Vicar’s Letter to our Parish Community

Dear friends,

When we entered the new year, I didn’t think I would be needing to write to you again!  Sadly, in the light of the UK’s chief medical officers recommending yesterday raising the alert to Level 5 and warning of a material possibility of the NHS being overwhelmed, I feel that the morally responsible thing to do is to suspend public worship for the time being and encourage you all to stay at home.  This is not a decision taken lightly.  The country is at a critical moment in fighting this virus.  We care very much about you and want you to stay safe until such time as vaccination is more widely available.  Suzanne and I continue to pray for you all.  Please do get in touch with particular prayer needs or if you need practical help.

For the time being the church building is shut.  Clergy and wardens will review the situation regularly and as soon as things improve, we will resume public worship again.  

Meanwhile please do visit the St Nicolas Church Taplow Facebook page and the website www.st-nicolas-taplow.org for worship resources.  If you have any problem accessing these, then if you send me an email request, I can email you a direct link to the week’s worship on a Sunday morning.  

We expect broadband to be installed in the church during the month of January and as soon as we can we will begin streaming an act of worship each week for you to access at home.  There are of course many other worship options available on the radio, TV or from the Church of England nationally.  You may also like to use the Church of England Daily Hope freephone dial a prayer service on 0800 804 8044

Below, you will find the weekly collects for the next few weeks which you may like to use as part of your personal daily prayer, and I also enclose daily readings for February/March up to and including Holy week and Easter, for you to use as you find helpful. December/January readings were available to pick up at the back of church for the past month.  If you missed them and would like January readings emailed out, please ask.

The date of re-opening the church will be advertised via church website and Facebook pages, displayed on the noticeboards and notified by email, or phone to those without email. In the mean time we hope you will stay at home and keep yourself safe.

With love and prayers, Jane Cresswell

Collect for Sunday 10th January – Baptism of Christ and 1st Sunday of Epiphany
 
Eternal Father,
who at the baptism of Jesus
revealed him to be your Son,
anointing him with the Holy Spirit:
grant to us, who are born again
 by water and the Spirit,
that we may be faithful to our calling
 as your adopted children;
through Jesus Christ your Son
 our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, 
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, 
one God, now and for ever. Amen
 
 
Collect for Sunday 17th January – 2nd Sunday of Epiphany
 
Almighty God, in Christ you make all things new: 
transform the poverty of our nature by the riches of your grace, 
and in the renewal of our lives make known your heavenly glory; 
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, 
who is alive and reigns with you, 
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, 
one God, now and for ever. Amen
 
 
Collect for Sunday 24th January – 3rd Sunday of Epiphany
 
Almighty God,
whose Son revealed in signs and miracles
the wonder of your saving presence:
renew your people with your heavenly grace,
and in all our weakness
sustain us by your mighty power;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.
 
 
Collect for Sunday 31st January - Candlemas
 
Almighty and ever-living God,
clothed in majesty,
whose beloved Son was this day presented in the Temple,
in substance of our flesh:
grant that we may be presented to you
with pure and clean hearts,
by your Son Jesus Christ our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen
 

DAILY READINGS FOR 1 February 2021 – 4 April (Easter Day) 2021 February 20201

Monday, February 1, 2021: Psalm 35:1-10; Numbers 22:1-21; Acts 21:17-26
Tuesday, February 2, 2021: Psalm 35:1-10; Numbers 22:22-28; 1 Corinthians 7:32-40
Wednesday, February 3, 2021: Psalm 35:1-10; Jeremiah 29:1-14; Mark 5:1-20
Thursday, February 4, 2021: Psalm 147:1-11, 20c; Proverbs 12:10-21; Galatians 5:2-15
Friday, February 5, 2021: Psalm 147:1-11, 20c; Job 36:1-23; 1 Corinthians 9:1-16
Saturday, February 6, 2021: Psalm 147:1-11, 20c; Isaiah 46:1-13; Matthew 12:9-14
Sunday, February 7, 2021: Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany: Psalm 147:1-11, 20c; 1 Corinthians 9:16-23; Mark 1:29-39Monday, February 8, 2021: Psalm 102:12-28; 2 Kings 4:8-17, 32-37; Acts 14:1-7
Tuesday, February 9, 2021: Psalm 102:12-28; 2 Kings 8:1-6; Acts 15:36-41
Wednesday, February 10, 2021: Psalm 102:12-28; Job 6:1-13; Mark 3:7-12
Thursday, February 11, 2021: Psalm 50:1-6; 1 Kings 11:26-40; 2 Corinthians 2:12-17
Friday, February 12, 2021: Psalm 50:1-6; 1 Kings 14:1-18; 1 Timothy 1:12-20
Saturday, February 13, 2021: Psalm 50:1-6; 1 Kings 16:1-7; Luke 19:41-44
Sunday, February 14, 2021: Transfiguration Sunday: Psalm 50:1-6; 2 Corinthians 4:3-6; Mark 9:2-9
Monday, February 15, 2021: Psalm 110:1-4; Exodus 19:7-25; Hebrews 2:1-4
Tuesday, February 16, 2021: Psalm 110:1-4; Job 19:23-27; 1 Timothy 3:14-16
Wednesday, February 17, 2021: Ash Wednesday: Psalm 51:1-17; 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 Thursday, February 18, 2021: Psalm 25:1-10; Daniel 9:1-14; 1 John 1:3-10
Friday, February 19, 2021: Psalm 25:1-10; Daniel 9:15-25a; 2 Timothy 4:1-5
Saturday, February 20, 2021: Psalm 25:1-10; Psalm 32; Matthew 9:2-13
Sunday, February 21, 2021: First Sunday in Lent: Psalm 25:1-10; 1 Peter 3:18-22; Mark 1:9-15
Monday, February 22, 2021: Psalm 77; Job 4:1-21; Ephesians 2:1-10
Tuesday, February 23, 2021: Psalm 77; Job 5:8-27; 1 Peter 3:8-18a
Wednesday, February 24, 2021: Psalm 77; Proverbs 30:1-9; Matthew 4:1-11
Thursday, February 25, 2021: Psalm 22:23-31; Genesis 15:1-6, 12-18; Romans 3:21-31
Friday, February 26, 2021: Psalm 22:23-31; Genesis 16:1-6; Romans 4:1-12
Saturday, February 27, 2021: Psalm 22:23-31; Genesis 16:7-15; Mark 8:27-30
Sunday, February 28, 2021: Second Sunday in Lent: Psalm 22:23-31; Romans 4:13-25; Mark 8:31-38

March 2021

Monday, March 1, 2021: Psalm 105:1-11, 37-45; Genesis 21:1-7; Hebrews 1:8-12 Tuesday, March 2, 2021: Psalm 105:1-11, 37-45; Genesis 22:1-19; Hebrews 11:1-3, 13-19 Wednesday, March 3, 2021: Psalm 105:1-11, 37-45; Jeremiah 30:12-22; John 12:36-43 Thursday, March 4, 2021: Psalm 19; Exodus 19:1-9a; 1 Peter 2:4-10page1image48696320page1image48694400page1image48694208

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Friday, March 5, 2021: Psalm 19; Exodus 19:9b-15; Acts 7:30-40
Saturday, March 6, 2021: Psalm 19; Exodus 19:16-25; Mark 9:2-8
Sunday, March 7, 2021: Third Sunday in Lent: Psalm 19; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25; John 2:13-22
Monday, March 8, 2021: Psalm 84; 1 Kings 6:1-4, 21-22; 1 Corinthians 3:10-23
Tuesday, March 9, 2021: Psalm 84; 2 Chronicles 29:1-11, 16-19; Hebrews 9:23-28
Wednesday, March 10, 2021: Psalm 84; Ezra 6:1-16; Mark 11:15-19
Thursday, March 11, 2021: Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22; Genesis 9:8-17; Ephesians 1:3-6
Friday, March 12, 2021: Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22; Daniel 12:5-13; Ephesians 1:7-14
Saturday, March 13, 2021: Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22; Numbers 20:22-29; John 3:1-13
Sunday, March 14, 2021: Fourth Sunday in Lent: Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22; Ephesians 2:1-10; John 3:14-21 Monday, March 15, 2021: Psalm 107:1-16; Exodus 15:22-27; Hebrews 3:1-6
Tuesday, March 16, 2021: Psalm 107:1-16; Numbers 20:1-13; 1 Corinthians 10:6-13
Wednesday, March 17, 2021: Psalm 107:1-16; Isaiah 60:15-22; John 8:12-20
Thursday, March 18, 2021: Psalm 51:1-12; Isaiah 30:15-18; Hebrews 4:1-13
Friday, March 19, 2021: Psalm 51:1-12; Exodus 30:1-10; Hebrews 4:14-5:4
Saturday, March 20, 2021: Psalm 51:1-12; Habakkuk 3:2-13; John 12:1-11
Sunday, March 21, 2021: Fifth Sunday in LentPsalm 119:9-16Hebrews 5:5-10; John 12:20-33 Monday, March 22, 2021: Psalm 119:9-16; Isaiah 43:8-13; 2 Corinthians 3:4-11
Tuesday, March 23, 2021: Psalm 119:9-16; Isaiah 44:1-8; Acts 2:14-24
Wednesday, March 24, 2021: Psalm 119:9-16; Haggai 2:1-9, 20-23; John 12:34-50
Thursday, March 25, 2021: Annunciation of the LordPsalm 45; Hebrews 10:4-10; Luke 1:26-38 Thursday, March 25, 2021: Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29; Deuteronomy 16:1-8; Philippians 2:1-11
Friday, March 26, 2021: Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29; Jeremiah 33:1-9; Philippians 2:12-18
Saturday, March 27, 2021: Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29; Jeremiah 33:10-16; Mark 10:32-34, 46-52
Sunday, March 28, 2021Liturgy of the Palms: Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29; Mark 11:1-11
Monday, March 29, 2021: Monday of Holy Week: Psalm 36:5-11; Hebrews 9:11-15; John 12:1-11 Tuesday, March 30, 2021: Tuesday of Holy Week: Psalm 71:1-14; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31; John 12:20-36 Wednesday, March 31, 2021: Wednesday of Holy Week: Psalm 70; Hebrews 12:1-3; John 13:21-32

Easter – April 2021
Thursday, April 1, 2021: Maundy Thursday: Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; John 13:1-17, 31b-35

Friday, April 2, 2021: Good Friday: Psalm 22; Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9; John 18:1-19:42 Saturday, April 3, 2021: Holy Saturday: Psalm 31:1-4, 15-16; 1 Peter 4:1-8; John 19:38-42 Sunday, April 4, 2021: Easter Day: Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; Acts 10:34-43; John 20:1-18

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