This Sunday we will be remembering spilt blood. It is Remembrance Sunday and so we will be remembering the blood split in war. It is also the last in our series “Exploring the Eucharist”, a series looking at the meaning and our experience of the Eucharist / Communion. Toby Parsons will be leading us in our reflections on the blood spilt by the Prince of Peace, how he overcame violence and death, and our part in the Eucharistic story.
Do join us at 10:30am, everyone is welcome.
This Sunday at 10.30am we will be celebrating All Hallows / All Saints Day in our Sunday morning worship. We will also be continuing “Exploring the Eucharist”, a series looking at the meaning and our experience of the Eucharist / Communion. We have reached “Part 5 – Forming an Alternative Community” with Dr Jan Betts. St Chad’s and St Michael’s will also be joining us and there will be a bring and share lunch afterwards. Do come and join us, everyone welcome.
“Daylight Saving Time” ends this weekend which means that the clocks get turned back an hour on Sunday morning very early. If you forget to turn your clocks back then you will turn up to church an hour early!
Workers at Stonehenge busy moving stones back one hour.
At our Sunday meeting this week we welcome Angela Birkin who will be leading our thoughts in the fourth of our series reflecting on “The Eucharist – Communion with God who is Love. The Eucharist as a celebration of the
mystery of the Triune God who is Love and whom we recognise in each other.”
The readings for the service, in case you want to read them beforehand, are:
Genesis 18: 1-8, 1 Corinthians 11: 23-26, and Luke 24: 13-35
Everyone is welcome so do come and join us at 10:30am. Just a word of warning though, it is the Abbey Dash race this Sunday and so there will be road closures. You can read more about these on the AgeUK website.
This Sunday is the third in the Reflections on the Eucharist series. It’ll be a slightly different service – we’ll be preparing and then sharing a simple vegetarian meal together. Our worship will combine the preparations and eating with prayers and readings. There’ll also be space for quiet reflection, and some creative activities (aimed at Kids Church, but open to all).
You don’t need to do anything in advance or bring any food – that’ll all be provided. Though if you have time you might want to look at The Feast of Life and Love, the mini-website for the Reflections on the Eucharist series.
Please do come on Sunday at 10:30am prepared for things to be a little different, and open to trying it out!
The whole service, including eating and tidying up, will last longer than normal – but not much different from if you stayed for refreshments on another Sunday. If you can only come for part of it, that’s of course fine, although it’d be great if we could all share the food we’ve made together.
Feel free to ask any questions in advance, and hope to see you on Sunday!
We will be continuing our series on the eucharist this Sunday at 10:30am when Anna Bland will be sharing her thoughts about the eucharist as “Kingdom Economics”, a divine economy based on sharing, generosity and gift: “you give them something to eat” (Luke 9:13)
If you would like to find out more about this series then please visit Phil Gardner’s site.
We have now come to the end of Creation time with the celebration of the feast of St Francis on Friday 4th October. Over the next six weeks we will be exploring the meaning of “The Eucharist” also known as Mass, Holy Communion, The Lord’s Supper, The Last Supper, etc. The Eucharist has been a central practice of most of the Christian church on and off since the time of Jesus but it’s roots go back even further. We hope that you will be able to come and share with us what this meal means to you.
Our meeting is at 10:30am and this Sunday is also our Harvest Festival. If you would like to bring any produce it will be donated to Rainbow Junktion who are specifically looking for sugar, instant coffee, fresh fruit and veg, oil (olive + vegetable), tinned tomatoes, tinned lentils and beans, vegan and gluten-free stock.
And continuing to talk about food! This Sunday is the first Sunday of the month and we usually have a shared lunch together. If you can, do please bring some food to contribute to the lunch and stay after the service to share food and drink.
The 29th September is St. Michael’s Patronal Festival (a sort of church birthday party). There will be joint service at 10am with St Michael’s and St Chad’s at St Michael’s Church in Headingley (opposite the Sky Rack and the Original Oak pubs), when Hannah Lievesley will be preaching. It will be followed by a Faith Lunch in the Hall, and a showing of the film, The Way, starring Martin Sheen.
On Sunday Heston will be leading us in our thinking about “Water”, the last of the four classical elements (Earth, Air, Fire and Water) that we have been considering in our Creation-tide series.
Sunday is also “World Car Free Day”. Coming so soon after the worldwide Climate Strikes today (Friday) we would encourage everyone to try and get to church without using their car if possible and if they have to use a car then share lifts as much as possible. If we want to reduce the effects of Climate Change then we all need to change the way we live by reducing our consumption of planet resources and emitting less greenhouse gases.
During Creation Season we are reflecting on the four classical elements of nature – earth, air, fire and water. This Sunday the Rev. Angela Birkin will be leading our thoughts on fire using the readings Exodus 3:1-15 and Luke 3:15-17.