Second Sunday of Epiphany

Date: January 17, 2021

Dear Friends,

Our services for tomorrow can be found online here:

Our order of service can be found here:17th jan online.pdf

Our service of Daily Morning Prayer resumed on January 11th. Do listen over
your morning coffee/tea.

I shall be preaching via Zoom at St Mary’s this Sunday evening at 6:30pm.

https://zoom.us/wc/86241783844/

Password: 006594

*Religion beyond church*

The thought of church fellowship beyond a physical congregation has been
the topic of many editorials and essays in recent months. A colleague
pointed out that there are older meditations on this topic. Bonhoeffer
wrote to his parents from prison in June 1943:

*”Well, Whitsuntide is here, and we are still separated, but is in a
special way a feast of fellowship. When the bells rang this morning, I
longed to go to church, but instead I did as John did on the island of
Patmos, and had such a splendid service of my own, that I did not feel
lonely at all, for you were all with me, every one of you, and so were the
congregations in whose company I have kept Whitsuntide. Every hour or so
since yesterday I’ve been repeating to my own comfort Paul Gerhadt’s
Whitsun hymn with the lovely lines , Thou art a Spirit of joy,’ and Grant
us joyfulness and strength.’*

*Cringe-free ways to speak about your faith in Jesus*

Thursday 28 January 2021, 8.00-9.30pm, Zoom, free

Help others come to know the faith that has helped you. Do you sometimes
feel under-confident in speaking about the Christian faith? Are you
uncertain about when to speak and when to stay silent? Share stories,
approaches and resources, whatever your church tradition and no matter how
long or short a time you’ve been a Christian. It is led by by the Revd
Canon Jay Colwill, Director of Mission and Evangelism.

To book your place, email: missionsupport@southwark.anglican.org

*The Divine Comedy*

*In the middle of the journey of our life,
I came to myself in a dark wood,
for the straight way was lost.*

The year marks the 700th anniversary of the death of Dante Alighieri,
author of the Divine Comedy, perhaps one of the most important pieces of
Christian poetry. The BBC have started a radio documentary on the
anniversary here:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000r36j

However, if you would prefer to leap right into the Comedy, the abridged
radio play with John Hurt can be found here:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03xtvdp

*Meditations on our Gospel lesson from the Scottish Bible Society

*The Gospels are not biographies of Jesus, nor do they tell us everything
about*
*him. The evangelists wrote these accounts so we can meet and learn about
the*
*Jesus they knew. In today’s reading John relates how Jesus met his first
disciples.*
*First John the Baptist describes Jesus as ‘the Lamb of God’ to two of his
disciples.*
*They are clearly interested to see what he meant by this because they
then*
*follow after Jesus. Jesus speaks to them and invites them to see the place
where*
*he is staying. We are told that this encounter takes place at four o’clock
in the*
*afternoon. They then spend the rest of the day getting to know more about
him*
*and his teaching. Andrew was clearly impressed because he loses no time in
telling his brother Simon that they have found the Messiah. Andrew then
takes Simon to meet Jesus. Simon’s encounter with Jesus is dramatic. Jesus
takes one look at him, tells him*
*who he is and then gives him a new name – Cephas or Peter. In Jesus’
time, as*
*today, a new name means a new identity. Peter was changed by his first
meeting*
*with Jesus and immediately left his job as a fisherman behind (Matthew
4:18-22).*
*But it was to take years of growing, loving and serving Jesus before he
really*
*became the rock on which Jesus was able to build his church.*

*What can we learn from this passage about how people meet Jesus and
become*
*his disciples? John the Baptist and Andrew both knew who Jesus was and
then introduced their friends to Jesus. How did you find Jesus? Was it
through the help of other Christians? Can you describe it in a few words?
Ask God to show you ways you *can help your friends meet Jesus. Consider
the description of Jesus as ‘the Lamb of God’. Meditate on the significance
of this title. (See Exodus 12:1-14, Leviticus 16:5-10, 20-22, Isaiah 53:7)*

*With kind regards,

Stephen & Rosie

Service times

Sunday

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