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Feb 27

ASH WEDNESDAY, 5th March: details of Services

 

5th February

9.10am Morning Prayer w Ash

10am School Mass

(Yrs 1-6)

11.30am-12noon Confessions

12noon Said Mass

2pm School Service

(Early Years)

6.45-7.15pm Confessions

7.30pm Solemn Sung Mass

with Imposition of Ashes

Everyone is welcome at any of the above services on Ash Wednesday.

If you will be away from the parish on Ash Wednesday, please go to www.achurchnearyou.com to find a service near your work or school.


Feb 18
Lent 2012AD!
The holy season of Lent is almost here! This is one of the most important times in the Christian year, as we spend 40 days and 40 nights preparing to celebrate the greatest mysteries of our faith – Jesus’s death and resurrection. This is a great time to enter into this season and join Jesus on his journey to the cross.
Here is some info about what’s going on at St Peter’s:
Ash Wednesday: 22nd February
Ash Wednesday is what used to be called a holy day of obligation, meaning it is every Christian’s duty to go to Mass that day, and in the Church of England we are also called to ‘self-discipline and denial’, which has traditionally meant abstaining from meat, or fasting in some other way appropriate to our circumstances.
 *ASH WEDNESDAY  MASSES*
22nd February
7.30am Said Mass
9.10am Morning Prayer
10am School Mass with ashing
12noon Said Mass
2pm School Early Years service with ashing
6pm Evening Prayer
7.30pm Solemn Mass 
with Imposition of Ashes
There will be a priest in church to hear your Confession or for prayer or conversation around Mass times, i.e. 8.15-9am, 11.30am-12noon, 6.30-7pm. Everyone welcome. (If you want to know more about Confession, see Father Andrew’s previous blog here: http://stpeterswalworth.tumblr.com/post/11135035961/confession)
Love Life: Live Lent! booklets available in church
We are invited by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to take part in this Church of England Lent movement. It involves buying a small booklet for £1 (children’s and youth/adult versions are available in church). There is then a simple action for each day to help you keep a holy Lent. The scheme is based on Christian service and the concept of ‘random acts of kindness’. These actions help us to transform our world - locally, nationally and globally. You can buy a copy in church today or next Sunday. For more information, speak to Father Andrew or visit: www.livelent.net for some more info
 
Young People! Lent Service with Bishop Christopher:
Taize-Style Prayer Round the Cross with Bishop Christopher, Br Paolo of the Taize Community and young people from Southwark and London Dioceses.
Southwark Cathedral:  Friday 24 February 2012, 7.00pm – 9.00pm, with song practice at 6.30pm.  Chants and prayers in the Taize style, with a meditation by the Bishop of Southwark.
Come begin this Lenten season by laying down your burdens and those of others at the cross of Christ.  Please speak to Father Andrew (who is involved with this service) for further details.
 
Monday Evenings at 6.15pm: Stations of the Cross (27th Feb-26th Mar)
Come and make the Way of the Cross with Jesus: This very popular traditional Lenten devotion takes us on a journey with Jesus to the cross, and also on a journey around our own church, as we meditate on moments from the Passion depicted in our own unique Stations of the Cross on the walls of our church. This devotion involves movement, singing and prayers and is particularly suitable for both young and old.
 
Thursday Evenings at 6pm: Lectio divina (holy Bible reading) (1st-29th Mar)
……focusing on reading the following Sunday’s Gospel passage.  We will follow the principles of lectio divina, which means ‘holy reading’.
This time will give us the opportunity to engage with the Gospel, including periods of silence as well as reading the text together and chance to discuss what the word of God means for us and how it challenges, comforts, and shapes us.
 
Online resources for Lent:
www.sacredspace.ie
www.christianaid.org.uk/ ‘Count Your Blessings!’ For adults and kids, recommended by our own Kate!
www.cuf.org.uk/ - the Church of England fighting poverty in the UK
www.bustedhalo.com (lively Roman Catholic site looking at issues, prayer, Lent…)
 
Do you have a favourite resource to share with us? Email: rector@stpeterswalworth.org

Lent 2012AD!

The holy season of Lent is almost here! This is one of the most important times in the Christian year, as we spend 40 days and 40 nights preparing to celebrate the greatest mysteries of our faith – Jesus’s death and resurrection. This is a great time to enter into this season and join Jesus on his journey to the cross.

Here is some info about what’s going on at St Peter’s:

Ash Wednesday: 22nd February

Ash Wednesday is what used to be called a holy day of obligation, meaning it is every Christian’s duty to go to Mass that day, and in the Church of England we are also called to ‘self-discipline and denial’, which has traditionally meant abstaining from meat, or fasting in some other way appropriate to our circumstances.

 *ASH WEDNESDAY  MASSES*

22nd February

7.30am Said Mass

9.10am Morning Prayer

10am School Mass with ashing

12noon Said Mass

2pm School Early Years service with ashing

6pm Evening Prayer

7.30pm Solemn Mass

with Imposition of Ashes

There will be a priest in church to hear your Confession or for prayer or conversation around Mass times, i.e. 8.15-9am, 11.30am-12noon, 6.30-7pm. Everyone welcome. (If you want to know more about Confession, see Father Andrew’s previous blog here: http://stpeterswalworth.tumblr.com/post/11135035961/confession)

Love Life: Live Lent! booklets available in church

We are invited by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to take part in this Church of England Lent movement. It involves buying a small booklet for £1 (children’s and youth/adult versions are available in church). There is then a simple action for each day to help you keep a holy Lent. The scheme is based on Christian service and the concept of ‘random acts of kindness’. These actions help us to transform our world - locally, nationally and globally. You can buy a copy in church today or next Sunday. For more information, speak to Father Andrew or visit: www.livelent.net for some more info

 

Young People! Lent Service with Bishop Christopher:

Taize-Style Prayer Round the Cross with Bishop Christopher, Br Paolo of the Taize Community and young people from Southwark and London Dioceses.

Southwark Cathedral:  Friday 24 February 2012, 7.00pm – 9.00pm, with song practice at 6.30pm.  Chants and prayers in the Taize style, with a meditation by the Bishop of Southwark.

Come begin this Lenten season by laying down your burdens and those of others at the cross of Christ.  Please speak to Father Andrew (who is involved with this service) for further details.

 

Monday Evenings at 6.15pm: Stations of the Cross (27th Feb-26th Mar)

Come and make the Way of the Cross with Jesus: This very popular traditional Lenten devotion takes us on a journey with Jesus to the cross, and also on a journey around our own church, as we meditate on moments from the Passion depicted in our own unique Stations of the Cross on the walls of our church. This devotion involves movement, singing and prayers and is particularly suitable for both young and old.

 

Thursday Evenings at 6pm: Lectio divina (holy Bible reading) (1st-29th Mar)

……focusing on reading the following Sunday’s Gospel passage.  We will follow the principles of lectio divina, which means ‘holy reading’.

This time will give us the opportunity to engage with the Gospel, including periods of silence as well as reading the text together and chance to discuss what the word of God means for us and how it challenges, comforts, and shapes us.

 

Online resources for Lent:

www.sacredspace.ie

www.christianaid.org.uk/ ‘Count Your Blessings!’ For adults and kids, recommended by our own Kate!

www.cuf.org.uk/ - the Church of England fighting poverty in the UK

www.bustedhalo.com (lively Roman Catholic site looking at issues, prayer, Lent…)

 

Do you have a favourite resource to share with us? Email: rector@stpeterswalworth.org


Oct 7

How do you ‘Go to Confession’?

Recently I was on a clergy conference/retreat. We had a priest come to lead us for a quiet day. He suggested that after his first session we spend ten minutes in silence before exploring the themes he had given us to look at. I quickly had the sense that God was calling me to go and make my Confession with this priest, and so I did.

It had been a year since I had last made my Confession, and I’d been sort of waiting for ‘the right moment’ to go to Confession again. I have to confess (sorry!) that I really wish I could go to Confession more often. Why don’t I? Partly because I don’t always have the time to prepare and go; partly because I am reluctant, and don’t really relish the idea of telling another person exactly how I fail God and others. And I suppose it’s also because in the Church of England we have a relaxed approach to Confession: None must, all may, some should. (So, we have Confession but nobody has to do it, but anybody can if they want to, and sometimes people really should go to Confession if there’s something very serious going on…)

So why do it? In Confession (now often called the Sacrament of Reconciliation), we force ourselves to open up as much as possible to God, in the presence of another human being who helps us to really open our hearts to God, to be honest with God. And then the other person (the priest) helps us to understand that we are completely forgiven and loved by God. And the priest is bound by oath to keep what is said in Confession completely confidential, so we know we can be truly honest and open, about our big sins and our little ones.

Mostly in life we wear a mask of one sort or another. In Confession we can really let that mask drop, and be open and honest about the things we do which we don’t really want to do, the things we do which we know hurt us, or God, or our fellow human beings. And the priest can help us to reflect on what we are confessing, on any patterns or connections we might not see for ourselves. All of this can help us move forward, to grow and be better human beings and better Christians. If Confession is the only time we can be completely honest, that’s an amazing thing. And there’s an amazing energy (you could call it God’s grace) that comes out of that - energy to go forward into a new life, free from old habits, though of course this doesn’t mean we’re suddenly perfect. Instead, we’re committed to a journey, which will probably involve coming to Confession again, and again as we slowly but surely learn to do the things we really want to do, instead of the things we don’t!

When I made my confession on Monday I was again struck by the overwhelming joy of the Sacrament, joy which comes after the pain and difficulty of being really honest about my own failings and sins. When the priest pronounced the words of absolution and forgiveness, I just couldn’t stop smiling! My experience of Confession (both making my confession and hearing other people’s) is that it usually involves tears and joy: tears of sadness and relief, and joyful smiles of relief and happiness when a new start is pronounced.

If you would like to know more about Confession (especially in the Anglican tradition) this book is really helpful. Or you could just come into St Peter’s around service times and speak to one of the clergy who will happily hear your Confession either there and then, or at an arranged time. We’re very happy to talk people through the process, so you don’t need to worry about that. And you can choose to be formal and kneel, saying fixed prayers, or to be more informal and sit and have a conversation with the priest.

In any case: none must, all may, some should: all are welcome.

Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective.” (James 5:16)

With joy in God’s love and forgiveness,

Father Andrew