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.
24th November 2013
Christ the King - Sunday before Advent
Christ as Kingdom Come
True Kingship is personal and total authority and power. We must not think of the kingship of Christ as some kind of 'constitutional monarchy' whose auhtority is only symbolic and whose power is dispersed into the machines of state and judiciary. Sometimes the institution of the Church and all the various expressions of power and authority and create confusion in our understanding and consciousness of the authority of Christ. Christ is King. His power is universal, unlimited by time or space. His name is the name 'above every name' to which all creation bows. He is the head 'above all things' in him alone everything in heaven and earth finds its true place and meaning and this includes you and I. It is the great mystery of the Christian life that Christ the King should seek to be enthroned in the very centre of our being - in the heart of everything we are.
This enthronement of Christ in our hearts should be expressed in two simple disciplines - the first is to listen ot his commands: that is by reading the scriptures and listening to his voice at work in our conscience and understanding. The second is to offer to him each activity of our lives as it unfolds ask for his love and grace that all we do and should further his kingdom and give glory to him.
The King's loving-kindness
All, then, who run to Christ are saved by his grace and profit from his gift. But those who wish to find justification from the Law will also fall from grace. They will not be able to enjoy the King's loving-kindness because they are striving to gain salvation by their own efforts; they will draw down on themselves the curse of the Law because by the works of the Law no flesh will find justification.
St John Chrysostom
The word of the Lord
Our hope and devotion are usually focused on Jesus as revealed in the Gospels. Rightly so, for it is by his words and deeds that we can come as near as we may in this world to our encounter with God. But we need also to be reminded of the reality of the Cosmic Christ, God the Son who took our human nature upon himself, lived the life and died the death of a man and rose again to bring us to eternal life. He walked on this earth for a few years is eternally begotten of the Father, true God from true God, by whom all things were made, as St John tells us in the opening verses of his Gospel. It was through human suffering and death that God chose to give us pardon and redemption from our sins. But it was not only release from individual sins that was granted by the divine sacrifice. The human race was lifted from its fallen state and given the means of glory. The power of darkness, a reality which is too often denied today, was defeated, still able for a time to work its mischief in the world, but never at last to prevail. What was achieved on Calvary was more than we can comprehend. We cannot tell how great the victory was won when Jesus said from the cross, 'It is finished' - or better rendered, 'It was been accomplished'
Saint of the Week
Saint Catherine of Alexandria
According to the Legend of St Catherine, this young woman converted to Christianity after receiving a vision. At the age of 18, she debated 50 pagan philosophers. Amazed at her wisdom and debating skills, they became Christians, as did about 200 soldiers and members of the emperor's family. All of them were martyred.
Sentenced to be executed on a spiked wheel, Catherine touched the wheel and it shattered. She was beheaded. Centuries later, angels are said to have carried the body of St. Catherine to a monastery at the foot of Mt. Sinai. Devotion to her spread as a result of the Crusages. She was invoked at the patroness of students, teachers, librarians and lawyers. Catherine is one of the 14 Holy Helpers, venerated especially in Germany and Hungary.
The pursuit of God's wisdom may not lead to riches or earthly glory. In Catherine's case, this pursuit contributed to her martyrdom. She was not , however, foolish in preferring to die for Jesus rather than live only by denying him. All the rewards that her tormentors offered her would rust, lose their beauty or in some other way becomes a poor exchange for Catherine's honesty and integrity in following Jesus Christ.
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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