Church of the Annunciation, Marble Arch, London

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

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  • Tuesday 26 March 2019 at 12:30pm
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  • Sunday 31 March 2019 at 10:30am
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    Hymns:
    185 Sing we of the Blessed Mother
    161 For Mary, Mother of the Lord
    186 Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord
    (if needed)
    First Lesson: Colossians 3. 12-17
    Gospel: John 19. 16b -19 & 25-30
    Mass Setting: "Short" Communion Service - Adrian Batten
    Motet: There is no rose - Robin Hodson
    Voluntary: Scherzo (Suite Modale) - Flor Peeters

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    Annie Ee (Tassinari)


    Sunday School Session Leader
    Mony Lim


    Sunday School 8+ Leader

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  • Tuesday 2 April 2019 at 12:30pm
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  • Sunday 7 April 2019 at 10:30am
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    Hymns:
    461 There's a wideness in God's mercy
    (tune Corvedale NE Praise 700)
    358 Father of heaven, whose love profound
    84 It is a thing most wonderful
    294 Just as I am, without one plea
    First Lesson: Philippians 3. 4b-14
    Gospel: John 12. 1-8

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    (Olu)Funke Ajenifuja


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  • Tuesday 9 April 2019 at 12:30pm
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  • Sunday 14 April 2019 at 10:30am
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    Hymns:
    509 All glory, laud, and honor
    86 My song is love unknown
    511 Ride on, ride on in majesty
    310 We hail thy Presence glorious
    First Lesson: Luke 19. 28-40
    Second Lesson: Philippians 2. 5-11
    Gospel: Luke 23. 1-49

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    Julia Duhamel


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  • Tuesday 16 April 2019 at 12:30pm
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  • Thursday 18 April 2019 at 19:00pm
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    Hymns:
    295 Let all mortal flesh keep silence
    270 According to thy gracious word
    268 Of the glorious body telling
    First Lesson: Exodus 12. 1-4 & 11-14
    Second Lesson: 1 Corinthians 11. 23-26
    Gospel: John 13. 1-17 & 31b-35

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  • Friday 19 April 2019 at 15:00pm
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    Hymns:
    94 We sing the praise of him who died
    95 When I survey the wondrous Cross
    99 It is finished! blessed Jesus
    ((tune 140))
    First Lesson: Isaiah 52. 13 - end of 53
    Second Lesson: Hebrews 10. 16-25
    Gospel: John 18. 1 - end of 19

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  • Sunday 21 April 2019 at 10:30am
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    Hymns:
    103 Alleluia, Alleluia, hearts to heaven and voices raise
    125 Ye sons and daughters of the King
    110 Jesus Christ is risen today
    113 Love's redeeming work is done
    First Lesson: Acts 10. 34-43
    Gospel: John 20. 1-18

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    Gran Potter


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  • Tuesday 23 April 2019 at 12:30pm
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  • Friday 22nd March 2019
    Fr Gerald's Weekly Email

    This Sunday (24 March)

    … is the Third Sunday in Lent.

    As the season of Lent intensifies, the warnings become starker.

    Tragedies were a fact of life in the time of Jesus as they are now. In the gospel, Jesus refers to a tower that collapsed causing fatalities. So, life can be short and death unexpected. This perspective should help shape our lives.

    We will be baptizing baby Annabelle, Robin and Nipha Tinto’s second daughter on Sunday during mass. Please gather round the font at the appropriate time. Robin and Nipha are also providing some prosecco after mass to celebrate so please stay and greet the family. Many thanks to the Tintos for their generosity.

    This Week

    Bishop Sarah will be with us to celebrate and preach at the 7.30pm mass on Monday (25 March). Please come for this milestone event in the life of the parish.

    The Children’s Choir is on Tuesday at 3.45pm in church.

    Confirmation Classes are at Hampden Gurney on Wednesdays after school and on Saturdays at 10.30am in church.

    The A Capella Music Group is on Thursday, 9.30am in church.

    Looking Ahead

    The Annual Parochial Church Meeting will be on Tuesday 2 April, 7.30pm in church. Nomination forms for the Churchwardens and members of the Parochial Church Council are now available.

    The next Informal Prayer Group with Taize Music will be on Wednesday 8 May, 7.00pm in church. More details from Vincent Forestier. If you would like to contact him but don’t have his email address, please ask me for it.

    The next Community Dinner will be in June (date to be confirmed). The speaker will be Thomas Vester.

    Pilgrimage to Armenia in May 2020. Please let me know if you might be interested.

    Organ Appeal

    Following the death of a former Churchwarden, Patrick Walker, I have had various conversations about a doing something in the church by way of a tribute and memorial to him.

    Something for which the Parochial Church Council currently has no funds are essential works to the organ. I’m awaiting an updated report from the organ builder but the instrument needs at least £15,000 spent on it and possibly a lot more.

    I’m not asking for any money now but if you would like to make a donation in Patrick’s memory would you please contact me and let me know how much you may wish to contribute and whether or not the money would be gift aided? Thank you.

    The February Bulletin

    This has now been posted on the website and includes the powerful presentation by the Smend family on their resistance to Hitler’s regime. Please read it. It is an important historical record with lessons for our time.

    Electoral Roll Revision

    This is now closed but if you didn’t sign up again you can rejoin again during the year.

    Furniture to be Given Away

    The brown sofa currently in the crypt is surplus to requirements. If anyone would like it or knows someone who would then they are willing to take it away. Please let me know.

    Before long will also be disposing of some of the existing Sunday School tables & stools. We won’t need so many when the sharing of furniture with the Bryanston Nursery comes into effect. If you would like to register in interest and having some of these items again, please contact me. Thank you.

    I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.

    Yours in Christ

    Fr Gerald

    vicar.annunciationmarblearch@gmail.com

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheAnnunciation

    http://www.annunciationmarblearch.org.uk

  • Friday 15th March 2019
    Fr Gerald's Weekly Email

    As I write

    … I’m hearing the news of the massacres in New Zealand.

    Killing people is wrong. Murdering people when they are praying is vile and barbaric.

    As we gather on Sunday let’s remember that in an unstable world, we are making ourselves vulnerable – not only to the God who leads us in sometimes difficult directions but also to people of evil intent. Our local synagogues have high security on Saturdays. On Sunday, we do not. And I hope that we never will.

    Our thoughts and prayers are always with those who suffer. But thoughts and prayers are not enough. Defending people’s rights, opposing hate speech, challenging prejudice and much more are needed now to face down the people who are undermining the free societies that we take for granted.

    This Sunday (17 March)

    … is the Second Sunday in Lent.

    Today’s gospel takes us into a realm all too familiar with people in public life. Jesus’s life is under threat from those whose power he has challenged. Herod the king felt threatened by the King. Interestingly, it is the Pharisees – another interested party who sometimes felt threatened by Jesus – who warn him to find a place of safety.

    Jesus’s response is to lament. Jerusalem, the focal point of Jewish faith and power is imploding under the pressures of division. Like the prophets of old, Jesus sees a time when there will be blessing. But will people see it when it’s in front of their eyes? Will we? More of that on Sunday.

    We have excellent provision for babies and children on Sunday mornings so please do go downstairs with the Sunday School especially if you have a baby that is crying. Thank you.

    Lent

    I was asked last Sunday, what are the rules for Lent observance? I answered that there aren’t any rules. But we are encouraged to observe a time of prayer, fasting and self-denial.

    So, as I said last week: ‘Being less busy and more attentive to and in prayer is a start. How about saying the simple form of prayer during the day offered by the Church of England? You can get it on your phone at https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/join-us-daily-prayer and you can download an app.’

    Fasting is up to the individual. It’s unwise to cut down our intake of food too much if we are busy and burning the calories. But how about cutting out the non-essentials especially alcohol and sweets?

    We can also be more mindful. We can look carefully at what we are buying and consider where our food is coming from and how it has been produced. The effect of farming on our planet and fair trade are important issues. How about making the effort to spend more ethically?

    Self-denial? It’s about creating that inner wilderness that helps us to be more reflective. Why not ask the question: What do I think (beyond life’s essentials of shelter, clothes, basic food etc) are the things that I can’t live without? Then choose one of them and forego it until Easter. It may be that we can leave it out of our lives entirely.

    If any of our practices lead to saving money then we can give it away to a good cause. The Bishop of London’s Lent Appeal is aimed at combatting modern day slavery https://www.london.anglican.org/articles/modern-day-slavery-the-diocese-of-london-lent-appeal-2019/. How about donating it to that?

    Please let me know if you have any other questions about Lent. Thank you.

    This Week

    The Children’s Choir is on Tuesday at 3.45pm in church.

    Confirmation Classes are at Hampden Gurney on Wednesdays after school and on Saturdays at 10.30am in church. If you haven’t already signed your child up for these and you would like them to be confirmed in May please let me know as soon as possible. Thank you.

    The A Capella Music Group is on Thursday, 9.30am in church.

    Looking Ahead

    The Feast of the Annunciation, Monday 25 March 2019. 7.30pm High Mass & Procession. Celebrant & Preacher: The Rt Revd & Rt Hon Dame Sarah Mullally, Bishop of London.

    The Annual Parochial Church Meeting will be on Tuesday 2 April, 7.30pm in church.

    Pilgrimage to Armenia in May 2020. Please let me know if you might be interested.

    Hampden Gurney Cake Sale: Congratulations!

    Michele Lyons and the PTA did a great job last Wednesday and raised £2400 for the school. That’s £400 more than last year. Thanks to everyone who worked so hard and supported the event.

    Organ Appeal

    Following the death of a former Churchwarden, Patrick Walker, I have had various conversations about a doing something in the church by way of a tribute and memorial to him.

    Something for which the Parochial Church Council currently has no funds are essential works to the organ. I’m awaiting an updated report from the organ builder but the instrument needs at least £15,000 spent on it and possibly a lot more.

    I’m not asking for any money now but if you would like to make a donation in Patrick’s memory would you please contact me and let me know how much you may wish to contribute and whether or not the money would be gift aided? Thank you.

    The February Bulletin

    This has now been posted on the website and includes the powerful presentation by the Smend family on their resistance to Hitler’s regime. Please read it. It is an important historical record with lessons for our time. Go to the home page. On the middle column 'News' click Feb. It is posted there.

    Many thanks to Niku Banaie for putting it together. It was a technical tour de force and I’m very grateful that he spent so much time and effort on it.

    Electoral Roll Revision

    The Roll is currently being completely revised and we are almost at the end of the revision period. If you haven’t yet sent in your completed forms please do so by Sunday. If you have any questions please contact me or Abi Goldsbrough who is the Electoral Roll Officer. Thank you.

    And finally, a warning - Mk 2

    Last week I reported that a member of the congregation had her purse stolen from her bag during mass. This week we had another theft.

    An engineer came to change the church gas meter. He left the old one on the street for a few moments while he went to his van. When he came back, the old meter had gone.

    Life must be getting pretty desperate around here if people are stealing old gas meters. So, please continue to be vigilant! Thank you.

    I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.

    Yours in Christ

    Fr Gerald

    vicar.annunciationmarblearch@gmail.com

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheAnnunciation

    http://www.annunciationmarblearch.org.uk

  • Friday 8th March 2019
    Fr Gerald's Weekly Email

    This Sunday (10 March)

    … is the First Sunday in Lent.

    Lent lasting 40 days is based on the time that Christ spent in the wilderness. Retreating to a dessert in search of God or destiny or simply being away from the world is common in most religions.

    In some ways, Jesus was digging deep into his tradition as a Jew. The Hebrews spent 40 years wending their way towards the Promised Land. During their pilgrimage they endured times of temptation but unlike Christ they didn’t always overcome them. Their nerve failed them. They let go of God.

    Jesus the Jew faced Satan head on and faced him down. Making the things of God is our priority. If we do that life won’t necessarily be easy but it will have a rich purpose and significance.

    What to Do in the Season of Lent

    Being less busy and more attentive to and in prayer is a start. How about saying the simple form of prayer during the day offered by the Church of England? You can get it on your phone at https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/join-us-daily-prayer and you can download an app.

    Each year the Archbishop of Canterbury encourages us to read a book to deepen our faith and practice. This year’s book is Reconciliation by Dr Muthuraj Swamy. It’s widely available online so please take a look.

    The Bishop of London’s Lent Appeal is aimed at combatting modern day slavery https://www.london.anglican.org/articles/modern-day-slavery-the-diocese-of-london-lent-appeal-2019/. I hope that during the next few weeks we will find a way of raising funds for this important and troubling cause.

    This Week

    The Children’s Choir is on Tuesday at 3.45pm in church.

    Confirmation Classes are at Hampden Gurney on Wednesdays after school and on Saturdays at 10.30am in church. If you haven’t already signed your child up for these and you would like them to be confirmed in May please let me know as soon as possible. Thank you.

    The A Capella Music Group is on Thursday, 9.30am in church.

    Hampden Gurney Cake Sale on Wednesday 13 March

    A message from Michele Lyons:

    Can anyone help the school cake sale this year? It’s so important as it helps raise funds for the school for music and art resources, trips out for children who don’t have the means for them and for important books and equipment.


    On the day, please can you bake a cake or biscuits or anything savoury like sausage rolls, quiches etc to donate to the school? They can be dropped off at the school from 8.45 am on Wednesday.

    Secondly, can you pop by at 3.20 onwards and buy cakes/savouries to help raise important funds?

    Thirdly, maybe you could sell biscuits and cakes at your workplace beforehand and donate the money?

    We have no match funding for this important event. Can anyone please ask their work place if they could match fund our takings or just make a donation? Does anyone have a good relationship with their bank or estate agent and could they ask them if they could match fund us? I can provide more details - my email is michelebaylis@yahoo.co.uk.

    I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you.

    Michele

    Looking Ahead

    The Feast of the Annunciation, Monday 25 March 2019. 7.30pm High Mass & Procession. Celebrant & Preacher: The Rt Revd & Rt Hon Dame Sarah Mullally, Bishop of London.

    The Annual Parochial Church Meeting will be on Tuesday 2 April, 7.30pm in church.

    Pilgrimage to Armenia in May 2020. Please let me know if you might be interested.

    Electoral Roll Revision

    The Roll is currently being completely revised and we are almost at the end of the revision period. If you haven’t yet sent in your completed forms please do so as soon as possible. If you have any questions please contact me or Abi Goldsbrough who is the Electoral Roll Officer. Thank you.

    And finally, a warning

    Last Sunday, a member of the congregation had her purse stolen from her bag while she was at mass. Please leave nothing to chance and keep your valuables with you at all times. If you see anyone acting suspiciously please speak up. Take a photo on your phone if you can. This will assist the police if a crime is reported.

    Incidents like this can sour the atmosphere but I’m glad to say that it’s the first of its type since I became the parish priest in 2010. I hope that it’s the first and the last.

    I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.

    Yours in Christ

    Fr Gerald

    vicar.annunciationmarblearch@gmail.com

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheAnnunciation

    http://www.annunciationmarblearch.org.uk

  • Friday 1st March 2019
    Fr Gerald's Weekly Email

    This Sunday (3 March)

    … is the Sunday next before Lent.

    The gospel recounts Christ’s transfiguration on the mountain. Peter, James and John behold a glorious vision of Jesus flanked by Moses and Elijah. The disciples now know who Jesus truly is: God’s Messiah.

    For us, this knowledge is ‘food for the journey’ as we begin our 40-day pilgrimage through Lent. By abstaining from things earthly we can feed on the spiritual.

    From this Sunday we are no longer providing biscuits after mass. Hopefully any mice that may be tempted to look in the church’s direction will go elsewhere. It’s also a good Lenten discipline!

    Simon Templeton is looking after the children’s attendance this Sunday.

    What To Do in the Season of Lent

    Being less busy and more attentive to and in prayer is a start. How about saying the simple form of prayer during the day offered by the Church of England? You can get it on your phone at https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/join-us-daily-prayer and you can download an app.

    Each year the Archbishop of Canterbury encourages us to read a book to deepen our faith and practice. This year’s book is Reconciliation by Dr Muthuraj Swamy. It’s widely available online so please take a look.

    The Bishop of London’s Lent Appeal is aimed at combatting modern day slavery https://www.london.anglican.org/articles/modern-day-slavery-the-diocese-of-london-lent-appeal-2019/. I hope that during the next few weeks we will find a way of raising funds for this important and troubling cause.

    This Week

    The Children’s Choir is on Tuesday at 3.45pm in church.

    Wednesday is Ash Wednesday. The Hampden Gurney School Mass is at 10.10am. There is a Low Mass in Church at 12.30pm and a Sung Mass at St Cyprian’s Clarence Gate at 7.30pm.

    The A Capella Music Group is on Thursday, 9.30am in church.

    Confirmation Classes are at Hampden Gurney on Wednesdays after school and on Saturdays at 10.30am in church. If you haven’t already signed your child up for these and you would like them to be confirmed in May please let me know as soon as possible. Thank you.

    The A Capella Music Group is on Thursday, 9.30am in church.

    Looking Ahead

    The Feast of the Annunciation, Monday 25 March 2019. 7.30pm High Mass & Procession. Celebrant & Preacher: The Rt Revd & Rt Hon Dame Sarah Mullally, Bishop of London.

    The Annual Parochial Church Meeting will be on Tuesday 2 April, 7.30pm in church.

    Pilgrimage to Armenia in May 2020. Please let me know if you might be interested.

    Electoral Roll Revision

    The Roll is currently being completely revised. If you haven’t yet sent in your completed forms please do so as soon as possible. If you have any questions please contact me or Abi Goldsbrough who is the Electoral Roll Officer. Thank you.

    Baker Street Two-Way

    The Baker St/Gloucester Pl two-way scheme is now in operation. Despite marshals at each intersection there have been a number of prangs and at least one serious accident involving a pedestrian being hit by a bus when looking the wrong way. So, please take care!

    Yours in Christ

    Fr Gerald

    vicar.annunciationmarblearch@gmail.com

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheAnnunciation

    http://www.annunciationmarblearch.org.uk

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