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Dear Friends,

On Tuesday of this week there was a Concert in church to celebrate the life of HOWARD GREENWOOD, one of the founders of the Richmond Concert Society some 60 years ago. Tomorrow, Saturday, we will be laying his ashes to rest in our Memorial Garden. We assure Monica of our ongoing prayers for her as she adapts to life without Howard and we continue to give thanks for the light and warmth, zest and passion with which Howard lived. Here is what I said at the Memorial Concert on Tuesday evening.

With all good wishes

Jeff


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HOWARD GREENWOOD

Many of you were deprived of the opportunity of giving thanks for the life of Howard because we were, at the time of his funeral, in the midst of the awfulness and there were strict restrictions as to numbers we could admit. I mentioned at the time that I hoped there would be an opportunity later in the year, to celebrate Howard’s life and all that he meant, and will continue to mean, to us in this community, especially to those of us who love and value the role which music and friendship play in our lives.

Here tonight I see brought together the main strands of Howard’s life, the things which gave him most pleasure, meaning, comfort and inspiration: family, friends, music and this sacred space in which he sought and found the presence of God and enjoyed communion here with Him.

The thing I find myself thinking most strongly about Howard is this: that all which music seeks to do, so too did Howard.

I know that I am speaking to the converted, to those for whom music is far more than merely entertainment. It speaks to the core of who we are as human beings, helping us to make sense of who we are. Deprived as we have been of live performances for so long, a hunger raged within us, a need for an energy not available to us in recordings, brilliant as they may be.

Howard was an advocate, an ambassador for all that music does as it reaches out into the depth of who we are: where we are most vulnerable, where we need to find resolution, drawing us together and reminding us that we are not alone, offering us the vicarious experience of harmony which may elude us elsewhere in our lives.

Music enlivens, enlightens, emboldens, embraces, energizes and has also been known to heal. And I am convinced that, were Howard still to be with us, he would ask to meet up with me for a drink and would probably say in that irrepressibly passionate way of his which was one of the things we most loved about him, with arched eyebrows, bright, shining eyes and with his infectious enthusiasm: "Dear Boy, Dear Boy, people have been through absolute Hell these last 18 months. They have been isolated, they’ve been ill, they’ve been depressed, they’ve been frightened. How about if we have a series of concerts at St Mary’s to help people get back on their feet again? To remind people what it is to have fun, to have wonderful morale-boosting music. How about it? And we could serve wine before the concert, during the interval of the concert and after the concert too! It would be marvellous, wouldn’t it? What say you?"


And I would surely have had to agree!

Lady Panufnik will speak soon of Howard’s remarkable gift to this community and of his part in the formation of this extraordinarily successful music society some 60 years ago, pre-eminent as it is amongst music societies across the land.

Music matters, it is far more than entertainment, it is primal: it is to do with the essential truth of who we are as creative, thinking, feeling, making, aspirational, relational beings. And it is so powerful tonight not to be sitting in our homes turning on Radio 3 or playing a CD but coming together in person to experience the wonder and power and alchemy of music.

I have so loved the times when I have been able to join you over the years for the performances and have left those concerts feeling happier and more whole than I would otherwise have felt. I am aware that Howard’s great legacy to us, apart from his friendship and his family, is that you and I can, at so reasonable a price, enjoy, be amazed, moved, deepened, challenged and inspired by the marvelousness of music, as revealed to us through the wonder of instruments and voices.

Tonight, with you, I give thanks for the charm, warmth, sincerity, energy, passion, vision, commitment and sheer hard work of the man with the shining eyes, the raised eyebrows, the outstretched hands, who was always enthusiastic, always appreciative, always valuing and nurturing of others. So, what better way to celebrate Howard’s life and remember all that inspired him to find meaning and fulfilment, than to come together to a place which meant so much to Howard, as it continues to do to Mon, to meet once more as friends and offer ourselves anew to what music can do to heal, to shape, to renew, to resolve, to enlighten our lives and the life of this community we all love and value so deeply.


Thank you, Howard.


God bless you, my friend.

Jeff





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TO THOSE WHO HAVE FAITHFULLY PHONED AROUND THE CONGREGATION OVER THE PAST 18 MONTHS: Dear Friends, May I take this opportunity of thanking all of you who have been telephoning each other to keep in touch and reach out with the hand of friendship to those you knew and did not previously know before March of last year. I know how grateful we have all been to those who have been in touch with us with a friendly word and the reassurance of their prayers. I would also like to thank Betty and Emily for making arrangements for these connections. When I first realised what was happening in the early months of last year, I asked them both if they would help to organise a telephone network to help us all feel connected and in communion with each other when we were not able to meet in church in person. I am so grateful to them for the diligent and sensitive way in which they have done this, and ‘phoned so many people themselves as well. When we look back at this time in months and perhaps years to come, I hope that, like me, you will see this as a profoundly significant and deepening experience we have had as a community, where friendships have been made and have grown into the strong bonds we now enjoy. Thank you to you all for your positive, compassionate and loyal friendship to each other and to me during these challenging months. I give thanks to God for you all. With blessings and best wishes, Jeff


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Collect for this Sunday, OUR HARVEST THANKSGIVING: Eternal God, You crown the year with your goodness And give us the fruit of the earth in their due season: Grant that we may use them to your glory, For the relief of those in need And for our own wellbeing; This we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord Who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God, now and for ever. AMEN


At both the 9.30am Eucharist in church and the 5pm Zoom service online, we shall be reflecting on the Gospel passage, which this week is Matthew Chapter 13 verses 1-9.

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Dear Friends,


It was marvellous to see around 100 of you back in church last Sunday and as those who were there may recall my saying, as we considered Mary our Patron responding to the angel at the Annunciation by saying, "Be it unto me according to your word," may I invite you all to consider how you might recommit yourself to the ministry and mission of our church.


You will be familiar with our threefold mission statement:

+ To nurture our children and young people with a positive sense of God`s love for them and purpose for their lives. + To use our buildings more creatively to help make God more real for the people of this area and beyond. + To deepen and develop our relationships with each other and with God.


And, as we seek to rebuild on the foundations of what we have realised anew really, lastingly matters, I make an appeal for volunteers in direct relation to these three aspirations:


+ We need more volunteers to help with our work with children and young people, specifically in Sunday School. Judy, our Church Warden or I would be happy to talk to you about what is involved should you be interested. It is an immensely rewarding aspect of our life together to nurture our children, so please may I encourage you to become involved in this wonderful work. Please email me on hopkinwilliams@btinternet.com.


+ Secondly, now that we have done the reordering work and made our church building more flexible, hospitable and beautiful, we want to use it and see it used far more by our congregation and community. There is a small group working to try to promote this enhanced space so that it brings in more income and also so that it celebrates the fact that God is interested in so many aspects of our lives, relational, social, charitable and cultural, not just in who we are when we are engaged in worship. So, if this is something you feel you would like to get involved in, please do let me know. hopkinwilliams@btinternet.com.


+ Thirdly, as we have learned over the last 18 months, communications are vitally important in the modern church. Where would we have been without emails and Zoom as a congregation over the lockdown, for example? Emily and Tamasin, Antoine and Charlotte, Judy and Chris, Barbara and Chris, Cath and Katie have worked so hard with me in keeping everyone connected and I am so grateful to them all. Now is the time for others to help with Communications too, so please, again, if you are interested, please do let me know: hopkinwilliams@btinternet.com.


We will only be as strong as we are committed, so please, as we recommit ourselves to being part of the recovery and rebuilding of our church and community, do please get more involved in the life of your parish church.


With blessings and best wishes

Jeff





A LITTLE TASTE OF WALSINGHAM, 2nd October 2021. For the second consecutive year we are not able to make pilgrimage to Walsingham. This is for reasons with which you will be all too familiar. However, one of the most marvellous things about the spiritual life is that we don’t have to go to a geographical location to encounter the essence of what was once experienced there. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we can access it anywhere, if we are "in Spirit and in Truth".

SoI would like to invite you all to a Walsingham Morning in our own church of St Mary’s Twickenham on Saturday 2nd October.

We will meet in church at 10am for coffee, then at 10.30am we will introduce the day.

We will have the opportunity of enjoying the liturgies we experience at Walsingham: ~ The renewal of our Baptismal Vows as we begin by listening to the Gospel of the Annunciation. ~ The opportunity to follow Jesus along the Way of the Cross, and bring into His saving presence the needs of His people and His world. ~ An opportunity to further reflect on those people and situations for which we wish to pray in the Intercessions. ~ The chance to pray for healing in the world and in our own lives and finally ~ To celebrate the EUCHARIST together. This will be followed by LUNCH.

Please let me know if you are planning on coming (hopkinwilliams@btinternet.com) and do please consider bringing a friend. I look forward to seeing you for this very special occasion.

With blessings and best wishes,

Jeff





Collect for this Sunday: Almighty God Who in generous mercy sent the Holy Spirit Upon your Church in the burning fire of your love: Grant that your people may be fervent In the fellowship of the gospel That, always abiding in you, They may be found steadfast in faith and active in service; This we ask through the same, Jesus Christ our Lord Who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God, now and for ever. AMEN

WELCOME to our worship at St Mary`s on this the 15th Sunday after Trinity, whether you are joining us in church or on Zoom.


Today at both the 9.30am Eucharist in church and the 5pm Zoom service online, we shall be reflecting on the Gospel passage, which this week is Mark Chapter 8 verses 27-end.


We will also be remembering the following in our prayers of intercession:

9.30 EUCHARIST

The hymns we shall be singing this week are: 422 and 426. The choir will be singing after the intercessions No booking is necessary for the 9.30am church service. Please use the hand sanitiser provided before entering the church. We would ask that you place your collection envelope in the basket as you enter the church which will be brought up to the altar at the Offertory (or use the contactless/tap payment card facility close by). We would strongly recommend the wearing of facemasks throughout the service for all other than those exempted from doing so on medical or age grounds. Please do not come to the church if you are displaying any Covid symptoms and please seriously consider whether it is wise to attend if you have cold or ‘flu symptoms, in fairness to others. Communion will be offered in the form of the consecrated host, which you may receive in your hands and which we would ask you to consume immediately. You are welcome to join us in the Parish Hall for refreshments after the service.

5pm Zoom Service

We very much hope that those of you who are not able to join us in church for our service, join us online instead. This will take the same form which we have used from last April. Please have a candle, matches, bread and wine to hand. Click Here to download the Order of Service

There are three main ways to join the Zoom service:

1.click on this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85685339742 2. Go to zoom.us (or use the Zoom app) and enter the following Webinar ID: 856 8533 9742 3. If you want to join by telephone dial any of these numbers: 0203 481 5237 or 0203 481 5240 or 0131 460 1196 or 0203 051 2874 and then type in this Webinar ID when prompted: 856 8533 9742

(Please note that these details are the same every week) 10am Wednesday. A Eucharist will be celebrated on Wednesdays in the church, to which you are all invited. There will also be an opportunity to pray for healing for yourselves or for others, until we are able to resume the Healing Services in church on Sunday evenings.


If you would like to know more about the ongoing life of St Mary's and its activities , please see our website: www.stmarytwick.org.uk