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May 26th

Trinity Sunday

Bible readings: Isaiah 6:1-8 & John 3:1-17

‘The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.’ John 3:8

I sometimes worry people think the Church has got this God business all figured out. We might suspect the only music God likes is a beautiful hymn or a big worship song, or the places he most cares to frequent are our church buildings, where he seems to have a preference for broken or inefficient heating systems(!)…Now, I think God loves our music of praise; is always ready to be found in our churches (broken heating or otherwise), but I also think we know that the Spirit blows where it blows and there is nothing, no one and nowhere beyond its anarchic, surprising reach.

We are currently living in the space between the celebration of the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost and ‘ordinary time’. (‘Ordinary’ here doesn’t mean mundane; it simply reflects the fact that our weeks outside the great liturgical seasons of the church, such as Lent, are numbered.) Where is the Holy Spirit to be found in the spaces of our own lives? Do you, like me, hear it in a Tom Waits song? Is it there in the raucous laugh of someone you love? Or do you feel the Spirit whisper to you under cover of night, as Nicodemus did when he sought out Jesus?

‘For God so loved the world’ (John 3:16) – can we try to remember that, as we journey through our week? God so loved the world. He loves us, in all the messes we make, all the disappointments we bear (and cause) and all the joys we delight in. There is nowhere out of bounds to God, who is – in the words of the late Gerry W. Hughes SJ – a God of surprises. This week, may we be surprised to find God in the unlikeliest of places.


Opening prayer for Trinity Sunday

from the Julian Meeting

Triune God, Father and Mother to us all, who showed your servant Julian revelations of your nurturing and sustaining love: Move our hearts, like hers, to seek you above all things, for in giving us yourself you give us all. Amen.

The Julian Meeting will meet online, via zoom, this Sunday at 6pm: https://tinyurl.com/26kw2csc


Weekly newsletter/blog and website

Please send all information for the Sunday newsletter/blog by Wednesday evening to Josie at penleeclusternewsletter@gmail.com  and communications@penleecluster.org.uk. Anything received after Wednesday evening will not make it into the newsletter for the coming week.

Can I please ask that people be proactive and send details of services, events or news items they wish to be included in the newsletter to me? That includes new things, cancellations, or rescheduling. Putting it together each week is a big job and I unfortunately don’t have the time to try to find out what’s happening in the cluster on my own. If I don’t know about it, it doesn’t make it into the newsletter. Thank you: much appreciated. – Josie


National Fishing Memorial Day 2024

The 1st National Fishing Memorial Day was held on Sunday 12th May at the Memorial Statue on Newlyn Green, together with many other services in fishing ports across the UK that day. We gathered to remember and reflect on the impact of those lives lost at sea from Newlyn and others around the Cornish coast, and indeed the whole of the UK. We named those lost, but not forgotten – those who brought fish to our tables, and gave thanks for those fishermen who still do. Faithfully fishermen set out to sea, whether it be in glorious sunshine like it was on the day of the service, or in stormy weather, when most of us would not want to be out there in cruel and dangerous conditions. We also prayed for the families who fear for their loved ones each time they set out, and for those mourning those who didn’t return. A wreath was laid by a retired fisherman (a woman – most women who fish like to be called the same as the men, some prefer the more modern “fisher” or fisherwoman – but most prefer the generic term). Maritime Charities The Fishermen’s Mission, (a Christian charity where Derath serves as a trustee and trustee Faith Lead), The Seafarers’ Charity and Stella Maris all joined forces to support this new annual National Fishing Remembrance Day. The service in Newlyn was led by the Revd Derath Durkin and Eddie Fletcher, Port Officer, Newlyn Fishermen’s Mission.

Thank you to the people of St Peter’s who supported the event after their morning service. Fishing is one of the most dangerous occupations in the UK in peacetime. Why do they do it? – many ask this question! Most of them do it because it is in their blood! Many of them wouldn’t want to do anything else, knowing the challenges of fishing, the precarious nature – if the weather is too bad, they can’t go out – sometimes for many months on end – no fishing means no money earned! If they do go out, but other boats have beat them to the fishing grounds – no fish means no money earned. They are hugely affected by the weather. So we gave thanks for their willingness to make sacrifices to bring in the catch. Our fishermen not only help to feed the nation but are the very heart of coastal communities and the wider public, including tourists who visit this part of Cornwall. The Fishing Remembrance Day Service gave the opportunity to commemorate the lives lost at sea and pay tribute to their valuable service. The bravery of fishermen and the hard labour they endure should not go unrecognised. – Revd. Derath


2024 Julian Festival Lecture:

Julian and the Trinity – Rowan Williams

In his lecture marking the 40th Anniversary of the Friends of Julian of Norwich, Rowan explored Julian’s understanding that ‘where Jesus appears, the blessed Trinity is understood’ and how Julian’s characterisations of the persons within the Trinity – “almighty, all wisdom and all love” can be mapped over to her understanding of how God ‘may’, ‘can’, ‘will’ and ultimately shall’ make all things well. – Friends of Julian of Norwich


CreativiTEA and The Poetry Village

Thank you to everyone who has donated cotton reels, tape measures and tin cans opened from the bottom; we’re still very happy to take any donations of these as we love recycling and upcycling! We’re also looking for empty seed packets which we’ll be turning into little poetry booklets at the ‘Recycling Plant‘. Your donations are really appreciated; these items will be used in workshops with local schools, Generations United, NightChurchPZ and The St Mary’s Monday Lunch Group. Sally Crabtree, aka ‘The Poetry Postie’, will be holding a CreativiTEA at St Mary’s on Monday 17th June with the lunchtime group, and then on Saturday 22nd June with NightChurch. Please do come along! Everyone is welcome and you can find out more about The Poetry Village… – Alice


Calling all music lovers!

On 28th June, St. Mary’s will host a piano recital by Ryan Collis, an outstanding student of piano and composition at the Royal College of Music.  Ryan has, this week, won FIRST PLACE in a national Young Composers competition and his winning piece will be broadcast on BBC3 later this year. In March, while visiting Penzance, he and his friend Andrew looked in on our NightChurch, on a night when Bishop Hugh was due to commission Alice as the Leader of this new venture. The sound system had gone down and we were reconciled to having no music when Ryan asked if he might try out the piano. The rest is history!  They stayed for the evening, Ryan improvised amazingly and they were both so excited by their experience of NightChurch that Ryan offered to support us in future in some fashion and will now be performing here on FRIDAY 28th JUNE in a recital of music by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms and Chopin, as well as some of his own amazing compositions. ALL PROCEEDS TO NIGHTCHURCHPz!  Don’t miss it if you love piano music! See more on ryancollis.com and view the recent competition on https://www.youngcomposersaward.co.uk/the-finalLesley


An appeal for a piano player…

We’ve been blessed with pianists wandering into St. Mary’s – and now we’re actively on the look-out for one! If you’re able to play the piano and could spare half an hour to an hour each week (or even just every few weeks), our family worker Molly would love to hear from you, as she’s looking for someone to help teach two of the families she works with. If you think you could help out, do please contact Molly at molly.blewett@penleecluster.org.uk.


St. Peter’s Church Newlyn Annual Art Exhibition

St. Peter’s is holding its annual art exhibition, showcasing inspiring work by local artists, starting on Saturday 25th May. The exhibition will then run for the week, until Friday 31st May. Please do drop in and explore this exciting array of work!


Celtic Morning Prayer

Each weekday morning on zoom at 8am. Zoom link: https://tinyurl.com/2byzouwk

Prayer Requests

If you are concerned about someone and would like their name included in the Prayer Request Group’s weekly prayer list, please do email Mel at mlevesconte@hotmail.co.uk by 7pm on Tuesday evenings. Thank you.


Coming Soon…

Roast dinner at St. Mary’s – Sunday 2nd June

Our fabulous roast dinner returns on Sunday 2nd June at 12.15pm, after Communion. Everyone is welcome!


Paul Church Summer Talk – Sir Edward Bolitho: ‘Days in a life’ – Tuesday 4th June

£5.00 entry, nibbles/wine at 7pm, talk at 7.30pm, followed by debate and more nibbles/wine.


Core Staff Meeting – Tuesday 4th June

There will be a meeting for all core staff at 10.00am on Tuesday 4th June at St. Mary’s PZ.


Feast of John the Baptist Civic Service  

Sunday 23rd June

Please note that the Civic Service, which is also the Cluster Joint Worship Service this quarter, is being held on Sunday 23rd June at St. John’s Church, Penzance. The preacher for this service will now be The (then) Venerable Clive Hogger (his installation is in early June). For those who would like to know more about him, here is a link to his bio on the Diocese of Truro’s website: https://trurodiocese.org.uk/2024/03/archdeacon-of-cornwall-announcement/

The service will start at 11am at St. John’s, but the parade – for those who wish to join in behind – will start at 10.30am at St. John’s Hall. For more details on the service please contact Revd. Derath Durkin at derathdurkin@penleecluster.org.uk.


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