The Parish of S Michael and All Angels
SUNDAY 31 May 2020
At this time we are not allowed to offer public worship in church. However, Mass is offered for you ever day, as is the Daily Office. Even if you cannot be with us you will be in our prayers.
We are producing this sheet each week instead of our usual notice sheet, to keep everyone in touch and to provide some things to help you to join us in prayer. Please pass sheets or information on to those for whom we don’t have an email address.
THIS WEEKS SCRIPTURE READING.
They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak
When Pentecost day came round, they had all met in one room, when suddenly they heard what sounded like a powerful wind from heaven, the noise of which filled the entire house in which they were sitting; and something appeared to them that seemed like tongues of fire; these separated and came to rest on the head of each of them. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak foreign languages as the Spirit gave them the gift of speech.
Now there were devout men living in Jerusalem from every nation under heaven, and at this sound they all assembled, each one bewildered to hear these men speaking his own language. They were amazed and astonished. ‘Surely’ they said ‘all these men speaking are Galileans? How does it happen that each of us hears them in his own native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; people from Mesopotamia, Judaea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya round Cyrene; as well as visitors from Rome – Jews and proselytes alike – Cretans and Arabs; we hear them preaching in our own language about the marvels of God.
‘As the Father sent me,
so am I sending you.’
After saying this he breathed on them and said:
‘Receive the Holy Spirit.
For those whose sins you forgive,
they are forgiven;
for those whose sins you retain,
they are retained.’
MAY the month of MARY.
Today the Church commemorates the Visitaion – visit of Mary to Elizabeth. It was the time that Mary sang her great Song of Joy – of ‘God at war with Human Wrong’.
My soul glorifies the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God, my Saviour.
He looks on his servant in her lowliness;
henceforth all ages will call me blessed.
The Almighty works marvels for me.
Holy his name!
His mercy is from age to age,
on those who fear him.
He puts forth his arm in strength
and scatters the proud-hearted.
He casts the mighty from their thrones
and raises the lowly.
He fills the starving with good things,
sends the rich away empty.
He protects Israel, his servant,
remembering his mercy,
the mercy promised to our fathers,
to Abraham and his sons for ever.
MAKING A SPIRITUAL COMMUNION.
Even if we cannot be at mass and receive Holy Communion, we can always make a Spiritual Communion. God will always fill our hearts with his grace if we ask.
Our worship this week
Mon 1 Mry, Mother of the Church
Tue 2 Saints Marceillus and Peter, Martyrs
Wed 3 Saints Charles Lwanga and his Companions
Thu 4 Thursday of the 9th in Ordinary Time
Fri 5 Saint Boniface, Bishop, Martyr
Sat 6 Saint Norbet, Bishop
If you want us to bring someone or something to our Lord in prayer, please let Fr David know. Prayer is one of the most important things that we can do at this time.
Please remember these people in your prayers
Pentecost is a new beginning, a new creation.
The Holy Spirit was in the World from the beginning of Creation. The Book of genesis describes it hovering over the waters. It was the Spirit that filled the Patriarchs and the Prophets and formed the people of Israel. It was the Spirit that moved unseen in all human history.
But at Pentecost it begins anew, from the people of Israel a new people is formed, a universal people for God. The Church is born.
God takes the weakness, the failure of the disciples, tales their inadequacy and desperateness and transforms it, makes of it something new.
God always gives us the opportunity to begin again, to be new again. Through history he has continually renewed his Church. Often it is at the moments when people thought it was most corrupt, or most lacking life that he has done something afresh and new and filled it again with life.
Perhaps the Church today is at another Pentecost moment, when it is has been so marginalised from Society, thought by even some of its own member to be irrelevant or just limited to the personal space. When our World is so in need, so questioning. Perhaps if we pray like Mary and the Disciples, God will take us like them and fill us with his Spirit and make us new.
© Fr D Sherratt May 2020. Fr David exerts his right as author of this piece and to its Intellectual Property
OUR PARIS H LIFE
PENTECOST MESSAGE, The Bishop of Southwark has recorded an excellent message for Pentecost. You can hear it on YouTube if you click here
USING CHURCH. Just a reminder that we can happily now able to use the church buildings for limited activities, including the celebration of mass without a congregation If you have permission to go into the church building you must follow the appropriate guidance on hygiene and distancing. There is a notice by the door with further information that must be followed. You must inform Fr David whenever you have been in church, as we are required to keep an accurate record of this.
Fr David hopes to email PCC members shortly regarding some of the probable measures which we will have to put in place, if we are to use the church buildings once permission for public prayer etc. is granted.
WEEKLY OFFERINGS. We know that this will be a time of financial hardship for many. But if those who are able can keep up their regular giving to our Parish, it will enable us to keep operating as normally as we can. We cannot have collections, but there are still bills to pay. The best way to do this will by Internet banking. The details are Sort Code 30-99-88, Account No 00160771, Account Name is PCC Saint Michael and All Angels Abbey Wood. In the reference section please put your name followed by; ‘Offering’.
THIS WEEKS SAINTS Among the saints that we remember this week are: S’ Charles Lwamga and his Companions. Who were Christians from Uganda who were put to death in the 19th Century for their faith.
S. Boniface, an Anglo-Saxon monk from Devon, who became a missionary to Germany and brought there Christian Faith. S. Norbert who founded the .Premostatian Order.
SORRY NO BINGO. The Bingo session on 6 June is sadly cancelled. We will get our eyes down soon.
TAIZE PENTECOST 2020 The Community at Taize have announced that as they cannot have meetings of young People at the moment, they are holding a special weekend for Pentecost online. This includes online discussions for Young People aged 18-30. To take part or find our more visit here
VENI SANCTUS SPIRITUS
Come, Thou holy Spirit,
Come, the soul’s true radiancy.
Thou art shadow from the heat,
Where Thou art not, man hath nought;
What is parchèd, fructify;
In Thy power to guard and guide,
PARISH PRIEST. Fr David Sherratt. Tel. 0779432357
Assistant Priest Fr Derek Robinson
Churchwardens Mr Peter Ludlow, Mr Christopher Harper
Safeguarding Officer Mrs Susan Robinson
Web site: ……..michaels.church