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Sunday, 31 May 2020

Childhood Memories

Childhood memories.

We all have our childhood memories and earlier this week my daughter told me about one of her younger sister’s childhood memories. The memory was brought back by the hearing the jingle-jangle music of the ice cream van which happened to stop outside her front door. It was the first time she had seen an ice cream van on her street and of course, it was the first time for my grandson, Archie too.  So, we had a cone with all the trappings: flake, hundreds and thousands and raspberry sauce. The ice cream was the soft Mr Whippy type which was a particular favourite of Charlotte’s my youngest daughter.  The only problem was it was very close to Archie’s teatime. Nana did the unthinkable and persuaded his mummy to let him have the ice cream before his tea, after all, what are nana’s for!  Then came the familiar comment that parents often hear from their children “ you never let us do that, we always had to put the ice cream in the freezer to have after our tea” Apparently this was one of Charlotte’s bug-bears as she said once the ice cream came out of the freezer it was no longer soft like Mr Whippy. Now I understand why Charlotte always wanted hers before her tea.

I wonder what the bug-bears of your childhood were, perhaps you would like to share them.

And now for something beautiful and lovely 

Archie and I saw this hanging from a tree on one of our walks. It is difficult to tell from the picture but is made from pipe cleaners, Such a simple but effective idea.

And finally, I think this one goes under the heading of improvisation. After finishing his ice cream, Archie decided to wash his hands in the watering can!   

 his reminded me we need to thank God each and every day for our water supply and pray for those who don't have that luxury.

Saturday, 30 May 2020

Pentecost Services

Hymn: Be still for the presence of the Lord

Holy Communion

Hymn: The spirit lives to set us free

Virtual Whit walk.  Join us for our walk of witness, the pictures are from our walk in 2019, including our service in St Thomas Leesfield.

A Churches Together Service for Pentecost

Morning Prayer for Pentecost

Morning Prayer
from the day after Ascension Day
until the Day of Pentecost
Sunday, 31 May 2020
O Lord, open our lips
and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.
Send your Holy Spirit upon us,
and clothe us with power from on high. Alleluia..

Blessed are you, creator God,
to you be praise and glory for ever.
As your Spirit moved over the face of the water, bringing light and life to your creation,
pour out your Spirit on us today that we may walk as children of light and by your grace reveal your presence.  Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
All Blessed be God for ever.
Hymn: Be still for the presence of the Lord

Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and all that is within me bless his holy name.
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits;
3 Who forgives all your sins
and heals all your infirmities;
4 Who redeems your life from the Pit
and crowns you with faithful love and compassion;
5 Who satisfies you with good things,
so that your youth is renewed like an eagles.
6 The Lord executes righteousness
and judgement for all who are oppressed.
7 He made his ways known to Moses
and his works to the children of Israel.
8 The Lord has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom has dominion over all.
9 Bless the Lord, you angels of his,
you mighty ones who do his bidding
and hearken to the voice of his word.
10 Bless the Lord, all you his hosts,
you ministers of his who do his will.
11 Bless the Lord, all you works of his,
in all places of his dominion;
bless the Lord, O my soul.
Psalm 103.1-7, 19-22
All Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever. Amen.

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your people
All and kindle in us the fire of your love.

All who are led by the Spirit of God
are children of God and fellow-heirs with Christ.
All Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your people.
Renew the face of your creation, Lord,
pouring on us the gifts of your Spirit,
All and kindle in us the fire of your love.
For the creation waits with eager longing
for the glorious liberty of the children of God.
All Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your people and kindle in us the fire of your love.

Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel,
who has come to his people and set them free.
2 He has raised up for us a mighty Saviour,
born of the house of his servant David.
3 Through his holy prophets God promised of old to save us from our enemies, from the hands of all that hate us,
4 To show mercy to our ancestors,
and to remember his holy covenant.
5 This was the oath God swore to our father Abraham: to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
6 Free to worship him without fear,
holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life.
7 And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,
8 To give his people knowledge of salvation
by the forgiveness of all their sins.
9 In the tender compassion of our God
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
10 To shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace.
Luke 1.68-79
All Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning is now and shall be for ever. Amen.

Click for the Intercessions

Intercession response

The Collect

Being made one by the power of the Spirit,
let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.

Hymn: The Spirit lives to set us free

The Conclusion
May the Spirit kindle in us the fire of Gods love.
All Amen.
Let us bless the Lord. Alleluia, alleluia.
All Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia.

National Service for Pentecost

With the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, Church leaders and a message from His Holiness Pope Francis.

Thursday, 28 May 2020


This month's virtual Grasshopper is now published, you can find it here