Welcome to your Saturday evening bulletin from All Saints...
SUNDAY MORNING: HOLY COMMUNION
I am inviting you to join together in worship tomorrow morning for a live service of Holy Communion via Zoom, either through the online platform or simply by using the telephone.
Please log on at 10.30am in time for a 10.45am start. At the end of the service the call will stay open for after church 'coffee and chat' for those who wish to stay. The service will also be recorded (only those leading will be seen in the recording) and will be available on our Youtube Channel later on in the week.
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The liturgy for the service is attached to this email and includes the words to the hymns. The readings for tomorrow are Isaiah 40.12-17 & 27-end, 2 Corinthians 13.11-end
SUNDAY EVENING: WORSHIP FOR WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY
Join Revd Emily at 6pm as she leads an evening service that will include time for conversation as we continue to take seriously our response to caring for creation in the light of the climate emergency. As with the morning service please log in using the details below either as a video call or by phoning in. The service will be recorded and shared later in the week.
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PRAYER AND SUPPORT
As a ministry team we are aware that the pandemic is causing distress to many of our congregation and we have been trying to reach out in various ways. Alongside the phone calls from our pastoral team we wonder if there may be a need for a more focussed time of confidential prayer with a minister. Perhaps an opportunity to receive an absolution and a blessing, a little like that which was offered in the Burton chapel after the Sunday morning service. We shall be giving some thought to the different ways we may do this over the coming week but in the mean time if you think this is something you would appreciate please call or email Revd Mark who would be delighted to hear from you. [email protected]
CARBON LITERACY COURSE
Do you want to understand more about climate change? Do you want to find out what you can do? Learn a bit about the science and how we can change our behaviour? Then The Carbon Literacy Course is for you! Transitions Loughborough are our local providers and they are happy to run an online course on Zoom if we can get 10 people who want to attend. The course consists of three 2 hour sessions on zoom, dates and times to be confirmed. There is a cost of £15 per person which is for the certification. It’s a fantastic way of learning how we as a community can change the world. If you would like a place please contact Revd Emily this week before the 10th June [email protected]
Do you have a favourite vegetarian or vegan recipe? Will you share it? Our eco group The Wombles are collecting recipes for an All Saints Recipe book. Whether it’s a superhot chilli or a melt in the mouth muffin we would like to hear from you.
Please email Emma and Steve on: [email protected]
I have been greatly enjoying sharing in conversation with other ministers about the upcoming Sunday bible texts and plan to continue this as a regular pattern of both sermon preperation for me and I hope a way in to scriptural reflection for others. Do join me live on Youtube at 12.15pm on Tuesdays for some musing. Bible texts for next week are Exodus 19.2-8a, Romans 5.1-8 and Mathew 9.35-10.23
WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT RACE
Last year the ministry team and PCC began to think about how we can journey towards becoming an Intercultural Worshipping Community and being a church that more fully reflects the diverse make up of our town; a place where all people can not only find a welcome but can flourish and grow in the gifts they bring. It was our intention to launch that vision with you at our APCM (annual meeting) and to begin exploring these themes after Pentecost. You may recall Suzanne Hanson has joined us as one day a week as our Intercultural Minister to help us on that journey and whilst she is currently furloughed so not with us at the moment, I feel we cannot put this work off any longer. You will all be aware I am sure, of the violent death of George Floyd in America, bringing to the forefront the violence and brutality of racism, and within our own context the news that BAME (Black and Minority Ethnic) communities have been more adversely affected by Covid19 than others is a sharp reminder that inequality is still with is. For those of us who are white Christians now is the time to listen and learn from our black and brown brothers and sisters so I would like to encourage you over the coming months to consider reading 'We need to talk about Race' by Ben Lindsay which can be bought or downloaded as an ebook. In the book Lindsay 'offers eye-opening insights into the black religious experience, challenging the status quo in white majority churches. Filled with examples from real-life stories, including his own, and insightful questions, this book offers a comprehensive analysis of race relations in the Church in the UK and shows us how we can work together to create a truly inclusive church community.'
You might also like to listen to this conversation between Lindsay and other leading academic theologians and ministers on the topic: 'COVID 19, Disproportionate BAME Impact and the White Led Church Response.'
I look forward to seeing those of you who are able at our Zoom services tomorrow and now may Christ who out of defeat brings new hope and a new future, fill you with all joy and peace this night and always.