St James' & St Margaret's Day - Church at Home

26th July 2020

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Francisco de Zurbarán, St Margaret of Antioch, 1631, Oil on canvas; National Gallery, London

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!

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Face coverings - update!

It is now recommended that we wear face masks in church and other enclosed public spaces. We encourage you to wear one as it will help limit the spread of the virus. But if you cannot wear one we won't be asking you why and you should not let it stop you coming to church.

You do not have to wear one if you cannot because of a health condition or it will cause you severe distress, and children under 11 do not have to wear one either.

The clergy will wear a mask during the distribution of communion. Please remember the most effective way to stay safe is to remain 2 metres apart, wash or sanitise your hands regularly, and stay at home if you feel unwell.

Cranes for Peace

Help us make 75 origami cranes to mark 75 years

since the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and to support CND's campaign for peace.

You can make them at home, we have some simple instructions to follow and we hope to make a display at St James' when they are all finished.

More info here >

St James' & St Margaret's Day

Two of our churches patron saints had their festivals this last week - St James' the Apostle and St Margaret of Antioch. So this Sunday we are celebrating both.

We haven't forgotten our other churches though! We intend to celebrate St John's 200th birthday once we return to the building. And we missed Venerable Bede's day because of lockdown, so we will make sure to celebrate with extra style when it comes round again!

Congratulations to Abi!

Our Pastoral Assistant Abigail has been recommended to train for ordination from September! She has spent the last couple of years discerning her vocation with us and intends to train at Westcott House in Cambridge over the next 3 years. This Sunday will be her last official service working for us, and we're sad she'll be leaving us but we are very proud of her.

Phyllis Pullar

We are very sorry to announce that our dear friend and sister, Phyllis, died this last week. She had been a faithful member of St James' for many years. She died peacefully at home surrounded by her family. She will be greatly missed.

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St James' & St Margaret's Day

Reflection by Abigail Harris

Online service and president at Communion: The Revd Chris Minchin

Watch here at 10.30am >

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.

Intro music

Ivan Sings by Aram Khatchaturian

Opening prayer

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.


We run the race set before us,

surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses.

Therefore let us lay aside every weight,

and the sin which clings so closely,

bringing them to Jesus in penitence and faith.

You were sent to preach the good news of light

in the darkness of the world:

Lord, have mercy. (Lord, have mercy.)

You were sent to plant in our hearts the seed of eternal life:

Christ, have mercy. (Christ, have mercy.)

You were sent to reconcile us to yourself

by the shedding of your blood:

Lord, have mercy. (Lord, have mercy.)

May the Father forgive us

by the death of his Son

and strengthen us

to live in the power of the Spirit

all our days. Amen.


Almighty God,

who built your Church upon the foundation

of the apostles and prophets,

with Jesus Christ himself as the chief cornerstone:

so join us together in unity of spirit by their doctrine,

that we may be made a holy temple acceptable to you;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever. Amen.


A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.

At that time prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. One of them named Agabus stood up and predicted by the Spirit that there would be a severe famine over all the world; and this took place during the reign of Claudius. The disciples determined that according to their ability, each would send relief to the believers living in Judea; this they did, sending it to the elders by Barnabas and Saul.

About that time King Herod laid violent hands upon some who belonged to the church. He had James, the brother of John, killed with the sword.

(Acts 11.27 – 12.2)

This is the word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God


Alleluia, alleluia.

I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last.


Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew.

Glory to you O Lord

Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to him with her sons, and kneeling before him, she asked a favour of him. And he said to her, ‘What do you want?’ She said to him, ‘Declare that these two sons of mine will sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom.’ But Jesus answered, ‘You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink?’ They said to him, ‘We are able.’ He said to them, ‘You will indeed drink my cup, but to sit at my right hand and at my left, this is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.’

When the ten heard it, they were angry with the two brothers. But Jesus called them to him and said, ‘You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. It will not be so among you; but whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be your slave; just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.’

(Matthew 20.20–28)

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ!


by Abigail Harris

So, may I speak and may we all hear in the name of God; Creator, Christ and Holy Spirit. Amen.

I must say how happy I am for us to be able to gather here together in the Church building. Whether you’re here in flesh or joining us online; you are all welcome. You are part of us, we are part of you; we are one body, surrounded and held by these prayer-soaked walls.

Today I am preaching for the last time. I’m grateful to everyone in the parish for how welcoming you’ve been and just to embarrass him a special thanks to Rev.David for being the best incumbent I could have ever had…you can take it from me he has the patience of a Saint! I’m pleased to share with you all that having recently attended the Bishops Advisory Panel, I have been recommended to start training! There will always be a Benwell and Scotswood shaped hole in my heart…despite the natural feeling of loss I am grateful for the fact that we are indeed much more than a small team parish in the inner city of Newcastle; we’re a family.