The Parish of Saint Saviour's Raynes Park, London
We are a parish in Raynes Park South London under the Diocese of Southwark. We are grateful for your interest and invite you to learn more about our parish family.
Our main service is at 9.30am on Sundays and evening prayer at 4pm also on Sundays. Please have a look at Services Page for more details.
The Parish is now part of a United Benefice with All Saints' Church, South Wimbledon, (about two miles distance), with whom it shares its Parish Priest. All Saints' Church is another Forward in Faith Parish under the pastoral care of the Bishop of Fulham.
30th in Ordinary Time
Last Sunday after Trinity
BEING THE CHURCH
If we were going to begin again in our parish how would we be the church? Well, we probably wouldn't need a building. We would, however, need to gather around Jesus. For this we would need to listen and look him in scripture and feed on him in Holy Communion. We would need someone set aside to feed us with the teaching and the Body and Blood of Jesus. This would be the most vital thing we did and we would make it an absolute priority in our lives. From this drawing near to Jesus we would encourage one another to know him better and also pray to him to show us how to be his body in our homes, community and work places. We would be generous, living simply and trusting the Lord to provide our needs. We would find it hard and we would need to be courageous and always ask for our faith to be increased. If we were to begin again and be the church we would have to let go of some of things we depend on and comfort us. We would have to ask for a simplicity of hearts and a simple joy in knowing and being known by Jesus - something we would be always desperate to share.
A Prayer for the Church
We pray for You,
O Almighty and eternal God!
Who through Jesus Christ
hast revealed Your glory to all nations,
to preserve the works of Your mercy,
that Your Church,
being spread through the whole world,
may continue with unchanging faith
in the confession of your name.
The word of the Lord
In today's reading from Hebrews, we hear of a priesthood which was markedly different from the notions of priesthood as it was practised in the temple before the coming of Jesus. The priesthood was very restricted in its membership, being bound by heredity, physical perfection and, importantly human mortality. For even in the exalted position of high priest were mere human beings, bearing the reality of sin and death. As a result, the reality of sacrifice and atonement was one of ongoing pursuit of and inability to achieve perfection. With the coming of Jesus, we encounter a priesthood which is not limited by the fall of creation; we encounter a priesthood which is pure, ongoing and eternal. In the shadowy figure of Melchizedek, we see not only types of the mask in the element of bread and wine, but also a type of a different order of priesthood - on which is everlasting.
Saint of the week
S. Jude - With S. Simon,
A 1979 volume which described itself as the handbook of the 'Not Terribly Good Club of Great Britain' was entitled The book of Heroics Failures and detailed pages of situations where folk had achieved just that. Numbered among this unlikely group of heroes was one described as 'The Worst Saint', together with a brief paragraph concerning St Jude. Unfortunately for Jude he is occasionally decribed in the scripture and tradition as 'Judas', casusing him to be unpopular as a patron saint. Despite the fact that Jude is usually clearly distinguished from Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Jesus, (S. John for example makes reference to 'Judas, not Iscariot') Jude too oftened found his identity obscured by his negative (almost) namesake. It was for that reason that Jude became (among other things) the patron saint of Lost Causes and Desperate Situations.
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St Saviour’s Church Hall
Grand Drive, Raynes Park SW20 9DG
Function room suitable for Play Groups, Social Occasions, Meetings. Children’s Parties
Available for Hire
A Parish hall with seating and tables for 70 people
Use of Kitchen. One off Bookings £20 per hour,
Upper Room with seating for 45
£15 per hour
Call 0208 540 2493 for more information
May Fair 2015 Sponsors
St Saviour’s Church is grateful to the following companies and individuals who kindly sponsored the May Fair by providing goods or vouchers:
Arumi, Approach Road, Raynes Park
Elegance Dry Cleaners, Approach Road, Raynes Park
Esquire – The Barber Shop – Station Approach, Raynes Park
Hobbledown Ltd, Horton Road, Epsom
Just Keys & Cobblers, Station Approach, Raynes Park
Lime & Thyme, 56 Coombe Lane, Raynes Park
Station Flowers, Raynes Park Station Concourse
The Olive Garden, Coombe Lane, Raynes Park
The Whistle Stop, Approach Road, Raynes Park
Tudor Williams Limited, New Malden
Webster & Derby Estate Agents, Kingston Road, Raynes Park
Please give them your support.
Games Night 2015, click here
First Holy Communion May 2014, for more pictures of the night click here
Burns Supper 2012, for more pictures of the night click here