St Mary Magdalene † St Bartholomew † St Alban †
Sunday 22nd April 2012
You are Witnesses of Jesus
The vocation (or call) to faith, is not a trivial expression of God’s sense of humour but a generous extension of the divine to the human. Our response to this call from God completes the covenant.
The human response to God’s call is indeed a bold step that launches us, into a peculiar way of life: Christian (or Christ Way), and on the epic journey of untold experiences. On this journey, we are privileged to walk alongside Jesus, like his apostles and disciples did 2000 years ago. We are on the way to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35). Baptism and confirmation make this experiences present and real in time and space in the lives of each and everyone of us. We journey, with Christ walking beside us, talking to us and nourishing us. But do you hear His voice? Do you recognise him? The recent paschal/Easter liturgies revitalise these faith and sometimes even mystical experiences in all creation.
The vocation/call to Christian discipleship and mission becomes even more complicated and onerous by Jesus’ in today’s Gospel, asking us to be his WITNESS: “You are witnesses of these things."
Where do we start with this vocation/call to be Witnesses of Jesus ? It is quite easy to be Jesus’s witness when he performs those wonderful miracles: When water becomes wine, the lady with haemorrhage is made whole, five fishes and five loaves made to feed and satisfy the five thousand (without an additional trip to Tescos, Asdas, Green Street, or even East Ham market!), and indeed when He raised Lazarus out of the tomb - from death to life – those glorious moments! I would volunteer any time, any day to be Jesus’ witness.
But the Jesus experiences is not that simple, is it? Is this God-Made-Man recognizable to me lying in the poverty of a manger? Or when He is disgraced and spat at in the courts of Pontius Pilate? Do I really have to bear witness to Him, when He hangs dying on the Calvary cross? Even Peter had to deny Him then (three times!)
Perhaps the complexities and paradoxes of Jesus’ images mimic the paradoxes of our own humanity and lives. The happy faults of incarnation and Jesus’ vicarious suffering and death makes what is ours His, and what is His ours, gaining for us so great a Redeemer! (Exultet) YES! This is the irreversible POWER that accompanies God’s call/vocation to YOU.
Go therefore and witness to Jesus, without fear or shame in your life and with your life. Remember, Jesus walks beside you and He will whisper each time you need it: “PEACE BE WITH YOU” Fr Fred
Please remember in your prayers:
Les Page, Clarice, Vicky Schiff, Arthur Worwood, Win Jones, Martin Gammon,
Dela McCarteny, Frank Burdge, Joan Short & Colin Brockwell.
PARISH PRAYER ROTA This week we pray for
Kitchen Table @ St Bart’s: Anne, Michael, Katie and the volunteer helpers:
Older People: Golden Oldies: Genesis Housing Association – residents and staff: Lunch Club: Friday Games
Readings for 22nd April 2012
St Mary’s: Revelations 12: 7-12 2 Timothy 2: 3-13 John 15: 18-21
St Bart’s: Acts 3: 12-19 1 John 3: 1-7 Luke 24: 36b-48
Readings for 29th April 2012
Acts 4: 5-12 1 John 3: 16-end John 10: 11-18
St Mary’s Birthday’s HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Win Jones, Albert Davis & Caroline Tellis
St Bart’s Communion Hymns: 159; 284; 877
Annual Parochial Church Meeting
Thanks to all who turned up at the meeting last Sunday.
Church wardens and council members were elected for the various officers in the Church. A full list will be available next week.
One very important issue arose, the meeting decided to award Norman Lipman
the honorary position of Churchwarden emeritus after over 25 years service. Many congratulations.
If you attended the General meeting last Sunday and did not sign
the attendance list please contact June at St Mary’s or the Parish Office so that your name can be included on the list of those present.
PARISH TREASURER NEEDED.
After many years of excellent service Tim has decided to hang up his calculator and give up his post as Parish Treasurer.
If anybody would like to take up this roll please contact one of the clergy.
Tim is happy to give pointers as to what’s needed.
The Parish profile is now on the Diocese of Chelmsford website and will be on our website very soon.
The advert will be going in the Church Times on 11th & 18th May.
A copy of the Profile is available at the back of both Churches.
It’s lovely to see Frances back at St Bart’s this morning.
As from next week she will be away at Waltham Abbey until the end of June getting some experience of life in a different Parish.
We wish her every blessing while she is away from us.
While Frances is away please contact the Parish Office if there are any problems/concerns.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
2nd June Dance at St Mary’s.
3rd June Picnic at St Mary’s to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee
7th July Parish Trip to Maldon
21st/22nd July St Mary’s Patronal Festival Weekend
21st July Open Day at St Mary’s and Olympic Torch relay down High Street South
22nd July St Mary’s Patronal Festival
6th October Quiet Day at Haggerston.
East Ham Parish Quiz Night.
St Mary’s Church Hall – Norman Road
Saturday May 19th 2012, 7.30pm start.
Tickets £5.00, bring your own food and drink.
Tickets available soon: Tables of up to 8 people
In aid of the Parish Children’s Jubilee Party.
High Street South Methodist Church are holding their annual Fellowship Anniversary and Tea
on Monday,23rd April at 2.30pm.
All welcome. The speaker is Revd.Nicola Vidamour.
Healthy Eating Work-Shop for young people
aged 8 – 16 years old.
Friday 27th April 6pm-7pm at St Bart’s.
FREE. Please come along and join in. Snacks provided.
Parish Jubilee Picnic
There will be a meeting after the Sunday Service TODAY at St Mary’s to discuss the Jubilee Picnic.
Anybody interested in helping, please attend.
STUBBERS 2012. Our 12th trip to Stubbers Adventure Centre
in Upminster is from 29th June – 1st July 2012. We have space for
30 children aged 8-16 to spend a residential weekend with a team
of experienced adults where they will do Jet Ski, high-ropes,
AS SOON AS POSSIBLE with a cheque made payable to
CHRISTIAN AID CONCERT
Do you have a song in your heart or dancing feet…. music in your fingers
or a tale on your tongue?
The talent scouts are out now looking for performers to join the
line-up for our 8th annual Parish Concert for Christian Aid.
Date: Saturday 12 May 2012 Time: 3.00pm
Venue: St Bartholomew’s Church.
If you’d like to join in please give the details of your item to
Alison at St Mary’s or Geraldine at St Bart’s.
NB The deadline for inclusion on the programme is TODAY.
(PS: tone deaf but talented in the kitchen? – all contributions towards refreshments gratefully received!)
Wednesday 6.30pm at St Mary’s
Thursday 12.30pm at St Bart’s
DAILY PRAYERS have changed in light of Frances being away:
Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday at St Mary’s
and Thursday at St Bart’s all at 9.00am.
Obviously as Quintin is the only vicar there may be occasions when he will not be here.
The Parish Office is open Monday – Friday 9.30am – 3.30pm
Telephone 020 8470 0011
Registered Charity No: 1127847