SCOTTISH EPISCOPAL CHURCH
All Saints Challoch with St. Ninian’s Fellowship
Scottish Charity SC003582
The next online broadcast service will take place on 31 May at 11am.
For Pentecost, the Rt Rev Anne Dyer, Bishop of Aberdeen & Orkney, celebrates the Eucharist from her home in Aberdeen.
Bishop Anne will be joined virtually by the members of the congregations on Shetland. The Rev Martin Randall assists Bishop Anne, and the readers are Alma Lewis (Lay Reader) and Dougie & Murray (Young members of St Magnus’, Lerwick). The intercessions are read by Helen Randall, (Lay Reader).
Music comes from Trevor Jamieson (St Magnus’, Lerwick) and the organist is Michael Bawtree.
In addition to these contributors to the service, a variety of people from Shetland, including Episcopalians from across the Islands and workers from NHS Shetland, have contributed to a section of Bishop Anne’s sermon.
The service will begin at 11am on Sunday May 31.
Do you know anyone without internet access?
This weekend, we are introducing a telephone service to allow those who do not have internet access to listen to the service of worship by telephone. The facility will be free of charge for anyone calling by landline or mobile phone from within the UK. It will be helpful if those who have online access to worship continue to use that method rather than using the telephone line, to avoid unnecessary additional cost incurred by the GSO, and we would also appreciate help in reaching non-internet users who are unable to see this announcement.
Anyone who would like full details of how to access the telephone line, in order to share them with someone who needs this service should email AidanS@scotland.anglican.org.
The liturgy is available to download at:
You can join the service at: https://bit.ly/PentecostLiturgySEC
Subtitles are available on both platforms, if selected by the user. Look for the CC icon at the bottom of the display screen on YouTube; on Facebook, go to Settings, then Video, then select Always Show Captions.
A list of Scottish Episcopal churches offering their own online worship is available here.
FIRST READING: Acts 2:1-21
2:1 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place.
2:2 And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.
2:3 Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them.
2:4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.
2:5 Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem.
2:6 And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each.
2:7 Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans?
2:8 And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language?
2:9 Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,
2:10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes,
2:11 Cretans and Arabs–in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.”
2:12 All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?”
2:13 But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.”
2:14 But 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.
2:15 Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning.
2:16 No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:
2:17 ‘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.
2:18 Even upon my slaves, both men and women, in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy.
2:19 And I will show portents in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and smoky mist.
2:20 The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day.
2:21 Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’
PSALM: 104:24-34, 35b
104:24 O LORD, how manifold are your works! In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.
104:25 Yonder is the sea, great and wide, creeping things innumerable are there, living things both small and great.
104:26 There go the ships, and Leviathan that you formed to sport in it.
104:27 These all look to you to give them their food in due season;
104:28 when you give to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are filled with good things.
104:29 When you hide your face, they are dismayed; when you take away their breath, they die and return to their dust.
104:30 When you send forth your spirit, they are created; and you renew the face of the ground.
104:31 May the glory of the LORD endure forever; may the LORD rejoice in his works–
104:32 who looks on the earth and it trembles, who touches the mountains and they smoke.
104:33 I will sing to the LORD as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have being.
104:34 May my meditation be pleasing to him, for I rejoice in the LORD.
104:35b Bless the LORD, O my soul. Praise the LORD!
SECOND READING: 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13
12:3b No one can say “Jesus is Lord” except by the Holy Spirit.
12:4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit;
12:5 and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord;
12:6 and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone.
12:7 To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.
12:8 To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit,
12:9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit,
12:10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.
12:11 All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.
12:12 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.
12:13 For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body–Jews or Greeks, slaves or free–and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.
THE GOSPEL: John 20:19-23
20:19 When 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.”
20:20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.
20:21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”
20:22 When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.
20:23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”
Faithful God, who fulfilled the promises of Easter by sending us your Holy Spirit and opening to every race and nation the way of life eternal: open our lips by your Spirit, that every tongue may tell of your glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
STEPHEN’S THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
Pentecost Sunday 31 May 2020
A former bishop of Winchester once said ‘I have known projects abandoned for lack of funds, but not for lack of the gifts of the Holy Spirit’.The Holy Spirit is the unseen One of the Holy Trinity, yet He is ever present. Recently I have been avidly reading a heroine of mine, Florence Nightingale. Her popular image is of the ‘lady with the lamp’ bringing medical care, hope and comfort to the ravaged and diseased troops of the Crimean War. Her real legacy was, however, the UNSEEN work of tireless organisational skills to the chaos. She also bequeathed us something very VISIBLE: modern nursing and ultimately the NHS. She struggled to explain to her generation the dangers of infection as we have struggled in our generation to avoid infection by necessary self-isolation and social distancing. Florence Nightingale left us very visible modern nursing.
The Holy Spirit has left us the very visible Church worldwide.’ Before Pentecost the disciples found it hard to do easy things; after Pentecost they found it easy to do hard things’ –A.J. Gordon, an American hymn writer and cleric . Stephen
PASTORAL CARE: Now that lock-down is somewhat eased I emphasise my availability for pastoral care, not only by phone and email but in actual visiting, especially to anyone in particular need including hospitals in urgent circumstances.
Stephen Hazlett, Interim Priest ( tel 01557 620132 / 07900 23360) .
In our prayers we hold before God:
Those in residential care, housebound or in hospital. Those with long term illness.
Those whose anniversary of death falls at this time.
May light perpetual shine upon them. Amen.
OUR INTERIM PRIEST IN CHARGE: Revd Stephen Hazlett
tel. 01557 620132
mobile: 07800 231360
During the current closure of all churches, Stephen is still available for pastoral and hospital visits and end of life care.
I just thought that you may be wondering about how the food bank operation is coping during the current ‘lock down’ situation.
I am pleased to be able to report that we are able to continue working as normal and that there have been no restrictions on our operation. Towards the end of last month we experienced an increase in requests for food aid by 26%. This was considerably less than we had anticipated but was mainly due to new people coming to us who had either lost their jobs or had their hours at work cut.
This month we have already seen a sharp increase in the number of requests and once again this is new people who have never accessed our service before. We firmly believe that we will see a steady but gradual increase in demand. However, we do not expect to be inundated or overwhelmed. This is good news because it does mean that as the numbers increase we will have no problems in being able to accommodate this.
Our core volunteers are still actively working for us with the exception of three people who we have ‘stood down’ from duties as they are in the ‘vulnerable per- sons’ category and this is in line with our duty of care towards them. Volunteers have been supplied with protective face masks and gloves and have been given a clear safe code of conduct to follow in line with ‘social distancing’ We have also welcomed several new volunteers to our organisation and this has been a great boost for us.
Although food donations have dropped off dramatically we have seen a great in- crease in cash donations and this is enabling us to ‘buy in’ the food that we need and we are so very grateful to all those people who have kindly donated to our cause. Wherever possible we have sent thank you letters to all these cash donors but there are a few people who have donated anonymously or without giving an address. So if you know of anyone who has donated who may not have received a letter please take the time to sincerely thank them on our behalf.
We are still very much business as usual and would ask that you spread that message.
Joint prayer from the denominations in Scotland
We turn to you, our Father, for we need your help.
Lord Jesus, as you have promised, be with us, whatever lies ahead, Strengthen us, Holy Spirit, as we face this together.
We pray for our world and our country,
as coronavirus threatens our lives and our livelihood, leaving many in lock- down,
while key workers continue, despite the risk.
We pray for government leaders at Westminster and Holyrood, responding to medical and scientific advice,
making tough decisions for the wellbeing of all.
We pray for all who serve on the frontline in the NHS and in social care; facing increasing numbers, overstretched resources
and distressing human need.
Bless those who are ill, those who are alone and afraid,
those exhausted looking after their family, those worried for the vulnerable, those fearful for their finances, those shut in to their fears.
Thank you for those who have returned from retirement to help,
or joined the volunteer army.
Thank you for those working:
to manufacture needed resources,
to find a vaccine,
to keep in contact with the isolated, to encourage others at this time.
Have mercy on us, O Lord.
Give us faith, hope and love and hear our prayers, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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