The World Day of Prayer service 2022 was held at the United Reformed Church Vaughan Road on Friday 4 March at 10.30am and also via Zoom at 7.45pm
This year’s service was prepared (three years ago) by the Christian Women of England, Wales & Northern Ireland with the theme of God’s promise found in the book of Jeremiah chapter 29 “I know the plans I have for you”, focusing on freedom, forgiveness, justice and God’s peace which can be a sign of hope for all people. The prophet Jeremiah lived some 600 years BC at a time when the southern kingdom of Judah had been invaded by the Babylonians and many of its people taken from Jerusalem into exile. The people had lost their land and the future looked bleak.
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- THOMAS martyred in 72AD at Chennai India. Remains in St. Thomas. Church Orton -Italy
- MATTHEW Stabbed in the back by an assassin in Ethiopia on orders of the local king for criticising his life style. Remains in the cathedral at Salerno, Italy.
- JAMES the Greater killed by he sword (Acts 12.2). Remains In St. James Church. Compostela Spain
- JUDAS THADDEUS Killed with an arrow in Beirut 65 AD. Remains inSt.Basillica Rome
- SIMON The Zealot was crucified in England about 65-70 AD Remains at St Basillica Rome
- JUDAS ISCARIOT committed suicide
- BARTHOLEMEW visited most countries across the Middle East but was beheaded in India. Remains in St. Bartholemew’s Church in Rome
- PHILIP crucified in Egypt in 54 AD. Remains at St.Basillica Rome.
- JOHN brother of James and gospel writer. Died from natural causes in 100 AD
- JAMES the Lesser. Oldest disciple killed by stoning in 94 AD. Remains at St. Basillica Rome
- ANDREW crucified on an X shape cross in Greece in 69 AD. Remains in the cathedral at Amalfi, Italy
- PETER Martyred in Rome in 64 AD at the time of the great fire, partly organised by Emperor Nero. Remains in St.Basillica Rome
Image: Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin FRCP(Glasg)
The Apostles Creed and the later Nicene Creed are two important documents of theological summary and history. Both creeds reveal historic Christian assumptions about who God is, and what is God doing. However there are aspects of the creeds that should be examined to help to define the difference in meaning of the names Jesus and Christ.
Apostles Creed. – “I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; he descended into hell…”
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At St Marys we are participating in Eco Church: A Rocha UK’s award scheme for churches in England and Wales who want to demonstrate that the gospel is good news for God’s earth.
Their resources are designed to equip a church to express its care for God’s world in its worship and teaching; in how the church looks after its buildings and land; in how it engages with the local community and in global campaigns, and in the personal lifestyles of its congregation.
We want to be a church which cares for creation as an integral part of loving our neighbours and following God faithfully.
You can find out more about Eco church here: Eco Church – An A Rocha UK Project
Please take a look at this wonderful water pump below; restored and renovated by Rob Hemmin to be part of our harvest display, it represents clean water for all and enough rain to water our crops; as we explore the theme of water. Our superb flower arranging team have put lots of thought into all of these windowsills to reflect our focus on Eco church: the areas where wild flowers were planted or encouraged to grow, to help our wildlife; the pollution of our seas, oceans and rivers; and the importance of our trees and woodland
Jeel al Amal (“Generation of Hope”) Boys’ Home and School in Bethany
St Mary’s has held Jeel al Amal in our prayers ever since 1999, when our own Rev’d Duncan Swan led a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, during which a number of people from St Mary’s visited the Home in Bethany, in the Palestinian West Bank. There they saw the dedication and the love that the surviving founder and her staff showed to the boys – as one of our members described it, “Christianity in action”. They determined to continue to support the Home, and ever since, St Mary’s has held events in aid of Jeel, and our coffee money has been devoted to Jeel.
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Bible Reading Fellowship (BRF) notes are available to order for private use at home. These include a daily passage from the bible to read with a reflection and prayer.
On the last Friday afternoon of each month a small group gather at St. Mary’s for an informal discussion based on their readings .
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St Mary’s runs a Christmas Choir. We rehearse during November and December on Wednesday evenings and sing at the Nine Lessons and Carols service the Sunday before Christmas. Recently we have tended to sing four choir items as well leading the congregational carols. The ability to read music is not absolutely necessary as we usually manage to have a practice CD to sing along with at home. Enthusiasm and the willingness to have a go are the prerequisites for joining.
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