Pentecost

PENTECOST Hymns NEH 137, 139, 138, 342

FIRST READING (Acts 2.1-21) A reading from the Acts of the Apostles. When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability. Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, ‘Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.’ All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, ‘What does this mean?’ But others sneered and said, ‘They are filled with new wine.’ But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them: ‘Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:

“In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. Even upon my slaves, both men and women, in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy. And I will show portents in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and smoky mist. The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day. Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” '

RESPONSORIAL PSALM 104

Response: Send forth your Spirit, O Lord, and renew the face of the earth.

1. Bless the Lord, my soul: Lord God, how great you are.
How many are your works, O Lord! The earth is full of your riches. R.

2. You take back your spirit, they die: returning to the dust from which they came.
You send forth your spirit, they are created: and you renew the face of
the earth. R.

3. May the glory of the Lord last for ever! May the Lord rejoice in his works!
May my thoughts be pleasing to him: I find my joy in the Lord. R.

SECOND READING Romans 8.22-27 A reading from the letter of Paul to the Romans. We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labour pains until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

GOSPEL John 15.26-27; 16.4b-15 ‘When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father, he will testify on my behalf. You also are to testify because you have been with me from the beginning. ‘I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you. But now I am going to him who sent me; yet none of you asks me, “Where are you going?” But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your hearts. Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will prove the world wrong about sin and righteousness and judgement: about sin, because they do not believe in me; about righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will see me no longer; about judgement, because the ruler of this world has been condemned. ‘I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.'

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NEWS FROM ST MICHAEL'S

Priest-in-Charge Fr John Ainslie (revjohnainslie@gmail.com; 01628 629827)

A very warm welcome to any new readers, and to visitors and newcomers to St Michael's. If you are new to St Michael's, do join us for refreshments in the Vestry Hall after the service, so that we can welcome you properly. Welcome back to Fr John, returning from his holiday, and thank you to Fr Paul for celebrating Mass for us in his absence.

Our Services in the coming week: Thursday – Mass at 10.30 am; Sunday – Mass at 10.30 am.

Peggy Thresh's Memorial Service will take place in church on Thursday, June 27th, at 11.30 am, and will be preceded by a quarter-peal from our Tower. Please pass on the information to others who knew her.

Summer Fun Day: June 15th! We can start looking forward to this already – and publicising it. We'll have competitions and attractions for everyone from 10 am to 2 pm, including a tombola, a plant stall, crafts and gifts, cakes and refreshments. It will be the official birthday of HM The King – so children dressed as kings and princesses will be most welcome and may win a prize! Could you contribute plants, craft items, tombola items (preferably with a garden/picnic/outdoor theme) - or cakes etc. on the day? Please note Alison Heywood's poster in church about offerings for the plant stall. Entries will also be invited for the best crown and the best scarecrow! If you have further ideas and offers of help, Sara (07837 919761) will be delighted to hear from you!

Our Tower was in action on Bell Sunday, 12th May:

Kent County Association, Maidstone, Kent: St Michael and All Angels

Sunday, 12 May 2024 in 41m (6–1–24 in C)

1250 Cheesden Surprise Major

  1. Philip Jarvis
  2. Mike Birkbeck
  3. Jane L Kostelnyk
  4. Mark Elvers
  5. Jacqueline Barlow
  6. Janice Byrne
  7. Kath White
  8. Neil Jones (C)

A 50th Birthday Compliment to Mark Elvers (8/5/24) and for Bell Sunday. Rung during Ascensiontide.

300th Q in this tower: 8.

Our Tower will be the venue for a District Practice on Saturday, June 8th, from 10 am to 12 noon.

Volunteers' Day: On Tuesday, 21st May, we shall be welcoming a group of student volunteers from Oakwood Park Grammar School, who will be tackling various maintenance jobs around our church building and grounds. Warm thanks in advance to them, to their Director Miss Kirsty Ryan, and to William, Martyn and the other church members who will be on site to ensure that all goes smoothly.

The Forward in Faith Festival took place in a sun-soaked London on May 11th. It was good to see representatives from other Resolution parishes in this diocese, including some who had never attended before. The proceedings began with Solemn Mass (the choir singing Rheinberger's Mass in E) and ended with Benediction – and the time in between was occupied by an enjoyable lunch and a surprisingly interesting AGM. Among the encouraging news from the latter was:

(1) The wheels are in motion for the appointment of a new Bishop of Richborough to fill the vacancy left by Bishop Norman's retirement – though the process will not be speedy.

(2) We are encouraged to keep 2025 as a Year of Faith, as it will be the 1700th anniversary of the Council of Nicaea. Two sets of resources will be produced for parishes, comprising an Advent and a Lent course, to prompt us to think seriously about (and to affirm) what we believe - and why it matters.

(3) The Bishop of Fulham reported ongoing discussion about the seal of the confessional in relation to the pressure, in some quarters, for mandatory reporting of any disclosure of abuse without exception. A report has now been submitted to the House of Bishops and the Archbishops' Council, but no immediate response to this is expected. We all want a safer church, but it is hard to see how abrogating or qualifying the seal would achieve a safer church. What has become apparent, in the discussions thus far, is a widespread and profound misunderstanding of what the ministry of sacramental Confession involves, and the need for better teaching and training on the subject is now being recognised.

And finally: We were urged to have the courage of our convictions - financially (subscriptions are going up!) but above all in the active renewal of our liturgical life and our evangelism:

“If you have retreated into a bunker – debunk yourself!”

We pray for sick people everywhere, including: Paul, Margaret, Ellie, Pauline, Rue, Fr Leon, Antony, Fran, Ellie, Tom, Joseph, Peter, Joan, Margaret, Lindsay, Glynis, Ethan, Sarah, Yvonne, Jessica, Leon, HM The King, and Catherine, Princess of Wales

...and for the Departed, including: Cyril Hudson, Pat Lury (priest), Bill Brewster, Patricia Follett, Stella Locke, Rosie Smith.

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