WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday (The Fourth Sunday in Lent)
Due to the corona virus, there are no services this week.
We are open for private prayer and reflection, daily from 10.30am until 5pm.
We will be posting updates on the website, as well as via emails and by other means.
The Fourth Sunday in Lent
We continue the season of Lent, conscious of the call to be prayerful, reflective, forgiven, penitent and self-disciplined. As we remember Christ in the wilderness, we commit to God all our wilderness times, and ask that He would make of them what He will.
We live in interesting times! The gospel reading today reminds us about the value of offering what little we can, in whatever circumstance we may find ourselves. Christ gives thanks and multiplies, and others are blessed.
From the Vicar
Best wishes to us all as we ponder Mothering Sunday, with all its usual mix of personal thanksgiving, poignancy and reflection, held together by the sense of “Mother Church” being a place of safety and welcome for all. May our church premises continue to be a place of welcome, sanctuary and hope for many people, day by day. We give thanks for all who look after our buildings so well.
The Collect for the Fourth Sunday in Lent
GRANT, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that we, who for our evil deeds do worthily deserve to be punished, by the comfort of thy grace may mercifully be relieved; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
The Collect for Ash Wednesday
ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who hatest nothing that thou hast made, and dost forgive the sins of all them that are penitent: Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we worthily lamenting our sins, and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of thee, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Readings for the week
Monday Chad, Bishop of Lichfield, Missionary, 672
Tuesday Silvester, Bishop of Rome, 335Virgin Mary)
Hebrews 12.4-13hn 15:12-16
Wednesday The Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Hebrews 12.14-17 John 6:44-51
Thursday Th(Gregory the Great, Bishop of Rome, 60
Hebrews 12.18-21 Luke 9:1-6
Friday Photograph by Dr Cosima Gillhammer of our Lady Chapel
Hebrews 12.22-27 Luke 5:17-26
Saturday Benedict, Abbot of Monte Cassino, c. 550d their C
Hebrews 12.28, 29 15:12-16 Matthew 20:29-end
In these difficult times, let us especially remember the homeless and the destitute, and those who are doing what they can to look after them. 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.
At the start of this month we were delighted to welcome Rachel to our 8am and 10.30am services. Please keep praying for her and those around her as she prepares to return to her work in South East Asia, and please pray for the many other Christians who bring the love of God to so many peoples and places all over His world. 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 (email@example.com) who is a friend of Rachel’s.
We are keeping in close touch with Oxford Diocese about our response. Do contact Anthony or the Wardens (Bob and Penelope) if you are unsure about the current situation.
Thank you, Bob!
Our Annual Parochial Church Meeting is happening in April, and this year we shall be saying thank you to Bob Earl who is stepping down as Church Warden after many years of wonderful service. If you would like to consider being a Church Warden, or would like to know more about the role, please ask Anthony, Bob or Penelope and any of us would be very happy to have a chat!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 new 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!
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.
Music on Mondays 1.00 – 1.50pm
Due to the Corona Virus, Music on Mondays is suspended until at least 20th April
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. The Gatehouse is open and still wants support to keep running during the corona virus outbreak. Their plan for this will be circulated to those on the mailing list for making sandwiches and available to read in our kitchen. Anyone who would like to help, please contact the church administrator (email@example.com). Our dates for 2020 are: 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.
The Porch is now doing takeaway food for the homeless who need to “physically distance” – contact the Campaign Manager Jacquie Collins RIDip (m) Mobile 07552 840 170 if you want to know more, or visit www.justgiving.com/theporch/donate if you wish to support their work.
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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