This Sunday and the week ahead at St Mary’s


This Sunday and the week ahead at St Mary’s

Published: 22nd June, 2024

This Sunday we hear the old Sunday school favourite, the story of David and Goliath.  This ancient story of the triumph of the underdog retains its place in the language of our increasingly secular nation, and is still regularly used to describe an apparently unequal fight.  We live in a time that is (rightly) very uneasy about violence, and one of the difficulties of reading the bible as an ancient text in our contemporary culture is working out what to do with all the violence.  We might be tempted to say that violence is a particular problem with the Old Testament; but then consider the place of the Cross in the New Testament, and think too of the military imagery that can be found in St Paul’s letters.  We who have for the most part been blessed to live through comparatively peaceful times need to be careful about making easy judgements about the past.  We can also acknowledge that stories such as that of David and Goliath do need to be handled with very great care.  And we can recognise too in these violent stories a metaphor for the struggle of Christian life: our struggle, as St Paul writes, is not against flesh and blood but against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, and we must fight the good fight against the forces of sin and selfishness that rear up in every human heart.

This Sunday:

8am Holy Communion (BCP) (St Mary’s)
9.30am Sung Eucharist (St Mary’s)
11.15am Sung Holy Communion (St Nicholas, Remenham)
4.45pm for 5pm Recording of “Sunday Worship” (St Mary’s)

This week: 

6.30pm Deanery Synod BBQ (Remenham Parish Hall)

10am BATS (Chantry House)
12noon Holy Eucharist (St Mary’s)

10am Holy Eucharist (St Mary’s)
1pm Bell Surgery (Chantry House)
6pm Melody Makers (St Mary’s)
7.15pm Choir Practice (St Mary’s)

12noon Holy Eucharist (St Mary’s)

7.30pm Henley Symphony Orchestra Concert (St Mary’s)
Rehearsals from 2.30pm (St Mary’s)

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

Next Sunday: Sunday June 30th ~ The Fifth Sunday after Trinity

8am Holy Communion (BCP) (St Mary’s)
9.30am Sung Eucharist and Junior Church (St Mary’s)
11.15am  Sung Matins (BCP) with Hymns (St Nicholas)
3pm Hymns & Pimms (St Mary’s)