Dear people of faith,
Pentecost approaches! 31 May. We are looking at the theme of “The unifying force of the Holy Spirit” and, in particular, how we as a faith community are doing what we can to stay connected and positive through this time.
To that end we want to collect photos of parishioners for the worship time for Pentecost so we can see as many faces as possible – dress in red, orange or yellow (for the flames of Pentecost), and show your “This is the day!” feeling of celebration.
Photos need to be emailed to Jeff Bradbury by Tuesday 26 May. email@example.com
A reminder that the photos will go into the public forum so if you are not comfortable with that, it is completely understandable.
Let’s make Pentecost 2020 a time of real celebration of the presence of Christ in our lives, through the Holy Spirit.
Have a good and Godly day; Rev’d. Jan
Christ is risen! Alleluia!
He is risen indeed! Alleluia!
Collect for the Week APBA p 514
whose Son Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life:
grant that we may walk in his way,
rejoice in his truth,
and share his risen life;
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.
GOSPEL for the Day: John 16: 5-11
5 But now I am going to him who sent me; yet none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ 6 But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your hearts. 7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. 8 And when he comes, he will prove the world wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: 9 about sin, because they do not believe in me; 10 about righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will see me no longer; 11 about judgment, because the ruler of this world has been condemned.
REFLECTION on the Gospel: contributed by Michelle Chapman
From Genesis to Revelation God’s message to His people has always been far greater than human understanding. Here Jesus points out human inability to readily grasp God’s plan for the world. Jesus’ frustration with human limitations is expressed in the question no one asked him; “where are you going?”
Emotions had taken over, replacing listening and thinking. As Jesus spoke of leaving his disciples grief overtook them. Grief is part of our life and can easily overwhelm our emotions, thinking and change our behaviour.
” Don’t be afraid of tomorrow, God is already there”
Jesus revealed wonderful news! The Advocate, The Counsellor, The Comforter, The Holy Spirit would come to God’s people because Jesus said he was ” going to him who sent me”. The Holy Spirit brings profound revelations regarding sin, righteousness, judgement and the condemnation of the prince of this world. As we give praise and thanksgiving for the coming of The Holy Spirit let us expand our gratitude for God’s greater plan for the world.
Father, we pray that your Holy Spirit will move across our world to pierce peoples’ hearts. We pray for Christian revival and an outpouring of your love, forgiveness and salvation to those who do not yet know you.
Final Prayer Elizabeth J Smith HYMN “Holy Spirit, go before us” TiS 420
Holy Spirit, go before us, every mind and heart prepare
for good news of life in Jesus, for the joyful hope we share.
Gently lead the lost to safety, gently teach them Wisdom’s way,
till they come to seek you gladly, till we find the words to say.
Holy Spirit, come and help us, give us words to speak of Christ.
Teach us how to tell all people: deepest darkness can be light!
Help us tell how faithful God is, and how Jesus sets us free;
take our words, and make them gospel, so that many may believe.
Holy Spirit, stay to show us how to serve as Christ served us.
May our words of love be grounded in love’s actions, first and last.
Your good news is news of justice, and the strong befriend the weak
in your service, till compassion builds the peace the nations seek.
Daily Bible Bite (answer tomorrow): In the book of Judith in the Apocrycha, Judith cuts off the head of Holofernes, a scene subsequently depicted by a female artist in the early 17th century.
What army did Holofernes belong to?
From yesterday: In the 27 books of the New Testament, 14 of these are attributed to St Paul. Of the remaining 13 books, three authors contributed more than one book. Can you name these authors?
Answer: John, Luke, Peter