News for Sunday 15th May: The Fifth Sunday of Easter

News from St Mary the Virgin, Kenton on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th May 2022: The Fifth Sunday of Easter

This week, we are asked to pray for Bishop Jonathan, Archdeacon Catherine and our Churchwardens, Johnette and Ken as they prepare to interview candidates who have been called to apply for the job as our next Incumbent. There is much to consider and we ask for God's guidance upon their deliberations. We also pray for the candidates who have been short-listed and for their vision of the future of Saint Mary's, that we may grow God's Kingdom here in Kenton and enable us to take the Good News of the Gospel to the local community.

Whilst we are fortunate to be under the episcopal care of Bishop Jonathan, we are also keen to take a full and active part in the Harrow Deanery and Willesden Area. The Bishop of Willesden, The Right Reverend Lusa Nsenga-Ngoy, has been getting to know the local area since his consecration in January. He has some exciting events ahead to which we are invited. The Willesden Pilgrimage of Prayer will be taking place over the next 12 months, as Bishop Lusa visits every church in the Willesden Area, praying for the mission of each church. You are welcome to join any of the Pilgrimages, and we will keep a special look out for when the Pilgrimage is due to visit St. Mary's. There are also opportunities for those who work with children and young people, and those who are interested in the Creation Care agenda. Details of all these activities can be found on the flyer attached.

In the Gospel on Sunday, Jesus gives us a new commandment: “Love one another; just as I have loved you, you must also love one another. By this love you have for one another, everyone will know that you are my disciples.” There are many challenges to being one of Jesus' disciples and this is possibly one of the hardest. We can often become very self-satisfied, thinking of the people who are like us and loving them. Our families, our friends, our neighbours, our fellow worshippers in the congregation at St. Mary's. But how well do we love those who are different to us? Those who follow a different religion? Who come from a different culture? Who speak a different language? Who have a different social background? The homeless; the refugee; the asylum-seeker? Do we love them too?

The first Mass of Sunday is on Saturday 14th May at 6.00pm. Parish Mass is on Sunday 15th May at 10.30am. Come and hear the Good News of the Gospel: “Now has the Son of Man been glorified, and in him God has been glorified.”

David Griffiths