Jeremiah 23:1-6 Psalm 22
Ephesians 2:13-18 Mark 6:30-34
A TIME TO REST IN A DESERTED PLACE
For many this time of the year may be just as busy as ever. However, taking time off may well be on your mind at the moment as we move into the summer holiday period. Whenever we manage to do it, taking time out is so important for our wellbeing, for our spiritual lives, our work, our relationship with God and with others.
Whether we are religious or not the modern concept of ‘sabbatical’ has become more part of a rhythm of life for many of us. Of course the concept is rooted in our understanding of Sabbath, a day to savour the gifts God bestows on us, to step back from our daily tasks and recharge spiritually. Holidays and extended periods of ‘time out’, be they gap years between school, university, jobs or ongoing training courses or team away days are all attempting the same thing we do on the Sabbath. Step back, give thanks and recharge. This is why retreats are more and more popular. An opportunity to go away for a week, to experience silence, to be listened to by a guide, and to take stock of where I am in my life.
In the Gospel this Sunday Jesus invites the apostles to rest awhile. It’s a plan which is thwarted by the vast crowds who come to hear him preach but the invitation itself is significant. In fact Mark is the only Gospel writer to record this invitation at this specific point in the Gospel story. It is especially striking because it comes just after the apostles have reported back to him on all they had done and preached and as they are constituted as apostles, sent out in his name. It is a turning point for them, a key moment as they now begin their official ministry in the Lord’s name. And as they prepare for this he tells them to rest, to reflect, to discern, to pray. The invitation to rest a while is not simply about taking a break. Neither is there any specific instruction. Rather they are invited to rest with him, to stay with him, to learn from him. The key is their being with Jesus himself and to learn to be more like him. Just as we are invited to do every Sunday when we listen to the scriptures, pray, reflect, share our faith in Christ in the Church.
The mission of the first apostles – to bring Christ and his Kingdom to the world around them – requires them to turn to him constantly, to ask him for help and inspiration, to listen attentively to him. Amidst the challenges of their everyday life they need to trust, to really believe that he is the one who brings true comfort to people’s souls, who proclaims true justice and integrity, He is the leader they are called to encourage all to follow in a way which confounds our understanding of leadership, authority, government, policy, vision for society. In the first reading this Sunday Jeremiah takes us back to the time of the corrupt kings of Israel and declares his trust in something greater, when a Messiah would embody the qualities of the perfect king: The Lord our integrity, the one whom the responsorial psalm sings of as the Good Shepherd, who is with us even in the valley of darkness leading us to fair pastures of repose where a banquet awaits us.
Like the apostles we are called to trust in this God. In a God who is become human for us to be our leader, to teach us all things so we may minister in his name, and to continue to feed and nourish us through his Word and through the gift of himself in his body and blood. The Lord Who invites us to sit down and be taught by him, through hearing and feeling and knowing who he is as our shepherd, our savior. Who alone can bring us true freedom, peace of mind, eternal repose.
Over the next few weeks we move into an extended reading of Gospel texts on the eucharist itself, the gift of his body and blood. Here is a further invitation to us to take the time in this holiday season to stand back to listen, to watch, to learn who Christ is for us personally. To prepare us to approach the new year with renewed trust in him as his followers sent out in his name.
Fr Dominic Robinson S.J.
FAREWELL Fr. TONY!
Fr Provincial has asked Fr Tony Nye to leave Mount Street Jesuit Community and move to our noviceship community at Manresa House in Birmingham. He will be leaving during the third week of September. Fr Tony has been a much loved member of the Clergy team and assisting clergy for the past ten years and will be very much missed. We wish him every blessing as he moves to his new Jesuit community.
Armel Yoro, who has been our Sacristan since 2013, has accepted a job in France and will be moving there in August with his wife and three children.
Armel has been a key part of Farm Street Church’s parish life for nearly six years and we will miss him very much. His last Sunday with us is today, July 22nd. We wish him, Elisabeth and the three children every blessing and happiness.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION
Next Programme 2018/19
Start date: 7th October 2018
Celebration: 9th June 2019
If you would like your child to take part in this preparation, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org to request an application form or collect one from reception at 114 Mount Street. Forms must be returned by September 30th 2018.
The new book of our Stations of the Cross, in full colour, is on sale at the bookshop and Reception for a £10 donation.
31 DAYS OF ST IGNATIUS
We are inviting you to join our third annual 31 days of St Ignatius, a month long celebration of all things Ignatian with a series of 31 daily messages guiding you through the different Ignatian ways to pray throughout July culminating on St Ignatius feast day on the 31st. Each week in July, we explore a different style of Ignatian prayer into help and guide you into a deeper relationship with God. To take part in the celebrations, simply sign up to receive the 31 Days of St Ignatius daily email at www.pathwaystogod.org/31-days-st-ignatius and each day in July, you will receive an inspiring prayer-centred message straight to your inbox. You can also view the messages and follow the celebrations on twitter using the hashtag #31DaysofStIgnatius and on Facebook at JesuitsinBritain.
ST VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY
The St Vincent de Paul Society organises a soup run in the local area every Monday night for the homeless. They need more volunteers to help with soup run, starting at 8:15 from Farm Street Church. If you might be able to help, please contact Yasko Kurahachi on email@example.com or 07932 784 999.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO HELP SYRIAN REFUGEES
The Parish is looking for volunteers to help the integration of a Syrian family, who will be resettled in North London from June. We are looking for Arabic speakers, education professionals, HR experts, medical staff, and mental health specialists. Also, if you know about any accommodation that could be rented by the Parish to welcome other Syrian families, please do let us know so that we can make contact(s) with landlords. For any queries, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
We have heard from parishioner Jonathan Moore, KHS, that his play “Inigo” about the founder of the Jesuits has been produced or is in production in Ireland, the USA, Uruguay, Mexico and India, as well as completing two successful runs in London. He is currently directing the opera “Greek”, which he co-wrote, at the Arcola Theatre, opening August 8th.
WHAT ARE YOU READING?
Fr Peter Edmonds SJ who regularly assists in our church, reminds us of three books he has written, all available in the Bookshop and in Reception.
– To help you with the Sunday readings; “an informative and accessible guide” for every Sunday of the year, “The Way Companion to the Sunday Missal” (£10)
– A memoir of a pilgrimage to the Holy Land informed by a reading and course on St Luke: “A pilgrim’s guide to the land, personalities and the language of Luke”. “Rediscover Jesus” (£10)
– Just published: “The Way Companion to Synoptic Gospels”, an invitation to recognise the distinctive voices of Matthew, Mark and Luke and to make them our friends (£12)
PAINTING IN THE CHURCH
Fr Geoff Wheaton SJ has recorded a short reflection on Andrew White’s Pieta along with an image of the painting that can be accessed on the Jesuit’s Website and also on YouTube by searching “Geoff Wheaton SJ”.
FRIENDS OF FARM STREET CHURCH
If you would like become a “Friend of Farm Street Church” to support our ministry and the care of this beautiful building please pick up a leaflet or see the application information online at www.farmstreet.org.uk/friends.php
We now have access for wheelchair users to gain access into the house and so will be able to participate in courses, meetings, etc.
The Bridge Club meets here every Tuesday evening, starting at 6.30pm, all levels are welcome. Funds raised go to the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS).
EASY WAY TO DONATE
You can now use your mobile phone to make donations to our Weekly Offering:
just text FARM02 £[enter your donation amount] to 70070
You will receive a reply text immediately, with an invitation to register the donations from your phone for Gift Aid.
REDEMPTION: MUSIC ALBUM
“REDEMPTION”, a bilingual English/French music album by Armel Yoro is now available here at Farm Street in the bookshops, Sacristy and at Reception. In Côte d’Ivoire, it is already played on national television and radios. Please visit Armel Paul Marie on Facebook or YouTube to watch his stunning video and rediscover familiar places in London. Thank you for supporting his evangelisation project.
CD: BOTH GOD’S & MARY’S SON
A musical portrait of Farm Street Church celebrating fifty years as a Parish. The album includes favourite selections from the choir’s repertoire, along with special commissions composed for the choir by Gabriel Jackson, for which the choir gave the premiere performances. Compact Discs available in the BOOKSHOP and at RECEPTION
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Our Regular Events
• Midday Meditation: Every Tuesday 1.40-2pm
• Wednesdays at the Well – Come to Rest & Be Refreshed: 3rdWednesday of each month 11.30am-3.30pm (Next meeting: July 18, 2018)
Women Encountering Jesus
Facilitated by Gabriela Flores and Liz Waldy
Wednesdays, 5th-26th September 7-8.30pm
Learning from Mary, Martha, Elizabeth, the woman with a bent back, and others, may offer us the possibility of awakening our own sensibilities in new ways, along with the chance to learn from their compassion, spirit of service, and openness to intimacy with Jesus.
Bereavement and Loss Group
Thursday 6th September 11.30am–1pm
Grief is a particularly isolating experience that can affect all aspects of your life physically, emotionally and socially. There are many kinds of grieving… Maria Shapero facilitates this welcoming and understanding group that meets on the first Thursday of the month from 11.30am to 1pm.
You are welcome to just come along or contact Maria Shapero Mariashapero@hotmail.com or 0755 324 2322 for more details.
Ignatian Retreat Day
Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team
Saturday 8th September 11am-4pm
These are retreat days of prayer run in an Ignatian way, in which there is talk, time for personal prayer and the opportunity to listen to each other.
There is no need to book for these days, just come along.
For your diary: Mount Street Jesuit Centre Open Day!
Saturday 15 September, 11am-4pm
Come and meet the team, see what we do, sample workshops & ways of praying, etc. Drop in anytime between 11am and 4pm. There will be friendly faces and cake!
Our new brochures for 2018-19 are now available at the church doors and our website will be updated throughout the summer.
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