Day of Pentecost
Sunday 20th May
8.30am Holy Communion St. Andrew’s Church
10.00am Parish Communion 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 27th May
8.30am Holy Communion All Saints’ Church
10.00am Parish Communion St. Andrew’s Church
God, who as at this time taught the hearts of your faithful people by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit: grant us by the same Spirit
to have a right judgement in all things and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through the merits of Christ Jesus our Saviour, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
Post Communion Prayer
Faithful God, who fulfilled the promises of Easter by sending us your Holy Spirit and opening to every race and nation the way of life eternal: open our lips by your Spirit, that every tongue may tell of your glory;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Acts 2. 1-21
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.”
Rom. 8. 22-27
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.
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. But I have said these things to you so that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you about them.
‘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.
The Week Ahead
Mon 21st 9.00am Monday Mugs All Saints’ Church
Thurs 24th 10.30am Housegroup Wellspring Cottage
7.00pm PCC Meeting The Vicarage
Sat 26th 3.30pm Messy Church All Saints’ Church
The new General Data Protection Regulation comes into force at the end of May. In the parish we need to review the information that we hold and ask people for their consent for further contact. Please complete a consent form if you are happy to consent to contact and return to Leanne Hibberd or Revd. Liz or place in the wall safe in either church.
Charity Art Fair ‘Request’ - Can you help?
In June, Save The Children Castle Cary Community Store we will be holding a Charity Art Fair in All Saint’s Church, Castle Cary. To optimise this event’s success, during the next few weeks the charity would love to receive any items that might be suitable for them to include in the sale. They would also be grateful for any unwanted picture frames, mirrors, ceramics, easels etc. All items will go towards raising money for Save The Children, with a proportion going to the All Saints Development Fund.
All donations welcomed at their shop in Fore Street, Castle Cary - 10am and 3.45pm, Monday to Friday or on a Saturday morning 10am and 12.30pm.
The sale itself will take place on Saturday 16th June 10am - 4pm. Coffee, cake and cream teas, will be offered throughout the day.
Huge thanks in advance for your generosity!
Churches Together in Castle Cary and Ansford. Thank you to everyone who supported this year's Lent Appeal for South Somerset Mind. A cheque for £873.99 has been sent to the charity, of this £530.92, was gift aided, to enable the charity to make a claim to H.M.R.C.
We look forward to our Annual General Meeting on Wed. 13th June, 7:30 p.m. in The Methodist Schoolroom. Judi Morison is our speaker. Please join us for the meeting.
Revd. Liz’s days of rest this week is Friday 25th and Saturday 26th