Rectors reflection: Saints and Souls
The great Swiss theologian Karl Barth (1886-1968) observed that honouring Saints and souls ‘falls under the Fifth Commandment: Honour thy father and mother!’ Elsewhere Barth cautioned modern Christians against having a childish ‘we know better now’ attitude toward our spiritual parents. For like parents, they initiate and nourish our spiritual life. On the one hand, a faith that acknowledges those who have exemplified and passed it on is more aware of its nature as gift and is more able to resist the modern individualistic delusion of life as a personal invention or exclusive, private possession. On the other hand, if we believe that God is present to us in and through our fellow humans, Jesus Christ being the principal instance, then we can only find God in and through the faith of the historic Church. Honouring the Saints and faithful Souls is one of the ways we keep in mind that our faith is given to us and is not ours to do with as we please.
Services and Activities in the coming week:
- Wednesday 9 November:
- 10:00am: Holy Communion
- Sunday 6 November:
- 8:00am: Holy Communsion
- 10:15am: Sung Eucharist
100 Club: Subscriptions for 100 Club are due. Please see Mary Allardyce
Lunchtime Fellowship: Tuesday, 29 November at 12.30pm. This will be the last one until January, as we will take a hiatus for Advent and Christmas.
Cheese, Wine and Silent Auction: 12 November at 6pm. We will combine our annual cheese & wine evening with our silent auction. Tickets are £12.50.
Raffle tickets will be available for purchase. Please see Mary Allardyce.
Advent Bible Study: On Sundays of Advent, beginning 27 November at 5pm we will begin our Advent Study. This year it will be a Bible study. We would like to enjoy a more relaxed setting and are looking for volunteers to host it in their homes. Please sign up to host or attend using the sheet in the porch.
Support Diocesan Young Adults: The Diocesan Young Adults are going on retreat, but some could use some financial assistance. If you could contribute, please speak to Mary McKinnell for more.
Choir Practice on Thursdays at 7.30pm. All are welcome to join, no prior musical experience or training necessary.
10er Challenge Save £10/week for one year, to help with the cost of replacing our failing heating system.
Christmas Gifts? Just a reminder that if you are shopping online for Christmas gifts, you can use easyfundraising.org.uk and elect St Mary’s as your charity – a portion of your purchases will be donated to us. We have already raised £12!