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 Second Sunday before Lent

 Dear Friends,

Sunday’s Gospel reminds us of the story of Jesus calming a storm. In this part of the Gospel, we are reminded that he is seen as the lord of the elements. The power possessed by God in the Old Testament is now seen to be present and at work through Jesus in the New Testament. So, the revelation of Jesus continues, and just as people prayed to God for deliverance from the perils of the sea in the past, so now, the disciples turn to Jesus to save them.

We recite much on a Sunday and throughout the week, a well-rehearsed combination of prayers and statements of faith, ancient stories and even commentaries on the Christian life remind us of God’s grace, faithfulness and hope for creation. I am sure that many of us hope to find the power of God alive and active, genuinely influencing our common life together. Our Christian faith is not demonstrated only through a recitation of facts, in which we are caught up day by day, but by a perception and faith in God. This faith reveals our wholehearted acceptance of God’s promise of a better world and seeks to witness to the transforming power of God’s existence and love. This can be evidenced in sentences and repetitive formulae, but in truth, can only be revealed when we put our trust in him for our good, and through us, he is glorified and we are nurtured.

Take the risk today, trust in God and witness to his saving presence.

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday or soon.

Fr. John

Please pray for Christopher Ryan, Michael Harris, Linda Orme, Mary Barnet, Joshua Levy, Audrey Patterson, Celia Shore, Michael Sullivan, Rachel Clayton, Heather Walker, Brian Sparkes, John Rogers, Mason Jacobson, Barbara Laws, David Day, Timothy Montgomery, Timothy Harding, Andrew Tillyard, Jonathan Jennings, Caroline Chartres, Melanie, Rosie Flack, Richard Turner, Isabelle Stoughton, Patricia Capon, Sheila Miller. The Recently Departed: Jacqueline Day, Duncan Pingrift. At the anniversary of their death: Sarah Hutchinson, John Rose, John Pollard, Florence White, Pamela Powis, Alfred Buhagiar, Sydney Barradell, Cecila Gamble, Agnes Theobald, Vera Aspinall, Marjorie Hague, Dorothy Collins, Philip Morell, George Venn, Sarah Hudson, Iris Harrison, Norman Holden, Ron Pethers, Donald Scott, Beatrice Reed, Jane Twinch, Dorothy Dent, Grahame James.

TONIGHT – PRESENTATION OF CHRIST IN THE TEMPLE – Friday 1st February 2013 at 6:30 pm – Preacher: The Venerable Malcolm Squires, former Archdeacon of Wrexham Music: God is light, Harry Bramma; Missa Bell’amfitrit’altera, Lassas; Nunc dimittis (Service in D), Dyson.

Solemn Evensong & Benediction – St Cyprian’s Church. Presentation of Christ in the Temple 2nd February 2013 at 3:00pm – Responses: Thomas Ebdon – Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis: Stanford in G, Anthem: Edward Bairstow – ‘Save us O Lord’ – With the St. Cyprian’s Singers Directed by: Julian Collings

Sunday 3rd February – SUNDAY LUNCH after High Mass – St Margaret of England – Hungarian Goulash, Celestial Cous Cous & Margaret Street fancy pudding – Tickets on sale in the Shop.

February 10th – 11:00am High Mass with Baptism- Fr. John Pritchard’s Last service as Assistant Priest at All Saints.

ASH WEDNESDAY 13th February 2013 – Low Masses 8:00am & 1:10pm (with Ashing)

High Mass – 6:30pm with Ashing. Preacher: The Vicar.


St Cyprian’s Lent Course – Will be studying "Feast and Fast" by Christina Rees. Evening one is at Mary Ashwin’s home on Thursday 14th February at 7.15pm. Further details from Fr. Gerald Beauchamp. Email:


All Saints Lent Course – "Joy: The Meaning of the Sacraments" – We will be using the book of this title by Peter Wadell, Dean of Chapel at the University of Winchester. Published by Canterbury Press at 12.99. – Thursdays at 11am in the Vicarage – Please let the Parish Office know if you would like to take part and if you would like us to order a copy of the book for you.


Feb 14. Immersed in joy: Baptism and Confirmation.

Feb 21. Sharing Joy: the Eucharist.

Feb 28. Joy Heals: Reconciliation.

Mar 7. Joy Heals: Anointing the Sick.

Mar 14. Joy Bears Fruit: Ordination.

Mar 21. Joy Bears Fruit: Marriage.

THE KING of INSTRUMENTS A series of short organ recitals at 7.15pm following Solemn Evensong and Benediction on our superb 1910 four-manual Harrison & Harrison organ. Sunday 10th March Charles Andrews, Associate Director of Music

Monday 11th March 7:30pm – The Licensing by The Bishop of Southwark of Fr. John Pritchard as Priest-in-Charge, St John The Evangelist, Upper Norwood SE19 2RX – (Nearest Train Station – Crystal Palace). ALL WELCOME


The retreat this year will be at Bishop Woodford House, Ely, from Friday 15th March to Sunday 17th March. Fr. Neil Bunker will conduct the retreat. Martin Woolley will happily receive expressions of interest, and enquiries, on 020 7436 2858, 07976 275 383 or at (The order of receipt will be carefully noted to enable peaceful allocation of rooms and facilities.) A fully informative letter will be issued in due course to those who put their names down.