O God, forasmuch as without you we are not able to please you;
mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen
Thus, says the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus,
whose right hand I have grasped to subdue nations before him and strip kings of their robes, to open doors before him— and the gates shall not be closed: I will go before you and level the mountains, I will break in pieces the doors of bronze and cut through the bars of iron,
I will give you the treasures of darkness and riches hidden in secret places, so that you may know that it is I, the Lord, the God of Israel, who call you by your name. For the sake of my servant Jacob, and Israel my chosen, I call you by your name, I surname you, though you do not know me. I am the Lord, and there is no other;
besides me there is no god. I arm you, though you do not know me, so that they may know, from the rising of the sun and from the west, that there is no one besides me; I am the Lord, and there is no other. I form light and create darkness; I make weal and create woe; I the Lord do all these things.
Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap him in what he said. So, they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, ‘Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality. Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?’ But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, ‘Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites? Show me the coin used for the tax.’ And they brought him a denarius. Then he said to them, ‘Whose head is this, and whose title?’ They answered, ‘The emperors.’ Then he said to them, ‘Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.’ When they heard this, they were amazed; and they left him and went away.
For your prayers
For our parish, please pray for all who live or work on: – Kendal Parade; Kenmare Gardens; Keston Close; Lister Gardens; Lopen Road.
This week we ask for your prayers for: –
All living in situations of violence or conflict; The Emergency Services; Those persecuted for their faith; Refugees & asylum seekers; Social workers. Everyone unable to return to church.
Annual Parochial Church Meeting
Thank you to everyone who came to the APCM last Sunday and particular thanks to the people who stood for election. The results were as follows:
- Churchwardens: Helen Quashie and Julie Willoughby
- Lay members of the PCC: Zavia Parker; David Reed; Valerie Sampson; and Maureen Smith
- Deanery Synod representatives: Lorraine Coppin and Helen Quashie.
Nomination papers for a third representative were received but too late for the APCM – this nomination will go forward to the PCC to be approved.
All Saints, All Souls, Remembrance Sunday
November is a time of remembrance in the church calendar – first All Saints and All Souls, when we remember that in Christ we are joined with all Christians, across the boundaries of life and death, and then Remembrance Sunday when we remember those who have lost their lives in war.
On Sunday 1 November we will celebrate All Saints at the 10am service and All Souls at a vigil mass at 6pm. If you would like the names of those you have lost to be read out at the 6pm service, please send the names to Mother Anna by email or text.
Remembrance Sunday this year falls on 8 November and our service will be at 10am.
Morning Prayer on Zoom
We meet for Morning Prayer on Zoom at 8am Monday to Thursday. It is a short service, less than 20 minutes, and is a beautiful way to start the day with God. All welcome – if you would like to join us just ask Mother Anna for the Zoom invitation. No pressure to be there every day – come when you can.
Planning for the future
Making plans during Covid-19 feels like tempting fate, but nonetheless it is important that we think about the future of our church and community.
The PCC will soon start work on developing a three-year Mission Action Plan and alongside that a plan to repair and protect our buildings. It is really important that this work is rooted in prayer – please pray for the future of the church and for the work of the PCC, asking that we might hear God’s voice guiding us as we plan for the future. And please also start to think imaginatively about what the future might hold, both for the church and the community we serve. We need lots of ideas! Thank you.
Gardening Thank you to everyone who has helped out with the gardening recently – the church gardens are looking splendid. The gardening team meets on Wednesday mornings at 10.30am – all welcome.
There will be a PCC Meeting on Tuesday 27 October at 7.30pm via Zoom.