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Bulletin for Day of Pentecost 23. 5. 2021

Christ Church Vision: Bringing Jesus into the heart of the Community

In today’s Gospel reading Jesus said “As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” After the crucifixion of Jesus the disciples were a bunch of frightened people, but now in the book of Acts even through suffering and in the face of death they take every opportunity to tell of their crucified and risen Lord. But the church did not grow by its own power or enthusiasm. This happened because the disciples were empowered by the Holy Spirit. Pentecost is the day we celebrate the coming of the Spirit and the birth of the Church. When Jesus touches our life we are changed people. People spend all their lives looking for status—there’s no higher status than being a son or a daughter of God. God is our ‘Abba Father’ but He is also holy and powerful and through the Holy Spirit we have access into the throne room heaven. Jesus said “As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”
Each day we have Morning Prayer at 9am and Evening Prayer 7.30pm; ecumenical prayers are at 7.30pm on Thursdays and 8.00 am on Fridays with social distancing at Christ Church. Let us continue to remember all those who mourn loved ones. especially Bev, Corinth and her son Jermayne, pray too for Dainey, Pauline and their families. Heavenly Father, let them experience your comfort and peace at this difficult time. We know you are the resurrection and the life and thank you that your presence will enfold all those who mourn.
The church is open for prayers. Please also keep in your prayers Bev’s cousin Richard, also Pearl’s husband Mitford, Edna, Ena, Rose, Mel, Marvia, Althea, Jade, Genievive, Vera and Lucy Linton that they may all know God’s healing presence.
There was an announcement about CAP (Christians Against Poverty) in the on-line service on Sunday 2nd May. The APCM meeting is on Sunday 30th May after Mass. PENTECOST WILL BE OUR LAST ON-LINE SERVICE and we want to thank Jim for all his hard work.
There are different ways in giving: Planned giving envelopes (please collect them from Olyve Johnson – Stewardship Officer); pay through Christ Church website or you may wish to pay on-line, here are the details:
Account Name: Christ Church, West Green with St Peter
Sort code: 089299
Account Number: 65156465

We very much appreciate this. May God richly bless you.
Have a peaceful day.
Revd Gita Deborah Bond

Collect for the Day of Pentecost 23.5.2021
God, who as at this time
Taught the hearts of your faithful people,
By sending them the light of your Holy Spirit
Grant us by the same Spirit
To have the right judgement in all things
And evermore to rejoice in His holy comfort
Through the merits of Jesus Christ our Saviour
Who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit
One God, now and forever. AMEN
LITURGY
First reading Acts 2: 1 – 21
Responsorial Psalm Ps 104 “Send forth your Spirit, O Lord and renew the face of the earth.”
Second Reading Romans 8: 22 – 27
Gospel Reading John 15: 26 – 27; 16: 4b – 15