A very warm welcome to all
Readings: Genesis 15: 1-6; Hebrews 11: 1-3, 8-16
Gospel: Luke 12: 12: 32-40
In today’s Gospel
I couldn’t get past the first line of today’s Gospel. “Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” I think I latched onto that first statement because the rest of the passage seemed like a pretty long ‘To Do List.’ Sell your possessions… Give alms… Make purses that don’t wear out… Be dressed for action… Have your lamps lit… Do this… Do that… Be ready at all costs. Not easy being a Christian is it?
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.
I would like to express my thanks to Ms Claire Runcie who provided an operatic recital last Sunday afternoon, and to our Director of Music, Matthew, for his piano accompaniment. This was a real treat for all who attended. For those of you who didn’t manage to get here, don’t worry, I have asked Claire if she would come back and sing for us again and she said she would be delighted.
On Sunday the 14th of August (next week) it will be our Patronal Festival (transferred from the 15th). It will also be our annual Gift Day where we ask members of the congregation to consider making a further donation (on top of regular giving) to help with the financial commitments we undertake. Also on that day, Bishop Anne will preside and Bishop Dorsey McConnell (USA) will preach.
Also on Sunday the 14th of August at 4pm, our Director of Music, Matthew McVey will play a recital of Organ music focusing heavily on repertoire with a Marian connection for St Mary’s Patronal Festival on the eve of The Assumption. Entry is free but all donations are gratefully received. All are welcome.
On Sunday the 15th of August at 7pm, there will be a service of Holy Communion to celebrate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
I am exploring the possibility of having the ‘Reredos’, which is currently situated above the Crypt Altar, being fixed above the High Altar here in the main body of the Church. If you are unfamiliar with the term ‘Reredos’, it is defined as an ‘ornamental screen or partition that is not directly attached to the altar table but is affixed to the wall behind it’. Please feel free to go down to the crypt to have a look at the Reredos I am referring to and let me have your feedback. There are some old black and white photos in the Choir Vestry showing a reredos in place here at St Mary’s.
On Saturday the 10th of September between 10am – 3pm inc, St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral will take part in the ‘Open Doors’ event in Aberdeen. This will mean that we will require people to volunteer some of their time to be here in the Church during the time frame stated above, to facilitate the use of toilet facilities and to offer some light refreshment. I will be placing a sheet up in the Choir vestry for those who are able to help out and what hour(s) they are prepared to be in church for.
As mentioned in previous weeks, we 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. Please speak to Fr Terry upon his return if you have anything to offer.
As I said last week, we have put the search for someone to look after a rota for helping with teas and coffee after our service ‘on the back burner’. Thanks to Mrs Gillian Rose, we now have a sheet displayed in our Choir Vestry with the dates of upcoming Sundays. Please take a look at it and if you are free, and willing to help, put your name on the list next to the date that is most convenient for you. It it probably useful to have two people on any particular date.
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.
All Saints : Holiday Club 17-20 Oct for those aged 4-11(inc P7) at St James, Holburn St. A joint project between St James, St John’s and St Mary’s. Please speak to Fr Roger if you are a young person who would like to come along or to have a conversation about volunteering.
Photography Competition 2022
Photography Competition 2022 : After the successful competition of last year 1st July marks the start of this year’s contest. We have until the 14th of October to 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 7th August 2022
Sunday 7th August at 8 am – Said Eucharist (1970 – Cn Terry)
Sunday 7th August at 10 am – Pentecost 9 Sung Eucharist (1982 – Cn Terry)
Monday 8th August – Cn Terry – Day Off
Tuesday 9th August at 10am – Morning Prayer (Cn Terry)
Wednesday 10th August at 10am – Holy Communion (1970 – Cn Terry)
Friday 12th August at 6pm – Compline (Cn Terry)
Sunday 14th August at 8 am- Pentecost 10 Holy Communion (1970 Cn Terry)
Sunday 14th August at 10 am- Pentecost 10 – Sung Eucharist (1982 – +Anne Presiding – +Dorsey Preaching)
Sunday 14th August at 4pm – Organ Recital by Mr Matthew McVey
Readings: Jeremiah 23-29; Psalm 82; Hebrews 11:29 – 12: 2
Gospel: Luke 12: 49-56
Monday 15th August at 7pm – Holy Communion – Assumption Day (1970 Cn Terry)
“Rename your ‘To-Do’ list to your ‘Opportunities’ list. Each day is a treasure chest filled with limitless opportunities; take joy in checking many off your list”
(Steve Maraboli, in Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience)
Cn Terry Taggart: