St Mary Magdalene † St Bartholomew † St Alban †
Sunday 2nd October 2011
God’s Call to Faith
“Out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery”
Calling out of Egypt has become figurative in Biblical and theological genre symbolizing God’s call to humans and to an estranged universe to return, to come back home.
This genre also has some very important Christological implications and therefore set some fundamental guidelines for our faith.
The first call, the OLD call, from God to His son to come out of Egypt is recorded in the Book of the Prophet Hosea: 11:1:
‘Out of Egypt I have called my son’ (Hosea: 11:1)
That son was Israel. The Israelites were the sons of God in this old call. But they were ungrateful, rejected God’s tender love, and became worshipers of pagan idols. They served the Baalim and other graven images instead of the true God. In short, there was imperfection in this old call out of Egypt.
The second and NEW call from God to His Son out of Egypt was addressed to Jesus as recorded in the Gospels (Matthew 2:15).
Jesus was called out of Egypt, and was perfect in His obedience towards God.
In Jesus and by Jesus this call is addressed to you and to me. Hence by and through Jesus this History is perfected. The narrative has been transformed from History into Prophecy, not simply a predictive prophecy but a fully realized, actualized, and adequately fulfilled prophecy.
It is the same call we receive today, individually and collectively as people of faith. What is the nature and quality of your response?
Please remember in your prayers:
Les Page, Clarice, Vicky Schiff, Arthur Worwood,
Martin Gammon, Susan Okukenu, Win Jones & Dela McCarteny.
PARISH PRAYER ROTA This week we pray for:
Worshipping Communities who share our buildings;
Clergy & Lay Ministers: Quintin, Fred, Frances, Ann & Shirley.
Staff: Brenda, Chrissie, Bill, May, June, Win, Mary & Lucy.
Churchwardens: John, Norman, Laurine, Ajith, Andrew & Philip.
Readings for 2nd October
St Bart’s: Luke 12: 16-30
St Mary’s: Philippians 3: 4b-14 Matthew 21: 33-end
Readings for 9th October
St Bart’s & St Mary’s:
Exodus 32:1-14 Philippians 4:1-9 Matthew 22:1-14
St Bart’s COMMUNION HYMNS: 937, 696, 18
Please remember in your prayers Mr. Alexander Baker of the Royal British Legion who died this week.
Funeral arrangements to be announced later.
At St Bart’s this morning we will be baptizing Orooluwaoyipada, Olasunmbo &Toluwanimi. Momodu.
We welcome them and their family and godparents on this special day.
Today at the 10 o’clock service at St Mary’s we welcome Aaron for baptism.
We also have a 12o’clock service for baptism and we welcome Lacey.
It’s good to have the family & friends of these children supporting them at this time.
The goods collected at the Harvest services today will be donated to ‘308’ (formerly the Turnaround hostel), working with the homeless in Newham and RAMP, working with refugees and asylum seekers.
Parish Quiet Day
Saturday 8th October at Haggerston Priory
We meet at 9.30am outside St Mary’s Church Hall.
If people bring cars so we can arrange shared transport. Please bring a packed lunch and a donation for the convent.
Our theme this year is on a series of reflections on the great hymn, ‘Guide me O Thou Great Redeemer’
Arthur is in Heather Ward in Newham General. He is doing really well and is hoping to be discharged from hospital in the middle of October.
He sends his best wishes to all in the Parish and would welcome visitors.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY.
St Mary’s DCC Wednesday 5th October 7.30pm in the Church Hall
Stewardship Sunday 16th October
Parish Autumn Fair Saturday 22nd October.
The Sixth Annual Service of Thanksgiving and Praise to mark Black History month 16th October 4.00pm at All Saints West Ham Parish Church, Church Street, E15 3HA.
DIOCESAN HEALING SERVICE with Bishop Stephen
Come together for a special service of healing and reconciliation, and to receive prayer and anointing for healing.
Also a chance for all those involved in the healing ministry across the Diocese to come together. Everyone Welcome.
Chelmsford Cathedral Sunday 16th October at 6pm.
www.chelmsfordcathedral.org.uk 01245 294489
PARISH AUTUMN FAIR. Saturday 22nd October.
Please turn out your cupboards – we need good prizes
for the raffle and tombola plus anything else saleable.
NO CLOTHES or SECOND HAND ELECTRICAL ITEMS.
11th EAST HAM GUIDE UNIT are looking for new guides. Any girls from the age of 10-13 are welcome to join us every Monday evening from 7.30 – 9.00pm meeting in St Bart’s Church Hall.
Anyone interested can just turn up. We look forward to meeting you.
Today our Monthly Bible Study will take place at St Mary’s at 4.30pm followed at 6.00pm by
a quiet service for Sunday evening.
St Paul’s Cathedral The People’s Bible: Lovers, Poets, Sinners, Pilgrims.
A series of public debates throughout October.
Tuesday 4th October Eve: temptress, feminist, exile
Tuesday 11th October Moses: liberator, lawyer, stammerer.
6.30 – 8.00pm Free and unticketed.
Wednesday 6.30pm at St Mary’s
Thursday 12.30pm at St Bart’s
DAILY PRAYERS are said every week day in our churches
and you are very welcome to join us:
Monday morning prayers at St Bart’s;
Tuesday morning prayers at St Mary’s;
Wednesday morning prayers at St Mary’s.
Thursday morning prayers at St Bart’s;
Friday morning prayers at St Mary’s.
All at 9.00am
The Parish Office is open Monday – Friday 9.30am – 3.30pm
Telephone 020 8470 0011 Website: www.easthamparish.org.uk
Registered Charity No: 1127847