20th May 2018 – Pentecost
Welcome to St. Peter’s. Please stay for coffee which is served in the Parish Centre after the service.
Sunday Worship 9.00am Eucharist; 10.30am Sung Eucharist
Readings for today
Acts 2.1-21; Romans 8.22-27; John 15.26-27, 16.4b-15
Readings for next week
Isaiah 6.1-8; Romans 8.12-17; John 3.1-17
Hymns for today
9.00am Gradual 157; Offertory 156
10.30am Introit 504; Gradual 157; Offertory 156; Communion 151; Final 356
9.00am and 10.30am services – Admission of Welcomers 12.30pm Baptism of Harley
10.00am - 11.30am Parents and Toddlers Group
6.45pm Bell ringers meet for their weekly practice
7.15pm Choir Practice
9.00am Morning Prayer
10.00am – 11.30am Good Companions Craft Group
7.00pm Darwen Ladies Choir
10.00am – 11.00am Vestry Hour Church open for refreshments and to discuss and book Baptisms and Weddings.
10.30am – 11.am Baptism preparation session
This week we are praying for those who live and work in Jubilee Street, Kay Street and Kelvin Street; and for those who are sick: Noah; Rita; Vick; Sister Catherine; Barbara; Robin; Neil Murch; Luke; Jenny Owen; Annie; Sienna; Loraine; Rosabella; Jerry; Jean Entwistle; Grace and Donald McGregor; David Owen; Jane Fenton; Florence Woodman; Roman Myers; Jacqueline; Brian Harding; Cameron; David Briggs; Granville Yates; Aaron and Liam; James; Pam; Fred Wareing.
Spring Fair Thank you so much to everyone who helped in any way to make our Spring Fair such a success.
So far the total amount raised is £1067.33. Please check the tickets on the raffle prizes in the Parish Centre to see if you have won a prize and have a go at the sweetie tombola!
Also please collect any of your dishes or other containers that may still be in the kitchen.
May Parish magazines are available in the Parish Centre.
Monday 21st May Work begins on our side aisle roofs today and will go on over the next few months.
Our Meditation and Bible study sessions continue on alternate Thursdays until the last Thursday in July.
The next session will be on Thursday 31st May. All are welcome, as each service is stand alone.
June Sunday readings are now out in the Parish Centre for readers to collect – please remember to go by the new readers’ rota which Phil has issued to all readers and which covers both first and second readings at each service.
A continuing plea from the Food Larder Darwen Food Larder is still very much in need of tinned meat and fish (especially tuna), and they’d also be very grateful for jars of coffee, cartons of long-life milk, packets of pasta, pasta sauces, cans of sweetcorn, tins of beans with sausages and other canned meals. Thank you in anticipation of your continuing support.
Charity Giving at Church In May and June we are collecting for Christian Aid. Please see the notice in the Parish Centre and the May parish magazine for more information.
Saturday 9th June – Summer Barbecue here at church, 12.00noon – 2.00pm. Tickets £2.50 per person, on sale today – this includes your first visit to the barbecue.
Food and drinks, games and lots of fun for all the family!
Saturday 7th July – Rev’d Canon Andrew Holliday’s celebration of his 25th anniversary as a priest – 6.00pm, St Wilfrid’s Standish – all welcome.
Prayer Tree – Please write names, intentions and concerns on the leaves in the Lady Chapel and hang them on the Prayer Tree so that we may pray them together.
Pew sheet – to receive this electronically please e-mail
100 Club – Watch out for the next draw!
Sunday 20th May – Pentecost
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.
FIRST READING – 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.”
SECOND READING – Romans 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.