Reflection for this week
Even as the water falls on dry leaves and brings out their flavour, so may the Spirit fall on us and renew us, so that we may bring refreshment and joy to others…A prayer from Sri Lanka
The feast of Pentecost is a celebration of the mysterious movement of God in our lives through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
The feast of Pentecost is a celebration of the mysterious movement of God in our lives through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. In the opening chapters of the Acts of the Apostles, Luke describes the early Church in idealistic terms. He tells us that on the day of Pentecost the whole group of believers were ‘filled with the Holy Spirit’ and, as a result, they were all ‘united, heart and soul.’
The Spirit filled person lives intensely in the here and now. He or she is alive with the energy of love, moved by the energy of joy. Instead of being crushed and embittered by the sorrows of life, such a person retains a peaceful energy in the midst of pain and suffering. Patience, kindness, and sheer goodness are further signs, instantly recognisable, of the presence of the Spirit, as are trustworthiness and gentleness, modesty, unforced self control, and readiness to forgive.
Just as a sat nav guides us to our destination when we are unsure of our route, the Spirit enables us (to borrow the words of John O’Donohue), “to walk into the future with hope and trust, without knowing precisely how things will turn out” but with complete confidence in the providence of God.
Bible readings set for this Sunday
- Acts 2: 1-21
- John 20: 19-23
Roast Sunday Lunch
June 4th St Mary’s Penzance 12:15 pm
Do join us for our usual monthly roast lunch next week. It does help if you can sign up so that we have an idea about numbers. It’s a free lunch but you might want to make a donation.
Differing views within the Diocese of Truro.
Many of you will be very aware of a BBC film commenting negatively on the “on the way” process and transition process which is affecting Anglican churches in this diocese. This was then followed by a response and video from the diocesan senior staff stating a differen t truth and perspective Of
course, we know that there are always a wide range of differing perceptions and “ in any organisation…including the church.
At such times praying for reconciliation must be the only way forward. And who better to look for inspiration borne out of experience than Bishop Desmond Tutu Ubuntu:
My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together”Bishop Desmond Tutu Ubuntu
‘I am because we are.‘
I ask that we hold people with differing views in our hearts, praying that each can learn and be more fully rounded by the other. ….we need each other and all different perspectives for fullness of life in Christ and for churches to flourish
Thanks to a gift from the Church of England we now have card readers installed in 3 of our churches so that visitors can donate to our ongoing work.
We will once more be running 4 weeks of holiday clubs during the summer holiday. There is a very exciting programme planned which includes a meal each day and trips and activities across Cornwall We are also exploring the possibility of running family sessions at the playzone so that children and the people who look after them can have a fun holiday time together.
If you would like to make a financial contribution towards this work then you could make a cheque payable to The Penlee Cluster, or to make an online donation. https://www.penleecluster.org.uk/young people and families/holiday club/
You may want to sponsor a child for £30 per week.
Many thanks to Molly and Indy