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the grace and love of God

Updated: Oct 21

Dear All at St. Mary’s & All Saints.

I’m currently reading a book of Martin Luther King Jrs.sermons. What’s struck me so far is the grace and love of God and humanity that permeates his writings, whilst never underestimating the hurt and pain of segregation and discrimination. Even over 40 years since his assassination, his words are powerful and potent, which sadly reflect the reality of modern life. Whilst much has been achieved, there is so so much prejudice and hatred that is aimed at anyone who in any way might be seen as ‘different’.

This is why the Matthew text has always been one that is challenging. Jesus, who we see as our model of love and the antithesis of any prejudice, seems to be denying a frantic mother’s request for healing for her daughter. This seems to totally contradict his radical teaching of love. Yet she counters him with clever argument and seems to change his mind. Perhaps this is a reminder that Jesus’ humanity was still evolving and real, whilst still alongside his divinity. We’re all formed by our backgrounds, but we can also change. Jesus here embodies this for us. And I love that it’s a clever and brave woman who does this though the use of words.

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Please find attached here the weekly sheets with more details of the coming weeks activities

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Sunday 20 August – 11th Sunday after Trinity

10:00am

Sung Holy Communion-Revd Lizzie & Revd Kester

St Marys

10:30am

Holy Communion with Hymns-Canon Paul Denver

All Saints

The Week Ahead

Tues 22nd Aug

3:00pm

All Saints Family Café:

All Saints (Hall)

Weds 23rd Aug

9:00am

Celtic Morning Prayer

All Saints

Thurs 24th Aug

10:00am

Holy Communion

St Marys

3:00pm

All Saints Family Café:

All Saints (Hall)

Sat 26th Aug

12noon

Saturday Lunches

St Marys

Sun 27th Aug

8:00am

Holy Communion

All Saints

10:00am

Holy Communion

St Marys

10:30am

Café Church

All Saints

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,

the love of God

and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit

be with us all evermore.

Amen

Blessings

Rev Kester de Oliveira

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