Dear Friends
Happy Second Sunday after Trinity!
At our churches’ and online services, we marked St Barnabas Day (11/6) and reflected on John 15:12-17.

“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit.”

St Barnabas was an apostle chosen and appointed to work with the poor and preach the gospel in Antioch. Similarly, Jesus who calls us ‘friends’, rather than ‘servants’, invites us to encourage one another in our faith. We too are called to share the Good News of our Lord and Saviour with all we meet. Who will we tell our story of faith, our testimony of God’s goodness in our life to this week? Because it is through our witness and testimony that others are encouraged to find out more about this God we serve.

Prayer for St Barnabas
Bountiful God, giver of all gifts,
who poured your Spirit upon your servant Barnabas
and gave him grace to encourage others:
help us, by his example,
to be generous in our judgements
and unselfish in our service;
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.

Many thanks to Brenda Young, our licensed Lay Minister, who led our online service and offered the reflection above. Thank you to all who contributed at our worship event on zoom: Malcolm, Mark, David, Sebrina (readers); Jaynie (prayers) and Malcolm (music). Thank you to everyone who came along to this afternoon’s worship event.

Blessings,
Revd Cathy

 

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Outreach Partnerships:
Revd Cathy has now completed the Safe Families volunteer training and will be be-friending/coming alongside families in Gorse Hill and Ferndale through the Christian organisation, Safe Families. All Saints and St Barnabas are also now Resource & Prayer Friends. If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer for Safe Families, to support families in our local community, why not have a conversation with Revd Cathy.

Cathedral Poetry Competition: Why not get involved in the ‘Poetry and Faith: Conversations on Diversity’ poetry competition. Whether you’re new to poetry, emerging or established – why not have a go? Your link to Bristol might be “being in Bristol Diocese”. Deadline for submissions: Wednesday, 30th June 2021. Please do share this competition widely.

Happy Second Sunday after Trinity!