A very warm welcome to all
Palm Sunday – Holy Week
Liturgy of the Palms: Matthew 21.1-11
Liturgy of the Passion: Isaiah 50: 4-9a; Psalm 31: 9-16; Philippians 2: 5-11
Gospel: Matthew 26: 14 to end of 27
In our Gospel
Today is Palm Sunday and we are by the roadside as Jesus enters the town. Will we be cheering? Will we throw our palms and branches on the ground in front of him? Will we be in the same crowd baying for his blood and crucifixion? Will we be hypocrites? Will we be easily led for the sake of a quiet life? It is now time to make your stand and to be brave. If we sing ‘Hosanna in the Highest’ will we mean it? It’s time to be consistent and run the race to its end. It’s time !!
We are now in Holy Week. You will see all of the services below. There is one last-minute change, the planned 10 am Holy Communion on Monday the 3rd is now cancelled, however, there will be a compline service as scheduled at 6 pm
Bishop John shares the following prayer: ‘I hold in prayer those thousands of people in Turkey and Syria who have been affected by the recent earthquakes; those who have lost loved ones, who wait anxiously for news, who have lost their homes. May God’s healing love and compassion be with them and those they love. The response from across the world has been immense in the face of this devastating natural disaster, in sending both rescue teams and material aid. May we continue to give all that we can in support of our sisters and brothers living with such tragedy’ Our Lent Appeal this year will go towards helping those who are involved in the relief effort. Therefore, any donations you are able to make will be diverted accordingly by our Treasurer.
Our Lent Course finished on Thursday and we read and discussed several Buddhist prayers. I was deeply indebted to Dr Martin Mills, who shared some fascinating personal experiences of working with Buddhist Monks in Tibet. It has been a joy being part of this course and I learned a lot about how other faiths pray and, in some cases, how it translates to our own Christian beliefs. I am grateful to all who came throughout the past 4 weeks and I hope you were able to take something from the course.
War in Ukraine
Please continue to offer prayers for our brothers and sisters caught up in Ukraine’s mayhem. 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 think about it.
Easter Egg Appeal
This is the last day for our Easter Egg donations. Anne Farquhar and I will deliver the eggs to the local Charity Home Start tomorrow (Monday) to allow them to be distributed in time for Easter Sunday. Again, I am deeply humbled by the amazing generosity of all who contributed and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
We continue to ask everyone to consider donating any unusual bottles for our ‘Bottle Appeal’. This is an ongoing fundraising initiative and I ask you to keep your eyes open.
Poem Competition 2023
Just to remind everyone that our Short Poetry Competition was launched on the 4th of December. If you recall how successful our previous competition was it was a ‘no-brainer’ that we should do it again. So, get your artistic thinking caps on once more and let’s see if we can have some wonderful poems as we did last time. I have decided to extend the cut-off date of the competition, so you now have until the end of June 2023 to submit your entries via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or if you do not have a computer, on a hard copy to either myself or Mr David Rose our webmaster. The rules can be found via the website on the following link to this year’s competition at https://stmaryscardenplace.org.uk/uncategorized/poem-competition-2023/ Further information will be updated and will soon be made available.
Services/Events Commencing Sunday the 2nd of April 2023
Sunday 2nd April – at 8 am – Holy Communion (Cn Terry)
Sunday 2nd April at 10 am -Palm Sunday Sung Eucharist (Cn Terry)
Sunday 2nd April -at 3 pm – Evensong
Monday 3rd April at 6 pm – Compline (Cn Terry) (Cancelled due to illness)
Tuesday 4th April at 10 am – Morning Prayer (Cn Terry) (Cancelled due to illness)
Tuesday 4th April at 6 pm – Compline (Cn Terry) (Cancelled due to illness)
Wednesday 5th April at 10 am – Holy Communion (Cn Terry) (Cancelled due to illness)
Wednesday 5th April at 6 pm – Stations of the Cross (Cn Terry) (Cancelled due to illness)
Thursday 6th April at 10 am – Morning Prayer (Cn Terry) (Cancelled due to illness)
Thursday 6th April at 6 pm – Maundy Thursday Holy Communion (+Dorsey & Cn Terry)
Friday 7th April at 2 pm – Good Friday Service (+Dorsey & Cn Terry)
Friday 7th April at 8 pm – Tenebrae Service (+Dorsey & Cn Terry)
Saturday 8th April at 8 pm – Vigil (+Dorsey & Cn Terry)
Sunday 9th April at 6 am – Dawn Eucharist – ‘He is Risen’ (+Dorsey & Cn Terry)
Sunday 9th April at 8 am – Said Eucharist (1970 – Cn Terry)
Sunday 9th April at 10 am – Easter Sunday Sung Eucharist (+Dorsey & Cn Terry)
Sunday the 9th April readings: Isaiah 65: 17-25; Acts 10: 34-43
Gospel: Luke 24: 1-12
“A man who was completely innocent offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was the perfect act.”
Cn Terry Taggart: