11:30 Holy Communion Service resumes at St Multose from Sunday 5th of July

If coming to the Church of St Multose for 11:30 Service please do NOT all come at 1125hrs, space out, use the sanitiser and collect a sheet for order of service and bring a pen to put your details on the sheet and hand it back at the end for potential contact tracing. All our necessary hygiene arrangements are being complied with. ‘Congregational singing’ is not permitted but I shall (not as a performance) sing a hymn at start and end, so you my bring YOUR OWN hymn books if you wish to follow the words (we cannot hand out hymn or Prayer books).
I shall be consulting this week with all church wardens to see how for August we might move to 2 x 0830hrs in Kinsale and 1 x 1000hrs in each of the other churches. There is so much to be done before and after that we need to take things carefully and slowly. I shall let people know next weekend about the August details of services.
Personally, I feel that we are carefully providing a probably safer environment than some of the other premises that are now open in Kinsale. But I want people to BE safe and to FEEL safe. Do NOT join with us if you are feeling either unwell or vulnerable. That is why I continue with the weekly Reflections, and I’m glad to get so much feed back from people to feel that it is a good way of keeping in touch.
Please take care and stay safe and PLEASE let me know if there is anyone with whom I need to be in touch for reassurance or help. It can be difficult to know this info. in these times, but I’m trying my best to keep in touch. The work on the church room in Kinsale is progressing very well.
Every blessing.

 Stay Safe – Stay Clean and Take Care.


The Acts of the Apostles is a continuation of The Gospel According to Luke. Its chief purpose is to tell how Jesus’ early followers, led by the Holy Spirit, spread the Good News about him ‘in Jerusalem, in all Judaea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth’ (1:8). It is the story of the Christian movement as it began among the Jewish people and went on to become a faith for the whole world. The writer was also concerned to reassure his readers that the Christians were not a subversive political threat to the Roman Empire, and that the Christian faith was the fulfilment of the Jewish religion. It was probably written about 50 years after the death of Christ (AD 80’s).

Acts can be divided into three principal parts, reflecting the ever widening area in which the Good News about Jesus was proclaimed and the church established:

1) the beginning of the Christian movement in Jerusalem following the ascension of Jesus; 2) expansion into other parts of Palestine; and 3) further expansion into the Mediterranean world as far as Rome.

An important feature of Acts is the activity of the Holy Spirit, who comes with power upon believers in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost and continues to guide and strengthen the church and its leaders throughout the events reported in the book. The early Christian message is summarised in a number of sermons, and the events recorded in Acts show the power of this message in the lives of the believers and in the fellowship of the church.

The following is an outline of the content in phases:

Preparation for the witness: 1:1-26

  1. Jesus’ last command and promise
  2. The successor of Judas

The witness in Jerusalem 2:1-8:3

The witness in Judaea and Samaria 8:4-12:25

The ministry of Paul 13:1-28:31

  1. The first missionary journey 13:1-14:28
  2. The conference in Jerusalem 15:1-35
  3. The second missionary journey 15:36-18:22
  4. The third missionary journey 18:23-21:16
  5. Paul a prisoner in Jerusalem, Caesarea, and Rome 21:17-28:31

Monday 1 June           1:1-11 The Introduction and the Ascension

Tues 2 June                 1:12-26 The appointment of Judas’ successor

Wednesday 3 June      2:1-13 The coming of the Holy Spirit

Thursday 4 June         2:14-42 Peter’s response to the gift of the Holy Spirit

Friday 5 June              2: 43-47 The life of the early believers

Saturday 6 June          3:1-10 The healing of a lame man

Sunday 7 June             3:11-26 Peter’s message in the temple in Jerusalem

Monday 8 June           4:1-22 Peter and John before the Jewish council

Tuesday 9 June           4:23-36 The believers pray for boldness and share their possessions

Wednesday 10 June    5:1-16 Ananias and his wife Saphira

Thursday 11 June       5:17-42 The apostles are persecuted

Friday 12 June                        6:1-15 The seven helpers and the arrest of Stephen

Saturday 13 June        7:1-53 The speech of Stephen

Sunday 14 June           7:54-8:3 The stoning of Stephen and Saul persecuting the Church

Monday 15 June         8:4-25 The gospel is preached in Samaria

Tuesday 16 June         8:26-40 Philip encounters the Ethiopian official

Wednesday 17 June    9:1-31 The conversion of Saul and its results

Thursday 18 June       9:32-43 Peter in Lydda and Joppa

Friday 19 June                        10:1-33 Peter and the Roman captian

Saturday 20 June        0:34-48 Peter’s speech and the the Holy Spirit received by the Gentiles

Sunday 21 June           11:1-18 Peter reports to the church in Jerusalem

Monday 22 June         11:19-30 The church at Antioch

Tuesday 23 June         12 Peter is freed from prison and we hear of Herod’s death

Wednesday 24 June    13:1-12 Barnabas and Saul are chosen and end up in Cyprus

Thursday 25 June       13:13-52 Barnabas and Paul in Pisidian Antioch

Friday 26 June                        14 Paul & Barnabas in Iconium, Lystra and Derbe and Syrian Antioch

Saturday 27 June        5:1-21 The great meeting of Christians in Jerusalem

Sunday 28 June           15:22-41 The letter to the Gentiles and Paul and Barnabas separate

Monday 29 June         16:1-15 Timothy Paul and Silas continue to travel and end up in Philippi

Tuesday 30 June         16:16-40 Paul in prison at Philippi

Wednesday 1 July      17:1-15 Paul and Silas in Thessalonica and Berea

Thursday 2 July         17:16-34 Paul in Athens

Friday 3 July              18:1-17 Paul in Corinth

Saturday 4 July           18:18-28 Paul returns to Antioch

Sunday 5 July             19:1-20 Paul in Ephesus

Monday 6 July           19:21-41 The riot in Ephesus

Tuesday 7 July           20:1-16 Paul goes to Macedonia Achaia, Troas Miletus

Wednesday 8 July      20:17-38 Paul’s farewell speech to the elders in Ephesus

Thursday 9 July         21:1-26 Paul goes to Jerusalem and visits James

Friday 10 July                        21:27-22:29 Paul is arrested and defends himself

Saturday 11 July         22:30-23:11 Paul before the Council of the Jews

Sunday 12 July           23:12-35 The plot against Paul’s life and his being sent to the Governor

Monday 13 July         24 Paul is accused and defends himself

Tuesday 14 July         25 Paul appeals to the Emperor and appears before Agrippa and Bernice

Wednesday 15 July    26 Paul defends himself before Agrippa

Thursday 16 July       27:1-12 Paul sails for Rome

Friday 17 July            27:13-44 Paul is shipwrecked

Saturday 18 July         28:1-15 Paul goes from Malta to Rome

Sunday 19 July           28:16-31 Paul in Rome

Before reading, take a little time to settle yourself. Read the passage over a few times. Try to picture the scene(s) in your mind. Reflect on what you may have discovered or learned. Then repeat the Lord’s prayer and bring before God the needs of those known to you, and also your own needs. Of course, if you miss a day, add it to the following reflection.

I hope this has been helpful. Hopefully we can resume some form of public worship after 20th July.

Peter Rutherford   The Feast of Pentecost 2020.

Lusitania Memorial Service

For your information I shall officiate with Fr Stan at the Annual Ecumenical Lusitania Memorial Service May 7 at 1400hrs. We shall not do this publicly as we normally do in the churchyard of the Church of St Multose, but we will do so from the Carmelite Friary in Kinsale. It will be live streamed and can be viewed at Lusitania Service. I suggest that you link in at 1355hrs. Scroll down to find the Lusitania link
The sinking was at 1400hrs in 1915, 105 years ago.

The Annual Ecumenical Service for the Blessing of Pets October 2019

Confirmation 1st September 2019

Sea Sunday Ecumenical Service 14th May 2019

Military and Ex-Service Personnel with the Rector at the Pier beside the LE Cíara

Prayers before the Laying of the Wreath Commemorating Those Lost at Sea
The Parade from the Church to the Quayside
The Rector Greets the Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces, Vice-Admiral Matk Mellett
During the Service Water from the Sea was Blessed and Placed in the Font

A Baptism in the Church of St Multose, April 2019

 The Serenity Prayer

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.

We foster good relationships with other churches in the area and participate in many ways in the communities in which we live and work.

We have a “Vision Statement” which runs as follows:


As part of this vision, we have adopted a prayer in which we pray for the life of the Church in this parish. We invite you to use this prayer, to help us in our work and to further the mission of the Church throughout the world.

Heavenly Father, grant that the family of the Church in this Union of Parishes may be a place of welcome to all. May your Holy Spirit help children to grow in grace as they grow in years; may young men and women be fulfilled in your service; may those in mid-life be strengthened to attempt new and greater things; and may those in the evening of life glimpse the light of your eternal glory. May the sorrowing find comfort and the weary rest; may the doubting find certainty and the tempted strength; and may the lonely find fellowship and the sinner forgiveness. This prayer we ask in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen


The Reverend Peter Rutherford 

Born in Belfast in 1957, Peter was educated at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution, the University of St Andrews, Scotland, the Church of Ireland Theological College and the University of Ulster. Ordained deacon in 1983 and priest in 1984, he served a curacy in the parish of Stormont, Diocese of Down. Commissioned into the Royal Army Chaplains’ Department in 1985, he served throughout the world, resigning in 2002 as Assistant Chaplain General.

After a chaplaincy in Varese, Italy, in the Diocese of Europe, he was appointed Rector of the Castlepollard and Oldcastle Union in 2004, and Rector of the Julianstown Union in 2010, both in the Diocese of Meath, where he was also Diocesan Director of Ordinands, Warden of the Guild of Lay Readers. He is currently a member of the Church and Society Commission of the Church of Ireland. In 2019 he was appointed Diocesan Director of Ordinands for Cork, Cloyne and Ross. Since 2011 he has been an Oblate (external member) of the Benedictine Monastery of the Holy Cross, Rostrevor, Co. Down.

He enjoys jogging, beagling, cycling and swimming. He is a member of the executive committee of SSAFA-Forces Help for the Republic of Ireland, and Chaplain to the Royal British Legion, Republic of Ireland District. He is a member of the Irish UN Veterans Association and the Irish Military Heritage Trust. He is a member of the Kildare St and University Club, Dublin.

Peter is married to Dr. Janet Rutherford. Originally from the United States, Janet is also a graduate of the University of St Andrews, the University of Ulster, and the Queen’s University Belfast. She is a theologian and liturgical scholar, a fluent speaker and translator of Italian, and a keen sailor. They have a very ‘holy’ Jack Russell Terrier, Baysie, who regularly attends worship and acts as a canine pastoral assistant!