THE WEEKLY  NEWSLETTER OF THE BENEFICE OF THREE CLIFFS

St Illtyd’s Ilston, St John the Baptist and St Nicholas  Penmaen and Nicholaston,

 St Mary’s Pennard, St, Teilo’s Bishopston.                     www.threecliffsparish.co.uk                                                           Sunday 24th May 2020        Seventh Sunday of Easter

 

 

Contacts

Rev. Canon Peter Brooks, 01792 232928

Peter.brooks256@btinternet.com

Curate Rev Nigel King      01792 233124

Nigeledward.king@btopenworld.com

Lay ministers      Sue Waite 234739  David Ball 232027

Churchwardens

St Illtyds Carolyn Kirby 233318  Merlin Kingham 371285

St Mary’s Catherine Thomas 233407 Katherine Wilson 232221

St Nicholas & St John David Harry 371615 Gilda Jones 422339

St Teilo’s Mike Whiffin 234476    Susan Tercero 234446

Items for inclusion in the newsletter to

Stuart Phillips 232444 stuart7ger@gmail.com

 

Treasurers Contact Details

Frances Owen John The Cottage, Nicholaston Hall, Penmaen, Swansea, SA3 2HL fjoj@btopenworld.com

William Nicholas 18, Pennard Drive Southgate 234338 williamrnicholas@gmail.com

Jackie Strawbridge Iona, Ilston, SA27LD 371203

jackie.strawbridge@outlook.com

Mike Thomas 72, Eastlands Park Bishopston SA3DG 234487

mvthomas@talktalk.net

 

If You are missing your regular Sunday and Midweek worship then go https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXC0h5NwMA1In6Eku9gZxiQ?view_as=subscriber

There you will find a thought for the day from your Parish.

 

Sick & Needy of our Parish & Beyond:   Andrew Watson, Mike Watson, Connor, Jo Woolnough, Elizabeth Evans, Helena Wilkinson, Dewar Neill, Delyth Griffiths, Miriam Barrionuevo and all in need at Campion Gardens, Willow Court, Three Cliffs and Heatherslade.

The Departed: All those recently departed and those whose years-mind falls at this time.

 

The Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:. We Pray for the  Archdeacons Clrerical Charity.

We pray for all members of the Anglican Communion around the world, for the Archbishop of Canterbury The Most Revd Justin Welby and all Primates and Bishops. For members of the Anglican Consultative Council, for the Secretary General The Most Revd Dr Joseph Idowu-Fearon and for the staff at the Anglican Communion Office in London and the UN offices in Geneva and New York.

 

 

Community  and Cycle of Prayer We pray for Rev Andy Walker, Minister of Murton Methodist Church his family and all members of Murton Methodist Church. We pray for all who live in Southgate Road, Easterfield Drive, Foxhole Drive and Anderson Lane.

 

 

Worship in Three Cliffs Parish.

 

The following Services will be used over the next few weeks so do have them ready with you whenever you sign into our Youtube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXC0h5NwMA1In6Eku9gZxiQ?view_as=subscriber

 

Sunday 24th May Ministry And Calling Sunday…Worship Available from 8.30 am

Wednesday 27th May Morning Prayer (Morning Prayer for the Easter Season) Worship Available from 8.30 am

Thursday 28th Celtic Morning Prayer 9.30 am on Zoom 2727336964 9Ugy8L

Sunday 31st May Pentecost Service…(This will be in the bulletin 24th May This Sunday or posted to those who do not have internet.)

Wednesday 3rd June Morning Prayer  ( This is attached to the bulletin 24th May this Sunday and we will use this form of Morning Prayer until a) We gather again or b) and I am praying not b) Kingdom Season)

Thursday 29th Celtic Morning Prayer 9.30 am on Zoom 2727336964 9Ugy8L

Sunday 7th June Spiritual Communion Service for Trinity Sunday (Attached to this weeks bulletin)

Wednesday 10th June Morning Prayer ( as attached this week.)

Thursday 11th June Celtic Morning Prayer 9.30 am on Zoom 2727336964 9Ugy8L

 

We will ensure that those not on the internet will have all these services posted out to them (except the Zoom) and full instructions as to when to use them in a pastoral letter.

Peter

Mental health

I have received the leaflets attached from Justin Davies and they are being circulated throughout the Deanery, however I thought that as a Parish there are many of us who would find them informative.

Peter

 

 

Weekly Worship in Three Cliffs Parish

Sunday and Wednesday Weekly Gospel Readings Pentecost onwards till July 1st

A number of weeks ago we sent out a number of services for you to use and attached in this letter are a new set to be used from Pentecost Sunday onward

Pentecost will be different as it’s is in that sense the Churches birthday when Peter Preached and Jerusalem exploded into new life with what the people heard, but for all services please use the Sunday Service and the Midweek service for ordinary time.

I have included below the Readings for those days

You will be able to follow the services on our You tube channel as well.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXC0h5NwMA1In6Eku9gZxiQ?view_as=subscriber

You will also be able to join us for a Celtic Morning prayer on Thursday Mornings at 9.30 on Zoom

Meeting ID 272 733 6964  Password  9Ugy8L

 

 31st May Pentecost Sunday we use Acts 2: 1-21 instead.

3rd June Matthew  10: 24-32

7th June Trinity Sunday Matthew 28: 16-20

10th June  Matthew 13: 51-52

14th June First Sunday After Trinity (Ordinary Time) Matthew 9: 35 to Chapter -10: 8

17th June Healing Service…Please us the order of service sent out a few weeks ago.

21st June Second after Trinity Matthew 10: 24-39

24th June Nativity of John the Baptist Luke 1: 57-66 and vs 80.

28th June Third Sunday after Trinity Matthew 10: 40-42.

1st July John 21: 15-17

 

Pennard Foodbank.

John and Mary Gibbons have asked me to thankyou all for your gifts of money and food for the foodbank which in this case goes to support the work being done our of St Thomas Church.

However we need to keep supplying whatever we can as the demand as in other foodbanks is ever increasing.

Gifts of cash can be put through John and Mary’s letterbox (or the Vicarage) and food can be left with them or again at the Vicarage.

I am going at least once a week to St Thomas and so I urge us all to keep up this momentum.

Many thanks.

Peter

 

 

TEAR FUND

Don’t forget tear Fund we are committed as a church to assist with Tear Fund and as we don’t have person to person collections could you contribute directly to the bank the details are below we  invite people to donate on line if they wish as we are committed to pay a monthly Direct Debit.

Sort Code: 30 90 89  Account Number: 37039368

Many thanks                            Sue

 Spiritual Communion

Many people in our churches and in their homes are missing sharing together in the Bread and Wine at the Lords Table.
 Whilst it impossible to do this at this present time we can at least gather at His table in Spirit.
 A link to a new service from the Church can be found here.https://churchinwales.contentfiles.net/media/documents/Spiritual_Communion_April2020_English.pdf

 

From Rev Andrew Walker

Circuit News! Changes to Staffing in the Swansea & Gower Circuit from 1st September 2020:

 

I am delighted to announce a partnership with Rev Mick Ellor and Rev Andrew Pearce, Associate Ministers of the Methodist Church.Both have been offered a number of hours of paid work from September 2020 as Ministers in the Swansea & Gower Circuit.

Rev Andrew Pearce has been appointed to exercise Pastoral Care & Leadership at Brunswick Methodist Church; with Rev Howard Long having overall charge. Rev Mick Ellor will be appointed to Pastoral Care & Leadership at Reynoldston Methodist Church, withRev Andy Walker having overall charge.

 

Prayer requests

Please will everyone, who would like a prayer for healing send prayer requests to hilaryevanses@icloud.com  or phone me on 01792234230 or leave a message for me in St Mary’s or through my door at 10 Meadow Croft. The intention is to hold the parish in prayer from 7:30 through to 9:30 wherever we are! God’s Healing Peace to you all from Hilary

 

 

ZOOM.

One way in which people are communicating and in some cases holding online worship is via an AP for computers called ZOOM which is easy to download and use and is free https://zoom.us/download

Many parishes are using it for Bible studies and Prayer meetings and short acts or worship as well as meetings.

It would be one way of many of us joining together for an act of worship either midweek or Sunday. Justin is using it in South West Gower and so is Tim in N.E Gower as are many of my colleagues across the Diocese and beyond.

It may be one way of us communicating further with one another during these difficult times.

I have used it for some meetings and a family quiz and it is simple and effective.

If you would like to join me in a simple demonstration of how we could use this then

download the app and email me your email address so I can invite you to join a meeting.

If you use the net, facebook or anything like this online (including ordering your shopping) then you can use this program very easily.

If you are currently using an iPad then these have a camera and microphone and speakers built in as does an iPhone. Many laptops have cameras and In some cases microphones built in. If you are using a desktop PC then a small web camera with microphone can be purchased to mount on your PC screen. You would also need a set of small speakers.

The biggest benefit that many have mentioned  is that they can see each other, people they have missed socialising and speaking with during this time

Email me or ring me for further thoughts and ideas of how we can communicate better.         Peter

 

 

Sunday 24th May 2020

The Seventh Sunday of  Easter

 

 

O God the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven:  we beseech you, leave us not comfortless, but send your Holy Spirit to strengthen us and exalt us to the place where our Saviour Christ is gone before, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

 

 

A reading from Ezekiel   (36.24-28)

 

I will take you from the nations, and gather you from all the countries, and bring you into your own land. I will sprinkle clean water upon you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you.

            A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will remove from your body the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. I will put my spirit within you, and make you follow my statutes and be careful to observe my ordinances.

            Then you shall live in the land that I gave to your ancestors; and you shall be my people, and I will be your God.

 

This is the word of the Lord.

            Thanks be to God.

Psalm 68.1-10 [, 32-35]

 

            Sing to God, sing praises to his name.

 

Let God arise and let his enemies be scattered;  let those who hate him flee before him.  As smoke vanishes, so may they vanish away; as wax melts at the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God.

            Sing to God, sing praises to his name.

But let the righteous be glad and rejoice before God;  let them make merry with gladness.  Sing to God, sing praises to his name;  exalt him who rides upon the clouds.  The Lord is his name;  rejoice before him.

            Sing to God, sing praises to his name.

 

Father of the fatherless, defender of widows, God in his holy habitation!  God gives the solitary a home and brings forth prisoners to songs of welcome, but the rebellious inhabit a burning desert.

            Sing to God, sing praises to his name.

 

O God, when you went forth before your people, when you marched through the wilderness, the earth shook and the heavens dropped down rain, at the presence of God, the Lord of Sinai, at the presence of God, the God of Israel.

            Sing to God, sing praises to his name.

 

You sent down a gracious rain, O God;  you refreshed your inheritance when it was weary.  Your people came to dwell there;  in your goodness, O God, you provide for the poor.

            Sing to God, sing praises to his name.

 

[Sing to God, you kingdoms of the earth;  make music in praise of the Lord;  He rides on the ancient heaven of heavens, and sends forth his voice, a mighty voice.

            Sing to God, sing praises to his name.

 

Ascribe power to God, whose splendour is over Israel, whose power is above the clouds.  How terrible is God in his holy sanctuary, the God of Israel, who gives power and strength to his people. Blessed be God.

            Sing to God, sing praises to his name.]

 

A reading from Acts   (1.6-14)

 

So when they had come together, they asked him, ‘Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?’

            He replied, ‘It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’

            When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight.

            While he was going and they were gazing up towards heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. They said, ‘Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up towards heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.’

            Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day’s journey away.

            When they had entered the city, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying, Peter, and John, and James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James.

            All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers.

 

This is the word of the Lord.

            Thanks be to God.

 

 

 

1.     Listen to the Gospel of Christ according to St John   (17.1-11)

Glory to you, O Lord.

 

After Jesus had spoken these words, he looked up to heaven and said, ‘Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him.

            ‘And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed.

            ‘I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me.

            ‘I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them.

            ‘And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.’

 

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

            Praise to you, O Christ.

 

 

 

 

Eternal Giver of love and power, your Son Jesus Christ has sent us into all the world to preach the gospel of his kingdom:  confirm us in this mission, and help us to live the good news we proclaim;  through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

 

Contacts

Rev. Canon Peter Brooks, 01792 232928

Peter.brooks256@btinternet.com

Curate Rev Nigel King      01792 233124

Nigeledward.king@btopenworld.com

Lay ministers      Sue Waite 234739  David Ball 232027

Churchwardens

St Illtyds Carolyn Kirby 233318  Merlin Kingham 371285

St Mary’s Catherine Thomas 233407 Katherine Wilson 232221

St Nicholas & St John David Harry 371615 Gilda Jones 422339

St Teilo’s Mike Whiffin 234476    Susan Tercero 234446

Items for inclusion in the newsletter to

Stuart Phillips 232444 stuart7ger@gmail.com

 

Treasurers Contact Details

Frances Owen John The Cottage, Nicholaston Hall, Penmaen, Swansea, SA3 2HL fjoj@btopenworld.com

William Nicholas 18, Pennard Drive Southgate 234338 williamrnicholas@gmail.com

Jackie Strawbridge Iona, Ilston, SA27LD 371203

jackie.strawbridge@outlook.com

Mike Thomas 72, Eastlands Park Bishopston SA3DG 234487

mvthomas@talktalk.net

 

If You are missing your regular Sunday and Midweek worship then go https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXC0h5NwMA1In6Eku9gZxiQ?view_as=subscriber

There you will find a thought for the day from your Parish.

 

Sick & Needy of our Parish & Beyond:   Andrew Watson, Mike Watson, Connor, Jo Woolnough, Elizabeth Evans, Helena Wilkinson, Dewar Neill, Delyth Griffiths, Miriam Barrionuevo and all in need at Campion Gardens, Willow Court, Three Cliffs and Heatherslade.

The Departed: All those recently departed and those whose years-mind falls at this time.

 

The Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:. We Pray for the  Archdeacons Clrerical Charity.

We pray for all members of the Anglican Communion around the world, for the Archbishop of Canterbury The Most Revd Justin Welby and all Primates and Bishops. For members of the Anglican Consultative Council, for the Secretary General The Most Revd Dr Joseph Idowu-Fearon and for the staff at the Anglican Communion Office in London and the UN offices in Geneva and New York

 

 

 of Korea

Community  and Cycle of Prayer We pray for Rev Andy Walker, Minister of Murton Methodist Church his family and all members of Murton Methodist Church. We pray for all who live in Southgate Road, Easterfield Drive, Foxhole Drive and Anderson Lane.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Worship in Three Cliffs Parish.

 

The following Services will be used over the next few weeks so do have them ready with you whenever you sign into our Youtube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXC0h5NwMA1In6Eku9gZxiQ?view_as=subscriber

 

Sunday 24th May Ministry And Calling Sunday…Worship Available from 8.30 am

Wednesday 27th May Morning Prayer (Morning Prayer for the Easter Season) Worship Available from 8.30 am

Thursday 28th Celtic Morning Prayer 9.30 am on Zoom 2727336964 9Ugy8L

Sunday 31st May Pentecost Service…(This will be in the bulletin 24th May This Sunday or posted to those who do not have internet.)

Wednesday 3rd June Morning Prayer  ( This is attached to the bulletin 24th May this Sunday and we will use this form of Morning Prayer until a) We gather again or b) and I am praying not b) Kingdom Season)

Thursday 29th Celtic Morning Prayer 9.30 am on Zoom 2727336964 9Ugy8L

Sunday 7th June Spiritual Communion Service for Trinity Sunday (Attached to this weeks bulletin)

Wednesday 10th June Morning Prayer ( as attached this week.)

Thursday 11th June Celtic Morning Prayer 9.30 am on Zoom 2727336964 9Ugy8L

 

We will ensure that those not on the internet will have all these services posted out to them (except the Zoom) and full instructions as to when to use them in a pastoral letter.

Peter

Mental health

I have received the leaflets attached from Justin Davies and they are being circulated throughout the Deanery, however I thought that as a Parish there are many of us who would find them informative.

Peter

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly Worship in Three Cliffs Parish

Sunday and Wednesday Weekly Gospel Readings Pentecost onwards till July 1st

A number of weeks ago we sent out a number of services for you to use and attached in this letter are a new set to be used from Pentecost Sunday onward

Pentecost will be different as it’s is in that sense the Churches birthday when Peter Preached and Jerusalem exploded into new life with what the people heard, but for all services please use the Sunday Service and the Midweek service for ordinary time.

I have included below the Readings for those days

You will be able to follow the services on our You tube channel as well.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXC0h5NwMA1In6Eku9gZxiQ?view_as=subscriber

You will also be able to join us for a Celtic Morning prayer on Thursday Mornings at 9.30 on Zoom

Meeting ID 272 733 6964  Password  9Ugy8L

 

 31st May Pentecost Sunday we use Acts 2: 1-21 instead.

3rd June Matthew  10: 24-32

7th June Trinity Sunday Matthew 28: 16-20

10th June  Matthew 13: 51-52

14th June First Sunday After Trinity (Ordinary Time) Matthew 9: 35 to Chapter -10: 8

17th June Healing Service…Please us the order of service sent out a few weeks ago.

21st June Second after Trinity Matthew 10: 24-39

24th June Nativity of John the Baptist Luke 1: 57-66 and vs 80.

28th June Third Sunday after Trinity Matthew 10: 40-42.

1st July John 21: 15-17

 

Pennard Foodbank.

John and Mary Gibbons have asked me to thankyou all for your gifts of money and food for the foodbank which in this case goes to support the work being done our of St Thomas Church.

However we need to keep supplying whatever we can as the demand as in other foodbanks is ever increasing.

Gifts of cash can be put through John and Mary’s letterbox (or the Vicarage) and food can be left with them or again at the Vicarage.

I am going at least once a week to St Thomas and so I urge us all to keep up this momentum.

Many thanks.

Peter

 

 

TEAR FUND

Don’t forget tear Fund we are committed as a church to assist with Tear Fund and as we don’t have person to person collections could you contribute directly to the bank the details are below we  invite people to donate on line if they wish as we are committed to pay a monthly Direct Debit.

Sort Code: 30 90 89  Account Number: 37039368

Many thanks                            Sue

 Spiritual Communion

Many people in our churches and in their homes are missing sharing together in the Bread and Wine at the Lords Table.
 Whilst it impossible to do this at this present time we can at least gather at His table in Spirit.
 A link to a new service from the Church can be found here.https://churchinwales.contentfiles.net/media/documents/Spiritual_Communion_April2020_English.pdf

 

From Rev Andrew Walker

Circuit News! Changes to Staffing in the Swansea & Gower Circuit from 1st September 2020:

 

I am delighted to announce a partnership with Rev Mick Ellor and Rev Andrew Pearce, Associate Ministers of the Methodist Church.Both have been offered a number of hours of paid work from September 2020 as Ministers in the Swansea & Gower Circuit.

Rev Andrew Pearce has been appointed to exercise Pastoral Care & Leadership at Brunswick Methodist Church; with Rev Howard Long having overall charge. Rev Mick Ellor will be appointed to Pastoral Care & Leadership at Reynoldston Methodist Church, withRev Andy Walker having overall charge.

 

Prayer requests

Please will everyone, who would like a prayer for healing send prayer requests to hilaryevanses@icloud.com  or phone me on 01792234230 or leave a message for me in St Mary’s or through my door at 10 Meadow Croft. The intention is to hold the parish in prayer from 7:30 through to 9:30 wherever we are! God’s Healing Peace to you all from Hilary

 

 

ZOOM.

One way in which people are communicating and in some cases holding online worship is via an AP for computers called ZOOM which is easy to download and use and is free https://zoom.us/download

Many parishes are using it for Bible studies and Prayer meetings and short acts or worship as well as meetings.

It would be one way of many of us joining together for an act of worship either midweek or Sunday. Justin is using it in South West Gower and so is Tim in N.E Gower as are many of my colleagues across the Diocese and beyond.

It may be one way of us communicating further with one another during these difficult times.

I have used it for some meetings and a family quiz and it is simple and effective.

If you would like to join me in a simple demonstration of how we could use this then

download the app and email me your email address so I can invite you to join a meeting.

If you use the net, facebook or anything like this online (including ordering your shopping) then you can use this program very easily.

If you are currently using an iPad then these have a camera and microphone and speakers built in as does an iPhone. Many laptops have cameras and In some cases microphones built in. If you are using a desktop PC then a small web camera with microphone can be purchased to mount on your PC screen. You would also need a set of small speakers.

The biggest benefit that many have mentioned  is that they can see each other, people they have missed socialising and speaking with during this time

Email me or ring me for further thoughts and ideas of how we can communicate better.         Peter

 

 

Sunday 24th May 2020

The Seventh Sunday of  Easter

 

 

O God the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven:  we beseech you, leave us not comfortless, but send your Holy Spirit to strengthen us and exalt us to the place where our Saviour Christ is gone before, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

 

 

A reading from Ezekiel   (36.24-28)

 

I will take you from the nations, and gather you from all the countries, and bring you into your own land. I will sprinkle clean water upon you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you.

            A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will remove from your body the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. I will put my spirit within you, and make you follow my statutes and be careful to observe my ordinances.

            Then you shall live in the land that I gave to your ancestors; and you shall be my people, and I will be your God.

 

This is the word of the Lord.

            Thanks be to God.

Psalm 68.1-10 [, 32-35]

 

            Sing to God, sing praises to his name.

 

Let God arise and let his enemies be scattered;  let those who hate him flee before him.  As smoke vanishes, so may they vanish away; as wax melts at the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God.

            Sing to God, sing praises to his name.

But let the righteous be glad and rejoice before God;  let them make merry with gladness.  Sing to God, sing praises to his name;  exalt him who rides upon the clouds.  The Lord is his name;  rejoice before him.

            Sing to God, sing praises to his name.

 

Father of the fatherless, defender of widows, God in his holy habitation!  God gives the solitary a home and brings forth prisoners to songs of welcome, but the rebellious inhabit a burning desert.

            Sing to God, sing praises to his name.

 

O God, when you went forth before your people, when you marched through the wilderness, the earth shook and the heavens dropped down rain, at the presence of God, the Lord of Sinai, at the presence of God, the God of Israel.

            Sing to God, sing praises to his name.

 

You sent down a gracious rain, O God;  you refreshed your inheritance when it was weary.  Your people came to dwell there;  in your goodness, O God, you provide for the poor.

            Sing to God, sing praises to his name.

 

[Sing to God, you kingdoms of the earth;  make music in praise of the Lord;  He rides on the ancient heaven of heavens, and sends forth his voice, a mighty voice.

            Sing to God, sing praises to his name.

 

Ascribe power to God, whose splendour is over Israel, whose power is above the clouds.  How terrible is God in his holy sanctuary, the God of Israel, who gives power and strength to his people. Blessed be God.

            Sing to God, sing praises to his name.]

 

A reading from Acts   (1.6-14)

 

So when they had come together, they asked him, ‘Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?’

            He replied, ‘It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’

            When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight.

            While he was going and they were gazing up towards heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. They said, ‘Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up towards heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.’

            Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day’s journey away.

            When they had entered the city, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying, Peter, and John, and James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James.

            All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers.

 

This is the word of the Lord.

            Thanks be to God.

 

 

 

1.     Listen to the Gospel of Christ according to St John   (17.1-11)

Glory to you, O Lord.

 

After Jesus had spoken these words, he looked up to heaven and said, ‘Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him.

            ‘And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed.

            ‘I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me.

            ‘I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them.

            ‘And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.’

 

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

            Praise to you, O Christ.

 

 

 

 

Eternal Giver of love and power, your Son Jesus Christ has sent us into all the world to preach the gospel of his kingdom:  confirm us in this mission, and help us to live the good news we proclaim;  through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact:

Rev Canon Peter Brooks

01792 232928 - Email

 

 

 

Rev Nigel King

01792 233124 - Email

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