3 May 2015 5th Sunday of Easter
Welcome to All Saints West Dulwich
Vicar & Area Dean: Revd David Stephenson (020 8670 0826 / [email protected])
Curate: Revd Gill O’Neill (07958 592425 / [email protected])
Assistant Priest: Revd Cathy Wiles (07837 407491 / [email protected])
Parish Administrator: Wendy Stephens (020 8676 4550 / [email protected])
www.all-saints.org.uk Registered Charity: 1137041
3 May 2015
This Week’s Services & Groups
5th Sunday of Easter:
Tue – Fri 9.30am
Into your hands I commend my spirit,
for you have redeemed me,
O Lord God of truth. Ps 31.5
Tue - Thu 5pm
your wounds declare your love for the world
and the wonder of your risen life:
give us compassion and courage
to risk ourselves for those we serve,
to the glory of God the Father,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
This morning’s readings
This morning’s hymns
105, 114, 408, 331, 107
O taste and see — Vaughan Williams
Community Coffee Morning
10 May 2015
6th Sunday of Easter:
8.00am Holy Communion
6.30pm Evening Prayer
David is away at a family baptism this
Anthem: Cantate Domino —Pitoni
There will be a collection during the
service. If you are a UK taxpayer, please take the
time to complete a blue Gift Aid envelope. For
every £1 donated we can claim back 25p at no
extra cost to you. If you are part of our
regular giving scheme, please pick up a white
laminated card to use as a symbol of your gift.
John 15.1- 8
Then an angel of the Lord said to Philip, ‘Get
up and go towards the south to the road that
goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.’ (This is
a wilderness road.) So he got up and went.
Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court
official of the Candace, queen of the
Ethiopians, in charge of her entire treasury.
He had come to Jerusalem to worship and
was returning home; seated in his chariot, he
was reading the prophet Isaiah. Then the
Spirit said to Philip, ‘Go over to this chariot
and join it.’ So Philip ran up to it and heard
him reading the prophet Isaiah. He asked, ‘Do
you understand what you are reading?’ He
replied, ‘How can I, unless someone guides
me?’ And he invited Philip to get in and sit
beside him. Now the passage of the scripture
that he was reading was this:
‘Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter,
and like a lamb silent before its shearer,
so he does not open his mouth.
In his humiliation justice was denied him.
Who can describe his generation?
For his life is taken away from the earth.’
The eunuch asked Philip, ‘About whom, may I
ask you, does the prophet say this, about
himself or about someone else?’ Then Philip
began to speak, and starting with this
scripture, he proclaimed to him the good
news about Jesus. As they were going along
the road, they came to some water; and the
eunuch said, ‘Look, here is water! What is to
prevent me from being baptized?’ He
commanded the chariot to stop, and both of
them, Philip and the eunuch, went down into
the water, and Philip baptized him. When
they came up out of the water, the Spirit of
the Lord snatched Philip away; the eunuch
saw him no more, and went on his way
rejoicing. But Philip found himself at Azotus,
and as he was passing through the region, he
proclaimed the good news to all the towns
until he came to Caesarea.
‘I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine
-grower. He removes every branch in me that
bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit
he prunes to make it bear more fruit. You
have already been cleansed by the word that
I have spoken to you. Abide in me as I abide
in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit
by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither
can you unless you abide in me. I am the
vine, you are the branches. Those who abide
in me and I in them bear much fruit, because
apart from me you can do nothing. Whoever
does not abide in me is thrown away like a
branch and withers; such branches are
gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If
you abide in me, and my words abide in you,
ask for whatever you wish, and it will be
done for you. My Father is glorified by this,
that you bear much fruit and become my
Thank You To everyone who took part in the Parish Mission Action Planning Day last Sunday. It
was a great success and I look forward to reporting back on all the ideas put forward. Thank
you too to everyone who came along to the APCM on Wednesday; we look forward to
introducing our PCC to the congregation in the next few weeks. David
Community Coffee Morning The new Summer Flier is available to pick up from the table in
the Welcome Hall. On Thursday 7 May Wendy will reporting back on her trip to Ghana along
with 21 others from the Diocese with a talk entitled ‘Out of Africa’. All welcome.
Concert Diary Summer 2015 Is available in the Welcome Hall or to download from the
website. On Saturday 9th May 2015 at 7.30pm Opus XV1 Chamber Choir invite you to an
Evening of Gershwin including excerpts from Porgy and Bess. Ticket prices are £12 with £10
concessions - available on the door on the night. Further info from Harriet, Carol or Alan.
Outing to Ham House on Wednesday 1 July 2015 Anyone interested in joining the Coffee
Morning outing, please get in touch with Ann Holly as soon as possible. 020 86709652.
Event for parents with children effected by mental health issues or learning difficulties
Christ Church Gipsy Hill are hosting an evening for those caring for and supporting young
people with mental health issues or learning difficulties. The evening will be led by Cathy and
David and will be an informal opportunity for conversations around the challenges of mental
health and learning difficulties in family members and seeking to make sense of the challenges
in the context of our faith. Tuesday 5th May at 8pm.
A Sing4Friday event will take place on Friday 15th May, 5.30-6.15 pm for young people
from age 6 and above with games, singing and refreshments, including a tour of the organ loft.
Come and find out what the Junior choir get up to. Speak to Ruth Holton or email [email protected]
Flower arranging a new draft rota for flower arrangers is in the Welcome Area. If you would
like to give and arrange flowers for the church just once a year, please sign up. We ask only
for one arrangement, and no expertise! Help can be given for the first time. Thank you,
Hilary Putt 020 8761 4265, [email protected]
Christian Aid Week (10th -16th May) The focus for Christian Aid Week 2015 is Ethiopia .
Christian Aid is working with a local partner HUNDEE to transform the income, nutrition and
status of women in rural communities. Christian Aid Week enables us to engage with our local
community in support of our " global neighbour" but to do so we urgently need volunteers
both for our regular house to house collections and a new initiative: All Saints has a stall at
the West Dulwich Spring Fair in Rosendale Road on 16th May and we have permission to collect
at this event too. Please consider whether you can help and contact Jenny West ( 0208 670
1341 or [email protected]) or speak to Gill this Sunday. Thank you.
Jumble Sale The next Jumble will be Sat 13 June at 2.15 in the Crypt. If you can help to set
up, please let Catherine Potter know on 07818 088863, and if you need Jumble picking up
please ring Moira Roberts on 07930 751545. We shall also need cakes on the day. Setting up
times are 7-9pm on Fri 12 June, and then 10am-12 noon on the day itself.
David on Sabbatical David is producing a leaflet of his plans available from next Sunday.
A date for the diary Please put Sunday 28th 2015 June in your diary for a special lunchtime
celebration. More details to follow.
Embrace the Middle East Annual Lecture Tuesday 12 May at 6.30pm One of the charities
All Saints has supported in the past, this year the lecture is to be given by the Rt Rev & Rt Hon
Dr Rowan Williams on 'Warrior archaeologists: making and remaking history in the Middle East'
at St James's Church, Piccadilly,W1J 9LL. Admission free but booking essential:
www.embraceme.org/events / [email protected] / 01494 897950.
Prayer Matters : 3 May 2015
Fifth Sunday of Easter
Made mighty in God’s Holy Breath let us ask with Isaiah of Babylon, Mary the Mother of Jesus, the
Apostle Philip, Simeon Bachos the Ethiopian, Luke the Gospeller and the whole cloud of hallows
crowded about us, good things of our thrice-holy God for:
† those to be married: Joshua Ansell & Madeleine Tuz whose Banns are being read today, Olivia
Edmondson & Andrew Dinning, Nicola Adshead & Jonathan Pickstone, Ele Osborn & Nigel Greenhill,
as they prepare for marriage in June and newlyweds Karen Brown & Andrew Cornish.
† those who are sick or in need: Cass, Ruth Bennet, Beth, Ben, Ada Daters, Hyacinth Brown,
Cynthia Tuke, Wisdom Kari Kari, George Farmer, Zee Zee Gwaite, Jenny Bundark, Amanda Piper,
Jan Ross, John Family, Harry Barratt, John Billingham; and those who care for them.
† those who have lately died: Jacqueline Adams; and those who mourn.
† those whose year’s mind falls this week: Audrey Morby, Dorothy Dudding, Jack Foreman-Peck,
George Fellowes Prynne.
† the flowers this weeks a given for Karen and Andrew’s wedding.
Biddings on the Eve of each day for:
Biddings on the Morn of each day for:
Freedom and friendship where
they are lacking.
The needs of those whom we know.
The day and its work.
Our world wherever we have
arranged it badly.
God’s good Earth and Church and her life.
Biddings on each Eve and Morn to Wednesday 13 May, the day before Ascension:
That God’s folk tell out loud
the risen Lord of Eastertide.
That mankind be careful of God’s Earth
of which he gave us no more than our share.
That those downcast and in darkness may behold
the hope and light of Christ.
That those who fear death may trust in life
through Christ’s rising again.
For those imprisoned or captive for trusting
in Christ’s pledge of freedom.
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name . . .
Prayers for Nepal some background. At least 5,500 dead after last Saturday’s earthquake. Nepal sits on
the Himalayan fault where the Indian land-mass judders northwards under Asia by several centimetres
a year (1934 quake killed 11,000, 1988 quake killed 700). American medicine given in the Cold War (to
counter Maoism) has spurred Nepal’s population to grow 180% over the last 50 years (all developing
world 133%, UK 21%), causing agricultural deforestation, soil degradation and erosion, with downstream
flooding (disastrously in India and Bangladesh), wildlife-habitat loss, hardship and rapid sprawl of quake
-unfit townscapes. After the 1996-2006 Monarchists vs Maoists civil war (18,000 killed), spending power
of the poor is now rising in line with global trends; bad building standards is one effect of current
political deadlock and deep corruption.
Almighty God, who thrusts heavenward the peaks
and shapes the hills and woods and streams that we have enclosed and named Nepal;
be with our trapped, our lost, our homeless and bereaved;
and with all who have settled in unstable lands on your ever-shifting Earth. Amen.
A prayer for this Election week said at the start of every House of Commons sitting:
Lord, the God of righteousness and truth, grant to our Queen and her government,
to Members of Parliament and all in positions of responsibility, the guidance of your Spirit.
May they never lead the nation wrongly
through love of power, desire to please, or unworthy ideals;
but, laying aside all private interests and prejudices, keep in mind their responsibility
to seek to improve the condition of all mankind;
so may your kingdom come and your name be hallowed. Amen.
If you think we should pray for someone or something else
tell Prayer Matters’ Mark Stevens (8670 8105) or the Church Office (8676 4550).