Ecumenical Ascension Service – at the Leonhardskirche – Thursday 9th May at 19:00.
I try never to mumble when others say things much more eloquently and more meaningfully.
So here is a sonnet which will feature on Sunday entitled ‘Ascension Day’ by Malcolm Guite
We saw his light break through the cloud of glory
Whilst we were rooted still in time and place,
As earth became a part of heaven’s story
And heaven opened to his human face.
We saw him go and yet we were not parted,
He took us with him to the heart of things,
The heart that broke for all the broken-hearted
Is whole and heaven-centred now, and sings;
Sings in the strength that rises out of weakness,
Sings through the clouds that veil him from our sight,
Whilst we ourselves become his cloud of witness
And sing the waning darkness into light;
His light in us, and ours in him concealed,
Which all creation waits to see revealed.
What more than anything this speaks to me of is hope.
Hope for the broken-hearted and hope for bumbling disciples alike.
God’s light, God’s glory shining through faithful service and in healing and transformation of those to whom life has been unkind.
Hope found as we continue to pass on the Good News of God’s love.
Hope as we continue to pass on the light of Christ, in Baptism, in worship, in prayer, in faithful service, in acts of kindness and generosity, through beauty and creativity and all the gifts God has bestowed upon us.
And in that comes too a prayer for all who are parents, biological or otherwise, for all who care for others, for those who mentor, for those who nurture, for those who embrace freely, for those who by a listening ear provide echoes of what ‘home’ should feel like. May they know God’s rich blessing at this time and always. Amen.Bible Study
The St Catherine’s Bible Study Group meets on Wednesday evenings at 7:30pm in the Anglican Centre, Olgastrasse 56, to read, study and discuss the coming week’s Gospel reading – as well as catching up over a cup of tea and a piece or two of cake! New members are very welcome at this friendly group. Please contact Katy at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be added to our weekly mailing list.
Ladies’ Evening Group – will meet for a change on a Tuesday, 8th May. We’ll meet from 19:00 at Oishi Sushi in Feuerbach http://www.oishi-sushi-feuerbach.de/speisekarte.php
Please let Elinor who if you can join us , she writes “It’s wonderful also for people who hate Sushi (like myself)!” If you can’t make LEGS on a Monday then please do join us – book a spot at the table by speaking to Elinor or e-mailing email@example.com
Our next meeting will be on Thursday, 24th May from 10 until 12 in the Anglican Centre. Please note that this is the FOURTH Thursday, and not the usual third, as I am on holiday in May. Hopefully we will be able to repair the hymn books this time. Last time we couldn’t get into the church to collect them.
The coloured tape is there, sponsered by Ken, so just bring some scissors. See you there.
Booksale our Annual English language, second-hand booksale will take place on Saturday 16th June, along with our traditional bakesale. Susanna and Naomi are beginning to put together a team of helpers please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help set up, take a shift at the book sale, pack away, serve coffee, sell or bake cakes … or have any other talent to offer. Thank you.