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St Mary's, Leigh Woods & Holy Trinity, Abbots Leigh

Welcome to the United Parish of Abbots Leigh and Leigh Woods in the Bristol Diocese. Do come and join us for any of our services and events. You are assured of a warm welcome!

A message from the vicar
Rev. Dr Hester Jones

Rev. Dr Hester Jones

Hester divides her time between Bristol University and the parish.

Welcome to the United Parish of Holy Trinity, Abbots Leigh & St Mary’s, Leigh Woods.

 

We are a Christian community within the Church of England and we seek to follow Christ as we live out our lives in the world, and in particular in the Parish of Abbots Leigh with Leigh Woods.

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Telephone: 01275 373996

Sermon & readings for Pentecost 31th May

COLLECT for PENTECOST

God, who as at this time taught the hearts of your faithful people by ending to them the light of your Holy Spirit: grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgement in all things and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort: through the merits of Christ Jesus our Saviour, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever, Amen.

 

Acts 2:1-21

2When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. 4All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.

5Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. 6And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. 7Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? 9Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.” 12All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” 13But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.”

14But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. 15Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. 16No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel: 17‘In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. 18Even upon my slaves, both men and women, in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy. Lord’s great and glorious day. 21Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’ 19And I will show portents in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and smoky mist. 20The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day. 21Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’

 

John 20:19-31

19When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 20After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” 22When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” 24But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.”

26A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 27Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” 28Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” 29Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.” 30Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. 31But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.

 

 

 

 

Pentecost 2020 Sermon

Today, as our readings indicated, we remember and give thanks for the Holy Spirit, descending into the midst of the disciples, and working amongst and in us, as well. It’s a day of celebration, a kind of birthday for the church. But the holy spirit is also a part of our faith that we may be haziest about. We may feel we can imagine and relate to Jesus, the Son, and perhaps to God, the Father; but the Holy Spirit? Either the word Spirit suggests something a little bit spooky and supernatural – not very Anglican – or something conceptual and abstract – such as the words ‘comfort’, meaning strength and support suggest. But what do we mean when we speak of the Spirit? What do you mean? How do you understand, how do you experience, the Spirit? Perhaps you may feel, with Anglican modesty, that while ‘other churches’ experience the spirit in literal ways, we really don’t, we’re too sensible. But today challenges that reluctance in us to see God at work, perhaps not as we expect, but in new and surprising and real ways. Perhaps we don’t recognise the form that work may take in our midst, and perhaps, if we’re honest, it’s easier to be a bit of Eeyore when it comes to the Spirit, a bit melancholy, a bit ‘why doesn’t it visit me’. But that’s where the Spirit comes to challenge us, because today at Pentecost we’re reminded that God is always with us, and always seeking to communicate with us, but through his Spirit, the ways in which he does so may be ones we wouldn’t think of.  Today’s reading from Acts suggests that we may know the Spirit, however, in terms of its effects. It is diverse in manifestation, and so affects many people in many different ways. But amidst that diverse effect, it also brings us as followers of Jesus together, in ways that are unpredictable and sometimes heady. The disciples, touched by the spirit, were thought by those around them to be drunk! Presumably, as they emerged blinking from their melancholy and grief and confusion, at having seen Jesus departing from them for the second time at his Ascension, they were then giggly, and perhaps some were teary, and perhaps some were a bit noisy, as bit by bit, a new direction and way of being emerged amongst them. It’s important that they met together for this moment, and once again, we’re reminded that our faith is not a solitary faith, but one in which our individuality and aloneness is broken through. The spirit makes us porous to other people, in ways we can’t fully understand. When this happens, we find ourselves in a moment where we’re taken out of our usual restraint, especially if we’re good Anglicans. We may become a bit emotional, as the phrase is.

I’ve had a couple of moments as an individual this week, where I’ve felt that the Spirit was in operation. I don’t offer this in a spirit of pedagogy, suggesting this is how it ‘should’ be, only to share with you, my friends, how it would seem that the spirit can operate, even for someone as cautious and sceptical and often deaf to the spirit, as myself.  As you may know, I work with a number of people in so-called spiritual accompaniment, walking beside them as they reflect on their journey with God. It’s a great privilege to do this and it’s work I love. One such person, like a few others, after a long journey now towards discernment and then training to be a priest, hadn’t contacted for a while.  I know they are busy with work and other commitments alongside training, and wouldn’t usually be proactive in checking up, but on this occasion I did drop them a text, saying I was thinking of them, which they quickly answered. When we spoke subsequently, they asked me, ‘did I know?’ and as I shook my head,  they went on to explain that they had been struggling for various specific reasons, and my text was thus, they felt, a ‘prod from the Spirit’. I claim no personal credit for this and share their sense of being nudged from beyond – something that was right and needed and an intuitive response to something non-rational, almost despite shared hesitancy in both, came about.

In a similar way, I have found the Thy Kingdom Come initiative, in which some colleagues take part, others don’t, a bit of a nudge and a bit of a challenge. As you’ll know, we’ve been offering Night Prayer every evening as a way of sharing in this prayer and mission initiative. It’s been lovely to meet together as a small representative community, and it’s been fortuitously good to meet and get to know Helen Clifton a little in this way. Helen will be with us for the foreseeable future as a licensed lay minister, serving and experiencing some different ways of being church; and Helen, you certainly bring the spirit with you and may your ministry be blessed by that spirit in the weeks ahead.

Yesterday, perhaps mostly oddly, I further then, found myself messaging someone and on the spur of the moment, including a photo of a particularly abundant and glorious rosebush in our garden – for no specific reason, and I had not previously shared this picture. They immediately replied, saying at that very moment, they had been looking for a picture of a rose, for a meditation they were leading. Again, I claim no credit – all I can say is that the Spirit was working through me to offer something meaningful or useful at that particular moment. It’s hard to account for this in any scientific way, other than a kind of understanding that emerges between people who perhaps seek to live in the Spirit and that goes beyond the rational. Coincidences, maybe, or as some Christians call them, God-incidences, where our shared identity in God becomes expressed in material and lived ways.

I find this shared identity very consoling and very meaningful, and I think this gift of the Spirit to bring us together and to strengthen and energise us is particularly valuable during this ongoing time of lockdown where we are feeling our aloneness most powerfully. As the image of fire suggests, it is powerful and warming and potentially destructive, as our understanding of what is normal and rational is shaken; and it is also, as the image of wind suggests, energising and enlivening, as our possibility for growth at personal and social levels becomes visible. Most of the largest social changes have been initiated and then implemented by small groups of people in the first instance, and Christianity is itself an example of this.  So on this day of energising, of gathering, of challenge and of hope, how can we as a small group in this time and place, be more open to the spirit’s work in us? What changes for good can we dream up in the wider world? Amen

 

PRAYERS (written by Alan, read by Wo)

 A  PRAYER FOR  PENECOST Dear Lord, we pray that you remain as constant today as You were yesterday and will be tomorrow and for evermore. Spread abroad the gift of the Holy Spirit to every race and to every nation so that the truth of the Holy Gospel will strengthen and encourage all who worship in Your name. Lord in Your mercy:  Hear our prayer.

 

A prayer for all those whose weddings have been postponed or cancelled, whose plans have been disrupted, whose jobs have been lost, whose future is now uncertain: Dear Lord, give hope and courage to all whose lives have been turned upside down by the current crisis facing the world. Please let the easing of restrictions be tempered by patience and common-sense so that another outbreak of the virus can be avoided. We ask this for the sake of Your dear Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ.  Lord in Your mercy: Hear our prayer.

 

A prayer for those who are sick, especially remembering all suffering from mental illness: Dear Lord, please hear our prayer for the many people experiencing the effects of mental strain and desperate worry through these exceptional times. Give them the courage to ask for help so that their anxieties can be shared. We also pray that the sick will now feel able to come forward and be confident to consult their Doctors and Consultants and visit Hospitals once again. And please, Dear Lord, keep healthy and strong everyone connected within the caring community. let them know of our undying thanks for their dedication and skill. Lord in Your mercy: Hear our prayer.

 

And lastly, a prayer for those who mourn: Dear Lord, grant to all who have lost loved ones, especially those who through lockdown restrictions have been unable to attend funerals and cremations, the faith, courage and strength to meet the days ahead, not sorrowing as those without hope, but in thanks for the happy times of years past and in the sure expectation  of joyful reunions in the Heavenly place You have reserved for us.

 

Merciful Father accept these prayers for the sake of Your dear Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Friends, following the advice about avoiding non-essential contact, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have issued a statement ............... Read more

They are suggesting that we put public worship on hold and become a “different sort of church” in the coming months to face the challenge of coronavirus.  William Temple, one of the great Archbishops of Canterbury and York of the last century, is often quoted as saying that we are the one organisation which exists for the benefit of its ‘non-members’.  In response to the crisis, we will be suspending public worship in both churches until further notice. Other activities that involve our gathering together (Lent Groups etc.) will also not happen for a season. But we shall also seek to serve all people in a new way, and so perhaps to become a slightly different sort of church.

This clearly a huge and difficult step. We are looking at how we can support one another during this difficult time and how we can find opportunities to be a part of a loving, worshipping and praying community, while not being able to gather together. More details about this will continue to be shared: please check our Facebook page and Website for new links. In the meantime, if you would like support of any kind, or somebody to speak to or to pray with you over the phone or by skype, please do give one of us an email or call (details can be found elsewhere). We are in this together and we need to remember that God is with us.

On Sunday 22nd March, all churches in England have been called to a National Day of Prayer. At such a time as this, when so many are fearful and there is great uncertainty, we are reminded of our dependence on our loving Heavenly Father and the future that he holds. At 7 pm this Sunday, we have been encouraged to light a candle in the windows of our homes as a visible symbol of the light of life, Jesus Christ, our source and hope in prayer. In place of our Mothering Sunday and Taize Services in St Mary’s, we shall offer prayer in Holy Trinity, in addition to ongoing Morning Prayer, for the parish and for all affected by this situation.

In relation to prayer, we have also put together a prayer resource to engage with, in light of the news that we are unable to meet physically together. Please join us in these rhythms, so that we might be reminded of God’s presence and peace; and be prompted to look outwards towards those who are the most vulnerable among us.

Please be assured that we will continue to uphold the whole church community and the wider parish in prayer.

May you know that you are loved by our Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer.

 

With love and blessings for health and peace from

 

Hester, working remotely and alongside Wo, our wardens and wider team

 

An Act of Spiritual Communion

In making a Spiritual Communion, you may wish to pray all or part of the following, as you are able. You may wish to find a space for prayer in front of a cross, a candle, or a special place.

You might choose to make your Spiritual Communion at a particular time of day, or after viewing a live streamed service. Reflect on the day and on your relationships.

  • – What good things have come from God today? · – Where have I fallen short? · – What might I do tomorrow?

You may wish to say or pray Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Read the following words from Scripture. If you have access to today’s readings for Holy Communion, you may wish to read and reflect on them.

Jesus said, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.’ John 6.35

 Pray for the needs of the world, for your local community, and for those close to you. End with the Lord’s Prayer. Our Father…

Give thanks for the saving death and resurrection of Jesus and ask him to be with you now. Thanks be to you, Lord Jesus Christ, for all the benefits you have given me, for all the pains and insults you have borne for me. Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, I ask you to come spiritually into my heart. O most merciful redeemer, friend and brother, may I know you more clearly, love you more dearly, and follow you more nearly, day by day. Amen. after the Prayer of St Richard of Chichester

You might then add one or more of the following prayers: Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your disciples, ‘I am with you always’. Be with me today, as I offer myself to you. Hear my prayers for others and for myself, and keep me in your care. Amen.

O God, help me to trust you, help me to know that you are with me, help me to believe that nothing can separate me from your love revealed in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 12

Lord, in these days of mercy, make us quiet and prayerful; in these days of challenge, make us stronger in you; in these days of emptiness, take possession of us; in these days of waiting, open our hearts to the mystery of your cross. Angela Ashwin

Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we your unworthy servants give you most humble and hearty thanks for all your goodness and loving kindness. We bless you for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all for your immeasurable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ, for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. And give us, we pray, such a sense of all your mercies that our hearts may be unfeignedly thankful, and that we show forth your praise, not only with our lips but in our lives, by giving up ourselves to your service, and by walking before you in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be all honour and glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

Conclude with the following: The Lord bless us, and preserve us from all evil, and keep us in eternal life. Amen

 

WORSHIP AT HOME. With published services ceasing but prayer continuing in home and in church see below ............... More

 

Here you will find simple, complete versions of the Daily Office, Morning Prayer and Night Prayer, with readings and psalms.  Unlike the Eucharist, that requires a priest, the Daily Office is the prayer of all God’s people, laity and clergy together.

There are occasions when people need a form of prayer including scripture to use on their own.  The Coronavirus pandemic is one such occasion.  But Christians never pray entirely alone: in using this form of prayer, we are actually praying together as a parish.  We also always pray with all the saints in heaven:
One family, we dwell in him,
one church, above, beneath;
though now divided by the stream,
the narrow stream of death. 
 Perhaps noticing this is encouragement for those in isolation.
A regular pattern of daily, structured, personal prayer built around the Word of God complements Sunday worship. So perhaps this time of enforced retreat can be a time when we connect once again with the rhythms of God’s Word in the context of our daily life, giving a structure to the day, and setting our day, however we live it, in the context of God’s loving purpose for our lives. We hope to continue to offer prayer in church and at home, and Holy Trinity, Abbots Leigh, will continue to be unlocked and open for you to spend personal time in quiet and reflection there, if you wish, while keeping safe. Prayer will be offered at normal times on Sundays and as/when advertised; this Sunday, in common with the rest of the church, we shall pray for one another and for the world in this time of crisis, in place of the advertised Mothering Sunday service.
Morning Prayer
 You may wish to light a candle and have some reflective music playing in the background.

 The Lord is good, a strong refuge when trouble comes.

God is close to those who trust in him.

Nahum 1.7

 Opening Sentences

 O Lord, open our lips and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

 The night has passed, and the day lies open before us; let us pray with one heart and mind.

 Pause for reflection as you offer the day to God.

 As we rejoice in the gift of this new day, so may the light of your presence, O God, set our hearts on fire with love for you; now and for  ever. Amen.

 Bible Reading

 You may wish to say Psalm 23 or another psalm here, such as Psalm 16 or Psalm 139.

 Psalm 23

 The Lord is my shepherd;     

therefore can I lack nothing.

He makes me lie down in green pastures     

and leads me beside still waters.

He shall refresh my soul

and guide me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

I will fear no evil;

for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

You spread a table before me

n the presence of those who trouble me;    

you have anointed my head with oil and my cup shall be full.

Surely goodness and loving mercy

shall follow me all the days of my life,    

and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

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. 

 You may wish to use the weekly pattern of short readings given below, or choose a passage of your own.

 Sunday Morning

 But now thus says the Lord,    he who created you, O Jacob,    he who formed you, O Israel:

Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;

 I have called you by name, you are mine.

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;    and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,    and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God,    the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour.

Isaiah 43.1-3a

 Monday Morning

 Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling-places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going.’ Thomas said to him, ‘Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

John 14.1-6

 Tuesday Morning

 Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.

Philippians 4.8-9

 Wednesday Morning

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Colossians 3.16,17

 Thursday Morning

You are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling-place for God.

Ephesians 2.19-22

 Friday Morning

 Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honour. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer.

Romans 19.9-12

 Saturday Morning

 He said to his disciples, ‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? If then you are not able to do so small a thing as that, why do you worry about the rest? Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! And do not keep striving for what you are to eat and what you are to drink, and do not keep worrying. For it is the nations of the world that strive after all these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, strive for his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.

Luke 12.22-31

 Prayers 

 Almighty and everlasting God,

we thank you that you have brought us safely to the beginning of this day. Keep us from falling into sin or running into danger; order us in all our doings and guide us to do always what is righteous in your sight;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

Keep us, good Lord,  under the shadow of your mercy  in this time of uncertainty and distress. Sustain and support the anxious and fearful, and lift up all who are brought low; that we may rejoice in your comfort

knowing that nothing can separate us from your love  in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Amen.

 The Lord’s Prayer

 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. Amen.

 The Conclusion 

The Lord bless us, and preserve us from all evil, and keep us in eternal life.  Amen.

 

Let us bless the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Night Prayer

 You may wish to light a candle and have some reflective music playing in the background.

 The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.

Deuteronomy 33.27

 Opening Sentences

 The Lord almighty grant us a quiet night and a perfect end. Amen.

 Our help is in the name of the Lord who made heaven and earth.

 Pause and reflect on the day that is past.

 Save us, O Lord, while waking, and guard us while sleeping, that awake we may watch with Christ and asleep may rest in peace.

Bible Reading

 You may wish to say here the psalm given below, or Psalm 27, or another chosen psalm.

 Psalm 91

 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High and abides under the shadow of the Almighty,

Shall say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my stronghold, my God, in whom I put my trust.’

For he shall deliver you

from the snare of the fowler

and from the deadly pestilence.

He shall cover you with his wings      

and you shall be safe under his feathers;           

his faithfulness shall be your shield and buckler.

You shall not be afraid of any terror by night,                 nor of the arrow that flies by day;

Of the pestilence that stalks in darkness,

nor of the sickness that destroys at noonday.

Though a thousand fall at your side       

and ten thousand at your right hand,     

yet it shall not come near you.

Your eyes have only to behold    

to see the reward of the wicked.

Because you have made the Lord your refuge     and the Most High your stronghold,

There shall no evil happen to you,          

neither shall any plague come near your tent.

For he shall give his angels charge over you,                  to keep you in all your ways.

They shall bear you in their hands,

lest you dash your foot against a stone.

You shall tread upon the lion and adder;            

the young lion and the serpent

you shall trample underfoot.

Because they have set their love upon me,        therefore will I deliver them;

will lift them up, because they know my name.

They will call upon me and I will answer them; 

am with them in trouble,

I will deliver them and bring them to honour.

With long life will I satisfy them

and show them my salvation.

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. 

You may wish to use one of the following short readings or choose a passage of your own.

 Sunday Evening

 You, O Lord, are in the midst of us, and we are called by your name; leave us not, O Lord our God. 

Jeremiah 14.9

 Monday Evening

 Thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.

Isaiah 30.15

 Tuesday Evening

 Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Matthew 11.28-end

Wednesday Evening

 Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.

1 Peter 5.6,7

Thursday Evening

 Jesus said, ‘I have said this to you, so that in me you may have peace. In the world you face persecution. But take courage; I have conquered the world!’

John 16.33

Friday Evening

 

God has destined us not for wrath but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep we may live with him.

1 Thessalonians 5.9,10

Saturday Evening

 Jesus said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.’

John 8.12

 Prayers

 Merciful God,

we entrust to your unfailing and tender care this night

those who are ill or in pain,

knowing that whenever danger threatens

your everlasting arms are there to hold us safe.

Comfort and heal them,

and restore them to health and strength;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 Be present, O merciful God,

And protect us through the silent hours of this night,

so that we who are wearied

by the changes and chances of this fleeting world,

may rest upon your eternal changelessness;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 Visit this place, O Lord, we pray, and drive far from it the snares of the enemy; may your holy angels dwell with us in peace, and may your blessing be always upon us; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 The Lord’s Prayer

 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. Amen.

 The Conclusion

 In peace we will lie down and sleep; 

for you alone, Lord, make us dwell in safety.

 The Lord bless us and watch over us;

The Lord make his face to shine upon us and be gracious to us;

The Lord look kindly upon us and give us peace. Amen.

 

 Materials in this booklet are drawn from Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England, Common Worship: Pastoral Services, and Common Worship: Daily Prayer, all of which are copyright © The Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England.

 

Music for Pentecost, Sunday 31st May

played by John Talbot at home:

O thou who camest from above: Words found here
O thou who camest from above
the fire celestial to impart,
kindle a flame of sacred love
on the mean altar of my heart.
 
There let it for thy glory burn
with inextinguishable blaze,
and trembling to its source return 
in humble prayer and fervent praise.
 
Jesus, confirm my heart’s desire
to work and speak and think for thee;
still let me guard the holy fire
and still stir up the gift in me.
 
Ready for all thy perfect will,
my acts of faith and love repeat,
till death thy endless mercies seal,
and make the sacrifice complete.  

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Welcome to the United Parish of Holy Trinity, Abbots Leigh & St Mary’s, Leigh Woods. We are a Christian community within the Church of England and we seek to follow Christ as we live out our lives in the world, and in particular in the Parish of Abbots Leigh with Leigh Woods.

 In doing this, we take the Bible seriously, recognising also that our response to it may be informed by our personal experience and our particular culture. Whether we are old or young, male or female, new to the church or familiar with its tradition, everyone is invited to share in the banquet of God’s creation, and is equally welcome. We hope as we meet, to celebrate the diversity and goodness of the world, and to find God already at work in it. We seek also to respond – as we are able – to the needs of the poor, and – blessed as we are by the natural beauty of our parish – we seek to cherish and to be good stewards of the earth.

We understand our community as one where we can question, and where we may discover the sacred, whether in worship or in laughter, in prayer or in conversation, receiving the sacraments, or over a cup of coffee. When we gather together for services, we worship God in a range of different ways, and we hope that you may find a way that suits you. It may be through sharing in a Parish Communion. It may be in the more informal context of a Family Worship service, where it’s fine if your way is more exuberant or exploratory. It may be in the still quietness of our 8.00am BCP Communion, or the beauty of choral Evensong. It may be in the reflective chants of Taizé worship, or in the shared silence of meditation. Alongside all of these, we seek also to share in the hospitality of God’s spirit. We do very much hope that you will join us in this, and find something of the God who comes to meet us wherever we are.

If you are new in the parish, we would love to meet you. We would love to know if there is anything our community can do for you. We would love to speak with you, to hear if your gifts might help us to share this welcome better. Do please drop us a line or give us a ring.

 

St Mary's Church the Virgin

Church Road
Leigh Woods
Bristol
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Holy Trinity
Church Road
Abbots Leigh
Bristol
BS8 3QT