This is the weekly noticesheet for the week beginning Sunday 31st May – Pentecost. The noticesheet is attached below. I hope you will find it a useful ‘heads-up’, even while we are locked down.
Pentecost is a major feast of the Church, often called Whitsun – as in the Witness Sunday when the Holy Spirit come upon the disciples and we recognise that the Church was born (hence the happy birthday joke).
The excellent priest and poet Malcom Guite says
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.
from Sounding the Seasons and used in our liturgy for Pentecost.
This week we will be broadcasting the Mass from S. Anne, Glenholt, using the musical styles of our own S. Cecilia’s, Woolwell. That community usually meet in Bickleigh Down School, but the S. Cecilia’s Hall is being used by the school in preparation for reopening with social distancing. The Bishop and the Government still 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, although if you register a free account, you can even “chat” which I would like to use as a source for prayer, and perhaps after the worship is over, fellowship. The more subscribers the better service we can deliver (we need fifty for the next level).
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
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.
For those who don’t have Internet… (can you please pass this on)
We can now 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.
I am pleased that someone has started to use this facility. Please tell others. Please tell when you are checking up on those you know have no Internet (because if I ask it’ll look a little intimidating),
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
These locations will not change.
7.30pm – click on https://us02web.zoom.us/j/138949074
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: email@example.com
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.
Please pass all this information on to others: 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
Have you ever bought something that needed to be assembled? Ikea is of course our downfall. After struggling through the seven circles of hell to actually buy the stuff, and after struggling to get the package into the house, and further struggling to open the wretched thing, the instructions are tucked right at the bottom.
The instruction booklet is in a number of languages, the English translation — for that is obviously what it is – from Swedish, or Japanese is only to be found tucked amidst other languages and alphabets.
There’s a list of all sorts of nuts and bolts: a few odd-looking tools, which look much too fragile for the job, and then the assembling parts, heavy and awkward to manipulate.
One feels lost, confused, and even helpless. “If only Lou were here,” I’d think. She is the undeniable Queen of the flatpacks. She would know how to do this. She ordered this thing and then left us to it, assuring us that we would have the skill to get the task finished.
I often think that the disciples in that Upper Room, after the Ascension and before Pentecost, held a long, long PCC meeting. The task had been assigned. They were to go into the whole world telling about the Good News of the Resurrection, baptizing those who believed. They were to be “witnesses.”
The word for witness is martyros, from which we get “martyr”. Witness is a challenging, dangerous business. Witness is at the heart of our Christian lives. Witness can get you killed: not just back then, at the hands of a stoning mob, but today also. In certain countries, Christian witness means martyrdom.
The witness which is worth so much risk, and continues to be worth it is the witness to be a new race, tribe, a new nation. Anyone who believed could join. It didn’t matter what gender one was, or one’s race, language, nationality, customs, sexuality or religion: all were welcome.
It’s a challenge, and much as when faced with a flatpacked wardrobe, it must have looked so daunting. So what did they do? They held an election. It’s a good way of avoiding the task ahead – a bit like having yet another cup of tea.
It’s a pity we don’t know what they talked about at that first PCC meeting:
- The accounts were in disarray after Judas had gone.
- Someone must have said that there was no way they could afford to go into the entire world.
- Someone else may have suggested that it was dangerous to go outside the Upper Room. They were the chosen: Who would do the work if they were killed or thrown in prison?
- Perhaps another disciple said that they were no good at evangelism, or they were too old, too tired, too poorly educated to speak of what moves them towards God
The Upper Room must have felt so safe, so comfortable. It was in that room that Jesus had given them the Eucharist. If the disciples stayed put, then maybe others would come from outside and join them?
And then something extraordinary happened.
They were all attacked by what seemed to be wind and fire, the ancient symbols of God’s presence. That energy, that being set on fire with confidence, thrust them out into the street, where they were soon accused of being drunk at ten o’clock in the morning.
As we read in the Gospel this morning, all this had been promised, that the Holy Spirit would be received. All those fears and doubts, all those reasonable objections to Jesus’ command evaporated. The Church was on the move.
The Church was intended to be on the move. It was not intended for Upper Rooms. It was intended for the street, for people, and places everywhere.
The Holy Spirit wasn’t given so individuals could have a form of “spirituality” just for them. She wasn’t given to an elite group so that they could practice a religion close to their political opinions, left, right, or centre. The Holy Spirit was given to the Church to enable it to be the Church. In the power of the Spirit, the Church is enabled to put things together and to be together.
The Holy Spirit doesn’t guarantee that the decisions we make together are wise or good. The Holy Spirit guarantees that the Church and the Church’s mission will go on and on until kingdom come. It is the truth of kingdom which is, and is to come, into which the Spirit leads us.
In this parish, we continue to make mistakes, and to feel our way forward as a pilgrim people together. We seek to do the will of God, and to enable this whole community, young and mature alike to move closer to the heart of God. We begin to look seriously at how this building can better serve the Church, rather that be the Church.
The Holy Spirit shows us Jesus Christ and brings us to the Father. The Holy Spirit moves in the water; in bread, and wine, and oil transformed into the sacraments of our salvation; in our prayers: private and collective. Above all, She drives us out of the safety and security of our local Upper Rooms, our parishes. The Holy Spirit pushes us beyond ourselves, our abilities, expectations, and safety levels.
Today we pray, “Come Holy Spirit.” My dear friends, Watch out! Your prayer may be answered.
Those sick in mind, body or spirit:
Sue; Ron; Fletcher; Karen; Alice; David; Fox; Jason; and Michael Ellis,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
Those whose year’s mind occur around this time
Peggy Clenaghan, Maureen Hunt, Gladys LeGrys, Roy Tomlin, Harry Mullard and Ian Crosby
+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 31 May 2020 Pentecost
The Spirit of the Lord fills the whole world. It holds all things together and knows every word spoken by man, alleluia. (Wisdom 1:7)
God our Father,
let the Spirit you sent on your Church
to begin the teaching of the gospel
continue to work in the world
through the hearts of all who believe.
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
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles
When Pentecost day came round, they had all met in one room, when suddenly they heard what sounded like a powerful wind from heaven, the noise of which filled the entire house in which they were sitting; and something appeared to them that seemed like tongues of fire; these separated and came to rest on the head of each of them. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak foreign languages as the Spirit gave them the gift of speech.
Now there were devout men living in Jerusalem from every nation under heaven, and at this sound they all assembled, each one bewildered to hear these men speaking his own language. They were amazed and astonished. ‘Surely’ they said ‘all these men speaking are Galileans? How does it happen that each of us hears them in his own native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; people from Mesopotamia, Judaea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya round Cyrene; as well as visitors from Rome – Jews and proselytes alike – Cretans and Arabs; we hear them preaching in our own language about the marvels of God.’
This is the word of the Lord
Thanks be to God
1 Corinthians 12:3-7,12-13
A reading from Paul’s first letter to the people of the city of Corinth
No one can say, ‘Jesus is Lord’ unless he is under the influence of the Holy Spirit. There is a variety of gifts but always the same Spirit; there are all sorts of service to be done, but always to the same Lord; working in all sorts of different ways in different people, it is the same God who is working in all of them. The particular way in which the Spirit is given to each person is for a good purpose. Just as a human body, though it is made up of many parts, is a single unit because all these parts, though many, make one body, so it is with Christ. In the one Spirit we were all baptised, Jews as well as Greeks, slaves as well as citizens, and one Spirit was given to us all to drink.
This is the word of the Lord
Thanks be to God
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Alleluia!
Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John
Glory to you O Lord
In the evening of the first day of the week, the doors were closed in the room where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews. Jesus came and stood among them. He said to them, ‘Peace be with you’, and showed them his hands and his side. The disciples were filled with joy when they saw the Lord, and he said to them again, ‘Peace be with you.
‘As the Father sent me,
so am I sending you.’
After saying this he breathed on them and said:
‘Receive the Holy Spirit. For those whose sins you forgive, they are forgiven; for those whose sins you retain, they are retained.’
This is the Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you, O Christ
They were filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke of the great things God had done, alleluia. (Acts 2:4,11)
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.
Prayer after Communion
Father, may the food we receive in the eucharist
help our eternal redemption.
Keep within us the vigor of your Spirit
and protect the gifts you have given to your Church.
We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord. Amen
This day the Father of light
has enlightened the minds of the disciples
by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
May he bless you and give you the gifts of the Spirit for ever. Amen.
May that fire which hovered over the disciples
as tongues of flame burn out all evil from your hearts
and make them glow with pure light. Amen.
God inspired speech in different tongues
to proclaim one faith.
May he strengthen your faith
and fulfill your hope to see him face to face. Amen.
May the blessing of God almighty,
the +Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.
The mass is ended. Go in the peace of Christ. Alleluia! Alleluia!
Thanks be to God. Alleluia! Alleluia!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
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