Mortimer Benefice

The Benefice Office:01189333704, admin@mortimerbenefice.co.uk

For urgent matters please telephone Fr Paul Chaplin, The Vicar 01189 331 718.

At the time of the Coronavirus the Church's ministry here continues daily through prayer and online and over the telephone.

THE CHURCH OF ST JOHN THE BAPTIST, PADWORTH

IS OPEN FOR PRIVATE PRAYER ON

SUNDAYS FROM 11.00 am to 12 NOON

THE CHURCH OF ST. SAVIOUR, MORTIMER WEST END

IS OPEN FOR PRIVATE PRAYER

ON SATURDAYS FROM 11 AM TO 12 NOON

All Covid 19 safeguarding precautions must be adhered to carefully.

Welcome to Join in Stratfield Mortimer, Mortimer West End and Padworth

The Benefice is live-streaming services via Zoom.

Parish Morning Prayer at 9 am & Night Prayer at 9 pm Monday to Friday.

Parish Sunday Eucharist at 10 am each Sunday

The Zoom link for all services is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6931233940


Welcome

If you would like to speak with a priest in complete confidence telephone the Vicar, Fr. Paul Chaplin – 01189 331718



Weekly Newsletter

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View the latest weekly newsletter below.

Weekly Newsletter 18th to 25th October 2020

The Sunday Link 18th October 2020


The Benefice will be live-streaming the forthcoming services

at St. John’s, Mortimer via Zoom

Monday 2nd November at 7.30 pm

The Annual Requiem for All Souls

Sunday 8th November at 11 am

The Service of Remembrance

Sunday 22nd November at 10 am

The Feast of Christ the King

Sunday 29th November at 6 pm

The Advent Procession

Sunday 20th December at 4 pm

The Carol Service – Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Thursday 24th December at 5 pm

Christingle

Thursday 24th December at 11.30 pm

Midnight Mass

Friday 25th December at 10 am

Christmas Day

25/09/2020

 

Please join to celebrate and give thanks

at the Mortimer, MWE & Padworth Parish Eucharist

on Sunday 27th September 2020 at 10.00 am

at St John’s Church, Mortimer,

& online at ZOOM  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6931233940

If you have zoom difficulties please contact the tech. team at 01189333136

 

 



 

Prayer Thought: Jesus’ parable about two sons who don’t do what they say reveals surprises about the most unlikely people who actually do God’s will and serve others and thereby go ahead of the rest into God’s kingdom. St Paul encourages us to look to Christ as our model of humility and service and, like Jesus, look to the needs and interests of others above our own. St Paul urges us to look to find the nourishment we need in the broken bread and shared cup which gives strength to respond to Christ’s call and to offer our lives for the sake of our needy world.

Reflections on this week’s Gospel passage…

At the end of this week’s Gospel is a story to which every child, and everyone who ever was a child, and all parents can relate. How often when children are asked by their parents to do chores do we hear in their response echoes of the same inner and outer conflict expressed in Jesus’ parable of the two sons and their father. It’s the conflict between obedience and rebellion; it’s the conflict between recognizing what needs to be done and yet resenting authority; resenting not being autonomous and completely free to do whatever I choose and when I choose; and to do things my own way. It’s the conflict which arises in us when we hear a voice calling to us beyond our own inner voice and recognize that if we are to do wholeheartedly what we are being called to do then that will, inevitably, constrain and shape our own inner desires and our will.

The key to this passage is Jesus’ question - ‘Which of the two did the will of the Father?’ Jesus addresses what the sons actually did and not what they said. He cracks open the disparity between what is said and what is done.

Jesus wants us to focus on what we do. His parable is a call to integrity. It is, quite bluntly, a parable about ‘putting our money where our mouth is.’ This week’s parable challenges us to ask ourselves: do our words match our convictions; do our deeds match our words? God bless