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May 31, 2020

The Day of Pentecost:  Whitsunday
Pentecost is one of the church's great feast days.  We commemorate the descent of the Holy Spirit on the apostles and other early followers of Jesus.

I received this prayer from Kerry last week.  On Maundy Thursday 1968, Despo gave Helen a little prayer book called Prayers for all Occasions.  

Almighty God, we pray for the guidance of thy Holy Spirit as we seek a new Minister for our church.  Thou knowest our special needs and the task that lies to our hand.  In our search direct us, and give us insight to perceive the leader thou wouldst choose for us.  And we further pray, O Lord, that in this time of waiting we may all devote ourselves afresh to thy service, so that nothing be lost of the faithful work of the past, but rather that it may be brought to a rich harvest in the years to come.  This we ask in the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord.
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                         PARISH NOTICES



Do you wonder what's happening at Trinity during this time?   Things still continue here at Trinity even though we aren't celebrating the Eucharist or participating in Morning Prayer.  As during normal times, there are many people carrying on the business of the church.  The flower beds are beautiful and being tended by Sheila Sahni.  Weeds still continue to grow.  Doug Williams is  faithfully keeping the grass mowed and trimmed.  Jim Adams continues to be in touch with Bishop Martins.  Mary Nelle Campbell oversees the grounds and buildings.  She has met with the city along with our resident Mayor, John Lewis.  The sidewalk project is progressing and we have a new water line thus avoiding an expensive disaster. I will admit to a frantic call to John regarding a geyser which turned out to be planned  by the water department.   Jo Williams continues to take care of the pledge deposits, purchases supplies that are needed and writes notes for memorial donations.  I have been collecting the mail and keeping the bills paid.  Yes, there are still bills!!!  If anyone sees a need that is not being met, please contact someone above.

Did you know?  We have a parish lending library.  It is on the wall behind the white board. Feel free to take something to read or leave something you think others might like.   

Parish Prayer List:  Please take a look so we can pray intentionally for each name on the list. Can someone be moved off our prayer list? Do you know someone we should add?

Pledges:  If anyone needs to send their pledge, you can do so in a few different ways.  You can mail to Jo @ 14740 N Lost Lake Lane, Mt. Vernon; Tami @ 5990 E Richview Road, Woodlawn, IL  62898 or the church @ 1100 Harrison.

Please let Jo Williams or Tami Cralley know if there is any news to share.
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Hear, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest

May 31, 2020 - Year A

The Collect

Almighty God, who on this day didst open the way of eternal life to every race and nation by the promised gift of thy Holy Spirit:  Shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the Gospel, that it may reach to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the same Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen
Lesson:  Acts 2:8-14

The Coming of the Holy Spirit

2 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly a sound came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire, distributed and resting on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in his own language. And they were amazed and wondered, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language? Par′thians and Medes and E′lamites and residents of Mesopota′mia, Judea and Cappado′cia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phryg′ia and Pamphyl′ia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyre′ne, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11 Cretans and Arabians, we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.”

Psalm: 104:25-37

25 Yonder is the sea, great and wide,
    which teems with things innumerable,
    living things both small and great.
26 There go the ships,
    and Leviathan which thou didst form to sport in it.

27 These all look to thee,
    to give them their food in due season.
28 When thou givest to them, they gather it up;
    when thou openest thy hand, they are filled with good things.
29 When thou hidest thy face, they are dismayed;
    when thou takest away their breath, they die
    and return to their dust.
30 When thou sendest forth thy Spirit,[a] they are created;
    and thou renewest the face of the ground.

31 May the glory of the Lord endure for ever,
    may the Lord rejoice in his works,
32 who looks on the earth and it trembles,
    who touches the mountains and they smoke!
33 I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;
    I will sing praise to my God while I have being.
34 May my meditation be pleasing to him,
    for I rejoice in the Lord.
35 Let sinners be consumed from the earth,
    and let the wicked be no more!
Bless the Lord, O my soul!
Praise the Lord!

Epistle: 1 Corinthians 12:4-13

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of working, but it is the same God who inspires them all in every one. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are inspired by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills  12 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.

Gospel: John 20:19-23

Jesus Appears to the Disciples

19 On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.” 22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

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