St Edward’s: Community of the Cross of Nails

Next Sunday is a special day in the life of St Edward’s, as we will be admitted as a Partner in the international Community of the Cross of Nails at the 11.00 am service. Our Cross of Nails will be presented by David Porter, Canon Director of Reconciliation at Coventry Cathedral and the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Director of Reconciliation Canon Porter will also be the preacher. I hope that as many people as possible from our congregation at St Edward’s will want to come to this important service.

The theme will continue at the 5.00 pm Eucharist, when Fraser will conclude his series on ‘Transformed by the Spirit’, focusing on the transformation of society.

There will be Prayer Book communion services on Sunday at 8.00 am (Malcolm Guite) and Friday at 10.30 am (Alan Cole).

There will be a Taizé service on Monday at 9.00 pm. On Thursday at 12.30 pm there will be prayers for reconciliation and healing, led by Matt Russell; and the meditation group will meet on Friday at 5.30 pm led by Fraser.

Fraser Watts

St Edward’s: Trinity Sunday etc

Next Sunday at St Edward’s will begin, as usual, with a Prayer Book Communion at 8.00 am, at which Andrew Davison will be celebrant.

The 11.00 am service will be for Trinity Sunday, and Malcolm will preach. The service will include a baptism

At the 5.00 pm Eucharist, Fraser will preach the second of three sermons on The Transforming Spirit, focusing this week on transformation of relationships.

The student-led Taizé service will continue on Monday at 9.00 pm.

On Wednesday at 8.00 pm there will be On The Edge at which Fraser will preach on Keeping Imagination Healthy, with music by David Bowie and Nick Cave.

On Thursday at 12.30 pm there will be prayers for reconciliation and healing, led by Ann Kember. On Friday, there will be Holy Communion at 10.30 am with Alan Cole, and meditation at 5.30 pm led by Fraser.

Fraser Watts

Pentecost at St Edward’s

Next Sunday is Pentecost (or Whit Sunday). It is the Sunday, 7 weeks after Easter, when we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit on Jesus’ disciples.

On Saturday at 5.00 pm, the Eve of Pentecost, there will be a Contemplative Eucharist at St Edward’s, with much silence.

Pentecost itself will start with a Prayer Book Communion at 8.00 am, at which Alan Cole will be celebrant.

The 11.00 am service will be a special service for Pentecost at which Malcolm will preach, developing the idea that although Pentecost begins with the sudden coming of the spirit, the core of its promise is not sudden fits and starts of inspiration but steady abiding and growth in the spirit; the spirit rests on them rather than flitting away again, the spirit of adoption and gradual transformation.

The LGBT group will meet on Sunday afternoon at 3.30 pm, when Sonya James will introduce a discussion about crossing boundaries and being between categories.

At the 5.00 pm Eucharist, Fraser will preach the first of three sermons on The Transforming Spirit, focusing this week on transformation of the individual.

After the service Amanda Goodman will give a short talk about the plan for a consortium of local churches to provide night shelter for the homeless next winter.

The student-led Taizé service will continue on Monday at 9.00 pm.

On Tuesday at 5.30 pm there will be a talk by Fraser, including readings and prayers, on Coventry’s story of Reconciliation. It will be part of our preparation for becoming a partner in the Community of the Cross of Nails at the 11.00 am service on June 2nd.

On Thursday at 12.30 pm there will be prayers for reconciliation and healing, led by Matt Russell. On Friday, there will be Holy Communion at 10.30 am with Alan Cole, and meditation at 5.30 pm led by Fraser.

Fraser Watts

The Week at St Edward’s

Next Sunday at St  Edward’s there will be a Prayer Book Communion at 8.00 am, at which Malcolm will be celebrant.

The 11.00 am service will be a Eucharist, at which Fraser will preach, exploring the changed relationship between Christ and Creation that the story of the Ascension represents.

At the 5.00 pm Eucharist, Matt Russell will preach on waiting being the hardest part of hoping.

The student-led Taizé service will continue on Monday at 9.00 pm.

On Wednesday at 8.00 pm there will be On The Edge, at which Malcolm will preach on Where the Nails have Been: The Spirituality of Gillian Welch.

On Thursday at 12.30 pm there will be prayers for reconciliation and healing, led by Matt Russell. On Friday, there will be Holy Communion at 10.30 am with Alan Cole, and meditation at 5.30 pm led by Fraser. On Saturday at 5.00 pm there will be a Contemplative Eucharist, with much silence.

Looking ahead, on Tuesday 21st May at 5.30 pm there will be an extra talk by Fraser on Coventry’s Story of Reconciliation, as part of our preparation for becoming a partner in the Community of the Cross of Nails at the 11.00 am service on June 2nd.

Fraser Watts

The Week at St Edward’s

Next Sunday at St  Edward’s there will be the usual Prayer Book Communion at 8.00 am, at which Fraser will be celebrant.

The 11.00 am service will be Odyssey, and the preacher will be the Revd Professor James W Jones, in Cambridge in sabbatical from Rutgers University. He will be talking about True Transformation, and looking at what spiritual practice in Christianity can learn from Buddhism and Psychotherapy.

On Sunday morning, please also remember Guilia Conto who will be confirmed at the University confirmation service, presented by Malcolm.

At the 5.00 pm Eucharist, Fraser will preach the second of two sermons about people whose meetings with Jesus are recorded in St John’s gospel, talking this week about the Samaritan Woman who Jesus meets at Jacob’s Well.

On Wednesday at 8.00 pm there will be a concert by Harry Bird and the Rubber Wellies, as part of their UK tour.

Thursday is Ascension Day, and there will be a special Eucharist at 6.15, at which Fraser will preside and preach.

The student-led Taizé service will continue on Monday at 9.00 pm. On Thursday at 12.30 pm there will be prayers for reconciliation and healing, led by Matt Russell. On Friday, there will be Holy Communion at 10.30 am with Alan Cole, and meditation at 5.30 pm led by Fraser.

Fraser Watts