Fr. Bernard is on holiday. We welcome the Archdeacon of Bedford for our 10am Eucharist
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A summer message from Fr. Bernard
Saturday 1st August
As it says in the heading: summer greetings to you all, and it has certainly felt like summer, the last few days! Not the kind of time to be having to wear a mask, in all honesty! Like everyone else, I dream of the beach: but not of having to share it with millions of fellow beach-goers! I hope that you are keeping well in the heat, and finding ways to enjoy the summer. One of those ways of course, might be coming to a nice cool church!
So, I look forward to seeing some of you tomorrow, and being with others on-line. You will all have seen by now, I am sure, that all worshippers are required to wear masks, unless they have a specific reason why they can't, which of course some do. When it comes to wearing masks, we are all in it together: and I do have a suggestion, which is that when it comes to communion, you take off your mask in your seat, before coming out, and then put the mask back on when you return to your seat after communion: that might be the easiest method, I think, though it's something we are all still learning.
And on the subject of beaches, I will be away NEXT WEEK: on the 9th of August. That means that there will be NO 8 am EUCHARIST on Sunday the 9th of August. There will be one tomorrow as usual, and Russell is preaching at it. But there will be no 8 am Eucharist on the 9th of August. At 10 am on the 9th of August, the Archdeacon of Bedford is coming to preach and lead. I hope you will be able to make him feel welcome, as far as we can with these social distancing restrictions. I will be on leave from the 5th to the 11th of August, so there won't be an email from me next Saturday either. I might send one early next week to remind you, if I remember, and if I get time before we go! At the least, I might try to remind you again of St Mary's Patronal Festival on Saturday the 15th: communion at noon, picnic afterwards. Evensong and Benediction said on Sunday the 16th at 6 pm.
Lastly, two pieces of family news, one happy, one sad. I will be publishing tomorrow, banns of marriage for Ann Tracey's daughter Caroline. Please pray for all of them, and congratulations to Caroline and Francis. And the sad news is that Tony Pantling died this week. Many will remember him as a very faithful member of the congregation, latterly at Evensong in particular. Please pray for his eternal rest, and for his family. I have no details of his funeral yet, but will pass them on when I do, though of course it will almost certainly be family-only.
Enjoy your weekend in this fine weather
Trinity 9 Sunday 9th August 10am in church, with sermon and streamed
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Sermon for Trinity 9 by Ven. Dave Middlebrook. Archdeacon of Bedford
Sermon in video for Trinity 8 by Professor Russell Stannard
Sermon in text
The anthem is below, sung by our choir
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