• St. Andrew's in the early morning sunshine.St. Andrew’s stands at the entrance to the Norfolk village of Great Ryburgh, close to the bridge over the River Wensum. This round tower church with Saxon origins is a distinctive feature of a village that is essentially a working community with a maltings, some light industry and a shop that has been retained as a community venture. 

    The cruciform design of the church building is unusual, each arm  of the cross being almost equal in length.The reordering of the Chancel in 1912 by Sir Ninian Comper gives the building a wonderful feeling of space and light as well as a flexibility of use which the parish uses to full advantage for its services, community events and concerts. 

    St. Andrew's, Great Ryburgh is part of the Upper Wensum Benefice. The Revd. Robin Stapleford looks after seven parishes with the help of reader, Richard Hirst and a number of retired clergy who give generously of their time. 

    Visitors are welcome every day of the week.

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  • WELCOME TO ST. ANDREW'S!

    The church is open for private prayer and while services have been cancelled,

    you are welcome to join us for a short time of prayer

    on the Sundays when we would normally meet for worship.

     

    THE FIRST SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY

                                           “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening

     

    Dear Lord and Father of mankind,
    forgive our foolish ways!
    Re-clothe us in our rightful mind,
    in purer lives thy service find,
    in deeper reverence, praise;
    in deeper reverence, praise.

    In simple trust like theirs who heard,
    beside the Syrian sea,
    the gracious calling of the Lord,
    let us, like them, without a word,
    rise up and follow thee;
    rise up and follow thee.

    O Sabbath rest by Galilee!
    O calm of hills above,
    where Jesus knelt to share with thee
    the silence of eternity
    interpreted by love!
    interpreted by love!

     

    Drop thy still dews of quietness,
    till all our strivings cease;
    take from our souls the strain and stress,
    and let our ordered lives confess
    the beauty of thy peace;
    the beauty of thy peace.

    Breathe through the heats of our desire
    thy coolness and thy balm;
    let sense be dumb, let flesh retire;
    speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire,
    O still, small voice of calm;
    O still, small voice of calm.

     

    The collect for the second 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.

     

    Our first reading is a familiar text, one that reminds us to be alert to the presence of God in and around us. When we pray, it is often we who are doing the speaking. Listening is just as important!

     

    A Reading from 1 Samuel 3: 1-10

    Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord under Eli. The word of the Lord was rare in those days; visions were not widespread.                                                                                                                                          

    At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his room; the lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was. Then the Lord called, “Samuel! Samuel!” and he said, “Here I am!” and ran to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call; lie down again.” So he went and lay down. The Lord called again, “Samuel!” Samuel got up and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call, my son; lie down again.” Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, and the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. The Lord called Samuel again, a third time. And he got up and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” Then Eli perceived that the Lord was calling the boy. Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down; and if he calls you, you shall say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’”  So Samuel went and lay down in his place.     Now the Lord came and stood there, calling as before, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ And Samuel said, ‘Speak, for your servant is listening.’ 

    Eli and Samuel: John Singleton Copley

     

     Psalm 139:1-5, 12-17

    Lord, you have searched me out and known me; you know my sitting down and my rising

    You trace my journeys and my resting-places and are acquainted with all my ways.

    Indeed, there is not a word on my lips, but you, O Lord, know it altogether.

    You press upon me behind and before and lay your hand upon me.

    Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is so high that I cannot attain to it.

    For you yourself created my inmost parts; you knit me together in my mother's womb.

    I will thank you because I am marvellously made; your works are wonderful, and I know it well.

    My body was not hidden from you, while I was being made in secret and woven in the depths of the earth.

    Your eyes beheld my limbs, yet unfinished in the womb; all of them were written in your book;  they were fashioned day by day, when as yet there was none of them.

    How deep I find your thoughts, O God! how great is the sum of them!

    If I were to count them, they would be more in number than the sand; to count them all, my life span would need to be like yours.

     

    Adoration of the  Mystic Lamb: Van Eyck

     

    A Reading from Revelation 5: 1-10

    I saw in the right hand of the one seated on the throne a scroll written on the inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals; and I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, ‘Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?’ And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it. And I began to weep bitterly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. Then one of the elders said to me, ‘Do not weep. See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.’

    Then I saw between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders a Lamb standing as if it had been slaughtered, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. He went and took the scroll from the right hand of the one who was seated on the throne. When he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell before the Lamb, each holding a harp and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. They sing a new song: ‘You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slaughtered and by your blood you ransomed for God saints from every tribe and language and people and nation; you have made them to be a kingdom and priests serving our God, and they will reign on earth.’

     

     

    Christ with his disciples: Olivier Ferdinand

     

    Gospel Reading: St. John 1: 43-51

    Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.” Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!” Nathanael asked him, “Where did you get to know me?” Jesus answered, “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.” Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.” And he said to him, “Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”

     

    Nathaniel instantly recognises that Jesus is the Son of God. This was not what he was expecting when Philip urged him to come and meet the son of Joseph from Nazareth. Anyone connected with Nazareth, a non descript village half the size of Ryburgh, was considered to be of dubious character but as soon as Jesus addressed  Nathaniel as an individual, Nathaniel’s eyes were opened. The person he was seeing in front of him was one who knew him intimately as only God could do (see the Psalm). This person would embody the link between earth and Heaven and reassure God’s people that however bleak the outlook and whatever challenges we face, their Heavenly Father is always there with them.

     

    Heavenly Father, we thank you for the many ways in which you reveal yourself to us: through the Scriptures, through the love of friends and family, through unexpected acts of kindness, through the written word and the arts, through the beauty of nature…… Help us to be receptive to your call and to respond to your love by responding to the needs of others.

    • We pray for all who do not feel that their needs are being recognised at this time.
    • We pray for all who are feeling overwhelmed by the impact of the virus.
    • We pray for those who are taking important decisions on behalf of others.  
    • We pray for those known to us who are in poor health, whether from the virus or from lack of medical attention, thinking of ..........................
    • We pray for the repose of the souls of ............... and for the bereaved that they may receive strength and comfort as they come to terms with their loss.

     

              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.

     

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    IF YOU NEED TO REPORT ABUSIVE BEHAVIOUR OF ANY KIND,  YOU CAN CONTACT THE DIOCESAN SAFEGUARDING TEAM ON:

     01603 882345 or safeguarding@dioceseofnorwich.org

    See the  SAFEGUARDING PAGE  for more details.

    OTHER SOURCES OF HELP

    Help for young people wishing to report abusive behaviour

    Parish Safeguarding Officer:   Mary Carden Tel: 07808164686

    Email:  marycarden1@icloud.com

    You can if you wish also contact Childline (childline.org.uk or telephone 0800 1111 This service offers free, confidential advice and support about whatever is worrying you.

    Help for adults wishing to report abusive behaviour

    Parish Safeguarding Officer:   Mary Carden Tel: 07808164686

    Email:  marycarden1@icloud.com

     

     

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    Our church building has been here for over 1,000 years and we try to ensure it is a welcoming and inspiring place for worshippers, local residents, visitors and pilgrims.

     

    The William Martin Building with its much needed handwashing and hospitality facilities is ready to open fully (It was officially opened by the Dean of Norwich on 1st September 2019 when only the outer shell was complete.) We are so grateful to those who built it and to those who donated materials, labour and funds. Do come and have a look!

     

    Pilgrims walking the Walsingham Way are very welcome. We can offer a place to camp, kitchen and W.C. as well as basic shelter if the weather is bad. You can contact the churchwarden on 01328 829413.

     

    Many thanks too to all who helped raise the money to fund the restoration of the westernmost south chancel window! It is now back with us, with help from the Norfolk Churches Trust and the Round Tower Churches Society . The next task is to repair the porch,  its roof in particular needing some attention!

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