Thought of the Week - 22nd May 2024



Jesus said, “I will ask the Father,

and he will give you another Helper to be with you forever – the Spirit of Truth.” 

(John 14:16)

 

Hello Everyone! 

We hope you’ve had a good week, and that you and your loved ones are all safe and well.

With John’s final service as Vicar of Wargrave with Knowl Hill on June 30th, our Church Wardens have met with the Archdeacon of Berkshire and have been told that we can begin the process of finding a new Vicar much sooner than expected. So, meetings and discussions will begin soon where we would like to get ideas from as many people as possible to help us to decide on the type of person we want as our next Vicar and what our vision is for the church. If you would like to feed into that discussion, please speak to Mark or Sue, or write to ‘The Churchwardens’ care of the Parish Office. The PCC will need to prepare what’s called a Parish Profile, giving all kinds of information about our Parish that prospective candidates can read to help them decide if they want to apply. It is hoped that an advert can be placed in the Church Times in September. Please pray for the process, for all involved, and for the person God has in mind for us.


May God bless you and your loved ones in the week ahead.

With our love and prayers from the Parish Ministry Team.

Good News for this Week

        

WHO IS THE HOLY SPIRIT?

John 14:15-18, 14:26, 15:26, 16:7-14

 

At the Last Supper, Jesus said to his disciples …

“If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever -  the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. […]

But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. […]

“When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father - the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father - he will testify about me. […]

But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment […]

But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you.”

 

Last Sunday was Pentecost Sunday, when the Church celebrated the sending of the Holy Spirit upon Jesus’s first disciples, giving them courage and miraculous powers to spread the Good News of Jesus all around the known world. We can read all about this in the Bible, in the Book of Acts. But who is the Holy Spirit?

Firstly, we must bear in mind that when we talk about God, we are using human words to describe someone so far beyond our ability to describe, that our limited words will always fall short.

We can relate to God as Father because we know or know about fathers. We can relate to God as Son (Jesus) because we know or know about sons and men. But very few of us know ‘spirits’. The early church had similar problems.

It took the early Church almost 400 years to work out how God could be three ‘persons’ - Father, Son and Holy Spirit – who we call The Trinity. The Church down the ages has struggled to explain the Doctrine of the Trinity, but why should we feeble humans expect to fully understand God? It’s a bit like a slug thinking it fully understands human beings.

We can understand and know God supremely in Jesus Christ, and it is the Holy Spirit who helps us do that. Jesus promised that after his return to heaven, the Father would send the Holy Spirit, (John 14:26) describing him as a person (not ‘it’) WHO would be with his disciples, WHO would lead them into all truth and WHO would testify about Jesus.

As hard as it is to fully grasp, we have come to understand that God The Father, God The Son and God The Holy Spirit have always existed in perfect and equal harmony, each in perfect relationship with each other. They do not act without each other but do all things in perfect union as ‘One’ with each other. God in ‘One’, demonstrates perfect self-giving ‘relationship’. It is this perfect relationship that God invites us to, and it is God The Holy Spirit who draws us into that perfect relationship, the perfect and eternal love of God.

Bible Readings: Sunday 26th May 2024


IN YOUR PRAYERS THIS WEEK

  • God's peace and justice in all war torn places of the world, but especially in Ukraine and Gaza
  • the bereaved, the sick, in mind, body or spirit 
  • the staff at the Surgery
  • the residents and staff of the Mount Care Home
  • the children and staff of our Parish school sand elsewhere, as they prepare for SATs, GCSE, A Levels and University exams
  • God to bring us exactly the right person as our new vicar

Our Next Services



 19th May 26th May 2nd June 
Pentecost Sunday Trinity Sunday First Sunday after Trinity
    
St Mary's 8am Holy Communion

9.45am All Age Worship
 8am Holy Communion

9.45am Holy Communion
 8am Holy Communion

9.45am Morning Worship
    
St Peter's10.30am Holy Communion  10.30am Holy Communion
    
St Paul's   



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