Newsletter for the First Sunday of Lent
Posted on the 18th Feb 2018 in the category Lent 2018
THE CHURCH OF THE HOLY CROSS, CROMER STREET, LONDON WC1H 8JU.
THE FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT : RITE OF ANOINTING WITH LAYING ON OF HANDS.
HYMNS FOR THIS PARISH MASS: 76 From Heav’n You Came Be Still 376
READINGS FOR THIS PARISH MASS: Genesis 9.8-17; 1 Peter 3.18-end; Mark 1.9-15.
PRAY FOR THOSE IN NEED: Jill Mitra, Daniel, John Joshua, Bonnie Crawford, Alma Godfrey, Anna Fox, Jennifer Josephs, David Bradley, Fr Philip Warner, Sylvia and Emmanuel Amui, Jonathon Taylor, Shakti Shah, Geraldine Taylor, John Walsh.
IN MEMORIAM: Lillian Cole, Lucy Adok, Alison Warner, Richard Carlyle, Marion Spencer, Derrick Evans, Una Dolan.
RIP : Matthew Canna Agole.
MASSES THIS WEEK (18th to 25th February)
Wednesday 6 pm
Thursday 6 pm
Friday 12 45 pm St Polycarp of Smyrna
6 pm Stations of the Cross
Saturday 10 30 am
Next Sunday 25th February
The Second Sunday of Lent.
Parish Mass at 11 am followed by
Lenten Bible Study in church (With Bread & Soup lunch).
NOTICES THIS WEEK:
THE FIRST OF OUR LENTEN BIBLE STUDY GROUPS WITH BREAD AND SOUP LUNCH meets after this morning’s Parish Mass promptly at 12 30 pm and we will explore the Gospel reading for this particular Sunday. We will begin in the same way each Sunday during Lent with a lunch of bread and soup and fruit and then proceed to the Bible study. This morning’s Bible study will be led by our preacher, Fr Jim Linthicum.
This Morning, Sunday 18th February : Mark 1.9-15 “Jesus is Baptized”
Sunday 25th February : Mark 8.31-end. “Jesus Predicts his Death and Resurrection”
Sunday 4th March : John 2.13-22. “The Cleansing of the Temple”
Sunday 11th March : John 3.14-21 “Jesus’ Death promises Eternal Life”
Sunday 18th March : John 12.20-33. “The Hour has Come”
1. VOLUNTEERING IN 2018 - COOKING BREAKFAST FOR THE CAMDEN COLD WEATHER NIGHTSHELTER. OUR NEXT VOLUNTEERING DAY IS SUNDAY, 4th MARCH. Our commitment to the Shelter, based at St George’s Church, Bloomsbury, involves cooking and serving breakfast for fifteen or so overnight homeless guests during the Winter period. We always meet outside church and leave promptly at 6 30 am. Please sign the list at the back of church if you can commit to any of the remaining Sundays: Sunday 4th March and Sunday 18th March.
2. FORWARD NOTICE – LENTEN SPONSORED WALK AROUND THE CHURCHES OF THE SOUTH CAMDEN DEANERY on Saturday March 10th 2018 from 11 am. We are raising money for the Camden Cold Weather Night Shelter (C4WS) and have already managed to raise £550. Please sponsor Fr Christopher if you can’t make the walk! We aim to walk south to St Alban’s Church Holborn and then north to St Anne’s Church Highgate and returning via St Martin’s, Kentish Town, St Luke’s Kentish Town and St Michael’s Camden Town to Holy Cross Church via churches along the Euston Road (St Mary Magdalene’s and St Pancras, Euston Road). More walkers urgently wanted – please let Fr Christopher know!
3. IMPORTANT FORWARD NOTICE - THE DATE OF OUR PARISH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING IS SUNDAY 22ND APRIL 2018 AFTER THE PARISH MASS.
4. P A C T S LEAFLETS FOR INDIVIDUAL GUIDED PRAYER AND PARISH MONTHLY INTERCESSIONS BOOKLETS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE BACK OF CHURCH. You can also find these aids to prayer on the Parish website.
5. COPIES OF SERMONS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE BACK OF CHURCH. Please take ONE copy from the plastic folders. Each pack contains several! A backlist of sermons can be found on the parish website.
6. ALL CRYPT AND CHURCH BOOKINGS can be made by contacting the Parish Priest, Fr Christopher Cawrse on 020 7278 6263
7. A WARM WELCOME TO OUR VISITORS THIS MORNING. Tea/Freshly brewed coffee is served at the back of church after this service. Do stay awhile and meet everyone.
Sermon for the First Sunday of Lent
Posted on the 18th Feb 2018 in the category Sermons
The First Sunday of Lent 2018 : The Baptism of the Lord.
Those who are baptized have disappeared under the surface of Christ's love and reappeared as different people. The waters close over their heads and then, like the old world rising out of the watery chaos in the first chapter of the Bible, out comes a new world. (p.112)
Archbishop Rowan Williams Tokens of Trust.
The Church’s teaching on Baptism is more radical than we would ever want it to be. It is a ‘disappearing under the surface of Christ’s love’ so that this love is subsumed into our innermost being. But our hearts are at best luke-warm and our wills often indifferent. Nevertheless the force of the Church’s teaching and the its identification with Christ remains completely immoveable and resolute : and in this solemn season of Lent, Christ has not come to us on the surface of things but in their very depth and essence. And so for Christians, Baptism admits to the principle of ‘taking the plunge’ in all those parts of life to which the art of difficult and patient and sacrificial loving can and will, in the pattern of Christ, create, “new heavens and a new earth”.
The Church helps us to understand its teaching as a lifetime’s exercise in understanding and trust, and, if need be, in experiences of pain and of loss, of joy and of healing ‘through all the changing scenes of life’ and ‘through thick and thin’. It is in this sense that Christian Faith, which we have in so many ways tamed and domesticated, still holds out for the call to embrace the radical love of Christ. God’s will, God’s Word, is sharp and keen, like the two-edged sword in the Letter to the Hebrews. The invitation to Christian Faith, is the invitation to enter rest, not by moral torpor, but in a state of fuller consciousness, of real awakenness, which readicalises Christian Faith :
The Word of God is alive and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And before him, no creature is hidden, but all are open and laid bare to the eyes of him with whom we have to do. Hebrews 4.12,13.
Mark tells us in this morning’s Gospel that Jesus receives the Holy Spirit “… just as he was coming up out of the water”. Jesus sees the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice then comes from heaven, 'You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.'
For Luke, The Holy Spirit does not come upon Jesus as he is coming out of the water! Rather, it does so when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying. It was only then that the Holy Spirit descended upon Him.
The difference is interesting. Clearly, the effect of it is to include the people with Jesus into the baptismal story: the voice from heaven comes after both they and he have been baptized! Their baptism required the completion in his. Jesu’ Baptism makes possible the significance of theirs. For Luke, it is not until the people are with him in baptism that he is adopted as a Son; and as he is adopted, so, by implication, are they. This 'sonship', - this daughtership! - is no exclusive matter: his relationship to God entails - requires, facilitates, brings about – theirs. And if theirs, then ours; because there is no point in the existence of Luke's Gospel, unless it invites its hearers and its readers to enter into its drama, to breathe its pages, to share the lives of its protagonists and to identify with Christ from out of the baptismal waters.
‘Can we live out our own baptism with courage?’ Will we commit ourselves, to such a life, to such selflessness, to a life defined by St Paul as the love which “bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things”. 1 Corinthians 13.7 - to what Dietrich Bonhoeffer called ‘costly discipleship’?
Christian discipleship is to be marked by ‘cost’. That is the message that Lent heralds in the suffering and death of Jesus Christ. In the Christian sense, ‘costliness’ relates not to the price of things and their values but to a truer giving of the self. This is a giving which will run counter to our desire for self-preservation at all costs. For it is the giving to those situations, those relationships and those people who do not automatically offer us immediate personal gratification. But it is this transforming love, which makes such a difference to our world. It is Rowan Williams’ ‘disappearing under the surface of the love of Christ’ and the re-emergence of the new life that it brings in its wake. When this happens a new world begins to open up.
Our witness to Christ this Lent will involve us in an unsentimental asking that this spirit of costly service may grow in his and make its home in us, and that we may rejoice in the life it promises and trust in its purposes.
Come, my Way, my Truth, my Life:
Come, my Light, my Feast, my Strength:
Come, my Joy, my Love, my Heart:
George Herbert (1593-1633).
Stations of the Cross for Lent at Holy Cross
Posted on the 16th Feb 2018 in the category Lent 2018
Stations of the Cross at Holy Cross Church
on the Fridays of Lent at 6 pm
Come and join us and make the Way of the Cross.
Friday 16th February
Friday 23rd February
Friday 2nd March
Friday 9th March
Friday 16th March
Friday 23rd March
Ash Wednesday Mass with Imposition of Ashes at Holy Cross Church 2018
Posted on the 14th Feb 2018 in the category Lent 2018
WEDNESDAY 14th FEBRUARY 2018 AT 7 PM
MASS AND IMPOSITION OF ASHES AT HOLY CROSS CHURCH
FOR THE BEGINNING OF
L E N T