Newsletter for September 26th 2021
This Sunday @ St Michael’s
Join us at 10:30am on Sunday morning in St Michael’s for Big Story Sunday. Jonathan is leading as we explore the story of Jesus healing a paralysed man from Matthew 9:1-8.
Big Story Sunday is our service for everyone from the eldest to the youngest as we find our home together in God’s Big Story.
This Sunday @ St Andrew’s
Join us at 10am on Sunday morning in St Andrew’s for Morning Worship. David Wenham is leading and preaching from Galatians 6:6-18.
The 10:30am Service in St Michael’s will be live-streamed via our website at:
The service will be available to watch online afterwards.
You can also listen to this service by phoning 01865 920993 – the service will be available by telephone from about 12:30pm on Sunday.
Collect for Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity
you have made us for yourself,
and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you:
pour your love into our hearts and draw us to yourself,
and so bring us at last to your heavenly city
where we shall see you face to face;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Readings for Sunday
Jesus stepped into a boat, crossed over and came to his own town. 2 Some men brought to him a paralysed man, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.”
3 At this, some of the teachers of the law said to themselves, “This fellow is blaspheming!”
4 Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, “Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts? 5 Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? 6 But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralysed man, “Get up, take your mat and go home.” 7 Then the man got up and went home. 8 When the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe; and they praised God, who had given such authority to man.
6 Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor.
7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
Not Circumcision but the New Creation
11 See what large letters I use as I write to you with my own hand!
12 Those who want to impress people by means of the flesh are trying to compel you to be circumcised. The only reason they do this is to avoid being persecuted for the cross of Christ. 13 Not even those who are circumcised keep the law, yet they want you to be circumcised that they may boast about your circumcision in the flesh. 14 May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. 15 Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is the new creation. 16 Peace and mercy to all who follow this rule—to the Israel of God.
17 From now on, let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus.
18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers and sisters. Amen.
The St Michael’s Toddler group got off to an encouraging start on Wednesday morning. It was great to see some familiar faces and draw in some new mums too. If any of your neighbours have young children, please do invite them along.
The group meets in the Parish Centre, 1 Abingdon Road.
Each session costs just £1 and runs from 9am-11am during term times.
The group is open to everyone.
For more details please contact Dianne Taylor (01865 862165) or Angela Evans (01865 864397).
Creation Care Course
In the run up to Cop26 in November, we are running a new course exploring Creation Care: A Christian Approach at St Andrews, Dean Court. It starts on 4th October at 7:30pm. Please bring your own cup if you’d like a hot drink, and a bible. For more details please contact Jessica Turner, 01865 864435
Bible Club at Matthew Arnold
Prior to lockdown we were running a successful and growing Bible Club in Matthew Arnold School. The school are keen to have us back, and I want to build a team to restart it as soon as possible.
Would you be able to spare about an 1 hour on a Wednesday lunchtime during term-time to help teenagers learn about the Christian Faith?
Please pray about it and get in touch if you think this might be something for you.
Worship for Seniors
The September edition of our online series of Worship for Seniors remains available at https://cumnor.org/worship-for-seniors-september-2021/. William Cutting’s theme this month is “The Heart”.
Worship for Seniors is a monthly series of devotional videos for seniors and those in care homes. Each episode lasts about 15 minutes.
Faith and Art
David Lockett has released the last in the current season of his Faith and Art series, exploring “Simeon In The Temple With The Christ Child” by Rembrandt. Watch it here: https://cumnor.org/faith-and-art-august-21/
The Taizé service for September is still available.
With readings, prayers and meditative sung worship, it’s still the perfect way to find some peace in the stresses and strains of life.
St Michael’s Choir practice in Church on Friday evenings at 6:30pm. New members always welcome. Please contact Andrew Dyer for more details. Tel: 01865 862042 e-mail: email@example.com
The Bellringers practice on Wednesday evenings from 7:30-9pm. Please contact Jenny Dyer for more details. Tel: 01865 862042 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Harvest Festival – Sunday 3rd October
As we celebrate this year’s harvest, with the COP26 meeting this autumn we’ll be thinking about the threat that climate change poses to the harvest, to our farmers and to our world.
Jessica Turner will be speaking at St Michael’s, and Jonathan at St Andrew’s.
We will once again be collecting gifts for the Oxford Community Emergency Foodbank. They are asking for the goods below:
- Jams/other spreads
- Tins Vegetables (not tomatoes or pulses)
- Tins, Pkt Puddings
- Tins Meat
- Tins Fruit
- Bottled Sauces
- Coffee/Hot Chocolate
- Practical Toiletries
Please ensure that items have a ‘sell by date’ of at least 3 months and is clearly marked.
Forthcoming Worship Services
St Andrew’s @ 10am
3/10 Harvest Festival (Jonathan Widdess)
10/10 Holy Communion (Helen Azer)
17/10 Morning Worship (David Wenham)
24/10 Morning Worship (David Wenham with Chris Scruby preaching)
St Michael’s @ 8am
17/10 Holy Communion (1662)
St Michael’s @ 10.30am
3/10 Harvest Festival with Holy Communion (Jean Pryce-Williams with Jessica Turner preaching)
10/10 Morning Worship (Jonathan Widdess with Chris Scruby preaching)
17/10 Morning Worship (Jonathan Widdess with Eve Lockett preaching)
24/10 Big Story Sunday (Jonathan Widdess)
St Michael’s remains open for private prayer every Monday and Friday, from 9am-5pm.
Please Pray For…
- Those affected by COVID and especially those suffering from Long-COVID.
- The PCC, who meet next on Wednesday evening.
- Our CMS mission partner Bia.
- The St Andrew’s Rebuilding Project.
- All those who remain anxious for their jobs or their future.
- Those who are homeless or struggling with food poverty.
- People to find a living faith in Jesus.
- Everyone who leads worship, preaches or teaches in our parish.
St Michael’s Parish Office
1, Abingdon Road,
The Parish Office email and answerphone are being checked regularly by Amanda or please get directly in touch with Jonathan.
1, Abingdon Road