News for Sunday 17th January 2021

News from St Mary the Virgin, Kenton on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th January 2021: The Second Sunday in Ordinary Time.

We commence this week's bulletin with some very sad news. Our beloved friend and worshipper 'Lady' Margaret Shand died suddenly, but peacefully, on Wednesday afternoon; fortified by the Rites of Holy Church and surrounded by friends. Jesu mercy Mary pray. Her funeral is likely to take place towards the end of the month. May she Rest in Peace and Rise in Glory.

In our Scripture Readings this weekend, we are reminded of some of the early responses to God's call. In the Old Testament Reading from the Book of Samuel, we hear the advice that Eli gave to Samuel, when Samuel mistakenly thought that it was Eli who was calling him: “If someone calls say: 'Speak, Lord, your servant is listening'.” These are the words that we should be ready to utter when God calls to us. A response which is reiterated in the Psalm: “Here I am Lord! I come to do your will.” Unfortunately, we can be somewhat oblivious to God's call. We are so busy with our daily lives that we do not take time to LISTEN to God. There is no doubt that our beloved Margaret took time to listen to God and was committed to a life of prayer and worship. Her example of selfless devotion to our Lord and Saviour will be an example for us all.

While the Coronavirus pandemic reaches another crisis point and our hospitals struggle to cope with the high demand upon Intensive Care beds, we ask that you all take extreme care to stay safe and keep well. There is “light at the end of the tunnel” with the steady roll-out of immunisations, but we are very conscious that this is going to take time. Remember to follow the rules: Wear a mask; Sanitise your hands; Keep a safe distance. If you do not feel comfortable attending public worship at this time – that's fine! Tune in online on YouTube or Facebook. All Masses are broadcast. The First Mass of the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time is on Saturday 16th January at 6.00pm. The Parish Mass is on Sunday 17th January at 10.30am.

St. Paul's Letter to the Corninthians reminds us:
“Your body, you know, is a temple for the Holy Spirit, who is in you since you received him from God. You are not your own property; you have been bought and paid for. That is why you should use your body for the Glory of God.”

May we all be more open to listening to God's call and offering ourselves as willing disciples to further God's Kingdom.

David Griffiths