Newsletter for September 5th 2021

This Sunday @ St Michael’s


Join us at 10:30am on Sunday morning in St Michael’s for Holy Communion. Jonathan is leading and Chris Scruby preaching from Galatians 5:13-25.

The big news this week is the very welcome return to live singing of our Choir from this Sunday.

This Sunday @ St Andrew’s


Join us at 10am on Sunday morning in St Andrew’s for Morning Worship. David Wenham is leading and Eve Lockett preaching on Song of Solomon 2:8-13 and Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23.

Online worship

The 10:30am Service in St Michael’s will be live-streamed via our website at:

The service will remain available to watch 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 Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity

Almighty God,
whose only Son has opened for us
a new and living way into your presence:
give us pure hearts and steadfast wills
to worship you in spirit and in truth;
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

Galatians 5:13-25

13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbour as yourself.” 15 If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.

16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.

Parish Office News

Once school term restarts, Amanda has kindly offered to support me in the Parish Office, until we are able to recruit a new administrator.

The Parish Office answerphone will be checked regularly or please get directly in touch with Jonathan, on, or 01865 863702.

Taizé Service

The online Taizé service for September is now available. With readings, prayers and meditative sung worship, it’s the perfect way to find some peace in the stresses and strains of life. 

Worship for Seniors

The August edition of our online series of Worship for Seniors is available at William Cutting’s theme this month is “Hands”.

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:

Forthcoming Worship Services

St Andrew’s @ 10am

12/9 Holy Communion (Galatians 5:13-25) – Jonathan leading, Chris Scruby preaching

19/9 Morning Worship (Galatians 5:26-6:5) – Jessica Turner

26/9 Morning Worship (Galatians 6:6-18) – David Wenham

3/10 Harvest

St Michael’s @ 8am

19/9 Holy Communion (1662) (Galatians 6:6-18) – Jonathan

St Michael’s @ 10.30am

12/9 Morning Worship (Galatians 5:26-6:5) – Jean Pryce-Williams

19/9 Morning Worship (Galatians 6:6-18) – Jonathan

26/9 Big Story Sunday (Matthew 9:1-8) – Jonathan

3/10 Harvest

St Michael’s remains open for private prayer on Monday and Friday, 9am-5pm.

Please Pray For…

  • Pupils, teachers and staff at Cumnor C.E. School and Matthew Arnold as term restarts.
  • Those affected by COVID and especially suffering from Long-COVID.
  • 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,

01865 861541

Jonathan Widdess

The Vicarage,
1, Abingdon Road

01865 861541

Kate Elliott
Safeguarding Officer

07782 350491

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