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Service:  10:00 am Holy Communion

Preacher:  Fiona Daborn, Regional Co-Ordinator for Christian Aid in Somerset

Readings:  Acts 10:44-48 & John 15:9-17

Today we welcome Fiona Daborn from Christian Aid who will preach to us and tell us more about the work of Christian Aid. Ronnie King, who used to work for Christian Aid, will be preaching in the evening.  Christian Aid was one of the first charities into Nepal after the earthquake and there will be buckets at the back of church today for us to contribute to the appeal.  You will also find a Christian Aid envelope in your Today Sheet. This donation will go to the valuable work undertaken by Christian Aid world wide.

Christian Aid is a Christian organisation that insists the world can and must be swiftly changed to one where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty.

They work globally for profound change that eradicates the causes of poverty, striving to achieve equality, dignity and freedom for all, regardless of faith or nationality. They are part of a wider movement for social justice.

Christian Aid provide urgent, practical and effective assistance where need is great, tackling the effects of poverty as well as its root causes.

Ascension – Holy Spirit

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 The Reading:  John 16:1-7 

… but if I go, I will send him to you.” (v. 7) RSV

The departure of Jesus was like any two-sided coin.  On the one hand it was loss and grief to his disciples, but on the other hand it was gain and expectation for them.  Jesus said that unless he left them they could not receive the Holy Spirit whom he would send to them.

His ascension and return to heaven meant that the Holy Spirit could come in all his fullness bringing all the benefits of the crucified, risen and exalted Christ.  Believers would from then on be filled with the very life of the Christ.

So Jesus told his bewildered disciples: “It is to your advantage that I go away …” (v.7).  The ascension of Jesus ushered in the new age of the Spirit.  His people would receive “power” (Acts 1:8) to be witnesses.  They would be bold, and therefore “prepared to give a reason” for the hope within them (1 Peter 3:15).  How often has the church been spiritless?  She has been so inconspicuous that you’d think Christ commanded his followers to ‘Go out into all the world, shut up and keep your heads down!’

Jesus was anointed (Christ-ed) for his ministry, and we too need to be anointed for ours.  He told his disciples to wait after his ascension for the arrival of the Holy Spirit.  We too need to be aware that this great Gift is the heritage of all who follow Christ.

Thank you Lord that you change my mourning into dancing, that you send the joy and power of your Spirit into my life and the life of the church.  Amen. 

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1  What will the Holy Spirit do?

    John 16:8-11

2   What will the Holy Spirit enable us to do?

    John 14:12

Christian Aid Week

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On Sunday 9th May,  we welcome Fiona Daborn from Christian Aid who will preach to us and tell us more about the work of Christian Aid. Ronnie King, who used to work for Christian Aid, will be preaching in the evening.

Christian Aid was one of the first charities into Nepal after the earthquake and there will be buckets at the back of church today for us to contribute to the appeal. You will also find a Christian Aid envelope in your Today Sheet. This donation will go to the valuable work undertaken by Christian Aid world wide.

Christian Aid is a Christian organisation that insists the world can and must be swiftly changed to one where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty. They work globally for profound change that eradicates the causes of poverty, striving to achieve equality, dignity and freedom for all, regardless of faith or nationality. They are part of a wider movement for social justice. Christian Aid provide urgent, practical and effective assistance where need is great, tackling the effects of poverty as well as its root causes.

New Office Bearers

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Thank you to all who attended the APM and APCM last Sunday afternoon. I am delighted to report that Valerie Gaskell has been elected to join our church warden team and Philip Coakes, Diana Fletcher, Miles Quick, Claire Daw, Jean Lee and Sasha Collard were elected onto the PCC. Would PCC members take particular note of the Away Day on Saturday 16th May at the Mill House. We will be praying for and discussing our vision for St Mary’s for the next five years. Please read and bring the supporting papers.

Upcoming

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Do try not to miss the Ascension Service at 7.30pm on Thursday of this week. We will be joined by our friends from St Johns and St James.

And the Bishop of Bath and Wells, the Rt Revd Peter Hancock will soon be visiting us on two occasions. First for the Bishop’s Visitation on 13th May at 7.00pm and then he will be with us at Pentecost on Sunday 24th May. We are delighted to welcome him and pray for him.

Parish Weekend Away

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The Parish Weekend at Ammerdown is next month (June 19th to 21st), but it is still not too late to sign up, if you haven’t already done so!

Forms are on the table at the back.  If you have any queries, have a word with Revd Sheila Murray.

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WW1 Research

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Both Ray Stokes’ research of the men, whose names are listed on the First World War memorial, together with Jennifer Hackney’s research on the four ringers who lost their lives during WW1, are available for viewing on the table below memorial.

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Sermon Vacation

Please note that due to holiday, no sermons will be posted for the next two weeks covering Sundays 10th & 17th May.

However, all sermons recorded during that time will be uploaded shortly thereafter.