Letter to Parishioners 23rd March 2021
March 23 - May 31
THE PARISH OF ST NICHOLAS, MIDDLETON
FATHER WILLIAM MARSTON, M.A., VICAR
106, ELMER ROAD,
MIDDLETON ON SEA,
01243 586348 07835994225 email@example.com
Tuesday 23rd March 2021
I write just before Holy Week, to wish you a holy and blessed keeping of this Season (Holy Week leading into Easter), its’ being the most important time of the year for Christians.
Whilst some of you have been able to return to Church, I appreciate that it has not been possible for everyone. Please be assured that we keep you always in our prayers.
This is our pattern for Holy Week and the start of Easter:
28TH MARCH 2021 PALM SUNDAY (clocks forward one hour)
8.00 a.m. Holy Communion
10.00 a.m. Holy Communion
Holy Monday 29th/Holy Tuesday 30th/Holy Wednesday 31st:
8.00 a.m. Holy Communions
Maundy Thursday 1st April 10.00 a.m./7.30 p.m. Holy Communions.
8.00 p.m.-9.00 p.m. Vigil of Prayer.
(10.00 a.m. Service with prayers for Healing)
Good Friday 2nd 2.00 p.m.-3.00 p.m. The Good Friday Service.
EASTER SUNDAY 4TH APRIL
6.00 a.m. Vigil of Easter Readings, then 6.30 a.m. Holy Communion.
8.00 a.m. Holy Communion (“The Book of Common Prayer”)
10.00 a.m. Holy Communion
These are the Readings for the next two months. You might like to read them at, or near the time of the Services, if you are not able to come to Church.
1st April MAUNDY THURSDAY
10.00 a.m./7.00 p.m Exodus 12. 1-14 1 Corinthians 11. 23-26 John 13. 1-17, 31-35
2nd GOOD FRIDAY
2.00- 3.00 p.m. Isaiah 52.13- 53.12 Hebrews 4. 14-16, 5. 7-9 John 18.1-19.42
4th EASTER SUNDAY
6.30/8.00/10.00 a.m. Acts 10. 34-43 1 Corinthians 15. 1-11 John 20.1-18
7th Easter Wednesday 8.00 a.m. Acts 3. 1-10 Luke 24. 13-35
8th Easter Thursday 10.00 a.m. Acts 3. 11-26 Luke 24. 35-48
11th April THE SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER
8.00/10.00 a.m. Acts 4. 32-35 1 John 1.1-2.2 John 20.19-31
14th Wednesday 8.00 a.m. Acts 5. 17-26 John 3. 16-21
15th Thursday 10.00 a.m. Acts 5. 27-33 John 3. 31-36
18th April THE THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER
8.00/10.00 a.m. Acts 3. 12-19 1 John 3. 1-7 Luke 24. 36-48
21st Wednesday St Anselm, Archbishop of Canterbury, 1109
8.00 a.m. Acts 8. 1-8 John 6. 35-40
22nd Thursday 10.00 a.m. Acts 8. 26-40 John 6. 44-51
25th April THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
8.00/10.00 a.m. Acts 4. 5-12 1 John 3. 16-24 John 10.11-18
28th Wednesday St Peter Chanel, Missionary in South Pacific, Martyr, 1841
8.00 a.m. Acts 12. 24-13.5 John 12.44-50
29th Thursday St Catherine of Siena, Teacher, 1380
10.00 a.m. Acts 13. 13-25 John 13. 16-20
2nd MAY THE FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
8.00/10.00 a.m. Acts 8. 26-39 1 John 4. 7-21 John 15. 1-8
5th Wednesday 8.00 a.m. Acts 15.1-6 John 15. 1-8
6th Thursday 10.00 a.m. Acts 15. 7-21 John 15. 9-11
9th MAY THE SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
8.00/10.00 a.m. Acts 10.44-48 1 John 5. 1-6 John 15. 9-17
12th Wednesday Rogation Day: praying for God’s Blessing on this year’s harvest, and for all people in their work.
8.00 a.m. Acts 17.15, 22-18.1 John 16. 12-15
13th Thursday ASCENSION DAY
10.00 a.m. Daniel 7. 9-14 Acts 1. 1-11 Luke 24.44-53
16th MAY THE SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER/SUNDAY AFTER THE ASCENSION
8.00/10.00 a.m. Acts 1. 15-17, 21-26 1 John 5. 9-13 John 17. 6-19
19th Wednesday St Dunstan, Archbishop of Canterbury, 988
8.00 a.m. Acts 20. 28-38 John 17. 11-19
20th Thursday St Alcuin of York, Deacon, Abbot of Tours, 804
10.00 a.m. Acts 22. 30; 23. 6-11 John 17.20-26
23rd MAY PENTECOST/WHITSUNDAY
8.00/10.00 a.m. Acts 2.1-21 Romans 8.22-27 John 15. 26-27, 16. 4-15
26th Wednesday St Augustine, first Archbishop of Canterbury, 605
8.00 a.m. James 4. 13-17 Mark 10. 32-45
27th Thursday 10.00 a.m. James 5. 1-6 Mark 10. 46-52
30th MAY TRINITY SUNDAY
8.00/10.00 a.m. Isaiah 6. 1-8 Romans 8. 12-17 John 3. 1-17
Gerbera LeFort and Heather Kirk have devised this intriguing idea:
Take a Walk thru’ Holy Week
Whether the ‘Lent-in-a-Bag’ has been part of your preparation for Easter or not taking this walk (with or without family, dogs or buggies) through the graveyard of St. Nicholas Church in Elmer Road will be a very ‘covid’ safe way to help you celebrate all that the message of Easter Day offers us all.
From mid-day on Palm Sunday (28th March) like the pilgrims of old you can collect your palm crosses from under the lych gate. Then following the arrows visit the wayside stops telling of all the people Jesus met and talked with during that final week of his time living amongst people just like us.
Until Easter Day your walk will end at the tomb where the body of the dead Jesus lay. It was firmly closed and guarded by order of Pontius Pilate! So did the story end there? If you take that walk again on or after Sunday April 4th you may find a power greater than a Roman Governor has been at work!
PS; you might like to bring a posy or small plant on your second visit to leave outside the tomb!
Any questions contact Heather; firstname.lastname@example.org 079462 90962 or Gerbera; email@example.com 07376 365052
I am very grateful to Susan Dakic for this piece, which suits this increasingly (we hope!) sunny time of year:
“A smile costs nothing, but gives much. It enriches those who receive it, without making poorer those who give. It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever. None is so rich or mighty that he can get along without it, and none is too poor but that he can be made rich by it. A smile creates happiness in the home, fosters good will in business, and is the countersign of friendship. It brings rest to the weary, cheer to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad, and it is nature’s best antidote for trouble. Yet, it cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is something that is of no value to anyone until it is given away. Some people are too tired to give you a smile. Give them one of yours, as none needs a smile as much as he who has no more to give.” (Anonymous author)
Even though I am retiring on 23rd May, before then, do feel free before then to contact me, whether to say a prayer together, or to discuss a serious matter, or simply to have a chat. I hope to write a final letter to you before I retire.
With my good wishes, and prayers,