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Sunday, 19 June 2022
For those attending the 8 o'clock, there was glorious sunshine, the 10 o'clockers had to suffer cloud, but at least it didn't rain! At Matins, the choir sang Never Weather Beaten Sail, music by Charles Wood and words by Thomas Campion.


The Sunday school were busy making chocolate truffles as a gift for their fathers. I wonder how many dads got the gift or did it get scoffed on the way home? Here are some of the happy truffle makers with lovely cut out gift boxes holding their truffles.



We are still desperate for volunteers for the Summer Fete, in particular car park attendants. Also, the store holders are now willing to take offerings for their various stalls. Details are in the June edition of the Parish Magazine but for those who do not have it to hand:-

Bathroom and Beauty     Joanna Chivers 

Books    Colin Field

Bottle Tombola    Jenny Trimble

Boutique   Anwyl Allistone, Gloria Jupp and Val Shrubb

Cakes and Preserves   Suzanne Bone (Cakes will need to be delivered much nearer the fete for them to be fresh)

Green Fingers   Jane Robinson

Jewellery  Rosemary Aldridge and Louisa Robson

Magpie including China and Glass   Alison and Emily Bell

Toystall  The Pym family

I am reliably informed that for the Cake stall, whole cakes are best and for refreshments, tray bakes, but I am sure both will accept anything tasty.



8am Holy Communion

Galatians 3:23-29

A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Galatians.

Before faith came, 
we were imprisoned and guarded under the law until faith would be revealed. 

Therefore the law was our disciplinarian until Christ came, 
so that we might be justified by faith. 

But now that faith has come, 
we are no longer subject to a disciplinarian, 

for in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. 

As many of you as were baptized into Christ 
have clothed yourselves with Christ. 

There is no longer Jew or Greek, 
there is no longer slave or free, 
there is no longer male and female; 
for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. 

And if you belong to Christ, 
then you are Abraham’s offspring, 
heirs according to the promise.


Luke 8:26-39

Hear the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke.

Jesus and his disciples arrived at the country of the Gerasenes, 
which is opposite Galilee. 

As he stepped out on land, 
a man of the city who had demons met him. 
For a long time he had worn no clothes, 
and he did not live in a house but in the tombs. 

When he saw Jesus, 
he fell down before him and shouted at the top of his voice, 
‘What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? 
I beg you, do not torment me’— 

for Jesus had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. 
(For many times it had seized him; 
he was kept under guard and bound with chains and shackles, 
but he would break the bonds and be driven by the demon into the wilds.) 

Jesus then asked him, 
‘What is your name?’ 
He said, ‘Legion’;
for many demons had entered him. 

They begged him not to order them to go back into the abyss.

Now there on the hillside a large herd of swine was feeding;
and the demons begged Jesus to let them enter these. 
So he gave them permission. 

Then the demons came out of the man and entered the swine, 
and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned.

When the swineherds saw what had happened, 
they ran off and told it in the city and in the country. 

Then people came out to see what had happened, 
and when they came to Jesus, 
they found the man from whom the demons had gone 
sitting at the feet of Jesus, 
clothed and in his right mind. 
And they were afraid. 

Those who had seen it 
told them how the one who had been possessed by demons had been healed. 

Then all the people of the surrounding country of the Gerasenes 
asked Jesus to leave them; 
for they were seized with great fear. 
So he got into the boat and returned. 

The man from whom the demons had gone begged that he might be with him; 
but Jesus sent him away, saying, 

‘Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.’ 
So he went away, 
proclaiming throughout the city how much Jesus had done for him.


10am Matins

Deuteronomy 11:1-15

1 Therefore thou shalt love the LORD thy God, and keep his charge, and his statutes, and his judgments, and his commandments, alway.

2 And know ye this day: for I speak not with your children which have not known, and which have not seen the chastisement of the LORD your God, his greatness, his mighty hand, and his stretched out arm,

3 And his miracles, and his acts, which he did in the midst of Egypt unto Pharaoh the king of Egypt, and unto all his land;

4 And what he did unto the army of Egypt, unto their horses, and to their chariots; how he made the water of the Red sea to overflow them as they pursued after you, and how the LORD hath destroyed them unto this day;

5 And what he did unto you in the wilderness, until ye came into this place;

6 And what he did unto Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, the son of Reuben: how the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their households, and their tents, and all the substance that was in their possession, in the midst of all Israel:

7 But your eyes have seen all the great acts of the LORD which he did.

8 Therefore shall ye keep all the commandments which I command you this day, that ye may be strong, and go in and possess the land, whither ye go to possess it;

9 And that ye may prolong your days in the land, which the LORD sware unto your fathers to give unto them and to their seed, a land that floweth with milk and honey.

10 For the land, whither thou goest in to possess it, is not as the land of Egypt, from whence ye came out, where thou sowedst thy seed, and wateredst it with thy foot, as a garden of herbs:

11 But the land, whither ye go to possess it, is a land of hills and valleys, and drinketh water of the rain of heaven:

12 A land which the LORD thy God careth for: the eyes of the LORD thy God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year even unto the end of the year.

13 And it shall come to pass, if ye shall hearken diligently unto my commandments which I command you this day, to love the LORD your God, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul,

14 That I will give you the rain of your land in his due season, the first rain and the latter rain, that thou mayest gather in thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil.

15 And I will send grass in thy fields for thy cattle, that thou mayest eat and be full.


Acts 27:1-12

1 Therefore thou shalt love the LORD thy God, and keep his charge, and his statutes, and his judgments, and his commandments, alway.

2 And know ye this day: for I speak not with your children which have not known, and which have not seen the chastisement of the LORD your God, his greatness, his mighty hand, and his stretched out arm,

3 And his miracles, and his acts, which he did in the midst of Egypt unto Pharaoh the king of Egypt, and unto all his land;

4 And what he did unto the army of Egypt, unto their horses, and to their chariots; how he made the water of the Red sea to overflow them as they pursued after you, and how the LORD hath destroyed them unto this day;

5 And what he did unto you in the wilderness, until ye came into this place;

6 And what he did unto Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, the son of Reuben: how the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their households, and their tents, and all the substance that was in their possession, in the midst of all Israel:

7 But your eyes have seen all the great acts of the LORD which he did.

8 Therefore shall ye keep all the commandments which I command you this day, that ye may be strong, and go in and possess the land, whither ye go to possess it;

9 And that ye may prolong your days in the land, which the LORD sware unto your fathers to give unto them and to their seed, a land that floweth with milk and honey.

10 For the land, whither thou goest in to possess it, is not as the land of Egypt, from whence ye came out, where thou sowedst thy seed, and wateredst it with thy foot, as a garden of herbs:

11 But the land, whither ye go to possess it, is a land of hills and valleys, and drinketh water of the rain of heaven:

12 A land which the LORD thy God careth for: the eyes of the LORD thy God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year even unto the end of the year.

13 And it shall come to pass, if ye shall hearken diligently unto my commandments which I command you this day, to love the LORD your God, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul,

14 That I will give you the rain of your land in his due season, the first rain and the latter rain, that thou mayest gather in thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil.

15 And I will send grass in thy fields for thy cattle, that thou mayest eat and be full.
Sunday, 12 June 2022
 Today we reach Trinity Sunday, and on a beautiful June morning we met at 10am to celebrate the mystery that is God, three in one. Father Luke was the celebrant and he preached on the difficulty we have in understanding this idea of One God but three different aspects, Father Son and Holy Ghost. He referred to our first reading from St Paul that through Faith we have peace with God in our lives and this is the important part of the message of the Trinity.

The Choir sang 'I will sing with the Spirit' words from Corinthians, set by John Rutter as the Anthem.

At the end of the Service Father Luke conducted some of his Archdeaconley duties by investing Chris Field as one of our Church Wardens for the current year!

There was coffee after the service.

Some of the work of the Sunday School on the theme of Jesus as the good shepherd


Our Trinity Flowers





Romans 5:1-5

A reading from the letter of Paul to the Romans.

Since we are justified by faith, 
we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 

through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; 
and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God.

And not only that, 
but we also boast in our sufferings, 
knowing that suffering produces endurance, 

and endurance produces character, 
and character produces hope, 

and hope does not disappoint us, 
because God’s love has been poured into our hearts 
through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.


John 16:12-15

Hear the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.

Jesus said to his disciples:

‘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.'
Sunday, 5 June 2022
A cloudy, grey day, but thankfully no rain. A fairly full church celebrated the Feast of Pentecost together and today was Aleks' last day in the junior choir. We thank him very much for all his work in the junior choir over many years and look forward to him joining us in the adult choir once his voice has settled. The lovely flowers were red, white and blue and remembering that this weekend celebrates Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee, we sang the National Anthem just before the final blessing - one verse only.  Father John commented that Prince Charles likes 2 verses, but the Queen favours just one!





 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.

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.”


John 14:8-17

Hear the gospel of oour Lord Jesus Christ according to John.

Philip said to Jesus, 
‘Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.’ 

Jesus said to him, 
‘Have I been with you all this time, Philip, 
and you still do not know me? 
Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. 
How can you say, “Show us the Father”? 

Do you not believe 
that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? 
The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; 
but the Father who dwells in me does his works. 

Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; 
but if you do not, 
then believe me because of the works themselves. 

Very truly, I tell you, 
the one who believes in me 
will also do the works that I do and, in fact, 
will do greater works than these, 
because I am going to the Father. 

I will do whatever you ask in my name, 
so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 

If in my name you ask me for anything, 
I will do it.

‘If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 

And I will ask the Father, 
and he will give you another Advocate, 
to be with you for ever. 

This is the Spirit of truth, 
whom the world cannot receive, 
because it neither sees him nor knows him. 
You know him, because he abides with you, 
and he will be in you.


Sermon

A taxi driver said to me the other day that he quite liked religious buildings. They gave him something. He found it hard to describe it. Something Numinous, he might have said; a sense of awe; a momentof peace. He said it didn't really affect him; he wasn't religious.  I was waiting for him to make the next claim, one I've heard so often, though in this case it never came: I may not be religious but I am spiritual.

"I may not be religious but I am spiritual."  Spirituality is an interesting word. If religion is seen as a little frightening, too contentious, rather divisive, perhaps even dangerous, definitely risky, the deep end, spirituality can be seen as a kiddies' paddling pool, we might call the shallow end, warm and fuzzy, safe and unthreatening, that dampens you but won't submerge you and can't drown you.

The claim to be spiritual but not religious: what does it mean?  Where does it come from? It may appear that relgious belief is now more complex and difficult than it has been in the past. As a result of changes in our society over the past fifty years, driving through almost any city in this country we are likely to pass churches of many denominations, mosques, temples, synagogues, gurdwaras, shrine of various kinds.  That is true of so many cities certainly in the western world.  Our neighbours, our colleagues, our friends, members of our extended families, are likely to have had quite a different experience of the world from our own, quite a different faith journey.  We are encouraged these days to learn about all the world faiths and to understand different points of views.  It can be bewildering, even alarming.  It is no surprise if encouraged to come to our own conclusions we shy away from religious commitment.  But since we are equally reluctant to be seen or to see ourselves as purely materialistic, we call ourselves spiritual.

But until quite recently the word "spiritual" was understood simply to mean "religious".  The Church of England Bishops sitting in the House of Lords, as they have sat since the earliest days of parliaments in this land,are known as the Lords Spiritual.  As part of the 1944 Education Act, William Temple, the then Archbishop of Canterbury, pursuaded the Government of the day to include a statement of the purposes of education, definded as spiritual, moral, mental and physical developement.  The Archbishop intended spiritual and moral developement to mean pupils' Christian religious education.

Today tthe feast of Pentecost, when we celebrate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, places the word "spiritual" at the very heart of the Christian faith and our religion.  And I think you will agree that "warm and fuzzy" hardly does justice to the experience of the first Christian Pentecost.

The apostles, with the Lord's Mother, his closest disciples, had at first been bewildered and frightened by the events of Easter and the succeeding fourty days and had only slowly come to believe that their dead Master really was the living Lord. The final Resurrection appearance on Ascension Day left them uncertain - and incarcerated in the Upper Rooom in Jerusalem. The Twelve elected Mathias to take the place of the traitor Judas Iscariot.  But what would they do next? They had no urge to tell anyone of the Resurrection,  They sat and waited, safe and secure.

The gift of the Holy Spirit changed all that. "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."  A rushing, mighty wind filling the house and tongues of fire resting on their heads: that does not describe warm and fuzzy.  The outpouring of the Holy Spirit was not in the modern sense a "spiritual experience". It did not simply move them, it changed them.  Where before they had done everything possible to preserve their own lives, to stay away from danger, now they seemed to care nothing for their own safety or security and rushed out with such enthusiasm to tell everyone the Good News that the people thought them filled with new wine.

And it was no one day wonder; it carried on.  Not just the Twelve but the other disciples who joined them in proclaiming the Good News suffered contempt and brutality, imprisonment, torture and death rather than deny their living Lord.  St Paul becomes we might think a little too eloquent in describing his sufferings but there is no denying their reality or his pride in suffering with the Lord Jesus.  "Five times I have received from the Jews the fourty lashes minus one.  Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I received a stoning. Three times I was shipwrecked; in toil and hardship, through many a sleepless night, hunger and thirsty, often without food, cold and naked." all this in the power of the Spirit for the sake of the spread of the Good News of Jesus Christ: nothing warm and fuzzy, safe and unthreatening about that; no shallow end.

The Spirit changes us, drives us out, puts us at risk.  The Spirit also enables us to endure, and supports us on our journey.  The working of the Holy Spirit is not in any way limited.  Like the wind, the Spirit blows where the Spirit chooses. The Spirit is everywhere powerful for good. Wherever there is wisdom and understanding, counsel and strength, knowledge and fear of God, there is the Holy Spirit. Wherever there is self-giving, generous, unstinting love - in and beyond the Church; in and beyond all religions - there is God the Holy Spirit.

We see the Spirit working in the life of our Lord himself.  When Jesus was baptised in the river Jordan, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. St Luke tells us that "Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was lead by the Spirit in the wilderness.  When he returned to Galilee, he came to Nazareth and went to the synagogue, where he read from the Prophet Isaiah, "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because he has annointed me."

Above all, for us, it is the Spirit that constitutes the Church.  The Church is formed through the outpouring of the Spirit not only on the Lord's Mother and the Twelve gathered in the Upper Room but on the three thousand who, having heard St Peter preaching, repent and are baptised, those who "devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers." We are doing this  morning what they did and shall be breaking bread in a few minutes much as they did on that day 2000 years ago.  The priest will ask God to grant "that by the power of your Holy Spirit and according to your holy will, the gifts of bread and wine may be to us the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ."  The twin Gospel sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist, the backbone of the Christian life, are occasioned and validated by the Holy Spirit.

These are vital spiritual gifts that keep us firmly members of the Church, the Body of Christ.  St Paul said we who follow the way of Christ have "the first fruits of the Spirit" but still wait in hope for the fullness of the Spirit's gifts.  Let us pray today for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit on us, on the Church, on all humanity, that we and all people might show in our lives the fruits of the Spirit; "love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfullness, gentleness and self-control."

Let us pray that the Holy Spirit will not move us merely but change us, leading us from the shallow end and enabling us to risk the deep end.

Father John

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First Sunday in the Month:
08:00am Holy Communion
10:00am Family Service

Second Sunday in the Month
08:00am Holy Communion
10:00am Parish Eucharist

Third Sunday in the Month
08:00am Holy Communion
10:00am Sung Matins

Fourth Sunday in the Month
08:00am Holy Communion
10:00am Parish Eucharist

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