This Sunday and the week ahead at St Mary’s

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This Sunday and the week ahead at St Mary’s

Published: 6th April, 2024

This Sunday we hear the story of Jesus’ Resurrection appearances in John’s gospel: Jesus appears to the disciples who are gathered behind locked doors out of fear.  The contrast between the fear of the disciples, and Jesus’ message of peace, is very striking.  As with Jesus’ encounter with Mary Magdalene, after the initial reassurance His message becomes one of sending and commissioning: “As the Father has sent me, so I send you… Receive the Holy Spirit.  If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained”.  The contrast between the fearful disciples and the mission and authority with which Jesus trusts them is extreme!  But perhaps it isn’t so different in the life of the Church today: fear and anxiety remain features of our life together, and yet Jesus entrusts us with His mission.  Let us pray that the Church in our day may know the peace that is His gift.

This week Fr Jeremy will be leading a parish pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham.  Please note the reduced pattern of weekday services.

This Sunday:

8am Holy Communion (BCP) (St Mary’s)
8.35am Parish Breakfast (Chantry House)
9.30am Sung Eucharist and Junior Church (St Mary’s)
11.15am Sung Matins (BCP) (St Nicholas Remenham)
12.45pm  Baptism (St Mary’s) followed by baptism party (Chantry House)
2.30pm  Marriage Preparation (The Rectory)
4pm  Evening Prayer (BCP) (St Mary’s)

This week:

Monday                
11am Bach to Baby (St Mary’s)
6pm Eucharist for the Feast of the Annunciation (St Mary’s)

Thursday
10am Holy Eucharist (St Mary’s)

Friday          
9am Henley Debt Centre (Chantry House)
5pm Wedding rehearsal (St Mary’s)

Saturday 
2pm Wedding (St Mary’s)

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

Sunday April 14 ~ The Third Sunday of Easter

8am Holy Communion (BCP) (St Mary’s)
9.30am Sung Eucharist, Junior Church and Creche (St Mary’s)
11.15am Holy Communion (BCP) with Hymns (St Nicholas Remenham)
12.30pm Baptism (St Mary’s)
2.30pm Baptism Preparation (The Rectory)
4pm Evening Prayer (St Mary’s)

Image credit: Guercino, The Incredulity of St Thomas, National Gallery