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Transforming

Updated: Aug 27, 2023

Dear All at St. Mary’s & All Saints.


We all have those times where we really don’t know how to react to something. I can easily just babble away or just look baffled (which I’d like to think gives the impression of deep thought!)


So, I can really identify with Peter in today’s Gospel. His reaction to the Transfiguration is really interesting and relatable. I suspect I’d have babbled like he did! But there’s much more to what he says. The very human reaction to this epic experience helps me remember that encountering the divine in our daily lives can really leave us utterly unsure as to how to react.

Thankfully Peter shows us that this is ok and those seemingly inadequate reactions are more relevant than we might think.


The Luke text always strikes me with its magnificence and power, and the authentic responses of the disciples, reminding me of God’s awesome power which can dramatically puncture and transform our lives at any time in unexpected ways.. This is exciting and challenging, but this also directs us to Jesus, reiterating who he is. God is giving us an anchor to cling to. At a time where there seems to be so much that is difficult and worrying, this is invaluable.


This Sunday we have Holy Communion at All Saints, as well as the chance to be crafty at Creative Church at St Mary’s. In addition, we have our service of Choral Evensong at St Mary’s at 6.30 which will continue the theme of the Transfiguration.


Please find here the Readings for this Sunday. The weekly sheets with more details of the coming weeks activities are at the end of this blog.

Sunday 6 August

10:00am

Creative Church

St Marys

10:30am

Holy Communion with Junior Church

All Saints

6:30pm

Evensong

St Marys

The Week Ahead

Weds 9th Aug

9:00am

Celtic Morning Prayer

All Saints

Thurs 10th Aug

10:00am

Holy Communion

St Marys

Sat 12th Aug

12:00noon

Saturday Lunches

St Marys

Sun 13th Aug

8:00am

Holy Communion

All Saints

10:00am

Holy Communion

St Marys

10:30am

Muddy Messy 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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