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Sunday Reflections from 
St John's East Dulwich
Sunday 30 August 2020
Trinity 12
Dear Friends,

Our Gospel reading for this week carries on from where we left off last week when we heard Peter saying to Jesus, ‘You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.’ In response Jesus blessed Peter. Recognising Jesus as Christ, as the Son of God, is the foundation of our faith. But what does it mean when we are called to live out our faith? In today’s Gospel Jesus tells us that in order to live out our faith and be followers of Christ we must share in his experiences and, like him, pick up our cross.
 
There is a popular saying, ‘We all have our crosses to bear’. I’m not sure that is really what Jesus is saying here as that can be really quite a dismissive thing to say. But I wonder if Jesus is telling us that when we are suffering with whatever burden we are carrying, Jesus is alongside us, loving us with deep compassion because he knows what it is to carry the burden of suffering too.
 
However, I’m not sure that is even the whole story. When we look at our neighbour and see them in pain, does our own suffering cloud our eyes? Or are we also able to look on our neighbour with love and compassion as well?

With love and blessings,
Raymond
Sermon by Rev Raymond Baudon
Services in church today
Cartoon of St John's church tower
There will be simple, said Masses in church at 8am and 10am this Sunday.

We will continue to observe social distancing. We will ask people to sanitise their hands on arrival and wear a face covering (this is now mandatory unless you fall within one of the legally defined exemptions). Please also do not congregate in church after the service has finished but make your way to the churchyard instead.

Please stay at home if you are unwell, and do let us know and we can keep you in our prayers.

If you would like to download or print the service sheets, you will find them here: The 8am service is quieter, and you may prefer to come to that if you are concerned about being in a larger group.

You are welcome to join us, and we look forward to seeing you, but if you would prefer please attend our online service instead at 11am.
 
Online worship this morning
Zoom logo11am today: Mass for the 12th Sunday after Trinity. Today we will again be holding Mass on Zoom at 11am.

The links to the join the online services this week are below. By clicking on these links you will be taken straight to the ‘waiting room’ where whoever is hosting the Zoom service will let you in to the service. If you have any problems logging in to the service you can go to Zoom’s webpage (www.zoom.us), click on ‘Join a meeting’ at the top of the page and, when you are prompted, enter the relevant Meeting ID and Password which you can find in this document. 
Please note, there is no Compline or Monday Morning Prayer because of the Bank Holiday.   It would be lovely to see you. However, if Zoom seems a bit too much for you, there is a guide to using it here. There is even an option for you to dial in on your phone; the details are here. We look forward to gathering together online, but please don't feel under any pressure, Zoom isn't for everyone!
 
You can find a copy of Sunday’s liturgy here, and the pew sheet with today's readings is here.
 
If you are not joining us online, you may like to use the ‘prayer at home’ sheet we have produced here

Live Streaming from church
We are exploring the possibility of live-streaming some services from the church in the future, which will require the installation of some new equipment. We will let everyone know when live streaming is available and how to access it. In the meantime, we will continue to host services in church and on Zoom to ensure that as many people as possible can take part in a form of worship.
 
Music this week
Words for two of the hymns this week are in the pew sheet.
And you can listen to them using the links below:   Anthem:
"Examine me, O Lord – William Boyce (1711-1779).
Words taken from Ps.26, first two or so verses.
(It's a Scottish boys' cathedral choir!)
 
Or your can have an Irish girls' choir:
 
In church John will be playing Chorale preludes by J S Bach (1685-1750) before and after the 8am and 10am services today.
•    Before Mass: “Ich ruf’ zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ” (“Lord, hear the voice of my complaint”) (BWV 639)
•    During Communion: “Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier” (“Blessed Lord, at thy word”) (BWV 634)
•    After Mass: “Wer nur den lieben Gott last walten” (“If thou but suffer God to guide thee”) (BWV 642)
 
Resources for young people
Diddy Disciples logoThe Diddy Disciples website has lots of free resources, including stories, songs and prayers, as well as more general information.
 
£5k for St John’s 
Will you join our sponsored bike ride on 10th October?
cartoon of cyclist
 We are continuing to raise funds to help meet the costs of reopening the church. Thank you to everyone who has donated so generously. Our fundraising efforts continue and we will be holding a sponsored bike ride at 10.00am on Saturday 10th October 2020 in aid of St John’s.
 
The bike ride will be around 10 miles, be non-competitive and suitable for families and children.  Starting and finishing at St John’s with three breaks walking with bikes in parks and woods, passing through Peckham Rye Common, Mayow Park, Sydenham Wells Park and Dulwich Woods.  The ride should take a maximum of three hours including breaks.
 
Please bring your own refreshments. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.  You will be responsible for your own safety, including the need to follow coronavirus guidance.
 
If you are interested in taking part, please contact Chris Eldridge by email  by Sunday 4th October at the latest. 
 
Sponsorship forms will be available shortly.
 
Church open for private prayer 
The church continues to be open for private prayer every Thursday from 12 noon to 2pm. Do come during this time for your prayers or meditation, or to enjoy the quiet space. 
 
The Gander
From October instead of a weekly Wednesday magazine email we will be moving to a monthly magazine. The magazine will be called ‘The Gander’, to tie in with our being located on Goose Green, and the goose being a symbol of the Holy Spirit in Celtic Christianity. We would love to receive your contributions to the magazine or ideas of what you would like to be included. Please do email Raymond with your thoughts and ideas.  
 
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