Tickets for Handel's Messiah, Parts II & III are available HERE.
In the Collect for the 2nd Sunday in Lent we pray that God will restore to the way of righteousness 'those who are in error'. From time to time, we will all have found ourselves in error - in regard to our own estimation of ourselves, in regard to how we view others, and in regard to God's desire for our lives. It can be tempting to resist admitting error, often in part because setting things right comes at the cost of being vulnerable to others. Let me encourage you to embrace such vulnerability this Lent in the knowledge that it will make returning to the way of righteousness that much more joyous.
The second of our clergy Lent Reflections is now available where Fr Tim has written movingly about courage and love. If you do not have access to a computer please contact Leonora who will post it to you. Our final Lent reflection from Mother Emma will follow shortly.
Speaking of Mthr Emma, I am delighted to say that she will be returning to light duties by Wednesday next week. Fr Tim and I are especially looking forward to having her back with us as we have missed her gentle guidance and her sense of humour.
We hope to see you back in the church after half term for our usual Sunday Services. Over the next few days we will be welcoming some new people to the church, with a Service of Remembrance for the regiments of the Gurkha Rifles who fell at Gallipoli, 1915 and then, later in the week, the London, Southwark and Chelmsford Branch of the Church of England Guild of Verger. At this service there will be a presentation of new members, including our virgers Simon and Martina.
The 3rd Sunday in Lent, also called Mothering Sunday, is coming up on the 10th March, where the children present flowers to mothers, Grandmothers and other family members. If you are willing to help put together daffodil posies please contact Martina.
Next week on Thursday 29th February at 6pm we will be holding another Youth Group event for year 7 and above. Held in the church, there will be games, pizza and the start of a new project. The first event included a game with shaving foam and last month pancakes were flipped and eaten. As I am helping Martina with the event I am somewhat nervous as to what they have planned for me!
Also upcoming are the Victorian Society talk titled From Palaces of Art to the Studios of Bohemia: Artists House in Victorian Kensington and Chelsea on the 12th of March at 7pm and Handel's Messiah (parts II and III) on Sunday the 24th of March at 5.30pm. If you enjoyed the Christmas portion of the Messiah, please tell your friends how good it was and invite them to join you for the Passion and Easter portions. Tickets for the Messiah are £15 and include a glass of wine, with proceeds going to support the music and worship of St Mary Abbots.
I am looking forward with anticipation to my first Holy Week and Easter with you all and I'm sure it will be a spiritually nourishing and uplifting time.
22nd February 2024
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