Sermon: Reflections on calamity and natural disaster (18/11/2018)

A sermon by Rev Peter Kettle, delivered at the Sung Communion service on Sunday 18th November 2018 (Second Sunday before Advent).

Readings:  Daniel 12.1-3; Hebrews 10.11-14 (15-18) 19-25; Mark 13.1-8

Sermon Rev Peter Kettle 18 November 2018

It is a reality that we can grasp now: because of Christ’s sacrifice, and in lovely words: ‘let us make our approach in sincerity of heart and full assurance of faith…. see how each of us may best arouse others to love and active goodness … encouraging one another‘ – a prescription for a good life if ever there was one. But then, in the final words of our reading this morning, its relationship with the other two readings is made clear: we should do all this ‘all the more because you see the Day drawing near.’

For us, ministering to them or to any who are going through a time of tribulation, the words of the Epistle to the Hebrews will be our guide, ‘encouraging one another to love and active goodness’ knowing that our day may still yet be to come. And on that day, may we be as faithful and resolute, in the knowledge that our deliverance is promised by God, through Jesus Christ.

Pewsheet 18th November 2018

Christmas Services

Sunday 23rd December 2018                                                                                            6.00 pm  Service of lessons and carols, followed by mince pies and refreshments

Christmas Eve                                                                                                                4.00 pm  Crib service for children and families. Children are encouraged to come dressed in Nativity or other costumes.                                                                        11.00 pm  Organ music in church                                                                                  11.30 pm  Holy Communion with carols

Christmas Day                                                                                                          10.00 am  Family Communion with carols

Sermon for Remembrance Sunday (11/11/2018)

A sermon for Remembrance Sunday by Asst. Hon. Curate Rev Dr Nicky von Fraunhofer. Delivered at the Sung Communion service on Sunday 11th November 2018 (Remembrance Sunday).

The symbolic choice of a two-minute silence to recall so many hours, months and years of suffering contains within it a curious paradox. We hold a moment of silence when all goes still, to mark many previous times of chaos and confusion, where nothing could be fully anticipated or planned for. In a painful irony, we now know that the choice to wait until the 11th hour of the 11th day to call a halt to the 14-18 war, despite terms having been agreed at 5 am, caused many extra lives to be lost. No doubt people wished to impose an orderly end to such a devastating conflict, but it was a costly decision which sadly includes a man on our own War Memorial – 2nd Lt Noel Everard, of the Royal Field Artillery, who died on Armistice day, aged only 19.

Today, as we remember those who gave their lives for a future they would never know, and as we give thanks for all they achieved, let us consider how we might use our freedom wisely, respond to God’s call and work towards a better future, one that reflects God’s kingdom and brings in God’s reign of love, mercy and justice, for all. Because I suggest to you, that is a peace worth fighting, or even dying for.

Readings:  Jonah 3.1-5, Hebrews 9.24-28, Mark 1.14-20

Sermon for Remembrance Sunday NvF

Pewsheet 11th November 2018

Sermon: Blind Bartimaeus (28/10/2018)

Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me! 

A sermon based on the story from the Gospel of Mark concerning the healing of a blind beggar called Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus. Delivered by Rev William Allberry at the Sung Communion service on Sunday 28th October 2018 (The Last Sunday after Trinity).

Blind Bartimaeus – St Paul, Wimbledon Park – 28 October 2018

The good news is that there is no situation in life that’s so bad that someone can’t help us with it, that someone can’t help us to overcome it, or to bear it with a hope and a strength that transforms it, and us, completely. And where we don’t know who to go to, we can go to God, and find the help we need. God doesn’t always answer our prayers in the way we have in mind, but God does answer them in a way that’s appropriate; God always gives us what we need, and God always gives us strength to bear what we must bear. ‘Come unto me all who are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Seek and you shall find. Knock and the door shall be opened to you. Ask – and you shall receive.’ These are the promises Jesus made, promises that he kept time and time again, promises that are still valid.

We must learn from blind Bartimaeus that we never need to be afraid to ask for help. We never need to be afraid to turn to our friends and neighbours and share our needs; we must never be afraid to turn to God, who’ll show us where to find help. We must never be afraid to ask, and after asking, follow Jesus, that perfect high priest, on the way.

Readings: Jeremiah 31:7-9; Hebrews 7:23-28; Mark 10:46-52

Pewsheet 28th October 2018

Advent and Christmas 2018

Please join us for our programme of seasonal events and services during Advent and Christmas at St Paul’s:

Sunday 16th December                                                                                              3.30 pm  Christmas tea with carols in the St Paul’s Community Centre Lounge          

Carol singing in and around Southfields:                                                            Monday 17th December                                                                                                  6.00-7.00 pm  Outside Southfields Tube Station                                                               Tuesday 18th December                                                                                                  7.00-9.00 pm  Southfields Gardens (meet corner of Kingscliffe Gardens)                          All proceeds in aid of GLASS DOOR, our local churches’ homeless charity providing shelter every night of the week during the winter months                                                 

Sunday 23rd December                                                                                                6.00 pm  Service of lessons and carols, followed by mince pies and refreshments

Christmas Eve                                                                                                                    4.00 pm  Crib service for children and families.  Children are encouraged to come dressed in Nativity or other costumes.                                                                        11.00 pm  Organ music in church                                                                                      11.30 pm  Holy Communion with carols

Christmas Day                                                                                                          10.00 am  Family Communion with carols

 

 

St Paul’s Church Christmas Fair: Saturday 24th November 2018

All you need for Christmas is available at the St Paul’s Church Christmas Fair, which will take place on Saturday 24th November in the church and Community Centre from 11.30 am to 3.00 pm.

There will be stalls selling bric-a-brac, jewelry, books, music, childrens’ games, festive decorations and treats. Plus scrumptious cakes, tasty jams and delicious preserves…  Father Christmas is coming so fun for the children is guaranteed.

Enjoy refreshments in the Community Centre Lounge.  And don’t miss your chance to win some special prizes in our Christmas Fair raffle!

Entrance is just 50 pence, with all proceeds going to our church.

We look forward to seeing you there!