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EASTER WEEK Morning Prayer at 09:00 See Revd Ginni's Video blog on Facebook

Morning Prayer

You may wish to light a candle and have some reflective music playing in the background. 

The Lord is good, a strong refuge when trouble comes. God is close to those who trust in him. 

Nahum 1.7 

Opening Sentences 

O Lord, open our lips 

and our mouth shall proclaim your praise. 

The night has passed, and the day lies open before us;

let us pray with one heart and mind. 

Pause for reflection as you offer the day to God. 

As we rejoice in the gift of this new day, so may the light of your presence, O God, set our hearts on fire with love for you; now and for ever. Amen. 

Psalm

A Psalm will be read here

Bible Reading 

You may wish to use the weekly pattern of short readings given below, or choose a passage of your own. 

Sunday Morning 

But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: 

Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. 

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour. 

Isaiah 43.1-3a 

Monday Morning

‘Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling-places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going.’ Thomas said to him, ‘Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 

John 14.1-6 

Tuesday Morning 

Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you. 

Philippians 4.8-9 

Wednesday Morning 

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. 

Colossians 3.16,17 

Thursday Morning 

You are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling-place for God. 

Ephesians 2.19-22 

Friday Morning 

Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honour. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. 

Romans 19.9-12 

Saturday Morning 

He said to his disciples, ‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? If then you are not able to do so small a thing as that, why do you worry about the rest? Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! And do not keep striving for what you are to eat and what you are to drink, and do not keep worrying. For it is the nations of the world that strive after all these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, strive for his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well. 

Luke 12.22-31 

Prayers 

A period of silence may be kept where you are invited to offer the people and situations you are concerned about to God

Almighty and everlasting God, we thank you that you have brought us safely to the beginning of this day. Keep us from falling into sin or running into danger; order us in all our doings and guide us to do always what is righteous in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen. 

Keep us, good Lord, under the shadow of your mercy in this time of uncertainty and distress. Sustain and support the anxious and fearful, and lift up all who are brought low; that we may rejoice in your comfort knowing that nothing can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen. 

The Lord’s Prayer 

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. 

The Conclusion 

The Lord bless us, and preserve us from all evil, and keep us in eternal life. 

Amen. 

Let us bless the Lord. 

Thanks be to God.

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A Message from Revd Ginni

This is a message from Revd Ginni written before the Government lock down

 

A MESSAGE FROM GINNI

 

Dear Friends, ‘God is our hope and strength, a very present help in trouble.’ (Psalm 46) The global outbreak of COVID-19 is having an unprecedented impact on our way of life, and the Church is no exception. Following advice from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, public services at St. Ippolyts Church and St. Mary’s Churches in Great and Little Wymondley on Sundays and on all other days of the week are suspended until further notice. This does not, however, mean that our churches are closed: far from it. No matter what happens, the church continues in each of us: our calling is always to worship our Lord Jesus Christ who is forever faithful, and to love and serve each other. This crisis calls us to model a different way of being the church and we are putting the following in place to enable us to do that: I will continue to celebrate the Eucharist on Sunday mornings, on behalf of the Benefice, at 9.15am. in St. Ippolyts church, joined by either Reverend Paul Lanham, our Reader Howell Davies or Lay Leader of Worship Doug Richardson, as they are able; to pray for our parish and for its people, for our world, and for the sick and the departed. The celebration of the Eucharist is the most powerful form of prayer and is at the heart of our life as a church; it will continue even though it is not open for others to attend. If you have any specific prayer requests please let me know. At 9.15am. each Sunday the bell of the church will be rung as it always is as a call to prayer. At some point between 9.15am. and 10.15am., if you can, please stop what you are doing and pray, perhaps by using the prayer booklet (mentioned below) and by offering your own prayers, so that as a church we continue to worship together. In addition to Sundays, I will also continue to say Morning and Evening Prayer on behalf of the parishes each day but again these services will not be open to others to attend. A short booklet with prayers for use at home, the weekly readings, and worship resources for use with children will be circulated in due course. I am also looking into ways to make some sermons/reflections available via the website, e-mail and social media. 2   Use of the church building Although we cannot congregate together, St. Ippolyts Church and St. Mary’s Church, Great Wymondley will be open for private prayer each day as usual. Practicalities in locking and unlocking prohibit this at St. Mary’s, Little Wymondley. Obviously people will be expected to observe proper hygiene and social distancing. If you are not self-isolating, please do make good use of our wonderful church buildings for prayer and reflection. Keeping in touch I will aim to make available readings, reflections, prayer resources and regular updates as we respond to this changing situation through e-mail and by posting on our website and social media. If you are not on our e-mail list or are unable to access a computer then please let me know. All three parishes in the Benefice have a remarkable church family and I know that we will show the love of God by caring for one another at this extremely challenging time, and that we will also find strength in God our Father who loves us more than we can imagine and who sustains us in all our difficulties. As your parish priest and your friend I am always available for a conversation or pastoral support - please do not hesitate to contact me by e-mail or on the number below. I greatly look forward to the time when we can once more gather together for worship, but for now I end with a prayer that I hope will bring some comfort and hope at this time. Keep us, good Lord, under the shadow of your mercy in this time of uncertainty and distress. Sustain and support the anxious and fearful, and lift up all who are brought low; that we may rejoice in your comfort knowing that nothing can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen. With my love and prayers, Ginni (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) (01462-237032)

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Weekly Pew Sheet - 29th March 2020

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CORONAVIRUS - A message from Revd Ginni

Dear Friends, 

‘God is our hope and strength, a very present help in trouble’ (Psalm 46) 

The global outbreak of COVID-19 is having an unprecedented impact on our way of life, and the Church is no exception. Following advice from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, public services at St Ippolyts Church and St Mary’s Churches in Great and Little Wymondley on Sundays and on all other days of the week are suspended until further notice. 

This does not, however, mean that our churches are closed: far from it.  No matter what happens, the church continues in each of us: our calling is always to worship our Lord Jesus Christ who is forever faithful, and to love and serve each other. This crisis calls us to model a different way of being the church and we are putting the following in place to enable us to do that: 

I will continue to celebrate the Eucharist on Sunday mornings, on behalf of the Benefice, at 9.15am in St Ippolyts church, joined by either Revd Paul Lanham, our Reader Howell Davies or Lay Leader of Worship Doug Richardson, as they are able; to pray for our parish and for its people, for our world, and for the sick and the departed. The celebration of the Eucharist is the most powerful form of prayer and is at the heart of our life as a church; it will continue even though it is not open for others to attend. If you have any specific prayer requests please let me know. 

At 9.15am each Sunday the bell of the church will be rung as it always is as a call to prayer. At some point between 9.15am and 10.15am, if you can, please stop what you are doing and pray, perhaps by using the prayer booklet (mentioned below) and by offering your own prayers, so that as a church we continue to worship together. 

In addition to Sundays, I will also continue to say Morning and Evening Prayer on behalf of the parishes each day but again these services will not be open to others to attend.  

A short booklet with prayers for use at home, the weekly readings, and worship resources for use with children will be circulated in due course. I am also looking into ways to make some sermons/reflections available via the website, e-mail and social media. 

Use of the church building 

Although we cannot congregate together, St Ippolyts Church and St Mary’s Church, Great Wymondley will be open for private prayer each day as usual.  Practicalities in locking and unlocking prohibit this at St Mary’s, Little Wymondley.  Obviously people will be expected to observe proper hygiene and social distancing.  If you are not self-isolating, please do make good use of our wonderful church buildings for prayer and reflection. 

Keeping in touch

I will aim to make available readings, reflections, prayer resources and regular updates as we respond to this changing situation through e-mail and by posting on our website and social media. If you are not on our e-mail list or are unable to access a computer then please let me know.  

All three parishes in the Benefice have a remarkable church family and I know that we will show the love of God by caring for one another at this extremely challenging time, and that we will also find strength in God our Father who loves us more than we can imagine and who sustains us in all our difficulties.  

As your parish priest and your friend I am always available for a conversation or pastoral support – please do not hesitate to contact me by e-mail or on the number below. I greatly look forward to the time when we can once more gather together for worship, but for now I end with a prayer that I hope will bring some comfort and hope at this time. 

Keep us, good Lord,  
under the shadow of your mercy in this time of uncertainty and distress. 

Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen. 

With my love and prayers, 

Ginni

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

01462 237032

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THOMAS PATRICK VEASEY - 7th February 1927 - 6th January 2020

THOMAS PATRICK VEASEY - 7th February 1927 - 6th January 2020 

Always known and will be remembered as Pat Veasey of Gosmore Cross. As I write this “Cross” does not seem to be the word that accurately describes a very patient man who never seemed to become annoyed, lose his temper nor was ever heard to swear. He was indeed a Gentleman. 

Pat was a family man and was never happier than when he was with his family, at home and in his garden. A garden for Pat was one that could supply an abundant amount of fruit and vegetables for the family. 

Born in Buntingford, on 7.2.27 (very proud of that) a Hertfordshire man through and through, Pat‟s early education was with a family governess before Prep school followed by Haileybury where he excelled in Maths and Chemistry. Lawn tennis parties, billiards, table tennis and later croquet were sports that Pat enjoyed at home. He did explain that at rugby football he made an art of moving away from the ball while appearing to run towards it! Many weekends Pat would cycle from Haileybury to his home in Buntingford 

a distance of about 14 miles, where the family played all kinds of board and card games - much more enjoyable than school. 

From school in 1945 Pat was called up for National Service and joined the Royal Signals. The army sent him to Oxford before posting him to Palestine where his natural ability to make and mend was honed in a difficult environment. During this time he was Mentioned in Despatches. 

Joining Wayne Kerr in Surrey, he quickly made his name as a very bright electronics engineer. English Electric, subsequently British Aerospace, called and he became a key specialist involved with missiles and especially with guidance systems, suddenly finding himself on 24 hour call out during the Falklands War. While working at the forefront of the ever expanding and developing electronics industry the company patented some of Pat‟s designs. Pat was given early retirement in 1989. 

While all this was going on Pat married Jennifer in 1955. The family soon increased with the arrivals of Susan, John, Charles and Jane. Family holidays in the Isle of Wight and cruising on the canals were particularly cherished with memories of packing the garden spade ready to build “proper sandcastles” on the beach in the Isle of Wight. When cruising, the family were organised from 6am. and ready to open locks in advance so that few other canal boats could pass them or travel further in the allotted 7 days. He had a love of steam trains, building model railways (“0” and “00” gauge) and taking amateur cine films. 

Pat was very much a make and mend character and if he did not initially have the knowledge he would research the subject, understand it and then put into practice what he had read. Helping with the hog roast for the 900th anniversary, supplying a Christmas tree each year and joining the panels together for the pew cushions were just a few of the things he did to support the church. Pat was elected to the Parish Council in April 1990 and served as an effective and committed Chairman from May 2000 until he retired in May 2007 at the age of 80. 

Pat, a man of many interests and accomplishments, it has been a pleasure to know you. You leave us with very happy memories - not forgetting the rhubarb passed over the hedge - thank you. 

Ken Holden 

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