Hymns for This Service
Opening NEH 254 Come let us with our Lord arise (t. NEH 458)
Praise SP 185 There is a Redeemer
Gradual NEH 472ii When all thy mercies, O my God
Offertory NEH 339 Be thou my vision
Communion 1 Sheet Take my life, and let it be
Communion 2 SP 182 Purify my heart
Final NEH 103 Alleluia, alleluia, hearts to heaven
LET thy merciful ears, O Lord, be open to the prayers of thy humble servants; and that they may obtain their petitions make them to ask such things as shall please thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
First Reading: Colossians 3: 1 – 11
A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Colossians
So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your[a] life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory.
Put to death, therefore, whatever in you is earthly: fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed (which is idolatry). On account of these the wrath of God is coming on those who are disobedient. These are the ways you also once followed, when you were living that life. But now you must get rid of all such things—anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive language from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have stripped off the old self with its practices and have clothed yourselves with the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of its creator. In that renewal there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all!
This is the word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
Gospel Reading: Luke 12:13-21
Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.” But he said to him, “Friend, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over you?” And he said to them, “Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.” Then he told them a parable: “The land of a rich man produced abundantly. And he thought to himself, ‘What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?’ Then he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’ But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich toward God.”
Sunny Walker-Kier leads us in prayers of concern.
This Week at St Mary’s
The Office is open from Monday to Friday 9am to 12.30pm
Monday Morning Prayer at 8.30am
Bell Ringing Practice at 7.45pm
Tuesday Holy Communion at 8.30am
Wednesday Morning Prayer at 8.30am
Thursday Holy Communion at 12.30pm
No Thursday Bible Study Group until 8th September 2016
Sunday 7th August: The Eleventh Sunday after Trinity
8.30am Holy Communion (Traditional Language)
11.00am Summer Parish Eucharist with Summer Junior Church
3.00pm Free Summer Recital (See Separate Notice)
6.30pm Evening Prayer & Hymns
This Week’s Notices
Summer Worship: St Mary’s is now in ‘summer mode’: the 8.30am service remains the same, the choir take a few weeks’ off and the liturgy at the 11am service simplifies. The 6.30pm Service is always Evening Prayer with Hymns.
Summer Junior Church: Junior Church during these weeks is run by a small team of volunteers. Please speak to Asi Munisi to get involved.
St Mary’s Fair Saturday 17th September: Offers of help are now being sought. Please contact Debbie Apostolides ([email protected]) to find out what you can do in this fun-filled fundraising afternoon. Sign up at the back.
Please now bring your donations for the church fair and leave them upstairs in the pews. No electrical items please!
Farewell to Asi Munisi: If you would like to contribute to a leaving gift for Asi, please do so via the Office or the Collection Plate, marking your envelope ‘Asi Munisi’. Asi’s last Sunday will be 18th September.
Sunday Afternoon Open Church: Please sign up at the back to help keep the church open and welcome to visitors on summer Sunday afternoons.
Harvest Thanksgiving: Harvest will be kept on Sunday 2nd October this year, and there will be special collection of food and other necessaries for the homeless.
Gift from Peter & Alison Wintgens: Peter and Alison have left an incredibly generous gift to St Mary’s of £50,000 and have asked that we consider using it to create a Discipleship Development Fund. Details of the proposal are in a letter on the rear noticeboard. If you would like to comment on this idea, please contact Simon by 11th September. The proposal will be considered at the September PCC meeting.
Plans for 2016-17: The Vicar, Wardens and Staff Team will be meeting at the end of August to begin to plan the entire programme for the year. If you have any thoughts or ideas you would like to contribute about what we should be doing (e.g. Advent programme, Lent Talks, Social Events, Special Services, Mission Activity or Weekends Away, please speak to Simon, Debbie, Sue, Colin Wimsett, Cal Alphonse, Tyrone Whiting or Sunny Walker-Kier by Sunday 28th August. This is a chance to give some much-welcome input.
Confirmation 2016: Adult Confirmation Classes will begin in mid-September. The Confirmation will be at Southwark Cathedral on Sunday 20th November at 4pm. Please speak to Simon or Colin to find out more.
For Your Prayers
Prayer for the Week
O God, who would fold both heaven and earth in a single peace:
let the design of thy great love
lighten upon the waste of our wraths and sorrows:
and give peace to thy Church, peace among nations,
peace in our dwellings, and peace in our hearts:
through thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
Daily Bible Reading
Monday Matthew 14: 13 – 21
Tuesday Matthew 14: 22 – end
Wednesday Matthew 15: 21 – 28
Thursday Matthew 16: 13 – 23
Friday Matthew 16: 24 – 28
Saturday Luke 9: 28 – 36
Next Sunday’s Readings:
Genesis 15: 1 – 6; Psalm 33: 12 – end; Hebrew 11: 1 – 3, 8 – 16; Luke 12: 32 – 40
For the Church and the World
- For all our church members taking Summer Holidays and for those at home;
- For those who are housebound in our church;
- For the people of St-Étienne-du-Rouvray following the murder of Fr. Hamel;
- For Revd. Richard Taylor, newly-appointed Area Dean of Battersea.
For those who have asked for our prayers:
Emma Belak, Ingrid Spatt, Chris Apostolides & Family, Hagar Mensah & Family, Michael Lathan, Penny & Robert Law, The Jha family, Philliper Eken, Effie Bennett, John Welstead, Nathanael Sonoda & his wife, John Paton, Alex Nunes, Clive Moir and Dr Obiyo Nwigwe
Those who have died recently, their families and friends:
Theodoros Droushiotis, Bob Green, Janet Edwards, Elizabeth Mensah, Luca Jha, Georgina Seymour – Dorris, Shirley McLaughlin, Beryl Smith and Jacques Hamel