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St Michaels Vicarage

751 Marfleet Lane

Hull

HU9 4TJ

tel: 01482 374509

Mobile: 07971770836

email:revwendy.stpeters@gmail.com

revwendy.stmichaels@gmail.com

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

 

It’s late on Monday night. At This time on a Monday night I am usually folding letters and putting them in the envelopes. But today has been a very busy day. I started work early so that I could sort out prayers to be available in both churches this week. Also a poster for St Michaels saying when we are open, and some signs for St Peter’s that indicate where you can sit. St Michaels is open Tuesday’s 10:30 until 12:30. The main door will be open with space to sit in the side chapel for private prayer. There are 3 pews available for 3 family groups at a time. You will leave via the ramp door. St Peters is open on Wednesdays from 10:30 until 12:30. There is only one door so people will have to negotiate coming and going. There are 12 pews to sit on from the middle towards the wall. So we can seat up-to 12 family groups! In both churches there will be the leaflets I printed this morning but please take them away (that was the other sign!). And in both churches, there will be hand sanitiser to use. Please keep 2 meters apart! I still don’t know when we will be able to have services in church or quite what the format will be.

 

Shenanigans in the Vicarage Garden!

Well there’s no surprise that the foxes have been in the garden! Most days they have been curled up at the bottom of the garden. If the sun was out they were stretched out in the sun, slowly moving up the garden as the sun disappeared behind the trees.

Friday night I was talking to a friend on the phone, very distracted. Two foxes one might have been last year’s cub, one looked older to me, they spent 40 minutes chasing each other around my garden. They were playing around the table and chairs, one of them chose to try chewing a chair leg which is metal so they stopped that. But then they set off again around the garden disappearing at speed in to the undergrowth and then appearing somewhere else. At one point they were stalking each other through the patch of long grass. I probably had about 10 minutes after I had spoken to my friend just watching them. In a pause the were still by the tree but as I got my phone ready to photograph them, they disappeared again. The squirrel spent a happy 20 minutes on my birdfeeder spinning round on the nut tube one day. I don’t mind feeding the squirrel. On Wednesday I was stood taking on the drive, I had noticed there was a black and white cat around but didn’t think much of it. When I came to go in and shut the front door, I was surprised to find the cat in the house. It was a bit surprised as well, finding it’s route in was now blocked. But I managed to keep it in the porchway while I opened the door and it sped off. Last night while I was talking to my Dad on the phone, I suddenly spotted a hedgehog wandering around the bottom of the apple tree. I watched as it made its way to the bottom of the bird feeder and snuffled all around it. After a couple of minutes, it wandered off into the undergrowth. My dad suggested that maybe I should invest in a robotic camera animal like they have on springwatch. Springwatch from the Vicarage in Hull!

 

Other things

I do usually talk to my Dad on a Sunday evening but it was of course Father’s Day. For the service on Sunday I looked up some prayers for Father’s Day and found some nice prayers that acknowledged that some times the father figure that supported us were not our biological father, and that also some times our fathers have lets us down. There was also a bit for new fathers and the fathers that have passed into the next life.  I also found the poem that is at the bottom of the page, that describes the perfect dad, but is also a very strong image of God.

 

I have included my sermon – when I recorded it I didn’t read out the bible verses but as you’re reading it I thought they might help.

 

The other thing I found this week was a very nice picture of “The Breath Prayer” which uses the fruits of the spirit from Galatians (NRSV). The picture becomes unreadable if I include it, as the main words are in a handwrtten script, so I have included the words below as well.

 

Take care, stay safe

Every blessing.

Rev Wendy

 

Strength of a Mountain

God took the strength of a mountain,
The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun,
The calm of a quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages,
The power of the eagle's flight,
The joy of a morning in spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity,
The depth of a family need,
Then God combined these qualities,
When there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete,
And so, He called it ... Dad                   

- Author Unknown

The Breath Prayer written by Sheridan Voysey

 

I receive your love and release insecurity

I receive your joy and release unhappiness

I receive your peace and release anxiety

I receive your patience and release impulsiveness

I receive your kindness and release indifference

I receive your goodness and release ungodliness

I receive your faithfulness and release disloyalty

I receive your gentleness and release severity

I receive your self-control and release self-indulgence

 


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