Do join in distance prayer every Wednesday afternoon between 2 and 4pm to pray for our deanery and for everything on our hearts and minds, whoever and wherever you are, knowing that you are not praying alone but with many others in the diocese.
Here is Rita's message for today, 16th June: Many of you will know there are several Saints' days in June for us to look into, so I will follow last week's Columba with another one - this time on 11 June - a first century apostle, Barnabas. Coming from Cyprus, Barnabas was a Jewish, early Christian disciple although not one of the Twelve. However he is known as the man who introduced Paul to the other apostles and joined him on his first missionary journey, from Antioch. We are told in Acts that at the Council of Jerusalem, Barnabas supported the Gentile Christians, but that at some time on their travels, he and Paul argued and decided to separate. Barnabas returned to Cyprus but legend has it that he was the first Bishop of Milan, and that he died a martyr at Salamis in 61CE. His true title to fame is the prominent part he took in the development of the infant Christian Church.
Readings Psalm 112: “Happy are they who fear the Lord” Acts 11:19-30 John 15:12-17
Prayers (Collect) Bountiful God, giver of all gifts, who poured your Holy Spirit upon your servant Barnabas and gave him grace to encourage others, help us by his example to be generous in our judgements and unselfish in our service. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Father of all, whose love reaches out to the ends of the earth, we give you our thanks again for all those who continue to help with research for drugs to fight the various strains of Covid 19 across the world. We ask for your blessing on the sick and suffering, and on those who watch over them. Amen
Father God, the source of truth and love, keep us faithful to the apostles' teaching and fellowship, united in prayer and one in joy and simplicity of heart, in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
God bless, thank you for your company today. I wonder which Saint will come forward next week ?
We are offering Sunday services of Holy Communion in one kind only. These are limited in number and shorter than our usual services. Masks which cover the nose and mouth must be worn. There is no singing. Julie R. is sending invitations to those who have previously attended. Please contact her through a message here on our website or on our Facebook page if you have not yet heard from her, or if you would like to join us in worship for the first time. Thank you for your patience as we cautiously emerge from lockdown. Our primary aim is to keep everybody safe. Prior booking is essential.