This Week's Messenger


Sunday 1st May 2016

6th Sunday of Eastertide





Alan Philpott, Ian Perkins, Gwendoline Hambidge


Year's Mind

[1st May] Gordon James Law (priest), Tricia Vincent; [2] Phyllis Mantell, Alban Johnson (priest); [3] Herbert Reginald Dashwood, Raymond Allnatt, Alice Cann; [4] Marjorie Brown; [6] Lynn Gladys Norton; [7] Harold Venn (priest), Edna May Homer, Rita Onslow.



The funeral of Alan Philpott will take place on Friday 6th May at 11.15 am at Kingsdown Crematorium.  May he rest in peace.



at S. Luke’s today are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Philip & Bessie Cambray.


Readings for this Sunday


First Reading—Acts 15.1-2,22-29

Some men came down from Judaea and taught the brothers, “Unless you have yourselves circumcised in the tradition of Moses you cannot be saved.”  This led to disagreement, and after Paul and Barnabas had had a long argument with these men it was arranged that Paul and Barnabas and others of the church should go up to Jerusalem and discuss the problem with the apostles and elders.  Then the apostles and elders decided to choose delegates to send to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas; the whole church concurred with this.  They chose Judas known as Barsabbas and Silas, both leading men in the brotherhood, and gave them this letter to take with them:  “The apostles and elders, your brothers, send greetings to the brothers of pagan birth in Antioch, Syria and Cilicia.  We hear that some of our members have disturbed you with their demands and have unsettled your minds.  They acted without any authority from us; and so we have decided unanimously to elect delegates and to send them to you with Barnabas and Paul, men we highly respect who have dedicated their lives to the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Accordingly we are sending you Judas and Silas, who will confirm by word of mouth what we have written in this letter.  It has been decided by the Holy Spirit and by ourselves not to saddle you with any burden beyond these essentials:  you are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols; from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from fornication.  Avoid these, and you will do what is right.  Farewell.”



Psalm - 67

God be merciful unto us, and bless us : and shew us the light of his countenance, and be merciful unto us:
That thy way may be known upon earth : thy saving health among all nations.
Let the people praise thee, O God : yea, let all the people praise thee.
O let the nations rejoice and be glad : for thou shalt judge the folk righteously, and govern the nations upon earth.
Let the people praise thee, O God : let all the people praise thee.
Then shall the earth bring forth her increase : and God, even our own God, shall give us his blessing. 
God shall bless us : and all the ends of the world shall fear him.



Second Reading—Revelation 21.10-14,22-23

In the spirit, the angel took me to the top of an enormous high mountain and showed me Jerusalem, the holy city, coming down from God out of heaven.  It had all the radiant glory of God and glittered like some precious jewel of crystal-clear diamond.  The walls of it were of a great height, and had twelve gates; at each of the twelve gates there was an angel, and over the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel; on the east there were three gates, on the north three gates, on the south three gates, and on the west three gates.  The city walls stood on twelve foundation stones, each one of which bore the name of one of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.  I saw that there was no temple in the city since the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb were themselves the temple, and the city did not need the sun or the moon for light, since it was lit by the radiant glory of God and the Lamb was a lighted torch for it.


Gospel—John 14.23-29

Jesus said to his disciples:  “If anyone loves me he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we shall come to him and make our home with him.  Those who do not love me do not keep my words.  And my word is not my own:  it is the word of the one who sent me.  I have said these things to you while still with you; but the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all I have said to you.  Peace I bequeath to you, my own peace I give you, a peace the world cannot give, this is my gift to you.  Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.  You heard me say:  I am going away, and shall return.  If you loved me you would have been glad to know that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.  I have told you this now before it happens, so that when it does happen you may believe.




Sung Mass will be celebrated at 7.30 pm at S. Saviour’s this Thursday.



will be prayed on each Monday during May, at 6.30 pm in S. Mark’s.



Next Sunday, Bishop Jonathan will celebrate the sacrament of Confirmation at S. Mark’s at 6:00 pm.  Please join us on this very special occasion.  There will be no 10.30 am Mass at S. Mark’s on this day.



We are invited to join in prayer for the Mission of the Church in the run-up to Pentecost.  Please take copies of the prayer card available at the back of church today, to use between Ascension Day and Pentecost.



To Amy and Mark Derham on the safe arrival of their daughter, Clara Elizabeth Grace, born on Tuesday last week, weighing 8lb 1oz. 



for the trip to the West Somerset Railway on Saturday 25th June.  There will be a traditional train ride to Minehead, followed by a visit to the seaside!
If you would like to go, please complete the booking form at the back of church or contact the parish office as soon as possible!



Articles, anecdotes, announcements, etc, are invited for the June issue of Inspire.  Please give them to a member of the editorial team or the parish office.



S. Athanasius
6pm Mass, 6.30pm Rosary 
S. Mark

Bob Adams, John Aldridge, Norma Allum, Paul Aston, Elaine Baker, George Blake

Ss Philip & James
10.45am S. Aldhelm
7pm S. Saviour

Gordon Clack, Peter Dance, Tamsin Davis, Shirley Driver, Greta Davies, Denise Keene, Jane Shrimpton, Janette Matthews

The English Martyrs
9.30am S. Saviour

Sybil Joan Frostick, Kenneth Gibbs, Edward Glass, Constance Groves, Jean Holley, Mair Hughes, Mick Koncowski, Helen Robinson

[9am Morning Prayer
9.30am Mass] S. Luke

Diana Law, Sheila Maslin, Betty Mitchell, Derek Moreton, Barbara Tomkins


Preston,  Pamala Silva, June Tatt, Donald Thompson, Ian Taylor, Fr Robert Pitt

[9am Morning Prayer
9.30am Mass] S. Mark


Terry Venn-Adams, Peter Vincent, Clive Viner, Josephine White.



Next Sunday's Reading

Acts 7.55-60; Psalm 97; Revelation 22.12-14,16-17,20; John 17.20-26



Our Regular Weekly Services

The Parish Church of St Mark

Sundays at 10.30 am (Sung Mass)

Mondays at 6.00 pm (Mass)


1st Monday of the month at 6.30 pm​ (Prayer of the Rosary)

Saturdays at 9.00 am (Morning Prayer)

Saturdays at 9.30 am (Mass)


The District Church of St Saviour


Sundays at 9.00 am (Sung Mass)

Tuesdays at 7.00 pm (Mass)

Wednesdays at 9.30 am (Mass)


The District Church of St Luke


Sundays at 10.30 am (Sung Mass)

Thursdays at 9.00 am (Morning Prayer)


Thursdays at 9.30 am (Mass)


The Chapel of St Aldhelm


Tuesdays at 10.45 am (Mass)


And special services by announcement