‘Open your mouth and taste, open your eyes and see how good God is. Blessed are you who run to him’ Psalm 34:8
1st Sunday of Lent – 21 February 2021
Old Testament Reading: Genesis 9: 8-17
New Testament Reading: 1 Peter 3:18-22
Gospel: Mark 1: 9-15
The Collect for today: Almighty God, whose Son Jesus Christ fasted forty days in the wilderness, and was tempted as we are, yet without sin: give us grace to discipline ourselves in obedience to your Spirit; and, as you know our weakness, so may we know your power to save; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen..
St. Andrew’s Coulsdon remains open for workshop. While in church, restrictions will be in place to ensure we can worship safely together, including a one way system, hand sanitising stations and clearly marked seats to maintain social distancing. What is essential is for everyone to disperse promptly, as soon as the service concludes, to reduce the risk associated with mingling. Toilet facilities are available.
We know that not everyone can attend church, so, here’s this week’s video thought from Revd. Esther – https://vimeo.com/512923959 It is a Lenten reflection prepared for the Mothers’ Union – but is certainly relevant to everyone. Esther is proud to be the diocesan chaplain to Southwark Mothers’ Union (MU) – a fantastic global organisation of over 4 million members in 84 countries (https://www.mothersunion.org/).
Our regular SUNDAY EUCHARIST is at 9.45 am – a Said Service of Holy Communion.
It will not be possible for us to sing hymns at this time
Under the current lockdown regulations public worship is permitted continue. This guidance may well change, so do check the government website for the most up to date information: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus. We will let you know if the situation changes.
Online Services at Southwark Cathedral can be accessed on https://cathedral.southwark.anglican.org/worship-and-music/worship/live-service-stream/
All are welcome to our Sunday Worship with Holy Communion and music led by our versatile robed choir and talented organists. Service starts at 9.45 am.
We offer Junior Church for our younger members. We are lucky to have an excellent team of leaders who offer creative craft ideas to help younger people engage with the gospel. There is the opportunity to ‘show and tell’ after Holy Communion is shared.
On the 3rd Sunday of the month, our young people lead a less formal Renew Service with more modern songs and accessible story telling of the Gospel.
On Wednesday mornings at 10.00 am, there is a traditional Book of Common Prayer said service, with sermon, held in church. On the third Wednesday of the month we have a Common Worship Communion with prayers for healing.
Why do we worship?
Not because God is an egomaniac! We don’t go to church for God’s sake, but for our own.
As the old saying has it, ‘Don’t join a perfect church – you’ll ruin it!’ We try to be a group of authentic, creative people who live lives that reflect the love of God in Jesus Christ. We don’t always get it right, and we need a lot of help – which is the essence of why we meet together.
Sharing ideas, experiences, learning from and with each other is the most difficult and the most rewarding task of life – and we believe this is what God calls us to do. As Timothy Radcliffe reminds us in his excellent book, ‘Why go to Church’: “Because of the deep insecurity of our society, we seek the assurance of the like-minded. But no community of the like-minded is a sign of the kingdom of God… intolerant forms of Christianity have lost the plot.”
Three essential prayers
The writer Anne Lamott says that there are really only three essential prayers: ‘Help’, ‘Thanks’ and ‘Wow’. Each of these provide a good starting point for thinking about worship. We meet together to pray together for the needs of the world and for our individual circumstances. We meet together to express our gratitude to God for his gift of life and the many blessings that accompany it. We meet together in wonder at the miracles that meet us each day and trace a path of grace through our shared lives.
Sharing Holy Communion
Our central act of worship is Holy Communion, a sharing together in bread and wine at which we believe the Risen Christ is present with us. However, arguably the most important part of this act comes right at the end when we are sent out to ‘love and serve the Lord’. This is where the word ‘Mass’ comes from. As Jesus told his disciples: ‘As the Father has sent me, so I send you’ (John 20:21). We are not only to be those who attend church, but those who are church, sharing the good news of God’s love with those outside our walls through our daily lives.
Some of our young people preparing for 1st Communion – July 2018
Why not come and share with us? You will be very welcome.