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HELLO FROM JEREMY
There is one book of the Bible which is all prayer – the Book of Psalms. As well as beautiful literary compositions, they are essentially human documents. They reflect life in its varied aspects as it was experienced by the Jewish community. They are not only the outpourings of the human heart but reflect the spirit of the nation throughout its history. There are Psalms which cry out in times of danger, defeat and oppression, and others that express their gratitude to God in times of national safety and prosperity. Personal or corporate, they have been repeated in similar situations by people of other nations down the centuries. The Psalms belong to the world because they express the sufferings and hopes of every people, and the experiences and longings of the individual human heart.
Psalm 23 is ascribed to King David, and you can imagine him writing it during his time as a shepherd seeing, in care for the sheep, a picture of God’s care for himself and every other individual. Thousands of people near death have been comforted by the verse: “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff comfort me.”.
Psalm 51 is the agonised cry of a heart that is conscious of deep sin and has been used by countless of us who are penitent down through the centuries:
“Create me a clean heart, O God; And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; And take not thy Holy Spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; And let a willing spirit uphold me.”
Psalm 139 speaks of the inescapable presence of God: “Whither shall I go then from thy Spirit, or whither shall I go then from thy presence?” It also speaks of God’s guiding and protecting presence: wherever I go, “thy hand shall lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.”
In these days when so many people have to endure loneliness, the thought of God’s presence everywhere can bring comfort and enable survival.
Psalm 22 may have expressed the spiritual desolation of Jesus on the cross, as he quoted the first verse, which was the prayer of a man in great trouble and danger, ill and at the mercy of his enemies. It has alternating rhythms of suffering and faith and concludes with a triumphant expression of faith:
“All the ends of the world shall remember themselves, and be turned unto the Lord: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before him.
For the kingdom is the Lord’s: and he is the governor among the people.”
As we meditate, as Jesus did, on the first verse, we tend to think of the physical suffering and spiritual loneliness, and sometimes we do not give full value to the faith of the opening words, “My God! My God!” – through it all, in spite of it all, still “My God!” We should also remember that the last saying from the cross was a verse from the Psalms: “Into thy hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit” (31.5).
There are many other Psalms which we can study and make our own. I end by sharing a few others with you:
Nevertheless, though I am sometime afraid: Yet put I my trust in thee (56.3).
Like as the hart desireth the water-brooks: So longeth my soul after thee, O God (42.1).
The Lord is my light, and my salvation; whom then shall I fear: the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom then shall I be afraid? (27.1).
With my love and blessing,
REGULAR GIVING & GIFT AID CLAIMS — We are very grateful to those church members who pay a regular amount by Standing Order. If you have not yet considered paying by Standing Order, could we please ask you to consider doing so. If you are a taxpayer, please consider filling in a Gift Aid Form. The church can claim from HMRC an extra 25p for every £1 you donate, or put another way, it increases your donation by 25% – that is so long as you have paid the basic rate of tax and make the donation from your own funds. The church can also claim Gift Aid under the Small Donations Scheme for collections. Under these circumstances, please pay by cash either in your envelopes or in not more than £20 notes as we cannot claim Gift Aid under this scheme on cheques or large denomination notes. If you require any further details, either about paying by Standing Order or about Gift Aid then please speak to one of the Benefice Gift Aid Officers or one of the Treasurers.
GIFT AID CLAIMS — If you are a tax payer please consider filling in a Gift Aid Form. Gift Aid is a scheme which means that the church can claim from HMRC an extra 25p for every £1 you donate, or put another way, it increases your donation by 25%. That is as long as you have paid the basic rate of tax and make the donation from your own funds.
If you are not a tax payer then the church can still claim Gift Aid under the Small Donations Scheme for collections. Under these circumstances please do not pay your donations by cheque but pay by cash either in your envelopes or in not more than £20 notes as we cannot claim Gift Aid under this scheme on cheques or large denomination notes.
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NEWS FROM AROUND THE BENEFICE
There will be a series of lunchtime concerts taking place every Wednesday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm. Admission is Free but there will be a Retiring Collection. Bring your lunch and enjoy a coffee or tea with us. Car parking is next door to the Rectory:
1st September: Scarlett Askew – Flute and piano accompaniment
BEESTON REGIS, ALL SAINTS
Merchant Navy Day — Beeston Regis Parish Council will again be marking Merchant Navy Day to honour the brave men and women who kept the UK afloat during both World Wars and celebrate our dependence on modern-day merchant seafarers who are responsible for more than 90% of the UK’s imports. The Red Ensign will be raised at a short ceremony at All Saints Church, Beeston Regis at 10:45am on Friday 3rd September. Please contact Vice Chairman Roy Beckley on 01263 837619 if you wish to have a member of the Merchant Navy especially Remembered.
Norfolk Churches Trust Bike Ride — Once again Ed Rawlings and his 12-year-old son William will be biking for Beeston in the annual churches’ bike ride which this year takes place on Saturday 11th September. They are hoping to equal last year’s excellent total of 36 churches visited. If you would like to sponsor them, or support them by making a donation, then please sign the form at the back of the church. The money raised will be shared between the Norfolk Churches Trust and All Saints, Beeston Regis. All Saints church has in fact benefitted in the past from grant money from the Trust. Your contributions will be gratefully received by Judy Wilkinson (01263 825364) on behalf of her son-in-law and grandson.
Anthony Baker — A Memorial Service for Anthony Baker will be held at All Saint’s, Beeston Regis at 11.00am on Tuesday 21st September. All are welcome to attend.
EAST RUNTON, ST ANDREW'S
The news from St. Andrew’s this month is somewhat bittersweet. The joy of having services and meeting up for worship once more was somewhat overshadowed by the sad news of Gordon Jackson’s sudden death on 18th August, after suffering a stroke. Gordon was always doing jobs for the church, polishing the floor, doing the garden, and helping at coffee mornings with the bric-a-brac stall. He was a friend to everyone and always willing to help where needed. A lovely man and he will be hugely missed. Our prayers are offered for Karen and his family. Jean
Thank You — I would like to thank everyone who sent cards, e-mails, e-cards, letters, and beautiful flowers to me, on the loss of my dear sister, Jill. The warmth of love and prayers were of great comfort, carrying me through the difficult days. I would also like to thank Bishop David and the Revd. Ruth, who with Richard’s splendid organ playing made the service, celebrating Jill’s life, the happy and memorable occasion befitting her.
WEST RUNTON, HOLY TRINITY
Book Sales/Coffee Mornings — We are pleased to announce the return of the weekly Book Sales/Coffee Mornings to raise much needed funds for the church. They will be taking place in the Church Hall every Friday in September from 10:00am to 12 Noon. We look forward to seeing you on 3rd September, 10th September, 17th September and 24th September.
Norfolk Churches Trust Bike Ride — Father David Paskins has very kindly offered to take part in the cycle ride on behalf of Holy Trinity Church, West Runton. It takes place on Saturday 11th September. If you would like to sponsor Father David, and we hope you will, he has agreed to take details of your sponsorship by telephone on 01263 715905 or by email at email@example.com.
Summer Recitals —The Summer Recitals have been very successful and although attendance has been limited, the quality of the Recitals has been outstanding, and the Retiring Collections have been very generous. The last Recital takes place on Wednesday 1st September from 12:30pm to 1:30pm when Scarlett Askew will be performing on the flute. Admission is Free but there will be a Retiring Collection. Come along, bring your lunch, and enjoy a coffee or tea with us. Car parking is next door to the Rectory.
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