St Peter's Church, Great Berkhamsted

The Church of St Peter Great Berkhamsted

Parish News

News Bulletin for Fourth Sunday after Trinity

Volume 9, Number 29 Friday 12th July 2019

From Olivia


"Excuse me, can I help you?


"Excuse me, could you help me?


I wonder which phrase you use most often? Or which phrase you feel most comfortable using? 


Our Gospel reading this Sunday begins with the question, "What do I have to do to receive eternal life? Jesus, being Jesus, responds to the question with another question, asking the lawyer what he supposes he must do. Whilst the lawyer knows the commandments of the law: ‘Love God with all that is in you’ and ‘Love your neighbour as yourself’, he is uncertain as to who the neighbour is that Jesus is referring to. So Jesus goes on to explain himself with a parable.


This story calls us to examine who it is that reaches out to help Jesus – not the priest of the Temple, nor the Levite who belonged to a second order of clergy but a Samaritan. A Samaritan man who is moved deeply and not only feels but acts on what he sees. And yet this story has another purpose. It recognises that the help does not come from where the vulnerable man expects and in his vulnerable state the man has no choice but to accept the help he receives.


When Jesus uses the word ‘neighbour’ he is not simply referring to our friends, members of our social groups, people we feel we can relate to or identify with. He is referring to all people.


A show opened in London this year called Come From Away, a musical based on a true story. It tells the story of a small town in Newfoundland, Canada that during the week of 9/11 welcomed over 6,500 strangers when 38 planes were diverted there. Schools and community halls were converted into temporary accommodation and for 5 days hundreds of volunteers worked tirelessly to provide food, hospitality, hugs. There were individual heroic stories, one lady who worked for an animal shelter made it her responsibility to care for the 19 dogs, cats and 2 chimpanzees that arrived off the planes. One of the passengers who arrived was a Muslim man. Some people were suspicious and wary of him; he kept offering to help with the cooking, but his offers were refused, until they learnt he was a world-famous chef. The clever thing in this show is that all the actors play both one of the local characters and also one of the passengers arriving on the planes – reminding us that at any minute we could be the one helping or the one in need. These people had no idea that overnight their town`s population would double but they responded exactly as Jesus says in the reading – as neighbours.

Sometimes we are reluctant to rely on or accept the help of others, fearful of appearing vulnerable or uncertain or just too much trouble. And yet to be a neighbour we must recognise the neighbours around us. As I write this I am reminded of the phrase, "You cannot pour from an empty cup. So we should not be afraid to let others refill our cups or mugs in order that we might go out and water abundantly.

Olivia Davies




8:00am Eucharist Pr Fr Chris Rogers

9:30am Sung Eucharist Pr Fr Anthony Lathe

6.00pm Evening Prayer Olivia Davies


First Reading Deuteronomy 30:9-14

Moses spoke to the people saying:

The Lord your God will make you abundantly prosperous in all your undertakings, in the fruit of your body, in the fruit of your livestock, and in the fruit of your soil. For the Lord will again take delight in prospering you, just as he delighted in prospering your ancestors, when you obey the Lord your God by observing his commandments and decrees that are written in this book of the law, because you turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

Surely, this commandment that I am commanding you today is not too hard for you, nor is it too far away. It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will go up to heaven for us, and get it for us so that we may hear it and observe it?’ Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will cross to the other side of the sea for us, and get it for us so that we may hear it and observe it?’ No, the word is very near to you; it is in your mouth and in your heart for you to observe.


Gospel Luke 10:25-37

A lawyer stood up to test Jesus. ‘Teacher,’ he said, ‘what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ He said to him, ‘What is written in the law? What do you read there?’ He answered, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbour as yourself.’ And he said to him, ‘You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.’

But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbour?’ Jesus replied, ‘A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan while travelling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, "Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend. Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?’ He said, ‘The one who showed him mercy.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Go and do likewise.’






+ Alan, Bp of St Albans +Justin, Archbishop

The Episcopal Church in the Philippines & Bishop Joel Atiwag Pachao




Sick & Bereaved



Long term: Christina Billington, Judith Hill, Yvonne Rix, Margaret Taylor, Len Bennett, Priscilla Watt

and immediate: Diane Luckraft, Keith Dawson, John and Philip Jennings, Julie Painter, Peter Lindley, Lorna Sargaison, Geraldine Wright, Morgan Rix






Pat Hunt






Mark Dell, Freddy Gentil


It was with great shock and sadness that we learnt of Pat Hunt's death this week.  Having been diagnosed with cancer less than a month ago, Pat's health deteriorated rapidly, and she died at home on Tuesday evening.  Pat will be greatly missed by all her many friends at St Peter's; not least for her joy and beautiful smile.  We pray that Pat will now rest in peace, and also hold Chris and the family in our thoughts and prayers at this time.  Pat's funeral - a requiem mass - will take place on Tuesday 23rd July at 12nn to which all are welcome.




Morning Prayer Monday 9:00am; Tuesday 9:00am at All Saints Shrublands Road;

Wednesday 8:00am; Thursday & Friday 9:00am

Eucharist Tuesday 9:30am at All Saints’ Shrublands Road; Wednesday 8:30am in St Peters

Evening Prayer Monday – Friday 5:00pm; Saturday 6:00pm




We are starting to get that end of term feeling at Victoria, with a visit from Berkhamsted Library staff, who told us about the Summer Reading Challenge on Tuesday and our brilliant Year 2 Leavers' Performance on Thursday. Truthfulness is still high on the agenda and both Mrs Crozier and Father Simon told us about the importance of being like an open book, easy for others to read, in collective worship this week.



This week




CHILDREN’S CORNER AND SUNDAY CLUB: Children are welcome in St Peter’s. If you are bringing small children to a service, the beautifully refurbished and decorated Children’s Corner has activity bags, books and toys that they can get out and play with. Please supervise them and encourage them to tidy up when they have finished!


During the school summer holidays, a more low-key SUNDAY CLUB will take place in the Children's Corner. We'll be looking at the Lord's Prayer and there will be different activities laid out each week for children and young people. So do come along, help yourself and find out more about a very special prayer.



THE WAY INN'S PRAYER BREAKFAST meets for an hour from 7.45am on the third Saturday of the month. The next meeting is therefore on Saturday 20th July. Entry is via the back door (ie the Waitrose end) of The Way Inn, rather than from the front Post Office end. And coffee, tea and warm mini sausage rolls and mini Danish pastries are served.










Mothers' Union


Margaret Burbidge tel: 862139

Fund-raising Afternoon Tea Party

17 Hall Park, 2:30pm. All welcome!

Tues 16 July






Grief and Loss Support Group


Sylvia Banks 871195.

Monthly Lunch 12:30pm at The White Horse, Bourne End

Wed 17 July






Little Fishes


Tracy Robinson 863559

Fridays in term time: No meeting – holidays begin

Fri 19 July






Prayer Breakfast


Peggy Sear

01442 877341

8:00am at the Way Inn; third Saturday of the month. Prayer requests to Peggy Sear by the previous Monday, please

Sat 20 July






PEW LEAFLET notices copy-ready & rota swaps by 2pm Wednesday please








Fr Tim Pilkington

Rector (day off Friday)

tel 01442 879739

Fr Simon Vivian

Assistant Curate (day off Thursday) Tel 864199

Fr John Russell

Team Vicar (Gt Gaddesden, Lt Gaddesden, Nettleden)

Holy Trinity Church Potten End: please contact the churchwardens Rob Ferneyhough (01442 864772)

or Julie Griffiths (01442 864687 )




Parish Office. Hilary Armstrong and Kate Perera 01442 878227

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