Baptism of the Lord – 13.01.19
Special collection for Pax Christi (Voluntary Collection) next Sunday
Cranleigh Churches Together Prayer Vigil in respect of the important Parliamentary decisions to be made on Tuesday.
Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind church will be open to all this Monday, 14th January, 5.30-8.00 pm. This will be a ‘come and go’ non-denominational, non-partisan time of prayer: we hope you will be able to join us at some point.
Dear Brothers and Sisters
In our masses this weekend we will remind ourselves of our own baptism by being sprinkled with water where the penitential rite is usually found. Perhaps we can take a double meaning from this – the wonder of sharing in Christ’s passion, death and resurrection and the call to discipleship through our baptism and secondly an opportunity to ask ourselves whether we have been a good disciple with the gifts we have been given?
Perhaps as we enter into the rite this weekend we could ask for a fresh outpouring of the Spirit upon us to help us in our task of discipleship – to “strengthen your limp hands and weak knees.” (Hebrews 12:2, Isaiah 35:3) and get us ready for the new tasks we face.
How can a simple rite, often given when we were too young to appreciate it, be so important? Well, as always it is connected to grace – and the power of the Spirit. John baptised Jesus but, he said, Jesus would baptise us with “fire and the Holy Spirit.” Elsewhere in scripture we are told that “God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power, love, and self-control.” (2Tim1:7). Those words ‘self-control’ are connected with the word ‘discipline’ and you can see that a disciple is one under the discipline of a master. Our Lord and Master is Jesus whose Spirit is given to us so freely. Paul also writes to the wavering Timothy that he should “fan into a flame the gift of God” – so why don’t we use this feast of the Baptism of the Lord, along with the coming Lent and Eastertide to fan into a flame our own little embers of faith asking for new strength, love, and a spirit of discipleship?
With my love
The Parish AGM will take place on 5th February 2019. If you have an item for the agenda please submit this to the Parish Office well in advance. The AGM is open to all members of the Parish and will take place in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room.
Parish Secretary – After three years of good service to me and the parish, Tracy has resigned from the role of Parish Secretary from the 19thJanuary. However, she will continue to provide cover until a new person is found to fulfil the role. I would like to express my personal gratitude to her for being a good person to work with over these last few years and for stepping in so willingly when Katie became too ill to continue. If you, or anyone you know would fulfil the role please take a look at the website for more information.
The next Coffee morning will be Tuesday 12th February from 10.30am. Please come along and bring a friend to join this friendly group.
Week of prayer for Christian Unity 2019
Runs from this coming Thursday until the following Thursday and is observed in many churches and parishes around the world. The unity of Christians is one of the most prized goals of our Church – from a slow start it is at the forefront of endeavours to reunite other Christians and the Catholic Church because Jesus prayed that we should “all be one.”
There is a poster n the porch with various opportunities for prayer around the village but the most important is the Ecumenical Service – this time being held at St Nicolas Church next Sunday from 6.30pm. Can I rely on you to be there?