Pew Sheet – 15th November 2020

The Rector writes    ‘’Our link parish ‘The Church at Perton’ near Wolverhampton in the Diocese of Lichfield invited me to take part in their Diocesan Day of Prayer on 23rd October. I got the 8am – 9am ‘slot’ in their 24 hour Prayer Day and I said prayers in the Rectory then. I was particularly impressed with the original prayer that they had written for the occasion and thought you might enjoy it too.”

Generous God,

you have provided for your people in every generation.

In our faithlessness you remained steadfast.

In our obsession with scarcity you provided abundance.

In our anxiety you offered us freedom from fear.

In our despair you gave us hope.

We receive your gifts, believe your promises

and trust you for the future.

May we cease trying to fix the church

and join with you in loving your world.

May we hear your call to fullness of life

and share it with others.

May we be shaped by the Good News of Jesus,

the light of the world

and May we seek your kingdom

as People of Hope.  Amen.

Music Notes 15-11-2020

The hymns for today’s online service are:

6          Immortal, invisible

Hymn meditation – two spirituals

388     Word of the living God

We welcome Kay Treacy of St. John’s, Monkstown to the online organist community today as she opens our service with the hymn ‘Immortal, Invisible’. The tune ‘St. Denio’ is a Welsh folk tune, one of many lovely folk melodies in the hymnal.

The music of the Gradual today is a piano meditation on two more folk tunes, Afro-American spirituals this time.

The composer, Mark Patterson, begins with the mournful song ‘Sometimes I feel like a motherless child’ . He then introduces the spiritual of hope ‘He’s got the whole world in his hands’, first in a minor key and then into the joyful major. These two songs express our feelings of sadness as we endure another lockdown, but also the hope that we will worship beside each other again without fear. It seemed appropriate too this week in light of the result of the US election to honour the beauty of the Afro-American spiritual heritage.

Our final hymn is ‘Word of the living God’ sung to the tune ‘Diademata’. This stirring tune was written by George Elvey who beat S.S. Wesley (tough competition!) to the post of organist at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor in 1835. He served in this post until 1882 and was private organist to both Queen Adelaide and Queen Victoria.

The closing voluntary is by Juan Bautista Cabanilles, a seventeenth century organist at Valencia Cathedral sometimes called the ‘Spanish Bach’.

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Last Thursday 12th November, the Rector took part in a Multi-Faith Service of Remembrance in the Carrigaline Community School.

The following prayer was part of a moving Liturgy.

In the rising of the sun and in its going down,

we remember them.

In the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter,

we remember them.

In the opening of buds and in the rebirth of spring,

we remember them.

In the blueness of the sky and in the warmth of summer,

we remember them.

In the rustling of leaves and in the beauty of autumn,

we remember them.

In the beginning of the year and when it ends,

we remember them.

So long as we live, they too shall live, for they are now a part of us,

as we remember them.

When we are weary and in need of strength,

we remember them.

When we are lost and sick at heart,

we remember them.

When we have joys we yearn to share,

we remember them.

So long as we live, they too shall live, for they are now a part of us,

as we remember them.

Source: By Rabbis Sylvan Kamens & Jack Riemer.  Gates of Prayer, Central Conference of American Rabbis

Categories Parish Notices | Tags: | Posted on November 16, 2020

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