Newsletter – 31 May 2020

Sunday Letter

Benefice of Padstow & Trevone,

St. Merryn, & St Issey with Little Petherick

During this extraordinary time, with our churches locked and public worship suspended, we thought our congregations might appreciate a emailed letter with the prayers and readings for the Sunday and a short devotional piece, as a way of keeping us together and sharing any thoughts we may have.

Sunday May 31st 2020 Day of Pentecost (Whit Sunday)

The Collect

God, who at this time

taught the hearts of your faithful people

by sending them the light of your Holy Spirit: 

grant us by that same spirit

to have a right judgement in all things

and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort;

through the merits of Christ Jesus our Saviour,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.  Amen.


First Reading             Acts 2: 1-21

The Holy Spirit dramatically fills his disciples and

they speak in many languages, amazing those

who hear them.

Second Reading      1 Corinthians 12: 3b-13

Paul lists the gifts of the Holy Spirit, telling the

Corinthians that the Holy Spirit inspires us to

say ‘Jesus is Lord’.

Gospel                      St. John 7: 37-39

Jesus speaks of the life-giving power of the Holy Spirit which sustains life.

Today we celebrate the feast of Pentecost, the day when the Holy Spirit was seen to descend upon those who were gathered together in Jerusalem, waiting for this moment to arrive, just as Jest had promised.  Yet it is strange that after 2000 years there are still so many who find it difficult to understand what Pentecost is all about, and this isn’t surprising, because for hundreds of years it was known as Whitsunday, or Whitsun, and this is how it appears in the 1662 Book of Common Prayer.  The prefix ‘whit’ or ‘wit’ was derived from the Anglo Saxon meaning ‘understanding’, and was used to celebrate that moment when those who were gathered together in Jerusalem were filled with the wisdom and power of the Holy Spirit, enabling them to go out and witness to all they had seen and heard.

By 1997 things began to change with the introduction of the Alternative Service Book.  Whitsunday was now replaced by Pentecost, which is the Greek word for the Spring Harvest Festival.  All that time one of the Church missionary societies launched a number of ideas for Christians of all denominations to join together to make Pentecost a real time of celebration.  As Priest-in-Charge of two of the parishes in the Roseland, I arranged a meeting with the leaders of other faith groups in the area, and we drew up a programme of events for a joint celebration of Pentecost.  Starting with the morning Eucharist, then the church was filled to overflowing, we held a joint Songs of Praise in the afternoon, when the children danced to Shine, Jesus, Shine, while waving red and orange streamers, and where the ladies had produced and enormous birthday cake, emblazoned with a red dove, which we shared with tea before we went home for a break.  In the evening we re-convened at the United Reform/Methodist church for a buffet supper, which included members from a charismatic house church in the parish, along with a few Quakers and Jews who often joined us.  After supper we were entertained by members of the different churches, with sketches based on familiar Bible stories.  They were all great fun, especially Adam and Eve who were busy naming the animals, clothed in fig leaves!

Today with our churches closed, we are not able to have such celebrations, but it is amazing how resourceful our churches have been during this difficult time.  Thanks to modern technology services have been made available within the diocese, the deanery, and in our own benefice, when it has also been good to speak to one another. 

So many blessings of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, be with you all this Pentecost.

Post Communion prayer

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.  Amen.


Workers in health and social care and emergency services, all keyworkers and volunteers.

Our Benefice and all its communities

Schools, teachers, children and their families

Those in financial difficulty

All who are in isolation, especially those alone

Church – worldwide, Diocese and Benefice

World – peace

             all affected by Coronavirus

Suffering – all who are sick, anxious, lonely, bereaved

Radio4   8.10am   Sunday Worship

BBC1   11.00am   Sunday Worship

Online video services:      for readings, prayers & reflections.

Facebook pages:

United Benefice of Padstow, St Merryn St Issey

St Columb Minor & St. Colan Parish Churches

United Benefice of West Kerrier

Wednesday Morning Prayer 9.00am by Zoom

Email Revd Fiona for link


Keep us, good Lord,

under the shadow of your mercy

in this time of uncertainty and distress.

Sustain and support the anxious and fearful, and lift up all who are brought low;

that we may rejoice in your comfort

knowing that nothing can separate us

from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.

Let us pray to the Lord,

who is our refuge and stronghold.

For the health and well-being of our nation,

that all who are fearful and anxious

may be at peace and free from worry …

Lord, hear us,

Lord, graciously hear us.

For the isolated and housebound, that we may be alert to their needs, and care for them in their vulnerability …

Lord, hear us,

Lord, graciously hear us.

For our homes and families, our schools and young people, and all in any kind of need or distress …

Lord, hear us,

Lord, graciously hear us.

For a blessing on our local community, that our neighbourhoods may be places of trust and friendship, where all are known and cared for …

Lord, hear us,

Lord, graciously hear us.

We commend ourselves,

and all for whom we pray,

to the mercy and protection of God.

Merciful Father,

accept these prayers

for the sake of your Son,

our Saviour Jesus Christ.


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