Dear people of faith,
A reminder to take your photo of celebration for Pentecost, and send into to me or Jeff Bradbury. And look out for this Sunday’s worship time coming to you this evening, and tomorrow the Pentecost Pack.
With blessings for your 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: 23-28
23 On that day you will ask nothing of me. Very truly, I tell you, if you ask anything of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. 24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.
25 “I have said these things to you in figures of speech. The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures, but will tell you plainly of the Father. 26 On that day you will ask in my name. I do not say to you that I will ask the Father on your behalf; 27 for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. 28 I came from the Father and have come into the world; again, I am leaving the world and am going to the Father.”
REFLECTION on the Gospel: contributed by Kathy Allen
Even plain speaking is sometimes difficult to understand. Words might have differing depths of meanings for each listener. In this passage, Jesus changes his teaching methods to help the disciples understand the action He wants them to take. How confused and possibly alarmed the disciples might have been to hear these words. He acknowledges that the disciples recognise His deep connection to God the Father. He urges the disciples to make requests directly to God in His name. The Jesus they know will not always be physically present. Love and trust encompass this request. Because the disciples believe that Jesus is the Son of God, they are instructed to pray directly to God. Jesus is none too subtlety urging the disciples to live out the connection they believe in.
Has Jesus asked too much of the disciples? Is he asking too much of us today? Even as they, and perhaps we, struggle to get our minds around the profound truth of Jesus as the son of God, we trust our faith to sustain us even as ‘the answers’ slip from our grasp. This is the peace of God that surpasses all understanding.
Final Prayer David Adam “Traces of Glory”
Holy Spirit of God,
we watch for you, we wait for you,
we look for you, we long for you.
Come, Holy Spirit, renew us, refresh us, restore us
and inspire us, that we may live and work to your glory;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who with you, O Spirit, are with the Father,
one God for ever.
AND SATURDAY RECIPE TIME
Coordinated by the Tuesday Eucharist group
Simplicity Sand Cake
By Judith Mary Hobbs who loves to think that she takes after her mother who never wore jeans but passed a lot of good ones onto her daughters.
My mother, Norma Howes, was a teacher of craft and had a pottery studio with kiln in our home and gave classes in china painting and pottery until she retired at 86. She was a very deft, quick person and could and did do anything she turned her hand to. She loved to cook, but didn’t like recipes that fiddled about. My son still drools when her meat pie is mentioned! I certainly have never cracked that one.
However, this is her idea of the perfect cake although she did not have a Mix Master to beat the batter for 6 minutes. And it always accompanied us on Sundays to those wonderful ‘extended family’ afternoon teas that seem to have been lost in our busy world.
Mother claimed this was a foolproof recipe until she made it at her sister’s house once. Her sister kept the salt in the sugar container and my mother NEVER TASTED ANYTHING and I was not there to lick the bowl. She was devastated. But you know there is a lesson here! Those French chefs, see below, know about tasting as well as softened butter.
Simplicity Sand Cake
Prepare Ring Tin with baking paper in the bottom of the ring and butter the walls of the tin very well. Beg, borrow or steal a RING TIN for this cake or it does not work.
Set oven to Moderate (160/170 fan forced)
Place in order into Mix Master bowl or a plain bowl if you don’t have an antique:
¼ lb (125 grams) softened butter (you know the French chefs’ idea of softened butter is definitely soft, just almost able to drop off a spoon! Not melted.
¾ Cup castor sugar
2 (room temp) eggs (Mother would never have waited that long.)
¼ Cup milk
1 Cup SR Flour
1 tablespoon of Cornflour (real Maize cornflour please, this does make a difference)
Beat all together for 6 minutes and pour into ring tin (scrape the bowl well! Don‘t leave half the cake in the bowl.) Give the tine a couple of thumps on the bench to release the odd bubble and place in oven for around 40 minutes. Ice when completely cold with
1 Cup Pure Icing sugar (sorry you have to sift it, but it is better than that Icing Mix)
1 level dessertspoon softened butter
Enough lemon juice to mix a smooth spreadable mixture
Spread all over the down the ring hole as well. This is where one of those flexible spatulas comes in handy. Sprinkle finely grated rind of lemon on top to serve. We discovered it was better made the day before and keeps quite well for a couple of days if there in only one person eating it. Enjoy!