A very warm welcome to all
Readings: Genesis 32: 22-31; 2 Timothy 14 – 4:
Gospel: Luke 18: 1-8
In our Gospel
So what do we do when we stand before the unjust judge? What do we do when we see another human being standing before the unjust judge? Some will get angry and fight back becoming as hardened and unjust as the judge himself. Some will give up and believe what the unjust judge says, believing that is the final reality of life and it will never get better. Others will blame and accuse God of being the unjust judge. There are a few, however, who will discover and trust the widow’s faith.
War in Ukraine
Please continue to offer prayers for our brothers and sisters caught up in the mayhem that is Ukraine. Please think about what you can do to help in any way for those who continue to reach out to the rest of Europe and beyond for our assistance. Whatever method or organisation you use to make donations, please do it rather than thinking about it.
Collection Plate Assistance
I am making an appeal for help. Every Sunday, the plate collection needs to be counted and properly recorded. This should ideally be carried out by two people, to ensure propriety. We cannot always rely on Lydia our Treasurer to do this and it should really have independent oversight. I am therefore asking everyone to consider putting your name forward to assist in this small task. There will be guidance provided and it should not prove too onerous. Names in the first instance to me please.
Service of All Souls
At St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral on Wednesday the 2nd of November at 7pm, there will be a Service of All Souls, when we will remember those who have passed before us. There is a sheet at Font where I urge you to put the names of those whom you have lost so that they can be remembered at this service. As in previous occasions, we will read out the names of those to be remembered whether you are able or unable to attend the service.
We are fortunate to have an ever increasing congregation of children attending our services and it is important that we make proper provision for them to ensure that they are both enjoying and benefitting from our worship. I am therefore putting forward an idea voiced by our Vestry committee to whether we could begin some sort of Creche during the service. This would entail parents and other volunteers to get involved and the ideal place for this would be in the Crypt. The details of what we could do is still a work in progress but I am interested to see if there are any expressions of interest before we move forward.
Harvest Festival Donations
All of your donations to our Harvest Festival last week were passed on to the Aberdeen Cyrenians who were extremely grateful for your kindness and generosity. I echo those sentiments and it was so good to be able to pass on this gift to those who are currently struggling to provide for themselves and their loved ones.
‘Jacket Potato’ is an appeal to everyone to have a look through your unused coats and jackets, gloves and scarves, and consider donating them to us here at St Mary’s. Once we have what is considered a sufficient amount, we will, after some advertising, invite anyone, who, through no fault of their own, have fallen on hard times, to come along on a date to be confirmed, to find a garment that fits and to take it free of charge. There will be a limit of one garment per person, and the thinking behind this venture is to ensure that as the winter months fast approach, we here at St Mary’s can ‘do our bit’ to help those who might otherwise go cold. I would like to be able to do this sometime in November if possible, and on the day we can have jacket potatoes and beans available for anyone who wants to have a hot meal. If you do decide to donate a coat or jacket, please ensure that it is serviceable to wear, e.g, all buttons etc, are in place. Also, if you have a coat rail of some kind we can borrow to hang the items donated that would be great. ‘And he answered and he said to them’, “Whoever has two coats, let him give to him who has not, and whoever has food should do likewise.” (Luke 3: 11)
As mentioned in previous weeks, I am asking you to look through your jewellery boxes to see if you are prepared to part with something that you really haven’t used for years or maybe you just feel like donating something you have no further use of. Of course, it doesn’t have to be gold, it could be any type of jewellery that we might be able to sell on to a jewellers. In any case, I am now appealing to you to consider this and I intend to keep this running for the next 3 months, at which point we can assess where we are.
We have two vacancies on St Mary’s Vestry for Ordinary Members, and I would strongly urge those who feel that they could offer something to assist in the management of our Church to speak to me. Vestry membership is a rewarding role and provides an insight in to how we reach the decisions we do in our work here at Carden Place.
Holy Land Pilgrimage
I have put some details of a proposed pilgrimage to the Holy Land in April 2024 on the noticeboard in the Choir Vestry. Should anyone expressing an interest in this, please let me know and I will endeavour to obtain more details for you.
Photography Competition 2022
Photography Competition 2022 : After the successful competition of last year 1st July marks the start of this year’s contest. The cut-off date for submissions to the competition has now passed. However, should you still want to submit, you have until the end of play today (Sunday) to enter. Submit entries to Mr David Rose via the St Mary’s email address email@example.com There is no limit to the number of photos that you may enter but they have to be taken by you or a family member with their permission. The entry fee for each shot is £2 with those judged to be the best three receiving a prize. Photographs of people are not encouraged to avoid the requirement to obtain express written permission. For full details of Competition Rules (inc. how to pay, display, publishing and royalty rights) please see church website stmaryscardenplace.org.uk under ‘What’s On’.
Services/Events Commencing Sunday the 16th October 202
Sunday 16th October at 8 am – Said Eucharist (1970 – Cn Terry)
Sunday 16th October at 10 am – Harvest Festival – Sung Eucharist (1982 – Cn Terry)
Monday 17th October Cn Terry – Day Off
Tuesday 18th October at 10 am – Morning Prayers
Wednesday 19th October at 10am – Holy Communion (1970 – Cn Terry)
Thursday 20th October Cn Terry – Day Off
Friday 21st October at 6pm – Compline (Cn Terry)
Sunday 23rd October at 8 am – Holy Communion (1970 – Cn Terry)
Sunday 23rd October at 10 am – Sung Eucharist (1982 – Cn Terry)
Readings: Jeremiah 14: 7-10, 19-22; Psalm 84: 1-6; 2 Timothy 4: 6-8, 16-18
Gospel: Luke 18: 9-14
“In case of dissension, never dare to judge till you’ve heard the other side”
(Euripides, The Children of Herakles)
Cn Terry Taggart: