St Mary Magdalene † St Bartholomew † St Alban †
Sunday31st March 2013
BISHOP STEPHEN SENDS EASTER GREETINGS.
On the night before he died, Jesus shared a meal with his friends and as he broke and shared the bread and poured out the wine, he told them it was his body and blood, and that whenever they ate or drank they should remember him. That meal was probably a Passover meal, a solemn and joyful remembrance of liberation.
Sitting with him that night the disciples must have wondered what on earth Jesus was on about. Broken bread his body? Wine his blood? How could they understand what he meant? But when he was stretched and broken on the cross the next day, his blood poured out, they would have made a connection. And when two of them invited a stranger to supper on the following evening, and when that stranger blessed bread and broke it and shared it, they recognised him as Jesus, risen from the dead.
The resurrection of Jesus is the heart and foundation of the Christian faith. It is in the light of the resurrection that everything else about Jesus, and everything else about human life and human history, makes sense. Without the resurrection Christianity is a flimsy thing.
But the resurrection of Jesus is not just an event in human history; it is a way of making sense of life today. Jesus wants us to know and receive his risen life now. He wants us to understand that his death on the cross is not just a sharing in the suffering of the world – though it is! – but the sign of God’s passionate involvement in the world and of God’s longing to reconcile the whole of creation to himself.
On the cross Jesus freely offers his life for the sake of the world God loves. in the resurrection God shows us our destiny, a new and transformed life that begins today and lasts for eternity.
It is in the breaking of the bread and the sharing of the wine that we begin to understand all this. It healps us understand the meaning of the cross. It points towards the great banquet of heaven. This is why when Christians gather together Sunday by Sunday we break bread. We remember Jesus and Jesus remembers us.
Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed! Allelulia!
Thanks to all who have supported our various Holy Week Services. It has been a week of varied emotions and much reflection as the various liturgies have impacted on our task as disciples at this time and in this culture.
In Our Prayers
Pray for +Stephen and +David Our Bishops and for our mission to East Ham as a parish. We also remember Jide our Curate training at Westcott House, Cambridge.
We remember those who are sick and suffering and particularly we pray for
Les Page, Clarice, Win Jones, Dela McCarteny, Maude Smith,
Dot Anderson,Martin & Yvonne Gammon, Geneva Grimes,
Louise Simmonds,Joyce Des & Ricky Adolph.
At this time we thank God for the resurrection and for our hope in glory.
Please also pray for the soul of Ron Pratt whose funeral takes place this week..
Ron did attend St.Mary’s many years ago..
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Parish Prayer Rota:This week we pray for Community Groups:
East Ham AA Group; Narcotics Anonymous; Newham Community Counselling; Patiko Baker’s Fort Project;
Royal British Legion – East Ham Branch.
Readings for 31st March 2013
Isaiah 65: 17-end Acts 10: 34-43 Luke 24: 1-12
Readings for 7th April 2013
John 20: 19 - end
St Mary’s Birthdays HAPPY BIRTHDAY to: Arabella Quigley, Joseph Menson & Paige Wetherell
At St Mary’s this morning we welcome Leah Namatova,
José Carlos & Dahné Carlos who will be receiving Communion for the first time today.
Please keep them in your prayers.
Many thanks to all who helped clean and decorate St Mary’s yesterday.
The church looks wonderful.
APCM Next Sunday Yes, its that time of the year again when we look back at another year in the life of our parish and hold hugely important elections for our councils and officers including churchwardens.
PLEASE make an extra effort, whichever of our churches you attend, to come along and hear of the rich variety of events and happenings which make up the life of our parish. Forms for signing up for church councils are available at the back of both churches.
The Week Ahead.
Barts Cafe is open Tuesday to Friday for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea. From this week a daily dish of the day!
Come and support the cafe and enjoy food and friendship.
Morning Prayer is said at 9am at St Mary Magdalene on Tuesday and Friday and at St Barts on Wednesday and Thursday.
Wednesday 3rd 1830 Mass at St Mary Magdalene
Followed by St Mary’s DCC 7.30pm in the Parish Room.
Thursday 4th 1230 Lunchtime Eucharist at St Bart's
followed by lunch in the Bart's Cafe.
1400 Bart's Forum ( see notice below)
Next Sunday 0800 Mass at St Mary Magdalene
1000 Parish Eucharist (Joint Service) at St Bartholomew's followed by APCM.
Bible Study Group Meets in the afternoon.
Bart's Forum. This is a revamped chance to chat and chinwag about what concerns or bothers us as well as those things which we want to share because they make us happy. Every THURSDAY at 2pm we will exchange ideas over tea and cake in Barts Cafe.
Rose has agreed to covene the meeting. Please come along
Bart's Lunch on Monday Club. Now that the cafe has settled down we have decided to reinstate the 3 course set lunch Monday meal at 1230 from Monday 8th April. A delicious meal costing just £5.50 will be available and there will be plenty of good company to enjoy at the same time. Please let Sue know in the cafe if you are thinking of coming but you can also turn up on the day!
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 9th annual
Parish Concert for Christian Aid.Date: Saturday 11 May 2013
Time: 3.00- 5.00pm Venue: St Mary Magdalene.
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 Sunday 28 April so get thinking now!
(PS: tone deaf but talented in the kitchen? – all contributions towards refreshments gratefully received!)
Monday 15th April Launch of the Parish Book Club
We will meet at St Bart's Centre at 2pm for a discussion centering around 3 of Philip Larkin's poems which will be available on the day.
Followed by afternoon tea in Barts Café ALL WELCOME
Gospel of Mark Study Day Monday 22nd April 1030am-3.30pm
The Upper Room. St Bart's Centre
A day of Bible Study and reflection on the First Gospel and what it's message is for today's missionary church. Three sessions during the day - starting with St Mark's portrayal of Jesus as Son of God; we will then reflect on the idea of "Kingdom of God" in Mark; we end by looking at the gifts of Discipleship as portrayed in Mark's Gospel. Cost is just £5 which includes lunch in Bart's Cafe.This day is aimed at those available on weekdays. Similar events will be organised in the evenings and on Saturdays in the future. Please note that access to the Upper Room does not include disabled access.
Led by Revd Rob Marshall If you would like to book a place please ring or email the parish office
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