St Mary Magdalene † St Bartholomew † St Alban †
Sunday 13th February 2011
…Perfect Love Casteth out Fear … (I John 4.18)
As I write these words I am aware that next week is Valentine’s Day and this week has been National Marriage Week which is endorsed by the Church and, according to the by-line, “celebrates commitment”. But my thoughts are not so much of romantic love but of a slightly different kind of love:
the love of God to us as Christians.
A close member of my family is facing surgery and continuing medical treatment for a life-limiting condition and naturally we are all concerned. As I was thinking about all of this, the above verse came to me – “perfect love casteth out fear”, in the Authorised Version.
The commentators point out that it refers to forgiveness
– we have no need to fear God because of our failings since God has shown us his love and has forgiven us –and it also refers to confidence.
It is the confidence part that I want to stress. There are many passages of scripture which refer to Christian confidence and, I suppose, there are many because there need to be. We are human and we fail and we fear and are anxious. This verse should help us to calm our fears and concerns. Of course like so much in the Christian life it isn’t easy. It isn’t meant to be easy, but it is there, for us to reflect on and draw on. How we can use it is up to us.
Please remember in your prayers:
Les Page, Allen Lloyd-White, Clarice, Annie, Vicky Schiff,
Harriett, David Morris, Valerie Coleman, Janice Wenlock,
Joan Short, Minnie, Maud Smith, Bob Gammon,
Susan Okukenu Stella, Xavia & Geoff Hayes.
(If you would like a name to be added or removed from this list
please speak to one of the clergy)
PARISH PRAYER ROTA This week we pray for
Health & Exercise: St Bart’s Surgery; Taekwondo; Weightwatchers;
Karate; Tang Soo Do
Readings for 13th February 2011
Deuteronomy 30: 15-20 1 Corinthians 3: 1-9 Matthew 5: 21-37
Readings for 20th February 2011
Leviticus 19: 1-2, 9-18 1 Corinthians 3: 10-11, 16-end
Matthew 5: 38-end
St Bart’s Communion Hymns:
23: 437: 903
St Mary’s Birthday’s HAPPY BIRTHDAY to:
Norman Lipman, Pat Davis, Ashley Smith, Elizabeth Mason
& Margaret Wallace.
Today Jane will be at St Mary’s, Frances at St Bart’s
and Quintin at St Edmunds, Forest Gate.
Quintin spoke to Valerie Coleman & Frank Burdge
who are both well and hope to be back with us when it’s a bit warmer.
They both send their regards to all at St Mary’s.
TODAY. Mystery Sunday Session for 9-13yr olds from our churches at the Rectory, Navarre Road 4.00pm.
Please let one of the clergy or John Marshall know if you will be coming.
Bibles in St Bart’s.
Sometimes we are asked by visitors if they can take away a bible from the church. Our stock is very small –
if you have a spare bible at home which might be given away, please bring it and leave it at the back of the church.
On Sunday 27th February Ann Easter will be licensed by the Bishop of Barking at the 10.00am service at St Mary’s.
Long standing members of St Bart’s will be sad to learn
of the death last week of Jan Heard, for many years one
of the Golden Oldies dance group.
Please remember her and Ron in your prayers.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
St Bart’s DCC 16th February 8.00pm in the Chapel.
Minutes and agendas available to pick up today.
PCC 23rd February 7.30pm at St Mary’s
Annual Parish Meeting 6th March at St Bart’s
We have been offered a child’s cot, with mattress and bedding,
free of charge for a family who might need it. If you know of anyone who might find this useful, please contact the parish office.
ADULT BAPTISM AND CONFIRMATION.
Classes are taking place at St Bart’s at 2.30pm on Saturday afternoons:
please keep those preparing for baptism and confirmation in your prayers.
Newham Talking Newspaper are looking for volunteer
readers who could spend 2 hours on a Wednesday evening
once a month to record local newspaper articles for
Newham’s blind and partially sighted.
Contact Tim Davies or the Parish office for more information.
1st COMMUNION CLASSES for children who are baptised and aged 7 and upwards will begin on 13th March after church.
Could you please sign up on the sheets at the back of church if you are interested.
SOAP, TOOTHPASTE, LOO ROLLS, washing powder,
towels – all things that are much needed
by 308(formerly the Turnaround hostel) working with those who have been homeless. Could you add one of these
(or any toiletry items) to your shopping list – and drop it into the ‘Gifts for 308’ grey bin at the back of St Bart’s. Thank you!
The Kitchen Table @ St Bart’s
Let’s celebrate love @ Lunch Club.
Monday 14th February 12.30pm
£5 including 3 course meal.
Friday 18th February 7.00pm
Singalong a sound of music
£8 including supper.
If you have any ideas for conversation events, community nights or
anything else that we could do @ the kitchen table please come along to our
Kitchen Cabinet, Thursday afternoons at 2.30pm.
St Mary’s Wednesday 6.30pm
St Bart’s Thursday 12.30pm
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 (February);
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
Registered Charity No: 1127847