Pentecost at St Edward’s

Next Sunday is Pentecost (or Whit Sunday). It is the Sunday, 7 weeks after Easter, when we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit on Jesus’ disciples.

On Saturday at 5.00 pm, the Eve of Pentecost, there will be a Contemplative Eucharist at St Edward’s, with much silence.

Pentecost itself will start with a Prayer Book Communion at 8.00 am, at which Alan Cole will be celebrant.

The 11.00 am service will be a special service for Pentecost at which Malcolm will preach, developing the idea that although Pentecost begins with the sudden coming of the spirit, the core of its promise is not sudden fits and starts of inspiration but steady abiding and growth in the spirit; the spirit rests on them rather than flitting away again, the spirit of adoption and gradual transformation.

The LGBT group will meet on Sunday afternoon at 3.30 pm, when Sonya James will introduce a discussion about crossing boundaries and being between categories.

At the 5.00 pm Eucharist, Fraser will preach the first of three sermons on The Transforming Spirit, focusing this week on transformation of the individual.

After the service Amanda Goodman will give a short talk about the plan for a consortium of local churches to provide night shelter for the homeless next winter.

The student-led Taizé service will continue on Monday at 9.00 pm.

On Tuesday at 5.30 pm there will be a talk by Fraser, including readings and prayers, on Coventry’s story of Reconciliation. It will be part of our preparation for becoming a partner in the Community of the Cross of Nails at the 11.00 am service on June 2nd.

On Thursday at 12.30 pm there will be prayers for reconciliation and healing, led by Matt Russell. On Friday, there will be Holy Communion at 10.30 am with Alan Cole, and meditation at 5.30 pm led by Fraser.

Fraser Watts

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