Pew Notes

St Cuthbert’s NotesThird Sunday of Easter14 April 2024

Music:

Introit Hymn                     142 – Come, ye faithful, raise the anthem

Gradual Hymn                  733 – The strife is o’er, the battle done

Offertory Hymn                327 – I cannot tell

Anthem (Choir):                   Jesus Christ is risen today – Richard Lloyd

Communion Hymn           174 – Father of heaven, whose love profound

Post-Communion Hymn  839 – Ye choirs of new Jerusalem

Organ Voluntary:                Rhapsody No 3 – Herbert Howells

Collect

O God, your Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread.  Open the eyes of our faith, that we may see him in his redeeming work, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

First Reading: Acts 3.12-19

When Peter saw it, he addressed the people, ‘You Israelites, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we had made him walk? The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our ancestors has glorified his servant Jesus, whom you handed over and rejected in the presence of Pilate, though he had decided to release him. But you rejected the Holy and Righteous One and asked to have a murderer given to you, and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses. And by faith in his name, his name itself has made this man strong, whom you see and know; and the faith that is through Jesus has given him this perfect health in the presence of all of you.  ‘And now, friends, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers. In this way God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, that his Messiah would suffer. Repent therefore, and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out.

Second Reading: 1 John 3.1-7

See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.  Everyone who commits sin is guilty of lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. You know that he was revealed to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. No one who abides in him sins; no one who sins has either seen him or known him. Little children, let no one deceive you. Everyone who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.

Gospel: Luke 24.36b-48

While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’ They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. He said to them, ‘Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.’ And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, ‘Have you anything here to eat?’ They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate in their presence.  Then he said to them, ‘These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.’ Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, ‘Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.

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Evensong:

This evening we have the first of our 2024 Evensong services at 6pm in church.  All are welcome to attend.  Following the service, there will be wine and nibbles to enjoy in the hall.  There is no charge, however donations would be gratefully accepted.  Please car share, walk, or take a bus to the service if you plan to have a drink.

Forget Me Notes Reminder:

The next Forget Me Notes afternoon is tomorrow, Monday 15th April from 2pm to 4pm in the Church Hall.  Join us if you can, for an hour of music followed by refreshments.

The Colinton & Merchiston Community Choir in St Cuthbert’s Church: 

Please see the noticeboards for further details of the Choir’s ‘Summer Sessions’ (or speak to Margaret Kieran) – Mondays from 22nd April – 10th June here, in St Cuthbert’s Episcopal Church from 7.20pm – 9pm.  A series (8 evenings in total) of fun, enjoyable evenings for all, singing a variety of classical, popular and folk songs.  No previous singing experience required! 

Leprosy Mission:

Please will you hand in your Blue Tubs (full or not so full) to me so that I can send a cheque for the total amount I’ve collected from Tubs and Donations to The Leprosy Mission. Thank you to all TLM supporters at St Cuthbert’s Church.                                                         Barbara Tatlock

St Cuthbert’s Walking Challenge:

Are you able to participate in the St Cuthbert’s Walking Challenge in May?  If so, please speak to Nicki, Judith or Joan.  Thank you!

Phoenix Group:

Please see details in the April issue of ‘The Sign’ regarding 2 planned trips – Rosslyn Chapel on 9th May and Canal Trip on 2nd July. 

Places are limited, so please speak to Margaret Kieran, Jean Myers or Margaret Temple if you are interested.

Weekly Prayer:

Father in Heaven, we pray that we may be your servants here on earth, bringing people together rather than breeding division. Help us to be more like Peter and John, who spread your word with faithful courage. May we pray to you with sincerity and love, as you commanded, earnestly seeking your support, and accepting when your will does not match ours. Amen.

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