St Mary Magdalene † St Bartholomew † St Alban †
Sunday 7th October 2012
St Therese of Lisieux – (1873-1897)
I have been fascinated by St Therese since I moved into a house in which there had previously lived one of her greatest fans – I know this because tracts and brochures and prayer lists arrived through the post relentlessly and all my efforts to ‘Return to Sender’ came to nothing. So I thought that perhaps they were meant for me and started to read them!
The flavour of the writing about St Therese was sweet to the point of sickly – but I did like some of what the lady herself, a Carmelite nun who wanted to be a priest – YEY! – wrote:
May today there be peace within.
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be content knowing you are a child of God.
Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.
It is there for each and every one of us.
I’d feel slightly concerned at being told that I’m exactly where God wants me to be if I were ill, or I didn’t have a home, or I were in an abusive relationship but that thought is balanced by the infinite possibilities.
It’s sometimes irritating too, to be told to be content – but I think that that means we have a faith from which we can leap and take risks.
St Therese died of tuberculosis, aged 24, but, in her short life, left us much to think about.
Please remember in your prayers:
Les Page, Clarice, Vicky Schiff, Win Jones,
Dela McCarteny, Frank Burdge, Maude Smith & Dot Anderson.
PARISH PRAYER ROTA This week we pray for:
Community Groups: East Ham AA Group; Narcotics Anonymous;
Newham Community Counselling; Walk A Mile In My Shoes;
Patiko Baker’s Fort Project; Royal British Legion – East Ham Branch
Readings for 7th October 2012
St Bart’s: Matthew 6: 25-33
St Mary’s: Hebrews 1: 1-4;2:5-12 Mark 10: 2-16
Readings for 14th October 2012
St Bart’s: Amos 5: 6-7, 10-15 Hebrews 4: 12-end Mark 10: 17-31
St Mary’s: Job 23: 1-9, 16-17 Hebrews 4: 12-16 Mark 10: 17-31
St Bart’s Communion Hymns: 696; 528; 590
At St Bart’s this morning we warmly welcome the Revd Rob Marshall as our Preacher & Celebrant.
At St Mary’s this morning we welcome for Baptism Tyler Scott.
Please keep him, his parents, godparents, family & friends in your prayers.
St Mary's Sunday School children and teachers invite you
for refreshments after the Harvest Service today.
We welcome donations to TEARfund for a water project in Uganda. We will also be selling cakes.
We celebrate Harvest Festival at St Mary’s & St Bart’s this morning.
The dry & tinned goods will be given to RAMP, working with refugees and asylum seekers.
Next Saturday at St Mary’s Sarah & John will be married.
Please pray for them as they prepare for their special day.
We had a nice quiet day at Haggerston yesterday.
Our Monthly Bible Study continues TODAY 4.30pm in the Luke Room at St Bart’s
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY at a glance
6th – 14th October Arts Festival for the Barking Episcopal Area
20th October Parish Autumn Fair
As you may know Marion Anglum will be leaving us before Christmas & we will be looking for people to take
on the various roles that she has been doing for us.
At the moment we are looking for a second person to help Doris with the weekly collection.
If you can help out please speak to one of the Church Wardens.
The Kitchen Table Café @ St Bart’s
Tuesday 9th October 2.30pm
£2 including refreshments
Olympic Scarf handover @ lunch club
Monday October 22nd 12.30pm
Josephine Smith will be coming from Three Mills Craft Association
to pick up our Olympic Scarf. Join us for lunch!
£5.50 for 3 courses
Quiz Night @ the kitchen table
Thursday 18th October 7pm
Quizitors: Timms boyz
£7 including supper
To book phone Anne on 0208 586 7979
ANNUAL BLACK HERITAGE SERVICE at All Saints' Church,
Church Street, Stratford, London E15 3HU.
SUNDAY OCTOBER 21st from 4pm.
Everyone welcome who is part of the human race....
Lots of food afterwards guaranteed!
PARISH AUTUMN FAIR.
Saturday 20th October 2012.
Less than 2 weeks to go.
Please turn out your cupboards –
we need GOOD prizes for the Raffle and Tombola
plus anything saleable – but NO CLOTHES OR ELECTRICAL ITEMS.
Please give to June at St Mary’s, Marion at St Bart’s or the Parish Office.
Arts Festival for the Barking Episcopal Area
6th – 14th October 2012 location – Woodford
Festival events include: Big Draw event; commission4mission exhibition; Classical & choral concerts; Jazzathon; Pet Service; Poetry evening; Street Pastors patrol; Woodford Proms; Youth festival
www.chelmsford.anglican.org/barking.html for more details
or phone 020 8520 3771 Leaflets available at the back of both Churches.
THE CASE FOR GOD St Paul’s Cathedral, Autumn 2012.
Public arguments about God tend to happen between fundamentalists,
both atheists and believers. Five of the most distinguished and engaging theologians will explore the reality of belief.
Tuesday 16th October The Case for God Karen Armstrong
Tuesday 30th October Atheist Delusions David Bentley Hart
Tuesday 13th November What’s the Point of Being a Christian? Timothy Radcliffe OP
Wednesday 28th November A New Kind of Christianity Brian McLaren.
Wednesday 6.30pm at St Mary’s
Thursday 12.30pm at St Bart’s
The Parish Office is open Monday – Friday 9.30am – 3.30pm
Telephone 020 8470 0011
Registered Charity No: 1127847