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*This is today’s collect:

Holy Spirit, sent by the Father,

ignite in us your holy fire;

strengthen your children with the gift of faith,

revive your Church with the breath of love,

and renew the face of the earth,

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

*This is the first reading: ~  Acts 2 : 1-21

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?” Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.” Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: “‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord. And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’

*This is the second reading: Romans 8 : 14-17

For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

*This is the Gospel: ~ Luke 10 : 25-37

On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”  “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”  He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’”  “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”  But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbour?”  In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he travelled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’  “Which of these three do you think was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”  The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”  Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

*This is today’s Post Communion Prayer:

Faithful God,

who fulfilled the promises of Easter

by sending us your Holy Spirit

and opening to every race and nation

the way of life eternal:

open our lips by your Spirit,

that every tongue may tell of your glory;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen





CHRISTIAN AID WEEK 2016 HOUSE-TO-HOUSE COLLECTION.  Today sees the beginning of Christian Aid Week with a service conducted in St Martins. House-to-House collecting is where Christian Aid began and still raises an incredible £6.5million. Over 20,000 churches across Britain and Ireland regard this as a vital part of their mission both locally and globally and unite to help secure the uncertain futures of families in countries subject to natural disasters, where life can be extremely hard. JAN LOVEGROVE

MIDWEEK COMMUNION.  At St P&E; 10am on Tuesday 17th May. Please do come along for a short said Communion Service, followed by Fellowship & Refreshments. ANDREW

MBC SINGING FOR FUN.  St P&E on Wednesday May 18th at 8pm. We'll be singing songs beginning with "P" or "Y" – a mix of Pop, Rock, Easy Listening, a Show tune; but also a children's TV song and a bit of Grieg! This is for everyone who enjoys singing, whether you think you can or not, and don't worry of you don't know all the songs. There's a small charge of £2 which includes refreshments. JOHN SAVILLE

PRAYER GROUPS. We are starting two new Prayer Groups. One Group has emerged from the existing Bible Study Group – but is certainly not restricted to the current members of that group – and its format will be free Open Prayer. This will meet for the first time at 7.30pm on Monday 9th May at John & Sally Pascall's house at 6 Queen's View. The other Group will take the form of a Christian Meditation/Silent Prayer Group which will meet at 9.15am every Friday, initially in either Cheryl Belding's house (28 Heasman Close) or Judy Hortt's house (30 Queensway) for just 20 minutes of Meditation followed by fellowship, if you've got time to stay. The actual venue for each week for this Group will be shown in the WEN, but if in doubt, please ask Cheryl, Judy or me. ANDREW

ST P&E ANNUAL COFFEE MORNING on Saturday 21st May from 10am to 12noon.  Come & enjoy coffee, tea & biscuits!  There will also be a cake stall, so if you can bake a cake this would be welcome.    Also stalls will consist of a raffle, tombola, books, cards, etc.  Proceeds for church funds as usual, so come & enjoy the fellowship.  Help on the day from anyone would be appreciated; our Ann Bishop has had an operation so is unable to help, but glad to say she is making good progress.   JENNIE

OPEN HOUSE AT THE VICARAGE.  Saturday 28th May (10am-12noon).  Rosemary and I would like to invite you all to come and join us for drinks and nibbles.  Please feel free to just drop in when you can. ANDREW


Any items, including requests for changes to the prayer diary, for Sunday’s WEN (May 22nd) should reach by Tuesday evening (May 17th at 5pm): please be brief & supply specific wording. CATHY

NEWMARKET HOSPITAL GARDEN. The courtyard outside Rosemary Ward is not being maintained at present and All Saints Church has a ‘Men of Faith’ group of 15 members who would like to consider taking on the maintenance of this courtyard as a community project.  If there is anyone who would be interested in joining this group from this Parish, please contact Jenny King in the first instance.  ANDREW

EXNING PARISH CHURCH WEBSITE.  Please note that Adrian Whitaker has now taken over the administration of the church website – please send all correspondence about the website to  If you would like something posting onto the website, please bear in mind that Adrian will only be checking this email once or twice a week so you may have to wait a while.

A NOTE FROM THE FOODBANK.  Currently most urgent needs are tinned meats (pies, stews, mince etc), instant coffee in small / medium sized jars (we do not need tea for the foreseeable future!), long-life milk - straightforward UHT (not fancy flavours), sugar & jam (not marmalade or apricot jam!), basic toiletries - soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes. If you know of any needy people please let myself know (SUSAN ALLISON) or the Foodbank directly 01638 561711, the Open Door office on 01638 600699 or the Superstore on 01638 660900.

SOUNDBITES. Many thanks for all the prayers you have being making for God's will to be done with Soundbites. Please continue to invite people to come along with you to share breakfast and worship activities together. Also if anyone feels able to support Soundbites in the kitchen please can you sign up at the back of the church or let one of the Soundbites team know. SUSAN, CLIVE, JOHN PASCALL, CATHY, CAROLYN, PATSY

THANK YOU.  I would like to thank everybody for their prayers, cards, flowers and all the best wishes I received when I was in Hospital; it was very kind of you all.  I am home now and making good, but slow progress. Thank you again.  ANN BISHOP

SONGS OF PRAISE took place on Monday afternoon and we were all delighted that Ann Bishop felt well enough to join us following her recent major surgery. Ann McMillan had designed and made a most beautiful get well card which she presented to Ann on behalf of all at SofP. Richard Bye led our time of worship with the theme "R U LUCKY?" and reminded us of some of the many blessings we daily receive but often take for granted. So many people in the world do not have the luxury of a comfortable bed, a warm bath and breakfast each morning. Richard's selection of Hymns included Count Your Blessings, Now Thank We All Our God and How Great Thou Art and were reminders we should always be grateful to God. After the service, tea and cake was served while everyone had time for a chat. Songs of Praise meets again on Monday 6thJune, when Lynnette Tonge will be leading our service with the theme "Life is Precious – Celebrate it!" PAM MORTER

DONATED BOOKS.  Please find at the back of both St Martin & St P&E lists of books that have been donated to our churches.  I would be delighted if you would read through them and if you’d like one or more, to contact me so I can give them to you.  There will be more books added in the next couple of weeks.  I’ve already spotted a couple I’m going to read.  SARAH PRICE

NOTE FROM TREASURER.  Profit from the Queen’s 90th Birthday events was £901. I will leave a reconciliation at the back of the church if anyone wishes to peruse it.  DEREK NICHOLSON




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