Service Times

Church of Ireland – The Kinsale Union of Parishes

Wednesday 25th May 

12:30  Holy Communion    Kinsale

Sunday 29th May Sunday after Ascension Day 

8:30  Holy Communion    Kinsale
11:30  United Parish Family Eucharist    Kinsale

Wednesday 1st June 

12:30  Holy Communion    Kinsale

6th Sunday of Easter 22nd May 2022

(The weekly Parish Reflections began at the beginning of the Covid pandemic in March 2020, when they were offered as a way of keeping in touch with parishioners and friends of the parish, and offering an opportunity for a weekly reflective encounter with God, when we could not meet together for worship. Around 150 families have engaged with it, and it has produced interesting feedback, including a number of requests that the Reflections be published! I’m not going to do that, but thankfully things have moved on, and so the last Reflection will be next week for Ascension-tide. However, a short reflection will continue in the monthly Newsletter.)

 COLLECT (the special prayer that ‘collects up’ our thoughts) FOR EASTER 6

God our redeemer, you have delivered us from the power of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of your Son: Grant that as by his death he has recalled us to life, so by his continual presence in us he may raise us to eternal joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 THE GOSPEL FOR TODAY IS JOHN, CHAPTER 14, VERSES 23-29

Jesus answered Judas, saying, ‘Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; and the word that you hear is not mine, but is from the Father who sent me. I have said these things to you while I am still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. You heard me say to you, “I am going away, and I am coming to you.” If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you this before it occurs, so that when it does occur, you may believe.’

 Reflection:At the end of the First World War the League of Nations was established in 1920 as an attempt to ensure that there could not be a repetition of such a conflict: it was seen as ‘the war to end all wars’. Of course, that project failed. After the Second World War the United Nations Organisation was formed in 1945. This has been a much more successful project, and the Defence Forces of this state have, and continue to play, an important role in UN peacekeeping missions throughout the world. However, we have the invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces, and the UN is powerless to stop it: so we cry for peace. Jesus said to his immediate followers, ‘Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.’ On Thursday coming we mark the Ascension of Jesus, and that is followed by the feast of Pentecost, recalling the Holy Spirit given to the disciples. With the Holy Spirit came the offer of the ‘peace’ that Jesus spoke of. In Hebrew thought ‘peace’ was shalom: and that meant not just an absence of conflict, but something much stronger and dynamic. Shalom involved right relationships between people and God, and people and other people: it meant fairness, justice, respect, integrity and right thinking. As we seek peace within our families, our communities, our society, and our world, we are reminded in the poem of Gerard Manly Hopkins (1844-89) entitled Peace that ‘… when peace does house, He comes with work to do, He does not come to coo, He comes to brood and sit’. God’s peace is not just ‘peace and quiet’ but an active quality with which we are invited to engage in order to help further the kingdom of God’s love in the world around us, both at home and abroad.

A prayer for peace: Heavenly Father, God of righteousness, God of peace, forgive the selfishness, greed and arrogance that cause us to be at enmity one with another. May your Holy Spirit guide us to live together in charity and goodwill; and may the nations of this world be taught the things that belong to their peace; this prayer we ask in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. (after Frank Colquhoun).

     Peter Rutherford, Rector: Tel. 021-4772220.

St. Multose is normally open daily at the following times: (Winter) 1000hrs to 16hrs (Summer) 1000hrs to 1800hrs. There are information panels explaining the history of the building. Visitors are kindly asked to respect those times when there is public worship and to behave accordingly.

St Multose

Sunday
8:30 Holy Communion
11:30 Holy Communion or Morning Prayer

Wednesday
12:00 Holy Communion

Christ Church Ballymartle

Sunday (see Newsletter for dates)
10:00 Holy Communion or Morning Prayer

Templetrine Ballinspittle

Sunday (see Newsletter for dates)
10:00 Holy Communion or Morning Prayer