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

Sunday (The Second Sunday after Trinity
08:00am Said Holy Communion (BCP)
10:30am Sung Holy Communion (BCP)

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 Holy Communion (CW)

From the Vicar

“Be merciful, just as your Father in Heaven is merciful” begins our reading today. Two questions perhaps follow: Firstly, what does it look like in our daily lives for us to be merciful? Secondly, what does it mean that God is merciful? When we consider the answer to the second, God’s mercy cannot mean that all our experiences will be happy and painless. Our lives are clearly not rendered happy and painless by God’s mercy, and neither was the life Jesus or any of his followers. Sometimes indeed we may feel that we ”have been treated with a severe mercy”,  as C. S Lewis wrote to Sheldon Vanauken. But ‘the everlasting arms are always underneath’ and Paul wrote that God is “rich in mercy”. Whatever the circumstances, whatever the story, his desire is to forgive, restore and renew, in Cranmer’s words, “not weighing our merits but pardoning our offences.”


Readings for the week

Suggested by our Vicar, on the theme of mercy.

Monday        (Swithun, Bishop of Winchester c. 862 – see the collect below)
John 8: 1-12
John 15:12-16

Tuesday        (The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
Isaiah 42: 1-3John 15:12-16

Isaiah 43: 1-2               John 6:44-51

Thursday        (Translation of Martin, Bishop of Tours, c. 397)
Matthew 9: 1-8
             Luke 9:1-6

Matthew 9: 9-13                  Luke 5:17-26

Saturday        (Margaret of Antioch, Martyr, 4th c.)RE
Matthew 9: 18-25John 15:12-16
        Matthew 20:29-end



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).


Music on Mondays 1.00 – 1.50pm
8th July Jeroen Vernimmen, violin, and Tim Smith, piano;
15th July Stella Seaton-Sims, soprano;
22nd July Hinksey Hill Farm Duo;
28th July Anna Ovsyanikova, violin and Chris Hotson, piano
5th August Christine Stevenson, piano
Entrance is free, retiring collection for charity chosen by performer. Fairtrade tea & coffee are served.


Coffee Rota
Would you like to join the coffee rota on a Sunday morning? Anyone interested, please see email the church administrator.

The Gatehouse Summer Volunteers Appeal 2019
The Gatehouse is a café for the homeless. Open: Monday-Friday 5-7pm and Sunday 4-6pm. We operate from 10 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HT. In June, July and August the Gatehouse particularly needs volunteers. We are appealing for seasonal volunteers: no regular commitment needed. If you are aged 18+ and could offer some of your spare time please email or ring 01865 792999. If you would like further information please go to the Gatehouse website:


Love Oxford 2019
Next Sunday marks the celebration “Love Oxford”. As visitors to the city sometimes appear unexpectedly at St Michael at the North Gate’s services it seems good to keep our regular pattern, and we will be welcoming Revd. John Finden to take our services, since Anthony will be away. If anyone would like to support Love Oxford in Broad Street at 11:00 am – 12:45 pm, you would of course be very welcome to attend – or indeed to go along once the St Michael’s service has finished. More information can be found here.

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

Upcoming Events
Saturday 13th July there will be dancing in the Westgate Centre


Race for Life
Sunday 14th July – this will affect traffic from 9am to 11am in St Cross Rd, South Parks Rd, Longwall St and High St. from The Plane to St Aldates; and between 9am and noon Queens Lane, New College Lane and Cattle St. More information can be found through the Oxford Mail website, in their announcements section.

Filming in Oxford City Centre
Tuesday 16th-Friday 19th July there will be filming at various locations in the city. There will be two road closures and intermittent traffic control over the course of the filming. In particular, please note that Ship Street will be shut on Tuesday evening overnight, between 8pm and 3am. Broad Street will be intermittently accessible from 3pm.

Love Oxford
Sunday 21st July Broad Street will be inaccessible.

St Giles Fair
Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd September, St Giles will be inaccessible.

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