Benjamin West, Jesus blessing little children, 1781
"Suffer little children to come unto me" (Matthew 19.14 KJV)
When Jesus said, “Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me,” He was reaching out to a segment of society that was thought to be insignificant.
Children, in their weakness and vulnerability, have much to teach us as adults. As we grow, the hardness of the world often makes our hearts callous. Children have a humble openness to the message of Jesus and the salvation He offers. We can learn from their vulnerability.
Jesus presented a gentle openness to the children. He touched them with compassion and protected them from others. We are called to follow Jesus’ example. Children are not irrelevant, little beings to be discarded. They are to be valued, loved and shown compassion.
Concert Sunday 2.30pm
Music at 10am
Prelude: II. Larghetto from Sonata No. 2 – Alexandre Guilmant (1837-1911)
Hymns: Processional Ye holy angels bright
Gradual Just as I am, without one plea
Thanksgiving Let us with a gladsome mind
Post Communion O God, our help in ages past
Setting: Parish Eucharist – Michael Dudman (1938-1994)
Psalm: 65:1-5; TiS 35 (Choir only)
Anthem: O how amiable are thy dwellings – Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
Motet: There’s a wideness in God’s mercy – Maurice Bevan (1921-2006)
Postlude: Choral Prelude on Darwall – Alec Rowley (1892-1958)
All Soul's Day - Sat@6 29 October
On All Soul's Day we remember all those who we have loved and lost from this physical world. A service in remembrance will be held next Saturday 6pm. A list of those whom you may specially want remembered by name is available for completion at all services this weekend.
All Saint's Day - Sunday 30 October
On All Saints' Day we celebrate all those in the history of the church who, together with all departed souls, make up the communion of saints who sing with us:
"Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
Heaven and earth are full of your glory, Hosanna in the highest".
We celebrate this feast on Sunday next at 10am in our Choral Eucharist.
Remembrance Sunday - 13 November
We will celebrate Remembrance Sunday on 13 November at the 8am and 10am services. Medals may be worn.
St Andrew's Day
Our patronal festival falls on the same Sunday - 27 November - as our then newly priested Xeverie will be celebrating her first service of Holy Eucharist at 10am. We plan to have refreshments afterwards in recognition of these two feasts.
Sara Macliver in concert
Last Saturday evening the magnificent voice of Sara Macliver filled the church and we are very grateful for her gift to us at the concert and for Calvin Bowman's playing on organ and piano, including some of his own work which Sara sang for us.
Building works to begin shortly
Preparations are being made for the buildings works to commence shortly as Brighton Grammar construct a new building on our tennis court site.
This week our internet connection was transferred to a wifi connection as the new underground connection will not be available for some time.
Please take care as you round the Parish Office corner as the new temporary electricity connection crosses the concrete path.