Sunday 9 February 2020 Third Sunday before Lent
SEPTUAGESIMA Mission Sunday
This week's REFLECTION
'The Light of the World,’ Holman Hunt (1827-1910)
THIS WEEK'S READINGS
Isaiah 58.1-9a · Psalm 112 · 1 Corinthians 2.11-16 · Matthew 5. 13-end
‘ …this is my Son, my Beloved, in whom I am well pleased’ (v.17)
A few years ago, we went on holiday to Tuscany. The Tuscan countryside is punctuated with towns and villages clinging in precarious fashion to hilltops and high places, sparkling in the sun and perpetually half asleep. Almost invariably the towns are gathered around a medieval church keeping watch over its flock by night and day.
In today's reading, Jesus is encouraging his listeners (and us, Matthew's readers) to believe in ourselves. We believe we have some inkling of the light and truth that the world needs. Jesus wants us to be like a hilltop town that can’t be missed or ignored or like a lamp that only fulfils its purpose when its up on a stand giving its light generously and un-mistakenly. What these images ask us an uncomfortable question about our Christian visibility: how obvious is it that we are Christians? On Monday morning is the only difference between us and our colleagues and friends that we went to Church yesterday?
Christians are in some ways the most normal human beings and in some ways the most unusual. Normal, because Jesus was the only truly normal person and we’re just a little bit like him; unusual because we don’t fit our cultures current expectations in our beliefs, values and behaviours.
So, we stand out like a city on a hill or a lamp on a lampstand. So be it. But it takes courage. How much easier it would be if we could simply mingle unobtrusively with the crowd. Yet what would be the cost to our integrity if we did that? Much better to stick out like a healthy thumb.
Fight the good fight!
Billed as Britain's biggest storm in seven years, Storm Ciara is due to hit the UK this Sunday (9 February) and strong winds and heavy rain are forecast for London throughout the day.
In addition, Sloane Square Underground Station is closed AGAIN and so if you come to church by Tube you will have to find a different route.
But don't let any of this put you off coming to worship tomorrow at 8.30am, 11am or 6pm!
Winter Lunch to warm the heart
Today a group of 40 members of the congregation are having lunch at the newly opened LIV Restaurant in Belgravia (near Sloane Square tube). Unfortunately, we are not able to add anyone else to the list today, subject to the booking requirements.
MPs talking crime in London
Greg Hands MP has organised a joint public meeting on ‘Crime in London’ with Felicity Buchan MP (Member of Parliament for Kensington), local Assembly Member Tony Devenish, and London Mayoral Candidate Shaun Bailey. It takes place this Tuesday (11 February) at 7pm in Holy Trinity Church.
Line up for legal advice
Do you have q question about writing a will, securing power of attorney or planning your future care? There’s a free Legal Question and Answer session this Tuesday (18 February) at 2.30pm in the Parish Room to answer these questions and more organized by the Kensington and Chelsea Older People’s Forum.
Advice will be provided by Navjiven Mandair, the principal solicitor of The Legal Practice Solicitors. She has many years’ experience working in the UK and as an attorney in an international law firm in the USA. Afternoon tea will be available after the talk.
Rectory Society returns for annual meeting
The Rectory Society is an organisation formed in 2006 for those interested in some our country's greatest repositories of architectural, social, cultural and religious history - rectories and vicarages.
This Wednesday (12 February) at 6.30pm, the Rectory Society will once asgain be holding its Annual General Meeting and Talk at Holy Trinity. The speaker will be Sir Diarmaid MacCulloch, Professor of the History of the Church at Oxford University
Whilst the meeting is aimed at existing members, members of Holy Trinity are welcome to attend at a suggested donation of £10 per head although this is not obligatory.
Drinks will be served in Church after the AGM and the talk. Everyone is welcome to stay for a drink and meet other parishioners and some members.
There will be no EUCHARIST this Wednesday at 6.30pm
Pancakes + Quiz Night on Shrove Tuesday
Come and join the Mardi Gras Party and Quiz Night in the Parish Room on Shrove Tuesday (25 February) at 7pm. Volunteers to help make pancakes would be great. Please let our Parish Administrator know as soon as possible if you are able to help!
World Day of Prayer
This year’s World Day of Prayer service (formerly World Women Day of Prayer) is taking place at St Mary the Boltons on Friday 6 March, 11am-noon, followed by Refreshments. The theme is ‘Rise! Take Your Mat and Walk’. It has been prepared by the people of Zimbabwe and will be presented by representatives from twelve churches in the Borough. All are welcome.
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 email@example.com
News from THE DIOCESE OF LONDON
Bishop of London announces appointment of new Archdeacon of Middlesex
The Bishop of London has announced that the Revd Richard Frank, Vicar at All Souls, St Margarets and Area Dean for Hounslow, has been appointed as the new Archdeacon of Middlesex. His appointment follows the retirement of the Ven Stephan Welch last year.
The Archdeaconry of Middlesex makes up the Kensington episcopal area of the Diocese of London, which encompasses the west London Boroughs of Hammersmith and Fulham, Hounslow, Kensington and Chelsea, the Borough of Richmond north of the Thames, and the Surrey Borough of Spelthorne. Spanning from Knightsbridge to the ancient bridge that crosses the Thames into Staines, the parishes of the Kensington Area serve hugely diverse and dynamic communities.
The Bishop of London, The Rt Revd and Rt Hon Dame Sarah Mullally DBE, said:
“I am very pleased to announce Richard’s appointment as the new Archdeacon of Middlesex. I am certain that, under the stewardship of the Bishop of Kensington, Richard will provide clear-sighted guidance, leadership and vision to the Archdeaconry, as well as supporting the mission of the Diocese of London. Richard’s decades-long commitment to the service of the Church and to the members of the communities in which he serves is highly commendable, and I am sure he will leave an indelible legacy at All Souls, St Margarets.”
The Bishop of Kensington, The Rt Revd Dr Graham Tomlin, said:
“I am delighted that Richard has accepted the invitation to become the new Archdeacon of Middlesex. Richard brings rich pastoral wisdom and extensive experience of parish ministry, having overseen the significant growth of All Souls St Margarets over the past 15 years. He has in recent years been an excellent Area Dean of Hounslow, working effectively with a wide range of churches. I am very much looking forward to working with him as we seek to support the parishes in the ongoing work of mission and ministry in the Kensington Area of the diocese of London.”
Richard has been Vicar of All Souls since 2005. He has fostered significant growth in the size of his congregation since then, whilst encouraging greater cohesion between communities within the local area. In recent years, for example, All Souls has worked closely with the communities of the Ivybridge housing estate in Isleworth to establish a foodbank, community cafes and English language classes.
The Revd Richard Frank, Vicar at All Souls, St Margarets and Area Dean for Hounslow, said:
“I’m delighted that, as Archdeacon of Middlesex, I will have the opportunity to continue to serve in the area which I have come to know well and love so much, whilst serving a wider cross section of communities across the broader Kensington area.
“The Archdeaconry represents a vibrant and diverse range of communities with a unique set of advantages and challenges. I am hugely excited to get to know these areas better, and to supporting local churches, community projects and the Diocese more widely.
“After 15 years as Vicar here, I will miss the congregation and team at All Souls terribly. It has also been a privilege to work with the incredible team of clergy and lay leaders across Hounslow as Area Dean. However, I am excited now to get to work as Archdeacon, supporting the clear vision which the London Diocese has for living out the Good News of Jesus Christ in this city.”
Richard will step down as Vicar of All Souls, St Margarets in March, before starting in post as Archdeacon of Middlesex in April.
Sunday 9 February at 1pm Parish Lunch at LIV Restaurant, Belgravia
Wednesday 26 February Ash Wednesday
8am Mass and Imposition of Ash
1pm Mass and Imposition of Ash
7pm Eucharist and Imposition of Ash
Sunday 19 April 2020 at 11am Fr Grant's Farewell at Holy Trinity
Sunday 4 May 2020 at 8pm Fr Grant's Institution and Induction
as Vicar of All Saints, New Cross at All Saints, New Cross
All events at Holy Trinity Sloane Square unless otherwise stated
SUNDAY 9 FEBRUARY The Third Sunday before Lent
Intention: Parish and People
8.30am Holy Communion
11.00am Sung Eucharist Holy Trinity Choir
Introibo ad altare Heinrich Isaac
Missa Pange Lingua Josquin des Prez
Teach me, O Lord William Byrd
Preacher: The Revd. Canon Nicholas Wheeler
6.00pm Choral Evensong and Benediction sung by conQordia
Magnificat and Nunc dimittis
The Dorian Service Thomas Tallis
My eyes for beauty pine Herbet Howells
Monday 10 February Scholastica, sister of Benedict Intention: Scholars
5.45pm Free Teatime Concert
7.00pm Sloane Square Choral Society
Tuesday 11 February Intention: For Samaritans
7.00pm Public Meeting on Crime
Wednesday 12 February Intention: The Rectory Soceity
6.30pm The Rectory Scoiety AGM No Eucharist at 6.30pm tonight
Thursday 13 February Intention: Those in need
Friday 14 February Cyril and Methodius, 869 & 865 Intention: Church Schools
Saturday 15 February Intention: Unity
SUNDAY 16 FEBRUARY The Second Sunday Before Lent
Intention: Parish and People
8.30am Holy Communion
11.00am Sung Eucharist Preacher: The Revd. Canon Nicholas Wheeler
6.00pm Choral Evensong and Benediction
WHO'S WHO and CONTACTS
RECTOR The Revd. Canon Nicholas Wheeler E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
ASSISTANT PRIEST The Revd. Grant Bolton-Debbage E-mail: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone: 020 7730 7270
FACILITIES AND EVENTS MANAGER Clinton McMaster E-mail: email@example.com
Telephone: 020 7730 7270