WELCOME TO THE PARISH OF SPROWSTON
21st May 2017
Sixth Sunday of Easter
8.00am St Cuthbert’s, Holy Communion
Presiding: Canon Simon
If you require a gluten free wafer please let a sideperson know.
9.30am St Cuthbert’s, Family Communion
Presiding: Canon Simon
Preaching: Andy Bunter
Hymns: Please see screen
Reader: Eunice Sandle
Intercessions: Mary Carpenter
10.30am St Mary & St Margaret’s, Holy Communion
Presiding: Reverend Dean
Preaching: Andrew Dickie
Hymns: 15, 4, 26, 276, 324
Readers: Christine Stanley & Liz Marsden
Intercessions: Simon Macfarlane
Please join us for refreshments after the services
If you have prayer requests, please enter them in the books at the back of the church.
12.15pm St Mary & St Margaret’s, Baptism of Amy Scent Leading: Reverend Dean
12.45pm St Mary & St Margaret’s, Treasure Hunt & Picnic
Collect (Prayer of the week)
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
Post Communion Prayer
God our Father,
whose Son Jesus Christ gives the water of eternal life:
may we thirst for you,
the spring of life and source of goodness,
through him who is alive and reigns, now and for ever. Amen
1st Reading: Acts 17.22-31
Then Paul stood in front of the Areopagus and said, ‘Athenians, I see how extremely religious you are in every way. For as I went through the city and looked carefully at the objects of your worship, I found among them an altar with the inscription, “To an unknown god.” What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it, he who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by human hands, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mortals life and breath and all things. From one ancestor[a] he made all nations to inhabit the whole earth, and he allotted the times of their existence and the boundaries of the places where they would live, so that they would search for God[b] and perhaps grope for him and find him—though indeed he is not far from each one of us. For “In him we live and move and have our being”; as even some of your own poets have said,
“For we too are his offspring.”
Since we are God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the deity is like gold, or silver, or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of mortals. While God has overlooked the times of human ignorance, now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will have the world judged in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.’
Epistle: 1 Peter 3.13-22
Now who will harm you if you are eager to do what is good? But even if you do suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear, and do not be intimidated, but in your hearts sanctify Christ as Lord. Always be ready to make your defence to anyone who demands from you an account of the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and reverence. Keep your conscience clear, so that, when you are maligned, those who abuse you for your good conduct in Christ may be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if suffering should be God’s will, than to suffer for doing evil. For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit, in which also he went and made a proclamation to the spirits in prison, who in former times did not obey, when God waited patiently in the days of Noah, during the building of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight people, were saved through water. And baptism, which this prefigured, now saves you—not as a removal of dirt from the body, but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers made subject to him.
Gospel – John 14.15-21
‘If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you for ever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you.
‘I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live. On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.’
Please Pray For:
The Benefice of: Taverham with Ringland
The Baptist Church: Richard Lewis, Regional Minister.
The congregation of Gage Road Chapel and Pastor Michael Graves
Diocese of Ngbo (Nigeria): Bishop Christian Ebisike
First Anniversary of Baptism: Daisy May & Charlie George Cox
Those living or working in: Roundtree Close, Roundtree Way, Lone Barn Road, Russell Avenue
For healing: Hasina Begum, Paul and Liz Boughton, Maisie Capes, Bryan Carpenter, Mabel Carter, Jean Carver, Ruth Dawes, Molly Hughes, Ron King, Karen Land, Alan Maundrell, Molly Last, Katie Nash, Annette Norton, Diana Smith, Rodney Tooke, Georgia Turner, Robert Wood.
Please pray for family and friends of: Malcolm Kidd, Denise Farrow, Janet Sorrell, Baby Florence Shorten, Hazel Smith, Gwendolyn Cole.
First Anniversary: David Butler.
Tomorrow – Picnic & Treasure Hunt St Mary & St Margaret’s 12.45pm
Bring a picnic (optional). A short informal service at 2:30 Light refreshments for sale. Raffle. Any proceeds to Church Funds.
Wednesday 24th May 7.30pm St Cuthbert’s Church
A chance to question your parliamentary candidates for the Conservative, Green, Labour & Liberal Democrat
Archdeaconry Ascension Service
Norwich Cathedral 25th May – 7.30pm
Thy Kingdom Come Prayer Wave
Prayers will be said in St Cuthbert’s as part of Thy Kingdom Come prayer wave, during the 10 days between Ascension Day and Pentecost (26th May to 3rd June).
Morning Prayer – 8.30am
Lunchtime Prayer – 12.15pm
Evening Prayer – 5.15pm
Compline (Night Prayer) – 9.30pm
Please join us if you are able.
Hope Into Action Prayer Day
Hope into Action is holding a 24 hour prayer day on June 7th. St Cuthbert’s prayer slot is between 10.30am and 12.00 noon. If you are able to join Penny for any or all of this time please let Penny know. Tel: 424652
One of the residents of our HIA house, Salthouse, has had his bicycle stolen. As this is his only means of transport, this is making his life even more difficult. Does anyone have a man’s bicycle that is no longer needed but in good working order? Please contact Penny.
Service of Thanksgiving & Remembrance (Bereavement service)
St Mary & St Margaret’s, Sunday 11th June 4.00pm
There will be tea afterwards outside (weather permitting)
Annual Church Fete
Vicarage Gardens 24th June 1.00 -4.00pm
We require new items, raffle and tombola prizes, bottles of drink, books, plants, packets of sweets, cakes, tins and packets of food. There will be a box marked fete in St Cuthbert’s Church under the table for you to put your item in. if you wish to help with the fete or have any questions, please contact Sheila Tuffield 419896 Toni Morina 484554
Sunday 2nd July 10.00am- United Service
St Cutbert’s church. To welcome our new Curate, Philip Harvey and his wife, Penny.
To be followed by a Parish lunch
After the Archdeaconry Ascension service the parish will be given a candle to be lit every day during prayers as part of the 10 day wave of prayer called for by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York.
Sister Ashley has kindly offered to do Compline at 9.30pm each evening.
We need some volunteers to pray at St Cuthbert’s church during morning (8.30am), lunchtime (12.15pm) and evening prayer (5.15pm) from 26th May to 3rd June.
Sign up sheet will be at the back of the churches.
Magazines will be ready for distribution on Tuesday 23rd May.
Thank you party for magazine volunteers at the Vicarage Tuesday 23rd 7.30pm.
Monday to Friday (Everyone welcome)
8.30am, Morning Prayer;
5.15pm Evening Prayer.
Our churches are open everyday:
St Mary & St Margaret’s 10.00am – 4.00pm
St Cuthbert’s 8.30am – 10.00pm
St Mary & St Margaret’s 10.00 – 12.00, Tuesday Break
Parish Room 10.15am, Site meeting
St Cuthbert’s 6.00 – 7.00pm, Vestry Hour
Annexe 6.30pm, Youth Cafe
Vicarage 7.30pm, Magazine Party
St Cuthbert’s 9.30am, Holy Communion
St Cuthbert’s 7.30pm, Hustings – meet your local MP
St Cuthbert’s 9.30am, Berties Babes
Cathedral 7.30pm, Archdeaconry Ascension Service
St Mary & St Margaret’s 9.15, Morning Prayer
St Mary & St Margaret’s 9.30 – 10.30am, Vestry Hour
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CONTACT DETAILS FOR THE PARISH
Vicar: Revd Canon Simon Stokes
Tel: 01603 426492 firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: 01603 411194 Weekdays 9.30am-1.30pm