Photograph by Cosima Gillhammer of a page in our Prayer Book (stored in the Treasury)

Sunday (The Eleventh Sunday after Trinity
08:00am Said Holy Communion (BCP)
10:30am Sung Holy Communion (BCP, no choir)

1:00-1:30pm Holy Communion (CW)
5:30-5:45pm Compline

1:00-1:30pm Holy Communion (BCP)

08:00am Said Holy Communion
10:30am Sung Matins (BCP)

From the Vicar

The parables that Jesus told often included both a challenge and an encouragement. The listeners would have decided which one of the two (or perhaps both) they should be receiving; the skill of good story-telling is that we instinctively place ourselves within the narrative.

Readings for the week

Suggested by our Vicar.

Monday        (Swithun, Bishop of Winchester c. 862 – see the collect below)
Luke 1: 46-55
ohn 15:12-16

Tuesday        (The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
Psalm 131John 15:12-16

Matthew 19: 13-15              John 6:44-51

Thursday        (Translation of Martin, Bishop of Tours, c. 397)
Psalm 133
             Luke 9:1-6

Matthew 20: 29-34                  Luke 5:17-26

Saturday        (Evurtius, Bishop of Orleans, 4th C.)RE
Luke 19: 1-10
John 15:12-16
        Matthew 20:29-end

Towards the end of September, we will begin our new series of discussion Bible study groups (suggested from our feedback forms back in April), and the parables of Jesus seem a good place to start. The current thinking is that the same parable would be discussed three times, on Sunday (12-12:30pm) Wednesday (1:30-2:00pm and 6:00 -6:30pm), hopefully to provide opportunities for as many as possible to come along – but do please say if other times would be helpful.

Prayer Requests

Deanery Synod
Our Area Dean, Will Donaldson, is stepping down at the end of September as he takes up another role in the Diocese. Please pray for the right choice of successor, and for Prudence as she continues her role as Lay Chair of Deanery Synod.

Some of you may remember meeting Rachel at the tea which Penelope Warner kindly hosted. Rachel is currently teaching English and managing a Language Centre in South-East Asia, where she has lived for six years. She would appreciate prayers for good relationships with staff and students, chances to share God’s love, and for wisdom in daily living. For more information, keep an eye on the noticeboard in the parish room, where new updates are posted, and/or email Myriam Frenkel, our administrator ( who is a friend of Rachel’s.



Due to the complexities of the summer months, from this week onwards we will not have a Compline on Friday; Compline on Wednesdays will continue as before (and the services of Holy Communion remain unaltered).

Change of Service Pattern
At the last PCC meeting the Council considered different ideas about making the 10:30am service a little more consistent in feel; the suggestion that was adopted is a trial for three months, from September to November, during which the first Sunday will switch from Common Worship liturgy to Prayer Book liturgy, thus meaning our main Sunday service has a similar flavour each week. Common Worship will still be used on Wednesdays, and we may yet be exploring other opportunities for different styles. If you have any thoughts or queries, do chat to Anthony.

New Daylight
Penelope Warner orders New Daylight magazines for a few people in the congregation, and would be happy to order more for those who would like to receive them. New Daylight provides daily Bible readings with commentary and reflections from a wide range of contributors. It is a nice way to build daily Bible readings into busy lives. We would normally ask for £4.50 per issue, but if this is a problem, please speak to Penelope.


Ride and Stride and Open Doors
On 14th September, the annual Ride and Stride will be taking place, to raise money for Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust and participating churches. We will also be taking part in Oxford Open Doors that day. There are two important ways you can help! We get half of anything raised by anyone who takes part from our congregation. Anyone who would be interested in taking part can collect a pack from sidesmen after the 10.30 Sunday services between now and then. We also need volunteers to help manage the people going up the tower, man the Ride and Stride desk and help more generally. If you could help for a two-hour session, we would be most grateful! A sign-up sheet will be available at the back of church.

Bring and Share Lunch
On our Patronal Festival, on 29th September (Michaelmas Sunday), we will celebrate with a Bring and Share lunch following the 10.30 service. A good mix of savoury items and puddings is needed – no need to bring home made (though you are welcome to). If you would like to attend, please consult the board at the back of church, which also has a few ideas of what to bring!

Coffee Rota
Would you like to join the coffee rota on a Sunday morning?


Music on Mondays 1.00 – 1.50pm

2nd September Oxford Horns
9th September Radcliffe String Ensemble
16th September Ikuko Inoguchi, piano
23rd September Emanuel Bach, violin & piano
Entrance is free, retiring collection for charity chosen by performer. Fairtrade tea & coffee are served.


Request for a Host Family
A postgraduate piano student from Texas who will be in Oxford from around 20th September would like to find a Christian host home. She is called Hannah Dye. Hannah wants to experience British culture, and would be glad to pay a little rent and help in the house with cooking etc. Anyone who wants more details should contact the administrator.

Myriam Frenkel, our Administrator, will be meeting with the council regarding busking in September. There is a busking survey available at the back of church: anyone who has views on the busking that occurs next to St Michael’s is encouraged to fill in a survey and return it to the Church Administrator, either by leaving it with the Shop or by dropping it through the letterbox in the courtyard. Thank you.

The Gatehouse
The Gatehouse is a café for the homeless. Open: Monday-Friday 5-7pm and Sunday 4-6pm, the Gatehouse operates from 10 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HT.

St Michael’s provides sandwiches and cakes to The Gatehouse every second Wednesday of the month. Anyone who would like to help, please contact the church administrator ( The next dates when St Michael’s is providing sandwiches are: 11th September; 9th October; 13th November; 11th December. Thank you.


Oxford University Undergraduate Open Days
Friday 20th September there are likely to be thousands of young people and their parents.


St Giles Fair
Monday 9th and Tuesday 10th September, St Giles will be inaccessible. The fair will be open from 10 am – 11 pm both days. There will be a service to open and bless the fair at 5pm on Sunday 8th September, led by Revd. Anthony Buckley in his role as city rector.

Walk for Parkinson’s
Sunday 22nd September, Broad Street will be inaccessible and other roads may be affected.


Other Closures
Sunday 6th October 2019 Little Clarendon Street will be shut from 10 am until 11 pm.

Sunday 22nd September, Broad Street will be inaccessible and other roads may be affected.