Readings June 2018



Eucharists - Sundays and Holy Days
8.00 am & 9.45 am
Evensong - 3.00pm (Nov to March) 6.00pm (Apr to Oct)

(Where there is a choice of first reading at the Parish Eucharist the asterisk denotes the favoured text.
Where two page numbers are given for the same text, the first is for the Authorised Version used at 8am and Evensong and the second for the Revised English Bible used at the Parish Eucharist).

Sunday  3rd

The First Sunday after Trinity
Deuteronomy 5. 12-15*
2 Corinthians 4. 5-12
Mark 2.23 - 3.6


Sunday 10th


6.00 pm

The Second Sunday after Trinity
Genesis 3. 8-15*
2 Corinthians 4.13 - 5.1
Mark 3. 20-end

Jeremiah 6. 16-21
Romans 9. 1-13



Sunday 17th

The Third Sunday after Trinity
Ezekiel 17. 22-end
2 Corinthians 5. 6-10 [11-13]14-17
Mark 4. 26-34


Sunday 24th






6.00 pm

The Fourth Sunday after Trinity
Job 38. 1-11
2 Corinthians 6. 1-13
Mark 4. 35-end

The Birth of John the Baptist
Isaiah 40. 1-11*
Acts 13. 14b-26 or
Galatians 3. 23-end
Luke 1. 57-66, 80.

Malachi. ch 4
Matthew 11. 2-19




The Feast of Corpus Christi always falls on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday. This year it was 31st May thus displacing to 1st June the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary which is always kept on that date. This was a surprise to me as The Visitation is a feast based on a biblical event whereas Corpus Christi is, in origin at least, a celebration of a particular understanding of Christ’s presence in the Eucharist. The feast dates from the 13th C and was intended to reinforce the new doctrine of transubstantiation, the belief that in the Eucharist the bread and wine, whilst retaining their natural appearance,  become in fact, the physical body and blood of Christ. It was a doctrine explicitly rejected by all the Reformers of the 16th C but no one alternative was widely accepted. Martin Luther maintained a fairly conservative position holding that the body and blood of Christ are present with the bread and wine rather as fire is present with metal when a poker is heated in the flame. To the more radical Reformers this doctrine of consubstantiation was little better than transubstantiation. Some of them argued that the bread and wine are a bare symbol of the body and blood of Christ and a token of Christian fellowship, whereas others believed that to those who come to the Lord’s Table in faith, the bread and wine are a means by which Christ’s saving grace is imparted to the recipient.  This latter view is the one most consistent with our own Anglican tradition although it also is subject to a variety of interpretations. Some argue that the bread and wine being a means of grace within the celebration of the Eucharist have no continuing significance after the ceremony, whereas others contend that having been consecrated to a sacred use the elements  remain charged to that purpose and should be treated reverentially. Such beliefs might broadly be categorized as Low Church and High Church respectively.  The most important thing however is our reverence of Christ himself, he who once came to us in flesh and blood and by whose promise remains present through the physical means of bread and wine, pledges of his purpose to renew Creation.  He gave us his body so that we might be his body, his effective presence in the world and the hope of future glory. Perhaps it is this that is the most appropriate matter for celebration on the feast of Corpus Christi

Charles Booth                


Holy Baptism
Shine as a light in the world to the glory of God the Father
Charlotte Sewell

May they rest in peace and rise in glory
Beryl Harrisson          Alan Cashmore

Interment of ashes
Aileen Hervey   Mavis Brookes



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