Dear Friends

Happy Pentecost Sunday!

Today we celebrate God sending his Holy Spirit to empower the Church to perform the mission which the risen Christ gave us to “go and make disciples.” At Pentecost, we celebrate both the Holy Spirit and the birth of the Christian Church. Traditionally, it’s a day when we recommit ourselves to go out into the world to share God’s love with all people.

Today we feel the wind beneath our wings
Today the hidden fountain flows and plays
Today the church draws breath at last and sings
As every flame becomes a Tongue of praise.
This is the feast of fire, air, and water
Poured out and breathed and kindled into earth.
The earth herself awakens to her maker
And is translated out of death to birth.
The right words come today in their right order
And every word spells freedom and release
Today the gospel crosses every border
All tongues are loosened by the Prince of Peace
Today the lost are found in His translation.
Whose mother-tongue is Love, in every nation.

— Pentecost by Malcolm Guite

At our online service, Brenda Young, our Lay Minister, reminded us that even though Jesus, the risen Christ, returned to his heavenly abode, we were not left on our own. Jesus sent us a gift in the Holy Spirit — his gift of healing, love and comfort that resides in all who believe. May we lean into God more closely as we journey on in our Christian faith.

Many thanks to Brenda and to all who contributed at our worship event on zoom: Jaynie, Rose, Kim (readers); Mark and David (prayers) and Malcolm (music). Thank you to everyone who came along to this afternoon’s worship event.

Blessings,

Revd Cathy

 

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Annual Parochial Church Meetings: Thank you to all who attended our APCM meetings at St Barnabas and All Saints. A huge thank you to officers who have now stepped down of roles within the churches. And, a massive thank you to those who have continued on, or taken up, roles within the churches. Your ministry is invaluable.
Click to read my Vicar’s Report from the meetings.

Benefice Prayer Day: From the comfort of our own homes we will be praying for our churches and communities on Thursday, 10th June 9-2 pm. If you would like to get involved and sign up for a half hour prayer slot, please let Revd Cathy know.

Summer Reading Group – Discussions (TBC): Would you be interested in engaging in a summer reading-discussion group on Paula Gooder’s ‘The Parables’? We would hold 2 sessions in late August… please let Revd Cathy know if you might be interested. You will need to be prepared to purchase the book, though not necessarily read all of it, but I will give guidance on what to read for our discussion sessions. Thank you.

Happy Pentecost Sunday!