In today’s service, the Revd Alyson Peberdy – an associate priest at St Michael’s – comments on some images which may well help in our quest to know God. In particular, how we might know God as Trinity: creator, redeemer and sustainer. Alyson uses the Andrei Rublev icon to try and describe God’s loving welcome to us, his creation. See the presentation and service here:
The icon writers have attempted to re-create God’s story through Christ and his followers. The icon writers’ art is a contemplative process, praying the icon into life. And in the looking can we detect that we are part of God, made in God’s image. So, God know’s us, what we look like, what we sound like, who we are. God sees us as divine, he cannot separate us from his own divine image. The next time you see a reflection of yourself know that you are of God, saturated in divine life.
A SPECIAL PLEA FOR FUNDS
As with many non-profit organisations, your parish Church has also suffered from a loss of income from the weekly plate offerings as well as the hall and church rentals.
I have received some very generous donations which now cover the interim works – so generous, in fact, that it might be possible, with another push, to create a fund to rebuild the wall completely! We now have permission from the diocese to get on with this work. I realise that many of you are struggling financially as a result of the lockdown. However, I wonder if you could find a way in supporting the church in this aspect of its community vision.
Another way of contributing to the life of the Church is by becoming a friend of the Church Gardens and Halls. The details of this scheme are attached.
I would be grateful if you could consider responding to this appeal.
Account: St Michaels & All Angels Summertown
Sort Code: 40-52-40
Acc No.: 00011607
Ref: Garden wall
Payable to: “St Michael and All Angels Church, Summertown”
Post to our office at: St. Michael & All Angels Church, Lonsdale Road, Oxford OX2 7ES.
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God bless you, Gavin