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.
9th March 2014
Fasting means to control our appetites. This could be any appetite or desire; it could be food or drink, but it could be sleep, sex, gambling or television. Each person has a different combination of appetite or desires which St Paul describes as 'enslaving' or capturing the will. In the worst case scenario as Paul points out we can become dependent on the very appetite or desire that destroys us. Fasting is a way we come to be more dependent on God and in this way come to know 'the service that is perfect freedom'. This freedom is found in making sure our own will is at work in self-control. The 'law' at work in the appetites and desires of our physical body must not be the 'law' that controls the way we live. If our desire is know and server God then we must live according to his 'law'.
St Paul sets out the importance of taking this conflict of the will in several of his letters (see Romans 7 v 14 to the end). Elsewhere Paul teaches us that our bodies are part of Christ's risen body and that we share his risen life and therefore we must put our minds 'on the things above where Christ is.' Fasting by helping us confront our weakness leads us to be more dependent upon God, it strengthens our will to be more faithful and helps in 'the renewal of our minds;' to think differently about ourselves, our lives and the world around us. Fasting is and essential discipline for the Christian. If you want to know how and where to begin pick on an appetite or desire that occupies too much of your memory and imagination and ask the Lord to help you control it.
Sins of heart
Now is the healing time decreed
The word of the Lord
|Genesis 2. 7-9, 3. 1-7
The human urge to do 'one's own thing' has existed since the earliest days of mankind. We see this tendency in its most organised excess in today's consumerist culture, in which the individual's desire is considered paramount in moulding the culture. In the inverted sense of priority, we are subject to the large numbers of so-called 'indviduals'.
What we can take as a lesson from the nature of mankind, as expressed in today's first reading, is the dead end to which the pursuit of self leads us. For Adam and Eve it was the promise of an existence in which humans could 'be like gods' - not only an unrealistic promise, but one in direct opposition to the one, true God's will. A significant part of the Lenten journey for God's people si one in which we acknowledge those selfish tendencies and work to overcome them. The way of god's will is a corporate journey of giving of self - the true eye-opening experience!
Saint of the Week
Saint Leander of Seville
Leander was born in Carthage, moving to Spain he became a Benedictine monk and after three years he was made bishop of Seville. For the rest of his life he worked strenuously to fight against heresy. He worked hard to restore orthodoxy and a renewed sense of morality. Leander succeeded in persuading many Arian bishops to change their loyalities.
When you recite the Nicene Creed at Mass, think of this Saint. Leander introduced the practice in the sixth century. He saw it as an easy way to help reinforce the faith of his people and as an antidote against the dangerous heresy of Arianism, which denied the divinity of Christ. By the end of his life, Leander had helped Christianity flourish in Spain at a time of political and religious upheaval. S.Leander died around the year 600 and was succeeded as bishop of Seville by his brother S.Isidore..
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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
May Fair 2013 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
Barkers Chemist, 16 Lambton Road, Raynes Park
Costa Coffee @ Tesco, New Malden
Elegance Dry Cleaners, Approach Road, Raynes Park
Esquire – The Barber Shop – Station Approach, Raynes Park
Hobbledown Ltd, Horton Lane, Epsom, Surrey, KT19 8PT
Just Keys & Cobblers, Station Approach, Raynes Park
Park Café, 56 Coombe Lane, Raynes Park
Station Flowers, Raynes Park Station Concourse
The Edward Rayne, Coombe Lane, Raynes Park
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.
Burns Supper 2012, for more pictures of the night click here