The summer holidays are now drifting into the realm of memory and we pick up the threads of normal life. We resume our normal schedule of two services per Sunday (9:30 and 11:00) and our midweek on Wednesday (recommencing on Wednesday 10th September). One of the features of our Sunday and midweek worship is the opportunity to meet for coffee after the services. I would like to thank all those who have made this possible over the last number of years. For this to continue we need a panel of people who are prepared to prepare the coffee for us all. There is a rota in the porch at the back of Church
On October 11th we celebrate Harvest Thanksgiving and we are delighted to welcome as our preacher on that day Rev Martin O’Kelly, who is remembered from his time with us on a student placement during his training. This year the format of the Service will be that of Family Service.
Harvest, Christmas, Easter are all special days special days – but then each Sunday is a special day. The Jewish Sabbath recalls God resting on the 7th day from his work of creation and God’s redemption of his people form slavery in Egypt and bringing them into the promised land. On Sunday, the Christian Sabbath we remember Jesus rising from the dead. In word, in song, in bread and wine we turn to the God who made us, who redeemed us , who strengthens us by his Spirit. It is easy to slip out of the way of worship, it is hard to step back in. Could I assure you all that you are sure of a welcome in your Parish Church, that your children will be made welcome and by your presence you will enhance the whole people of God as we gather for worship.
In our rota of services we seek to respond to the worship needs of all sectors of the Parish. In meetings prioer to the summer holidays , the Select Vestry began a process of reflection on how we can enhance this. the Family Service on the 2nd Sunday of each month, which has developed a style of its own, will continue to develop. On the 4th Sunday of the month our Youth Worker Elke will continue to lead a Sunday School, which will run alongside our Family Communion Service. We feel that there is greater scope for development of this service.
O God make the door of this house wide enough to receive all who need human love and fellowship, and a heavenly Father’s care, and narrow enough to shut out all envy, pride and hate. Make its threshold smooth enough to be no stumbling-block to children, nor to straying feet, but rugged enough to turn back the tempter’s power: make it a gateway to thine eternal kingdom. Amen
Congratulations to our very first Parish Youth Worker, Shaz Basdeo, on her recent marriage – we wish her and Paddy every blessing in the years ahead.
We extend our deepest sympathy to Rev Jim Carroll, former Rector of Raheny, on the death of his wife Valerie after a long battle with cancer in St Rancios Hospice in Raheny. Jim and Valerie were a great team, serving faithfully in Raheny for over 20 years.. Jim will be very much in our thoughts and prayers in the weeks that lie ahead.
From the Registers
Baptisms: Isobel Alice Fanning, daugheter of Tom and Louise
Ted Percy O’Flanagan; son of David and Joanna
Holly Alice Havill, daughtte of Geoffrey and Sharon.