'The Baptism of Christ,’ Andrea del Verrocchio c. 1472
THIS WEEK'S READINGS
Isaiah 42.1-9· Psalm 29 · Acts 10.34-43· Matthew 3. 13-end
‘ …this is my Son, my Beloved, in whom I am well pleased’ (v.17)
It is generally reckoned that the Baptism of Jesus marks a pretty important point. It features in all our four Gospels, though John simply refers to the descent of the Spirit. It is important because it marks the start of the public ministry of Jesus, a beginning that will eventually lead to another baptism, that of death on a cross. It also marks the character of his ministry: his self-offering is not for his own sake, but on behalf of others.
So we might imagine that, at the start of this ministry, the Spirit, descending from heaven, would grant him a blueprint for the job ahead. After all, there was a huge task to be accomplished. But no. The word he is given is all about who he is. He is a son. He is greatly and dearly loved. The Father takes great delight in him. In other words, its all about his identity. Who he is in God. That's what kick starts the ministry.
All service done in the name of Christ flows from this knowledge of being loved by the Father. It's an overflow of love, which we receive for ourselves and allow to flow from us to others. Over and over again, we have to return to the same place - receiving that word from God: 'You are my son, my daughter. You are dearly and deeply loved. I take great delight in you.'
...and all that jazz!
If you fancy a leisurely start to your Sunday afternoon, why not join us in the Parish Room this Sunday (12 January) at 1pm for two hours in the company of the Lallemant Trio. Tickets are £15 on the door and include a glass of wine and delicious nibbles.
The jazz event is raising money for this year's Arts and Crafts Festival which will run from Thursday 17 September to Sunday 20 September 2020.
'The world will be saved by beauty'
Beauty attracts us, evokes wonder and joy in us. We fall in love with beauty, sing its praises and want to stay in its presence.
The novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky wrote in his novel 'The Idiot' that 'the world will be saved by beauty'. For the Christian, we see perfect beauty in the face of Jesus Christ. As Hans Holbein the Younger's stark and shocking painting of 'The Dead Christ in the Tomb' suggests, this is not always what the world regards as beautiful.
We are beginning 2020 at Holy Trinity by exploring the beauty of God and what it calls us to be and do in the 21st century as individuals and as a community in a series of sermons on Sunday mornings.
This Sunday (January 12), Fr. Grant will address the topic, 'The Beauty of Christ'.
Join us in contemplation, discussion and prayer as we undertake this journey together and share your thoughts by writing to me at email@example.com
Where do you find beauty? What draws you to the beauty of Jesus Christ? How do we become beautiful? How can we craft a more beautiful world?
Fr. Nicholas Wheeler Rector
Winter Lunch to warm the heart
It may be cold outside but there's a delicious menu in store for you at our Winter Lunch next month. We will be sampling a new restaurant in Belgravia - LIV in Holbein Place, a short walk from Holy Trinity Church.
The Lunch - on Sunday 9 February at 1pm - includes a two-course meal and Tea or Coffee for just £20 per person. Drinks are not included.
Avocado & tomato bruschetta or
Cauliflower soup with hot smoked salmon or
Arancini, pumpkin & sage, with aioli
Traditional fish pie with buttered peas or
Slow cooked lamb with peas, bacon & onions or
Red lentil fritters, pea puree, herb yoghurt
If you would like to come please call or e-mail our Parish Administrator Sophie Wilson to book a place and choose your courses. However, you must pay for your meal by MONDAY 3 FEBRUARY.
Pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 2021
It is always very moving to make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, there is so much to see and experience and learn together. St Jerome said: ‘Five gospels record the life of Jesus. Four you will find in books and the one you will find in the land they call Holy. Read the fifth gospel and the world of the four will open to you.’
We invite you to come and know this for yourselves whether you are new to the Holy Land or have been many times before; there are always new sights and sounds to reflect upon. Reading the gospels will never be the same again and by visiting the Holy Land we are standing in solidarity with our brothers and sisters there too. To have the chance to meet the ‘living stones’, the local Palestinian and Israeli Christians who are the ongoing, living church in the region, is humbling.
Our pilgrimage will include the sites where the most important events in Our Lord’s life and ministry took place: in Jerusalem and the surrounding area and further north in Galilee. We hope that if you have never been on pilgrimage to the Holy Land before you will choose to join us and, if you have been before, we welcome you back. Our journey is a life changing as well as faith changing experience. We invite you to journey with us and to share in this great opportunity to see those places we read of in the Scriptures.
The cost is £1,995 sharing a twinbedded/double room with ensuite bathroom. We stay in two religious guest houses - St Andrew’s in Jerusalem overlooking the Old City and in Galilee we stay at the popular Pilgerhaus in Tabgha right on the lakeside. The tour is on a full-board basis with buffet breakfast, lunch and evening meal included daily. Touring is by airconditioned coach and we will be accompanied by a local guide who will share leadership responsibilities and look after the formalities of hotel check-ins, etc. All entrance fees are included as well as gratuities.
For more information, see the brochure in church or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
News from THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND
New Church Estates Commissioner appointed
The Church Commissioners for England have welcomed the Crown appointment of Mr Andrew Selous MP as Second Estates Commissioner, succeeding the Rt Hon Dame Caroline Spelman.
Church Estates Commissioners are three lay people who represent the Church Commissioners in the General Synod of the Church of England. The first and second commissioners are appointed by the Queen, and the third commissioner is appointed by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
The role of the Second Church Estates Commissioner is to provide a link between Government, Parliament and the established Church. The Second Church Estates Commissioner answers oral and written questions from MPs about Church of England matters in the House of Commons, is a member of Parliament's Ecclesiastical Committee and steers Church of England legislation through the House of Commons. He is also an ex-officio member of the General Synod and a member of the Church Commissioners' Board of Governors.
Following the Downing Street announcement, Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, said: “I am delighted that Andrew will be taking on this role. The Church of England seeks to be a hope-filled presence in every community across the country as we live out Jesus’ call to love and serve our neighbours. Andrew’s extensive parliamentary experience will help build and maintain fruitful relationships with MPs as the Church carries out its mission to serve the common good. I look forward to working with Andrew and pray for God’s blessing and guidance as he prepares for these responsibilities. I also pray with gratitude for Dame Caroline Spelman, whose work as Second Church Estates Commissioner was greatly valued.”
Welcoming Andrew Selous’s appointment, Loretta Minghella, said: “We are much looking forward to welcoming Andrew as our new Second Church Estates Commissioner. He brings to the role the experience of an impressive and comprehensive range of posts during his parliamentary career. This will be invaluable as the Church Commissioners continue to support the mission of the Church and the local communities it serves.”
Commenting on his appointment, Andrew Selous, said: “I am delighted and honoured to undertake this role as I have a strong belief in the role the Church plays in society, making a unique contribution to our national life. I look forward to working with my fellow commissioners and building links with my fellow parliamentarians to further the considerable work of the Church nationally.”
Andrew Selous has held several leading parliamentary posts including Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Prisons and Probation from 2014 to 2016. He has represented the Parliamentary constituency of South West Bedfordshire since 2001 and has been elected to serve six times.
Andrew Selous attends St Mary the Virgin, Studham. He and his family are also active worshipping members of the community of The Vineyard, St Albans.
Sunday 12 January 2020 at 1pm Lunchtime Jazz with the Lallemant Trio in the Parish Room
Sunday 9 February 2020 at 1pm Parish Lunch at LIV Restaurant, Belgravia
All events at Holy Trinity Sloane Square unless otherwise stated
SUNDAY 12 JANUARY The Baptism of Christ Intention: Parish and People
8.30am Holy Communion
11.00am Sung Eucharist Holy Trinity Choir
Benedicamus Domino Peter Warlock Missa Aedis Christi Herbert Howells Jubilate Deo universa terra Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
Preacher: The Revd. Grant Bolton-Debbage
6.00pm Choral Evensong and Benediction conQordia Canticles in B Flat Charles Villiers Stanford
Lo! Star-led Chiefs William Crotch
Monday 13 January Intention: Diocese of Europe 5.45pm Free Teatime Concert
7.00pm Sloane Square Choral Society
Tuesday 14 January Intention: Those in need
Wednesday 15 January Intention: Local businesses 6.30pm Eucharist
Thursday 16 January Intention: Unity
Friday 17 January Antony of Egypt, Hermit, Abbot, 358 Intention: Religious Communities 7.30am Winter Breakfast Club
Saturday 18 January Prisca, Roman Virgin and Martyr Intention: Shrine of OLW
SUNDAY 19 JANUARY The Second Sunday of Epiphany Intention: Parish and People
8.30am Holy Communion
11.00am Sung Eucharist Preacher: The Rt Revd. Dr Michael Marshall 6.00pm Choral Evensong and Benediction
WHO'S WHO and CONTACTS
RECTOR The Revd. Canon Nicholas Wheeler E-mail: email@example.com
ASSISTANT PRIEST The Revd. Grant Bolton-Debbage E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
HONORARY ASSISTANT The Rt. Revd. Dr. Michael Marshall
CHURCHWARDENS Jeffrey Kabel Carolyn Hallett
ASSISTANT CHURCHWARDENS Gill Dunley
TREASURER David Fairlamb
PCC SECRETARY Martin Bonham
PARISH ADMINISTRATOR Sophie Wilson E-mail: email@example.com
Telephone: 020 7730 7270
FACILITIES AND EVENTS MANAGER Clinton McMaster E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone: 020 7730 7270