Dear Brothers and Sisters
I hope that this finds you well. It has been another week and my general sense of people’s feelings is quite mixed. At times there is a real sense of tiredness. At others a real sense of hope and spring. Both can be seemingly true all at the same time and day. The pendulum of life continues to swing. This week the readings that we are asked to consider take in a very “big picture” approach. They ask us to think about that prologue from the gospel from St John Chapter 1 (again!) a classic Christmas reading – “In the beginning there was the word....” and it combines it with a snippet form St Paul in his letter to the Colossians which he wrote (supposedly most suggest) whilst in Prison. It also gives a sweeping account of who God is. It is really fascinating and moving stuff and has a real sense of Jesus with us, before us and ahead of us. Join us to explore these in our worship this Sunday – broadcast again from All Saints at 10am this Sunday.
In the meantime this week the following worship is offered this week – we are having this Sunday a live broadcast at 10am
Sunday 7th February 10am: Service of the word Live streamed from All Saints.
Revd Lizzie will be preaching and Sharon Gleed (Ordinand) will be leading.
This will be available via this link - https://youtu.be/Oz6tMfmIap8
Here is the order of service:
Monday 8th February 8:15am: Morning prayer via Zoom Contact Carla for the meeting details.
Wednesday 10th February 9am:
Celtic Prayers via Zoom
Contact Mark for the meeting details
Wednesday 10th February 10–11am
All Saints open for private prayer
Thursday 11th February 10–11am
St Mary’s open for private prayer
Friday 12th February – 11am
Funeral of Shelia Roach in All Saints Church.
Here is the church at home sheet for folks, the weekly sheets for notices and also the CAFE CHURCH AND LENT BOOK word doc
Please pick up a cop of these to guide you in the coming months.
Magazines for February are out and so are the sermon reflections from last year in a printed booklet and the Retreat on St Benedict. If you haven’t a copy yet then please be in touch with Anita or myself and we can see that you get one.
I found this poem and blessing from John O ‘Donohue helpful. I hope it blesses you today as well.
I arise today
In the name of Silence,
Womb of the Word,
In the name of Stillness,
Home of Belonging,
In the name of the Solitude
Of the Soul and the Earth
I arise today
Blessed by all things
Wings of Breath,
Delight of eyes,
Wonder of Whisper
Intimacy of touch
Eternity of Soul
Urgency of thought
Miracle of Health
Embrace of God
May I live this day
Compassionate of heart
Clear in word
Gracious in awareness
Courageous in thought
Generous in love.
Revd Lizzie Kesteven