Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful people, and kindle in us the fire of your love!
What a happy coincidence that Pentecost and the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee should collide in an extravaganza of celebration and thanksgiving. This opening Gospel Sentence – a prayer to the Spirit – captures particular words linked to our thanksgiving for our Queen Elizabeth II. The word ‘faithful‘ lies at the heart of the Queen’s 70 years of service.
Fire reminds us of the Beacons we have seen lit across the UK and the Commonwealth to celebrate her Jubilee. Of course, fire and wind are two of the key symbols signalling the arrival of the Holy Spirit, who breathes the fire of love into hearts and binds us together across our differences.
I pray that the joy and harmony and love you have experienced during this weekend will flow into the weeks and months ahead. Echoing stirring words from her Majesty’s Jubilee Message, may the Holy Spirit embolden us as individuals and as churches to ‘look to the future with confidence and enthusiasm’.
On this first Sunday in the month SUNDAY 5th June the following services are
10.00 – St.Mary’s: Open Church – Theme: Jubilee.
Reading: Leviticus 25:1-23. There will be reflection and discussion on the topics of Liberty, Ownership and Sabbath.Come and join in the conversation, led by Revd Janey
10.30 – All Saints: Holy Communion for Pentecost with Revd Lizzie, and Revd Diane preaching
Readings: Romans 8:14-17, Acts 2:1-21, John 14: 8-17;25-27
12.30 – St. Ambrose Whitehall: East Bristol Churches Jubilee Shared Lunch at 12.30pm
14.30 – followed by 2.30pm Service of Thanksgiving for the Queen at St Ambrose
18.30 – St Mary’s : Holy Communion for Pentecost as above, with Revd Lizzie and Revd DIane
THE WEEK AHEAD
Wednesday 8th June 09.00 – Celtic Morning Prayer at All Saints Church
Thursday 9nd June 10.00 – Holy Communion at St Mary’s Church
Sunday 12th June 8.00 – Holy Communion at All Saints Church
10.00 – Sung Holy Communion St Mary’s Church
10.30 – Muddy Church at All Saints Church
19.15 – Generations at All Saints
Looking ahead: SAVE THE DATES: Ordinations
Revd Diane Simms will be ordained Priest Saturday 2nd July at 3pm
Sharon Gleed will be ordained Deacon on Sunday 3rd July at 10.30am.
Everyone is welcome to both these services at Bristol Cathedral.
No booking required, just let Lizzie know if you intend to come.
Diane writes: ‘The examples of Christian love and service I have witnessed in faithful people across All Saints and St.Mary’s have inspired and continue to inspire my calling to serve God with you together in Fishponds as your priest. Thanks be to God!’
Note of thanks
A special thank you to Amy Goodwin, Andrew Cooper, Flo Weston and their volunteer teams for their generous planning and hosting of Jubilee parties at both churches