Service Times

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Church of Ireland – The Kinsale Union of Parishes

6th Sunday of Easter – 9th May 2021

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 15, VERSES 9 to 17

Jesus said to the eleven, ‘As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep me commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete. This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.’

Reflection: A visitor from another planet who was to be shown the history of this island, might well draw the conclusion that the purpose of religion here has been to make people loathe one another, fight one another, and, on quite a number of occasions, kill one another. The history of Ireland is full of religious conflict, division and abuse of power. Therefore, our visitor might well conclude, religion here has been a divisive, negative, and destructive force. Of course, we might argue, religion has ‘become mixed up with politics’. However, it is true that in the ‘mix’, religion seems only to add to the problem rather than make it better! In this period of Eastertide, we celebrate the Resurrection and also reflect on the task that Jesus set his disciples in spreading the good news of God’s love for humanity. That task was to learn how to BE his presence in the world: ‘This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.’ As we read the gospels, we see that the disciples were not, in fact, the other-worldly saints often depicted in stained glass windows. They were, like you and like me, real human people who could be angry, jealous, selfish, self-seeking egotists. Yet they were the material that God chose to convey his love, because they had the capacity to be ‘transformed’ by God’s loving presence within them. All the argument in the world, all the lecturing in the world, all the preaching in the world will, in fact, effect nothing without love. As Paul put it in his wonderful ‘hymn to love’ in his first letter to the early Christian community in Corinth, chapter 13, ‘… if I have no love, I gain nothing.’ As we reflect on the purpose of our faith, it is surely that we might be open to transformation, so that we too become carriers or vehicles of God’s love. 

Re-opening of churches for public worship: From 10th May churches may host public worship but with certain guidelines in place. For the remainder of May, Sunday services in the Kinsale Union of Parishes, will be at the following times: Sun. 16th 10:00am Ballymartle & 11:30am Kinsale; Sun. 23rd 8:30am & 11:30 Kinsale; Sun. 30th 10:00am Templetrine & 11:30am Kinsale. Further details will appear in a Newsletter for May.

A prayer for Eastertide: Lord, strengthen every good; defeat the power of evil. Lord, strengthen every light; defeat the power of darkness. Lord, strengthen every power; defeat the power of weakness. Lord, strengthen every joy; defeat the power of sadness. Lord, strengthen every love; defeat the power of hatred. Lord, strengthen every life; defeat the power of death. (David Adam, in the Celtic tradition).                      

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