News from St. Catherine’s

Another farewell – on Sunday we sadly said good-bye to Crispin, our assistant Organist, who is moving to a new job in Switzerland. Thank you Crispin for sharing with us your wonderful music, both at the organ and in the choir. We will miss you and pray that God’s blessings will go with you as you journey on.

Flowers for church: For the months of September and November the Anglican congregation will be in charge of the altar flowers at St. Catherine’s. Would you like to sponsor the flowers in memory of a loved one or to celebrate an anniversary?
Please transfer your donation to the church account and e-mail with the amount you have transferred, the Sunday it is for and the dedication you wish to appear in the church news. Notification and monies must be received one week in advance to allow time for organising.
Please check out the doodle to see which Sunday’s are available and sign up for one.

Harvest Festival As part of our thanksgiving for all that God has given us, especially for the easy availability of food, we will be holding a collection of non-perishable food items for those less fortunate than ourselves.
Collections will be taken on Sunday 1st October and Sunday 8th October – please ensure all donations are non-perishable and no more than 6 months past their best before date.
Collected items will be donated to the Salvation Army.

Sunday’s Hymns
Opening 301 God is here! We are his people
Offertory 267 Thou whose almighty Word
Communion 313 My God, and is thy table spread
Closing 430 Forth in thy name, O Lord, I go

October Ladies’ Evening Group – we’ll meet Monday 16th October, from 19:00, at the Ganesha in Stuttgart West – near the Schwabstrasse S-Bahn. If you’d like to join us please let us know by e-mailing – new faces and old are always welcome.

How many times shall I forgive? Matthew 18.21-35

In Chapter 18 of his Gospel, Matthew records some important aspects of living as members of the Kingdom of Heaven, as Christians living in a community of believers. In our passage to-day, Matthew records an incident in which Peter came to Jesus and asked: Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times? We don’t know what lay behind Peter’s question. It is likely that he is referring to a ‘Christian’ brother or sister, another member of the fellowship of believers.

For Jesus, forgiveness is wholehearted and constant. It is not Jesus’ way to calculate numbers of hurts or offences. So Jesus replies: I tell you, not seven times but seventy times seven. Jesus didn’t mean that you kept a score and that unforgiven! He was saying that for Jesus’ followers, forgiveness is to be unlimited. Forgiveness was to be a way of life. Bearing in mind that God has forgiven them, they ought not to withhold forgiveness from others.

The lesson is clear: the followers of Jesus must each, without exception, forgive wholeheartedly, not grudgingly and not only seven times or even 77 times. This echoes the statement Jesus made after he had taught the disciples the Lord’s Prayer which includes the phrase forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. At that time, Jesus said to them: for if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. (Matthew 6:14)

Have you been forgiven by God for your sins?
Is there unforgiveness towards a sister or brother in your heart to-day? We need to take the words of the Lord Jesus seriously.

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