Sunday Service 23rd June 2024

On Sunday we have our regular 9am Holy Communion service onsite at St Mary’s only, followed by our 10:30am service which is onsite at St Mary’s and online via our YouTube channel.
We will be running Sunday Club at St Mary’s during the 10.30am service.
If you are able to join us onsite at St Mary’s we would love to see you, we miss seeing you face to face!
Words will be on the screen, but you can also download the service sheet
Click on the link below for the online service: Online Sunday Service

Sunday Service 16th June 2024

On Sunday we have our regular 9am Holy Communion service onsite at St Mary’s only, followed by our 10:30am service which is onsite at St Mary’s and online via our YouTube channel.
We will be running Sunday Club at St Mary’s during the 10.30am service.
If you are able to join us onsite at St Mary’s we would love to see you, we miss seeing you face to face!
Words will be on the screen, but you can also download the service sheet
Click on the link below for the online service: Online Sunday Service

Sunday Service 09th June 2024

On Sunday we have our regular 9am Holy Communion service onsite at St Mary’s only, followed by our 10:30am service which is onsite at St Mary’s and online via our YouTube channel.
We will be running Sunday Club at St Mary’s during the 10.30am service.
If you are able to join us onsite at St Mary’s we would love to see you, we miss seeing you face to face!
Words will be on the screen, but you can also download the service sheet
Click on the link below for the online service: Online Sunday Service

Sunday Service 02nd June 2024

On Sunday we have our regular 9am Holy Communion service onsite at St Mary’s only, followed by our 10:30am service which is onsite at St Mary’s and online via our YouTube channel.
We will be running Sunday Club at St Mary’s during the 10.30am service.
If you are able to join us onsite at St Mary’s we would love to see you, we miss seeing you face to face!
Words will be on the screen, but you can also download the service sheet
Click on the link below for the online service: Online Sunday Service

Sunday Service 26th May 2024

On Sunday we have our regular 9am Holy Communion service onsite at St Mary’s only, followed by our 10:30am service which is onsite at St Mary’s and online via our YouTube channel.
We will be running Sunday Club at St Mary’s during the 10.30am service.
If you are able to join us onsite at St Mary’s we would love to see you, we miss seeing you face to face!
Words will be on the screen, but you can also download the service sheet
Click on the link below for the online service: Online Sunday Service

Sunday Service 12th May 2024

On Sunday we have our regular 9am Holy Communion service onsite at St Mary’s only, followed by our Sunday service 10.30am which is onsite at St Mary’s and online via our YouTube channel.
Sunday Club at St Mary’s during the 10.30am service.
If you are able to join us onsite at St Mary’s we would love to see you, we miss seeing you face to face!
Words will be on the screen, but you can also download the service sheet
Click on the link below for the online service: Online Sunday Service

Sunday Service and APCM 28th April 2024

On Sunday we have our 10.30am service which is onsite at St Mary’s and online via our YouTube channel during which we will have our APCM. 
Please note that there is NO 9AM SERVICE THIS WEEK.
There will be Sunday Club at St Mary’s during the service.
If you are able to join us onsite at St Mary’s we would love to see you, we miss seeing you face to face!
Words will be on the screen,  but you can also download the service sheet
Here is a copy of our annual report 
Click on the link below for the online service: Online Sunday Service

Sunday Service 21st April 2024

On Sunday we have our regular 9am Holy Communion service onsite at St Mary’s only, followed by our Sunday service 10.30am which is onsite at St Mary’s and online via our YouTube channel.  
There will be Destiny at St Mark’s (for older children) at 10.15am and Sunday Club at St Mary’s during the 10.30am service.
If you are able to join us onsite at St Mary’s we would love to see you, we miss seeing you face to face!
Words will be on the screen, but you can also download the service sheet
Click on the link below for the online service: Online Sunday Service

Message from our Rector Christoph Lindner…

… preached at the Good Friday service at St Mary’s on 29 March 2024.

 

In Christ all the fullness of God was pleased
to dwell, and through him God was pleased
to reconcile to himself all things,
whether on earth or in heaven,
by making peace through the blood of his cross.
Colossians 1.19-20

Words written by St Paul. But, often, that reconciliation, that peace is not our experience.

When we look at a conflict like the current war in Gaza we are tempted to say, “Why can’t they just be rational, sit down and work it out?”

In a sobering article, Yuval Noah Harari writes that neither of the two sides are acting irrationally. Harari is a bestselling Israeli author and he describes the “founding events” that determine the instinctive responses of Israelis and of Palestinians: For Palestinians the founding event is the 1948 Nakba, which means disaster in Arabic, when 750,000 Palestinians were driven out of their ancestral homes, followed by many other atrocities since. For Israelis, the founding event is the Holocaust in which six million Jews were killed, followed in 1948 by the attempt of Palestinians and Arabs to annihilate the new state of Israel. For both sides, their deep-seated fears are perfectly rational.

But is that all we can say?

How can we overcome deeply entrenched hostilities?

We need a cause that is greater than our divisions. 

Throughout history, demagogues and dictators have understood this. They promise a perfect plan, a solution to all problems, if people will only pledge allegiance to them. And sooner or later, every single one has been unmasked as a sham, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake.

Listen again to St Paul’s words:

Through Jesus God was pleased to reconcile TO HIMSELF all things.

Lasting reconciliation is found when our allegiance to Jesus trumps all others.

Rowan Williams compares our membership of Jesus’ church with jury service. If you’ve ever been called up for jury service you know that you were summoned. You didn’t volunteer. And you didn’t know any of the other jury members, you didn’t know whether you had anything in common, except this: you were all summoned.

The church is the community of those who have been summoned by Jesus and have responded to his call. We do not choose the person who walks beside us, who sits on our left and on our right. Jesus does. Our unity is not found in a common language, ethnicity, social class, political agenda, churchmanship, worship style, preferences, dislikes, hobbies. Our unity is found only in Jesus.

When our tribe, our family of origin, our nation, our personal or political agenda is more important than Jesus’ call to follow him, deep and lasting reconciliation will fail. 

What is our deepest allegiance in life, that trumps all others? When our honest answer is “Jesus” then we can walk together in all our difference.

Who am I? I am a follower of Jesus, redeemed and loved by him. And I recognise in you another Jesus follower – a brother, a sister.

In your order of service you should have found a photo. I took it in 2013 when Edda and I visited the Holy Land, in a street in Bethlehem, looking towards the security fence separating Israel and the West Bank. You can see Jerusalem in the distance. And there in the ravine of houses stood – a cross. A sign of hope. Jesus overcomes the deepest divisions.

In Christ all the fullness of God was pleased
to dwell, and through him God was pleased
to reconcile to himself all things,
whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross. 

As followers of Jesus we can already begin to live this future hope in the here and now. And often that will be costly. There will be resistance. Because our allegiance to Jesus challenges all other competing agendas, all human attempts to exercise destructive power over others.

Last Sunday was the anniversary of the death of Oscar Romero. He was the archbishop of El Salvador and on that day he was assassinated while celebrating mass. During the civil war in his country he called Christians on both sides brothers and sisters. He summoned them to put their allegiance to Jesus first.

He said, “There is only one Church, a Church that adores the living God and knows how to give relative value to the goods of this earth.”

On March the 23rd 1980, he delivered a sermon in which he called on Salvadoran soldiers, as Christians, to obey God’s higher order and to stop carrying out the government’s repression. He was shot on the next day.

Today, he is one of the ten modern martyrs depicted in statues above the Great West Door of Westminster Abbey in London.

Our allegiance to Jesus will sow seeds of reconciliation that will never be lost. 

A different life is possible. A life of reconciliation and peace. Jesus gave his life for that future. 

He gave his life for you. 

He gave his life for me. 

He gave his life for the world.

He is summoning us afresh today. 

How will we respond?

Good Friday 29th March 2024

Join us on Good Friday for An Hour at the Cross which starts at 10.30am.  This will be live streamed, please click on the link if you are unable to join us in person.
There will be Sunday Club during the 10.30am service.
This week the clocks will go forward! On Easter Sunday, so please bring some fresh cut flowers to decorate the cross.
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Words will be on the screen, but you can also download the service sheet
Click on the link below for the online service: Online Service