Our Father who art in Heaven; Luke 11:1 Christ gave us the Lord's prayer as a spiritual prescription. It lays out concise instructions on how to walk in the way of God. So in this month of July let’s reflect on these instructions and their continued relevance today.
"When you pray say. ‘Father, hallowed be your name.’” God is the Father of all humanity. His name is sacred and should be used reverently.
“Your Kingdom come” Jesus’ teaching and deeds of compassion show us what this reign of God looks like. We, through the power of the Spirit, are invited to participate in bringing the Kingdom of love, justice and healing to our world.
“Give us each day our daily bread.” Be satisfied if your daily needs are met, refrain from the preoccupation to accumulate beyond your needs.
“And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us.” God is merciful and compassionate and can and does forgive our sins. We in turn strive to forgive others as Christ teaches. Elsewhere, Jesus tells us that the measure we give will be the measure we get back. (Mark 4:24)
“And lead us not into temptation.” We will be tempted to stray from the path of God, just as Jesus was tempted in the wilderness. Jesus is our blueprint; he didn't give in to temptation but remained in the Father. We have a choice to make: whether to live a God-centred life or an ego-centred life.
Tessa Holmes RIP The funeral of Tessa will be held in church at 2:00pm on Friday 29th July. It is hoped that as many as possible of our people will be present to remember Tessa and pray for the repose of her soul.
Annual Parochial Church Meeting. We at last held our 2021 APCM last Sunday for the election of churchwardens, PCC and for the receiving of reports on various aspect of our church life. I’m pleased to announce that Sarah Daniels and William Nye were elected to serve for a further year. The PCC were eligible for re-election and again I’m pleased to announce that all of them were re-elected. The account for 2021 were formally accepted as well as a change of independent examiner. Details of all matters discussed will be made available as soon as possible. Formal thanks were given Will Parry for all his hard work over the years as our treasurer and to Sarah Johnson as our Hon secretary.
Forward Notice. St Cyprian’s-Tide Festival It may seem long way off, but September is just around the corner and that of course means our patronal festival when we give thanks for the life, witness of our church and the patronage of Saint Cyprian.
We will hold a special High Mass with the intention of our church as it moves into an anticipated new phase. This will be on Thursday September 15th at 7:30pm and our Guest Preacher will be the Reverend Dr Simon Cuff, Rector of St Peter de Beauvoir, Hackney, our late lamented Associate Priest now doing fine work to the east of us.
On Friday 16th September at 7:00pm we will host a deanery quiz night when we will attempt once more to demonstrate our intellectual prowess.
Then on Saturday 17th September at 7:30pm our choir will sing the oratorio ‘Israel in Egypt’. If you are not familiar with this fabulous work, it is a biblical oratorio by the composer George Frederic Handel. It is generally thought that the libretto was prepared by Charles Jennens, who also compiled the biblical texts for Handel's Messiah. It is composed entirely of selected passages from the Old Testament, mainly from Exodus and the Psalms. It’s exciting!!
Financial giving I have said it many times in the past, I am absolutely bowled over by the generosity of our congregation. It has enabled us to be relatively financially stable under the good management of Will Parry. However, there is much that needs doing in the church, apart from the major works programme, which the new PCC must put its mind to. Your continuing generosity is essential if we are to meet the demands we are facing. Like everyone else energy bills will be a major issue for us and this said we have increased our letting fee by 5%, in order to meet the anticipated increase in prices in October. If you can continue to assistance financially this would be much appreciated. Also giving by gift aid is a very advantageous way of us increasing our income and in order that we may do that all you have to do is fill in a gift aid form once and we will claim 25% back from the government. Please ask me for a form. Other ways of giving are via this link to our ‘give a little’ donation site. If you have online banking, you can transfer money via the Church bank account, the details of our bank account are NatWest plc., Baker Street Branch. Sort Code: 56-00-14. Account: St Cyprian’s Parochial Council. Account Number: 12138126.
Weekday Mass The weekday Mass will resume on the 4th August. Please note that this is a Thursday and Mass will be said on Thursday from this date forward. May I also draw your attention to the Friday morning Mass at 8:30am in S Paul’s Rossmore Rd, followed by breakfast.