Holy Week at St Edward’s

Next week is ‘Holy Week’, the most solemn and moving week of the year for Christians, as we follow Jesus’ path to the cross.

On Saturday (23rd), the eve of Holy Week, at 5.00 pm there will be a simple contemplative Eucharist, with much silence.

Palm Sunday will begin with the usual Prayer Book service of Holy Communion, at which Bruce Kinsey will be the celebrant.

At 11.00 am there will be a special service for Palm Sunday including (weather permitting) an outdoor palm procession. Malcolm Guite will preach. There will be Godly Play for the children.

At the 5.00 pm Eucharist, there will also be a palm procession, and Fraser will preach.

On Monday to Wednesday in Holy Week, Malcolm will lead sessions at 5.30 pm exploring the events of Holy Week through art and poetry, and at 6.00 pm Fraser will lead a series of short service focusing on those events (ending c 6.30 pm). The themes are Mon: Weeping over Jerusalem; Tues: Cleansing of the Temple; Wed: Anointing at Bethany

On Thursday at 7.30 pm there will be a special Maundy Thursday Eucharist, commemorating the Last supper, and Jesus’ washing of the disciples’ feet. Fraser will preach.

On Good Friday there will be the usual Three Hours service, with the passion gospel, poems, hymns, prayers and silence. The preacher will be the Revd Dr Gregory Seach, Dean of Clare College. His theme will be ‘Remembering the Future, and a hope for the Whole Creation’. At 5.30 pm there will be the usual silent meditation, led by Fraser.

Do come and join us as we follow these momentous world-changing, life-giving events.

Fraser Watts

A post and poem about st. Eds from Holly Ordway

One of our American visitors, holly Ordway has posted this poem about us on her blog. You can read it by clicking Here

 

Passion Sunday at St Edward’s

Next Sunday, Passion Sunday, will begin at St Edward’s with the usual 8.00 am service of Holy Communion.

The 11.00 am service will be a special service for Passion Sunday, with readings and choral music for Passiontide (poems from Clive Sansom, music from Johan Saunders and Bob Chilcott). Fraser will preach, on costly crises that contain the seeds of recovery.

The 5.00 pm Eucharist will also be a healing service, at which Malcolm Guite will preach, on the link between passivity and the Passion. It will be his first Sunday sermon since his absence.

(Note that the preachers have swapped over from those announced in the March newsletter.)

There will be no more Taizé services on Mondays until next term.

On Tuesday at 5.30 pm Malcolm will give the third of three talks on Prayer and the Arts, focusing this week on music and song.

On Wednesday at 8.00 pm there will be On The Edge at which Malcolm will talk about ‘A Celtic Cross, exploring the meaning of the cross and passion through the music of ‘Celtic’ bands; U2, The Waterboys, Runrig, and The Hothouse Flowers.

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.

On Saturday (23rd), at 11.30 am there will be a first meeting of a pastoral support group, led by Fraser (for those interested in giving or receiving pastoral support). Also on Saturday, the eve of Holy Week, there will be a Contemplative Eucharist at 5.00 pm, with mush silence.

Fraser Watts

Sermons on March 17th

Fraser and Malcolm have swapped round their preachments on March 17th (Passion Sunday) from those given in the March newsletter.

Fraser will now preach at 11.00 am, and Malcolm will preach at 5.00 pm.

The week at St Edward’s

Next Sunday at St Edward’s will begin with the usual 8.00 am service of Holy Communion.

The 11.00 am service will be a special service for Mothering Sunday, at which children with young families will be especially welcome. There will be posies for the children to give to their mothers. Fraser will preach on how our relationships with parents shape our relationship with God.

At 3.30 pm Alfred Corn will talk to the LGBT group about his latest book of poems, ‘Tables’.

At the 5.00 pm Eucharist, Matt Russell will talk about returning from the ‘far country’ in the story of the Prodigal Son, and what is involved for each of us in returning from our own far country.

There will be a special Taizé service on Monday at 9.00 pm with a visit from Br Paolo of the Taizé community. There will be a bring and share meal from 7.00 pm.

On Tuesday at 5.30 pm Malcolm will give the second of three talks on Prayer and the Arts, focusing this week on Praying with Images and Icons

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

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