Pews News prayers for week commencing Sunday 20th May 2018
10.30am PARISH MASS
Pentecost – Parish Mass – Simply Worship
Today we celebrate the birthday of the Church, remembering those early disciples and followers of Jesus hiding away because they were terrified of what might happen to them. And what did happen to them!! In Acts Chapter 2 we read: “A sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues...” In the same chapter we hear that, “they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to fellowship, the breaking of bread and to prayer. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favour of all the people”. What a wonderful example of a loving, sharing, caring community they had in the early church. In the days between Ascension Day and Pentecost, we have once again been encouraged to be part of “Thy Kingdom Come” daily pattern of prayer. The success of this emphasis on prayer during the same period last year was seen in some whole communities connecting, changing and learning to be “good neighbours” just like those early Christians in Jerusalem. In our society today, random acts of kindness get our attention because they so rarely happen in our “me-centred” world. They can be like rays of light breaking through the darkness that shrouds the world we live in. As God’s children, we too possess that life-changing Spirit light inside us. When we notice others’ needs and take action to meet them, our life is like the brightest star shining out in a dark universe. How will we let the light of God’s Spirit shine through us today?
Our prayers this week:
- Lord Jesus, we remember that you came to the disciples when they were hiding in the upper room, afraid to face the world. We pray for those who lock themselves away afraid to face the world. We pray for those who lock themselves away because they have been hurt. We pray for those who lock themselves away because they feel weak or useless. We pray for those who lock themselves away because they are different. We pray for those who lock themselves away because they have done wrong and cannot bear to face the consequences. We pray for those who lock themselves away because they have lost someone they love and see no way to face the world without them. We pray for those who lock themselves away because they have lost hope.
- The residents of Fields Court Road.
We pray for the sick
We pray for the departed
From the Calendar of Saints
21st May Helena, protector of the Holy Places, 330. Ordinary time resumes today.
24th May John & Charles Wesley, evangelists, hymn writers, 1791 & 1788
25th May The Venerable Bede, monk, scholar, historian, 735; Aldhelm, bishop, 709.
26th May Augustine, archbishop, 605; John Calvin, reformer, 1564; Philip Neri, founder of the Oratorians, spiritual guide, 1595.
Memory Café Plus – Monday 21st May 2.00pm – 4.00pm
National Dementia Action Week - Guest Speaker – Jane Muers - ‘About Dementia’.
Cream Teas – in the Coffee Room, All saints Church -
Wednesday 23rd May 2.00pm until 4.00pm
Proceeds to the ‘Bell Fund’.
Please come and join us and enjoy!
MakeLunch – Pilot –– Please pray for those children and families invited to come for lunch on Wednesday 30th May. Pray also for Glynis and the team who are welcoming them.
Walsingham Day Pilgrimage - Monday 28th May.
Coach leaves St John's Leamington at 7am. £20 per head.
Bring a picnic. Timetable:12 noon Mass; picnic lunch; 2.30pm sermon; procession and Benediction
Services for Corpus Christi – Thursday 31st May will be held in the Lady Chapel, coinciding with Midweek Mass at 10.00am
Saints Alive (Lunch Club Plus) – For older people in the community. If you are on your own, lonely, in need of help advice, or just want to make new friends, come and join us on a number of Friday’s in each month. 12.30pm – 2.30pm.
A two-course set lunch will be served for a donation. The next Lunch Club will be Friday 8th June 2018. Booking is essential as places are limited. Contact Glynis on 01926 498990 or call Parish Office Monday to Thursday morning only 01926 492073
Leamington Taize – Monthly ecumenical prayer in Leamington Spa from June 2018. Commencing 4th Tuesday of the month from 26th June 2018, 8.15pm. The prayer Room, St. John the Baptist Church, South Leamington. For more details contact: [email protected]
Knit & Natter sessions -1st & 3rd Thursdays in the month –
Sunday 24th June – In celebration of Jo Cox’s belief that we have More in common than that which divides us, we are taking part in The Great Get Together weekend. Please join us and others from the neighbourhood and local community at 54 Blacklow Road, CV34 5SX between 2 and 4 pm. No need to bring anything other than yourselves – refreshments will be provided. Christine & Joanne.
We're approaching the Eleven Days of Prayer from Ascension Day to Pentecost 'Thy Kingdom Come.' 10th to 20th May 2018. To help us in our prayer time there are free materials available on the entrance hall table: Prayer Journal - Pray for five of your family and friends and join a wave of prayer happening all around the world. 'Thy Kingdom Come Morning and Evening Prayer' - For use by yourself or in a group.
Knit Sunday – 17th June (Simply Worship) – Come and celebrate being knit together in community, in worship for all ages. Please bring your knitting; learn to knit! (This is part of the Big Knitted Christmas Tree project).
Revd. Diane Thompson 01926 492073
The Parish Administrator is generally available in the Parish Office
Monday-Tuesday 8.45am - 12.45pm
Wednesday - Thursday 9.00am - 2.00pm
Parish Office [email protected]
(Administrator) 01926 492073
(Wednesday & Thursday mornings)
Sue Whitehouse 01926 492073
(Monday & Tuesday mornings)
Margaret Hitches 01926 492073
Finney 01926 492073
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