22nd May 2022 – The Sixth Sunday of Easter
A Prayer for Ukraine
God of peace and justice, we pray for the people of Ukraine today. We pray for peace and the laying down of weapons. We pray for all those who fear for tomorrow, that your Spirit of comfort will draw them near to them. We pray for those with power over war or peace, for wisdom, discernment and compassion to guide their decisions. Above all, we pray for all your precious children, at risk and in fear, that you would hold and protect them. We pray in the name of Jesus, the prince of Peace, Amen.
Verse of the Week: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.” (John 14v27 NRSV)
TODAY – It is so easy to get stuck in an endless cycle of looking for peace in all the wrong places, constantly striving for the kind of peace the world gives us. But the peace the world offers isn’t really any peace at all. At best, it’s a bandage. It’s a temporary fix.
Jesus’ peace is not necessarily the absence or cessation of conflict; it doesn’t depend on how well world powers or families and friends are getting along. It cannot be diminished by deceitful words or hurt feelings. It isn’t affected when things don’t always go the way you want them to. That’s what makes the peace of Jesus so amazing, so worthy of our time and attention. His peace is more about what’s going within us than what is going on around us, a God-given ‘peace’ that only comes from the indwelling of Christ in the hearts and minds of every believer. We often close our services with a blessing using the words of Philippians 4v7, that ‘the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds…’
May that peace of Christ rule in your hearts and minds…” this day and every day, as we trust in Him.
Collect for Sixth Sunday of Easter: God, our redeemer, you have delivered us from the power of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of your Son: grant, that as by his death he has recalled us to life, so by his continual presence in us he may raise us to eternal joy; through Jesus Christ our risen Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen
Collect for Fifth Sunday after Easter: O Lord, from whom all good things do come: Grant to us thy humble servants, that by thy holy inspiration we may think those things that be good, and by thy merciful guiding may perform the same; through Jesus Christ, your Son our Lord. Amen
Readings: HC: Acts 16.9-15: Revelation 21.10, 22-22.5: John 14.23-29
MP: Psalm 40.1-9: Genesis 1.26-28: Colossians 3.1-11
EP: Zephaniah 3.14-end: Matthew 298.1-10, 16-end
SUNDAY 22nd May Sixth Sunday of Easter
9am BCP Morning Prayer by Zoom
9am HC BCP All Saints’ Coleshill
10.30am HC CW St Mary’s Amersham (streamed from church)
6pm Choral Evensong St Mary’s Amersham (streamed from church)
Wednesday 10am BCP HC Zoom
For all access details see below.
In addition, the clergy team will livestream a short time of evening prayer on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 6pm
ANTHEM AND VOLUNTARY at St Mary’s Church:
If Ye love Me (Tallis)); Improvisation
We again welcome Rev. Canon Chris Bull to preach at St Mary’s this morning.
CHORAL EVENSONG AT ST MARY’S
All are welcome to join us for choral evensong at 6pm tonight for worship based on the riches of the Book of Common Prayer service and to take part.
MESSAGE FROM REV’D JONNY
Jonny has provided me with a video link for you all – enjoy! https://youtu.be/csWZ5zkm-xE (if you have trouble opening it – right click and ‘open hyperlink’).
Ascension Day (the Cinderella of the Church’s year) is this Thursday 26th May. We will be having Eucharist at St Mary’s at 7.30 in the evening, at which our new Rector Rev. Jonny Rapson will be preaching. All welcome.
There will be an artisan street market in The Broadway, Old Amersham this Sunday, 10am – 3pm. The Broadway will be closed to cars between the Old Town Car Park and the Whielden Street roundabout. Do bear this in mind and allow a few minutes more for parking in the Old Town Car Park (although that may be very busy!).
CHURCH STREET ROAD CLOSURE 21st MAY
Affinity Water will be carrying out emergency works on Saturday 21st May, resulting in the closure of Church Street for the day. It should be possible to access St Mary’s and the Parish Rooms by car if necessary.
INSTITUTION OF Rev’d Jonny Rapson
The service of institution and installation takes place on Tuesday 24th May at 7.30pm in St Mary’s Church. The service is led by The Bishop of Buckingham and the Associate Archdeacon, and the Patron Mr William Tyrwhitt-Drake will present Jonny. There will be refreshments after the service. If you would like to attend this service please can you let Dorothy in the office know (email is fine) – all welcome, but we do need to know if you are coming!
TO CELEBRATE THE QUEEN’S PLATINUM JUBILEE
We are planting a special cherry tree – Royal Burgundy – which has a red flower. This will be planted on the bank by The New Rectory by the Rector, Rev’d Jonny Rapson and Steve Catanach Amersham Town Clerk on Friday 3rd June at 10.30. All will be welcome to come and enjoy this occasion. An engraved stone plaque will be placed there too. This tree and plaque will cost in the region of £700 –if you feel that you would like to make a donation towards this – it’s not too late! – please let Dorothy in the office know.
URGENT – WORKING PARTY NEEDED
For Tuesday 24th May 9.30am in St Mary’s Church. To dust down window cills, get rid of any cobwebs etc. Just turn up – those of you who have a long handled duster – please bring it along. We will provide refreshments!
ALL SAINTS’ PLANT SALE/SWAP
Held on Saturday 14th May 10.30-12.00 in the All Saints’ church grounds raised an amazing £440.50. Thank you to all who took part!!
JULIAN OF NORWICH
Last Sunday 8th May happened to fall on the commemoration day for Julian of Norwich, and Sheila Shield was preaching about her, to Methodists in the morning and then to the Evening Prayer congregation at St Mary’s. ‘The sermon will be on the parish website under Discipleship. If you are interested in the possibility of a silent prayer group locally, do Google ‘Julian Meetings’ and perhaps contact Sheila by e-mail (address below)
LIGHTHOUSE GREAT MISSENDEN
Lighthouse is a fun Christian holiday week for children aged up to 11, for one week during the summer holidays, 25th – 29th July 9:30am – 4pm. Volunteers are needed to help run this event. If you can help, please go to Home :: Lighthouse Great Missenden (lighthousemissenden.org.uk)
PARISH FETE ON 18th JUNE
FOUR weeks to go! How will you get involved?
Sign up on the fete notice board in church to help run a stall, or help with setting up or packing away? Buy your prize draw tickets – these are available in both churches after the service?
Volunteer to help with the book and plant stall on Saturdays – contact Loraine Hollett on 01494 728863?
DONATIONS TO ST MARY’S AND ALL SAINTS’
If you would like to make a donation or catch up with planned giving and have online banking the easiest way is to make a BACS payment – please contact the Parish Office to get the details.
A PASTORAL CHAT
Do contact any of the clergy for a chat by phone, facetime or Zoom about anything that is concerning you. Time we have!
They can be accessed from this Site: http://www.taize.fr/en_article1854.html
HOW TO ACCESS STREAMED CHURCH SERVICES EACH WEEK
SUNDAYS 9am Morning Prayer or HC (BCP) Zoom: Please apply to Rev Tim Barnard for meeting joining details, see the contact list below.
10.30am Holy Communion and Evening Prayers log in to: www.facebook.com/stmarysamersham
ANOTHER OPTION is to take part in streamed services from the Diocese of Oxford. Going to https://www.oxford.anglican.org/livestream/ will give you both the link to the streamed service and the download of the service order. The Eucharist can also be watched on demand.
PLEASE REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS:
Those who are ill: Pam Atkinson, , Christopher Davidson, Margaret Liddy, Peter McCall
For your Private Prayers at home: Stuart Tennant, Frank Venables.
For those that have died: Sheila BirkbeckDiana Cooke, Bron Curley
For the family and friends of those that died a year ago: Ray Barrett, Stephen Hills,
MARY’S CHURCH DIARY – MAY
Saturday 21st 12noon Wedding
Sunday 22nd all day Street Market in Old Amersham
Tuesday 24th 7.30pm Installation of Rev’d Jonny Rapson
Thursday 26th 7.30pm Ascension Day service
Fri-Sun 27th-29th Mini Flower Festival (see notices for timings)
ALL SAINTS’ CHURCH – MAY
Saturday 21st 11.30-2.30pm Coleshill Infant School May Fayre
OUR NEW RECTOR: FLORAL WORKSHOP and WELCOME WEEKEND
You may know that our first recorded Rector was William de Fauconbridge who was appointed in 1222. Exactly 800 years later we are now welcoming our new Rector, Reverend Jonny Rapson, and his wife Jenna to our Parish. To celebrate Jonny’s appointment, we are inviting all members of the congregation and the wider community to join us in filling the church with flowers from 27th to 29th May.
FLORAL WORKSHOP: To achieve this we are running a charity floral workshop on Friday 27th May 9.30 – 12.00 which will cater for complete beginners and experienced arrangers alike. We would love to welcome new faces to this event, as well as having the support of those who usually come to our flower rota workshops. All equipment, flowers and foliage will be provided. Tickets are £25, which cover costs and include a donation to the Church charity (Lynda Jackson Macmillan Centre, Mount Vernon Hospital). Pre-booking is essential by Monday 23rd May; please ring Flower rota chair Jo Coldham on 01494 725284 or email firstname.lastname@example.org The arrangements produced at the workshop will then be displayed around the church over the Welcome Weekend on 28th and 29th May and may be collected 4.00 – 5.00 on Sunday 29th May.
CAN’T MAKE THE WORKSHOP BUT WANT TO DONATE A FLORAL ARRANGEMENT? If you are unable to join us for the workshop, why not contribute your own arrangement to be displayed in church over the weekend? Everyone, young or old, is encouraged to contribute to make the display spectacular. Just bring your contribution to St Mary’s 12.30 – 4.30 on Friday 27th May and collect on Sunday as above.
COME TO SEE THE DISPLAY! The church will be open to all 10.00 – 4.00 on Saturday 28th May and 12.00 – 4.00 on Sunday 29th May to view the floral display. Entrance is free but donations will be welcomed to support the Church charity (Lynda Jackson Macmillan Centre, Mount Vernon Hospital)
If you have any questions about this event, want to book tickets, or get further details about the floral arrangements or the workshops, please contact Jo Coldham on 01494 725284 or email email@example.com
|NAMES AND ADDRESSES:|
|Rev’d Tim Barnard Hon Associate Rector 01494 728478 firstname.lastname@example.org
Tim’s days off are Tuesday and Thursday – please only contact him then in an emergency
|Rev’d Sue Gill Hon Assoc Rector 01494 451485 email@example.com|
|Sheila Shield Reader 01494 571766 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Susan Pounce Churchwarden 01494727674 email@example.com|
|Valerie Simmonds: Churchwarden 01494 724693 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Petrina Clackett Churchwarden 01494 433044 email@example.com|
|Howard Pool: Churchwarden 01494 727687 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Graeme Coles Treasurer 07703 963990 Treasureremail@example.com|
|Clare Atkinson Planned Giving – both churches: firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Simon Hollett Children’s Worker – email@example.com 07926 575851|
|Steve Poulson Mission Partner 07783 506692 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Parish Office Dorothy Potter. Church St, Amersham. Bucks. HP7 0DB
01494 729380 email@example.com
|Safeguarding officers for the Parish
Clare Samuels: 07966 425206 firstname.lastname@example.org.
|St Mary’s website: www.stmaryschurchamersham.com|
|Coleshill website: www.coleshill.org/village-life/all-saintschurch.html|