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Sunday 18th June 2017 11:00
Sung Eucharist for the First Sunday after Trinity with parallel Children's Ministry and followed by Coffee Hour
Celebrant: Rev'd Nathanial
Preacher: Jack Noonan

Sunday 25th June 2017 11:00
Sung Eucharist for the Second Sunday after Trinity with parallel Children's Ministry and followed by 'Picnic in the Park'
Celebrant and Preacher: Rev'd Nathanial

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11th May 2017

Dear Worshippers, Friends and Patrons of St. Clement’s,

Many thanks to all who are upholding us in your prayers and helping us in every aspect of the Interregnum phase post Rev’d Ricky Yates’ retirement.
For those of you who don’t know me, our Licensed Reader Jack Noonan has kindly introduced me thus:-

 

Rev’d Nathanial came to worship with us in St Clement’s some 16 months ago.
He is Indian and an ordained priest in the Church of North India, since 2012. This church is in full communion with the Anglican and Episcopalian churches and so Nathanial was soon licensed to celebrate the service of Holy Communion with us.

He and Aditi, his wife, came to Prague so Aditi could read for her PhD in Charles University.  Four months ago twins were born to them, Andriel, a boy and Naysa, a girl.
With Ricky’s retirement the church council arranged that Nathanial would be our interim chaplain during the interregnum. We all delight in the goodness and perfect timing of the Holy Spirit.


I hope we continue to grow spiritually and as a ‘family’ to glorify our Lord during this tenure. Please be assured of my prayers for each one of you and feel free to contact me for discussing anything of pastoral concern. At the same time, pray for YOUR INTERIM CHAPLAIN who needs more strength and wisdom to serve the Almighty.

Now coming to this Sunday,

Please join us for..

Sunday 14th May at 11:00 – Sung Eucharist for the Fifth Sunday of Easter

We will be reflecting upon Jesus’ farewell discourse in which He attempts to reassure his disciples and comfort them as given in John 14:1-14. We shall also look at faithful witness -Stephen – the first martyr of Christianity which we find in Acts 7:55-60 and lastly 1 Peter 2: 2-10 which gives us perpetual hope and tells us about eternal glory.

There will be parallel Children’s Ministry and, following worship, Coffee Hour in the hall on the third floor of Klimentská 18.

Rev’d Ricky Yates has kindly offered to help me send out the Weekly Message this week but next week, the Chaplaincy Flat will be vacant for some minor repairs etc. and it may not be possible to access the chaplaincy laptop and the email. So,

Sunday 21st May at 11:00 – Sung Eucharist for the Sixth Sunday of Easter

We will be looking at Psalm 66:7-18 in which the psalmist writes ‘He (God) has preserved our lives’ , Acts 17:22-31 related to Paul’s second missionary journey in which he talks about Jesus Christ as the judge and the resurrection of the believers like resurrected Jesus. And finally at the Gospel passage from John 14:15-21 in which Jesus indicates clearly that believers will have everlasting life.

There will be parallel Children’s Ministry and, following worship, Coffee Hour in the hall on the third floor of Klimentská 18.

A few more things..

Last sermons:
You can listen to Rev’d Ricky Yates’ sermon from 30th April by following this link:

And to Jack Noonan’s sermon from last Sunday by clicking on the following link:


Contact
Until we move to the Chaplaincy Flat, later this month, you can contact me either by writing to my personal email address nathanialbm(at)gmail(dot)com or via the Chaplaincy mobile +420 737 039 082.

Yours in His service

Nathanial

7th May 2017 – Fourth Sunday of Easter – Jack Noonan

Sermon (Click Link to Listen)

or download transcript.

Readings: Acts 2. 42-47 ; 1 Peter 2. 19-25 ; John 10. 1-10

30th April 2017 – Third Sunday of Easter – Rev’d Ricky Yates

Sermon (Click Link to Listen)

Readings: Acts 2. 14a and 36-41 ; 1 Peter 1. 17-23 ; Luke 24. 13-35

26th April 2017

Dear People & Friends of St. Clement’s,

Welcome to what is my final ‘Weekly Message’ as the Chaplain of St Clement’s, Prague, before I retire following worship, this coming Sunday. It contains a lot of important information so please read it carefully and act accordingly. In particular, note the changes to email addresses & phone numbers outlined below.

Firstly – worship this coming Sunday.

Sunday 30th April at 11.00 – Sung Eucharist for the Third Sunday of Easter

Our Gospel reading will be another story of the Resurrection – Jesus appearing to the two disciples on the road to Emmaus, as recorded in Luke 24. 13-35. The two supporting readings both follow on from those read last Sunday. We shall hear the last part of Peter’s sermon on the Day of Pentecost – Acts 2. 14a & 36-41, together with a further part of the first chapter of the First Letter of Peter – 1 Peter 1. 17-23. There will be parallel Children’s Ministry.

Following worship, there will be a Bring & Share Lunch in the hall on the third floor of Klimentská 18. I suspect that most of you know more about this event than I or Sybille do, as I understand your Churchwardens have already written to tell you all about it 🙂 I look forward to seeing many of you there!

‘What happens to St Clement’s after you retire Ricky?’

That is question I’ve been asked many times and it is really one you should direct to your Churchwardens & Church Council. But I have promised to pass on the following basic details, particularly with regard to contact email addresses & phone numbers.

From Monday 1st May, Rev’d Nathanial Nathanial will be your Locum or Interim Chaplain. Until Nathanial, along with Aditi & their twins, move into the Chaplaincy Flat, you can contact Nathanial either by writing to him at his personal email address nathanialbm(at)gmail(dot)com or via the Chaplaincy mobile +420 737 039 082. I shall be passing the phone onto him on Sunday morning. Do NOT write to chaplain(at)anglican(dot)cz as Nathanial will not have access to this email account until he is living in the Chaplaincy Flat. The exact date for that to happen has not yet been decided, (it will probably be some time in late May), but I’m sure both Nathanial & the Churchwardens will let you know when it does.

Sybille & I will move out of the Chaplaincy Flat on Monday 15th May. After that, the plan is for the flat to be completely redecorated internally & some minor repairs carried out. No internal decoration has been undertaken since the flat was purchased in January 2006 – over eleven years ago!

My new contact details are:

Email:ry(at)rickyyates(dot)com

Mobile: +420 735 778 426

Both my new email address & mobile phone are already up & running!

Postal address from 15th May 2017:
Stará Oleška 44
405 02 Huntířov
Czech Republic

Please don’t post anything just yet. Give me time to change the name on the mail box 🙂

You can obviously also contact us via the Chaplaincy Flat landline phone until Monday 15th May. +420 233 310 266

However, do remember, from Monday 1st May I will no longer be your Chaplain. I will be as helpful as possible to both Nathanial and your Church Council. But I will not be interfering or involved in the life of St Clement’s any longer.

Sunday 7th May at 11.00 – Sung Eucharist for the Fourth Sunday of Easter

On this ‘first Sunday after Rixit’, as it has been christened 🙂 , your Celebrant will be Nathanial and your Preacher, Jack Noonan. Please make sure you are there to support both of them! Do be aware that the Prague Marathon is being held that day & will inevitably disrupt public transport. Check carefully & give yourselves more time to get to Church that morning.

Sermons

In case you missed them, or if you want to listen again, my sermons from Maundy Thursday, Easter Day & last Sunday, are all now available on our Church website. Just visit here and click on the one(s) you want to listen to. My thanks to David Hellam, both for recording & now also uploading them to our Church website.

So finally…..

…..please come & meet with God in both word and sacrament this coming Sunday. Do remember that the service starts at 11.00, NOT 11.15 And then lets share fellowship together one last time, over lunch.

Until Sunday

Best wishes

Ricky

23rd April 2017 – Second Sunday of Easter – Rev’d Ricky Yates

Sermon (Click Link to Listen)

Readings: Acts 2. 22-32 ; 1 Peter 1. 3-9 ; John 20. 19-31

16th April 2017 – Easter Sunday – Rev’d Ricky Yates

Sermon (Click Link to Listen)

Readings: John 20. 1-18 ; Acts 10. 34-43 ; Colossians 3.1-4

13th April 2017 – Maundy Thursday – Rev’d Ricky Yates

Sermon (Click Link to Listen)

Readings: Exodus 12:1-14 ; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 ; John 13:1-17 & 31-35

12th April 2017

Dear People & Friends of St. Clement’s,

We had an amazing congregation of 115 for our Palm Sunday worship – 93 adults & 22 children according Alasdair who carried out the somewhat difficult job of doing a head count! Whilst Stuart & Iva had about 40 friends & family supporting them for the baptism of their twin daughters, Sofia & Matylda, it still means that there were 75 others. I hope we see just as many if not more, over the coming Easter weekend. Therefore a reminder of our forthcoming services.

Maundy Thursday 13th April at 19.00 – Sung Eucharist commemorating the Last Supper

We will hear about the origins of the Jewish Passover meal with our first reading from Exodus 12. 1-14. Our second reading will be 1 Corinthians 11. 23-26, where St Paul reminds the Corinthian Church about Jesus’ words and actions at the Last Supper, instituting what we know as Holy Communion or the Eucharist. Our Gospel reading will be John 13. 1-17 & 31-35, which tells of Jesus washing the disciples feet & giving a new commandment, ‘that you love one another just as I have loved you’. The name ‘Maundy’ comes from the Latin ‘Mandatum’, meaning ‘mandate’ or ‘command’.

Good Friday 14th April at 14.00 – ‘Last Hour on the Cross’

A devotional service for which we will be joined by the ‘Anonym Choir‘ under the direction of our regular organist Professor Michal Novenko. The service will be very similar to the much appreciated one last year, with the Passion story being read, interspersed with five anthems by the choir, four congregational hymns and a time of intercession. As I stressed last Sunday, make sure you come and sit at the foot of the cross, before celebrating the joy of Easter Day.

Easter Sunday 16th April – Sung Eucharist for Easter Day

Our Gospel reading will be the account of Jesus’ resurrection from John 20. 1-18. The supporting readings will part of Peter’s sermon in the house of Cornelius, as recorded in Acts 10. 34-43, in which he speaks of the death & resurrection of Jesus & of himself & others being witnesses of the events. We shall also hear Colossians 3. 1-4 where St Paul speaks of the impact the resurrection should have on the life of each Christian believer. There will be parallel Children’s Ministry and following worship, Coffee Hour in the hall on the third floor of Klimentská 18.

Please be aware that the middle section of the Metro red line, between Nádraží Holešovice and Pražského povstání, will be out of action from early Friday morning until late Monday night. There will be alternative trams & buses, but please check your journey to Church & give yourself additional time to get there.

After worship on Easter Day, as instructed, I will be taking the week as annual leave, trying to prepare for moving from the Chaplaincy Flat. But I will be your celebrant & preacher the following Sunday.

Sunday 23rd April at 11.00 – Sung Eucharist for the Second Sunday of Easter

Our Gospel reading will be John 20. 19-31 – the story of Doubting Thomas, which follows on directly from our Easter Day Gospel reading. There will be parallel Children’s Ministry and following worship, Coffee Hour in the hall on the third floor of Klimentská 18. Then in the evening, I shall be at the Frauenkirche, Dresden, leading Evening Prayer and preaching on the same Gospel reading 🙂

A reminder, – because I keep being asked despite spelling it out many times – my final Sunday will be Sunday 30th April 2017. This is therefore my penultimate ‘Weekly Message’. I shall write & send out my very final one in advance of my final Sunday.

Looking forward to seeing many of you over these next few days as we once mark the crucifixion and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Best wishes

Ricky

9th April 2017 – Palm Sunday – Rev’d Ricky Yates

Sermon (Click Link to Listen)

Readings: Isaiah 50. 4-9a ; Philippians 2. 5-11 ; Matthew 21. 1-11

7th April 2017

Dear People & Friends of St. Clement’s,

I want to start this week’s ‘Weekly Message’ with a big ‘Thank you’ to everybody who helped make last Sunday morning such a special occasion. Especial thanks to David, Diane & Luca for the wonderful food at Coffee Hour/Lunch. I’ve had messages of thanks from the confirmees and a personal handwritten note of thanks from Bishop Robert.

Bishop Robert has written about his Prague weekend here.  I’m somewhat embarrassed by his kind words about me but concur entirely about what he says regarding your current Church Council. I’ve also written about our Episcopal visit on my blog here. My thanks to Sybille and Stephen Weeks for the photographs.

Now to this coming Sunday…….

Sunday 9th April at 11.00 – Sung Eucharist for Palm Sunday

As well as hearing St Matthew’s account of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem – Matthew 21. 1-11, we shall also hear from the prophet Isaiah – Isaiah 50. 4-9a, together with some Christology from Philippians 2. 5-11. Palm Crosses will be distributed. During the service I shall be baptising Sofia and Matylda Jordan, the twin daughters of Stuart and Iva. There clearly must be something in the Prague water as this is now the third set of young twins that we have within the congregation 🙂 There will be parallel Children’s Ministry but no Coffee Hour as, following worship we will be holding the:

Annual Church Meeting (ACM)

As St Clement’s faces major changes in the coming year, it is essential all members of the Church Electoral Roll are in attendance at the ACM. It is your Church, not mine! As well as hearing reports about the past year and receiving the 2016 accounts, it will be your opportunity to ask questions, make suggestions etc, about the future congregational life of St Clement’s.

At the ACM, you will elect, two Churchwardens, up to nine additional Church Council members and two lay members of the Eastern Archdeaconry Synod. Whilst Churchwardens & Church Council members are elected for one year, the members of the Archdeaconry Synod are elected to serve for the following three years. A form for nominations for all of these positions is on the noticeboard at the back of Church. Each person nominated needs a proposer & seconder and all three must be members of the Church Electoral Roll. The consent of the proposed candidate is also required. Nominations can be made up to the beginning of worship on Sunday. Non-members of the Church Electoral Roll are also welcome to be present at the ACM but cannot vote.

Holy Week & Easter

I will write with more details, early next week. But the dates and times of services are:

Maundy Thursday 13th April at 19.00 – Sung Eucharist commemorating the Last Supper.

Good Friday 14th April at 14.00 – ‘Last Hour on the Cross’ with the Anonym Choir, directed by Professor Michal Novenko.

Easter Sunday 16th April at 11.00 – Sung Eucharist for Easter Day.

As I always say each year, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus on Easter Day, will be much more meaningful if you have first sat at the foot of the cross on Good Friday!

Other News

John de Jong writes:
For five years or more I have been working with Czech composer Daniel Kyzlink on a stage show called SANCTUS—The Rock Mass. This is a major work for rock band and symphony orchestra loosely based on the Latin Mass. It is not any kind of service, rather, it is stage show aimed at the average concert-goer, a thought-provoking show with a fusion of musical styles—rock, symphonic, jazz and film genres. The Městské divadlo Brno (Brno City Theatre) are staging two performances over Easter, on the 14 and 15 April, featuring two amazing London singers and some of the top jazz and rock musicians in this country. I know Brno is a bit of a trek, but it will be worth it! Tickets are available from the theatre box office, www.mdb.cz and you can listen to extracts from the show at www.therockmass.com

And copies of the Diocese in Europe Review 2016-17 arrived in the post this past week and will be available free, at the back of Church on Sunday.

Looking forward to seeing you at Sunday worship and the ACM!

Best wishes

Ricky