WORSHIP THIS WEEK
08:00am Said Holy Communion (BCP)
10:30am Sung Holy Communion (BCP)
1:00-1:30pm Holy Communion (CW)
1:00-1:30pm Holy Communion (BCP)
08:00am Said Holy Communion (BCP)
10:30am Sung Matins (BCP)
With the celebrations of Christmas, Epiphany and Candlemas behind us, we ponder our spiritual journey as we begin to look to the season of Lent. The collect and readings in these weeks help us to reflect on God’s purposes and love for us, and our response.
From the Vicar
Seeds sown… In our gospel reading today we are reminded that seeds of the Kingdom of God are scattered far and wide. We give thanks today for Rev Mary Gurr’s ministry at St. Michael’s where, especially during the interregnum, her faithfulness and care meant that many, many seeds of God’s love and truth were sown. We pray for her as she returns to ministry at St. Michael’s Summertown, and are very pleased that we will maintain contact through OWNS and the Deanery.
Readings for the week
Suggested by our Vicar.
Monday Blasius, Bishop of Sebastopol, Martyr, c.316
Galatians 5: 13-26
Tuesday Silvester, Bishop of Rome, 335Virgin Mary)
Psalm 1ohn 15:12-16
Wednesday Agatha, Martyr in Sicily, 251
Psalm 24 John 6:44-51
Thursday The Accession of Queen Elizabeth II, 1952
Matthew 11: 28-30n Luke 9:1-6
Friday John, Apostle
Mattew 11: 28-30 Luke 5:17-26
Saturday Prisca, Martyr at Rome, c. 265
Matthew 18: 1-5ohn 15:12-16 Matthew 20:29-end
Please pray for the ongoing work of The Oxford Winter Night Shelter, who are continuing to welcome to our homeless guests two nights per week here at St. Michael’s.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) who is a friend of Rachel’s. Rachel will be visiting us at our Sunday services on 1st March; if you wish to meet her, please contact the church administrator.
Thank you to Revd. Mary Gurr
This Sunday (16th February) is Revd. Mary Gurr’s last Sunday with us. We are very grateful to her for her service at St Michael’s.
On 17th May the Bishop of Oxford is coming to lead a Confirmation service here at St. Michael’s at 5pm
If anyone is interested in being Confirmed, or if unsure what Confirmation is, please see Anthony or email email@example.com
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 or contact the church administrator.
The Pathways magazines are available for those who would like them at the back of church, where you can also find prayer leaflets, Bible verses, and other interesting materials you are welcome to take away!
SCIO (Wycliffe Hall’s partner in international education) is premiering a new play ‘Fire from Heaven: Michael Faraday and the Dawn of the Electrical Age’. The production is by the same creative team that gave us the play, ‘Mr Darwin’s Tree’; writer and director Murray Watts, teams up again with actor Andy Harrison. The play will be staged at Keble College’s O’Reilly Theatre on Saturday 21 March at 7.30pm.
More information about the play, as well as a link to reserve (free) tickets, can be found at http://www.scio-uk.org/events/
Looking Further Afield: Mission Aviation Fellowship
Our “Outward Looking” sub-group (looking at community and international engagement), at the moment consisting of Claire Lowe, Penelope Warner and Anthony Buckley, has been pondering whether it would be good to support an international charity as well as our important local (Christmas and ongoing) support for the Gatehouse. The suggested charity is Mission Aviation Fellowship, which flies small planes to bring aid where the big ones can’t go. Every four minutes a MAF plane takes off somewhere in the world.
This is their website if you would like to know more https://www.maf-uk.org/ and leaflets are at the back of church. Do have a look if you are interested and we will find a time to have a collection in some form for whose who would like to give through the church.
Church of England Past Cases Review
If you did not receive a letter from the Diocese, forwarded by Anthony by email this week, please pick up a paper copy at the back of church.
PLEASE SIGN UP!
Would you like to join the coffee rota on a Sunday morning? There is a sign-up sheet by the hatch in the Parish room.
Music on Mondays 1.00 – 1.50pm
Christmas Break until January 13th.
17th February Strannik: Tatiana Soloviova and Jon Bennett – vocals, guitars and more
24th February Rory Carver, tenor, Diana Hinds, piano, and Joelle Pappas, dancer
2nd March Rosella Maria Bondi, soprano and Bethe Levvy, piano
9th March Jean-Samuel Bez, violin
16th March Kavinski Trio – violin, saxophone and piano
23rd March Julia Hollander, song and Peter McMullin, piano
30th March Dina Duisen, piano
Entrance free, retiring collection for a charity chosen by performer. Fairtrade tea & coffee served.
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. You can donate to the gatehouse here: www.oxfordgatehouse.org/support-us/donate-money .
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). Our dates for 2020 are: 11th March; 8th April; 13th May; 10th June; 8th July; 12th August; 9th September; 14th October; 11th November; 9th December. Thank you very much to all who help with sandwiches.
Sandwich-making sessions for the Gatehouse!
Come and join Claire Lowe in the kitchen at St Michael’s every second Wednesday of the month at 12.40pm to make sandwiches for the Gatehouse. Please bring a loaf of sliced bread and one of the following sandwich fillings: cheese, ham, tuna mayonnaise and egg mayonnaise. The Outward-Looking subgroup hopes that this will create an opportunity to serve our local community, whilst bringing together new people and existing members of St Michael’s for a friendly, communal activity.
Rough Sleeper Information
Are you concerned about a person who is sleeping rough?
There are a number of things you can do.
Report a rough sleeper National 24-hour www.streetlink.org.uk; 0300 500 0914.
The information will be passed to the outreach team closest to the rough sleeper. You will need to supply the exact location where the rough sleeper can be found
Oxford City Co. outreach team, Monday-Friday Office hours Oxspot 01865 243 229. Advice out of hours O’Hanlon House Ox 304 601 who will be able to give.
Do you believe a rough sleeper’s health or safety are in immediate danger?
Emergency services 999 Give an exact location.
Food, free of charge The Gatehouse, 10 Woodstock Road OX2 6HT; 01865 792 999. Monday-Friday 5.00-7.00 pm, Sunday 4.00-6.00pm. Showers Saturday 12.00 noon-2.00pm
Low cost lunches, etc. The Porch, 139 Magdalen Road, OX4 1RL 01865 251 798, Monday to SaturdayENTS
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