Fifth Sunday of Easter
Sunday 19th May
8.30am Holy Communion St. Andrew’s Church
10.00am United Christian Aid Service All Saints’ Church
Services During the Week
8.15am Morning Prayer - Monday All Saints’ Church
8.45am Morning Prayer - Tuesday & Friday St. Andrew’s Church
- Wednesday & Thursday All Saints’ Church
Sunday 26th May
8.30am Holy Communion All Saints’ Church
10.00am Service of the Word St. Andrew’s Church
Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ have overcome death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: grant that, as by your grace going before us you put into our minds good desires, so by your continual help we may bring them to good effect; through Jesus Christ our risen Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
Post Communion Prayer
Eternal God, whose Son Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life: grant us to walk in his way, to rejoice in his truth, and to share his risen life; who is alive and reigns, now and for ever.
Acts 11. 1-18
Now the apostles and the believers who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles had also accepted the word of God. So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him, saying, ‘Why did you go to uncircumcised men and eat with them?’ Then Peter began to explain it to them, step by step, saying, ‘I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision. There was something like a large sheet coming down from heaven, being lowered by its four corners; and it came close to me. As I looked at it closely I saw four-footed animals, beasts of prey, reptiles, and birds of the air. I also heard a voice saying to me, “Get up, Peter; kill and eat.” But I replied, “By no means, Lord; for nothing profane or unclean has ever entered my mouth.” But a second time the voice answered from heaven, “What God has made clean, you must not call profane.” This happened three times; then everything was pulled up again to heaven. At that very moment three men, sent to me from Caesarea, arrived at the house where we were. The Spirit told me to go with them and not to make a distinction between them and us. These six brothers also accompanied me, and we entered the man’s house. He told us how he had seen the angel standing in his house and saying, “Send to Joppa and bring Simon, who is called Peter; he will give you a message by which you and your entire household will be saved.” And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them just as it had upon us at the beginning. And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said, “John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” If then God gave them the same gift that he gave us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could hinder God?’ When they heard this, they were silenced. And they praised God, saying, ‘Then God has given even to the Gentiles the repentance that leads to life.’
Gen. 22. 1-18
The Command to Sacrifice Isaac
After these things God tested Abraham. He said to him, ‘Abraham!’ And he said, ‘Here I am.’ He said, ‘Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt-offering on one of the mountains that I shall show you.’ So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac; he cut the wood for the burnt-offering, and set out and went to the place in the distance that God had shown him. On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place far away. Then Abraham said to his young men, ‘Stay here with the donkey; the boy and I will go over there; we will worship, and then we will come back to you.’Abraham took the wood of the burnt-offering and laid it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. So the two of them walked on together. Isaac said to his father Abraham, ‘Father!’ And he said, ‘Here I am, my son.’ He said, ‘The fire and the wood are here, but where is the lamb for a burnt-offering?’ Abraham said, ‘God himself will provide the lamb for a burnt-offering, my son.’ So the two of them walked on together.
When they came to the place that God had shown him, Abraham built an altar there and laid the wood in order. He bound his son Isaac, and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to kill his son. But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven, and said, ‘Abraham, Abraham!’ And he said, ‘Here I am.’ He said, ‘Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.’ And Abraham looked up and saw a ram, caught in a thicket by its horns. Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt-offering instead of his son. So Abraham called that place ‘The Lord will provide’; as it is said to this day, ‘On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.’
The angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time from heaven,and said, ‘By myself I have sworn, says the Lord: Because you have done this, and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will indeed bless you, and I will make your offspring as numerous as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of their enemies, and by your offspring shall all the nations of the earth gain blessing for themselves, because you have obeyed my voice.’
John 13. 31-35
The New Commandment
When he had gone out, Jesus said, ‘Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once. Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, “Where I am going, you cannot come.” I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.’
The Week Ahead
Mon 20th 9.00am Monday Mugs All Saints’ Church
Tues 21st 7.00pm Church Development Meeting TBC
Weds 22nd Funeral for Dorothy Collyer – Family only to attend Mendip Crematorium
Thurs 23rd 7.00pm PCC Meeting Castle Cary Primary School
Sat 25th 3.30pm Messy Church All Saints’ Church
During May will be supporting Carymoor Environmental Trust. A donation will be made from the plate collections in each church, but additional donations can be put into one of the designated envelopes by the notice boards and handed in with the offertory or put in the wall safe.
The 10am service at St. Andrew’s on 26th May will be a Service of the Word not Parish Communion
Services on June 16th are as follows: 8.30am All Saints, 10am St. Andrews and 4.30pm a Celebration of Marriage in All Saints. This change is because of the Wedding dress exhibition.
Deanery Ascension Day Service is on Thursday May 30th at 7pm at Queen Camel. The preacher is the Revd Mike Haslam who is the Diocesan Chaplaincy adviser and at this service we affirm all the Lay Pastoral Assistants and Worship Assistants in the deanery as well as commissioning the new school chaplain Matt Ireland. Everyone is welcome to come.
In the days between Ascension and Pentecost we prepare for the coming of the Holy Spirit and the birthing of the Church. As part of our preparation this year we are considering what it means to be part of the Body of Christ. We are doing this in a session which lasts 1.5 hours and will run at various times. Please sign up for the session that you can come to. It is hoped that as many people will join in as possible... even those that don't do this kind of thing! Sign up sheets are available in each church.
Revd. Liz’s days of rest this week are Tuesday 21st & Wednesday 22nd and Saturday 25th to Tuesday 28th
Gluten free wafers are available. If you require one please contact the churchwarden.