Trinity 14 (17/9/2017)

Pewsheet 17 September 2017

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Father of Forgiveness,
who has forgiven us so much in order to bring us back into relationship with you, Teach us to forgive.
Help us forgive even when the personal cost is huge, knowing we are always held by you.

But let us always push for an end to injustice, to challenge the systems of oppression we find ourselves in
For you are the God of mercy, but also a lover of justice. Amen.

Parsons Green Incident

Father of Forgiveness,
who has forgiven us so much in order to bring us back into relationship with you. Teach us to forgive. Help us forgive even when the personal cost is huge, knowing we are always held by you. But let us always push for an end to injustice, to challenge the systems of oppression we find ourselves in. For you are the God of mercy, but also a lover of justice. Amen.

Trinity 13 (10/9/2017)

Pewsheet 10 September 2017

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Oh God who meets us in our most intimate places,
Who calls us to hold each other in love and care even as divisions seek to tear us apart,
Be with us as we seek to listen, to engage and to respect each other’s stories,
May we always be ready to draw others back in,
Just as you constantly draw us back to you. Amen

 

Parish Profile As part of the process of recruiting a new vicar, we have to produce a Parish Profile describing distinctive features of St Paul’s and explaining how we see the church developing in the future.

To enable everyone to contribute to this we are inviting you to complete a questionnaire during September and October, and are organising an open consultation meeting with small discussion groups on Sunday October 8th at 11.30.

Please note the date as we would like to have a healthy attendance.

Parish Profile 2017 Questionnaire

Parish Profile

Parish Profile As part of the process of recruiting a new vicar, we have to produce a Parish Profile describing distinctive features of St Paul’s and explaining how we see the church developing in the future.

To enable everyone to contribute to this we are inviting you to complete a questionnaire during September and October, and are organising an open consultation meeting with small discussion groups on Sunday October 8th at 11.30.

Please note the date as we would like to have a healthy attendance.

Parish Profile 2017 Questionnaire

Trinity 12 (3/9/2017)

Pewsheet 3 September 2017

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Unknowable God
You have shown us your likeness in Jesus Christ
May we follow his example of self–giving love
In the ordinary and extraordinary moments of our lives
so that the transforming power of God’s love
may be made known in our time.
We pray this in the name of Jesus Christ. AMEN

Pilgrimage to Iona

Today, a group of 14 members of St Paul’s aged between 12 and 73 will be setting off for the Scottish Island of Iona for a week’s retreat, renewal and refreshment, staying at the Abbey as guests of the Iona Community.

Please think of us as we embark on our long journey – we’ll be thinking of you all on the Island.

On the final leg of our long journey to the isle of Iona, we passed the Iona Community young people’s contribution to the Bunnessan annual scarecrow competition, warning of the dangers of the UK’s nuclear submarines in the waters of Argyll, one of the community’s concerns as part of our engagement for justice and peace.

 

 

Save the Musicians Church

A flashmob choir singing outside St Sepulchre

There is a bitter irony, during this BBC Proms season, in the announcement by the PCC of the National Musicians’ Church, St Sepulchre-without-Newgate, that amateur and professional musicians will no longer be permitted to hire the church for rehearsals and concerts. The ashes of Sir Henry Wood, founder of the Proms, lie in its north chapel, which is dedicated to the commemoration of significant British musicians.

“The sheer diversity of those opposing this decision from the highest profile conductors, instrumentalists and broadcasters in the country, to educational and industrial leaders of the music industry and also to members of the clergy, collectively illustrate the obvious; that a substantial and open rethink of the hiring policy at the National Musicians’ Church of St. Sepulchre’s is needed.

The church has benefited hugely from many of their talents in the form of choral music and performances in the concert hall; for St Sepulchre’s, the National Musicians’ Church, not to acknowledge this is a simple act of betrayal.

Clearly, the current situation is unsustainable and should result in meaningful change. We appeal to all sides to begin an open and respectful dialogue to end the current crisis. A reiteration of the practical concerns within St. Sepulchre’s and piecemeal gestures to the ministry of musicians will be met with a cool response.

Banning musicians from the Musicians’ Church is as crazy as banning football fans from Wembley.

Christianity is about spreading a generous message to as many people as possible, not one that protects itself. Generosity towards the many should be of premium not just space, because the Anglican Church should welcome all, rather than just the saved, elected and lucky few.”

Richard Robbins, Save the National Musicians’ Church Campaign

As a church in the liberal tradition of the church of England, dedicated to providing rehearsal and performance space to musicians in SW19, St Paul’s Wimbledon Park asks the PCC and priest in charge of St Sepulchre to reconsider their decision.

Trinity 10 (20/8/2019)

Pewsheet 20 August 2017

PRAYER Boundary breaking God,
You crossed unimaginable space to dwell among us.
Your love erased the limits of human love.
As we are held in your unconditional acceptance
May we be courageous and scandously generous in our love for others
And so, however imperfectly, mirror your gift to us. Amen.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT  “The country is in deep trouble. We’ve forgotten that a rich life consists fundamentally of serving others, trying to leave the world a little better than you found it. We need the courage to question the powers that be, the courage to be impatient with evil and patient with people, the courage to fight for social justice. In many instances we will be stepping out on nothing, and just hoping to land on something. But that’s the struggle. To live is to wrestle with despair, yet never allow despair to have the last word.”

Cornel West (Professor at Union Theological Seminary, New York)