Day of Pentecost   Whit Sunday 31st May 2020

The West Norfolk Priory Group

Day of Pentecost  

Whit Sunday

 

31st May 2020

 

 

 

Collect

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

 

Our readings

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 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. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.

Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, ‘Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.’ All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, ‘What does this mean?’ But others sneered and said, ‘They are filled with new wine.’                             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. Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:
“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.
Even upon my slaves, both men and women,
   in those days I will pour out my Spirit;
     and they shall prophesy.
And I will show portents in the heaven above
   and signs on the earth below,
     blood, and fire, and smoky mist.
The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day.
Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”                      Acts 2.1-21

A reading from the first Epistle to the Corinthians

Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking by the Spirit of God ever says ‘Let Jesus be cursed!’ and no one can say ‘Jesus is Lord’ except by the Holy Spirit.

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.                                                                      For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.                               1 Corinthians 12.3-13

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John

On the last day of the festival, the great day, while Jesus was standing there, he cried out, ‘Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, and let the one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said, “Out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water.” ’ Now he said this about the Spirit, which believers in him were to receive; for as yet there was no Spirit, because Jesus was not yet glorified.              John 7.37-39

Please include in your prayers: Those in our prayer basket, those who are ill or housebound: Rebecca, Tony Marie, Philippa Jamieson, Mick Collins, Dilys Garland, David Colby, Margaret and Kevin Gardner, Samantha Clark, Lynne Watton, Frederick Ali, Josie, Shaun Caley, Roger, Philip, Carole, , Debra, Christine, Tony Porter, Kath, Sam, Ken Martin, Wendy, Liz Wing

A prayer in lockdown

The doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked. (John 20.19)

Ever present God, be with us in our isolation, be close to us in our distancing, be healing in our sickness, be joy in our sadness, be light in our darkness, be wisdom in our confusion, be all that is familiar when all is unfamiliar, that when the doors reopen we may with the zeal of Pentecost inhabit our communities and speak of your goodness to an emerging world.
For Jesus' sake. Amen.

 

A prayer found by Joyce Venni in her mother’s 1943 diary

Say thankyou

Lord make us truly thankful for the loveliness of the morning light.

Through the night, men have risked their lives in the sky to defend the lives and home of me and mine.

Help me so to live and to give, that I may be little more thankful of their sacrifice.

(with the alteration of a few words this timeless call is apt for our times)

 

*Free Telephone Church Service

Daily HOPE. The line is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044.  Callers hear a special greeting from the Archbishop of Canterbury before being able to choose from a range of options.

* Virtual services

Online, https://www.facebook.com/pg/West-Norfolk-Priory-Group-Church-of-England-100422234980502/about

*https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/church-online/virtual-services/virtual-services

*Canon Jessica Martin has a daily reflection on Ely cathedral web-site https://www.elycathedral.org/worship-at-home/daily-reflections

*From Bishop Dagmar of Huntingdon

Sunday Reflection https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLNTXQ0WgBGVbVCQmPz6ILXvrZ14lsYo2z

 

Giving and Need

All our churches still need regular offerings, contact churchwardens to find out how to give

Churchwardens contacts:

Fincham 01366 347279                                              Marham 01760 339688/ 01760 444199                                         Nordelph 01366 324470                                Runcton Holme 01553 812094/ 01553 811212 Shouldham  01366 347814                                  Shouldham Thorpe 01366 347253                       Stow Bardolph 01366 383194                                Stowbridge 01366 383194                                          Tottenhill 01553 810037                             Watlington 01553 811086/ 01553 810584  Wimbotsham 01366 388954                                    Wormegay 01553 841252/ 01553 841410 

 

Kings Lynn Foodbank – we can still support *by BACS transfer                         KL Foodbank Sort Code: 40-26-11 Account: 91808443                                                    *by cheque Kings Lynn Foodbank,                                 TS Vancouver Building, St Margaret’s Lane, King’s Lynn, Norfolk  PE30 5DS

The Children’s Society is continuing to support young people. The coronavirus lockdown has trapped vulnerable children at home, hidden from view and from vital support. Many of these children are alone and trying to cope with mental health problems, fears and uncertainties, and some with their abusers. In the current situation, giving these children help is more vital than ever and being able to talk with someone they trust can literally save their lives.  Emergency Coronavirus Appeal childrenssociety.org.uk/lifeline 

(Cheques payable to Children’s Society,

Address: Bumpers way, Bumpers Farm, Chippenham SN14 6NG)