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Sunday 7th November 10:30 Eucharist with baptism.

Sunday 14th November:
8:30 Eucharist (said)
10:30 Rememberance Service'
For your tomorrow, we gave our today.
Wreaths are laid at Ohlsdorf afterwards at 12:15.

Itching Ears!

Itching Ears was the title of Bishop Geoffrey's sermon at the Confirmation Eucharist 17th October. He has kindly provided a copy of the text for the website which can be accessed

God, the giver of life,

Whose Holy Spirit wells up within your Church:

By the Spirit’s gifts equip us to live the gospel of Christ

and make us eager to do your will

that we may share with the whole creation

the joys of eternal life;

through Jesus Christ your Soh our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever. Amen

The collect prayed at the Confirmation Service.

Elections to General Synod

Bishop David reports on his Blog that Canon Ann Turner (Antwerp) and Mrs Madeleine Holmes (Aquitaine) have been elected to represent the Diocese in the House of Laity and the Revd Canon Ian Hutchinson Cervantes (Madrid) and the Revd Canon Debbie Flach (Lille) in the House of Clergy.

We thank them for their willingness to serve and offer our prayers of support for this challenging task.

The purpose of fasting.

The Archbishop of Canterbury is currently on a 16 day tour of India visitng congregations and development initiatives of the Church of North India, the Church of South India and the Mar Thoma Church.

In Kolkata he preached a sermon abput the Millennium Development Goals at St Paul's Cathedral – reported in the Guardian.

Fasting is about more than going without food – it is connecting with reality and noticing the suffering of your neighbour” – food for thought!

A full text of the sermon and further reports about the trip can be found on the Archbishop's website.

News from the Diocese of Jersusalem

The autumn edition of the Newsletter from the Diocese of Jerusalem is available here.

This edition of the Newsletter reports on a number of medical initiatives including the New Anglican Cardio-Vascular Diabetes Clinic in Ramallah, West Bank and Educational Ministry in Jordan and Lebanon.

Learning from each other – Harvest Weekend

Thank you everyone, who worked so hard for our Ghana Event and Harvest Festival on 2nd-3rd October.

The Church was decorated with Ghanan banners and cloths, African animals and birds, hens and village utensils. We enjoyed the singing and dancing in church to different rhythms and different beats.
It was good to welcome visitors from other congrgations and to make contact with people who came in, not knowing quite what to expect. But everyone seemed to enjoy being caught up into the vitality and exuberance of the weekend.

It was a suitable cllimax to our Creation Month. We thanked God for the wonders of the world and tried to affirm our determination to respect this planet and its peoples.
Give us, Lord, the energy, time and means to do what you want us to do!