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.
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- 6th after Trinity
Blessed are they that hunger and thirst for justice
Some people, perhaps most people are happy to stand by and let others take on issues of justice. Very occasionally a mass movement will arise in which the weight of a whole community is suddenly brought to bear to achieve justice and mercy. But there are few who when others have given up hope to keep banging on the doors, writing the letters, speaking to any who would listen. These are those who is 'hoping all things, believing all things and enduring all things' hunger and thirst for righteousness. To see justice prevail and the wronged restored is food and drink to them - it is their life energy, at the core of their very being. They are soul and heart for the cause. These people Jesus says will be satistfied. He says this as the one who has revealed the truth about power, and the truth about justice when he suffered death on the corss and rose again. He is the one who 'led captivity captive' and sets the downtrodden free. He is one who from the cross cried 'I thirst' only true Justice could quench it.
A prayer for peace in our world
Make your ways known upon earth, Lord God,
your saving powers among all peoples.
Renew your Church in holiness
and help us to serve you with joy.
Guide the leaders of all nations,
that justice may prevail through out the world.
Let not the needy be forgotten,
nor the hope of the poor be taken away.
Make us instruments of your peace
and let your glory be over all the earth. Amen
The word of the Lord
The words of the prophet Isaiah from today's first reading must have served as a challenge to the people of the faith at the time of their utterance. There were many expectations surrounding the arrival of the Messiah. Some envisioned a glorious king with all the trappings of earthly authority. Others hoped that the Messiah would come as a warrior to spill the blood of their historic foes on their behalf. Yet the figure prophesied by Isaiah would not fulfil either of those images. Instead, we hear of someone who would be insulted and injured, saying nothing.
11th July: St. Benedict
Benedict seems a contradiction. His influence on Christian history is immense. He has been called the 'patriarch of western monaticism' and is commemorated as a patron saint of Europe.Yet little is known about his life. Born at Nursia around 480 and educated at Rome, he was repelled by the excess of contemporary society, leading him to withdraw from the world and become a hermit, living in a cave at Subiac around 500. Here he attracted followers and a community grew up around him but inevitably he also attracted jealousy. Benedict and his monks were forced to move to Monte Cassino around 529, where he remained until his death, and where he composed his Rule around 540. The Rule drew inspiration from various sources: St Basil and the monastic writers of the East, the early Desert Fathers, St. Augustine and others. From them all, Benedict created a comprehensive guide to the daily life of a monk: prayer, manual work and study; the whole aimed to lead him by observance and obedience towards a perfect following of Christ. The Rule has been the basis for all subsequent monastic rules in the West: hence Benedict's huge influence.
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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.
First Holy Communion May 2014, for more pictures of the night click here
Burns Supper 2012, for more pictures of the night click here