3:17pm Monday 14th May 2012
The holy communion service held on May 13, 6th Sunday of Easter, was celebrated by the Rev Andrew Stevenson, priest-in-charge, who in his sermon said that it is often said that the capacity to love is what marks humanity out from the rest of the created order. This ability to give and receive love is part of our make-up and links us inextricably via Jesus to our Creator, God. God, after all, is love. The love that God shows is totally unconditional and comes with no strings attached.
Throughout recent weeks, our gospel readings have been focussed on how this love is to be worked out in the real world. This week we hear Jesus say "Greater love has no-one than this, that He lay down His life for His friends" and it is this self -denying love that Jesus showed in His sacrifice on the cross and is the model to which we are called - love which is not self-motivated or self-centred. As we have been loved, so are we to love. If we can do this, we will be fulfilling our calling as true disciples.
The first lesson, taken from Acts chapter 10 v 44-48, was read by Roger Hygate and the second lesson, taken from 1 John chapter 5 v 1- 6 was read by Leslie Hygate. The intercessions were composed and read by Jean Morris. Joan Treloar played the keyboard and organ accompanied by Luke Stevenson on trumpet.
Thursday, May 17 is Ascension Day and a service of holy communion will be held at 7.30pm in the church. Consequently the Thursday 10am service has been cancelled.
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