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

19/09/2020

Sunday 20th September 2020

 

Please join to celebrate and give thanks

at the Mortimer, MWE & Padworth Parish Eucharist

on Sunday 20th 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

 

For a rap version of the parable of the workers in the vineyard see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLouA3KytUQ

 



 

 

The Red Vineyard at Arles 

Vincent van Gogh

 

God’s Generous Goodness and the Workers in the Vineyard - My Ways are Not Your Ways cf Isaiah 55:8.

Prayer Thought: The parable we hear this Sunday teaches us that, whilst we may persist in judging by worldly standards, God’s ways are not the ways of this world. And if we want our judgements to be right by God we must learn to pray for guidance and grace to see people as he sees them and to judge others as generously as he judges. Ultimately, God always rewards according to his judgement and not ours. We can never fully understand the ‘mind’ of God who sees goodness where we may see none and who showers blessings where we may see none deserved. Yet, even with our limited vision, we can be sure that he is near and that he will hear every one of us whenever we call to him for guidance and grace to see the truth and to be generous.

 

The Parable of the Labourers in the Vineyard

Rembrandt van Rijn

Rembrandt’s painting of Jesus’ parable - found only in St Matthew’s Gospel - shows the landowner paying his workers at the end of the day. The weak evening light illuminates the table where the landowner’s wife sits with the account book open. Two workers question the landowner whilst the others to the right talk among themselves. The landowner has hired workers throughout the day and paid them all the same wage, whether they worked all day or only an hour. The workers who worked all day are angry. The focus of Rembrandt’s painting is the two workers questioning their pay. Perhaps the small scale of this painting - 12 x 16 inches? - helps to make us feel as if we are peering into their darkened room. Rembrandt was, of course, a master of using darkness to draw the viewer into the narrative and here he uses his masterful technique to draw us into Jesus’ teaching about generosity.