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Due to Covid 19 all churches have been closed.

Each week on this page we offer you a message from our Rector, Revd. Val Tait. From time to time we may offer an audio service for you to listen to and join in with. Immediately below you will find the latest message from Revd. Val Tait. Further down you will find an audio file for Morning Service from Yatton which was ‘broadcast’ on 3rd May

27, Hazle Close
Tel 01531 634035

May 31st 2020
From the Vicarage – PENTECOST SUNDA

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. AMEN
Psalm 104:24-34, 35b
O LORD, how manifold are your works! In
wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of
your creatures. Yonder is the sea, great and wide,
creeping things innumerable are there, living things
both small and great. There go the ships, and
Leviathan that you formed to sport in it. These all
look to you to give them their food in due season;
when you give to them, they gather it up; when you
open your hand, they are filled with good things.
When you hide your face, they are dismayed; when
you take away their breath, they die and return to
their dust. When you send forth your spirit, they are
created; and you renew the face of the ground. May
the glory of the LORD endure forever; may the LORD
rejoice in his works– who looks on the earth and it
trembles, who touches the mountains and they
smoke. I will sing to the LORD as long as I live; I will
sing praise to my God while I have being. May my
meditation be pleasing to him, for I rejoice in in the
LORD. Bless the LORD, O my soul. Praise the LORD!
1st – Acts 2:1-21
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.’
GOSPEL – John 20:19-23
When it was evening on that day, the first day
of the week, and the doors of the house where the
disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews,
Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace
be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his
hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when
they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace
be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send
you.” When he had said this, he breathed on them
and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you
forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you
retain the sins of any, they are retained.”
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
The Cider Churches Benefice
Aylton, Little Marcle, Much Marcle, Pixley, Putley, Wellington Heath and Yatton
Sunday May 31st 2020 – PENTECOST SUNDAY
Dear Parishioners,
One of the delights and challenges of these past ten weeks of ‘Lockdown’ has been continuing
relationships through various means of communication. with family / friends / work colleagues and
parishioners, each separated from one another in our individual geographical locations. Initially it was
easy enough to retain a sense of ‘normality’ by talking to people on the phone and hearing their voices.
Normally I particularly enjoy meeting people ‘face to face’, so over time during these past weeks, I
began to feel quite ‘challenged’ by the absence of faces around me. I was soon introduced to ‘Zoom’
video calls and found it a great encouragement to be able to see those from the Cider Parishes again at
Thursday house group, and Monday prayer meeting. Preparing worship for festival occasions such at
Maundy Thursday and Ascension Day to be shared at those sessions, somehow didn’t seem that unusual.
It brought a sense of ‘normality’ as we marked some significant days in the Church’s calendar not in the
traditional way of gathering in our Churches together, but through this new medium of communication –
bringing our faces, voices, thoughts, insights and conversations together whilst geographically distanced.
I have so enjoyed seeing a variety of faces and hearing your voices again. We have learnt that it
takes a bit of practice to communicate on ‘Zoom’ as there is a slight time delay when someone speaks
until their voice is heard by others. Whilst hosting some of the Zoom meetings I realise that I am acting
as enabler, trying to encourage all to take a turn to voice their thoughts and/or respond. If not, it is easy
for two people to unintentionally speak at the same time into am apparent ‘gap’ in the conversation and
then neither of them is heard. In our ‘Zooming’ we are reminded that communication is a two-way
process involving the sharing of information, which needs to be both spoken/imparted, and also needs
to be heard/received, and if there is any interruption to either side of that two-way process, then
communication has not taken place. Although Zoom calls allow us to see faces as well as share verbal
descriptions of their own experiences, I miss the depth of the ‘non-verbal’ communications that we
instinctively absorb in our daily face to face conversations. So, despite the technological ‘uplift’ of video
calls for which I am very grateful – the best is still to come for us when we finally have an opportunity to
meet again in the various activities that we enjoy in all our communities ‘face to face’
In today’s reading for the Feast of Pentecost celebrating the passing of 50 days from Jesus’
resurrection on that first Easter morning, we hear in Acts Chapter 2 verses 1-21 of a remarkable
happening in Jerusalem to Jesus’ disciples. For ten days since they witnessed Jesus’ being enveloped by
a cloud and taken from their sight at his Ascension, the disciples have devoted themselves to prayer as
Jesus had asked. Suddenly they are filled with an outpouring of the Holy Spirit which comes to them in
the sound of ‘rushing wind’ and with a ‘tongue of fire’ resting on each of them. This moment is God’s
blessing and empowerment to enable them to fulfill their future role as communicators who will be
witnesses to the ‘good news’ (the gospel) of Jesus to the whole world.! From this moment a cacophony
of sound is heard in the city. The disciples speak in new languages, and visitors to Jerusalem can hear
with understanding the good news that the disciples are now able to communicate to them about Jesus.
During our own time of waiting during these past ten weeks, we have had much time and
opportunity to reflect on the blessings and absences of communication in our lives. Many will have
reached out in prayer whether in despair in the face of suffering, or in thanksgiving, for courage in the
face of adversity. We have been given the gift to persevere in our communications to one another, and
to know our thoughts and prayers whether ‘spoken’ with tears rather than words to one another, or to
God, are received through that same Spirit, which draws our hearts to the source of all Love. As we
prepare to tentatively step out of our post lockdown life, although knowing we cannot yet meet for times
of celebration or worship together as we formerly knew. Let us seek to discern how that same Spirit of
God will enable us to continue to communicate the light and love of God all our days as we pray…
Flame dancing Spirit come sweep us off our feet and dance us through our days
surprise us with your rhythms dare us to try new steps explore new patterns and new partnerships.
release us from old routines to swing in abandoned joy and fearful adventure
and in the intervals rest us in your still centre. (St Hilda Community)
Revd Val

Our first audio service is for Sunday 3rd May. You can download the service booklet by clicking on the Download button below. To listen to the service click on the black arrow on the Morning Service from Yatton file. Don’t forget to turn your speakers on! We hope you enjoy sharing the service with us.

Morning Service from Yatton May 3rd