Tickets for Handel's Messiah, Parts II & III are available HERE
It is a great joy to be back with you all, and I am so grateful for all your kind messages, prayers and cards over the past few weeks. My heartfelt thanks go to Fr Evan, Fr Tim and the parish team, who by all accounts have accompanied the start of this year’s Lenten journey with love, prayerfulness and a lot of hard work! I look forward to catching up with you all as we go forward through this holy season.
We have received the sad news of the deaths of two former, much-respected members of our congregation. Elizabeth (Liz) Robson, (wife of Fr Ian Robson, a former Vicar of the parish) has died at the age of 94. She is remembered with great affection by many for her work in the parish, and also served with distinction as London President of the Mothers’ Union during the Robsons’ years in Kensington. We hold her three children – Marcus, Eva and Gerard – in our prayers, as we give thanks for the lives of both Ian and Liz Robson. The funeral will be at the Church of St Mary the Virgin, Burpham on Monday 11th March at 12 noon.
We also remember Ailsie Corble, a longstanding and devoted member of the congregation, who amongst her many other active contributions to the life of the church stitched a kneeler still in use in the St Paul’s Chapel and featured in the book, “Kneelers: the Unsung Folk Art of England and Wales” by Elizabeth Bingham. Ailsie died aged 93 in the care home to which she moved in Stow on the Wold. We pray that both Liz and Ailsie may rest in peace and rise in glory.
Looking ahead, may I add my own warm invitation to those you may already have received, to join us for the St Mary Abbots Choir’s performance of parts II and III of Handel’s Messiah on Sunday 24th March at 5.30 pm. It is such a beautiful and poignant way to remember the events of Holy Week and Easter, and all money raised from ticket sales will go to support our regular music in the church. Please consider inviting your family and friends for this uplifting community event. Tickets available on line or if you don’t have access to a computer please call Leonora.
One more reminder about the Glass Door walk on Friday 22nd March from 9pm. There are still two spaces left for walkers, and we do urge those unable to commit to walking that evening to sponsor our team HERE or talk to Father Tim.
We pray that you are able to find time for prayer, reflection and study during this season: May God bless us, that in us may be found love and humility, obedience and thanksgiving, discipline, gentleness and peace, Amen [Night Prayer for Lent, Common Worship Daily Prayer]
With my love and prayers, Mother Emma
29th February 2024
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