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Churchwarden:           Mrs Sue O’Neill

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Licensed lay minister: Mrs Rosemary Towse


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19th May 2024



Day of Pentecost

19th   09:30 Parish Eucharist with Sunday School
Monday 20th     09:00 Morning prayer


21st   18:00


Evening prayer

Tuesday @7



22nd   18:00 Evening prayer


23rd   09:00


Morning Prayer

Holy Communion

Friday 24th       No public Worship Today
Saturday 25th       No public Worship Today

Trinity Sunday

26th     09:30 Parish Eucharist
352 Jesus is Lord

476 O breath of life

661 There’s a Spirit in the air

419 Shine, Jesus, shine

The Collect (Opening Prayer) for the Day of Pentecost:
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.
New Testament Reading Acts 2:1-13
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.’

New Testament Reading Romans 8:22-27

We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labour pains until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.


Gospel Reading:  John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15

‘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. You also are to testify because you have been with me from the beginning. But I have said these things to you so that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you about them.


‘I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you. But now I am going to him who sent me; yet none of you asks me, “Where are you going?” But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your hearts. Nevertheless, 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. And when he comes, he will prove the world wrong about sin and righteousness and judgement: about sin, because they do not believe in me; about righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will see me no longer; about judgement, because the ruler of this world has been condemned.

‘I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When 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. He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.


Prayers of Intercession

The sick and those who care for them:

Barbara Crew, Karen Cox, Sheila King, Dawn Spurway Pearson, Mike Hatzfeld, Pam Browning, Lucia, Jessie Hutchins, Bea Tucker, Tony, Charles Paterson, Stephen Tribe, Colin May and Shirley Witcomb
Anniversary of death:
19th  – Nora Jones, 20th  – Gordon Halford, 21st  – Albert Baldwin, Christopher Greenfield, Florence Dobson, 22nd  – Ernest Denyer, Steven Prince, 23rd  – Wendy Holyoak
We pray for peace and especially for and with the people of Ukraine. We pray for all those caught up in conflict, and for those seeking safety and refuge on these shores.

We pray for the people of Israel, Gaza and the West Bank. For the peace of the Holy Land. For those who will weep, and fear, and die this day.

For urgent prayer, contact Gillian Purvis (267597) or Pat Rush (262561) to start the Prayer Chain.

Please take the time to use the prayer stations around the Church, to pray for personal, local and global topics.

Post Communion Prayer:
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.


Thy Kingdom Come is a global ecumenical prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray from Ascension to Pentecost for more people to come to know Jesus. We have set up prayer stations in our Church, please take the time to visit the stations to pray for personal, local and global topics.


Come and meet Milly, a golden retriever training to be a Guide Dog

On Tuesday 4th June, Milly, a one year old golden retriever will be coming to the Mosse Hall, with her adoptive owner, who will give a talk about Guide Dogs for the Blind.  Please do come along and bring your friends to meet Milly, hear about the work that guide dogs do, and provide your support.  The meeting will be 7 for 7.30, refreshments will be served, there will be a raffle and you will have the opportunity to make a donation.  This meeting, which is open to all, is hosted by Aldwick Mothers’ Union.  All are welcome.


Lunch on Sunday

The next ‘Lunch on Sunday’ in the Mosse Hall at St Richard’s will be on 2nd June.  If you would like to come, please let us know via our parish email address:  Payment of £10 per adult can be made on the day, ideally in cash.  We look forward to seeing you there.


Next week’s readings:

Trinity Sunday

Isaiah 6.1-8, Psalm 29
Romans 8.12-17, John 3.1-17


The Collection plate

If you would like to make an offering, please use the contactless Payaz machine or the collection plate, both can be found by the door. Thank you for your generosity.


Please continue to support our local food bank. Urgently needed this week: pasta sauce, spaghetti, tinned meat, tinned sweetcorn, UHT milk.