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Noticesheet for the Ascension of the Lord 24/5/20

Dear *|FNAME|*

This is the weekly noticesheet for the week beginning Sunday 24th May – The Ascension of the Lord. The noticesheet is attached below. I hope you will find it a useful ‘heads-up’, even while we are locked down.

The Ascension is one of the major festivals of the Church, where Christ rises – bodily – into heaven, and then sends the Holy Spirit on the Church at the feast of Pentecost the following week.



Although… to be honest, it’s more about him moving from here on earth to be everywhere with us through the Spirit.

After last week’s Mass broadcast from S. Anne’s, we plan to hold this Sunday’s Mass from S. Edward, Shaugh Prior. Unfortunately, the Bishop and the Government has not allowed there to be a congergation present, so it will remain broadcast online for the time being.

Your safety is paramount to me, alongside giving you the spiritual support, teaching and consolation you need during these difficult times.

While public worship has been suspended we are offering worship, prayer and Bible Study online. We are using Twitch. Anyone can access Twitch on their phone, tablet or computer browser and you don’t need an account to watch it. You can even add “chat” which I would like to use as a source for prayer, and perhaps after the worship is over, fellowship.

Simply visit

https://www.twitch.tv/roboroughteam/

and you will see our services, including past ones. These will also be available once uploaded to the previous Facebook Page and our YouTube channel for you to catch up on.

Yes, there will always be problems and glitches, particularly at the start of worship (my propensity for pushing the wrong button remains an issue) but bear with me and this slightly less than tech-competent priest will get the worship flowing

The Services
Mass is offered on Thursday at 10.30am (replacing MP for that morning) and Sunday at 10.30am

If you miss the actual time, you can replay it at your convenience.

Sunday services include hymns specially recorded by Sarah and readings recorded at home by members of our Churches (volunteers always welcome). All Masses have a short sermon, and even though we are not together, we engage in Spiritual Communion with the Lord. All of the words are on screen and the readings as usual are further down this email bulletin. At the bottom of this email are details of a rota for readings and intercessions: all voices are welcome, please contact me if you would like to do one.

Each weekday there will be Morning Prayer at 9am and Evening Prayer at 5.30pm .

You can say the Morning and Evening Prayer with me, and I have begun putting the words on screen for you to follow or say along with me.

Bible Study and Prayer will gather us together on a video conference platform called Zoom (www.zoom.us).



It is easy to sign up for a free account and you can download an app for phone, tablet (Apple or Android) or on your PC or Mac to make it happen. Although you can connect over phone data, you get more out of it if you connect your phone/tablet/computer to your home WiFi otherwise you can get choppy audio and video sometimes.

To join these gatherings on Wednesdays at

Noon – click on https://us02web.zoom.us/j/714047787
7.30pm – click on https://us02web.zoom.us/j/138949074

These locations will not change.

We will also have some Prayer Groups if someone can suggest a good date/time.

If you get lost with all this information, it’s all on the Parish Diary: https://www.roborough.org.uk/diary/
 and the Broadcast page https://www.roborough.org.uk/broadcast/



To get good notice of these things, can I encourage you to “Like” and “Follow” the Parish Facebook Page (S. Cecilia and S. Anne also have their own FB pages as well, but the worship links and reminders will be on the main page) to get notifications and please encourage others you know who might not have subscribed to this newsletter to do so as well as connect on Facebook.

Please let me know if you yourself or you become aware of anyone around you who needs a Priest to call them. I may have been forced as a result of my diabetes to be self-isolating, but I am still here to serve. I am slowly working round calling people, but you can always call me first, just to chat and perhaps to pray.

My email is:         fr.simon@rundell.org.uk
My number is:      07976 802123
(I also use WhatsApp so if you want to contact me by that, use my phone number)

There may be some members of our community that you know who don’t have access to the Internet. Can I ask you to remind them that I can be called (I’ve tried to get as many people as I can on the phone, but there must be some people I have missed) and if they would like access to worship the Church of England has started Daily Hope.


And now, I am pleased to be able to pass onto you that WE can enable non-internet users to access our worship:


Anyone can call 0333 011 0616 and enter code 262 6330 to be able to listen to our worship.

Calls are LOCAL RATE which on many phone or mobile tarrifs are effectively free, but I advise you to check with your phone/mobile supplier if you are unsure. The Sunday Mass takes less than an hour.

Sadly no-one took this option up last Sunday so I may need some feedback on whether this channel is needed. Please ask when you are checking up on those you know have no Internet (because if I ask it’ll look a little intimidating),

Please pass on this information. Keep our network strong my friends, call those in our church communities and keep me informed of the needs of the community so I can serve them,

Stay safe. Keep praying. And of your charity, please pray for me also.

Yours in Christ

Prayer Lists
Those sick in mind, body or spirit:
Ron; Fletcher; Karen; Alice; David; Fox; Jason; Michael Ellis,Priest, Freddie Denman, Priest

We pray for all those affected by the Coronavirus worldwide and for the staff who are caring for them.

Pray for the Souls of the Recently Departed
Joan Kirkup
Sam Alexander MC
Harold Santillo

Those whose year’s mind occur around this time
+Rest eternal grant unto them, O Lord
and let light perpetual shine upon them

May they rest in peace
and rise in glory
 
Mass Card for Eastertide (Sundays and Thursdays)
Sunday Readings

The Ascension of the Lord Year A 

 
Entrance Antiphon
Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking in the sky? The Lord will return, just as you have seen him ascend, alleluia. (Acts 1:11)
 
Collect
God our Father,
make us joyful in the ascension of your Son Jesus Christ.
May we follow him into the new creation,
for his ascension is our glory and our hope.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
 
Acts 1:1-11
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles
 
In my earlier work, Theophilus, I dealt with everything Jesus had done and taught from the beginning until the day he gave his instructions to the apostles he had chosen through the Holy Spirit, and was taken up to heaven. He had shown himself alive to them after his Passion by many demonstrations: for forty days he had continued to appear to them and tell them about the kingdom of God. When he had been at table with them, he had told them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for what the Father had promised. ‘It is’ he had said ‘what you have heard me speak about: John baptised with water but you, not many days from now, will be baptised with the Holy Spirit.’
 
Now having met together, they asked him, ‘Lord, has the time come? Are you going to restore the kingdom to Israel?’ He replied, ‘It is not for you to know times or dates that the Father has decided by his own authority, but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and then you will be my witnesses not only in Jerusalem but throughout Judaea and Samaria, and indeed to the ends of the earth.’
   
As he said this he was lifted up while they looked on, and a cloud took him from their sight. They were still staring into the sky when suddenly two men in white were standing near them and they said, ‘Why are you men from Galilee standing here looking into the sky? Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven, this same Jesus will come back in the same way as you have seen him go there.’
 
This is the Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God
 
Ephesians 1:17-23

A reading from the letter of Paul to the people of Ephesus
 
May the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, give you a spirit of wisdom and perception of what is revealed, to bring you to full knowledge of him. May he enlighten the eyes of your mind so that you can see what hope his call holds for you, what rich glories he has promised the saints will inherit and how infinitely great is the power that he has exercised for us believers. This you can tell from the strength of his power at work in Christ, when he used it to raise him from the dead and to make him sit at his right hand, in heaven, far above every Sovereignty, Authority, Power, or Domination, or any other name that can be named not only in this age but also in the age to come. He has put all things under his feet and made him, as the ruler of everything, the head of the Church; which is his body, the fullness of him who fills the whole creation.
 
This is the Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God
 
Gospel Acclamation Mt28:19,20
Alleluia, alleluia!
Go, make disciples of all the nations.
I am with you always; yes, to the end of time.
Alleluia!
 
Matthew 28:16-20
 
The Lord be with you
And also with you
 
Hear the Gospel of our Lord according to Matthew
Glory to you, O Lord
 
The eleven disciples set out for Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had arranged to meet them. When they saw him they fell down before him, though some hesitated. Jesus came up and spoke to them. He said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, make disciples of all the nations; baptise them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them to observe all the commands I gave you. And know that I am with you always; yes, to the end of time.’
 
This is the Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you, O Christ
 
Communion Antiphon
I, the Lord, am with you always, until the end of the world, alleluia. (Matthew 28:20)
 
Prayer of Spiritual Communion

 
My Jesus
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there
and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.
Amen.
 
Prayer after Communion

Father,
in this eucharist
we touch the divine life you give to the world.
Help us to follow Christ with love
to eternal life where he is Lord for ever and ever. Amen.
 
Solemn Blessing:

May almighty God bless you on this day
when his only Son ascended into heaven
to prepare a place for you. Amen.
 
After his resurrection, Christ was seen by his disciples.
When he appears as judge
May you be pleasing for ever in his sight. Amen.
 
You believe that Jesus has taken his seat in majesty
at the right hand of the Father.
May you have the joy of experiencing
that he is also with you to the end of time,
according to his promise. Amen.
 
And the Blessing of God Almighty,
+Father, Son and Holy Spirit
Be upon you, this day and always. Amen
I need your readings!
Date Week Reading 1 Reading 2 Intercessions
24/05/2020 Ascension Janet Jo C Ruth
31/05/2020 Pentecost Chris Crosby Dawn Lou
07/06/2020 Holy Trinity Chris Carpenter Karen Alan
14/06/2020 Ordinary 11 Katie Alan Jo C
21/06/2020 Ordinary 12 Samantha Lou Ruth
28/06/2020 Ordinary 13 Dawn Zoe Alan

Others have put their names forward and will appear on the rota for subsequent weeks

Take part in this Sunday’s service – sign up to help

I would like as much as possible to involve people in our online Sunday worship.

There are 4 ways to help:

  • send in a voice recording
  • send in a video
  • send me some text (ie. write intercessions as normal and email them to me for me to read out)
  • send me a photo or picture that you’ve drawn

Doing a reading:

To take part in the readings, figure out how to record your voice on your phone using the built in voice recorder or using Whatsapp or Facebook Messenger (my WhatsApp phone number is 07976802123 ) or record a video using the camera in your phone of you reading. I’d welcome all kinds of voices recorded as sometimes I mix them all up together. You don’t have to have your face on screen if you don’t want it, as I will probably use just the audio.

When you’ve made the recording click on ‘share’ and email it to fr.simon@rundell.org.uk

Doing the intercessions:

Write some intercessions for me to read out – email them to me or record yourself reading them and send me the recording.

Help with illustration:

Send me a photograph, a picture of a drawing or painting or send me a piece of artwork on the theme set for that day.

Please send me your contributions by Saturday lunchtime at the very latest for inclusion in Sunday’s service.

Keeping in contact:

 

Fr Simon can be contacted day or night on 07976 802123

We don’t use a landline for anything. If you see an 01752 number for the parish clergy or office, it won’t work.

Your clergy are here for you. If you are a little lonely or down, need some help, advice, spiritual counsel or prayer. Or even if you just want a cup of tea with someone –  If you are in hospital and want a visit call Fr. Simon. Although he has many gifts, being psychic isn’t one of them, so unless you ask for him to visit, he won’t know you would like one.


Other methods of contact:

eMail: simon@rundell.org.uk
Twitter: @frsimon

Carrier Pigeon and smoke signals also gratefully received

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