A Service for Pentecost

While the recording plays, the liturgy below enables participation in the congregational responses in bold.

¶    The Gathering 

Alleluia. Christ is risen.
He is risen indeed.
Alleluia.

The Greeting

Grace, mercy and peace
from God our Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ
be with you

All   and also with you.

As we wait in silence,
fill us with your Spirit.
As we listen to your word,
fill us with your Spirit.
As we worship you in majesty,
fill us with your Spirit.
As we long for your refreshing,
fill us with your Spirit.
As we long for your renewing,
fill us with your Spirit.
As we long for your equipping,
fill us with your Spirit.
As we long for your empowering,
fill us with your Spirit.

Silence may be kept.

Acts 2.1-21

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
5 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard them speaking in his own language. 7 Utterly amazed, they asked: “Are not all these men who are speaking Galileans? 8 Then how is it that each of us hears them in his own native language? 9 Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” 12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”
13 Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.”
14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. 15 These men are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! 16 No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:
17 “ ‘In the last days, God says,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your young men will see visions,
your old men will dream dreams.
18 Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
and they will prophesy.
19 I will show wonders in the heaven above
and signs on the earth below,
blood and fire and billows of smoke.
20 The sun will be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood
before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.
21 And everyone who calls
on the name of the Lord will be saved.’

At the end the reader may say

The Lord is here
His Spirit is with us.

Seeing we have a great high priest who has passed through the heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us offer him the praise worthy of his name.

Gloria in Excelsis

Glory to God in the highest,
and peace to his people on earth.

Lord God, heavenly King,
almighty God and Father,
we worship you, we give you thanks,
we praise you for your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,
Lord God, Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world:
have mercy on us;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father:
receive our prayer.

For you alone are the Holy One,
you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father.
Amen.

The Collect

Let us pray with one heart and mind.

We pray silently and then the Collect is prayed.

Holy Spirit, sent by the Father,
ignite in us your holy fire;
strengthen your children with the gift of faith,
revive your Church with the breath of love,
and renew the face of the earth,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

¶    The Liturgy of the Word 

Readings

Ezekiel 37.1–14  

The hand of the Lord was upon me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me to and fro among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?”
I said, “O Sovereign Lord, you alone know.”
Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.’ ”
So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them.
Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’ ” So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army.
Then he said to me: “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.’ Therefore prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: O my people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel. Then you, my people, will know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and bring you up from them. I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the Lord have spoken, and I have done it, declares the Lord.’ ”

At the end the reader may say

This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Gospel Reading

This acclamation may herald the Gospel reading

Alleluia
Alleluia.
There are varieties of gifts but the same Spirit.
Alleluia.
There are varieties of service but the same Lord.
Alleluia.
We are all brought into one body by baptism in the one Spirit.
Alleluia. Jesus is Lord.

John 15.26–27; 16.4b–15

When the Gospel is announced the reader says

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.
Glory to you, O Lord.

“When the Counsellor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, he will testify about me. And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning.
I did not tell you this at first because I was with you.
“Now I am going to him who sent me, yet none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ Because I have said these things, you are filled with grief. But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counsellor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment: in regard to sin, because men do not believe in me; in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; and in regard to judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.
“I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you. [NIVa]

At the end

This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.

Sermon

The Creed

We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is,
seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven,
was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come.
Amen.

The Spirit of the Lord fills the world
and knows our every word and deed.
Let us then open ourselves to the Lord
and confess our sins in penitence and faith

You raise the dead to new life in the Spirit:
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

You bring pardon and peace to the broken in heart:
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

You make one by your Spirit the torn and divided:
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

The President declares God’s forgiveness

Prayers of Intercession

Prayers of Intercession

There are no prayers included in this service, but please do pray. You may wish to pray now (you will need to pause the audio if you do) or do so after the Dismissal.

The prayers usually include these concerns
The Church of Christ
Creation, human society, the Sovereign and those in authority
The local community
Those who suffer
The communion of saints

This week’s prayer resource is available here

The Lord’s Prayer

Being made one by the power of the Spirit,
as our Saviour taught us, so we pray

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
Amen.

¶    The Dismissal 

The Lord is here
His Spirit is with us.

May the Spirit,
who hovered over the waters when the world was created,
breathe into you the life he gives.
Amen.

May the Spirit,
who overshadowed the Virgin when the eternal Son came among us,
make you joyful in the service of the Lord.
Amen.

May the Spirit,
who set the Church on fire upon the day of Pentecost,
bring the world alive with the love of the risen Christ.
Amen.

And the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.
Amen.

Filled with the Spirit’s power,
go in the light and peace of Christ. Alleluia, alleluia.
Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia.

Prayer Topics for the week commencing 23rd May 2021

There are many things we can be praying for. The items in this post are drawn from some of the Prayer cycles we are involved with.
Pray for those known who suffer in body, mind, spirit or estate.

The Collect for this week
Holy Spirit, sent by the Father,
ignite in us your holy fire;
strengthen your children with the gift of faith,
revive your Church with the breath of love,
and renew the face of the earth,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

From Durham Diocese

Sunday 23rd
Pentecost
(Whit Sunday)

– For the Holy Spirit to be poured out afresh on the people of God
– Prison Chaplains, Holme House: Revd Kate Brooke, Durham: Revd Rebecca Amoroso: Frankland (High Security): Revd Andrew West, Low Newton (Women): Revd Sarah Parkinson
– The Anglican Church of Melanesia: Most Revd Leonard Dawea

Monday 24th
John and Charles Wesley, Evangelists, Hymn Writers, 1791 and 1788
– Bishop’s Leadership Team
– Hillside — Lobley Hill All Saints and Marley Hill St Cuthbert, Vicar; Rev Glen Macknight, Curate: Revd Rory Balfour, Reader: Mrs Lina Beck
– Diocese of Caledonia – Canada: Rt Revd David Lehmann

Tuesday 25th
The Venerable Bede, Monk, Scholar, Historian 735
Aldhelm, Bishop of Sherborne 709
– Blaydon St Cuthbert, High Spen St Patrick and Rowlands Gill St Barnabas: PiC: Revd Diane Ryan, SSM Associate Minister; Revd Lorna Gardner, Reader: Bill Arkless, PMs: Mrs Wendy Broderick, Ms Linda Matthews
– Lesotho Link: Revds Rob & Margaret Bianchi: Revd Joseph Morenammele
– Diocese of Calgary – Canada; Most Revd Gregory Kerr-Wilson

Wednesday 26th
Augustine, first Archbishop of Canterbury, 605
John Calvin, Reformer, 1564
Philip Neri, Founder of the Oratorians, Spiritual Guide, 1595
– Swalwell Holy Trinity & Whickham St Mary the Virgin, Rector: Revd Barry Abbott, Reader: Mrs Jill Abbott, PM: Mrs Carole Dixon, Mrs Joan Smith
– Whickham Parochial CE Primary School, HT: Mrs Rachel Walton
– Cranmer Hall, Revd Professor David Wilkinson, Principal, St John’s College, Warden: Revd Dr Philip Plyming, Revd Emma Parker, Deputy Warden, Staff and students in training for ministry
– Diocese of California – TEC USA: Rt Revd Marc Andrus

Thursday 27th
– Greenside St John and Crawcrook Church of the Holy Spirit, Vicar; Revd Tom Brazier, SSM Curate: Revd Rosemary Hendry, Reader: Michael Hendry
– An increase in vocations to ministry from Gateshead
– Diocese of Northern California – TEC USA: Rt Revd Megan Traquair

Friday 28th
Lanfranc, Prior of Le Bec, Archbishop of Canterbury, Scholar, 1089
– Ryton Holy Cross, PiC: Revd Alison Stewart Smith, Reader: Mrs Jenny Roberts
– Ministry Development Advisor: Revd Canon Dr Alan Bartlett:
– Senior Resource Church Leader: Revd Canon David Tomlinson
– Diocese of Cameroon: Rt Revd Dibo Thomas-Babyngton Elango

Saturday 29th
– Winlaton St Paul, Rector: PiC: Revd Alison Stewart Smith, Reader: Brian Davy
– Our Archdeacons, Rick Simpson (Auckland), Bob Cooper (Sunderland), and Libby Wilkinson (Durham)
– Diocese of El Camino Real – TEC USA: Rt Revd Lucinda Ashby

From the Parish Cycle

Those living in
Moorfield Gardens
West Moor Drive

Secretary of State for the Home Office
Pray for immigration, counter-terrorism, police and fire service

Malawi, Zambia

Churches Together in South Tyneside

This week’s Prayer Points pdf is available here.

A Service for the 7th Sunday of Easter

While the recording plays, the liturgy below enables participation in the congregational responses in bold.

The Gathering

Grace, mercy and peace
from God our Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ
be with you.

Alleluia. Christ is risen.
He is risen indeed.
Alleluia.

In baptism we died with Christ,
so that as Christ was raised from the dead,
we might walk in newness of life.
Let us receive new life in him
as we confess our sins in penitence and faith

Like Mary at the empty tomb,
we fail to grasp the wonder of your presence.

Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Like the disciples behind locked doors,
we are afraid to be seen as your followers.

Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

Like Thomas in the upper room,
we are slow to believe.

Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

The president declares God’s forgiveness and introduces a period of silent prayer.

Let us pray with one heart and mind.

We pray silently and then the Collect is prayed.
Risen, ascended Lord,
as we rejoice at your triumph,
fill your Church on earth with power and compassion,
that all who are estranged by sin
may find forgiveness and know your peace,
to the glory of God the Father.
Amen.

The Liturgy of the Word

Readings

Ezekiel 36.24–28

“ ‘For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land. I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. You will live in the land I gave your forefathers; you will be my people, and I will be your God. [NIVa]

Acts 1.15–17,21–26

In those days Peter stood up among the believers (a group numbering about a hundred and twenty) and said, “Brothers, the Scripture had to be fulfilled which the Holy Spirit spoke long ago through the mouth of David concerning Judas, who served as guide for those who arrested Jesus— he was one of our number and shared in this ministry.”
Therefore it is necessary to choose one of the men who have been with us the whole time the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from John’s baptism to the time when Jesus was taken up from us. For one of these must become a witness with us of his resurrection.”
So they proposed two men: Joseph called Barsabbas (also known as Justus) and Matthias. Then they prayed, “Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which of these two you have chosen to take over this apostolic ministry, which Judas left to go where he belongs.” Then they cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias; so he was added to the eleven apostles. [NIVa]

Gospel Reading

Jesus Christ is risen from the dead.
Alleluia.
He has defeated the powers of death.
Alleluia.
Jesus turns our sorrow into dancing.
Alleluia.
He has the words of eternal life.
Alleluia.

John 17.6–19

After the Gospel is announced the reader says

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ
according to John.
Glory to you, O Lord.

“I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them. I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name—the name you gave me—so that they may be one as we are one. While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled.
“I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified. [NIVa]

This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.

Address

Profession of Faith

Brothers and sisters, I ask you to profess
together the faith of the Church.

Do you believe and trust in God the Father,
source of all being and life,
the one for whom we exist?
We believe and trust in him.
Do you believe and trust in God the Son,
who took our human nature,
died for us and rose again?
We believe and trust in him.
Do you believe and trust in God the Holy Spirit,
who gives life to the people of God
and makes Christ known in the world?
We believe and trust in him.

This is the faith of the Church.
This is our faith.
We believe and trust in one God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Amen.

Prayers of Intercession

There are no prayers included in this service, but please do pray. You may wish to pray now (you will need to pause the audio if you do) or after the Dismissal.

The prayers usually include these concerns
The Church of Christ
Creation, human society, the Sovereign and those in authority
The local community
Those who suffer
The communion of saints

This week’s prayer resource is available here

¶ The Dismissal

The president uses a suitable blessing

With the power that raised Jesus from the dead at work within you,
go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
Alleluia, alleluia.
In the name of Christ. Amen.
Alleluia, alleluia.

Prayer Topics for the week commencing 16th May 2021

There are many things we can be praying for. The items in this post are drawn from some of the Prayer cycles we are involved with.
Pray for those known who suffer in body, mind, spirit or estate.

The Collect for this week
Risen, ascended Lord,
as we rejoice at your triumph,
fill your Church on earth with power and compassion,
that all who are estranged by sin
may find forgiveness and know your peace,
to the glory of God the Father.
Amen.

From Durham Diocese

Sunday 16th
Sunday after Ascension Day

– Our Bishops – Paul, Sarah, Assistant Bishops: John, Glyn, & David
– The Anglican Church of Korea

Monday 17th
Day after Ascension until Pentecost
– Eighton Banks St Thomas, SSM Interim Minister: Revd Norma Clee, Reader: Miss
Phyllis Maxwell, PM; Mrs Ann Partington
– St. Anthony’s Priory – Revd Dr Nicholas Buxton, Ruth Grant, Revd Canon Paul Tyler,
Laurence Pinkney, Scholastica Jacob, Sheila Shearer, Gavin Harper
– Diocese of Butare – Rwanda: Rt Revd Nathan Gasatura
– Victims of clerical sexual abuse

Tuesday 18th
Day after Ascension until Pentecost
– Felling Christ Church, PiC: Revd Thomas Worsley, Readers Mrs Mavis Worsley,
William Pine
– Diocesan Vocations Advisor: The Revd Dr Alastair Prince
– Diocese of Butere – Kenya: Rt Revd Timothy Wambunya
– Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Wednesday 19th
Dunstan, Archbishop of Canterbury, Restorer of Monastic Life, 988
– University Chaplains – Revd Canon Anna Brooker, Revd Tim Ferguson, Revd Peter
Kashouris, Revd Gavin Wort, Revd David Rushton (Durham) Revd Chris Howson
(Sunderland)
– Children’s Ministry Advisor.: Sharon Pritchard
– Diocesan Leader of Youth Mission and Ministry: Andy Harris
– Diocese of Buye – Burundi ; Rt Revd Sixbert Macumi

Thursday 20th
Day after Ascension until Pentecost
Alcuin of York, Deacon, Abbott of Tours, 804
– Gateshead West Deanery, Area Dean: Revd Tom Brazier, Lay Chair: Canon Susan
Marshall, Secretary: Mrs Susan Lister, Treasurer; Vacant
– The Mothers’ Union: President Kathleen Wilson JP, Chaplain Revd Norma Clee
– Diocese of Byumba – Rwanda: Rt Revd Emmanuel Ngendahayo
– Those working to reduce the effects of climate change. COP26

Friday 21st
Day after Ascension until Pentecost
Helen, Protector of the Holy Places, 330

St Godric of Finchale, Hermit, b.c1065 d1170
– Chopwell St John the Evangelist, Minister; Vacant
– For Licensed Lay Ministries—Warden: Revd Dr Alastair Prince, Sub Wardens: Revd
Hilary Avent, Dr Jocelyn Bryan, Mrs Amanda Petch, Mrs Connie Robinson, Mr
Andrew Trigger and Mrs Mavis Worsley
– All those who would be undertaking exams and have an uncertain future
– Diocese of Calabar – Nigeria: Most Revd Tunde Adeleye

Saturday 22nd
From the day after Ascension until Pentecost
– Dunston St Nicholas with Christ Church, Vicar: Revd David Atkinson, Reader: Mrs
Ann Smith, PM: Miss Kay Westgarth
– Lindisfarne College of Theology, Principal: Revd Dr David Bryan, staff and students
training for ministry
– Diocese of Calcutta – Church of North India: Rt Revd Probal Kanto Dutta

From the Parish Cycle

Those living in
Broadlands

Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
Pray for overseas nations

Kenya, Tanzania

Churches Together in South Tyneside

This week’s Prayer Points pdf is available here.

A Service for the 6th Sunday of Easter

While the recording plays, the liturgy below enables participation in the congregational responses in bold.

The Gathering

Grace, mercy and peace
from God our Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ
be with you.

Alleluia. Christ is risen.
He is risen indeed.
Alleluia.

In baptism we died with Christ,
so that as Christ was raised from the dead,
we might walk in newness of life.
Let us receive new life in him
as we confess our sins in penitence and faith

Like Mary at the empty tomb,
we fail to grasp the wonder of your presence.

Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Like the disciples behind locked doors,
we are afraid to be seen as your followers.

Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

Like Thomas in the upper room,
we are slow to believe.

Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

The president declares God’s forgiveness and introduces a period of silent prayer.

Let us pray with one heart and mind.

We pray silently and then the Collect is prayed.
Risen Christ,
by the lakeside you renewed your call to your disciples:
help your Church to obey your command
and draw the nations to the fire of your love,
to the glory of God the Father.
Amen.

The Liturgy of the Word

Readings

Isaiah 55.1–11

“Come, all you who are thirsty,
come to the waters;
and you who have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without cost.
Why spend money on what is not bread,
and your labour on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.
Give ear and come to me;
hear me, that your soul may live.
I will make an everlasting covenant with you,
my faithful love promised to David.
See, I have made him a witness to the peoples,
a leader and commander of the peoples.
Surely you will summon nations you know not,
and nations that do not know you will hasten to you,
because of the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel,
for he has endowed you with splendour.”
Seek the Lord while he may be found;
call on him while he is near.
Let the wicked forsake his way
and the evil man his thoughts.
Let him turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on him,
and to our God, for he will freely pardon.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
As the rain and the snow
come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. [NIVa]

Acts 10.44–48

While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles. For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God.
Then Peter said, “Can anyone keep these people from being baptised with water? They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have.” So he ordered that they be baptised in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked Peter to stay with them for a few days. [NIVa]

Gospel Reading

Jesus Christ is risen from the dead.
Alleluia.
He has defeated the powers of death.
Alleluia.
Jesus turns our sorrow into dancing.
Alleluia.
He has the words of eternal life.
Alleluia.

John 15.9–17

After the Gospel is announced the reader says

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ
according to John.
Glory to you, O Lord.

“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no-one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. This is my command: Love each other. [NIVa]

This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.

Address

Profession of Faith

Brothers and sisters, I ask you to profess
together the faith of the Church.

Do you believe and trust in God the Father,
source of all being and life,
the one for whom we exist?
We believe and trust in him.
Do you believe and trust in God the Son,
who took our human nature,
died for us and rose again?
We believe and trust in him.
Do you believe and trust in God the Holy Spirit,
who gives life to the people of God
and makes Christ known in the world?
We believe and trust in him.

This is the faith of the Church.
This is our faith.
We believe and trust in one God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Amen.

Prayers of Intercession

There are no prayers included in this service, but please do pray. You may wish to pray now (you will need to pause the audio if you do) or after the Dismissal.

The prayers usually include these concerns
The Church of Christ
Creation, human society, the Sovereign and those in authority
The local community
Those who suffer
The communion of saints

This week’s prayer resource is available here

¶ The Dismissal

The president uses a suitable blessing

With the power that raised Jesus from the dead at work within you,
go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
Alleluia, alleluia.
In the name of Christ. Amen.
Alleluia, alleluia.

Prayer Topics for the week commencing 9th May 2021

There are many things we can be praying for. The items in this post are drawn from some of the Prayer cycles we are involved with.
Pray for those known who suffer in body, mind, spirit or estate.

The Collect for this week
Risen Christ,
by the lakeside you renewed your call to your disciples:
help your Church to obey your command
and draw the nations to the fire of your love,
to the glory of God the Father.
Amen.

From Durham Diocese

Sunday 9th
Easter Season
Sixth Sunday of Easter
– Dean & Chapter of Durham – The Very Revd Andrew Tremlett, Revd Canons Prof Simon Oliver, Charlie Allen, Michael Hampel, Michael Everitt, Lay Canons: Simon Wood, Mrs Cathy Barnes, Mr Andrew Thurston, Chapter Clerk and CO Amanda Anderson, College of Canons & Minor Canons
– The Anglican Church of Kenya

Monday 10th
Easter Season
Rogation Day
– Harlow Green St Ninian and Lamesley St Andrew, Vicar: Revd Mark Worthington, Associate Minister: Revd George Lackenby
– The Diocese of Bunbury – The Anglican Church of Australia
– For farmers and fruitfulness for seed sown (purpose of Rogationtide)

Tuesday 11th
Easter Season
Rogation Day
– Heworth St Mary, Minister: Vacant, Reader: Mrs Christine Richardson, PM: Mrs Jenn Warden
– For the fishing industry and those suffering from the effects of Brexit
– Diocese of Bungoma – The Anglican Church of Kenya

Wednesday 12th
Easter Season
Rogation Day
Gregory Dix, Priest, Monk, Scholar, 1952
– Leam Lane St Andrew, Vacant
– Senior Force Chaplain Durham Police: Canon Adrian Gatrill
– Diocesan links; Nordkirche – Germany & Alba Iulia – Romania
– Diocese of Bunyoro-Kitara – The Church of the Province of Uganda

Thursday 13th
Ascension Day
– The head that once was crowned with thorns is crowned with glory now‘ ‘I saw one like a human being coming with the clouds of heaven. And he came to the Ancient One and was presented before him. To him was given dominion and glory and kingship, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him.’ Daniel 7: 13,14
– Places in crisis, Yemen, Ukraine, Syria, Armenia, Myanmar, The Sahel, etc.
– Closed Buildings Panel
– Diocese of Busan – The Anglican Church of Korea

Friday 14th
Day after Ascension until Pentecost
Matthias the Apostle
– Bensham and Teams, St Chad, Vacant, Associate Minister: Revd Yvonne Greener, Curate: Revd Alexander Crawford
– St Aidan’s Primary School, HT Lesley Steele
– Director of Initial Ministerial Education (IME) Phase 2: Revd Dr Jennifer Cooper
– Diocese of Busoga – The Church of the Province of Uganda

Saturday 15th
Day after Ascension until Pentecost
– Gateshead St Helen, PiC: Revd Yvonne Greener, Curate: Revd Alexander Crawford, Hon Associate Minister: Revd Derek Brown, PM: Mrs Sue Patrick
– Diocesan Synod
– Diocese of Central Busoga – The Church of the Province of Uganda
– The NHS and your doctors practice and local hospital, Vaccination rollout

From the Parish Cycle

Those living in
West Meadows Road
West Farm Road

Chancellor of the Exchequer
Pray for the economy and financial world

Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda

Churches Together in South Tyneside

This week’s Prayer Points pdf is available here.

A Service for the 5th Sunday of Easter

While the recording plays, the liturgy below enables participation in the congregational responses in bold.

The Gathering

Grace, mercy and peace
from God our Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ
be with you.

Alleluia. Christ is risen.
He is risen indeed.
Alleluia.

In baptism we died with Christ,
so that as Christ was raised from the dead,
we might walk in newness of life.
Let us receive new life in him
as we confess our sins in penitence and faith

Like Mary at the empty tomb,
we fail to grasp the wonder of your presence.

Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Like the disciples behind locked doors,
we are afraid to be seen as your followers.

Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

Like Thomas in the upper room,
we are slow to believe.

Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

The president declares God’s forgiveness and introduces a period of silent prayer.

Let us pray with one heart and mind.

We pray silently and then the Collect is prayed.
Risen Christ,
your wounds declare your love for the world
and the wonder of your risen life:
give us compassion and courage
to risk ourselves for those we serve,
to the glory of God the Father.
Amen.

The Liturgy of the Word

Readings

Genesis 22.1–18

Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!”
“Here I am,” he replied.
Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about.”
Early the next morning Abraham got up and saddled his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.”
Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together, Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?”
“Yes, my son?” Abraham replied.
“The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”
Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.
When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”
“Here I am,” he replied.
“Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”
Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”
The angel of the Lord called to Abraham from heaven a second time and said, “I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.” [NIVa]

Acts 8.26–40

Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians. This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship, and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the book of Isaiah the prophet. The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.”
Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked.
“How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.
The eunuch was reading this passage of Scripture:
“He was led like a sheep to the slaughter,
and as a lamb before the shearer is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.
In his humiliation he was deprived of justice.
Who can speak of his descendants?
For his life was taken from the earth.”
The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.
As they travelled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. Why shouldn’t I be baptised?” And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptised him. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing. Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and travelled about, preaching the gospel in all the towns until he reached Caesarea. [NIVa]

Gospel Reading

Jesus Christ is risen from the dead.
Alleluia.
He has defeated the powers of death.
Alleluia.
Jesus turns our sorrow into dancing.
Alleluia.
He has the words of eternal life.
Alleluia.

John 15.1–8

After the Gospel is announced the reader says

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ
according to John.
Glory to you, O Lord.

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. [NIVa]

This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.

Address

Profession of Faith

Brothers and sisters, I ask you to profess
together the faith of the Church.

Do you believe and trust in God the Father,
source of all being and life,
the one for whom we exist?
We believe and trust in him.
Do you believe and trust in God the Son,
who took our human nature,
died for us and rose again?
We believe and trust in him.
Do you believe and trust in God the Holy Spirit,
who gives life to the people of God
and makes Christ known in the world?
We believe and trust in him.

This is the faith of the Church.
This is our faith.
We believe and trust in one God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Amen.

Prayers of Intercession

There are no prayers included in this service, but please do pray. You may wish to pray now (you will need to pause the audio if you do) or after the Dismissal.

The prayers usually include these concerns
The Church of Christ
Creation, human society, the Sovereign and those in authority
The local community
Those who suffer
The communion of saints

This week’s prayer resource is available here

¶ The Dismissal

The president uses a suitable blessing

With the power that raised Jesus from the dead at work within you,
go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
Alleluia, alleluia.
In the name of Christ. Amen.
Alleluia, alleluia.

Prayer Topics for the week commencing 2nd May 2021

There are many things we can be praying for. The items in this post are drawn from some of the Prayer cycles we are involved with.
Pray for those known who suffer in body, mind, spirit or estate.

The Collect for this week
Risen Christ,
your wounds declare your love for the world
and the wonder of your risen life:
give us compassion and courage
to risk ourselves for those we serve,
to the glory of God the Father.
Amen.

From Durham Diocese

Sunday 2nd
Fifth Sunday of Easter

– For our local Hospital Queen Elizabeth Gateshead, for all who suffer and await treatment or diagnosis, for all staff and volunteers and for the Chaplaincy team as they continually meet the challenge of Covid- 19
– Episcopal Church in Jerusalem & The Middle East; Most Revd Suheil Dawani

Monday 3rd
Easter Season
– For our Vacant Parishes: St. Andrew Leam Lane, Bensham and Teams St. Chad, Heworth St. Mary, as they pray and prepare ahead for a new Priest to lead them in the next stage of Mission and Ministry.
– The Diocesan Deliverance Ministry Team
– Diocese of Central Buganda – Uganda; Rt Revd Michael Lubowa

Tuesday 4th
Easter Season
English Saints and Martyrs of the Reformation Era
– For all who work together to challenge injustice and poverty, our Food Banks and Food co-ops, those who are homeless, also for Asylum seekers and refugees and all who support them. For young people, their families, their teachers and mentors and voluntary organisations that support and enable their growth and wellbeing in these challenging times.
– Area Deans and Lay Chairs meeting
– Diocese of West Buganda – Uganda; Rt Revd Henry Katumba-Tamale

Wednesday 5th
Easter Season
– Gateshead Team Ministry, St James and St Bede Church Centre, and St Edmund’s Chapel, PiC: Revd Margaret Mackay, MSE Associate Minister: Revd Adele Phillips, PM’s: Thomas Rae, Mrs Joyce Lewis
– Interviews for a Digital Media Officer
– Diocese of Buhiga – Burundi : Rt Revd Evariste Nijimbere

Thursday 6th
Easter Season
– Gateshead Fell, St John the Evangelist, PiC: Revd Danie Lindley, Associate Minister: Revd Kenneth Coulson, Reader in Training: John Mayes
– Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor: Mrs Beth Miller
– Diocese of Bujumbura – Burundi ; Rt Revd Eraste Bigirimana

Friday 7th
Easter Season
John of Beverley Bishop, Healer, 721
– Windy Nook St Alban, PiC: Revd Danie Lindley, Associate Minister: Revd Kenneth Coulson
– Diocese of Bukavu – Congo: Rt Revd Sylvestre Bahati

Saturday 8th
Easter Season
Julian of Norwich, Spiritual Writer, c.1417
– Gateshead St George, PiC: Revd Rich Grant, Reader: Stephen Sanders
– Diocesan Adviser in Pastoral Care and Counselling: Simon Rose
– Diocese of Bukedi – Uganda: Rt Revd Samuel Egesa

From the Parish Cycle

Those living in
West Meadows Drive

Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury and Minister for the Civil Service
Pray for our Government

Eritrea, Ethiopia

Churches Together in South Tyneside

This week’s Prayer Points pdf is available here.

A Service for the 4th Sunday of Easter

While the recording plays, the liturgy below enables participation in the congregational responses in bold.

The Gathering

Grace, mercy and peace
from God our Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ
be with you.

Alleluia. Christ is risen.
He is risen indeed.
Alleluia.

In baptism we died with Christ,
so that as Christ was raised from the dead,
we might walk in newness of life.
Let us receive new life in him
as we confess our sins in penitence and faith

Like Mary at the empty tomb,
we fail to grasp the wonder of your presence.

Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Like the disciples behind locked doors,
we are afraid to be seen as your followers.

Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

Like Thomas in the upper room,
we are slow to believe.

Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

The president declares God’s forgiveness and introduces a period of silent prayer.

Let us pray with one heart and mind.

We pray silently and then the Collect is prayed.
Risen Christ,
faithful shepherd of your Father’s sheep:
teach us to hear your voice
and to follow your command,
that all your people may be gathered into one flock,
to the glory of God the Father.
Amen.

The Liturgy of the Word

Readings

Genesis 7.1-5,11-18; 8.6-18; 9.8-13

The Lord then said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and your whole family, because I have found you righteous in this generation. Take with you seven of every kind of clean animal, a male and its mate, and two of every kind of unclean animal, a male and its mate, and also seven of every kind of bird, male and female, to keep their various kinds alive throughout the earth. Seven days from now I will send rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights, and I will wipe from the face of the earth every living creature I have made.”
And Noah did all that the Lord commanded him.
In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, on the seventeenth day of the second month—on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened. And rain fell on the earth for forty days and forty nights.
On that very day Noah and his sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth, together with his wife and the wives of his three sons, entered the ark. They had with them every wild animal according to its kind, all livestock according to their kinds, every creature that moves along the ground according to its kind and every bird according to its kind, everything with wings. Pairs of all creatures that have the breath of life in them came to Noah and entered the ark. The animals going in were male and female of every living thing, as God had commanded Noah. Then the Lord shut him in.
For forty days the flood kept coming on the earth, and as the waters increased they lifted the ark high above the earth. The waters rose and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the surface of the water.
After forty days Noah opened the window he had made in the ark and sent out a raven, and it kept flying back and forth until the water had dried up from the earth. Then he sent out a dove to see if the water had receded from the surface of the ground. But the dove could find no place to set its feet because there was water over all the surface of the earth; so it returned to Noah in the ark. He reached out his hand and took the dove and brought it back to himself in the ark. He waited seven more days and again sent out the dove from the ark. When the dove returned to him in the evening, there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf! Then Noah knew that the water had receded from the earth. He waited seven more days and sent the dove out again, but this time it did not return to him.
By the first day of the first month of Noah’s six hundred and first year, the water had dried up from the earth. Noah then removed the covering from the ark and saw that the surface of the ground was dry. By the twenty-seventh day of the second month the earth was completely dry.
Then God said to Noah, “Come out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and their wives. Bring out every kind of living creature that is with you—the birds, the animals, and all the creatures that move along the ground—so they can multiply on the earth and be fruitful and increase in number upon it.”
So Noah came out, together with his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives.
Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him: “I now establish my covenant with you and with your descendants after you and with every living creature that was with you—the birds, the livestock and all the wild animals, all those that came out of the ark with you—every living creature on earth. I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be cut off by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.”
And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. [NIVa]

Acts 4.5–12

The next day the rulers, elders and teachers of the law met in Jerusalem. Annas the high priest was there, and so were Caiaphas, John, Alexander and the other men of the high priest’s family. They had Peter and John brought before them and began to question them: “By what power or what name did you do this?”
Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people! If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a cripple and are asked how he was healed, then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. He is
“ ‘the stone you builders rejected,
which has become the capstone.’
Salvation is found in no-one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” [NIVa]

Gospel Reading

Jesus Christ is risen from the dead.
Alleluia.
He has defeated the powers of death.
Alleluia.
Jesus turns our sorrow into dancing.
Alleluia.
He has the words of eternal life.
Alleluia.

John 10.11–18

After the Gospel is announced the reader says

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ
according to John.
Glory to you, O Lord.

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd who owns the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.
“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. No-one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.” [NIVa]

This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.

Address

Profession of Faith

Brothers and sisters, I ask you to profess
together the faith of the Church.

Do you believe and trust in God the Father,
source of all being and life,
the one for whom we exist?
We believe and trust in him.
Do you believe and trust in God the Son,
who took our human nature,
died for us and rose again?
We believe and trust in him.
Do you believe and trust in God the Holy Spirit,
who gives life to the people of God
and makes Christ known in the world?
We believe and trust in him.

This is the faith of the Church.
This is our faith.
We believe and trust in one God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Amen.

Prayers of Intercession

There are no prayers included in this service, but please do pray. You may wish to pray now (you will need to pause the audio if you do) or after the Dismissal.

The prayers usually include these concerns
The Church of Christ
Creation, human society, the Sovereign and those in authority
The local community
Those who suffer
The communion of saints

This week’s prayer resource is available here

¶ The Dismissal

The president uses a suitable blessing

With the power that raised Jesus from the dead at work within you,
go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
Alleluia, alleluia.
In the name of Christ. Amen.
Alleluia, alleluia.

Prayer Topics for the week commencing 25th April 2021

There are many things we can be praying for. The items in this post are drawn from some of the Prayer cycles we are involved with.
Pray for those known who suffer in body, mind, spirit or estate.

The Collect for this week
Risen Christ,
faithful shepherd of your Father’s sheep:
teach us to hear your voice
and to follow your command,
that all your people may be gathered into one flock,
to the glory of God the Father.
Amen.

From Durham Diocese

Sunday 25th
4th of Easter

– Our Bishops – Paul, Sarah, Assistant Bishops: John, Glyn, & David
– The Nippon Sei Ko Kai: Japan: Most Revd Luke Kenichi Muto

Monday 26th
Easter Season
Mark the Evangelist
St. Mary’s Whorlton: Revd Canon Alec Harding (Vicar), Revd Sarah Cliff (Curate). Readers: Astley Fenwick, David Walker
Pray for this small congregation as it seeks to discern its vocation in the village
Barnard Castle School: Revd Darren Moore (Chaplain)
Secondary schools in Teesdale: Staindrop and Teesdale Academies
– Diocese of Brasília – Brasil: Tr Revd Maurico Jose Araujo De Andrade

Tuesday 27th
Easter Season
Christina Rosetti, Poet, 1894
St Andrew’s, Winston: Rev’d Eileen Harrop (PinC); James Masters (Voc Cand)
Churchwardens, PCC members and all who serve the church and community
Mark Samuelson, Paula Kirkup, and Lynne Lobley (Communications Outreach)
Joyce Wilson (Pastoral Support; Youth Ministry)
– DAC meeting, Chair: Sandra Robertson, Secretary: Daniel Spraggon
– Diocese of Brazzaville – Congo: Rt Revd Molanga Jean Botola

Wednesday 28th
Easter Season
Peter Chanel, Missionary in the South Pacific, Martyr, 1841
St. Mary’s Barnard Castle: Revd Canon Alec Harding (Vicar), Revd Sarah Cliff (Curate). Mixed-mode student: Gillian Lunn. Readers: Astley Fenwick, David Walker. Retired clergy: John Moore, Judith Walker Hutchinson. PMC Steering Team leader: Beverley Pilcher
Pray for our engagement with those who live alone.
Thanks for community relationships strengthened through the pandemic.
– Diocese of Brechin – Scottish Episcopal Church: Rt Revd Andrew Swift

Thursday 29th
Easter Season
Catherine of Siena, Teacher of the Faith 1380
St. Mary’s Staindrop: Revd Ken Steventon (PinC)
Staindrop Cof E primary, Headteacher Mr S Whelerton.
Staindrop Academy Executive Headteacher Mr K Simpson
Staindrop St Mary as it prepares for its 1250th Anniversary in 2021
St. John’s Ingleton: Revd Ken Steventon (PinC)
Ingleton Cof E primary, Headteacher Mrs K Whitaker
– Diocese of Brisbane – Australia: Most Revd Dr Phillip John Aspinall

Friday 30th
Easter Season

Pandita Mary Ramabai, Translator of the Scriptures, 1922
St. Mary’s Cockfield: Revd Brian Whitley (PinC), Revd Lloyd Evans (Associate Priest) Revd Susanne Jukes (retired), Maureen Gwilliam and Margaret Linsley PMs
Cockfield Primary School: K. Heatherington
Pray for the work of the YMCA in the area
St. Paul’s Evenwood: Revd Brian Whitley (PinC), Revd Lloyd Evans (Associate Priest) Maureen Gwilliam PM
Evenwood CE School: L. Vollans and S. Rand
Ramshaw Primary School: L. Sturrock
Give thanks for the schools work in the benefice
St. John’s Lynesack and Woodland St. Mary’s: Revd Brian Whitley (PinC), Revd Lloyd Evans (Associate Priest) Maureen Gwilliam PM
Butterknowle and Woodland Primary Schools: Clare Carr
– Diocese of Bristol – England: The Very Revd Vivienne Faull

From the Parish Cycle

Those living in
Mayfield Drive
Meadowfield Drive

Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Pray for those in the arts, media and sports

Djibouti, Somalia

Churches Together in South Tyneside

This week’s Prayer Points pdf is unavailable at the time of preparing this post.

Drop in and say ‘Hello’

The Parish Hall and Old Schoolroom on Sunderland Road (SR6 7UR) are available for hire, please contact the Parish Administrator for availability and charges.

Sacred space is available in the worship area of All Saints off Cleadon Lane (SR6 7UU)
Monday to Friday 9.30am-3.30pm for private prayer.
Donations to the Key2Life Foodbank may also be left here near the font.

This may be subject to short-notice change occasionally.

Safeguarding

The Parochial Church Council of All Saints, Cleadon is committed to creating and maintaining a safe and nurturing environment for everyone, especially for children, young people and vulnerable adults. It has adopted and approved the Church of England policy for promoting a safer church. This policy deals with all aspects of safeguarding children and vulnerable adults.

Contacts for Safeguarding concerns and the Parish Safeguarding Policy can be found here.

Parish Office

If you would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact the Parish Office. It is based in the rear of the Parish Hall and can be accessed from the yard behind the Old Schoolroom.

M: 9.15am-11.15am
Tu: 9.15am-11.15am
W: 9.15am-11.15am
Th: 9.15am-11.15am
F: Closed

0191 519 0515

email

The Parish Office
1-3 Sunderland Road
Cleadon
Sunderland
SR6 7UR