Then how come David calls his own son Lord?” The response is this: “no one was able to give him an answer, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions.” Brilliant, Jesus has a ‘mic drop’ moment, the pharisees are left speechless. And, as far as I can tell, Jesus doesn’t have a reason for asking this particular question about the messiah. The only reason Jesus asks it, seems to be to shut them up.
There’s a famous story about a man in Jerusalem, a few years before the birth of Jesus. He said he would convert to Judaism if someone could teach him the entire Torah while he stood on one foot. I’m not entirely sure why - I think it must have been a challenge to teachers and preachers to only talk for as long as their audience can cope.
The first Rabbi he asked simply told the man where he could shove his foot. So he went to a second Rabbi called Hillel, a well-known teacher of the time, and he accepted the challenge. As the man stood on one foot Hillel told him "What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbour. That is the whole Torah; the rest is the explanation of this—go and study it!"
Simple as that. Stop making things complicated. Don’t be hateful. Treat others how you want to be treated. That’s it. And it is the same basic commandment that Jesus repeats in today’s Gospel reading - “love your neighbour as yourself”. And it is the same basic rules that we have referred to on the first page of our website, which says:
Welcome! We are the Church of England Parish of Benwell & Scotswood in the West-end of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. We believe that Jesus calls us to keep two commandments – to love God and to love our neighbour as ourselves. We hope that this love informs everything we do.
They all quote the Hebrew Bible, the Old testament passage Leviticus chapter 19 which we read today - “you shall love your neighbour as yourself”. It is also known as the ‘Golden rule’ which exists in similar forms in many religions and cultures.
Jesus combines it with another commandment from the book Deuteronomy - the great commandment called the ‘Shema’ that Jews are meant to recite every day: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul”. When Christians get tangled in debates about law and tradition it’s refreshing remember that actually these commandments to love override everything else, that loving God and loving others are tied up together as the one and the same, you cannot do one without the other. It is the lens through which we should interpret everything else, it should be our first thought before anything else, and it should inform all our actions,
But we must remember this is a challenge not comfort. The Gospel passage comes just after Jesus enters Jerusalem and turns over the tables of money lenders in the temple, and it comes just before he declares the pharisees to be hypocrites. Jesus is someone who is not afraid to put love into action, to go to the difficult places love leads. Love is not always the easy option. We Christians are commanded to look for the injustices around us and do something about it, not just talk about it. To love our God is to make sure children do not go hungry during school holidays, to love our God is to welcome Asylum seekers fleeing persecution and war, to love our God is to help those forced to live in sub-standard housing association accommodation. We are being commanded never to be a church that exists just for ourselves, but for our neighbours, for our world. We are commanded to be a church which declares our love for God and show through our actions God’s eternal salvation and hope to the world.
So stop balancing on one foot. Go do it.
Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer.
We pray for those facing hunger and those who work to help.
Those facing uncertain futures and loss of work or income.
Victims of bullying and domestic violence.
The NHS and care workers.
Refugees and asylum seekers.
Reversal of environmental damage caused by humanity.
Archbishops Justin and Stephen, and our Bishop Christine.
All still unable to attend church and feel cut off from the fellowship and sacramental life of the church.
For our parish as we seek to proclaim good news to all.
The Sick & Suffering
All who have asked for our prayers
The Riches family
Linda, Stuart, and their son David
All affected by Covid19
All victims of Covid 19.
Those we have known and loved and whose examples we cherish.
Let us pray with confidence as our saviour taught us
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.
Listen to the music here >
Love divine, all loves excelling, Joy of heaven to earth come down; Fix in us thy humble dwelling; All thy faithful mercies crown! Jesus, Thou art all compassion, Pure unbounded love Thou art; Visit us with Thy salvation; Enter every trembling heart
Come, Almighty to deliver, Let us all Thy life receive; Suddenly return and never, Never more Thy temples leave. Thee we would be always blessing, Serve Thee as Thy hosts above, Pray and praise Thee without ceasing, Glory in Thy perfect love.
Finish, then, Thy new creation; Pure and spotless let us be. Let us see Thy great salvation Perfectly restored in Thee; Changed from glory into glory, 'Til in heaven we take our place, 'Til we cast our crowns before Thee, Lost in wonder, love, and praise.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ
And the love of God
And the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
Be with us all, evermore. Amen
Happy and Sad by Ludwig van Beethoven.