I hope you’re managing to find a way to keep cool enough in this sweltering heat and are not struggling too much.
One of the lovely things about being able to be back in church again is that both All Saints’ an St Alban’s come into their own in the summer and provide a welcome respite from the heat!
This Sunday,16th August the Church will be keeping the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and you will see my Gospel reflection is about that.
This weekend will also see the third anniversary of my licencing as Parish Deacon in our churches. I remember that evening in 2017 with great joy, little knowing that, three years on, Fr John would have retired and I would have been given a new license by the Bishop as Interim Deacon in Charge.
It is a great privilege and a joy to serve such lovely people in our worshipping communities; and I am grateful for all the help and support I continue to receive from Churchwardens and others, who enable me to serve you to the best of my ability whilst a new priest is sought. Please keep that process in your prayers.
This Sunday St Alban’s will be open for a time of private prayer from 9.30 – 10.30am, or there may be a lay-led service.
Our next Mass at All Saints’ will be at 11.00am on Sunday August 23rd, with Alan Swanborough presiding and preaching; St Alban’s will have a service of Extended Holy Communion, at 9.30am.
Just a reminder that I am currently drawing up an intercessions list for both churches. Please let me have the names of anyone who would like to be prayed for during our services of public worship.
My love and prayers,
The image is “Assumption of the Virgin” by Andrea del Castagno – From Berlin’s Gemäldegalerie. It was painted between 1449 and 1450, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Del_Castagno_Andrea_Our_Lady_of_the_Assumption_with_Sts_Miniato_and_Julian.jpg