Sunday 31st May 2020
Vicar: Revd TERESA TAYLOR 01179093078 firstname.lastname@example.org
Church Warden CHRIS LLEWELLYN email@example.com
Church Warden ROGER LONG firstname.lastname@example.org
Lay Minister: BARRIE FLEET email@example.com
Lay Minister RICH HARRIS Rich.Harris@bristol.ac.uk
Lay Minister JANE HUZZEY firstname.lastname@example.org
Lay Minister: JACKIE LONG email@example.com
Lay Minister: DAVID MILES firstname.lastname@example.org
Parish Office: VENETIA RODGERS 0117 9561016 email@example.com
Church Website & FB: TERRIE WALKER-SMITH http://www.stjameschurch.co.uk
New Testament: Acts 2:1-21 New International Version (NIV)
The Holy Spirit Comes at Pentecost
2 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues[a] as the Spirit enabled them.
5 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. 7 Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? 9 Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,[b] 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” 12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”
13 Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.”
Peter Addresses the Crowd
14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. 15 These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! 16 No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:
17 “‘In the last days, God
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your young men will see visions,
your old men will dream dreams.
18 Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
and they will prophesy.
19 I will show wonders in the heavens above
and signs on the earth below,
blood and fire and billows of smoke.
20 The sun will be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood
before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.
21 And everyone who calls
on the name of the Lord will be saved.’[c]
Gospel Reading: John 20: 19-23 New International Version (NIV)
Jesus Appears to His Disciples
19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.
21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”
The Collect for Pentecost
Holy Spirit, sent by the Father, ignite in us your holy fire; strengthen your children with the gift of faith, revive your Church with the breath of love, and renew the face of the earth, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen
SUNDAY 31st MAY WORSHIP
Join with us for worship from around 9.30am this Sunday.
Watch our website and FB page in the coming days as some thoughts for the day will also continue to be posted, as well as our regular Sunday worship.
COFFEE TIME AT ST. JAMES
I don’t know about you, but one thing I miss because we cannot use St. James is meeting together after the service for tea, coffee and bread pudding! Many members of our church take that opportunity to stay behind and talk, it provides a great opportunity to spend time with people who are visiting us. Our weekly service on facebook and youtube at 9.30 a.m. are going well but the coffee after the service isn’t quite the same if you are on your own! So what can we do about it? Well, lots of you use Zoom, so, why do we not all meet up there after the service on Sunday for coffee around 11.30 a.m!
If you would like us to join us for coffee – starting Sunday 24th May – send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org In the email write your name and also a brief note saying you would like to joint us for coffee. Each week look out for an email from email@example.com that email will include a link and the password to get into that week’s coffee meet up. If you run into problems getting on to Zoom etc. do let Teresa know by phone or email. Look forward to meeting you all via Zoom. Chris Taylor
‘THY KINGDOM COME’ ON THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND WEBSITE
‘Thy Kingdom Come’ is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray between Ascension Day (21 May) and Pentecost (31 May) for more people to come to know Jesus. Praying for people to come to know the love, hope and peace found in Christ is at the heart of Thy Kingdom Come. Here is the link to the page:
By signing up, a daily reflection will be sent via email or phone app. We are also encouraged during this time to select and pray daily for particular people we know to come to faith.
We pray for all those who we know who have underlying health issues and for all those who are required to self-isolate at this time.
We pray especially today for: Sophie, Doreen, Pat, Karen, Sue, David, Liz, Bev, Erin, Caroline, Sophie, Chris, Pauline, Pat, Pete, Peggy, Diana, John, Sally and Colin (Shirley N’s brother)
We remember and give thanks for the life of Iris Taylor, Chris’ Mum and we pray for Bill her husband and the rest of the Taylor family at this sad time.
We also give thanks for the lives of Mavis Weare, David White, Michael Totterdell and Charles Cox and pray for their families at this sad time.
MESSAGE FROM REVD TERESA TAYLOR
Happy Birthday! Yes, this is the weekend when we recall the birth of the Christian Church, when the Holy Spirit came as a rushing wind and tongues of flame and empowered the first Christians or followers of “The Way” as they were first called. In the power of the Spirit these early church leaders and members boldly preached and proclaimed their personal witness to the death and resurrection of Jesus and thousands were of lives changed as they came to know Jesus and experience the power of the Holy Spirit for themselves. It is thanks to these early Christians, many of them martyred for their faith, and all those Christians who followed, that we are here some 2000 year later celebrating Pentecost, when we especially welcome, acknowledge and remember the first giving of the Holy Spirit, the third member of the Holy Trinity. Those early followers of the Way had no church structures, no formal Christian worship, no church buildings, they used what they had ie. their homes or the market places to teach, pray, worship and break bread together and we are told:
“And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” Acts 2: 47
And the early church grew exponentially!
As we come to Pentecost 2020, the Christian Church has again been without the use of its church buildings and many of its established structures. We have been finding new ways to “be church” through this Covid 19 pandemic and we will have to continue to find new ways and adapt existing patterns and practices as we embrace the new “normal”. However, our approach and whatever format the practices of our faith take, the fundamentals are still with us: a personal witness to the person of Jesus, Son of the Living God and the gifting of the Holy Spirit to empower our witness. We remain followers of “The way” as we go where God leads us, towards our new normal and beyond. May it be our prayer that like the early Christians the Lord would add to our number (and daily would be just great)!
Happy Birthday everyone!
A PLEA FOR GENERAL CHURCH FUNDS AND TO HELP KEEP YOUR TREASURER SANE!
I, personally, say a huge ‘Thank You’ to all who have given in any way to our Re-Ordering Project. It hasn’t been an easy time but the end is in sight and the Church will be transformed and beautiful.
BUT, because of this, the General Church Funds have suffered considerably. We didn’t have any fundraising events last year and now of course we cannot go to church in the usual way. I am getting envelopes (thank you all) but plate giving has obviously come to a full stop.
Can I urge you, if you possibly can, to send your offerings to me, Roger, Chris Llewellyn or Teresa (with a little bit extra if you can afford to) to help us get back on our feet again. We still have bills to pay and our account is suffering. Should you be willing to give but cannot get it to me please email the church office or leave an answerphone message on 0117 956 1016 and your message will be passed on to me. Sylvia
MESSAGE FROM TRANSFORMING EUROPE NETWORK (TEN)
Thank you for your interest and support for mission in Eastern Europe. We hope you are staying safe and keeping well during these testing times. We are very aware that this is a challenging season for churches and charities, not least financially, but hope that, like us, you are also encouraged by good news stories of what God is doing. Thank you again for your interest and your partnership in the Gospel.
To find out more about their work, here is a link to their News@TEN youtube channel:
CONGRATULATIONS!! TO BARRIE & SONIA (FLEET)
who will be celebrating their Diamond (60th) Wedding Anniversary this week on Thursday 4th June. Obviously due to the current pandemic we are not able to get together to celebrate with them, but we send them both all our love and best wishes for their special
Congratulations Barrie & Sonia!!!
ANSWERS TO ALL THE J’S QUIZ, SET BY JANE HUZZEY LAST WEEK
All the family may be able to contribute to these answers. Answers all begin with ‘J’
|1||The third son of Noah||Japheth|
|2||A grandson of Abraham||Jacob|
|3||He led the children of Israel around the walls of Jericho||Joshua|
|4||He had a very strong friendship with David||Jonathan|
|5||A wicked queen married to Ahab||Jezebel|
|6||A prophet whose name has come to mean a miserable person who expects the worst to happen||Jeremiah|
|7||The 4th gospel in the new Testament||John|
|8||A fisherman with a brother called John||James|
|9||He provided a tomb for Jesus’ body||Joseph (of Arimathea)|
|10||Jesus was crucified outside of this city||Jerusalem|
GREENBELT FESTIVAL: #GBWildAtHome
As you know, we can’t come together this summer at beautiful Boughton House… So, this summer, let’s ‘make life more like Greenbelt’ by gathering around the hashtag #GBWildAtHome. There’s absolutely no obligation but it’s all here when you want it, and you can dip into it once or twice a week, or dive deep down every day.
Let’s see if we can translate the conspiracy of hope we conjure in the fields each August into the digital space; into something that can still bind and connect us, still move and inspire us, to be the change we want to see in the world. To live as generously, creatively, justly and lovingly as we dare in these strange times.
SISTERS OF THE CHURCH FOOD DONATIONS
This week I was talking to Sister Teresa at the Sisters of the Church in St. Pauls, who are putting many food parcels together at the moment.
They have completely run out of tinned fruit and are very low on tinned vegetables.
I would be happy to take a donation to them. If anyone would like to donate any tins you would be welcome to drop them at the Vicarage or give me a call and I will come and collect from you. Thanks, Teresa
PLANT SALE SATURDAY 13th JUNE IN THE CHURCH GROUNDS
Please print out the Plant Sale poster (below) to put in your window, or somewhere where it can be seen by others. Thank you, Ruth
RECENT MESSAGE FROM THE RESOUND FOODBANK AND SHOUT OUT FOR PLASTIC BAGS!
Dear friends and supporters, thank you so much for your wonderful, continued support at this current time. Things are ticking over well here, we are probably seeing double our usual number of customers than usual but thanks to the generosity of you and the local community we seem to always have more than enough. I am 100% sure those receiving the food have been blown away and blessed by your generosity. We frequently get a call after our Friday deliveries have been made by people almost in tears by what they have received. It really is the best part of our day!
As mentioned before we don’t need any more boxes as we have plenty. However, we are getting very short of sturdy plastic supermarket carrier bags. If you have a surplus of clean bags then we would appreciate these. As usual the best day of dropping anything off is Friday between 9am – 1pm. Monday and Wednesday mornings there may also be someone at Resound but please call the office first to check (0117 3050969).
Please send anything you wish to be included in the 7th June newsletter to the church office by 11am, Friday 5th June, to firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message on the office answerphone: 0117 956 1016 Thanks, Venetia.