‘Praise God in his Holy Temple’
A very warm welcome to all
2nd Sunday After Easter
Readings: Acts 5: 27-32; Revelation 1: 4-8
Gospel: John 20: 19-31
In today’s Gospel
Alleluia, Christ is risen !! He is risen indeed, Alleluia! How could Jesus have known everything that Thomas had said? What does this reveal about Jesus? It shows us that nothing is hidden from Him. Jesus knows everything that happens. He knows every word that you and I have ever said. There is only one conclusion that we draw from this: Jesus is truly God Himself – the true and living God who came down to earth in human form. This explains why Thomas responded as he did in v.28 ‘My Lord and my God.’ Will you also give the same response? Will you acknowledge that Jesus is both Lord and God? This means giving Him willingly all rights to your life, withholding nothing at all from Him.
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.
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.
Cheese and Wine
There will be a Cheese and Wine fundraising event at St Mary’s on the evening of Friday the 13th of May. Previous similar gatherings have been very popular so please don’t leave it until the last minute. There will be a charge of £15 per person, which if possible, should be paid before the 13th of May. However, if this is not possible, payment can be made on the evening. I would be extremely grateful if the details of this event are circulated as widely as possible amongst friends and associates. There will be a sheet at the rear of the church for names of anyone intending to come, in order to get a good idea of numbers. Please feel free to invite friends and family.
I am looking for someone to take responsibility for producing a rota to look after the provision I am looking for someone to take responsibility for producing a rota to look after the provision of teas and coffees at our after-service fellowship. Please come and speak with me if you are willing to help. Mrs Gillian Rose has offered to resume control of the purse for donations made during fellowship.
The following is a direct link to our fundraising events calendar should you be interested in what is happening in the coming months. https://stmaryscardenplace.org.uk/social-fundraising-calendar/
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.
Our Peoples Warden Mr Iain Stewart has asked me to put out a call for more people to consider volunteering to read scripture and intercede at our worship. Should you feel so inclined, I encourage anyone who is considering this valuable ministry to approach Ian in the first instance.
I was recently informed that the scaffolding alongside the side entry will soon be removed as work there is drawing to a completion. However, as the work continues, I ask each and every one of you to take extra care when entering and exiting the building. Parking space is now severely limited but will still be available to those who require it on a Sunday due to mobility issues. Parking is also available during our weekday services. The scaffolding inside the Church to enable the removal and repair of the damaged rose window will remain until completion. I have no idea how long this process will take and I ask for your continued patience.
Thanksgiving at St James
The Rev’d Dr Ruth Green, has asked me to let you know of a Thanksgiving and Celebration service being held at St James at Holburn Junction, to mark the significant refurbishment that has taken place within. The service will take place on Saturday the 14th of May at 11am with some light refreshment afterwards.
Services/Events Commencing Sunday the 24th April 2022
Sunday 24th April at 8 am – Said Eucharist (1970 – Cn Terry)
Sunday 24th April at 10 am – 2nd Sunday of Easter Sung Eucharist (1982 – Cn Terry)
Monday 25th April – Cn Terry – Day Off
Tuesday 26th April at 10am – Morning Prayer (Cn Terry)
Tuesday 26th April at 7pm – Zoom Vestry Meeting
Wednesday 27th April at 10am – Holy Communion (1970-Cn Terry)
Thursday 28th April – Admin Day
Friday 29th April at 6pm – Compline
Saturday 30th April – Admin Day
Sunday 1st May at 8 am ‘3rd Sunday of Easter’ Holy Communion (1970 Cn Terry)
Sunday 1st May at 10 am – ‘3rd Sunday of Easter’ Sung Eucharist (1982 – Cn Terry)
Readings: Acts 9: 1-6 (7-20); Revelation 5: 11-14
Gospel: John 21: 1-19
“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 a perfect act”
Rev Canon Terry Taggart