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St Cuthbert’s Notes22 May 2022

Sixth Sunday of Easter


Introit Hymn                   143   Come, ye faithful, raise the strain

Gradual Hymn                 251   God of mercy, God of grace           

Offertory Hymn              442   Light’s abode, celestial Salem

Communion Hymn         743   There is a Redeemer

Post-Communion Hymn 840   Ye holy angels bright


First Reading: Acts 16.9-15

During the night Paul had a vision: there stood a man of Macedonia pleading with him and saying, ‘Come over to Macedonia and help us.’ When he had seen the vision, we immediately tried to cross over to Macedonia, being convinced that God had called us to proclaim the good news to them.  We set sail from Troas and took a straight course to Samothrace, the following day to Neapolis, and from there to Philippi, which is a leading city of the district of Macedonia and a Roman colony. We remained in this city for some days. On the sabbath day we went outside the gate by the river, where we supposed there was a place of prayer; and we sat down and spoke to the women who had gathered there. A certain woman named Lydia, a worshipper of God, was listening to us; she was from the city of Thyatira and a dealer in purple cloth. The Lord opened her heart to listen eagerly to what was said by Paul. When she and her household were baptized, she urged us, saying, ‘If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come and stay at my home.’ And she prevailed upon us.

Second Reading: Revelation 21.10,22-22.5

And in the spirit he carried me away to a great, high mountain and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God.  I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God is its light, and its lamp is the Lamb. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it. Its gates will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there. People will bring into it the glory and the honour of the nations. But nothing unclean will enter it, nor anyone who practises abomination or falsehood, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life.  Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city. On either side of the river is the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. Nothing accursed will be found there any more. But the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him; they will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. And there will be no more night; they need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign for ever and ever.

Gospel: John 14.23-29

Jesus answered him, ‘Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; and the word that you hear is not mine, but is from the Father who sent me. ‘I have said these things to you while I am 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 that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. You heard me say to you, “I am going away, and I am coming to you.” If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you this before it occurs, so that when it does occur, you may believe.

Covid Regulations:

The wafer will be dipped into the wine by the person leading the Eucharist, before passing it to you.  If you would prefer to receive the wafer only, with no wine, please let the worship leader know when you come to the altar rail.

The choir is allowed to sing without masks (but may choose not to).

We continue to use hand gel when entering and leaving church and when coming to the altar.

We encourage you to continue to wear face coverings, unless you are exempt.

It is no longer required to record who attends services.

If at any time you test positive and have been to church, please inform Marie, and we will send out a general information email. Thank you.

Congregational Consultation May 2022:

The Sanctuary Project Congregational Consultation is now live, and further details and plans can be viewed in church, until the end of this month.   There are also some copies of the overview on the chairs by the display.  (If these run out, please just let Marie know if you would like a copy).

Live Streamed Services:

Our Sunday 10.30am services are live-streamed, and can also be watched back, at a later time, via our YouTube Channel, or by following the link on the welcome page of our website –

Thy Kingdom Come:

Thursday May 26th marks the first of eleven days of Thy Kingdom Come from Ascension Day to Pentecost Sunday.  Each year we are invited to join with tens of millions of Christians around the world, and across all denominations in praying specifically for five people we know personally to come to know more of God’s love in Jesus Christ, and to pray that the Holy Spirit will empower us to boldly witness to them of the love, hope and salvation we enjoy.  The Thy Kingdom Come 2022 Prayer Journal and 2022 Novena, both written by the Archbishop of Canterbury, are available at the back of the church for you to take away and to help you pray and reflect through the 11 days.  There are also Cheeky Panda books to mark Her Majesty’s The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.  Please take one to give to a child that you know.

Ascension Day Service:

Thursday 26th May at 6pm in church.  Join us for a Sung Eucharist.  All are welcome.

Welcoming New Scots:

We still need a few more friendly faces to help escort Afghan families round the Zoo on Saturday 28th May. We have been given free entry from 1pm-4.30pm. And will be sharing a picnic, also provided by the Zoo, on arrival. Please contact Wendy if you are able to join us for a fun afternoon.  Thank you.


On Saturday 28th May, churches in the Diocese of Edinburgh are invited to ‘pilgrim’ to our Mother Church,

St Mary’s Cathedral.

There are several walks planned from South Queensferry, Roslin and Portobello, and down the Water of Leith. There will be a walk around the grounds of the Cathedral for those who can’t manage a longer walk.  These walks will meet at the Cathedral in time for lunch and worship. The afternoon will include workshops and speakers to help us on our Big Walk to Carbon Neutral, as we share resources, ideas, frustrations and joys.  To register please visit the Eventbrite website.

Thursday Afternoon Service:

Join us on Thursday, 2nd June at 2.30pm for a short informal service. All welcome.


Join us after the service for a picnic in the garden to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee (in the hall if raining).  All are welcome.  Food will be provided – please contact Margaret Holmes if you would like to attend, and if you have any dietary requirements.  Donations will be received on the day.  Thank you.

Weekly Prayer:

Dear God, thank you for the Holy Spirit that guides us and reminds us of everything your son Jesus urged us to do. Let us see Jesus’s footmarks and in them plant our own. May we behave as we know in our consciences we should, hearing and heeding your word. Help us to try to be faithful, kind and hospitable, as Lydia was, and to worship you with eager hearts, as Lydia did. Amen.

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