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  • Sunday 31 July 2016 at 10:30am
    print calendar email Tenth Sunday after Trinity (Proper 13)

    Deaf Chaplaincy

    Hymns:
    352 Crown him with many crowns
    333 All my hope on God is founded
    234 Christ, whose glory fills the skies
    392 Lead, kindly Light, amid the encircling gloom
    (if needed)
    First Lesson: Colossians 3. 1-11
    Gospel: Luke 12. 13-21
    Mass Setting: Communion Service in C - C.V. Stanford
    Motet: Jubilate Deo - Hans Leo Hassler
    Voluntary: Carillon-Sortie - Henri Mulet

    Clergy
    Fr Gerald Beauchamp
       
    Sidesman
    Helen White


    Reader
    Helen White


    Server

    Refreshments
    Annie Tassinari


    Sunday School Session Leader
    Emily Laino


    Sunday School 7s & Over Leader

    Sunday School Crafts Coordinator
    Sherry Robbins


    Sunday School Music

    Children's Church Attendance

    Clearing up
    Gavin Monk


  • Tuesday 2 August 2016 at 12:30pm
    print calendar email Tuesday Mass

    Clergy
       
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  • Sunday 7 August 2016 at 10:30am
    print calendar email Eleventh Sunday after Trinity (Proper 14)
    Hymns:
    420 O Jesus, I have promised
    385 Jesu, the very thought of thee
    398 Lift up your hearts! We lift them, Lord, to thee
    (Tune 395)
    392 Lead, kindly Light, amid the encircling gloom
    (if needed)
    First Lesson: Hebrews 11. 1-3, 8-16
    Gospel: Luke 12. 32-40

    Clergy
    Fr Gerald Beauchamp
       
    Sidesman

    Reader

    Server

    Refreshments

    Sunday School Session Leader

    Sunday School 7s & Over Leader
    Lorraine Schmit


    Sunday School Crafts Coordinator

    Sunday School Music

    Children's Church Attendance

    Clearing up

  • Tuesday 9 August 2016 at 12:30pm
    print calendar email Tuesday Mass

    Clergy
       
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  • Sunday 14 August 2016 at 10:30am
    print calendar email Twelfth Sunday after Trinity (Proper 15)
    Hymns:
    415 O for a thousand tongues to sing
    353 Dear Lord and Father of mankind
    310 We hail thy Presence glorious
    363 Glory in the highest to the God of heaven
    (if needed)
    First Lesson: Hebrews 11. 29 - 12. 2
    Gospel: Luke 12. 49-56

    Clergy
    Fr Gerald Beauchamp
       
    Sidesman

    Reader

    Server

    Refreshments
    Annie Tassinari


    Sunday School Session Leader

    Sunday School 7s & Over Leader

    Sunday School Crafts Coordinator

    Sunday School Music

    Children's Church Attendance

    Clearing up

  • Tuesday 16 August 2016 at 12:30pm
    print calendar email Tuesday Mass

    Clergy
       
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  • Sunday 21 August 2016 at 10:30am
    print calendar email Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity (Proper 16)
    Hymns:
    449 Soldiers of Christ, arise
    337 As pants the hart for cooling streams
    463 Thine for ever! God of love
    363 Glory in the highest to the God of heaven
    (if needed)
    First Lesson: Hebrews 12. 18-29
    Gospel: Luke 13. 10-17

    Clergy
    Fr Stephen Flatt
       
    Sidesman

    Reader

    Server

    Refreshments
    Annie Tassinari


    Sunday School Session Leader

    Sunday School 7s & Over Leader

    Sunday School Crafts Coordinator

    Sunday School Music

    Children's Church Attendance

    Clearing up

  • Tuesday 23 August 2016 at 12:30pm
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    Clergy
       
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  • Sunday 28 August 2016 at 10:30am
    print calendar email Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity (Proper 17)
    Hymns:
    439 Praise to the Holiest in the height
    (tune 1)
    490 Judge eternal, throned in splendor
    483 The Church of God a kingdom is
    363 Glory in the highest to the God of heaven
    (if needed)
    First Lesson: Hebrews 13. 1-8 & 15-16
    Gospel: Luke 14. 7-14

    Clergy
    Fr Gerald Beauchamp
       
    Sidesman

    Reader

    Server

    Refreshments

    Sunday School Session Leader

    Sunday School 7s & Over Leader

    Sunday School Crafts Coordinator

    Sunday School Music

    Children's Church Attendance

    Clearing up

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  • Saturday 30th July 2016
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    Last Tuesday I said the midday mass in a slightly distracted state. I had just heard the news that Fr Jacques Hamel, an elderly priest had been killed as he said mass in a church in Northern France. Like him I have a small congregation at low masses. Like him I am defenseless if confronted by people who are armed. 

    Every day seems to have its litany of grim tales but as always we need to get things in proportion. There is no intelligence to suggest that anything similar is planned here but we should all be vigilant. The backgrounds of those who have committed atrocities recently indicates that whatever the root cause of their behaviour, it isn't religion. I was at a meeting of Jews, Christians and Muslims at Hinde Street Methodist Church last week and Muslims are as bewildered and as grief-stricken by what is happening at the moment as the rest of us.

    This Sunday is the Tenth Sunday after Trinity and the gospel reading focuses the way in which wealth can distract us from being the sort of people that God wants us to be. Fr Hamel modelled a form of poverty that I hope all of us will take to heart.

    Works have now begun on the vestries downstairs. We are improving the lighting and sorting out the holes in the walls. The construction will take a couple of weeks then there will be some redecoration. Please take extra care as you move around downstairs. The baptistery is being used temporarily for storage so I'm sorry that the west end of the church looks a bit of  mess.

    During the summer there is no designated class for the 7s & Over so would the older children please either stay upstairs for the whole of mass or go downstairs and make themselves useful. Thank you.

    Last year the Parochial Church Council received a legacy of £2000 from the late Stanley Rose who was a regular worshipper many years ago. The money has been used to restore the two candlesticks that stand on boxes in the sanctuary. They have been secured to the floor to deter anyone who may think of lifting them. New candles should be arriving soon. Fr Barrie Newton will be blessing the candlesticks formally at mass on Sunday 9 October so if you know people who knew Stanley then please tell them that this is happening.

    Tomorrow we will be joined by members of the Chaplaincy Among Deaf & Deaf Blind People. I look forward to our making them welcome as usual and to being with you myself.

    Yours in Christ

    Fr Gerald  

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  • Friday 22nd July 2016
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    So, the school holidays are upon us and everyone seems to be uttering a sigh of relief. It was a privilege over the last few days to be involved in various end of academic year activities at Hampden Gurney. 

     

    One of the things that I took away from the final assembly on Wednesday was the way in which the school has developed shared leadership among the children. No longer is there a head girl and head boy each year. Instead there is a team of prefects in Year 6 which organizes things like the set up for school assembly each day. Coupled with a culture of excellent behaviour there is a real sense that the children look out for each other and so enable a positive learning environment.

     

    In outstanding schools children don't just learn from their teachers but adults also learn from the children. Shared activities such as the Walkathon on Monday was a model of engagement at all levels as well as raising over £15,000. This way of being together and generating community is going to be evermore important in the future for both the school and the church. Resources both human and financial will be stretched in the foreseeable future so both school and church are looking for commitment not just from the few but from the many. At Hampden Gurney all of the children are partners. There are no spectators. That needs to go for us adults, too.

     

    This Sunday is the Ninth Sunday after Trinity and in the gospel we hear Jesus teaching about prayer. His own prayer (the Lord's Prayer) is a model of how to be in communion with God. The mass is the enactment of receiving 'our daily bread'. So for Christians placing this sacrament at the centre of our lives on the first day of the week is a demonstration of our commitment to make our world - the world that our children will inherit - a better place.

     

    It is a particular joy that on Sunday Lorenzo Giovanni Marchione will be baptized during the mass. His parents, Giovanni and Suo with their eldest,  Leonardo make such a great contribution to the life of the Annunciation. It is very special that we can all celebrate with them that another Christian is taking his place in the church.

     

    During the summer things wind down a bit. Sunday School will continue as usual but there will be no separate class for the sevens and over so the older children are encouraged to either stay in church for the mass or go downstairs. If they do go downstairs then they are expected to behave responsibly, contribute to the learning and help in any way that they can.

     

    Martin and Steve, our regular musicians are away for the next few weeks but Jethro Kruger is onboard and has been practicing on the guitar so good luck to him. Please let me know if you haven't yet owned up to being a musician.

     

    Thanks to everyone who left the church in a much tidier condition last week. Please keep up the good work. Having been away for the last two Sundays I'm looking forward to being with you this weekend. If you are already traveling then I hope that you will do so safely.

     

    For those following the Pilgrim Course please go to http://www.pilgrimcourse.org/audio-and-video, scroll down to Book 6 and watch video 5. 

     Yours in Christ

     Fr Gerald


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  • Friday 15th July 2016
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    So after another week of hectic politics in what has been labeled the post truth society the country now has a new government. While some head off on holiday others will be hard at work seeking to lay the foundations for what could be a very different future. If ever prayer and wisdom were needed, its now. The events in Nice last night show how much Europe needs to draw together at every level to stand against those who seek to destroy what we value.

     

    Yesterday I went to Hampden Gurney School for the Year 6 presentation. They put on a masterpiece of musical theatre that was clever, funny and perceptive. I hope that the budding movers and shakers among them will look back on their time at the school and remember that civilized and cohesive societies are built on excellence in education.

     

    Schools like Hampden Gurney need strong communities behind them. Parish churches seek to play their part. For the Annunciation this means developing the relationships within the congregation. On Tuesday, the Parochial Church Council adopted the following Mission Statement:

     

    We are "A welcoming and international community centred around a devotional life rich in worship, prayer and music"

     

    Many thanks to Martin Cullingford and Sherry Robbins who put the questionnaires together and drew this out of the responses.

     

    The following day I had a drinks party at the vicarage and its clear that we enjoy times when the adults are able to socialize and develop those friendships that are so sustaining when the going gets tough. I plan to have more of these so if you weren't invited or couldn't come this time there will be more in the future.

     

    Sunday is the Eighth Sunday after Trinity and the gospel is a vignette of the home life of Mary and Martha that offered Jesus respite and hospitality. The two sisters, one active and one contemplative are sometimes seen as in opposition to each other. For me, they are the two sides of the same coin. Without profound contemplation we're unlikely to know what is the right course of action.

     

    Fr Alan Moses went of pilgrimage to Compostella a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, due to a knee injury he had to complete the trip by bus but he did walk around 600km and raised over £12,000 for Christians in Syria and Iraq so we congratulate him on his achievement and wish him a speedy recovery.

     

    I'm away this weekend in Dublin. Fr Stephen will be with you on Sunday. One plea: Would everyone please leave the church tidier than I found it last Sunday afternoon? Let's start by making sure that hymnbooks don't end up on the floor! Thank you.

     

    For those following the Pilgrim Course please go to http://www.pilgrimcourse.org/audio-and-video, scroll down to Book 6 and watch video 4. 

     

    Yours in Christ

     

    Fr Gerald

     

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  • Friday 8th July 2016
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    I've been thinking recently about myths. Two weeks ago I looked at myths from the ancient world that explain why things are as they are. Pandora's box is about the evils of the world. Last week I looked at myths about the future. The Rapture offers scary predictions.    Myths carry weight because they explain our experiences or articulate our fears. They also need authority figures to transmit them. In ancient or traditional societies this is the role of the priest or shaman. They are the cultural gatekeepers who both hold the myth and apply it to the local situation.   In modern English the word 'myth' has various meanings. It can mean simply a 'lie'. In the 1970s a group of scholars published a collection of essays with the title The Myth of God Incarnate. Some people thought that they had all lost their faith and were portraying Christianity as false. That was far from the truth. What the scholars were trying to do was to disentangle the core meaning of the faith from the culture in which it originated.    Faith is a bit like architecture. If a building no longer serves its purpose its either demolished and rebuilt or its converted. The Marble Arch Tower near the church built 50 years ago is coming down but the old fire station in Chiltern Street is now a hotel. As T S Eliot said: 'Christianity is always adapting itself into something which can be believed.'   I've been thinking about myths because it seems to me that our culture is becoming less reasonable and more mythological. The Age of Reason in the 18C had both good and bad consequences. It debunked superstition and encouraged science. We've all benefited through better medicine. But it also lead to the assumption that you could build societies on reason alone. Communism was one outcome. Paradoxically, belief in reason has been undermined.   Unfortunately, many of those who are the bearers of the myths and world-views by which we live have been shown to have feet of clay. MPs have had their expenses scandals; bankers, the financial crisis. The church and media have been engulfed in revelations about sexual abuse. As Michael Gove said recently 'Britain has had enough of experts.' You can see his point but the problem is that when people stop believing in something or someone they don't believe nothing they believe anything. 'Anything' is near to hand in this country in the form of our supposed Golden Ages be it a sovereign state safe from the Armada or the days of Empire.   If reason can lead us astray then so can myths. There needs to be a constant dialogue between the two so that they can inform each other. This task is not the responsibility of any particular caste. Its for all of us.   On Sunday I will be at St Cyprian’s. Fr Stephen will be with you. The gospel is the parable of the Good Samaritan. Its so well-known that we forget what an impact it had on Jesus’ hearers. Samaritans were hated so the idea of a good one was an anathema. When the world is divided we have to remember that just because people are different to us it doesn’t mean that they are bad.    If you are looking for a fun evening out then the Portman Estate summer street party is on Thursday 14 July, 5.00pm - 10.00pm in New Quebec Street & Seymour Place. And congratulations to Nick & Chiaki Mole on the birth of their twin girls Cammi and Elise. Do we need a support group for the parents of twins? We seem to have quite a number!   For those following the Pilgrim Course please go to http://www.pilgrimcourse.org/audio-and-video, scroll down to Book 6 and watch video 2. 
     
    Yours in Christ
     
    Fr Gerald
     
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