Happy Easter from Saint Martin’s!
This Sunday we celebrate the baptism of Jesus Christ.
Come join us as we remember this marvelous moment in the life of Our Lord in our Parish Mass at 9.30am followed by refreshments in the church hall (next door).
When Thou, O Lord, wast baptized in the Jordan, worship of the Trinity wast made manifest; for the voice of the Father bore witness to Thee, calling Thee His beloved Son. And the Spirit in the form of a dove confirmed the truth of His word. O Christ our God, Who hath appeared and enlightened the world, glory to Thee. – Troparion for the Baptism of Christ (Theophany).
Now that we have entered the new year, let us, as those wise men of the east, lay our gifts before the Lord our God.
Driven by the sign of a star, those three persons, gentiles to Israel, came to pay homage to one worthy of praise.
As people of God, each unique in our selves, let us bring into this new year an affirmation of our talents and gifts whatever they may be, from sewing to state economics. May we offer our gifts in joyful thanks to the Lord who does create and embraces us in His loving kindness.
What can I give him
Poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd
I would bring a lamb;
If I were a wise man
I would do my part;
Yet what I can give him –
Give my heart.
– Christina Rosetti (1830-94) ‘In the Bleak Mid-Winter’
Join us at the Vicarage* for our regular ‘Big Questions Evenings’ where we consider those aspects of Christianity and our faith and expereince which we would like to share and learn more about.
Each evening will focus upon a particular theme with time for discussion and closing with Night Prayer (Compline).
04/12/12 – Advent as a time of preparation.
18/12/12 – The Second Coming and the End Times
22/01/12 – To be decided
22/02/12 – To be decided
*The Vicarage, Manor Road,
Join us as we remember those who gave their lives in faithful service.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:From Laurence Binyon’s poem For the Fallen, written in September 1914
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
Join us for our October devotion in Saint Martin’s Church on Sunday the 14th of October at 5pm.
“For behold, from this time on all generations will count me blessed. ‘For the Mighty One has done great things for me; and Holy is His name'” – Luke 1:48-49
In thanksgiving for the example of Mary who made herself to be absolutely one with the will of God so that she may glorify Him, we shall be praying the glorious mysteries of the rosary and will join ourselves with the source of all glory in the benediction of Our Lord.
Feel free to stay afterwards for high tea in the church vestry hall afterwards.