St. Mary’s Church Finedon
Morning Service and Newsletter
Sunday, 29th May, 2022

Churchwardens:- Jane Read 680522
Barry Wadeson 680734

9.30 am Holy Communion, 29th May.

Eucharist 11 am 1st June

Introit:-. 398 Christ Triumphant

Collect

O God the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: we beseech you, leave us not comfortless, but send your Holy Spirit to strengthen us and exalt us to the place where our Saviour Christ is gone before, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

First Reading :- Acts 16.16–34 A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.
One day, as we were going to the place of prayer, we met a slave-girl who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners a great deal of money by fortune-telling. While she followed Paul and us, she would cry out, ‘These men are slaves of the Most High God, who proclaim to you a way of salvation.’ She kept doing this for many days. But Paul, very much annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, ‘I order you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.’ And it came out that very hour. But when her owners saw that their hope of making money was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the market-place before the authorities. When they had brought them before the magistrates, they said, ‘These men are disturbing our city; they are Jews and are advocating customs that are not lawful for us as Romans to adopt or observe.’ The crowd joined in attacking them, and the magistrates had them stripped of their clothing and ordered them to be beaten with rods. After they had given them a severe flogging, they threw them into prison and ordered the jailer to keep them securely. Following these instructions, he put them in the innermost cell and fastened their feet in the stocks. About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was an earthquake, so violent that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were unfastened. When the jailer woke up and saw the prison doors wide open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, since he supposed that the prisoners had escaped. But Paul shouted in a loud voice, ‘Do not harm yourself, for we are all here.’ The jailer called for lights, and rushing in, he fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. Then he brought them outside and said, ‘Sirs, what must I do to be saved?’ They answered, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.’ They spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. At the same hour of the night he took them and washed their wounds; then he and his entire family were baptized without delay. He brought them up into the house and set food before them; and he and his entire household rejoiced that he had become a believer in God.

Psalm The choir will sing the verse the congregation join in with the response.
Response:-
The Lord is King, let the earth rejoice, let all the coastlands be glad. His throne is justice and right.
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The skies proclaim his justice; all people see his glory. All you spirits worship him.
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For you indeed are the Lord most high above all the earth exalted far above all spirits.
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THE NEW TESTAMENT READING

Revelation 22.12–14, 16–17, 20–21
I, John, heard a voice saying to me: ‘See, I am coming soon; my reward is with me, to repay according to everyone’s work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.’ Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they will have the right to the tree of life and may enter the city by the gates. ‘It is I, Jesus, who sent my angel to you with this testimony for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.’ The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come.’ And let everyone who hears say, ‘Come.’ And let everyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who wishes take the water of life as a gift. The one who testifies to these things says, ‘Surely I am coming soon.’ Amen. Come, Lord Jesus! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all the saints. Amen.

Gradual Hymn:- 169 Jesu our hope, our hearts desire.

Gospel

Hear the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.

Jesus looked up to heaven and prayed: ‘Holy Father, I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. Father, I desire that those also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory, which you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. Righteous Father, the world does not know you, but I know you; and these know that you have sent me. I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.’

Offertory:- 380 At the name of Jesus
Communion:-

Motet:- Listen Sweet Dove – Ives

309 Let all mortal flesh keep silent

Post Communion Prayer

Eternal God, giver of love and power, your Son Jesus Christ has sent us into all the World to preach the gospel of his kingdom: confirm us in this mission, and help us to live the good news we proclaim; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Post Communion hymn:- 170 Jesus is Lord

Organ:- Sonata 1 ( 1st Movement) J.G.Topfer

Please remember in your prayers this week all those who are sick especially: Janice Pinnock, Judy Barker, Margaret Butts, Jean Rochester, Cynthia Foster, Jacqui Minchinton, Malcolm Harris, Christopher Munns, Barry Ireland, Valerie Wakefield, Janet Whitby.

Let us pray for all who have died –among the recently departed we pray for Hazel Leech and Judy Tann and the children and teachers of Robb Elementary School in Texas.

Floodlight sponsorship
Bettie and Lyndon Carter
In memory of their darling Ian
on the anniversary of his passing
on 31st May 2019
Still missed so much
by his Mum, Bettie and brother Lyndon

David and Daphne Billson
To celebrate their Diamond wedding on
May 26th.

The Chalice From today, Sunday, we will be using the high altar rail for communion and reinstating the Chalice but If you prefer not to receive wine please cross your arms over your chest when approached. The silver chalice is antiseptic and the fortified wine is also antiseptic and there are no proven cases of COVID being caught from the Chalice according to doctors. On Sundays, please wait until the Director of Music has joined the choir to take communion or direction from a Sidesman before approaching the High Altar.

Appeal! Appeal! Appeal!

If anyone has any potted plants surplus to requirement, Joyce Williams will willingly take them off your hands for her plant stall at the Summer Fete on Saturday, 25th June. Thank you will collect. Please contact:-01933 398767/ 07986514768

Volunteers are needed to help with the Church Fete on Saturday 25th June in the Churchyard. We particularly need people to hold stalls so far we only have craft, cake, plant, White Elephant stalls and Teas covered. Any ideas or offers please have a chat with Churchwarden Jane, Choir Christine, Church Secretary Jean or one of the Julies.

Progress in filling the vacancy of an Incumbent

Unfortunately, the advert for new Incumbent did not get into the Church Times this week as planned. The paper was full and also is the next week, June 3rd, occupied by Jubilee articles. It will appear in the June 10th issue. This has set progress back; however, it has appeared on the Peterborough Diocesan website.

Sunday 5th June, Jubilee Sunday

Dress:- Red, white and blue.

Jubilee Choral Evensong at 6pm