NOTICE REGARDING CHURCH SERVICES
11:30 Holy Communion Service resumes at St Multose from Sunday 5th of July
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A PLAN FOR THE READING OF THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES ON A DAILY BASIS FROM THE DAY AFTER THE FEAST OF PENTECOST TO THE PROPOSED PHASE 4 OF THE EASING OF LOCKDOWN RESTRICTIONS, INCLUDING THE OPENING OF CHURCHES FOR PUBLIC WORSHIP (20TH JULY)
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
- Jesus’ last command and promise
- 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
- The first missionary journey 13:1-14:28
- The conference in Jerusalem 15:1-35
- The second missionary journey 15:36-18:22
- The third missionary journey 18:23-21:16
- 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
The Annual Ecumenical Service for the Blessing of Pets October 2019
Confirmation 1st September 2019
Sea Sunday Ecumenical Service 14th May 2019
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:
“IT IS OUR HOPE THAT, THROUGH THE GUIDANCE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, OUR PARISH WILL GROW IN LOVE, STRIVE FOR UNITY AND BE A SOURCE OF INSPIRATION TO ALL”
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!