United Benefice of

St Mildred’s, Whippingham


St James’, East Cowes

5th June 2022 : Pentecost


As we are now in a period of interregnum, details of the forthcoming month’s services will be given here. We are very grateful to Rev Mike and Rev Peter, who have kindly agreed to preside at Holy Communion at both churches on the first and third Sunday of each month. The second and fourth Sundays of each month will be lay-led Morning Worship, a full service of the Word which will largely follow the structure of the communion service, only without the sacramental liturgy, and with an All-Age focus at Whippingham on the second Sunday. For details of services on the months with a fifth Sunday, please check here.

Sun 12th Jun Morning Worship – 9.30 at St James, 11.15 at St Mildred’s (AAW)

Sun 19th Jun Holy Communion – 9.30 at St James, 11.15 at St Mildred’s

Sun 26th Jun Morning Worship – 9.30 at St James, 11.15 at St Mildred’s

At present numbers in church remain unrestricted, but if this changes we will give details. It is no longer compulsory to wear a mask in church, although you may feel safer doing so. If you wish to sit at a social distance, please check with the sidespeople, who will be able to advise you. Meanwhile, this pewsheet will continue to contain material for offering a “spiritual communion” at home.


Give thanks for: the work of the church as a whole: bishops, priests, deacons, readers, lay leaders, chaplains, apologists, missionaries, and all other lay Christians.

Pray for: All people who are anxious or affected by the rise in monkeypox cases; the victims of the conflicts in Ukraine and Ethiopia; people struggling with the cost of living


Emergency prayers needed for: Daisy C; Baby Alex; Jan; Hazel; Sandra; Paula; Lorraine; Gillian H.

Long term, please pray for: Mike; Valerie B; Charles and Susan; Stuart; Reg and Eileen; Irene and Henry; Richard G; Bob; Beryl; Joy and Dave; Margaret; Emily; Sammie; Richard S; Carol T; Betty B.

Give thanks for: the work of the Mission Aviation Fellowship in the remote parts of the world

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


All whose anniversary falls at this time.



God, who as at this time

taught the hearts of your faithful people

by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit:

grant us by the same Spirit

to have a right judgement in all things

and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort;

through the merits of Christ Jesus our Saviour,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.


PSALM OF THE DAY – Psalm 104: 24-end

24 O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.
25 There is the sea, great and wide; creeping things innumerable are there, living things both small and great.
26 There go the ships and Leviathan that you formed to sport in it.

27 These all look to you to give them their food in due season;
28 when you give to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are filled with good things.
29 When you hide your face, they are dismayed; when you take away their breath, they die and return to their dust.
30 When you send forth your spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the ground.

31 May the glory of the Lord endure forever; may the Lord rejoice in his works
32 who looks on the earth and it trembles, who touches the mountains and they smoke.
33 I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have being.
34 May my meditation be pleasing to him, for I rejoice in the Lord.
35 Let sinners be consumed from the earth, and let the wicked be no more.
Bless the Lord, O my soul. Praise the Lord!


When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3 Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. 4 All 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 people under heaven living in Jerusalem. 6 And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. 7 Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? 9 Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11 Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.” 12 All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” 13 But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.”

14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Fellow Jews and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. 15 Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. 16 No, 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 14: 8-17, 25-27

8 Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” 9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. 11 Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, but if you do not, then believe because of the works themselves. 12 Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.

15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. 17 This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him because he abides with you, and he will be in you.

25 “I have said these things to you while I am still with you. 26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all that I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.


O Holy Spirit, Paraclete, perfect in us the work begun by Jesus.

Enable us to continue to pray fervently in the name of the whole world: hasten in every one of us the growth of a profound interior life; give vigour to our apostolate so that it may reach all people everywhere, all redeemed by the Blood of Christ and all belonging to him. Mortify in us our natural pride, and raise us to the realms of holy humility, of the real fear of God, of generous courage. Let no earthly bond prevent us from honouring our vocation, no cowardly considerations disturb the claims of justice, no meanness confine the immensity of charity within the narrow bounds of petty selfishness.

Let everything in us be on a grand scale: the search for truth and the devotion to it, and readiness for self-sacrifice, even to the cross and death. May everything finally be according to the last prayer of the Son to his heavenly Father, and according to your Spirit, O Holy Spirit of love, which the Father and the Son desired to be poured out over the Church and its institutions, over the souls of people and over nations. Amen. Amen. Alleluia, Alleluia!

From the Pentecost Homily of Pope St John XXIII, June 10th 1962


God of peace and justice,
we pray for the people of Ukraine today.
We pray for peace and the laying down of weapons.
We pray for all those who fear for tomorrow,
that your Spirit of comfort would draw near to them.
We pray for those with power over war or peace,
for wisdom, discernment and compassion to guide their decisions.
Above all, we pray for all your precious children, at risk and in fear,
that you would hold and protect them.
We pray in the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace.


INTERCESSIONS (supplied by Robert Hall)

Holy Father, we think of all the refugees that are around the world. We think of those in the Ukraine and Poland and surrounding countries, unsure when, and if, they can return to their homeland. We pray for all the people who are supporting these people wherever they are. We ask you to support all those refugees who have settled in new countries as they adapt to their new way of life, and trust that they will be welcomed by their host nations.

Lord, in your mercy . . . Hear our prayer

Holy Father, please give wisdom and support to Bishop Jonathan, Archdeacon Allie, Rev Mike and Rev Peter, as well visiting priests and our lay leaders as we have entered this period of vacancy. We ask you to give support to all the churchwardens and the church councils as we all go about your work in this time. We also pray that you guide us as we look forward to joining up with the churches at Wootton, if that be your wish.

Lord, in your mercy . . . Hear our prayer

Holy Father, we pray for the work that is done in your name overseas. Support all the charities, including MAF, as they provide essential services to Christian organisations. Keep all these people safe, especially these in other war-torn countries, and we trust that with your guidance peace can return to these places. We also pray for people where supporting the work of the church is putting their lives at risk. Help them all at these troublesome times.

Lord, in your mercy . . . Hear our prayer

Holy Father, we think of all the visitors that are on the island at this time, as well as all the islanders that are relaxing this weekend. Keep them all safe and well, and we trust that when all the visitors leave this island they will return home safely. We pray for all who are troubled in body, mind or spirit: give them the support that they need so that they can see light at the end of the dark tunnel. We also think of all those people who have joined you in the Heavenly House. Let us pause as we remember them.

Lord, in your mercy . . . Hear our prayer

Holy Father, as Queen Elizabeth celebrates her 70th year leading us all ,we thank you for all the support and wisdom that you have given her over that period. We pray that she will be able to lead her family and the nation in the future, and we also trust that everyone will enjoy themselves safely this Bank Holiday.

Merciful Father,

Accept these prayers

for the sake of your Son,

our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.


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:

Post Communion

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.


To conclude, either follow the links below to our YouTube channel or simply rest quietly in God’s presence.



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The summer fete at St James’ will be taking place on Saturday 11th June. Any gifts would be most welcome. If you have anything to donate, please bring it along to church on a Sunday. Volunteers are also required, so if you might be available to help out, please contact Rose.


From May 17th until June 17th, Carisbrooke Priory are hosting an exhibition entitled “Wight in Focus”, showcasing works by local photographers Anne Linington, Rachel Salter, and Sarah Kite. This will be open to visit on Tuesdays, Wednesday, and Fridays.


The Food Pantry Scheme at Community Spirited, Vectis Road, East Cowes, has been up and running for a month now. The operation is similar to the food bank, only based on membership which for £5 a week, gives customers £15 of food. Donations are needed to replenish stocks, and priority items are currently as follows:

Baked beans, pasta sauce (any), tinned corned beef, tuna (4 in a pack), long life semi skimmed milk, toilet rolls (packs of 4), squash (any flavours), coffee


During the interregnum, regular morning prayer at St Mildred’s will be continuing at 9am on Tuesdays and Fridays. All are welcome! Any changes will be announced in the pew sheet.


Stuart is back this week, so please send any new notices or prayer requests to the usual email address. His contact details are stuart_mckerracher


Priority items needed, if you can help:

Long grain rice (1kg)

Fruit juice (long-life)


Tinned fruit

Sponge pudding

Due to the generosity of the public, we have plenty of:

Cooking sauces

Baked beans

Tinned vegetables

Tinned meat

Tinned fish

Tinned tomatoes