United Benefice of

St Mildred’s, Whippingham

and

St James’, East Cowes

23rd May 2021 : Pentecost

Alleluia! Christ is risen!

CURRENT WORSHIP ARRANGEMENTS

As we are now allowed to gather in groups of 6 or less indoors, there will be coffee and tea available in the Parish Centre itself at St Mildred’s after the Sunday service!

Meanwhile the diocesan website www.portsmouth.anglican.org still has a direct link to parishes that are streaming live worship, while for those unable to access such resources this pewsheet continues to contain material for offering a “spiritual communion” at home. You must do whatever feels right and safe for you.

ONLINE WORSHIP

Previous services at Whippingham are now being shown on YouTube via the following link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVSctvWxFgk

Today’s service will appear on YouTube later this week.

FOR YOUR PRAYERS THIS WEEK:

Give thanks for: Churches Together; Community Spirited; all signs of unity in the Church

Pray for: all working to contain the Indian variant of the virus

PRAYERS FOR THOSE IN NEED:

Please pray for: Kim; Irene and Henry; Richard Gray; Bob Hitchens; Dave; Reg and Eileen King; Beryl; Maureen & Gordon; Joy and Dave; Oliver; Rita; Stuart; Thabani Maposa and family; Paul and family; James; Maureen; Chrissie; Jill; Catherine; Marie and family; victims of domestic abuse; all suffering from long Covid

Give thanks for: permission for mixed households to met indoors; fine weather and birdsong

If you wish particular names to be added to the prayer list, please inform Rev Susan. All names will be reviewed on a monthly basis. Please keep Rev Susan updated if you would like a name to stay on the list beyond the current month.

PRAYERS FOR THE DEPARTED:

Jenny Abbott

Jenny passed away on Monday 17th May, peacefully at home. Our condolences go to Mike and family. The funeral date will be announced in due course.

COLLECT FOR PENTECOST

Holy Spirit, sent by the Father,

ignite in us your holy fire;

strengthen your children with the gift of faith,

revive your Church with the breath of love,

and renew the face of the earth,

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

READINGS

NEW TESTAMENT READING Acts 2 : 1-21

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. 4All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.

5 Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. 6And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. 7Amazed and astonished, they asked, ‘Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? 9Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.’ 12All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, ‘What does this mean?’ 13But others sneered and said, ‘They are filled with new wine.’

14 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. 15Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. 16No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:

17 “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.
18 Even upon my slaves, both men and women,
in those days I will pour out my Spirit;
and they shall prophesy.
19 And I will show portents in the heaven above
and signs on the earth below,
blood, and fire, and smoky mist.
20 The sun shall be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood,
before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day.
21 Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

GOSPEL John 15 : 26-27; 16 : 4b-15

Jesus said, 26 ‘When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father, he will testify on my behalf. 27You also are to testify because you have been with me from the beginning.

‘I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you. 5But now I am going to him who sent me; yet none of you asks me, “Where are you going?” 6But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your hearts. 7Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. 8And when he comes, he will prove the world wrong about sin and righteousness and judgement: 9about sin, because they do not believe in me; 10about righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will see me no longer; 11about judgement, because the ruler of this world has been condemned.

12 ‘I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. 14He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you. 15All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to

ADDRESS (Rev Mike Exell)

“When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father he will testify on my behalf.” (John 15:26)

There is a lovely story about Pentecost. A missionary was talking to an enquirer about the Holy Spirit and used the Greek word Paraclete, which is usually translated as ‘Comforter’ or Advocate.

The young enquirer told the missionary “First you tell me God appeared as a dove” he said, “then I see there’s a big brass eagle at the front of your church and now you tell me God is a parakeet!

Holy Father I understand, Holy Son I understand but Holy Parrot I just do not understand.”

What happened on that first day of Pentecost? What happened to Peter and to the rest? What was it that came over them?

At first the crowd thought they were drunk!

They must have been behaving in a very peculiar way.

Then Peter stood up and said that something had happened to them that was far more powerful than alcohol, they were fulfilling prophecy of Joel.

Perhaps there was a bit of nervous giggling at first.

Then what on earth was Peter talking about? Was he joking? Then as Peter went on quoting from the Hebrew Scriptures, the crowd sobered up and about 3 thousand were baptised.

As a new mother nears the time of giving birth, there is a sense of change and apprehension. The bloom of pregnancy ends and the onset of painful labour begins.

Yet amidst the upheaval, the hope of what is to come carries her through: after the turmoil, new life will emerge into the world.

As the first-time mother holds and feeds her baby, their relationship is sealed in a way previously impossible and perhaps unimaginable.

The ending of one phase had to happen before the next could begin, however painful the transition to deeper joy.

On the eve of Jesus’ arrest, change is in the air. Jesus has just shared his last Passover meal with his friends. Now he gives them some final instructions and words of comfort in the light of his imminent departure.

The disciples’ distress as they witness their Lord’s crucifixion will feel like the end of the world, and it is indeed the moment when this world’s reign is ended through Jesus’ redemptive work.

But here Jesus speaks to his disciples of hope beyond the forthcoming turbulence: He promises to send them the Holy Spirit.

This is not a compensation for Jesus’ going, but a consequence of it. For only Jesus’ death and subsequent resurrection will release the outpouring of the Spirit.

The disciples may lose the company of the physical Jesus nearby, but they will gain the continual experience of his real and risen presence alive in them wherever they go.

Their personal relationship with Jesus will not be severed, but will actually grow as they receive the third person of the Trinity within their very beings.

But Jesus is talking about much more than simply keeping in touch.

The Holy Spirit is sent for a purpose: to continue Christ’s ministry through his followers out into a world that needs to hear God’s kingdom has come.

The Holy Spirit will bring them God’s comfort; guide them with divine wisdom and insight, and deepen their understanding of God’s purposes in Christ, as he interprets the amazing events of Jesus’ death and resurrection shortly to unfold.

And beyond ministering to the disciples, the Holy Spirit has a wider role to fulfil through them. As the Spirit presents the risen, victorious Jesus to the world, he highlights the reality of the sin of those who arrogantly refuse to believe and

shows up the inadequacy of rule-based self-righteousness in the light of the holiness of God’s anointed one.

Learning to trust the Spirit’s judgement is going to be one of the most important lessons for all disciples to learn.

The Spirit demonstrates that through Jesus, vindicated and reigning in glory, the Evil One’s hold on this world has already been condemned and overthrown.

Wherever the Spirit is at work, our attention is directed to Jesus as Lord.

The Spirit enlightens believers’ minds or comforts their hearts in order to draw them into greater love and service of Christ.

The Spirit empowers their activities in spreading the Gospel so that Christ might be glorified as those who hear God’s word respond in repentance.

As Christians living beyond the resurrection, we have been filled with the Holy Spirit’s new life.

Can we take time to reflect on the amazing gift and privilege of having part of the very Godhead come to live amidst all our human frailty?

Are we conscious of making space for the Holy Spirit to work within us, by attending to the Spirit’s guidance and so by directing our energies to following Jesus more nearly and loving him more dearly day by day?

And as we are letting the Spirit in, we also need to let the Spirit out.

Jesus speaks to his disciples with authority as well as compassion.

There is a job to be done, as we are called into a partnership made in heaven: The Spirit will empower our words and witness to the truth of Jesus Christ, but we need to speak and be active in Christ’s name to allow that to happen.

Will we be faithful to our commission, trusting the Spirit to do his part?

In all this, let us follow the Holy Spirit’s lead in giving Jesus his rightful glory. Where we do find people alongside us responding to Jesus and coming to faith in him, let’s remember to keep in step with the Spirit by celebrating Jesus at the centre, rather than pushing into the limelight ourselves. Amen.

INTERCESSIONS

We pray for God to fill us with his Spirit.

Generous God,

we thank you for the power of your Holy Spirit.

We ask that we may be strengthened to serve you better.

Lord, come to bless us.

and fill us with your Spirit.

We thank you for the wisdom of your Holy Spirit.

We ask you to make us wise to understand your will.

Lord, come to bless us.

and fill us with your Spirit.

We thank you for the peace of your Holy Spirit.

We ask you to keep us confident of your love,

wherever you call us.

Lord, come to bless us.

and fill us with your Spirit.

We thank you for the healing of your Holy Spirit.

We ask you to bring reconciliation and wholeness

where there is division, sickness and sorrow.

Lord, come to bless us.

and fill us with your Spirit.

We thank you for the gifts of your Holy Spirit.

We ask you to equip us for the work which you

have given us.

Lord, come to bless us.

and fill us with your Spirit.

We thank you for the fruit of your Holy Spirit.

We ask you to reveal in our lives the love of Jesus.

Lord, come to bless us.

and fill us with your Spirit.

We thank you for the breath of your Holy Spirit,

given by the risen Lord.

We ask you to keep the whole Church,

living and departed,

in the joy of eternal life.

Lord, come to bless us.

and fill us with your Spirit.

Generous God,

you sent your Holy Spirit upon your Messiah at the River Jordan,

and upon the disciples in the upper room.

In your mercy fill us with your Spirit.

hear our prayer,

and make us one in heart and mind

to serve you with joy for ever.

Amen.

PREPARING FOR SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

In union, Lord, with the faithful at every altar of your Church, where the Holy Eucharist is celebrated, I offer you praise and thanksgiving. I present to you my soul and body with the sure hope that I may always be united to you. And since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, I ask you to come spiritually into my heart. I unite myself to you and embrace you with all my being. Let nothing ever separate you from me. May I live and die in your love. Amen.

You might like to sit in silence for a while, then pray:

Faithful God,

who fulfilled the promises of Easter

by sending us your Holy Spirit

and opening to every race and nation

the way of life eternal:

open our lips by your Spirit,

that every tongue may tell of your glory;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

To conclude, either listen to the music links below or simply rest quietly in God’s presence

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INTERCESSORS

We have a shortage of people willing to lead the intercessions at St James’ church. If you are interested, please have a word with Rev Susan. Training and help are available to get you going!

FOOD BANK MOST NEEDED ITEMS THIS MONTH

The Foodbank would be most grateful for any of the following:

Sponge pudding

Cooking oil

Gravy

Part-baked bread (at least 2 weeks’ shelf life)

Tinned mixed vegetables (NOT sweetcorn or mushy peas)

Cleaning products (kitchen/bathroom)

Toothbrushes (single)

Washing capsules/powder

Female and male deodorant

Shaving foam/gel

Bubble bath

Tampons

Thanks to the generosity of the public they have plenty of: cooking sauces, baked beans, tinned soup/meat/fish, biscuits, cereal, pasta, rice, tea).

ST MILDRED’S CAFÉ

The Café is now open on Mondays to Thursdays from 10.00am – 4.00pm. Please contact Sue Richmond (297883) for up to date details! The church is again open for visitors from during café hours. Yippee!

TEDDY CLUB – COMING SOON!

Teddy Club will resume on Thursday mornings after half-term, as the lockdown restrictions are easing. We are grateful to those who regularly volunteer: if anyone else would like to do so, please have a word with Jean Kirby or Beryl Harrison.

We look forward to other community groups restarting as soon as is viable with the changing regulations.

WAITROSE COMMUNITY APPEALS

It is anticipated that Waitrose will be naming Teddy Club as one of their three community appeal recipients, so do look out for the tokens boxes when you go shopping and drop a green disc into the Teddy Club box to vote for us!

ST MILDRED’S APCM

St Mildred’s APCM will be on Sunday 20th June after the morning service. To accommodate this, the service will be held at 10.00am instead of the regular 11.15am time. It should be possible by then to hold the APCM in the parish centre with a cup of coffee on hand.

TODAY’S SERVICES

Our celebrants this morning are Rev Peter Hutchinson and Rev Mike Exell. Thank you, both of you, for covering so that Rev Susan can relax following her Mum’s funeral.

This afternoon at 3.00pm we welcome Dolcie Robyn Star Lake into the church family at St James’: please pray for her and her parents, Connor and Harriet, as they take this significant step in faith.