Finding a boat

It is through this intentional decision to make time and space for God and his nature that we can discern our way ahead.

Before we find our boat, I want you to put down the metaphorical anchor! This week, and for all the weeks to come during this pandemic, we will be livestreaming the 10am Parish Eucharist. If you are shielding or unable to attend church for whatever reason, you will be able to join us in real time! All you need to do is go on to our facebook page – click here https://www.facebook.com/stmichaelssummertown/ at 10am on Sunday. You might have to hover your mouse over the video in order to press the sound bar so that you can hear according to your own needs. Don’t worry if you are unable to make 10am. 

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The service will be shown on our website home page – https://www.stmichaels-summertown.org.uk – and kept there for you to watch at your own convenience. If you are able, please subscribe, ‘like’ or ‘share’ so that our Facebook profile grows and therefore the church’s mission flourishes into more households and communities. It is also important to feedback any comments so that we might continue to improve and make the livestream experience for the flock unable to reach the sheepfold! Many thanks in advance. Please pray for our new venture, that it will be fruitful and that it serves God’s world.

And now to the boat….! 

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Alone on the water

This is a reference to this Sunday’s gospel from Matthew in which, after hearing that John the Baptist had been killed, Jesus retreats to a boat on the lake. My sermon speaks about the importance of seeking God in a safe space as we continue to endure the trauma of this pandemic. So, my pastoral advice is to commend that you seek a boat to sail in order to ‘get away.’ It is through this intentional decision to make time and space for God and his nature that we can discern our way ahead, then good religion is enabled. In the case of the gospel, a miracle of generosity takes place. So, please go out and find a boat and rest and find yourself in the company of God and seek out his reassurance and peace.

OTHER NEWS

St Michael’s is open for private prayer from Sat-Wed 10am – 2pm. On Sunday, public worship takes place 8am, 10am & 6.30pm. Please arrive early in order to disinfect your hands, be welcomed and shown to your seat. We recommend that you wear a face mask. Communion will be given in one kind. Please refer to the Covid-19 leaflet attached. 

UPCOMING SERVICES

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Remember to find the video on our website from Sunday morning onwards

Author: Gavin Knight

The Revd Gavin Knight has been the Vicar of St Michael & All Angels, Summertown in the Oxford Diocese since September 2011. After serving his title at St Alphege, Solihull, Gavin became parish priest of St Andrew's Fulham Fields in London. He moved to Wales in 2005 becoming Chaplain to Monmouth School. He is married to Jo, a clinical psychologist, and they have three sons.