For our prayers:
The Bishop, Christopher Foster , The Diocesan Secretary, Victoria James, Havant Deanery: St Michael & All Angels, Chalton, St Thomas a Becket, Warblington,
St Thomas and St Nicholas, Bedhampton, Churches together in Hayling: St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church
Schools: Portsmouth High School, St Alban’s School, West Leigh
Care Homes: Oak View, Park House Rest Home
Belinda New, Christopher, Elizabeth Noble, Gerry Richmond, Heidi, Henry Durrell, Jean White, June Stowell, Kathy Byrom, Margaret Evan-Hughes, Marshall, Molly, Paul Clothier, Sally Ann Lane, Sylvia Dyke, Tony Turner, Tess, Mags Hymas, Cyrena, Mark Evans, Barbra Gardner, Margery Burras, Sally Joad, John McCann, Margaret Voysey, Joan Gibson.
John Scarf, Arthur Collyer, Jim Bradley, Eve Jones, Leslie Harrison, Vanessa Cookson, Clifford John Ewens, Patrick Shotton, Joy Mary Clothier, Lizzie Catherine Jones
Readings for next week
(Sunday 31 May The Day of Pentecost)
Act 2. 1-21, 1 Cor 12. 3b-13, John 20. 19-23
St Andrew’s, St Mary’s, & St Peter’s
Priest in Charge: Revd Dr Jenny Gaffin Tel: 9307 0178 Email: email@example.com
Associate Priest: Revd Deborah Curram Tel: 9246 2379 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday 24 May The Seventh Sunday of Easter
Sunday after Ascension Day
If you would like to join us in spirit on Sunday’s, throughout Lockdown, please light a candle at 9am
We will also be praying at the regular weekday service times.
Wednesday 10.00 am
Printed material for the main Sunday service including a sermon and songs are on our web page www.haylinganglicans.co.uk
Sunday and Tuesday morning prayer can be found on the Hayling Anglicans Facebook page.
Childrens bible stories and activities can be found on our junior Facebook page, Hayling Anglicans Junior Church
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Sunday 24 May The Seventh Sunday of Easter Sunday after Ascension Day – Readings
O God, the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: Do not leave us comfortless, but send us your Holy Spirit to strengthen us, and exalt us to that place where our Savior Christ has gone before; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
When the apostles had come together, they asked Jesus, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”
Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day’s journey away. When they had entered the city, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying, Peter, and John, and James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers.
1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11
Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that is taking place among you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you are sharing Christ’s sufferings, so that you may also be glad and shout for joy when his glory is revealed. If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the spirit of glory, which is the Spirit of God, is resting on you.
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. Discipline yourselves, keep alert. Like a roaring lion your adversary the devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour. Resist him, steadfast in your faith, for you know that your brothers and sisters in all the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering. And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the power forever and ever. Amen.
Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed.
”I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.”
God our Father, you have raised our humanity in Christ and have fed us with the bread of heaven: mercifully grant that, nourished with such spiritual blessings, may we set our hearts in he heavenly places; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
St Andrew’s, St Mary’s & St Peter’s – Information
A number of people have asked what they should do with their freewill offering envelopes / collection money. Please could you hold them for now and give them to us once the church re-opens? Alternatively if you would like to join the Parish Giving Scheme please call Jenny on 02393 070178 and she will send you the forms. The Parish Giving Scheme is a straightforward safe way for you to give regularly to the church and includes the option of gift aiding if you are a taxpayer.
If you are able to donate any gifts of food to the foodbank it will be gratefully accepted. Please email Paul Dennison – firstname.lastname@example.org – to find out the latest ways to donate your food. Please bear in mind that anyone who has any symptoms and has to self-isolate, although very kind, should not be contributing.
CONGRATULATIONS to Mary Cooper for completed her 18km walk in aid of Christian Aid. It’s still possible to sponsor her – donations to
Christian Aid HI Committee. Sort code 30 15 42. TSB Account no. 0022 3566 Ref: Mary’s Walk
FOR SALE! Greetings cards – images of Jenny’s sea stole, blank inside – in aid of Hayling Anglicans (all money will be put towards joint church costs)
Pack of 4 (1 of each design) for £5. To place your order please email email@example.com or call the parish office. Payment is preferably by bank transfer to St Mary’s PCC 53-50-33 53092643. Please name your payment “Greetings cards”. We will also happily receive cheques to “St Mary’s PCC” , posted to the vicarage with a note saying the money is for cards.
Sermon – Revd Jenny Gaffin
“Discipline yourselves, keep alert. Like a roaring lion your adversary the devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour. Resist him, steadfast in your faith”
These words from 1 Peter couldn’t be more apt for our present time. “Keep alert” says the slogan, and I wonder if Boris knows he is echoing scripture! We should indeed keep alert right now because we are faced with an invisible threat, one that only breaks cover once its destructive work is already underway. Whether you agree or disagree with the steps being taken to ease lockdown, the presence of that threat and the need to guard against it is undeniable.
The lines are comfortingly familiar to those of us who regularly pray Compline. “Be sober, be vigilant” is the opening warning in the traditional form. There’s something very powerful about gathering to pray as the shadows lengthen and the night takes over. Most of us have known the terror of the dark at some point when we awaken and switch a light on because we just need to be able to see around us. The lines evoke that fear but they also evoke the safety that comes with trusting wholly and attentively in the God who will lead us safely through the invisible perils into the light of day.
The reliance on God of which our readings speak has been very much at the heart of my conversations with Revd Deborah this week as we’ve reflected on how many new skills we’re each having to learn in order to fulfil duties we’ve performed for many years. Learning how best to present ourselves on camera is a case in point. It’s akin to learning in our earliest years of ministry how to perform the various liturgies that are now second nature to us. In some regards – thankfully not in others! – we’re children again learning basic skills for the first time, with some attempts rather more successful than others and a need continually to trustingly hold out our hand to God and get back on our feet when we stumble.
I know from my conversations with many of you that Deborah and I are not alone. For some of you those new skills will relate to the internet or to banking or new ways of shopping. For others it’s forms of communication and transport. There’s a wonderful creativity to our times but it comes with a vulnerability as we open ourselves to new ways of engaging with every aspect of our lives. We may be mercifully free of lions on Hayling but human nature requires us to stay close to God and to those who love us order to stay spiritually and practically safe.
So today I echo the lines from 1 Peter and also from our own PM in saying to you stay alert – physically and spiritually. And stay close to God and to one another through whatever forms of communication are legitimate and possible for you at this time. Together we’ll keep each other safe through the perils on the present time and on into the new life that awaits us.
Photo: Adrienne Pearson
Hymns for May 24th Sunday after Ascension
Hail the day that sees him rise. (Three verses only in this version but I have reproduced all Common Praise words. )
Hail the day that sees him rise, alleluia!
To his throne above the skies; alleluia!
Christ, the Lamb for sinners given, alleluia!
enters now the highest heaven! Alleluia!
2 There for him high triumph waits; alleluia!
lift your heads, eternal gates; alleluia!
he hath conquered death and sin; alleluia!
take the King of Glory in. Alleluia!
3 Highest heaven its Lord receives, alleluia!
yet he loves the earth he leaves; alleluia!
though returning to his throne, alleluia!
still he calls the world his own. Alleluia!
4 See! He lifts his hands above, alleluia!
See! He shows the prints of love; alleluia!
Hark! His gracious lips bestow alleluia!
blessings on his church below.Alleluia!
5 Still for us he intercedes; alleluia!
his prevailing death he pleads, alleluia!
near himself prepares our place, alleluia!
he the first-fruits of our race. Alleluia!
6 Lord, though parted from our sight, alleluia!
far above the starry height, alleluia!
grant our hearts may thither rise, alleluia!
seeking thee above the skies. Alleluia!
The head that once was crowned with thorns.
Hail thou once despised Jesus
Chorus: Father, we love you. (Glorify thy name )
Christ triumphant, ever reigning