This Sunday and the week ahead at St Mary’s – 12th May 2024

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This Sunday and the week ahead at St Mary’s – 12th May 2024

Published: 11th May, 2024

Through the Sundays of Easter we have mostly been hearing passages from Jesus’ teaching the disciples at the Last Supper in John’s gospel. This Sunday’s gospel is a part of the long prayer that concludes this part of John’s account. This prayer is the longest prayer of Jesus recorded in the gospels, and it is often known as Jesus’ “High Priestly Prayer”. Jesus prays for Himself and for His disciples, praying that they may be sanctified in the truth, that they may be one, and that they may have His joy complete in themselves. In these days between Ascension Day and Pentecost, we are asked to pray for the renewal of the Church in the power of the Holy Spirit. Let’s remember that we are not praying for the Holy Spirit to come along and rev up a failing institution, which to be honest is how it sometimes comes across! Jesus prays for our sanctification in the truth, for our unity, and for our joy. Holiness and happiness are perhaps two qualities we don’t often hold together; I wonder how much we think our faith has to do with happiness at all? But in His prayer Jesus places great emphasis on His joy, and so should we in ours.

This Sunday:

8am Holy Communion (BCP) (St Mary’s)
9.30am Sung Eucharist and Junior Church (St Mary’s)
11.15am Sung Holy Communion (BCP) with Hymns (St Nicholas, Remenham)
12.45 Holy Baptism (St Mary’s)
2.30pm Baptism preparation (Rectory)
4pm Evening Prayer (BCP, said) (St Mary’s)

This week:

Monday
11.30am Mayor Making (Town Hall)

Tuesday
4pm Evening Prayer (BCP) (St Nicholas Remenham)
6pm Holy Eucharist (St Mary’s)

Wednesday
10am BATS (Chantry House)
6pm Holy Eucharist (St Mary’s)
7pm Joint PCC Meeting (Chantry House)

Thursday
10am Holy Eucharist (St Mary’s)
4pm Evening Prayer (BCP) (St Nicholas, Remenham)
6pm Melody Makers (St Mary’s)
7.15pm Choir Practice (St Mary’s)

Friday
9am Henley Churches Debt Centre (Chantry House)
10am Holy Eucharist
12noon Funeral of Trudy May (St Mary’s)
4pm Evening Prayer (BCP) (St Nicholas)

Saturday
9.30am Holy Eucharist (St Mary’s)
7pm Beetle Drive (Remenham Parish Hall)

Morning Prayer will be said at 9am Tuesday to Friday at St Mary’s.

Sunday May 19th ~ Pentecost

8am Holy Communion (BCP) (St Mary’s)
9.30am Sung Eucharist and Junior Church (St Mary’s)
11.15am Sung Holy Communion (BCP) with Hymns (St Nicholas)
12.30pm Holy Baptism (St Nicholas)
4pm  Choral Evensong (St Mary’s)