Pews News w/c 21st May 2023
SERVICES FOR 21st MAY
7th Sunday after Easter – Sunday after Ascension Day
10.30am Evenley - Benefice Holy Communion
6pm Steane – Evensong
1Peter 4:12-14,5:6-11, John 17:1-11,
Psalm 68:1:10, 32-35
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.
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.
Thursday 18th MAY Ascension Day
Grant, we pray, almighty God, that as we believe your only begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ to have ascended into the heavens, so we in heart and mind may also ascend and with him continually dwell, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen
God our Father, you have raised our humanity in Christ and have fed us with the bread of heaven:
mercifully grant that, nourished with such spiritual blessings, we may set our hearts in the heavenly places, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
SERVICES FOR 28th MAY
9.00am Farthinghoe, Holy Communion
11.00am Aynho, Holy Communion
Please pray for:-
- All those known to us who need our prayers this week.
- For couples preparing to be married this summer.
- For those awaiting surgery
- For all people worldwide who are affected by unrest, by acts of violence, oppression, or poverty.
Our churches are always open for private prayer; all are welcome. - (Croughton -by appointment only)
18th Ascension Day
As per Christian belief, Ascension Day marks day 40 after Jesus Christ's Resurrection — counting Easter Day as day one — and is the day Christ ascended into heaven. This day is very important for Christians, ranking right up there with other Christian festivals like Christmas, Easter, and Pentecost.
19th New Moon
The new moon phase is a more introspective time and represents new beginnings as we plant seeds for the future. It's a good time to set clear intentions for the month ahead, clarify your goals, start new projects, and acknowledge your growth since the previous new moon.
The next Benefice Holy Communion service is on 4th June 10.30am at Croughton
We welcome you all to attend and join in with friends from our neighbouring churches when we all come together to share hymns & prayers.
THE CHURCH FETE DAYS
Croughton – 10th June in the garden of David & Margaret Rings
Hinton – 1st July
Evenley 24th June
Farthinghoe 25th June
Astwick Vale Benefice covers five churches, Aynho, Croughton, Evenley,Farthinghoe and Hinton with Steane
Have a look at our Benefice website.
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Farthinghoe: Position vacant
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We Remember – 80 years ago
617 Squadron was formed at Scampton in Lincolnshire, with Wing Commander Guy Gibson as its commander. Some of the aircrew for 617 were hand-picked by Gibson but many were crews who had simply come to the end of their tours or were due to start their second tours. Gibson had to assemble his aircrews and all the ground staff and auxiliary support needed in just three weeks.
80 years ago, on the on the night of 16th May 1943 the squadron of Lancaster bombers took off from RAF Scampton to bomb three reservoirs in Germany. Each aircraft was armed with 9,000-pound cylindrical mine that was designed to bounce across the surface of the water until it hit a dam. Of the 19 crews that had set out on the raid, eight did not return.
Some years ago, my husband and I had the privilege of riding in a Lancaster bomber around East Kirby airfield and for both of us our emotions took over, especially when the engines roared. Our thoughts were with the many crews, who, on that night in 1943, left England, never to return.
Whilst we never celebrate any war, we remember the actions our country was forced to take to win the freedom we enjoy today.
It was said that ‘Without the dams raid, D-Day would have been considerably harder.’