Eaglais na hÉireann + The Church of Ireland
SUNDAY 6th June 2021
The First Sunday after Trinity
FÁILTE / WELCOME to everyone who worships in our churches today.
Please ensure that our churches are safe spaces for everyone by observing all social distancing and hygiene protocols.
Holy Communion will continue to be administered in one kind only and worshippers will receive the consecrated bread.
Sadly, it is still not safe to enjoy hospitality and refreshments after services. With this in mind, please do not gather together around the church doors to talk after services.
10.00am at St Mary’s, Castletownroche
10.00am at St Mary’s, Doneraile
11.45am at St James’s, Mallow
in St James’s Church
Isaiah 61. 1-3
Luke 12. 32-37
1 Samuel 8: 4-17
Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah, and said to him, ‘You are old and your sons do not follow in your ways; appoint for us, then, a king to govern us, like other nations.’ But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, ‘Give us a king to govern us.’ Samuel prayed to the Lord, and the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Listen to the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them. Just as they have done to me,* from the day I brought them up out of Egypt to this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so also they are doing to you. Now then, listen to their voice; only—you shall solemnly warn them, and show them the ways of the king who shall reign over them.’ So Samuel reported all the words of the Lord to the people who were asking him for a king. He said, ‘These will be the ways of the king who will reign over you: he will take your sons and appoint them to his chariots and to be his horsemen, and to run before his chariots; and he will appoint for himself commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and some to plough his ground and to reap his harvest, and to make his implements of war and the equipment of his chariots. He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive orchards and give them to his courtiers. He will take one-tenth of your grain and of your vineyards and give it to his officers and his courtiers. He will take your male and female slaves, and the best of your cattle and donkeys, and put them to his work. He will take one-tenth of your flocks, and you shall be his slaves. And in that day you will cry out because of your king, whom you have chosen for yourselves; but the Lord will not answer you in that day.’
Mark 3. 20-35
The crowd came together again, so that Jesus and his disciples could not even eat. When his family heard it, they went out to restrain him, for people were saying, ‘He has gone out of his mind.’ And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, ‘He has Beelzebul, and by the ruler of the demons he casts out demons.’ And he called them to him, and spoke to them in parables, ‘How can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but his end has come. But no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his property without first tying up the strong man; then indeed the house can be plundered. ‘Truly I tell you, people will be forgiven for their sins and whatever blasphemies they utter; but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit can never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin’— for they had said, ‘He has an unclean spirit. ’Then his mother and his brothers came; and standing outside, they sent to him and called him. A crowd was sitting around him; and they said to him, ‘Your mother and your brothers and sisters are outside, asking for you.’ And he replied, ‘Who are my mother and my brothers?’ And looking at those who sat around him, he said, ‘Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.’
The Rector is looking forward very much to being able to visit fully vaccinated parishioners in their homes in due course (he has received one vaccination and is awaiting a second towards the second half of June). In the meantime, anyone who would value a conversation by telephone (or by Zoom) is warmly encouraged to contact the Rectory.
The Bishop of Cork has written to all clergy to advise that he is making plans for a time when it will be possible to conduct confirmation services in parishes. With this in mind, he is asking to be notified of how many people are seeking confirmation at this time (especially those who expected to be confirmed in 2020). It would be helpful if those (of any age) who would like to explore and prepare for confirmation could contact the Rector over the course of the coming week.
It was very encouraging to worship together on Trinity Sunday with a good turn out from all three churches of Mallow Union. The next eucharist on a 5th Sunday will be on August 29th. On that occasion the service will be held at St Mary’s Doneraile at 11am. Do make a note in your diaries. Hopefully, by then, we will be able to spend some more time together, socially, after the service. We will pray of course for fine weather!
The Wednesday morning service at 11am will continue in July and August. Not only is this a midweek opportunity for prayer and worship, it is also an opportunity to welcome visitors, tourists and pilgrims, to St James.
If there is anyone whose name (whether first name only or full name) you would like included in the weekly bulletin for prayer throughout the parish, do be in touch with the Rector.
FOR YOUR PRAYERS
We pray for Paul, our Bishop; and for the clergy and people of the Anglican Church of the Province of Myanmar.
All who are isolated and anxious, the sick at home and in hospital (as well as the health service professionals who care for them, along with family and neighbours).
We pray for all those known to us, especially Jim Sheehan.
We give thanks to God for all who have received their vaccination – and pray for those waiting to be called.
We pray for all who have resumed work or re-opened their businesses this past week.
We commend to God’s mercy all who have recently died, Ernie Gardiner, David French, David Hunter, Ben O’Callaghan, Rose Comyn; along with those we have loved and lost whose anniversary of death occurs at this time of year, especially William (Billy) Buckley. KEEPING IN TOUCH
Rector of Mallow Union
Telephone (022) 21473
Avril Gubbins (022) 24267
13th June 2021 (The Second Sunday after Trinity)
1 Samuel 15:34 -16:13; Mark 4.26-34
10.00am THE EUCHARIST in St Mary’s, Castletownroche
10.00am MORNING PRAYER in St Mary’s, Doneraile
11.45am THE EUCHARIST in St James’s, Mallow