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.
23rd in Ordinary Time
14th Sunday after Trinity
Sometimes called the 'sacrament of reconciliation' confession is (with the other sacraments) a means of grace because through the Priestly ministry of Christ in his church forgiveness of sins his given with the certainty and assurance of apostolic authority. There is no cast iron rule about the practice of making a personal confession to priest in the practice of making a personal confession to priest in the Anglican tradition. The old saying 'all may, none must, some should,' still holds true. What is certain is, at the time of the Reformation, the reformers carefully preserved this means of grace, placing it in the setting of ministry to the sick. One important fruit of the Catholic renewal movement in the Church of England, whcih began nearly two hundred years ago, was the revival of this ministry. In the Anglican tradition confession has always been associated with 'Ghostly Counsel' or spiritual direction. Your parish priest will be very happy to explain more about this source of healing and renewal.
Go to your confessor; open your heart to him; display to
him all the recesses of your soul; take the advice that he
will give you with the utmost humility and simplicity. For
God, Who has an infinite love for obedience, frequently
renders profitable the counsels we take from others, but
especially from those who are the guides of our souls.
-St. Francis de Sales
The word of the Lord
1 Kings 19. 4-8
The prophets reveal to us God's will for his people. God's will is as much directed at them as for the people to whom they have been sent. Often our desires clash with the will of God. In today's reading, God meets Elijah in his despair. Exhausted, Elijah wants to end his life and pleads with God to die. The creator of heaven and earth meets Elijah in his brokenness and gives him new hope. His journey is far from over. Elijah is not prepared for the unexpected. He expects his wish to be fulfilled, God has other ideas, he is not only spared death, but given a new lease of life; the journey is far from over. This is the God who is present with his people at all moments of life, in joy and despair God is providing for his people. We are invited to partake in the very life of God and be sustained by him, we need only come to God with sincerity of heart and he will do the rest.
Arrow prayers, which can be used anywhere and at any time, are a wonderful weapon in the struggle to become holy and intentional disciples. 'Mary pray for us', Sacred Heart of Jesus have mercy'. 'Little Flower pray for me'. You can craft your own special forms to be used and repeated. Arrow prayers can be used in emergency, when our eyes stray to the pretty girl in a shop, when that man on th PCC irritates us again, when we start to feel angry or sad or alone. Arrow prayers can be offered at any time, 'for Father Bill and his work today' as we travel to work. The simple prayer, 'Father forgive' is available to offer each time we are conscious of falling short of the glory of Jesus. Our lives will be enriched if we fill the voids in our life with such short, directed and regular prayer; better to intercede for our fellow motorists than sing along to 'Shake it off' as we cruise the M5.
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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