The week at St Edward’s

On Saturday (2nd March) at St Edward’s, there will be an event to mark Women’s World Day of Prayer. It will start from 10.00 am, and include lunch. The theme will be ‘I Was a Stranger’.

Next Sunday will begin with the usual 8.00 am service of Holy Communion.

The 11.00 am service will be a Eucharist, and the third of three Lenten services focusing on the traditional spiritual vows. Fraser will look this week at the vow of obedience.

At the 5.00 pm Eucharist, John Summers will preach on the theme of longing and loneliness.

There will be a Taizé service, as usual, at 9.00 pm on Monday. Contact Patrick McKearney.

On Tuesday at 5.30 pm Malcolm will give the first of three talks on Poetry and the Arts, focusing this week on prayer and poetry. (This will be Malcolm’s first appearance at St Edward’s since he broke his leg.)

On Wednesday at 8.00 pm there will be On The Edge, at which Iain McColl will talk about Unknowing God.

On Thursday at 12.30 pm there will be prayers for reconciliation and healing, led by Matt Russell

On Friday, as usual, there will be Holy Communion at 10.30 am with Alan Cole; and meditation at 5.30 with Fraser.

Fraser Watts

podcast updates

New podcasts!

This is the first of three sermons in the Poverty, Chastity and Obedience series, this one on Poverty (17 Feb 2013).

As part of Fraser’s Lent series, here is a sermon on Temptations and Discernments (17 Feb 2013).

This is the second of three sermons in the Poverty, Chastity and Obedience, this one on Chastity (24 Feb 2013).

The first of Fraser’s talks in the series on Prayer, this one on the topic of Talking with God (19 Feb 2013)

Ann’s On The Edge sermon on ‘Being Bad’  (20 Feb 2013).

Fraser’s sermon on Paradoxes in the spiritual life (24 Feb) is also available.

The Week at St Edward’s’ Prayer, Chastity etc

On Saturday (23rd) at 5.00 pm at St Edward’s there will be a Contemplative Eucharist, with much silence, at which Fraser will preside.

Next Sunday will begin with the usual 8.00 am service of Holy Communion, at which Andrew Davison will be the celebrant.

At 11.00 am we will have the second of a series of three Lenten services focusing on the traditional spiritual vows. Fraser will look this week at the vow of chastity. As with last week’s sermon on wealth and poverty, he will explore how sex, despite its blessings, can also be a source of problems, handled by some Christians in terms of the monastic vow of chastity (which proves on examination to be less negative than at first appears) but which can be handled by other Christians in other ways

The women’s network will meet on Sunday at 3.00pm. Further information from Ann Kember.

At the 5.00 pm Eucharist, Fraser will continue his series of sermons taking a psychologist’s view of Lent, looking this week at one of the main paradoxes of the spiritual life, that working hard at the spiritual life often doesn’t yield the results we hope for; it seems to depend on a subtle combination of our own efforts and openness to grace, working together in fruitful alliance.

There will be a Taizé service, as usual, at 9.00 pm on Monday. Contact Patrick McKearney.

On Tuesday at 5.30 pm Fraser will give the second of his talk talks on Psychology and Prayer, looking at deeper levels of prayer. An increasing number of Christians find that talking to God doesn’t work for them. Some switch over into spiritual practice that is entirely silent. In this talk, Fraser will explore a middle path of reflective prayer, carried out with a conscious sense of the presence of God, but not talking to him, as we would to another human person.

On Thursday at 12.30 pm there will be prayers for reconciliation and healing.

On Friday, as usual, there will be Holy Communion at 10.30 am with Alan Cole; and meditation at 5.30 with Fraser.

Fraser Watts

March Newsletter

The March newsletter is now available.

For future reference, newsletters with details of services and meetings throughout the month and other useful information can be found under the Upcoming Events tab.

Lent Talks on Prayer

Malcolm is making slower progress than was hoped, and has now been told by his doctor not to do anything for a fortnight. So we have divided the Lent talks on prayer (Tuesdays at 5.30 pm) into two groups.

Fraser Watts

LENT TALKS ON PRAYER at St EDWARD’S
Tuesdays at 5.30 pm

1. Psychology and  Prayer  –  Fraser Watts
(Practical implications of recent work on the psychology of prayer)
Feb 19      Talking With God
Feb 26      Deeper levels of Prayer

2. The Arts and Prayer  –  Malcolm Guite
March 5     Prayer and poetry, 
March 12   Praying with images and icons
March 19   Using music and song in prayer

recent podcasts

10 February – Fr Brendan Callaghan, a Jesuit and Master of Campion Hall in Oxford talks about Ignatian spirituality, one of the most practical and specific approaches to spiritual practice in the Christian tradition.

10 February – Fraser begins his series of sermons taking a psychologist’s view of Lent, talking this week about Priorities and Commitments.