Seagoe Parish Magazine.
REV. J. W. APPELBE, M.A., B.D., Seagoe Rectory.
REV. W. F. HAYES, B.A., L.Th., The Bungalow,
People's—J. R. REID.
THE CLERGY WILL DEEM IT A FAVOUR
IF IN CASES OF SICKNESS THEY ARE
1st September—15th Sunday after Trinity.
8th September—16th Sunday after Trinity.
Monthly Service in Drumgor at 3 p.m.
10th September—Monthly Meeting of Mothers' Union
at 7.30 p.m.
15th September—17th Sunday after Trinity.
18th September - Ember Days.
20th September - ,, ,, ,,
21st September - ,, ,, ,,
21st September—St. Matthew.
22nd September—18th Sunday after Trinity.
29th September—19th Sunday after Trinity.
St. Michael and All Angels.
Harvest Festival Service in Hacknahay
at 3.30, p.m.
30th September—Harvest Festival Service, Hacknahay
at 8 p.m.
THE NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER.
It is the desire of H.M. the King that Sunday,
September 8th, the first Sunday after the anniversary
of the outbreak of war, should be observed as a day of
National Prayer. President Roosevelt is making a
similar request to the people of the United States of
The Lord Bishop of Down refers to this in the current
issue of the Diocesan Messenger. He writes: —"A
year's war, with all its bitterness and loss and sorrow,
will have passed by then. The day will, we hope, be
used to great spiritual enrichment. There is much
need, just now, for teaching on Christian prayer. In
a time like this there comes the temptation to think
of prayer apart from life, as if God could be exploited
by us when we are face to face with special difficulty
or trouble. The two must go together, life and prayer.
Dr. Gougde, of Oxford, wrote a very helpful essay
during the last war, on prayers in time of war. He
spoke of the Church as having a priestly as well as a
prophetic work. The Church, not simply the clergy,
should be regarded as the great priestly body called
in the power of the Spirit to make prayers, intercessions,
and to give thanks for all men, and thus he argued that
the Church could make her greatest contribution to
the need of the world. The Church's supreme
contribution is Christian prayer. This, I hope, will be
remembered. We have only to open our prayer books
in order to see what our Church's intention for her
people is:—"The Order for Morning Prayer, Daily
throughout the year." There is similar guidance as
to Evening Prayer. Unfortunately, we think other
things are more important. The agonies of these days
may set us thinking. Our Prayer book assumes two
things, daily services and weekly Communions, and
these two have been greatly neglected. God calls us
to fellowship with Himself and seeks the co-operation
of His children in carrying out His eternal purpose.
If we do not respond we delay the accomplishment.
Prayer is our greatest means of co-operation with
God and is the highest exercise of our freedom. By
prayer we can forward the accomplishment of God's
purpose wherever we are able to discern it. Prayer
may draw upon power which God has in reserve.
God refuses to accomplish without us what He has
made possible for us to accomplish in union with Him,
so our prayers may be real factors in the shaping of
events. God refuses to bestow without our prayers
the blessings He is ready to bestow in answer to them.
But will He not do what is best whether or not we pray?
No, for what is best is fellowship between Him and us,
and the perfect fellowship is built up gradually, through
the real co-operation involved in prayer. Our prayer
must be in harmony with God's purpose. Co-operation
with God is the very purpose of prayer. To pray "in the name
of Christ" is to pray in the Name of Him who lived
but for the Father's purpose. It is to pray in view
of that revelation of God and His purpose for mankind
which is contained in the Name or revealed character
of the Lord Jesus Christ Himself; it is to yield ourselves
as the members of Christ to be the instruments of His
own continual intercession, just as in active life we
yield ourselves to be the instruments of His unceasing
activity among us. Our power to pray depends upon
our power to discern the Divine purpose and our
willingness to co-operate with it. But all that God made
is embraced within the scope of His purpose and so all
that God made is within the scope of Christian prayer.
If we have the mind of Christ, we still have an insight
into the Divine purpose, and we shall be able, each one
of us, to forward the accomplishment of that purpose by
our prayers, as we never could by our practical activity
apart from God. If our prayers are in the deep and true
sense offered in the name of Christ, then they are taken
up into Christ's abiding intercession and heard and
answered." In these words, the Bishop stresses the need
and the worthwhileness of Christian prayer, in this time
of national emergency. In this connection a recent
article in the "British Weekly" by the Rev. Dr. Jas.
Reid is worth quoting, in which he writes on the
meaning of the prayer "Thy will be done” as follows: -
“No phrase in the Bible has been so often or so
long misused as this, "Thy will be done." It has
been turned into a sigh of resignation. It has become
a means of softening some hard blow by accepting
it as the will of God. A familiar hymn has been
responsible for a good deal of this wrong emphasis.
It contains a list of every possible misfortune that
can befall us in this world, and then asks for the power
to say to all of them, "Thy will be done.”
No one will condemn the mood of resignation who
has known the comfort that can come when we take
a bitter cup from the hands of God, believing that His
love is in it. But to call our misfortunes the will of
God and to identify every dark trouble with His will,
is to miss the real meaning of the prayer, "Thy will
For one thing, the will of God is like our own will,
which gives force and direction to all we do. God's
will must therefore be the active energy of His love.
We must learn to see it at work in every beautiful
thing and in every loving heart. We must see that
Will in every lovely flower that thrusts its way out of
the dark earth. We must see it active in every kind
heart, every champion of the weak, every life that
gives time and strength to heal the sick or make the
world a friendlier place. We see it most of all in
the heart and life of Jesus. If we want to know the
nature of the hidden current that sleeps in the electric
wire, we see it in the light that fills the lamp and
floods our room. So, in Jesus we find God's will
expressed in the things He did, in the burning energy
of love that ran through all His mind and spirit.
God's will for the world is what Jesus would have
made it if He had not been thwarted by the self-will
of man. But it is undefeated and indestructible. It
does not change, and in it is all that we call good.
But that will of God is something to be done, and to
be done by us. It is not merely a fate to be borne or
accepted. The world is full of evil and suffering
today because of two kinds of people—those who
deliberately thwart and oppose the will of God, and
those who stand by and do nothing. It is hard to say
whether active opposition or moral inertia is worse.
Life is full of evils that would be attacked and swept
away if we were giving ourselves to become God's
agents, to do His will. A new current of Divine power
would sweep through the lives of men if we would
give ourselves to be God's channels.
What we should be asking in this prayer is that
we might be used of God as the agents of His love
in everything. It is a prayer of dedication. It means
that we offer ourselves to serve His will in all that
we do. This does not mean that we need to seek for
opportunities far afield. The daily round and the
common task will serve to begin with. It does mean
that in everything we will give ourselves with our
whole energy to do the kind of things that Christ
did—to seek the truth, to work for friendship, to make
love to men a reality. At every moment we should
be ready for this active, loving purpose of God, to be
expressed in us and in our actions.
Seen in this way, the phrase becomes a battle-cry,
a sigh of resignation. It becomes marching music,
not a dirge. It can fill the mind with a glorious sense
of purpose. It can give the humblest life a meaning
that will make it infinitely important. For in that
urgent will of God, seeking expression through us,
lies the fulfilment of all that gives life hope. Even in
the darkest hour this is the way of light. When Jesus
before Calvary prayed, "Thy will be done," it was
not mere acceptance of the Cross that was in His mind.
God's will was to be done in the love that never failed,
the courage that never faltered. It was done in the task
which that love accomplished for us all upon the Cross.
The will of God was an active, positive deed. It was an
offensive against the spirit of evil. It was His crowning
act of healing redeeming love. The will of God, as Jesus
saw it, thus claimed all the energy of His nature and
filled His soul with its music.
This prayer, then, is the key to life's meaning. It
is a prayer for the light to see God's will and for the
power to do it. That should be the key-note of all
our praying. Thus, prayer may become a battlefield
in which our own desires must be overcome and God's
will take first place.
It will help us into this victory if we learn to see
God's will as Jesus saw it—the activity through which
God is waiting to pour the energy of His Jove. It is
always found in deeds that have in them the spirit
of Jesus, no matter how lowly the deed or humdrum
the task. If we find it hard to see and to do God's
will, let us remember that He "worketh in us both
to will and to do" what He wants done."
Let us all see to it that we use this spiritual weapon
of prayer for ourselves, for our country and for the
world in these difficult days; and above all let us
pray that men and nations may turn from the folly
of trying to live in God's world without God and
that they may realise their high privilege of being
God's fellow-workers in the world so that in and
through them His Kingdom may come and His will
be done. We are specially bidden to pray for these
blessings on September 8th, but the day of National
Prayer is not meant to suggest that it is only on this
day we are called to pray for these things, let us, daily
in our homes, and corporately on Sundays in God's
House, "pray without ceasing."
BRING AND BUY SALE.
As announced in the August Magazine the "Bring
Buy" Sale will take place in the Parochial Hall,
Edenderry, on Saturday, September 7th, at 3.30 p.m.
Admission, including tea, 3d. As the title suggests
you are asked to bring something and buy something
(eatables preferred) and by so doing you will be helping
in a practical way the finances of the Parochial Hall.
The monthly meeting took place in Seagoe School
on Tuesday, August 13th, at 7.30 p.m., when the Rev.
W. F. Hayes gave an appropriate address.
The next meeting will take place in Seagoe School
on Tuesday, September 10th, at 7.30 p.m., when it is
hoped there will be a special speaker.
Morning Prayer—The Churchwardens, Messrs.
Cranfield, J. Gee, Geo. Wilson, D. F. Stoops.
Evening Prayer—Messrs. J. Walker, D. Allen,
R. M'Murray, A. Kirke, W. H. Best, G. Nixon.
Morning Prayer—The Churchwardens, Messrs.
T. Martin, C. S. A. Twinem, W. R. Sherman, W. G. Best.
Evening Prayer—Messrs. N. Campbell, Thos. Gracey,
R. T. Hewitt, H. Ellis, Wm. Neill, J. M'Laughlin.
RECTORY BUILDING FUND.
The Hon. Treasurer for the above gratefully acknowledges
the receipt of the following subscriptions:
Mr. Wm. Simpson, Carne £0 2 0
Mr. T. H. Gordon, Ballinacor 0 2 6
Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Costello, Carne 0 10 0
Mrs. Jos. M'Laughlin, Lower Seagoe 0 10 0
Mrs. Geo. Simpson, Lower Seagoe 0 5 0
Mr. Henry Sinnamon, Levaghery 1 10 0
Miss R. Calvert, Breagh 5 0 0
£7 19 6
Already acknowledged 647 10 7
Total £655 10 1
HARVEST FESTIVAL DATES.
The following is a provisional list of dates for the
above mentioned annual Services: —
Sunday, Sept. 29th, at 3.30 p.m. Hacknahay
Monday, Sept. 30th, at 8 p.m. ,, ,,
Sunday, Oct. 6th, at 3.30 p.m. Bocombra
Monday, Oct. 7th, at 8 p.m. Carne
Sunday, Oct. 13th, at 3.30 p.m. Drumgor
Monday, Oct. 14th, at 8 p.m. Levaghery
Sunday, Oct. 20th, 11.30 a.m. Parish Church
and 7 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 21st, 8 p.m. ,, ,,
Sunday, Oct. 27th, at 3.30 p.m. Edenderry
Monday, Oct. 28th, at 8 p.m. Parochial Hall
In accordance with our usual custom at all the district
Harvest Services, the Sunday afternoon collections will
be in aid of the Hall or Sunday School concerned. The
Monday night collections will be in aid of the South
American Missionary Society at each respective Service.
MR. HARRY KANE.
We very much regret to learn that Mr. Harry Kane
has been posted as missing while on active service.
As far as we know, he is the first Seagoe casualty in
the present war. During the last war he served in
the Royal Navy, and was serving in a similar capacity
in the present war. He was a well-known figure in
Edenderry, where he had a host of friends; while
on active service he was very highly thought of by his
superiors, who appreciated fully his skill, courage and
devotion to duty. To his wife and family, we extend
our sympathy and pray that God may sustain them
in their anxiety.
WHAT WILL YOU SAY?
What will you say?' " This is a fairly ordinary
question to crop up when you are discussing some
emergency with a friend, and it is an important
question, because on what you say depends the
impression other people get of the business in hand,
and of your attitude and reactions towards it. And if
we get down behind the immediate business which
such a conversation with a friend may concern, what
you or I say is as a matter of fact always of far
greater importance than we are sometimes inclined to
“We have got so used to that power of being able
to talk which is possessed by ourselves and by most
people, that we are apt to give very little attention to
the purpose of our having it. What is it for really?
The answer is, of course, that it is our principal
means of conveying ideas from one person to another.
We have other methods—we take our hat off to a
lady, or punch someone on the nose, or shake hands
with people, but our principal method is by the use
of words, spoken or written.
“Every word we use conveys an idea to the mind
of someone, and so leaves its mark on the life of
whoever may hear. Every word hits, as it were, a
target, and the shot is recorded in the hearer's
character. Think back over the things you have heard
other people say, and you will see that it has all had
its effect on you, sometimes of encouragement and
the warming of friendship, sometimes of unhappiness
and boredom, sometimes of active dislike and resentment,
but always some effect. Each arrow has found
its mark. Well, so it is with whatever you and I say
to-day. Never mind about to-morrow for the moment;
let's just keep to to-day. It is this responsibility which
I personally, and you personally, have for shaping the
lives and opinions of our fellow-men and women
which we tend so often to forget. For myself, I do
my best to remember it when I stand in a pulpit, or
sit here before the microphone talking to you for these
few minutes, but in my more casual conversations I
find myself so often appallingly careless about the
result of chance expressions of what I happen to feel
at the moment. And so, I ask you to pause with me
for just a very short moment before we set out on
the remainder of today, while we ask ourselves:
“What sort of ideas have you and I conveyed to
other people's minds? Can we make a better job of
this business to-day?" Because talking is a grave
responsibility, and we shall certainly have to give
account of our use of it—of lies, for instance, which
deliberately convey a false idea, and which only
succeed because the other person trusts us; of running
other people down, either directly, or more often
indirectly, the sort of conversation where we "don't
wish them any harm, but. . .” Only, quite apart
from noteworthy bad conversation like that and the
various other extreme forms which bad conversation
can take, there is general atmosphere which we
create by our usual line of talk. What is that like?
It is fussy and full of self-pity and complaint? Because
they can only make other people jumpy and unhappy,
or else—which is better—very angry with us. Or can
we, ourselves with our house built firmly on the rock,
be just a little bit at all times, and most of all in any
moment of grave emergency, refreshing and courage
giving, as Christ our Master was, like the shadow of
a great rock in a weary land? " What will you say?”
(The above talk was given by a well-known preacher
recently in "A thought for to-day" broadcast. These
five-minute talks are given each day at 7.55 a.m., and
are very helpful.)
“Suffer little children to come unto Me, and forbid
them not, for of such is the Kingdom of God."
August 4th—William Ronald, son of Henry and Edna
Phyllis Sinnamon, The Bungalow, Levaghery.
August 4th—Frederick Joseph, son of Joseph and
Margaret King, 17, James St., Portadown.
August 4th—Margaret, daughter of Robert and Agnes
Magee, 19, James St., Portadown.
August 4th—Received into the congregation, Noel
Francis, son of William and Ellen Gertrude
Dickie, 23, Florence Court, Portadown. (Baptized
privately, 29th December, 1939.)
"Those whom God hath joined together let no man
10th August—Edward Thompson, Drumgor, and
Amelia Anna Laverty, George Street, Portadown.
10th August—Walter Stewart Currie, Seagoe Lower,
Portadown, and Edith Emily Lowe, Omeath,
21st August—Thomas Moore, 10, Alexandra Gardens
Portadown, and Roberta May Best, 141, Bridge
26th August—John Hobbs, Drumgor, and Jane (Jean)
Watters, 2, Goban Street, Portadown.
28th August—Marlow Stevenson, The Bungalow,
Knock, Portadown, and Mary England,
SERVICES—THE PARISH CHURCH.
HOLY COMMUNION—1st Sunday after Morning
Prayer; 3rd Sunday at 8 a.m., and on the Chief Festivals
HOLY BAPTISM—1st Sunday of each Month at 4 p.m.,
and during any Service in the Parish Church, notice to be
given; Two Sponsors at least are required. The father and
mother must be present. Churchings are held at each Baptism.
Mothers are expected to bring a thank offering. (See Book of
MORNING PRAYER—Sundays and Chief Festivals,
EVENING PRAYER—Sundays, 7 p.m.
Hacknahay—Last Sunday of Month at 3.30 p.m.
Drumgor—Second Sunday of Month at 3 p.m.
Edenderry—Wednesdays at 8 p.m., Oct—Easter.
BIBLE CLASSES FOR MEN in Edenderry on Sundays at 10.15 a.m.
SUNDAY SCHOOLS—10.15 a.m. Edenderry Parochial
Hall and Seagoe School. 3 p.m. Seagoe, Edenderry
Parochial Hall, Levaghery, Hacknahay, Carne, Drumgor, Bocombra
MOTHERS' UNION—2nd Tuesday of each month at 7.30 p.m.
CHURCH LADS' BRIGADE in the Parochial Hall on Tuesdays.
GIRLS' FRIENDLY SOCIETY in Seagoe School on Mondays at 8 p.m. as announced
G.F.S. Candidates - Oct. – Easter, Edenderry Parochial Hall, Saturdays at 3 p.m.
SEAGO CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOUR SOCIETY – Mondays, Orange Hall, at 8 p.m.
SEAGOE P.E. SCHOOL—9.15 a.m. Principal—Mr. R. Scott.
MARRIAGES must be performed between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Licences are issued by Ven. Archdeacon Hannon, the Rectory, Lurgan. Due notice (48 hours) must be given to the Rector of intended weddings. FEES—BY License—Labourers 5/-, Tradesmen 10/-, Merchants and Farmers £1, Professional £l. By Banns 5/-.
FUNERALS will be attended by the Clergy if proper notice be given. SICK CASES should be notified to the Clergy without delay. FEES FOR CERTIFICATES—BAPTISM 3/7, Children (Factory) 1/- and 2/- (non-residents); MARRIAGE 3/7. An extra Search Fee is chargeable in certain cases. It will be a help to the Clergy if they are notified of the arrival of new Church families in the Parish.
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