Pewsheet 16 April 2017

Easter bonnets at St Paul’s

The sun slowly rises …

Feel it on your face and hands and

in your heart

Spring is coming

The light shines in the darkness

and the darkness will never put it out

In the early dawn they went to the tomb …

The sun slowly rises …

from: The Sun Slowly Rises
Readings, reflections and prayers for Holy Week 
from the Iona Community.

In these days of darkness we are being reminded that “Hope is believing in spite of the evidence and then watching the evidence change.” (Hebrews 11,1) In fact, we are called to make that change. Old ways of doing things are being challenged; the way ahead may not be clear. But signposts, surges of hope, are strategically placed by God to guide us. Look for them. Follow them. First in your heart and then in your daily life. EASTER.

Holy Week at St Paul’s







Palm Sunday 9th April
8am Holy Communion
10am Holy Communion with Palm Procession

Monday 10th   Tuesday 11th   Wednesday 12th  April
9pm Compline in the Lady Chapel

Maundy Thursday 13th April
8pm Agape and Holy Communion in the Community Centre
(please sign up if you know you’re coming)
followed by silent watch in church until midnight  

Good Friday 14th April
10am Family Service
followed by Hot Cross Buns in the Community Centre

12 – 1.50pm Good Friday Meditations
2 – 3pm Good Friday Liturgy

EASTER DAY 16th April
8am Holy Communion
10am Celebration of the Resurrection and Holy Communion

Lent 3 (19/3/2017)

Pewsheet 19 March 2017

Food for thought


All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.
The hatred which divides nation from nation, race from race, class from class,
The covetous desires of people and nations to possess what is not their own,
The greed which exploits the work of human hands and lays waste the earth,
Our envy of the welfare and happiness of others,
Our indifference to the plight of the imprisoned, the homeless, the refugee,
The lust which dishonours the bodies of men, women and children,
The pride which leads us to trust in ourselves and not in God,
Be kind to one another, tender hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Lent 2 (12/3/2017)

Pewsheet 12 March 2017


Most blest believer he!
Who in that land of darkness and blind eyes
Thy long expected healing wings could see,
When thou didst rise,
And what more can be done,
Did at midnight speak with the sun!

From the poem “The Night” by Henry Vaughan (1621 – 1695)

Find the whole poem here

Lent 1 (5/3/2017)

Pewsheet 5 March 2017


“Stories are the secret reservoir of values: change the stories individuals and nations live by and tell themselves, and you change the individuals and nations. Nations and peoples are largely the stories they feed themselves. If they tell themselves stories that are lies, they will suffer the future consequences of those lies. If they tell themselves stories that face their own truths, they will free their histories for future flowerings.”

Ben Okri

To explore this thought further, read here.

Sunday before Lent (26/2/2017)

Pewsheet 26 February 2017

“In the marketplace … of warring ideologies we seek not to add to the din, but to build relationships that endure and give meaning to life.”

Richard Chartres, former bishop of London.


God of the mountain and the prophet
God of the transfigured body and the tired body,
You are in the muscles of Jesus climbing the high hill.
And you are in the cloud. You are in the voice.
And you are in the companions, coming down that high mountain.
Help us to lift our eyes to the art that bewilders us
So that when we turn to what is around us
We may see the old with new eyes.
We ask this because you are in the bright cloud and in the high mountain
We ask this because you are also in the valley and in the interruption.