This Week and Beyond at St Michael's
The Parish Church is now officially closed during the "Stay home. Save Lives. Support the NHS" Measures:
We are still a living and connected Christian community: some of our events are listed on this page and please explore the Blog section using the tab above. If you would like to be included in what's going on email us using the Contact tab at the top of this page.
The Government has now begun to ease some of the restrictions announced on Monday 23rd March though we are still asked to stay at home as much as possible. As part of our response to the public health crisis our church building is now shut for the foreseeable future. We nevertheless remain active as a Christian community of prayer and service.
We are proud to support these measures to save lives and support our NHS. Here on our website we are posting up some appropriate reflections and resources. We send out a daily Email to keep in touch with one another - if you wish to be included contact us.
- We have a resource for praying for the Departed if you wish to use it. It can be downloaded by clicking here.
Sunday 24th EASTER 7
- 10 am Zoom Live Eucharist for the Easter season request an order of service via email if you would like one and are not on our pastoral network.
Prayer for this Christian Aid week
O God the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ
with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: we beseech you, leave us not comfortless, but send your Holy Spirit to strengthen us
and exalt us to the place where our Saviour Christ is gone before,
who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
We continue to pray at 12 noon each day
- Daily Prayer is giving us a sense of solidarity as a praying community even though we are physically apart from one another
- Readings and Psalms for this week:
Monday 12 Noon Prayer: Psalm 47; Isaiah 32
Tuesday 12 Noon Prayer: Psalms 48; Isaiah 33: 1-12
Wednesday 12 Noon Prayer: Psalm 49; Isaiah 33: 13-24
Thursday 12 Noon Prayer: Psalm 50; Isaiah 34
Friday 12 Noon Prayer: Psalm 51; Isaiah 35
3 pm Prayer for the Departed: click on the link above to find prayer resources - the second form of service is recommended for this.
Saints and Festivals for this Week:
- Monday 25th The Venerable Bede, 735 Monk at Jarrow, scholar, historian. His most famous work is his history of English Christianity but he also had a keen interest in computation and wrote Biblical commentaries. He preserves valuable information about the early Celtic and Saxon saints. His writings are full of well described characters and events.
- Tuesday 26th St Augustine, Archbishop of Canterbury, 605 the Benedictine monk sent by Pope Gregory the Great to bring Christianity to the Angles. Augustine founded his headquarters at Canterbury in Kent and from there spread his mission to Rochester, London and York. The story of this mission and how Augustine encountered the active Celtic mission in the north of Britain is told by Bede (see above). Through Augustine the emerging English nation was brought into communion with the See of Rome and a certain stability during the political upheavals of the Viking Age which followed.
- Thursday 28th Lanfranc, prior of Le Bec, Archbishop of Canterbury, Scholar, 1089 was the first archbishop of Canterbury appointed after the Norman Conquest in 1066. He was an established scholar and well known teacher before he came to England. He promoted reform in church life and tried to tackle corruption and ill discipline in both the clergy and those who held secular office.
- Saturday 30th Josephine Butler, Social Reformer, 1906 a remarkable Anglican Christian who campaigned tirelessly to improve the lives of women. She promoted reforms to bring women the vote, to end sexual exploitation of young girls and protection for prostitutes with the repeal of the Contagious Diseases Act. She also promoted educational initiatives to open up opportunities in Higher Education for women and was behind the founding of Newnham College, Cambridge. She wrote many letters and pamphlets but her best work is her biography of Catherine of Siena.
Next Week 31st May The Feast of Pentecost
- Zoom live at 10 am Pentecost Eucharist
- The order of service will be sent out to those on our pastoral email network. If you would like to be included please use the tab above to contact us. NB we blind copy recipients in our messages so we protect your privacy.