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  • Tuesday 28 June 2016 at 12:30pm
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  • Thursday 30 June 2016 at 10:10am
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    This week is Healthy Living Week. It has a spiritual dimension  as Jesus makes clear.

    First Lesson: 3 John 1. 1-4
    Gospel: Luke 11. 33-36

    Clergy
    Fr Gerald
  • Sunday 3 July 2016 at 10:30am
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    Children's Choir

    Hymns:
    173 Blessed Thomas, doubt no longer
    125 Ye sons and daughters of the King
    216 Disposer supreme, and Judge of the earth
    (Tune 433)
    214 Let the round world with songs rejoice
    (if needed)
    First Lesson: Ephesians 2. 19-end
    Gospel: John 20. 24-29

    Clergy
    Fr Gerald Beauchamp
       
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    Reader
    Oriana Thwaites


    Server
    Marianna Kazaryan


    Refreshments
    Annie Tassinari
    Samantha Davidson


    Sunday School Session Leader
    Lorraine Schmit


    Sunday School 7s & Over Leader
    Fiona Milligan


    Sunday School Crafts Coordinator

    Sunday School Music

    Children's Church Attendance

    Clearing up

  • Tuesday 5 July 2016 at 12:30pm
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  • Thursday 7 July 2016 at 10:10am
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    This week's assembly theme is Joy. So the scholl mass gospel is Mary's Magnificat, her paean of praise. Jesus was not only God's Son he was also Mary's song.

    First Lesson: Psalm 96. 1-16
    Gospel: Luke 1. 46-55

    Clergy
    Fr Gerald
  • Sunday 10 July 2016 at 10:30am
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    Hymns:
    381 Jerusalem the golden
    333 All my hope on God is founded
    234 Christ, whose glory fills the skies
    431 O thou who camest from above
    (if needed)
    First Lesson: Colossians 1. 1-14
    Gospel: Luke 10. 25-37

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    Fr Stephen Flatt
       
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    Refreshments
    Samantha Davidson


    Sunday School Session Leader
    Jasmine Cullingford


    Sunday School 7s & Over Leader
    Maria Kastani


    Sunday School Crafts Coordinator

    Sunday School Music

    Children's Church Attendance

    Clearing up

  • Tuesday 12 July 2016 at 12:30pm
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  • Thursday 14 July 2016 at 10:10am
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    This is our final mass of the year in school. We think about saying 'good-bye'. At the end of the gospels Jesus said 'good-bye' to those whom he had taught throughout his ministry just as St Paul would say 'good-bye' as he set sail for Rome where he ended his life.

    First Lesson: Acts 20. 32-36
    Gospel: Luke 24. 50-53

    Clergy
    Fr Gerald
  • Sunday 17 July 2016 at 10:30am
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    Hymns:
    336 Angel voices ever singing
    338 At the Name of Jesus
    463 Thine for ever! God of love
    431 O thou who camest from above
    (if needed)
    First Lesson: Colossians 1. 15-28
    Gospel: Luke 10. 38 - 42

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    Fr Stephen Flatt
       
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    Refreshments

    Sunday School Session Leader
    Priya Dhingra


    Sunday School 7s & Over Leader
    Margaret Gold


    Sunday School Crafts Coordinator

    Sunday School Music

    Children's Church Attendance

    Clearing up

  • Tuesday 19 July 2016 at 09:30am
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    The school year ends with the mass in church. At the Annunciation we pray that whereever life takes the children of Hampden Gurney School they will always know where they can return.

    First Lesson: 1 Corinthians 13
    Gospel: Matthew 28. 16-20

    Clergy
    Fr Gerald & Fr Alan Moses
  • Tuesday 19 July 2016 at 12:30pm
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  • Sunday 24 July 2016 at 10:30am
    print calendar email Ninth Sunday after Trinity (Proper 12)
    Hymns:
    427 O praise ye the Lord! praise him in the height
    271 Alleluia, sing to Jesus
    (if needed)
    363 Glory in the highest to the God of heaven
    (if needed)
    392 Lead, kindly Light, amid the encircling gloom
    (if needed)
    First Lesson: Colossians 2. 6-15
    Gospel: Luke 11. 1-13

    Clergy
    Fr Gerald Beauchamp
       
    Sidesman
    Ken Goldsbrough


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    Refreshments
    Abi Goldsbrough
    Ken Goldsbrough


    Sunday School Session Leader
    Abi Goldsbrough


    Sunday School 7s & Over Leader

    Sunday School Crafts Coordinator

    Sunday School Music

    Children's Church Attendance

    Clearing up

  • Tuesday 26 July 2016 at 12:30pm
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  • Saturday 25th June 2016
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    According to the Greek myth, Pandora was given a box. When she opened it all of the world’s woes escaped. For the Greeks this explained why we live with such trial and tribulation. The Referendum Campaign has lifted the lid on British society and exposed its flaws. Many of us don’t like what we have seen.
     
    The Bishop of London writes:
     
    "The referendum result has not changed the facts of geography. There will clearly be a period of turbulence and I am very conscious of the fact that the large majority of those under the age of 25 voted to Remain.
     
    We shall have to work hard for national unity under these circumstances. Meanwhile, we in the Church will continue to cultivate our already-close relationships with Christians throughout Europe, and indeed throughout the whole world."
     
    The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have written at greater length and in a similar vein: http://www.archbishopofcanterbury.org/articles.php/5743/eu-referendum-statement-by-archbishops-of-canterbury-and-york


     
    Myths play an important part in our lives. We live with and through the stories that we tell ourselves. They should give us a sense of belonging and wellbeing. But sometimes myths lead us astray. They aren't always true. We begin to blame others for our misfortunes. Europe and migrants are the latest victims.
     
    When myths collide with reality the mood can turn sour . If the expectations of the referendum result are not met we will see an increase in scapegoating. So the church should come into it’s own at this time. We have a rich mythology which includes a version of Pandora’s box: Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden. More importantly, we give substance to the wistful ending of the Pandora myth. When all of the evils had gone, Pandora looked inside and saw one thing left: Hope. For us, hope is tangible. We see it in the risen Christ – a living, loving human being. We see it in lives graced by God. Our prayer now should be that God will raise up political leaders who as Abraham Lincoln said can speak to 'the better angels of our nature'. 
     
    Faith, Hope and Love are our cardinal virtues. They overcome those destructive myths that are rearing their ugly heads. This is our chance to put our faith into practice with such force that the potential dangers to our society are not realised. We will have better politics if we are better people. Many are feeling vulnerable at the moment especially those who have migrated to this country or whose forebears arrived on these shores. Those who are different are not aliens.
     
    This coming Wednesday I have been invited to speak at the Regent’s Park Mosque. The occasion is an Interfaith Ifthar, a dinner held during Ramadan after sunset when the fast is broken. It’s a privilege to be asked to eat with and talk to local Muslims and people of other faiths. I hope that if you are given similar opportunities you will take them. Our future may depend on it.
     
    You are familiar with my various notices about Sunday School but I’ve got a new one. The craft often includes food items such as seeds. The other week Julius Wallwork brought up the possibility that some children may be allergic to some of them. I’m very grateful to Sherry Robbins who looks after the craft for making sure that what goes into the craft doesn’t appear on any lists of allergens. But to make sure, in future there will be a note of any food items being used on the front of the service sheet after the paragraph about the story in Sunday School. If your child has allergic reactions please check to make sure that what is being used isn’t on any schedule that you may have. If it does please let me know. Thank you.
     
    We rely heavily on our dedicated team of Sunday School leaders so I’m sorry to report that Jasmine & Martin Cullingford will be away quite often for the foreseeable future. Jasmine’s father, Ismail Wan lives with dementia so she and Martin need to spend more time with him in Manchester. This makes it important to discover additional musical talent among the parents. The guitar is the ideal instrument for leading the children’s songs so if you can strum please let me know. Loud musical voices also do the biz. In the meantime please remember Ismail Wan and his family in your prayers.
     
    For those following the Pilgrim Course please go to http://www.pilgrimcourse.org/audio-and-video, scroll down to Book 5 and watch video 6.
     
    I attach the latest Bulletin. Please continue to pray for Fr Alan Moses as  he continues his pilgrimage to Compostella and think about making a donation to the cause that he is sponsoring - the relief of Christians in Syria and Iraq.
     
     I look forward to seeing you tomorrow.
     
    Yours in Christ
     
    Fr Gerald
     
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  • Sunday 19th June 2016
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    Loretta was baptized yesterday supported by her parents and godparents. Often godparents come from far away for baptisms at the Annunciation but on this occasion the godparents live just up the road and are very much local people.

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  • Friday 17th June 2016
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    Last Sunday at mass I congratulated David De Kervern and Michael Mohammed on their marriage in May. There was warm applause and many congratulated David in person afterwards.  We remember David's 40th birthday a while back when he brought many of his family and friends to mass with Michael.

     

    So it was particularly poignant to hear of the deaths and wounding of so many people in Orlando on Sunday evening. Acceptance and celebration is not what gay people find everywhere.

     

    It seems that the person who opened fire in the nightclub was also a patron. He was conflicted. If we aren't happy in our skins we tend to turn guns on others, ourselves or both.

     

    At its best religion binds people together. It also tends to be conservative and finds it difficult to let go of what it assumes is tried and tested. 

     

    The modern world is different to the past. Families and communities are much less close-knit. We live in a world that is more about choice than obligation. Globalisation has generated diversity on a scale that challenges many a previous assumption.

     

    Religion either adapts or dies. Christianity has embraced the ending of slavery and one person/one vote. In our culture divorce is no longer stigmatised and women are ordained. Same-sex marriage is now the battleground. 

     

    There are five same-sex married couples in my two congregations and I hope that one day I will be able to celebrate these marriages in church. This will only happen if we make the case for change.

     

    There's a powerful interview with Desmond Tutu's daughter who is no longer able to serve as a priest in South Africa because she has married her partner. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-36486908. Love always wins - but only in the end and only if we embody it.

     

    Next Thursday Britain makes a decision that will set the course of our country for generations to come. The worst outcome would be a slim majority either way on a low turnout so I hope that everyone who is eligible will vote.

     

    In the Mail on Sunday last week the Archbishop of Canterbury said that he would be voting for Remain. So will I. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3637024/Archbishop-Canterbury-says-m-voting-Prime-Minister-warns-defence-health-pension-cuts-quit-EU.html

     

    We've been ill-served by the public debate. What a choice: anger or fear! From my perspective, Vote Leave has offered no coherent vision of the future. I don't want to see the gains of the last 40 years trashed. And having encouraged other countries to join the EU, Britain shouldn't leave them in the lurch.

     

    I've never seen the public mood so toxic. The murder of Jo Cox MP yesterday faces us with some very uncomfortable questions about the direction in which our society is heading.

     

    I'm tempted to say 'heavy politics aside ...' but politics is exactly what this Sunday is about. We're taking time out of the liturgical cycle to celebrate our Dedication Festival. The Annunciation was dedicated as a parish church by the Bishop of London on 24 June 1914, just six weeks before the outbreak of World War 1.

     

    In our readings on Sunday St Paul reminds us of our citizenship of heaven and Jesus casts out the profiteers from the Temple. Bill Clinton said that "It's the economy, stupid". Well, he was wrong. 'It is God and humanity, good people.' You don't get more ‘political’ than that.

     

    On a lighter note: Besides the Marylebone Fayre which is happening on Sunday afternoon there's another event in Mayfair. Four of our Sunday School children go to St George's so it would be good to support this. Margaret Gold writes:

     

    "If you have younger children and prefer to avoid the tightly-packed crowds of the Marylebone High Street Summer Fayre, then the Mount Street Gardens Summer Fair is the one for you! Run by the parents at St. George's CofE Primary (along with Farm Street Church, Grosvenor Chapel and the Mayfair Library), this smaller and gentler summer fair will feature: 

     

    Live Music & Entertainment | BBQ | Tea Tent | Bar | International Food Stall | Bouncy Castle| Gladiator Joust| Laser Tag | Arts & Crafts | Games | 2nd Hand Stalls | Tombola | Raffle | Silent Auction

     

    The gates are guarded by parents and congregation members, allowing children to roam free safely within the Gardens. A bracelet can be purchased for £20, giving children free access to all of the rides throughout the whole day. The fair takes place in Mount Street Gardens from 10:00 - 16:00."

     

    Last Sunday concerns were raised about potential allergies to the foodstuffs being used in the Sunday School craft. I emailed Sherry Robbins and she gave me a comprehensive answer so if this is something that you have wondered about please contact me.

     

    For those following the Pilgrim Course please go to http://www.pilgrimcourse.org/audio-and-video, scroll down to Book 5 and watch video 5.

     

    I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.

     

    Yours in Christ

     

    Fr Gerald

     

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  • Friday 10th June 2016
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    This Sunday is the Third Sunday after Trinity and we continue our progress through St Luke's Gospel. This is particularly rich is drawing contrasts between people who excite our interest and those that we find less attractive.

     

    In the passage that we will hear on Sunday, Jesus is dining at the home of Simon the Pharisee. A woman anoints his feet with expensive ointment and dries them with her hair.

     

    In the other gospels this story is told as part of the lead up to the crucifixion. It is a foretaste of Jesus' anointing for his sacrifice and finally his burial. But in Luke's gospel it is part of the extravagant teaching of Jesus that the love of God has no bounds. Stifling convention as personified in the reaction of Simon is swept aside in the life that God offers sinful humanity.

     

    Because of the Hampden Gurney sports day on Tuesday 14 June there is no children's choir practice this week. Rehearsals begin again on Tuesday 21st.

     

    For those following the Pilgrim Course please go to http://www.pilgrimcourse.org/audio-and-video, scroll down to Book 5 and watch video 4.

     

    I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.

     

    Yours in Christ

     

    Fr Gerald

     

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  • Friday 3rd June 2016
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    I hope that those of you who have been on half term this week have had a good holiday. If you are traveling back to London this weekend then I hope that you will do so safely.

    Sunday is the Second Sunday after Trinity. We have now set out on the long second half of the church's liturgical year seeking to live out as Christians our faith in God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The deep connections within God are to be reflected in our personal lives and the quality of our relationships. This is a vocation not just for individuals but also for communities, corporations, nations and societies - every situation in which people come together. 

    The church as the Body of Christ should be an example of this. As we all know, too often it isn't. Hypocrisy is a charge easily leveled at the church. Its one that we should face head on - owning up and saying 'Yes, but ...'  The 'but' is that we have a conscious vision and a firm intention to live not just for ourselves but for others and so create a better world.

    This is an ideal to which few people seem committed. We're seeing it in the referendum debate. Its all about whether or not Europe is good for us. How about asking: What can we do with and for our neighbours? 

    Sunday's gospel is the extraordinary story of the raising of the son of a widow in a village called Nain. Its not only a story of great pathos and power its also about hope incarnate. It wasn't just the son who came back to life but his mother, too.

    The children's choir starts again on Tuesday. They will be singing at mass next on Sunday 3 July.

    For those following the Pilgrim Course then go to http://www.pilgrimcourse.org/audio-and-video, scroll down to Book 5 and watch video 3.

     
    I'm at St Cyprian's on Sunday. Fr Stephen will be with you as usual
    A repeat of last Sunday's reminder about Sunday School: Please carry very young children up and downstairs to speed up the process of going to and returning from Sunday School. At the end of mass  please keep children with you until the organ voluntary has finished. If children crowd around the refreshments table too soon they may cause an accident. Thank you.

    Have a good week.

     
    Yours in Christ

     
    Fr Gerald

     

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