|This week sees the return of the wonderful Sister Doreen to tell us about the work of Bakhita House and we will be taking a collection for that work. Sister was overwhelmed by our warm welcome and gift on her last visit – let’s see if we can out-do ourselves this time.You will all have read about the situation with the boilers… fortunately we are limping by on just one – but this wont last forever. There is a letter from Fr. Edward at the back of church with an appeal for money towards the £22,000 bill! You can also give online very easily by clicking this link.
Our readings this week feature a wonderful snippet from Timothy. ‘As a man dedicated to God, you must aim to be saintly and religious, filled with faith and love, patient and gentle’. Given everything happening in the political world I think we should all pay attention to these words. It’s can be hard to be patient and gentle with those we disagree with – especially on matters of such great national importance. The way we speak and act with our friends and those we love should be no different to those with whom we disagree – we are witnesses to the truth of the great Love of Jesus Christ and through our outward actions towards each other we encourage all those around us to take up that Love as well. Perhaps, through our own example to each other, we can convince others to share that Love and put aside division and hatred.
There is a wonderful Book of Common Prayer Collect (prayer) that we have been offering each day this week at Mass – I offer it to you now and ask you to also pray with us, each day over the coming weeks.
MOST gracious God, we humbly beseech thee, as for this Kingdom in general, so especially for the High Court of Parliament, under our most religious and gracious Queen at this time assembled: That thou wouldest be pleased to direct and prosper all their consultations to the advancement of thy glory, the good of thy Church, the safety, honour, and welfare of our Sovereign and her Dominions; that all things may be so ordered and settled by their endeavours, upon the best and surest foundations, that peace and happiness, truth and justice, religion and piety, may be established among us for all generations. These and all other necessaries, for them, for us, and thy whole Church, we humbly beg in the Name and Mediation of Jesus Christ our most blessed Lord and Saviour. Amen.
In love & with prayer,