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Sung Eucharist for the First Sunday after Trinity with parallel Children's Ministry and followed by Coffee Hour
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27th August 2009

Over the last couple of Sundays, it’s been good to see many familiar faces returning to the Sunday congregation after time spent in various corners of the world. It has also been good to welcome a number of new faces to the congregation whose email addresses have been added to my distribution list for this Midweek Message. In this last full week of August, as we come to end of the holiday/vacation period, I want to take this opportunity to tell you all about various services and events planned for this coming Autumn/Fall season. That last sentence of course, contained two examples of us being divided by our common language!!!!

Sunday 30th August – Twelfth after Trinity

This coming Sunday, our 11am Sung Eucharist will be the last one in ‘summer mode’. There will be no Sunday School though children are still most welcome & the usual ‘Rug Rats’ provision will be available at the back of Church. Once more, there will be no Coffee Hour but cool drinks will be served in Church, after the service. We look forward to welcoming Michal Novenko back on the organ.

Sunday 6th September – Thirteenth after Trinity and onwards…..

For our 11am Sung Eucharist, the children will join us for the first part of the service before leaving for Sunday School in Klimentská 18. They will rejoin us later in the service around the time of the Peace. After our worship, Coffee Hour will follow in the hall on the third floor of Klimentská 18. We should be able to enjoy the use of the new lift/elevator which is currently being installed in No. 18 during the month of August.

This pattern will be followed for every Sunday during the rest of 2009 with the following exceptions.

On Sundays 27th September, 25th October & 29th November, in other words, the last Sunday in each month, our service will be Family Communion with the children remaining in Church, the liturgy being somewhat shorter using a more responsive Eucharistic Prayer and the talk being at least in part, ‘child friendly’! These services will be similar to the two previous occasions we tried this earlier in the year in May & June. We will also use this liturgy & form of service on the morning of Christmas Day. These services should not last more than an hour giving everybody an even greater excuse to stay on for Coffee Hour or ‘Cookie Hour’ as I’ve heard more than one American child call it!

Two forthcoming ecumenical occasions

On Sunday 20th September at 11am, Bishop Dušan will be with us for a joint service with the Czech Old Catholic congregations in Prague to mark the ninth anniversary of the covenant between our two Churches. We hope to organise some joint social activity following the service. More details to follow.

On Sunday 4th October at 10am (please note the earlier time!) we will have a joint service with our host congregation the Českobratrské Cíckve Evangelické – Czech Evangelical Brethren. This last happened in the early part of 2008 when my predecessor John Philpott was still Chaplain. On that occasion it was an Anglican Service so on Sunday 4th October it will be a Czech Brethren Service. Our host congregation particularly asked for this date as they will have their denomination’s national cantor to help lead the musical part of our worship that morning.

Midweek Events

On Tuesday 1st September, the Breakfast Study Group recommences at 8.15am in Bohemia Bagel, Masná 2, near Old Town Square. We are going to spend the next 12 weeks or so, studying the Letter to the Hebrews from the New Testament. The ‘Breakfast Special’ is only 89Kč which includes a bottomless mug of coffee. Once we’ve eaten breakfast, we’ll look at a chapter a week & I’ll bring some pertinent questions to get the discussion going. We aim to finish by 9.15am. If people need to leave earlier, that’s understood. Why not plan to join us, particularly if you find turning out for midweek events in the evening difficult.

On Thursday 3rd September, the Thursday Study Group will meet at the Chaplaincy flat at 7pm. We enjoy a light supper with a glass or two of wine or soft drink, followed by our study & ending with a short time of prayer. End time is 9.15pm. The new study topic will be decided tonight and will be announced on Sunday & also on www.anglican.cz . New members are always welcome. Why not join us?

I’m always conscious that Thursday isn’t a good night for some people or that getting to Prague 6 from where you live is difficult. If you would be interested in attending or hosting a similar group on another evening, in a different part of Prague, then please speak with me or reply to this email.

How is your Czech????

Gerry Turner has volunteered to run a Czech conversation class one evening each week, to help those of us trying to get a grip of the language. Would you be interested in taking part? If so, can you let either me

chaplain (at) anglican dot cz or Gerry turner.gerald (at) gmail dot com know. Please also say which evening(s) would best suit you. If enough people are interested, we will try & get something going in the next couple of weeks.

A Message from our Treasurer

Those of you who give regularly to financially support the work of St. Clements using weekly dated envelopes, will know that you currently only have one left which is dated for this coming Sunday, 30th August. On Sunday, our Treasurer Peter Broster will have a new supply of envelopes and a check list to sign so he knows who has which envelope number. Please make sure you collect your envelopes from him on Sunday. If you can’t make it this Sunday, they will be available over the following few Sundays for collection.

If you are a Czech tax payer, by using this envelope scheme or by giving through a regular standing order from your bank, Peter can give you a signed and stamped certificate allowing you to set the amount given against your tax liability. If you want to know more, please speak with Peter on Sunday or email him brosterscz (at) yahoo dot co dot uk .

And finally…….

Two things, one practical & one to think & pray about.

Practical – I’ve been already asked a few times by British members of the congregation if I will countersign Photographs and application forms for new passports or the renewal of old ones. This is something I am very happy to do but not until September 2010!!! If you read the small print, I have say that I’ve known you for at least two years. I haven’t quite been here for one year yet!

To think & pray about – Your Church Council have agreed to have an ‘Away Day’ on Saturday 3rd October. I want to spend part of our time that day thinking about what sort of Church we want St. Clements to be? How do we see it developing? Any thoughts you have on that topic, please email me. And please remember your Church Council in your own private prayers.

May God bless you all & looking forward to seeing many of you on Sunday.

Ricky

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