After all the excitement of the past 4 months – Lent, Easter, Ascensiontide, Pentecost, Trinity, Corpus Christi and last weekend Saint Peter and Saint Paul – we finally find ourselves back in Ordinary Time on Sunday as we celebrate the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (although officially we returned to Ordinary Time on the Monday after Pentecost – but this is our first Sunday in Ordinary Time since 3rd March!) Our Gospel on Sunday recounts the commissioning of seventy-two disciples who are instructed to go out into the towns and places to tell the people “The kingdom of God is very near to you.”
How appropriate is it therefore that our Mission Action Planning Day is taking place tomorrow (Saturday 6th July) starting with Mass at 10.00am (although you are also welcome to come to Morning Prayer and Adoration beforehand). We will be collecting and sharing ideas; putting forward our hopes and aspirations; looking to find the best ways that we can build God’s Kingdom here in Kenton. What would Jesus be telling us to do now as he sends us out into the local area to spread the Good News of the Gospel? Exactly the same as he told those first ambassadors of Christ: “The harvest is rich but the labourers are few, so ask the Lord of the harvest to send labourers to his harvest. Start off now, but remember, I am sending you out like lambs among wolves.” Our task is no less/no greater than those seventy-two and yet if we manage to get seventy-two people to our Mission Action Planning Day, we shall certainly be praising God! Do please come – if only for a part (we finish at 2.00pm) but everyone’s contribution is most highly valued.
You will find the latest ACAT (Harrow) Prayer Case of the Month attached. Please pray, as you feel led by the Spirit, for all those who are being unjusted detained and persecuted for their beliefs.
Harrow Foodbank have also sent a request for specific items. Although we support the Foodbank at Harvest-time, they need supplies throughout the year. If you can support them, that would be great.
And don’t forget that this Sunday, 7th July, is also ALMA Sunday with a Service at St Paul’s Cathedral at 6.00pm and all are very welcome to attend. The Bishop of Angola will be preaching.