Evening Prayer

Date: June 14, 2020

Our service of Evening prayer, with sung psalm and anthem can be found
here:

https://soundcloud.com/stjohnswimbledon

The anthem is as follows:

*Go forth and tell! – David Ogden*
recorded remotely by the Choral Scholars of St Martin-in-the-Fields in
their homes, and edited together.

*Go forth and tell! O church of God, awake!*
*God’s saving news to all the nations take;*
*proclaim Christ Jesus, saviour, Lord, and king,*
*that all the world his worthy praise may sing.

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*Go forth and tell! God’s love embraces all;*
*he will in grace respond to all who call:*
*how shall they call if they have never heard*
*the gracious invitation of his word?

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*Go forth and tell where still the darkness lies;*
*in wealth or want, the sinner surely dies:*
*give us, O Lord, concern of heart and mind,*
*a love like yours which cares for humankind.

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*Go forth and tell! The doors are open wide:*
*share God’s good gifts – let no one be denied;*
*live out your life as Christ your Lord shall choose,*
*your ransomed powers for his sole glory use.

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*Go forth and tell! O church of God, arise!*
*Go in the strength which Christ your Lord supplies;*
*go till all nations his great name adore*
*and serve him, Lord and king for evermore. *
*Amen.*

We continue our preparations for reopening the church for private prayer.
However, both church and state have given varying directions with
regulations changing on an almost daily basis. We still aim to open on
Sunday 21st, but I shall confirm this with you later this week. For our
planning regarding social distancing, *if you would be interested in coming
between 10 and 11am next Sunday, would you please drop me an email?*

John Perring suffered a recent set back following surgery, and  is
presently in hospital. On Saturday morning I was allowed to make a visit to
him, escorted by the hospital chaplain. I prayed with John, was able to
hold his hand, and assured him of the good wishes of the people of St
John’s.

I plan to wipe and reinstall my PC from fresh in the coming week, so do
bear with me if there’s a slight delay in replying to your messages, and
perhaps in uploading services.

As last week, there are far more potential topics to read and listen to
than I could list:

A rather bold Curate from Catford (in this diocese) caused a stir by
writing in the Evening Standard (here
<https://www.standard.co.uk/comment/comment/church-of-england-faltered-spiritual-guidance-a4463856.html>)

Max Kramer (Succentor of Canterbury Cathedral) preached an excellent little
homily for Corpus Christi (here
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAecpK_nwfw>)

Jarel Robinson-Brown (Associate Chaplain at Kings College London &
Assistant at St Mary’s, Putney) comments on recent events in London (here
<https://www.kcl.ac.uk/aboutkings/principal/dean/chaplaincy/chaplaincy-during-lockdown/news-updates>)

Diarmaid McCulloch (Professor of the History of the Church, Oxford)
comments on recent events in Bristol (here
<https://religionmediacentre.org.uk/news-comment/down-with-a-splash-who-complained-when-saddams-statue-was-toppled/>)

Richard Coles (Rector of Finedon & regular BBC Radio personality) offers a
short homily on Corpus Christi (here
<https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10158449456687246&amp;set=a.10150318251272246&amp;type=3>)

Eleanor Parker (Oxford) on the loss of Whitsun Monday (here
<https://unherd.com/2020/05/the-sad-loss-of-our-common-rituals/>)

At last, but certainly not least, Rosie remarks:

*At a time when the world feels out of control, and we are overwhelmed or
lost; as a result, this Gospel makes me wonder how we have been equipped,
as the disciples were. Our skills may be somewhat different, nonetheless,
they are God-given.*

*As we face the week ahead, not necessarily knowing what it will contain,
I wonder how we can be like those first disciples. How can we proclaim the
Good News? I can only speak for myself, but my proclamations recently have
been as much about what I don’t know as about what I do. My lived
experience, my faith, my work, my life, my love – well, in so many ways
they have been sure and straightforward. A privilege not afforded to all.*

*The disciples are told not to worry about finding the right words, to
trust that the Holy Spirit would give them God’s words. This week I want to
listen for the still small voice of the Holy Spirit, believing that if I am
called to speak that it will be God’s words I share – not my own.*

*You all remain in our prayers. I miss you, I miss worshipping together,
and we can negotiate some socially distanced something soon. My number and
email are public on Churchsuite, and I welcome messages (though be warned,
it sometimes takes me a while to respond).*

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*And a little glimpse from this morning:

With kind regards,

Stephen & Rosie

Service times

Sunday

8:30am Holy Communion (BCP)
10:15am Sung Eucharist

2nd Sunday of the month

10:15am All Welcome Service