Pew Sheet: 29th May

United Benefice of St Bartholomew

Lower Cam with Coaley

 

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May 29th Seventh Sunday of Easter

9.30am Parish Communion (Co)

Revd. Chris Axford

11.00am Parish Communion (LC)

Revd. Peter Fewings

 

May 31st

9.30am Morning Prayer (LC)

2.00pm Funeral of Francis Gamman (Co)

 

June 1st

10.00am Communion Service (LC)

8.00pm Zoom Service of Compline

 

June 5th Pentecost

9.30am Parish Communion (Co)

11.00am Parish Communion (LC)

Revd. Richard Morgan both Churches

6.00pm Jubilee Songs of Praise (Co)

 

Collect

Risen, ascended Lord, as we rejoice at your triumph, fill your Church on earth with power and compassion, that all who are estranged by sin

may find forgiveness and know your peace, to the glory of God the Father.  Amen.

 

Intercessions

Lord, in your mercy:

hear our prayer.

 

In your prayers this week could you pray for our five overseas partner Dioceses especially today the Diocese of Vasteras and for Churches Together, Church of the Holy Cross, Owlpen.

 

Post Communion

Eternal God, giver of love and power, your Son Jesus Christ has sent us into all the world to preach the gospel of his kingdom: confirm us in this mission, and help us to live the good news we proclaim; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

First Reading – Acts 16 v16-34

16 One day as we were going to the place of prayer, we met a female slave who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners a great deal of money by fortune-telling.  17 While she followed Paul and us, she would cry out, “These men are slaves of the Most High God, who proclaim to you the way of salvation.”  18 She kept doing this for many days.  But Paul, very much annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I order you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.”  And it came out that very hour.  19 But when her owners saw that their hope of making money was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace before the authorities.  20 When they had brought them before the magistrates, they said, “These men, these Jews, are disturbing our city 21 and are advocating customs that are not lawful for us, being Romans, to adopt or observe.”  22 The crowd joined in attacking them, and the magistrates had them stripped of their clothing and ordered them to be beaten with rods.  23 After they had given them a severe flogging, they threw them into prison and ordered the jailer to keep them securely.  24 Following these instructions, he put them in the innermost cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.  25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was an earthquake so violent that the foundations of the prison were shaken, and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were unfastened.  27 When the jailer woke up and saw the prison doors wide open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, since he supposed that the prisoners had escaped.  28 But Paul shouted in a loud voice, “Do not harm yourself, for we are all here. ” 29 The jailer called for lights, and rushing in, he fell down trembling before Paul and Silas.  30 Then he brought them outside and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”  31 They answered, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household. ” 32 They spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house.  33 At the same hour of the night he took them and washed their wounds; then he and his entire family were baptized without delay.  34 He brought them up into the house and set food before them, and he and his entire household rejoiced that he had become a believer in God.

 

Gospel Reading – John 17 v20-end

20 “I ask not only on behalf of these but also on behalf of those who believe in me through their word, 21 that they may all be one.  As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.  22 The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, 23 I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.  24 Father, I desire that those also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory, which you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.  25 “Righteous Father, the world does not know you, but I know you, and these know that you have sent me.  26 I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them and I in them.”

 

June 5th - The confirmation of Ben Richards is to take place in Gloucester Cathedral at 10.15am - please let Peter know if you would like to come.

 

June 5th – 6.00pm – Jubilee Songs of Praise (Co)

 

Thank you to everyone who supported Words & Music for Ukraine - musicians, readers, bell ringers, cake makers, tea servers, audience, those who donated but were unable to attend & all who helped to make the afternoon such a success. The magnificent amount of over £500 was raised which will be sent to DEC for humanitarian aid for Ukraine. 

 

There will be no Art with Heart on Friday 3rd June.

 

Revd. Peter Fewings can be contacted on 07795206590 or ptfewings@gmail.com

 

 

Vacancy Prayer

Heavenly Father, during this vacancy,
guard and grow this Benefice as we serve you together.

Lord Jesus, we know that you have plans for us
and that these plans are good.
We ask now that you will help us to share responsibility, grow in faith, love one another, care for those in need, reach out to others, and welcome newcomers.

Holy Spirit, please guide all who are seeking the right person for us, and those who are seeking the right place for their ministry, that together we may discover your way for the future and see your kingdom grow.

Through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

 

Prayer for Ukraine

God of peace and justice

We pray for the people of Ukraine today.

We pray for peace and the laying down of weapons.

We pray for all those who fear for tomorrow that your spirit of comfort would draw near to them.

We pray for those with power over war or peace, for wisdom, discernment and compassion to guide their decisions.

Above all we pray for all your precious children at risk and in fear, that you would hold and protect them.

We pray in the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace.  Amen.