For our prayers:
Portsmouth Deanery: Area Dean, Bob White, Associate Area Dean (North), Allie Kerr, Associate Area Dean (South), Paul Armstead.
IDWAL Diocese of Ho + Matthias Medadues-Badohu.
PtO Clergy, Mary Tillman, Lay Chair, Irene James, Treasurer, Mark Pearce.
Sub-warden of Readers, Jenny Stemp, Acting Administrative Officer, Maggie Moles,
Youth Chaplaincy Project, Samantha Duddles, Paul Whitelock and Susan Whitelock.
Retired Clergy Ken Appleford, Jeffrey Bell, Mike Clarke, Frances Gates, John Gray, Margaret Sherwin, David Stickland, Keith Uphill, Jenny Wiltshire.

The Sick:   
Christopher, Elizabeth Noble, Gerry Richmond, Heidi, Jean White, June Stowell, Kathy Byrom, Margaret Evan-Hughes, Marshall, Molly, Sally Ann Lane, Sylvia Dyke, Tess, Mags Hymas, Cyrena, Mark Evans, Jay Saunders, Barbra Gardner, Sally Joad, Karen West, Michael Cayley, Alan Barratt.
The recently departed:
Alan Bridle
Years Mind:
Roy Boniface, Kristine Saegert, Rachel Crooks

Readings for next week, 20th June, 3rd Sunday after Trinity
1 Samuel 17 57-18:5, 10-16, 2 Corinthians 6:1-13, Mark 4:35-41

St Andrew’s, St Mary’s, & St Peter’s
Priest in Charge: Revd Dr Jenny Gaffin
Tel: 9307 0178 Email:
Associate Priest: Revd Deborah Curram
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Reader: Mrs Sue Moss
Tel: 9246 7277. Email:

This week:
8am Morning Prayer on Facebook and YouTube
9.15am Holy Communion, St Peter’s
10.30am Holy Communion, St Mary’s
11am Morning Praise, Zoom
Tuesday: 7pm Compline, Facebook
Wednesday: 2pm Holy Communion, St Andrew’s
Thursday: 2pm Service of the Word, Zoom
Friday: 10am Storytime on Facebook
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Face masks will be required and social distancing.
Daily reflections by email.
Sunday morning reflection, weekly sheet and hymns.
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Sunday 13th June, 2nd Sunday after Trinity
The Collect
Faithful Creator, whose mercy never fails; deepen our faithfulness to you and to your living Word, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

1 Samuel 15:34 – 16:13
Then Samuel went to Ramah; and Saul went up to his house in Gibeah of Saul. Samuel did not see Saul again until the day of his death, but Samuel grieved over Saul. And the Lord was sorry that he had made Saul king over Israel. The Lord said to Samuel, ‘How long will you grieve over Saul? I have rejected him from being king over Israel. Fill your horn with oil and set out; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons.’ Samuel said, ‘How can I go? If Saul hears of it, he will kill me.’ And the Lord said, ‘Take a heifer with you, and say, “I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.” Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do; and you shall anoint for me the one whom I name to you.’ Samuel did what the Lord commanded, and came to Bethlehem. The elders of the city came to meet him trembling, and said, ‘Do you come peaceably?’ He said, ‘Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord; sanctify yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice.’ And he sanctified Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice. When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, ‘Surely the Lord’s anointed is now before the Lord.’ But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.’ Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. He said, ‘Neither has the Lord chosen this one.’ Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, ‘Neither has the Lord chosen this one.’ Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel, and Samuel said to Jesse, ‘The Lord has not chosen any of these.’ Samuel said to Jesse, ‘Are all your sons here?’ And he said, ‘There remains yet the youngest, but he is keeping the sheep.’ And Samuel said to Jesse, ‘Send and bring him; for we will not sit down until he comes here.’ He sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and had beautiful eyes, and was handsome. The Lord said, ‘Rise and anoint him; for this is the one.’ Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the presence of his brothers; and the spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward. Samuel then set out and went to Ramah.
2 Corinthians 5:6-10 [11-13] 14-17
So we are always confident; even though we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord— for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we do have confidence, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. For all of us must appear before the judgement seat of Christ, so that each may receive recompense for what has been done in the body, whether good or evil.[ Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we try to persuade others; but we ourselves are well known to God, and I hope that we are also well known to your consciences. We are not commending ourselves to you again, but giving you an opportunity to boast about us, so that you may be able to answer those who boast in outward appearance and not in the heart. For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you.] For the love of Christ urges us on, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died. And he died for all, so that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for him who died and was raised for them. From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!
Mark 4:26-34
He also said, ‘The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.’ He also said, ‘With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.’ With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.
Post Communion Prayer
Loving Father, we thank you for feeding us at the supper of your Son; sustain us with your Spirit, that we may serve you here on earth until our joy is complete in heaven, and we share in the eternal banquet with Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

St Andrew’s, St Mary’s & St Peter’s – Information

Regular Giving to the churches: Parish Giving Scheme. To sign up to give regularly to the churches go to , Click “Find your parish” and then enter the following where it says “Parish Name”:
For St Andrew’s: type “Eastoke St Andrew” For St Mary’s: type “South Hayling St Mary” For St Peter’s: type “North Haying St Peter”

Foodbank – If you are able to donate any gifts of food to the foodbank it will be gratefully accepted via the vicarage. Please bear in mind that anyone who has any symptoms and has to self-isolate, although very kind, should not be contributing.

Traidcraft Stall – Jenny Owens continues to sell Traidcraft goods. If you’d like to purchase anything that’s usually available on the Traidcraft stall please phone her on 02392 465215 email her on

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Zoom Services: How to access by telephone
To access Sunday at 10am Zoom service:
1. Dial 0203 481 5237
2. When prompted, enter the meeting ID 960 4378 3486 followed by the # key
3. You will be asked if you want to enter a participant ID number, just press #
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To access Thursday at 2pm Zoom service:
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Trinity 1 – Year B – 2021 – St Mary’s Hayling Island – Reflection by ArchDeacon Jenny, 6th June 2021

One of the most difficult things about this past year for most people has been separation from those closest to us – family and friends who are as dear to us as a brother, sister, parent or grandparent. For some there have been significant family events – a birth, a death, a wedding, an anniversary, that has not been marked in the way we would choose –– and that is felt keenly as a real and significant loss
Whether we live on our own or with others, most of us have a family – we may not have been able to see them much recently, or we may have seen them every day. Some of our family may have died, but they are still our family. Mum, Dad, stepmum, stepdad, brother, sister, cousin – we share the same genes (and the same jeans)
I was chatting to a friend and she mentioned that she has not yet met her newest grandchild. Not an unusual experience I understand. She has had to rely on photos, facetime, descriptions over the past year and reassurances that this child has indeed inherited the family’s distinctive nose!
In every family there’s a family resemblance, or likeness – the nose, the smile, the hair(?), the stubborn streak, the walk…often the first thing people say about a new baby is to comment on who he/she looks like!
Today we find Jesus sitting among a crowd of lots of different faces, people from lots of different families and backgrounds, with lots of different looks and personalities. Even some of his own family are there.
These people are all there for very different reasons.
Some are there because they sense that in Jesus they can come closer to the living God than they’ve ever been before.
Some of those there think he is demon-possessed – they see him as a threat.
His own family think he’s mad.
But Jesus rather rudely asserts that he doesn’t “belong” to his own human family any more. His family cannot be defined in terms of parentage or brothers or sisters. You can’t look at his face, or the way he holds his cup to see the resemblance to Uncle David or Cousin Mabel. Jesus’ attention is on those around him who are looking to him to hear about God – and as he sits among them and sees in their eyes the love they have for God. These are the ones he counts as members of his family, those with whom he shares an identity, held together with love. Those who are content to sit around him listening to his teaching are the ones to whom he belongs – and they to him.
They carry in their faces and in their lives the image of the God they strive to know.
And what do you think are the family resemblances, or likenesses that he sees, which show they belong to the same family?
You can tell they are members of his family not because of the colour hair they have, or the shape of their face, but because of how they love each other, because of the kindness they show to each other, just the same as the love and kindness Jesus shows.
If Jesus came and sat here among us today, would he be able to identify any one of us as members of his family?
What would he be looking for?
Well, every community has its differences of opinion – so he would not be looking for everyone to agree on everything. But he would expect us to be able to disagree well. To hold in love and kindness those with whom we disagree profoundly. To respect the person at the other end of the argument as equally precious to God, made in his image just as I am, no matter how wrong they may be.
And that love for God, which shows itself in loving kindness to other Christians in this church family, is too overwhelming to be confined within the walls of a single church. So he would be looking for that loving kindness to overspill beyond the walls of St Mary’s into the community round about, and across Hayling Island – flooding the island with stories of love and inspiring those who have not yet met Jesus themselves to ask questions, find out more and get to know him for themselves.
And he would be looking to see how being alongside him, sharing in his love, hearing his teaching and responding with joy to the invitation to be his brother or sister, had changed our lives – how we were seeking to live out our calling to follow him, to grow in his love and deepen our relationship with him.
In short, he would be looking to see the depth and impact of his teaching on our lives, and the number of those inspired to seek him because of our witness. Sound familiar?
As a diocese this is exactly what we are trying to do on a larger scale – to grow as Christian communities in depth, impact and number. But on Hayling it begins here, at St Mary’s, in this very church. Sit around Jesus, like those folk 2000 years ago, listening to his teaching, then live that love and kindness in all the ordinary things of living on Hayling in 2021.
So – back to that question – if Jesus came and sat here among us today, would he be able to identify us as members of his family? I’ll leave that one with you

Reflection for Sunday 13th June – Revd Deborah

Opening Prayer:
Almighty God, open our hearts to the magnitude of your promises and the richness of the blessings you pour upon us. Amen.

In today’s reading from Corinthians Paul is writing to encourage the Christians of Corinth to persuade them to to relinquish the kind of comfort and security that their old eyes are seeking and to learn to trust using a different map, taking them on a different adventure. As ever the bible message from centuries ago is so relevant to us today.

Change is hard, it is uncomfortable and a little frightening. But as Paul says, we walk by faith and not by sight and we work not to please ourselves but to serve the God who cares for us.

It would appear that the people of Corinth have judged Paul by their standards and find him wanting. They would prefer not to receive the sensible instructions he sends by letter and that he ceases in telling them off. Better, they say, if you would concentrate on the aspect of the job that relates to worship and leave the rest to them. The author Jane Williams writes that Paul’s response to these accusations is to remind them that his ‘worship of God is between God and me, but my job in relation to you is to teach you about the love of God in Christ, and to teach you how to see the world in the light of that reality.’

Changing how we view things and altering our standards as we hold them is very hard and sometimes by sticking to the ways we know, and only those ways, we make change more difficult than it needs to be. Trust can be the issue here. Trust in those around us and those who lead from afar. Trust that we can be gentle in our listening rather than forceful in our loud speaking and the assumption that we speak for the majority.

The Church of England is always moving in a tide of change, not always at a satisfactory speed although for some traditionalists the Church of England moves too fast. However, in the mix of change is our walk of faith, a walk where we put one foot in front of the other not blindly or angrily, but in faith that if God is opening doors and beckoning us on then perhaps we should trust and follow.

As I observe back through my life and think of the times when I have not agreed with change, or how I have boxed people by image or judgement I am also reminded of the opportunities I would have missed if God had not kept calling me on and if those around me had not been bold in their conviction.

I don’t always find change agreeable, particularly when it involves altering the familiar and comfortable, but I do want to serve God in this place and on this Island and if change opens doors to exciting ministry, to congregational sharing of ideas and strengthening the body of Christ then I will be obedient and follow my Lord into the unknown.

Will you?

Closing Prayer:
Almighty God, you call us to follow you into the unknown. Inspire us with your Spirit of love and trust, that we may fearlessly respond to your call and follow you wherever you may lead. Amen

Hail to the Lord’s anointed

I am a new creation

God is working his purpose out

Come thou Fount of every blessing

(See 1 Samuel 7-12 for an explanation of the opening words of verse 2)

The Kingdom of God is justice and joy