Welcome to St. Mary’s Lowgate
Octave of St. Matthew
25 September 2016
Welcome, especially if you are a visitor or worshipping here for the first time. Tea and Coffee are served after the service.
Sunday – 11.00am Sung Eucharist
Sunday – 6.30pm Evensong
Thursday – 12.30pm – Said Office
Friday – 12.30pm – Eucharist
Psalm 33 vv 6-12
2 Cor. 4. 1
S. Matth. 9. 9
Hymns for today:
Processional : 646
483, 458, 419 pt 3, 464
From the Gospel :
`And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom : and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him.’
In our prayers today we hold; all Christian people as they respond to God’s call upon them and for the great variety of vocations that God has given his church; those without food without water or shelter, and without the means to find what they need; those who are still victims of warfare, those who fight a just war and those sadly who fight a very unjust war; all peacemakers that they shall see God; Bishop Alison, Archdeacon Andy; our own community of St Mary and pray for God’s blessing and guidance in each step we take; those who are dispossessed and homeless; those who are sick, disabled, dying, especially those known to us; and we pray for eternal rest for the departed, †. Amen
This week we celebrated the person, life, works and words of St Matthew. He wrote the first canonical Gospel and was sensitive enough to Our Lord’s teaching to give us, amongst other things, the Great Sermon on the Mount. He interpreted ‘blessedness’ for all time. Before and when Jesus found him, and He called him to follow, he was engaged as a tax collector. He was employed by the Romans to ensure taxes were extorted from the Palestinian people. Matthew was a ‘middle manager’, accountable to both his employers and to his customers.
He was fair game then, to be displaced and replaced from pressure from either side, either group of people who felt they had ‘ownership’. The Parish Priest is effectively a middle-manager, pushed and pulled from either side, constantly accountable. Yet, like Matthew, the Parish Priest always looks for and, hopefully, can channel the very essential blessings of the Triune God.
In that vein, given the pressures upon me and from what I have heard said from both managing sides, this Sunday is to be my final public appearance.
The consequences will be explored at the PCC meeting today and with the congregational meeting with the Archdeacon on Tuesday.
Officially I shall be your middle manager until 30th October, but hopefully, with permission, I offer to help manage both the restoration project and the events for 2017 to their fruition.
Thank you all for letting me work as your parish priest for a while. Maybe, just now, as with Matthew, Our Lord is taking me out from the middle. Fr Paul
Dates for diary
27 Sept – Congregational meeting with the Archdeacon – St. Mary’s, 7.00pm
29 Sept – St. Michael and All Angels
30 Sept – Jerome, translator of the scriptures, teacher, 420
01 Oct - Harvest Feastival
02 Oct – Feast of Dedication, Festal Eucharist
Restoration News: architect David Sherriff has now begun the faculty application process for the temporary removal of the pews on the south side of the church. Timings and details should be known by the time of the PCC next meets. David Haire is working on the lottery application.
Thank you; to Fr John Tallant for taking some services.
Hull Homeless Outreach Group; now have a grant to open an information centre one day per week in church. Paul is now a Trustee.
Harvest Feastival; Please note that this is a community venture that we support, simply by storing some vegetable produce from city allotments. The aim is to feed people with good food at no cost to them. Victoria Square 01 October, 10.00am onwards.
City of Culture; the formal announcement of successfully funded projects will be made this coming week. To date I believe we have five projects approved to be confirmed at PCC.