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From the start

In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit


Dear All Saints and St Mary’s


From the very start of the church, Christians have recognized God the Father, the transcendent creator, above and beyond the created order of time and space, loving all that we know into being. We have known God the Son, the incarnate word of God, the visible image of the unseen God, living, dying, and rising in the person of Jesus of Nazareth. We have experienced God the Holy Spirit, the presence of God with us, strengthening us and guiding us into all truth. At the same time Christians have held onto the fundamental truth that there is only one God and that we believe in one God, who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. 


Over the centuries, pondering the mystery of God has led to a rich tradition of ideas of what this means, both for us as individuals and for the church as a community committed to following the way of Christ in the power of the Spirit. This Sunday, we have an opportunity to reflect on some of these ideas at the 8am Holy Communion at All Saints and the 10am Holy Communion at St Mary’s.


At Café Church at All Saints, we will look at our next character from the book of Samuel. Saul, the first king of Israel, was a tall and handsome man, looking every part the king.  Yet he was never quite sure of himself and failed to trust in God. He became consumed by his jealousy for his young general, David, and David’s success on the battlefield. We will look at how David reacted to Saul’s jealousy, and what it might mean to love our enemies.


This gives the following services for this Sunday:

8.00 am

All Saints

Holy Communion (said)

10.00 am

St Mary’s

Holy Communion

10.30 am

All Saints

Café Church


We have our usual midweek services with Celtic Morning Prayer at 9am at All Saints on Wednesday and Holy Communion at St Mary’s at 10am on Thursday. Next Sunday is the first Sunday of the month, so we have Creative Church at 10.00 am at St Mary’s, Holy Communion with Junior Church at 10.30 am at All Saints and Evensong at 6.30 pm at St Mary’s. This gives the following services for the coming week:

Wednesday 29th May

9.00 am

All Saints

Celtic Morning Prayer

Thursday 30th May

10.00 am 

St Mary’s

Holy Communion

Sunday 2nd June

10.00 am

St Mary’s

Creative Church


10.30 am

All Saints

Holy Communion


6.30 am

St Mary’s



So, in union with Christ and in the power of the Spirit, let us pray to the Father:


Holy God,

faithful and unchanging:

enlarge our minds with the knowledge of your truth,

and draw us more deeply into the mystery of your love,

that we may truly worship you,

Father, Son and Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.


Yours in Christ




Mark Simms

Licensed Lay Minister

Benefice of All Saints and St Mary, Fishponds

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