Week beginning Sunday 29th May

This weekend we sit at a pivotal moment and point in our Christian story. We mark the time between the Ascension of Jesus and the Feast of Pentecost. I have often wondered about this time and the “gap” of days that we seem to have between one feast and the other – was that really needed and necessary? It can feel like a time of waiting that I often find difficult as I am so used to going from one thing and straight into the next. Yet perhaps this space in time that Ascension time gives us is a real gift. In many ways it is the Ascension that marks a moment of completion. Just as God embraces our humanity at Christmas. Jesus here brings back to God that humanity that he has shared with us. We are and have been and will continue to be invited into the love of God through his Son. Alleluia


There is lots to celebrate and give thanks for in the parishes this week


  1. We offer our congratulations and prayers to Laura and Paul married this Saturday at St Marys, and also to their children Vienna and Roman who are to be baptised at the same time during that service.


  1. We also look forward to welcomingTransforming Lives for Good (TLG) to our benefice service at All Saints at 10.30am. Both our churches have been working with Transforming Lives for Good over the last year to place adult mentors into our local primary school Fishponds Academy. Each mentor works alongside a child to help them to flourish and grow in confidence and skills. Come along and hear about that incredible partnership and mission


This is a fifth Sunday in the month and so on SUNDAY 29th May is a BENEFICE SUNDAYand so the following services are


8am – Holy Communion – All Saints

10.30am – Holy Communion Benefice Sung Service – All Saints

6.30pm – Ascension Evensong – St Marys


This week we have 2 sets of readings for our different services as we celebrate both Ascension Sunday and also us the readings from Easter 7 at our different services. Please find attached the weekly sheets and also the Roots materials for this week and the readings.


The week ahead also looks full of worship and fellowship together with a number of Jubilee celebrations




Wednesday 1st: 09.00 – Celtic Morning Prayer at All Saints Church

Thursday 2nd : 10.00 – Holy Communion at St Mary’s Church

Saturday 4th: 10.30-2.30 – Jubilee Saturday Lunches Celebrations

Sunday 5th: 10.00 – Open Church at St Mary’s Church

10.30 – Holy Communion at All Saints Church

12.30 – East Bristol Churches Shared Jubilee Lunch with a Service of Thanksgiving.

18.30 – Pentecost Holy Communion at St Mary’s Church


Ascension Sonnet
We saw his light break through the cloud of glory
Whilst we were rooted still in time and place
As earth became a part of Heaven’s story
And heaven opened to his human face.
We saw him go and yet we were not parted
He took us with him to the heart of things
The heart that broke for all the broken-hearted
Is whole and Heaven-centred now, and sings,
Sings in the strength that rises out of weakness,
Sings through the clouds that veil him from our sight,
Whilst we our selves become his clouds of witness
And sing the waning darkness into light,
His light in us, and ours in him concealed,
Which all creation waits to see revealed.
Malcolm Guite – “Sounding the Seasons”