Monthly Service Timetable & Vicar’s Letter

CHURCH SERVICES IN JUNE

Sunday 2nd Seventh Sunday of Easter
Acts 16.16-34, John 17.20-26
9.30am Austwick Holy Communion
9.30am Eldroth Holy Communion
11.00am Clapham Holy Communion
11.00am Keasden Holy Communion

Sunday 9th Pentecost / Whitsunday [RED]
Acts 2.1-21, John 14.8-17, 25-27
9.30am Austwick Morning Prayer
11.00am Clapham Holy Communion
2.00pm Keasden Holy Communion
6.30pm Austwick Holy Communion

Sunday 16th Trinity Sunday (also Fathers Day) [WHITE / GOLD]
Romans 5.7-5, John 16.12-75
9.30am Austwick Holy Communion
11.00am Clapham Holy Communion
7.00pm Eldroth Evening Service

Sunday 23rd First Sunday after Trinity [GREEN]
Galatians 3.23-29, Luke 8.26-39
9.30 am Austwick Holy Communion
11.00-1.00 Austwick Messy Church – cancelled
11.00am Clapham Holy Communion
7.00pm Keasden Evening Service

Sunday 30th Second Sunday after Trinity
Galatians 5.7,73-25, Luke 9.51-62
10.30am Keasden Holy Communion (United Service)
7.00pm New Inn Church in the Pub

CHURCH SERVICES IN JULY
Sunday 7th Third Sunday after Trinity
Galatians 6.1-76, Luke 70.1-77,76-20
9.30am Austwick Holy Communion
9.30am Eldroth Holy Communion
11.00am Clapham Holy Communion
11.00am Keasden Holy Communion
6.30pm Newby ‘First Sunday’ Worship
Holy Communion Service at Austwick every Wednesday at 10.30am

John’s Notes: Prayer – a simple breathing exercise

A man sits alone on a park bench, with clouds and stars floating just above him: and a tiny moon, which may be a banana. All these things seem to indicate the man’s state of mind. He is gloomy, perplexed, perhaps a little crazed in his mind. But at his feet, on the scrubby soil some tatty flowers bend in his direction and a friendly dog (or fox?) looks attentively into the man’s eyes.

This picture has a caption. It reads: “Dear God. These circumstances will change. This situation shall pass. AMEN.”

Of all the great prayers in the world many of my favourites are those composed by the Australian newspaper cartoonist Michael Leunig. This is one of them, taken from his book A Common Prayer – a cartoonist talks to God. I love them because whilst they are so simple, yet they say so much for us. I suspect that the best prayers are simple. Besides Leunig, the other profoundly simple pray-er-s who I love are the ancient Celts, whose prayers have come down to us via collections such as the Carmina Gadelica (‘Songs of the Gaels’). These folk, our forefathers and -mothers, would say a prayer each morning whilst kindling the fire or making the bed, inviting the Holy Trinity into their day from the beginning; or on leaving the house each morning to tend their animals or take to their fishing boats, they would invoke God for protection on their way. “Bless to me, 0 God, each thing mine eye sees,” they would begin. And so their whole world became a source of blessing.

In this season between Ascension and Pentecost the international Christian community is invited to join in something called ‘Thy Kingdom Come’. There are many high-profile events taking place for people to attend (in our diocese, one at Ripon Cathedral, 3.30pm on 2nd June) but the project is essentially to encourage us all in prayer. Prayer together; prayer alone; prayer at home; prayer in church. Prayer on a park bench or prayer on the bus. Prayer where we are.

Why pray? The hymn writer James Montgomery suggests that for a Christian, prayer is as natural and essential as breathing: “Prayer is the Christian’s vital breath. the Christian’s native air…” It’s what keeps alive and active our connection to God – and the world God has given us to be in here and now. So in this season, how about trying some breathing exercises – they are as simple to perform as Michael Leunig shows:
“God bless the lost, the confused,the unsure, the bewildered, the puzzled the mystified, the
baffled, and the perplexed.
Amen.”

Revd John Davies, Priest in Charge
Contact Details:
john.davies@leeds.anglican.org. 01524 805928
Read more from John at bitly/johndavies-talks