Pentecost

Dear Friends,

We live in times when the rights of individuals to make decisions about their lives have been severely restricted for the good of the wider community. Whatever the the rights and wrongs about how Dominic Cummings made his decision to take his family to Durham, many will have been angered by seeing someone in a position of authority seemingly to ride roughshod over the rules which nearly everyone in the country has been trying to follow.

There are some who feel that, in the light of Dominic Cummings actions, they will now make decisions for themselves which go against what we have been told we must do; but our faith has something to say about this.

Christians say “Though we are many, we are one body”. This shows there is a connection between us all, where the actions of individuals affect the working of the body as a whole. Faith is not a private, individual thing. It is relational. We are told to “love God and love our neighbour as ourselves”.

For Christians, society is more than just a collection of individuals who make their decisions according to what’s best for them, without thinking about the consequences for others. The last weeks of lockdown have shown us again the goodness and selflessness which exists in the human spirit; and the Christian values of goodness, service and selfless kindness, which have been seen in abundance in recent weeks, has been demonstrated both by Christians and by those of all faiths and none.

I am therefore very grateful to +John Hind, who has provided our homily this week, as he explores this relationship between the individual and the corporate nature of our faith in the light of Pentecost, which we celebrate this Sunday.

I continue to hold you all in my prayers. Please do ring me if you’d like a chat, or if there’s anything about which you’d like me to pray.

With my love and prayers,

Deacon Corinne

Scripture Readings

Pentecost-Readings

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A Reflection

Pentecost-Reflection

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The image is “Pentecost” by Jean II Restout (1692–1768) – From the Louvre collection, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Jean_II_Restout_-_Pentecost_-_WGA19318.jpg

Ronald Taylor

Ronald Taylor passed away peacefully on 23rd May, aged 88. Ronald and his wife Rosemary who died in 2016, were long time residents of Godshill.

The funeral will be a short service at Bridge Court Cemetery on Friday 5th June at 1:00pm. Current restrictions dictate that only a minimum number of mourners can attend. The family would welcome others to participate remotely in prayer for both Ron and Rosemary at that time. June 5th would have been their 55th wedding anniversary.

At a future date there will be a memorial service at All Saints.

[Photos are of Ronald and Rosemary on their 50th wedding anniversary and their wedding day]

Seventh Sunday of Easter

Dear Friends,

One of the things I am enjoying about Sundays at the moment is the opportunity to “visit” friends around the country as they say mass.

Last Sunday, I visited a friend of mine from this Diocese who in his homily preached about change. He remarked that things have certainly changed in recent weeks but, as we start to ease some of the lockdown restrictions, suggested that we might start to think about the future.

The words, “The new normal” is a phrase which is bandied about a lot these days, but what does it mean?

I’d say it’s about taking the learning from what we’ve been through to help guide us into whatever the “new normal” turns out to be; and to help us do this, we have a key word to use as our lodestar: Love.

Jesus gave us two great Commandments, “love God and love your neighbour as yourself”; and last Sunday my friend of mine used the word “Love” as a mnemonic to provide a framework in which to start thinking about a more positive future. He suggested:

L – We need to listen and learn from one another about what we might want to keep from these past weeks – maybe to continue to offer care and support to one another via phone-calls, or WhatsApp groups.

O – To observe what is happening around us; and to discover those things which bind us together, as a worshipping community and more widely with the community in which we are set.

V – To value the community we serve, thinking about what is the best thing we can do for others in our context.

E – To enable one another to show God’s love to those around us.

Let us use this time to start to think about how our lives, both individually and as church communities, can bear witness to the hope that is in us, so that we can draw those outside our churches into a deeper understanding of God’s love for all people.

My thanks go to Fr Alan Swanborough, former Priest in charge at St Blasius, Shanklin, for providing this week’s gospel reflection.

With my love and prayers,

Deacon Corinne

Scripture Readings

7th-Sunday-of-Easter-Readings

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A Reflection

7th-Sunday-of-Easter-Reflection

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The image is “Ascension” by Giotto di Bondone (–1337) – From the Scrovegni Chapel collection, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Giotto_di_Bondone_-_No._38_Scenes_from_the_Life_of_Christ_-_22._Ascension_-_WGA09226.jpg

Deacon Corinne with the Diocese of Portsmouth prayer for the day

Diocese of Portsmouth

As we head into Day 3 of Thy Kingdom Come, our daily prayer today comes from the Rev Deacon Corinne Smith, from All Saints, Godshill and St Alban’s Ventnor; and from Good Shepherd, Lake, and St Saviour on the Cliff, Shanklin, who reflects on some key words from the Lord’s Prayer. Spend a moment in prayer with her at the start of this new day.

We’re sharing prayers each morning from our clergy team during the lockdown. Do follow our social media accounts or look at our website here – https://www.portsmouth.anglican.org/video-reflections/ – each day at around 8am for the latest one-minute video prayer.

Sixth Sunday of Easter

Dear Friends,

Many people are living with loss at the moment: the death of loved-ones, whether through Covid 19 or some other reason; the loss of physical contact with family and friends; the loss of our freedom to come and go as we choose…..all of which make Ascension Day, which falls on Thursday, particularly relevant for us this year.

The disciples had to adjust to loss twice-over. The pain of the loss of Jesus on the cross led to the joy of the resurrection appearances; only to be followed now by seemingly losing him again. But, in fact, Jesus’ Ascension is the culmination of his redemptive work on earth and the means by which we can know he is with us still even, and maybe particularly, in these currently very challenging times.

Normally, Ascension Day is a day of great celebration in the Church but, sadly, we can’t go to mass this year. Instead, I urge you to spend some time reading the scripture passages set for the mass of the day and to ponder the relevance of the Ascension for your life. (Acts 1: 1-11; Eph 1:17-23; Mt28:19,20)

We know that, following the crucifixion, when the world couldn’t get any darker, Jesus rose from the dead. For the next 40 days Jesus appeared to many witnesses, and continued to teach and prepare the apostles for their ministry.

The doubt, pain and confusion of the disciples gave way to hope and joy….and then Jesus told them he must now return to Heaven. He would not be with them in the same way he’d been previously….but he also told them he would not abandon them.

I am grateful to Fr Gregory for providing our reflection on this Sunday’s Gospel reading, which is about Jesus preparing his disciples for the fact that he would be going away again; but also telling them that they won’t be left on their own, because the Spirit of truth would come to help steer them through what lay ahead for them.

Although the Ascension marks Jesus’ return to heaven, we can take comfort from the fact that through Christ we have become God’s children. We can therefore have confidence in him as our strength and our consoler, knowing that he is always within our hearing, as we call on him to intercede for us this during these difficult days; and that he will also strengthen us to live out our own discipleship, according to our gifts and circumstances.

With my love and prayers,
Deacon Corinne

Scripture Readings

6th-Sunday-of-Easter-Readings

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A Reflection

6th-Sunday-of-Easter-Reflection

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The image is “Christ Taking Leave of the Apostles” by Duccio di Buoninsegna – From the Museo dell’Opera metropolitana del Duomo collection painted between 1308 and 1311, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Christ_Taking_Leave_of_the_Apostles.jpg

IoW Archdeacon Peter Reads to Children

The diocese of Portsmouth has been asking people to read stories for children who are at school and those learning at home.

Here is the Archdeacon of the Isle of Wight, Peter Leonard, reading a story about a small Viking who was brave. This hilarious tale, for three to six year olds, shows the true meaning of bravery and the delights that await when one faces one’s fear.

FaceBook, Twitter and Donations

social media

We are reaching out to all of our congregation, both local and visitors. Besides the weekly pastoral letters on this website, there are now more frequent messageson social media via FaceBook backed up by Twitter.

Our username on both FaceBook and Twitter is @GodshillChurch

In addition, if you would like to help support us at any time, you can make a donation of any amount on our charity page:

https://givealittle.co/campaigns/9b513803-69de-4b64-bb4f-09767d261d36

So, please follow and like us on FaceBook and Twitter and support us with your prayers and donations.

Prayers for VE Day 75

ve day 75

This weekend millions of people across the UK will be commemorating VE Day 75 years ago. It means something very special to Portsmouth because the war is at the heart of the city’s story. This was a frontline city. So we, as a group of Anglican clergy offer this prayer for all of Portsmouth and for everyone who knows and loves the city for its indomitability and unique character. Pompey really did play up and long may Pompey continue to do so.

From the Act of Commitment for Peace

Lord God our Father,
we pledge ourselves to serve you and all humankind, in the cause of peace,
for the relief of want and suffering,
and for the praise of your name.
Guide us by your Spirit;
give us wisdom;
give us courage;
give us hope;
and keep us faithful now and always.
Amen.

A podcast from Westminster Abbey for the 75th anniversary of VE Day.
Introduced by the Dean of Westminster, The Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle.
Recorded at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior.

Isle of Wight VE Day 75 Year Anniversary Celebrations
Sadly due to the current crisis all public planned events to celebrate the 75th anniversary of V.E Day on the Isle of Wight had to be cancelled, but with the help of The IOW Film Club we are able to bring to you this short video with messages from local Isle of Wight dignitaries and a look back to the celebrations on the Isle of Wight in 1995 for the 50th anniversary.

Fifth Sunday of Easter

Dear Friends,

I hope you are keeping well and finding ways to cope with the current restrictions on life.

Now we are nearly two months into lockdown, we are all having to find ways of filling our days, coping with anxiety and fulfilling our practical needs.

For some, who were essentially already living life under “lockdown” through illness or frailty, maybe life hasn’t changed very much at all. For others, used to being out and about, it can be more challenging.

It is not putting it too strongly to describe what we are going through as a “trauma”. All the familiar routines and assumptions about how we live our lives have been shattered; and we’ve found ourselves in an unfamiliar landscape, where shops are closed, public worship has been suspended, and we can no longer see our friends and loved-ones face to face.

A study being done at Oxford has identified three phases which humans go through at times of trauma; and you may recognise them in yourself.

the first phase is marked by energy and heroism, as people start baking sour-dough bread, sorting out cupboards, or getting involved in volunteering.

As this phase burns itself out, it is replaced by disillusionment, as people start to be suspicious about how accurate the information is that they are receiving, or to blame eg the government for their handling of the crisis.

This then, eventually, gives way to hopeful rebuilding, as the number of cases reduce and we begin to talk about coming out of lockdown.

It is normal to feel any or all of these things! Some days you may feel “Yes, I can do this”, but on others you can hardly drag yourself out of bed.

The important thing is to be kind to yourself. Rest, eat well, take exercise insofar as you can, and keep in touch with people you trust and can share with.

Above all, keep in touch with God. Our theme for this Sunday is “Jesus is the way, the truth and the life”. If we keep close to him, he will see us through this; and my reflection on today’s gospel has more to say about that.

My love and prayers,
Deacon Corinne

Scripture Readings

5th-Sunday-of-Easter-Readings

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A Reflection

5th-Sunday-of-Easter-Reflection

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The image is by Anonimous – From Ruwiki, Public Domain, https://Commons.Wikimedia.Org/W/Index.Php?Curid=5720443