A Prayer for All Saints’ Church
Heavenly Father, please help us at All Saints to better serve our community and bring your message to everyone in a way that glorifies you and enhances the lives of those we touch. Amen.
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Having just left university in 1979 I got a job in Westminster. It was and still is a lively place to work. I could pop out for lunch by the Thames, or sit in St James' Park or, on one invited occasion, eat posh in the cafeteria of the Palace of Westminster.
A most memorable moment, there, was when some foreign prince or president arrived at Victoria Station and a horse-drawn carriage was to carry the Queen and dignitary through Westminster to Buckingham Palace. I skipped off work and stood alone (yes alone!) along a wide expanse of road with temporary railings and a policeman keeping a beady eye on me.
Eventually along came the carriage. Still alone on my stretch of road, as they passed I thought I should do something, so I meekly shouted 'Hurrah'. The Queen turned. She looked at me, smiled and waved. I waved vback - enthusiastically. That was my regal moment.
There has been , for as long as I can remember, a Christian faith element in the Christmas Day message of the Queen to the Commonweath. Over my life she has provided counsel to prime ministers and others - much of it will have been profoundly wise simply because she has had such a wide experience of political leaders, and seen different flavours of government come and go. Underpinning her thinking and actions has been a determination to base her life, ethics, discipline and service on the life of Jesus Christ. Having said that, even popes, archbishops and queens don't always claim to get that right all the time, but that's no reason not to try.
I want to keep that kind of leadership. Truth decency, love and compannion are such fragile things as is exhibited, sadly, in the abuse of the public by politically driven media across the globe. Nearer home if politicans or monarchs ever count honesty to be a weakness, or truth to be optional we are on a slippery slope to a broken and corrupt society. It may be a cliche, but we really do need leaders we can look up to, who can be role models of service, goodness and grace.
God bless Queen Elizabeth II in her jubilee, and may she and her successors continue to wave, kindly, at some lone youth standing by the side of the road who wants democracy upheld, peace maintained, love for each other, and for the environment - all of that at the centre of our nation's life, and, most of all, truth and honesty in our leaders.
Church of England priest for the villages of Emberton, Tyringham and Filgrave, Little Linford and Haversham.
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All Saints' church is open during the day and you are welcome to visit.
Sunday 26th June
11:00am Parish Praise
Sunday 3rd July
6:00pm Something Else on Sunday
Sunday 10th July
11:00am Holy Communion
Sunday 17th July
6:00pm Evensong (among the paintings at the Art Exhibition)
Other events you might like to come to
Following on from our very successful Lent Lunches (raising a magnificent £1,000 for Ukraine), we will be starting to hold lunches in the church on the first Thursday of each month. The first date is Thursday 7th July.
Bloomin' Awkward Questions
Another series of talks by Adrian, now scheduled for September in Emberton. The sessions will start in the Bell & Bear.
Our Churchyard working party on Thursday mornings is now back! Coffee is served at 11.00am for visitors and workers in the church during the winter, and churchyard during the summer. All are very welcome.
9:00am A service is available on the Church of England website and Facebook page. You can join in online and there is a downloadable service sheet to enable you to take part.
All Saints' News
The Diocese of Oxford magazine
USUAL PATTERN OF SERVICES
1st Sunday of the month
6.00pm Something Else on Sunday
An evening service with a difference. It uses video, soundtrack, and readings. This service offers a very different way to present some key biblical messages which we hope will deepen understanding and offer new perspectives. Please do give it a try.
11.00am Holy Communion
A Communion Service using modern liturgy. The children meet in the Gathering Area in church for Children's Church at about 11.45am.
A Book of Common Prayer Sung Evensong with sermon. Hymns are taken from a selection of books.
11.00am Parish Praise / Café Church
A Family Service with short talk suitable for all ages, followed by coffee and biscuits. Parish Praise will usually alternate with Café Church on alternate months.
Please check news and prayer leaflet for further information, or the Church Notice Board for any changes.
To arrange Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals at All Saints’, please contact the Revd Prof Adrian Low.
The Parochial Church Council and Friends of All Saints' encourage the use of the Church for other community events, such as concerts, theatrical evenings, workshops, etc. Please contact the PCC Secretary in the first instance.