the week at st edward’s

Next Sunday, July 21st, is am important day in the life of St Edward’s. We have an interesting Odyssey service at 11.00 am, and at the 5.00 Eucharist will be saying goodbye to Matt & Michele Russell.

The day begins with a Prayer Book communion service at 8.00 am at which Alan Cole will be the celebrant.

The preacher at Odyssey at 11.00 am is Neil Thorogood, URC minister, artist, and Director of Pastoral Studies at Westminster College. He will be talking about ‘Being human and made in God’s image’, and will illustrate his talk with the sculptures of Ron Mueck, which faithfully reproduce the minute detail of the human body, but play with scale to produce disconcertingly jarring visual images.

At the 5.00 pm Eucharist, Matt Russell will preach on being lost and found in community. After the service there will be refreshments (a light buffet) and social time in the Munro Room at Queens’ College, when we will have a chance to say goodbye to Matt & Michele. Members of the morning congregation are welcome to join us at Queens’ regardless of whether they have been at the evening service.

On Wednesday at 8.00 pm there will be On The Edge, at which Malcolm will talk on Psychedelic Pill: Spirituality & Psychedelia, with the Grateful Dead, Neil Young and Jefferson Airplane.

On Thursday at 12.30 pm there will be lunchtime prayers, led by Ann Kember. On Friday at 12.30 pm there will be a Prayer Book communion at 10.30 with Fraser as celebrant; and at 5.30 pm Fraser will be lead the meditation group. This (July 26) will be the last meditation until the group resumes on August 30.

Fraser Watts

The week at St Edward’s

Next Sunday at St Edward’s begins as usual with a Prayer Book communion service at 8.00 am, at which Bruce Kinsey will be the celebrant.

The 11.00 am service will be a special service on the theme, ‘Urban Life: Towards the Heavenly City’, at which Fraser will preach.

At the 5.00 pm Eucharist, Fraser will give the second of a short series of sermons on ‘Jesus’ Holistic Spirituality’, looking this time at the relationship between inner and outer in Jesus’ thinking.

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

On Friday there will be a Prayer Book communion service at 10.30, at which Alan Cole will be the celebrant. The meditation group will meet on Friday at 5.30 pm, led by Fraser.

Fraser Watts

The week at St Edward’s

Next Sunday at St Edward’s begins as usual with a Prayer Book communion service at 8.00 am, at which Andrew Davison will be the celebrant.

The 11.00 am service will be a Eucharist. In the sermon Matt Russell will reflect on Jesus’ commissioning of St Peter (John 21) under the title ‘It’s All Grace”

At the 5.00 pm Eucharist, Fraser will preach the first of a short series of sermons on ‘Jesus’ Holistic Spirituality’, looking this time at the relationship between nature and spirit in Jesus’ thinking.

There will be On The Edge at 8.00 pm, at which John Summers will talk about ‘Spirit in the Dark’, drawing on Afro-American spirituality songs’.

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

On Friday there will be a Prayer Book communion service at 10.30, at which Alan Cole will be the celebrant. The meditation group will meet on Friday at 5.30 pm, led by Fraser.

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Fraser Watts

The week at St Edward’s

Next Sunday at St Edward’s begins as usual with a Prayer Book communion service at 8.00 am, at which Fraser will be the celebrant.

The 11.00 am service will be the second of two services on the theme of Being Human. Fraser will talk about what helps to bring the best out of people and helps them to set forward God’s purposes.

At the 5.00 pm Eucharist, Ann Kember will explore what St Paul meant when he referred to his ‘thorn in the flesh’.

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

On Friday there will be a Prayer Book communion service at 10.30, at which Alan Cole will be the celebrant. The meditation group will meet on Friday at 5.30 pm, led by Fraser.

The pastoral support group will meet on Saturday at 10.30 (refreshments from 10.15). At 8.00 pm there will be
concert with a varied programme of sacred and secular pieces by the Cantus Singers of Cambridge.

Fraser Watts

The week at St Edward’s

Next Sunday at St Edward’s begins with a Prayer Book communion service at 8.00 am, at which Andrew Davison will be the celebrant.

The 11.00 am service will be the first of two services on the theme of Being Human. Ann Kember will lead the service, and Fraser will preach, on what is special about among animals human beings. There will be work with the children on Sunday morning, on the theme of Jonah and the Whale. And the service will include some Spirituals.

At the 5.00 pm Eucharist, Iain McColl will preach about vocation (lay and ordained), as we approach the time of year when various people from St Edward’s will be ordained.

On Wednesday at 8.00 pm there will be On The Edge at which Matt Russell will be talking about the Spirituality of Twelve Steps, with live music from James Christie Brown.

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

On Friday there will be a Prayer Book communion service at 10.30, at which Alan Cole will be the celebrant. The meditation group will meet on Friday at 5.30 pm, led by Fraser.

Fraser Watts

Re: St Edward’s: June 16th etc

Next Sunday at St Edward’s begins with a Prayer Book communion service at 8.00 am, at which Andrew Davison will be the celebrant.

The 11.00 am service will be Odyssey at which Annabel Shilson-Thomas, Chaplain of Michaelhouse, will talk about ‘dying to live’, i.e. facing the challenge of mortality.

At the 5.00 pm Eucharist, Malcolm Guite will talk about entering into Sabbath rest.

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

On Friday there will be a Prayer Book communion service at 10.30, at which Alan Cole will be the celebrant. The meditation group will meet on Friday at 5.30 pm, led by Fraser. (On June 14th the meditation will be led by the Revd Vivienne Lake.)

Fraser Watts

St Edward’s: June 9th

Next Sunday at St Edward’s begins with a Prayer Book communion service at 8.00 am, at which Fraser will be the celebrant.

The 11.00 am service will be a Eucharist, focusing on St Columba, whose day it is. Malcolm will preach.

At the 5.00 pm Eucharist, Catherine Duce will preach on the theme ‘simply living’, drawing on the recent visit to the UK of a team of Christians from the Solomon Islands.

On Wednesday at 8.00 pm there will be On The Edge, at which Malcolm will preach on ‘Drag Queens in Limousines: Mary Gautier and other hard core Troubadours’.

On Thursday at 12.30 pm there will be prayers for reconciliation and healing, led by Matt Russell. On Friday there will be a Prayer Book communion service at 10.30, at which Alan Cole will be the celebrant. The meditation group will meet on Friday at 5.30 pm.

The pastoral group will meet on Saturday at 10.30 (refreshments from 10.15) led by All Kember.

Fraser Watts

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