Trinity 3

THIRD SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY Hymns: 205, 466, 298, 465

FIRST READING Ezekiel 17.22-24 A reading from the prophecy of Ezekiel: Thus says the Lord God: I myself will take a sprig from the lofty top of a cedar; I will set it out. I will break off a tender one from the topmost of its young twigs; I myself will plant it on a high and lofty mountain. On the mountain height of Israel I will plant it, in order that it may produce boughs and bear fruit, and become a noble cedar. Under it every kind of bird will live; in the shade of its branches will nest winged creatures of every kind. All the trees of the field shall know that I am the Lord. I bring low the high tree, I make high the low tree; I dry up the green tree and make the dry tree flourish. I the Lord have spoken; I will accomplish it.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM 92 Response: It is good to give you thanks, O Lord.

1. It is good to give thanks to you, O Lord; to make music to
your name, O Most High,
to proclaim your love in the morning: and your truth in the watches of
the night. R

2. The just will flourish like the palm tree: and grow like a Lebanon
cedar. R

3. Planted in the house of the Lord they will flourish in the courts of
our God;
still bearing fruit when they are old, still full of sap, still green
to proclaim that the Lord is just: In him, my rock, there is no wrong. R

SECOND READING 2 Corinthians 5.6-10,14-17 A reading from the second letter of Paul to the Corinthians: So we are always confident; even though we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord— for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we do have confidence, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. For all of us must appear before the judgement seat of Christ, so that each may receive recompense for what has been done in the body, whether good or evil. For the love of Christ urges us on, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died. And he died for all, so that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for him who died and was raised for them. From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!

GOSPEL Mark 4.26-34 He also said, ‘The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.’ He also said, ‘With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.’ With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.

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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.

Our Services: Thursday 20th June, Mass at 10.30. Next Sunday, 23rd June: Mass at 10.30.

Warmest thanks to everyone who contributed to our Summer Fun Day – by organising (Sara, you have been amazing!), making, donating, cooking, catering, selling, serving, publicising, decorating, demonstrating, counting-up, tidying, or simply being there and having some fun! We have had to go to press before the final figures were available, but nearly £800 was raised, and the enthusiastic teamwork of the St Michael's family created an occasion that was an achievement in itself.

From Our Tower:

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

Sunday, 26 May 2024 in 39m (6-1-24 in C)

1260 Spliced Minor (2m)

720 Cambridge Surprise, 540 Plain Bob; 29 com; atw.

  1. Philip Jarvis
  2. Jacqueline Barlow
  3. Emma Jarvis
  4. Mark Elvers
  5. Terry Barnard
  6. Neil Jones (C)

Rung on the Feast ofThe Most Holy Trinity with birthday compliments to Jacqui Barlow (24/5). Also for the Saint's Day of Augustine, first Archbishop of Canterbury, 605.

250th Q as C in this tower.

Friday, 31 May 2024 in 40m (6-1-24 in C)

1320 Treble Dodging Minor (2m)

720 Cambridge Surprise; 600 Kent Treble Bob.

  1. Douglas Davis
  2. Steve Newlands
  3. Jacqueline Barlow
  4. Mark Elvers
  5. Terry Barnard
  6. Stephen Coaker (C)

Rung on the Feast of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary to Elizabeth

Sunday, 9 June 2024 in 41m (6-1-24 in C)

1287 Grandsire Triples

  1. Christopher M Trafford
  2. Stuart Cox
  3. Jacqueline Barlow
  4. Philip Jarvis
  5. Emma Jarvis
  6. Mark Elvers
  7. Neil Jones (C)
  8. Pam Thomas

Congratulations to Ivo and Rona on the birth of Katia Ffion Wengraf, born on 29th May, a sister to Oscar.

400th together: 3 & 7.

All Saints' Church, Maidstone, is planning a festival entitled “Celebrating Life”, which will run from Friday 21st to Sunday 30th June. This will celebrate past, present and future with a range of diverse events involving word, music, entertainment, flowers, prayer and discussion.  Everyone in the community is invited.

Three Ideas Workshops, offering a chance to think about how parishes could do things differently, are taking place next month:

Thursday 11 July, Maidstone - Developing Ministry & Generous Giving
Tuesday 16 July, Ashford - School Engagement & Youth
Wednesday 24 July, Canterbury - New Christian Communities & Eco Church

Everyone is welcome; further details will be available soon.

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. Among the departed, we remember Rod. Bristow and Catherine Joan Fenton.