Ninth Sunday after Trinity
St Mary’s and St Andrew’s Worshipping Together
A very warm welcome to all
Readings: Exodus 16: 2-4, 9-15; Psalm 76: 23-29; Ephesians 4: 1-16
Gospel: John 6: 24-35
In today’s Gospel
“You are what you eat” was a popular saying in the 1960s. It was the title of a book published in 1940. But the origin and truth of this statement go much further and deeper. In 1863 the German philosopher Ludwig Feuerbach said, “Man is what he eats.” Before him, a Frenchman named Savarin said, “Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are.” And before that, a first-century Jew named Jesus said, “Eat perishable food and you will die. Eat food that endures and you will have eternal life,” What we take in, the way in which we nourish ourselves, determines our health and well-being not only physically but emotionally, and spiritually. Ultimately, it determines whether we are alive or dead.
Until Sunday the 17th of October, when we shall celebrate the Harvest Thanksgiving, I challenge all of you to compose a short poem, no longer than 2 verses (although some flexibility will be allowed) between 4-6 lines per verse (all your own work). It can be about anything and not necessarily connected with the Church. Please send your entries to the church email address either via our website at www.stmaryscardenplace.org.uk or direct to the email address at email@example.com As per our last competition, we ask for a donation of £2 per entry, and you can submit as many as you wish. Please either use the ‘Donate’ function at the foot of the website home page (preferred option) where there is also an opportunity to note what the donation is for, or speak to our Treasurer, Mrs Lydia Ross for alternative arrangements. I will assume (unless advised to the contrary) that everyone who submits an entry gives their permission to have it published on our website. The rules are also available via the homepage on St Mary’s Website
You will note below, that I have now introduced a Morning Prayer on Tuesdays which will commence at 10 am unless circumstances dictate otherwise. I also aim to reintroduce an evening Prayer each week, the day and time of which should hopefully be in next week’s newsletter. I am looking ahead to provide Choral Evensong, initially on a once-monthly basis, which could increase to twice-monthly should the logistics be favourable. Watch this space.
Also noted below is a Said Holy Communion service at 6pm on Friday the 6th of August to celebrate the Transfiguration of Our Lord. We will use the 1970 Liturgy for this service and I have made it an early evening event for those who may be too busy during the day. I hope to see some of you there.
The Blessed Virgin Mary’s Day – 15th August
Sunday the 15th of August is The Blessed Virgin Mary’s Day; and therefore our Patronal Festival. In our continuing stewardship campaign, we propose to hold a ‘Gift Day’. Some of you may recall that this was initially introduced as a method to assist in our fundraising campaigns. Recently, we have asked our congregation to review their weekly/monthly/annual giving and to consider whether it could be increased. I would still urge you to do this if you haven’t already done so, but only if you can afford it. To those who have recently increased their giving, I am deeply grateful for your continued support and generosity. However, the proposed ‘Gift Day’ on August the 15th is another opportunity to make a gift donation to St Mary’s, which will be put towards our continuing Repair and Refurbishment program. There will be more information forthcoming via newsletters and other material which I will soon distribute. The St Mary’s website will also provide some information soon.
Services/Events at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral w/c Sunday the 1st of August 2021
- Sunday 1st August at 8 am – Said Holy Communion (Cn Terry-1970)
- Sunday 1st August at 10 am – Holy Communion (Cn Terry – 1982)
- Monday 2nd August – Cn Terry – Day off
- Tuesday 3rd August at 10 am – Morning Prayer
- Wednesday 4th August 10 am Holy Communion (1970) (Cn Terry)
- Friday 6th August at 10 am – Pre-Recording Sunday Service
- Friday 6th August at 6 pm – Said Holy Communion – The Transfiguration of our Lord (Cn Terry – 1970)
- Sunday 8th August at 8 am – Holy Communion (1970) (Cn Terry)
- Sunday 8th August at 10 am – Holy Communion (1982) (Cn Terry)
“Jesus is exactly like God and God is exactly like Jesus. When you see Jesus, you see God”
(Karl Forehand, Apparent Faith: What Fatherhood Taught Me about the Father’s Heart)
Rev Canon Terry Taggart