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God’s way or Our way?

Updated: Sep 9, 2022

Dear All Saints and St Marys

I hope that you are enjoying the last bank holiday of the summer. For some its that opportunity to get away for a final break, for others its a chance to settle at home for some slower time. One of the readings that we will hear on Sunday is from Luke’s gospel. It recalls a time when Jesus sat down and dined with the “movers and shakers” of his community. Their conversations, and then the parables that are told, allows Jesus to point out the differences of what we might expect the kingdom of God to be like and the ways in which we operate. Who gets to sit at the table? How do we treat all the guests? What is the role of the host? The different ways in which we might honour or value people for our own gain is highlighted by Jesus and would not have been an easy thing to listen to. One of the challenging, but beautiful, purposes of faith is to be continually asking the question – is this my way? Or God’s way?

Café church is a great place to be able to really discuss that aspect of our Christian journey, a chance to speak and discuss and reflect with others about our ways and God’s ways, and where they do and don’t intersect in our daily lives.

Our services of worship this weekend on Sunday 28th August are

8am – Holy Communion – All Saints

10am – Sung Holy Communion - St Marys

10.30am – Café Church – All Saints


Wednesday 31st

09.00 – Celtic Morning Prayer at All Saints Church 18.30 – IN HEREFORD – Revd Janey’s licensing

Thursday 1st

10.00 – Holy Communion at St Mary’s Church

Sunday 4th

10.00 – Open and Creative Church at St Mary’s Church 10.30 – Holy Communion at All Saints Church 18.30 – Evensong at St Mary’s Church

Here are the Roots materials for this week with notice sheets at the bottom.

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Below is a mediation taken from the Celtic Daily Prayer (Book 2) which we use each week at Morning Prayer on a Wednesday at All Saints. Everyone is welcome to join us at 9am.

Restoration Song (Day 12)

God has called forth a people, and we responded to His call,

“Rebuild this ancient ruin, restore my city walls”

He has led us day by day, as we listened to His voice,

And we were fed on finest wheat, and manna from the skies.

When we started, we were strangers. We hardly knew each others names.

Now we are brothers and sisters, and we will never be the same.

As we built, brick by brick, we discovered the corner stone,

And as we let Him mould and fashion us, He built us up in love

Now we have seen, and we have heard, that the Lord our God is great.

For a wilderness has been transformed, into His holy place.

Gerry Tuohy


Revd Lizzie

Revd Lizzie Kesteven

Vicar of All Saints Church and St Marys Church, Fishponds

Interim Co Area Dean of Bristol City Deanery

Advisor for Spirituality for Bristol Diocese

0117 9650856


28th August 2022 Email Notice Sheet
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St Marys Notice Sheet 28th August 2022
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