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4th November 2011

Dear People & Friends of St. Clements,

In my Weekly Message of two weeks ago, I pointed out that on Sunday 23rd October, we finally stopped counting Sundays after Trinity as that Sunday was the ‘Last after Trinity’ which we marked as ‘Bible Sunday’. Now we count down through four ‘Sundays before Advent’ until we arrive at Advent Sunday which this year falls on Sunday 27th November, when we begin a new Church or Christian Year.

Whilst until Advent begins, we are still in what is known as ‘Ordinary Time’, the Common Worship liturgy of the Church of England does provide some additional material for use during this period between All Saints and Advent. Therefore, as we’ve been using the same green covered ‘Holy Communion for Ordinary Time’ orders of service since mid June, I’ve created new orders of service for use these next three Sundays that includes some of this additional material which I hope will bring a fresh feel to our worship within the familiar liturgical framework. These new orders of service have bright red covers as red can be used instead of green as the liturgical colour during this period which is what I also intend to do. Therefore……

Sunday 6th November at 11.00am – Sung Eucharist for the Third Sunday before Advent

The Gospel Reading is Jesus explaining that the kingdom of heaven will be like five wise & five foolish virgins who went out to meet the bridegroom….. Matthew 25. 1-13. There will be parallel Children’s Ministry and the service will be followed by Coffee Hour in the hall on the third floor of Klimentská 18. My thanks to Tasci & Honza who have agreed to run Coffee Hour this Sunday.

Steve & Camilla Entwistle will have Remembrance poppies for sale this Sunday & the following Sunday which is Remembrance Day in the UK & the Sunday nearest to Veterans Day in the USA.

Tuesday 8th November – 6.30-8.00pm in the small meeting room on the first floor of Klimentská 18.

I will lead the second of my two sessions on Anglicanism trying to explain a little more it’s structure and emphasises. For those who missed the first session back on Tuesday 18th October, I’ll bring copies of my handout from that evening & try & summarise it in five minutes before moving on! As usual, there will be plenty of time for questions & discussion.

Advance Notice

Monday 14th November 2011 – 19:00-21.00

Location: American Center, Tržiště 13, Praha 1 – Malá Strana

Entry: Free

We have gained permission from the film maker to screen the documentary ‘For the Bible Tells Me So’ for free and have found a great venue, the American Center in Malá Strana, to do so.

This is a film by Daniel Karslake picturing the stories of five American Christian families that have a gay or lesbian child.

The Bible was, and is, often misused to condemn a variety of things, but is homosexuality really condemned by the Bible or is the Bible used by some groups to fuel prejudice and misinterpretations? The suicide rate amongst teenagers who are gay or lesbian is far higher than the national average. What are the reasons for this and are the Churches, partly guilty of contributing to it? And, perhaps most importantly, what can we, as a Christian community, do to be more inclusive?

By interviewing parents and children, as well as theologians from different denominations, including not only Christian, but also Jewish scholars, the film explores the background of this situation and provides information that seeks to reconcile scripture and homosexuality. Participants include Bishop Gene Robinson, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Rev. Peter John Gomes (professor at Harvard University’s Divinity School) and Richard Gephardt (Democratic Party candidate for the US presidency 2004).

After the film there will be time for questions, answers and discussion. Participants on the discussion panel will include Marshall Johnson (St. Clement’s, Prague) and myself! And if you would like to contribute snacks (chips / crisps style ) or liquid refreshment (soft drinks and wine) for after the film / during the discussion please contact Sybille at sy (at) sybilleyates (dot) com for coordination.

The announcement on the American Center Website can be found here and will be soon also on our website and our Facebook page. Please invite your friends and acquaintances to this event and spread the word about it!

Because of the showing this film on Monday evening, there will not be anything the following evening 15th November. However, I plan to continue our regular Tuesday evening study & fellowship meetings on the following four Tuesday evenings – 22nd & 29th November & 6th & 13th December before taking a break for Christmas. As always, I’d prefer to ‘scratch where people itch’ so if anyone has a topic or area of interest that they would like to explore or know more about, please let me know. One suggestion I have had is to do something once again on ‘Cross-cultural relationships’ , a topic we did look at about 18 months ago. But I’d welcome other ideas too.

And finally for this week…..

A reminder of our St. Clement’s Christmas Cards. The cards come in packs of 10 with one design per pack: there are 2 designs available. The cards are in English and the inside contains text to the effect that the cards are sold to support St. Clement’s and includes our web address. They are exceptionally good value at only 200 CZK for a pack of 10. They will once more be available for sale after the service this Sunday & on following Sundays.

Steve & Camilla Entwistle who have so successfully organised the printing & production of these cards, would particularly like people to take packs of cards to sell on to others. If you can do this, then please do so by signing the list at the back of Church to say how many packs you’ve taken.

That’s enough for this week

Best wishes