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

Sunday (The Sixtewenth 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 (BCP)
10:30am Sung Matins (BCP)

From the Vicar

Our readings this Sunday touch on two themes, often paradoxically present together in spiritual life. Paul includes a wonderful prayer, affirming the absolute love of God, the reaction in the Gospel to Jesus’ interventionist healing is one of fear. Who is this person who can do this? Do we really want to believe in a God who ‘does things’? Such uncertain (and understandable) reactions can be brought under Paul’s prayer. The love of God is deeper, wider, longer and higher than all our imaginings and securities. In Narnia, Aslan is not safe, but he is good. In The Wind in the Willows we have this exchange: ‘Afraid?’ murmured the Rat, his eyes shining with unutterable love. `Afraid! Of HIM? O, never, never! And yet–and yet– O, Mole, I am afraid!’


Readings for the week

Suggested by our Vicar.

Monday        (Swithun, Bishop of Winchester c. 862 – see the collect below)
Ephesians 1:16-19b
ohn 15:12-16

Tuesday        (The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
Ephesians 3:14-19John 15:12-16

Wednesday              (Denys, Bishop of Paris, Martyr, c. 250)
Philippians 1:9-11
             John 6:44-51

Thursday        (Translation of Martin, Bishop of Tours, c. 397)
1 Thesalonians 1:11, 12
             Luke 9:1-6

2 Corinthians 1:3, 4                 Luke 5:17-26

Saturday        (Evurtius, Bishop of Orleans, 4th C.)RE
Colossians 1:9-12
John 15:12-16
        Matthew 20:29-end

This week, we have begun 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 format is that the same parable are discussed three times, on Sunday (12-12:30pm) and 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

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.



Season of mist and mellow fruitfulness
There will be a walk for Harvest Sunday (this week) round the University Parks this Sunday, beginning at 3:30pm at the gate opposite Keble Rd. The walk will last about an hour, and the Vicar has promised to bring copious supplies of biscuits and mini-cakes to keep us going. Contact Anthony for details.

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.


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


Music on Mondays 1.00 – 1.50pm
7th October Julia Hollander, soprano with Peter McMullin, piano
14th October Corde de Gioia, song & piano
21st October Skeleton Crew early music
28th October Syrinx Wind Ensemble
4th November Illuminate Ensemble
11th November Stephanie & Marianne Kapsetaki piano solo & 4 hands
18th November Pavlova Winds
25th November Radcliffe Piano Trio
Entrance is free, retiring collection for charity chosen by performer. Fairtrade tea & coffee are served.


The Oxford Centre for Spiritual Growth: A reflective study day ‘Exploring John Bunyan’s Journeys’
On Saturday 19th October from 10 am – 4pm, in Corpus Christi College, Oxford, OCSG will be holding a Reflective Study Day entitled ‘Exploring John Bunyan’s Journeys’.  It will be led by Dr Roger Pooley and Professor Valentine Cunningham.  Further details and a booking form are available on our website at . The cost is £35 including refreshments; concessions may be available. Contact Revd. Georgie Simpson (, 07803 031977) for more details.

Songs of Praise at Wesley MemOn Thursday 24th October the BBC will be filming Songs of Praise at Wesley Memorial church. The programme will be broadcast early in the New Year, and will have a Covenant theme. The filming should start at 7pm, and Wesley Mem would love people to come along, as they’d like to fill the church.

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.EVENTS


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

Oxford Half Marathon
On the weekend of Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th October Broad Street there will be a number of road closures, including on: Broad Street, Parks Road, Banbury Road, Brasenose Lane, Cattle Street, Holywell Streed, Longwall Street, Magdalen Bridge/High Street, Norham Gardens, Oxford Road, Radcliffe Square, St Cross Road, Turl Street. For more details including the timings, visit the marathon website ( ) or contact the church administrator.

Trinity 16 BCP sung communion