SERVICES THIS WEEK

Sunday, 28th May​
Ascension 1
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9.00 a.m. Family Mass  Chelveston
9.00 a.m. Morning Worship Higham Ferrers
10.15 a.m. Family Mass   Higham Ferrers​



During the week at St. Mary's ​​


Wednesday 9.30 a.m. Mass
                                    

Thursday  10.30 a.m. Mass 

Sunday, 4th June
Pentecost

​9.00 a.m. Family Mass  Chelveston
9.00 a.m. Morning Worship Higham Ferrers
10.15 a.m. Family Mass   
Higham Ferrers

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This week
 
      
      
OUR PRAYERS HAVE BEEN ASKED FOR:
      
Tim Maguire, Madge Boxall, Cynthia Hobson, Ettie Green, Daniel Boxall, Eve Lyons, George Wagstaff, Derek Brawn, Emily Morris, Cyril Sturgen, Andrew Britchford, Russel Charles Ewan, Michael Paynton, Paul Paynton (priest), Darren Robinson, Lynn Wesby, Pat Ellis, Stephen Pack, Noreen Holmes, Terry Broughton,
Gerald Sanders.
Chelveston: Jo Emerson, Michael Smith, Diana Wright, Tony Spicer, Janet Morris, Geoff and Muriel Palmer, Michael Stephenson.

IN MEMORIAM: Margaret Elldred,
Vicki Robins (funeral Friday 2nd June, 11 am, at St Mary’s),
Richard Felce (funeral Friday 2nd June, 2 pm, at St Mary’s),

YEAR’S MIND ANNIVERSARIES:
Fred Parker, Frank Henry Chettle, Wallace (Wally) Frank Eady, Vera Joan Silsby, Tom Ainge, Judith Ann Walker, Rose Ward, Susan Smith, William Pettit, Frank Edward Odell, Marjorie Doreen Dunn, John Sayer, Janet (Jean) Lloyd,
Jamie O’Shea, Madge Gwendoline Massom, Horace Charles Knight, Rebecca Eaton, Eric Cyril Walker, Henry Eric Mitchell, Ellen Powell, Jemima Elizabeth Woods,
Ida Katherine Jones, Norman Whiteman, Amy Driver, Elizabeth Charlotte Ball, John Burdett, Eleanor Bull, Ruth Williams, Ronald McGeorge, Penelope Ann Stewart, Alfred Sidney Turner
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   

 
COLLECT OF THE DAY
O God the king of glory, you have exalted your only son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven, we beseech you, leave us not comfortless, but send your Holy Spirit to strengthen us and exalt us to the place where our Saviour Christ is gone before, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
FIRST READING Acts 1.6-14
When the apostles had come together, they asked Jesus, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”
Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day’s journey away. When they had entered the city, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying, Peter, and John, and James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers.
SECOND READING 1 Peter 4.12-14; 5.6-11
Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that is taking place among you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you are sharing Christ's sufferings, so that you may also be glad and shout for joy when his glory is revealed. If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the spirit of glory, which is the Spirit of God, is resting on you.
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. Discipline yourselves, keep alert. Like a roaring lion your adversary the
devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour. Resist him, steadfast in your faith, for you know that your brothers and sisters in all the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering. And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the power forever and ever. Amen.
GOSPEL ACCLAMATION
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.
I am the first and the last, says the Lord, and the living one; I was dead, and behold I am alive for evermore.
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.
GOSPEL John 17.1-11
Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed.”
I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.”
POST COMMUNION PRAYER
Eternal God, giver of love and power, your Son Jesus Christ has sent us into all the world to preach the gospel of his kingdom, confirm us in this mission, and help us to live the good news we proclaim, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen