15th Sunday after Pentecost
Week Commencing 6 September 2015
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This Week’s Gospel
This Week’s Gospel
Having granted the request from the Syrophoenician woman to heal her daughter, Jesus heals a deaf man near Decapolis. Both stories reveal Jesus's compassion, and his willingness to do what others might not approve of. The rare use of the Aramaic term 'Ephphatha', when healing the man lends authenticity and immediacy to the account, which not only resonates literally there and then, but calls us to be open to the possibilities of God, only a small part of which are revealed in these miracles. Yet Jesus does not want the observers to open their mouths after what has happened, but rather, their hearts and souls.
The text of 'God Be in my Head' goes back to a French original of 1490. A number of tunes have been written for these words, and anthem settings abound, but this setting by Walford Davies holds the field. It was published in a leaflet in 1910 and gained wider currency by being included in the Festival Service Book of the London Church Choir Association in 1912. Walford Davies had an immensely distinguished and influential career at a time when English music was beginning to be something to be proud of on an international stage. He was organist of The Temple Church and of St George’s Windsor; Professor of Music at Aberystwyth; Master of the King’s Music.
Volunteers Required in all areas at St John’s
Training sessions on Sept 12th and Oct 4th are for church service volunteers: chalice administrants, intercessors, greeters and readers. New hospitality volunteers will learn by assisting experienced volunteers.
Important Notice for Parishioners who donate by PAD
Due to staff holidays, PAD donations for September will be processed on the 15th of September instead of the 20th.
Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund
PWRDF’s maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) work does not happen in isolation. PWRDF works with partners internationally and within Canada and was a founding member of the Canadian MNCH which works closely with the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada on MNCH issues.
In 2010, Canada rallied the world around maternal, newborn and child health and together we are seeing incredible progress:
- more than 100,000 health workers trained
- significant decline in maternal mortality
- 5.8 million children received life-saving vaccinations
- 400,000 more children lived to their fifth birthday in 2012 than 2010
These are just some of the advances made. Supporting the work of PWRDF improves the quality of daily life for vulnerable populations. Doug Symons, PWRDF representative for St. John’s
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