24th May 2020
Sixth Sunday of Easter
The Church continues to be alive and active, but our buildings must close.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength . . . Love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”
To protect the vulnerable amongst us, please do not leave your home except for essential trips.
AMBLESIDE – WORSHIPPING GOD TOGETHER
This Sunday: Acts 1: 6-14, John 17: 1-11
Next Sunday: Pentecost - Acts 2: 1-21, John 7: 37-39
COLLECT FOR THE WEEK: O God the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: we beseech you, leave us not comfortless, but send your Holy Spirit to strengthen us and exalt us to the place where our Saviour Christ is gone before, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Acts 1: 6 – 14
6 Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”
7 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
9 After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.
10 They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. 11 “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”
12 Then the apostles returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives, a Sabbath day’s walk from the city. 13 When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. 14 They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.
John 17: 1 – 11
17 After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed:
“Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. 2 For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. 3 Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. 4 I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. 5 And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.
6 “I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. 7 Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. 8 For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. 9 I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. 10 All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them. 11 I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one.
PLEASE PRAY for the bereaved family and friends of those who have recently died: John Parker, Rev. Doreen Harrison, Anthony Routledge, Kath Savage & Joan Hunt.
PRAYERS: for prayers and mid-week worship, go to https://stmarysambleside.org.uk/prayers-use-home/
A PRAYER FOR CUMBRIA:
Loving God, as your Son healed the sick
And brought good news to the needy
Be with us this day.
Loving Jesus as you taught us to
‘Do unto others as you would have them do to you’
Be with all the medical staff this day.
Loving spirit, your gift is healing,
Bring your healing fire to our homes, our hospitals and our county,
But most of all, be with us this day. Amen
PRAYER GROUP: Next week’s meeting of the prayer group is on Wednesday 27th May. Before the virus outbreak our Wednesday night group was going to meet in church and go through the Prayer Course run by Pete Grieg. Obviously this cannot now happen in church, however the videos are available on-line free of charge. So the plan is we watch the video independently and then meet on-line to discuss the questions they pose.
Please select "Worship" and click on "Groups" to find the details. Or contact Graham Sutton.
VIRTUAL COFFEE MORNINGS: You are welcome to join the virtual coffee mornings each Thursday at 10.30. Contact Rev. Beverley Lock for details.
DELICIOUS MEALS: Thanks to the generosity of Windermere School in offering their facilities and staff for free to support the community in these difficult times. To register for the meals please contact the Parish Centre by emailing [email protected] with name/address/tel no:
You will be given a customer number and an order form.
Orders for meals must be in by 12 noon each Thursday for the following week.
You can choose to donate £3 towards the cost of each meal or receive it free of charge if income is limited at the moment.
If you do not have email you can register and pick up an order form from the Parish Centre.
Meals to be picked up from the Parish Centre. Home Delivery available for those self-isolating.
AMBLESIDE PARISH CENTRE: The APC is working as a coordination hub during the coronavirus pandemic. Please ask there for practical help.
Click here to read an update on their activities.
And here for the latest list of help for Self-isolators.
Tel: 015394 34172 email: [email protected]
THE BIBLE IN ART: The last in the current series of The Bible in Art via Zoom is on Monday 25th May at 7pm. To receive the information required to join, please contact John Dixon on [email protected]
Each session looks at a single painting. No knowledge of art or the Bible is required. Please pass this on to anyone who might be interested.
CHURCH GIVING: If you would like to support the mission of St Mary’s Ambleside by making a donation by Standing Order or 1-off donation please use the following Bank details:
Sort code: 20-45-28
Account No: 80774251
Reference: Donation(surname and initials)
If you are interested in using the Gift Aid scheme to increase your donation by 25%, then please send e-mail to: [email protected] to request a Gift Aid Declaration Form.
Thank you for your support.
Rector: Rev Beverley Lock- tel no: 015394 33205
Assistant priest: Rev Nick Hallam - [email protected] Tel: 015394 36069
All notices for the notice sheet to be with Judith Dixon by Wednesday either by email [email protected] or phone: 01534 34512