Week beginning Sunday 15th May

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

John 13:34-35

Greetings friends,

What a commandment we have been given! Not one that starts with a foreboding ‘Thou shalt not’, but one which starts with LOVE.

As we have been loved by God, so Jesus tells us to love others in the same way – it’s a love that’s sacrificial, humble, full of grace and truth. This is to be the hallmark of who we are as the people of God.

As God’s beloved people we’re gathering in different ways this coming Sunday 15th May, the Fifth Sunday of Easter:

10.00am at St Mary’s – Creative Church making Jubilee Bunting

10.30am at All Saints – Holy Communion

6.30pm at St Mary’s – Evensong with Revd Lizzie

And in the week ahead, we have:

· Wednesday 18th May – 9.00am Celtic Morning Prayer at All Saints

· Thursday 19th May – 10.00am Holy Communion at St Mary’s

Next Sunday 22nd May, there will be

· 8.00am – Holy Communion at All Saints

· 10.00am – Holy Communion at St Mary’s

· 10.30am – Café Church at All Saints

Famous writer and poet, Helen Steiner Rice takes her inspiration from these verses of John’s gospel for her poem: Love One Another As I Have Loved You.

"Love one another as I have loved you"
may seem impossible to do -
but if you will try to trust and believe
great are the joys that you will receive...
For love makes us patient, understanding and kind,
and we judge with our hearts and not with our mind...
For as soon as love enters the heart's open door,

the faults we once saw are not there anymore,
and the things that seemed wrong begin to look right
when viewed in the softness of love's gentle light...
For love works in ways that are wondrous and strange,
and there is nothing in life that love cannot change,
and all that God promised will someday come true
when you love one another the way he loves you.

May these words inspire you this week to live out that wonderful commandment to love others as God has loved us, and may that love so shine from you that others see and know that you are His.

Every blessing,

Revd Janey