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.
1st March 2015
One of the features of the Transfiguration of Christ is that Moses and Elijah appear and talk with him. Here the giver of the law (Moses) and the greatest of all prophets and defenders of the true faith (Elijah) are seen in communion with the Lord. There are many important lessons to learn in this one meeting of Jesus with those who went before him. The first is a lesson about scripture. We should be very careful not to put too high a barrier between the Old and New Testament. For nearly three hundred years the first Christians saw the Old Testament as the only 'scriptures' - in them they found the mystery of Christ as well as their hymn book and ethical guide. The Old Testament has Christ running through it as a golden thread. Jesus himslef on the way to Emmaus and St Paul and the Evangelists all interpret the meaning of Jesus' death and ressurrection as well as his Divinity with the aid of the original scriptures.
The second lesson to be drawn is the vital nature of the 'communion of saints'; we must look to our forerunners in the faith as friends and companions on way way. The communion of saints is such a source of help to us and yet we are often slow to ask the saints for their prayers or to pay close attention to their wisdom and example. In his transfiguration, Jesus is teaching us to honour the Old Testament and to take seriously the continuing ministries of the saints in glory.
And God held in his hand On a bare
A small globe. Look, he said. Hill a bare tree saddened
The son looked. Far off, The sky. Many people
As through water, he saw Held out their thin arms
A scorched land of fierce To it, as though waiting
Colour. The light burned For a vanished April
There; crusted buildings To return to its crossed
Cast their shadows: a bright Boughs. The son watched
Serpent, a river Them. Let me go there,
Uncoiled itself, radiant he said
The word of the Lord
Paul sums up beautifully for us in our second reading one of the great truths at the heart of the Gospel. The point of the Good News that we believe and want to share with the world is that our love and generosity God gave his only son for our sake.
Paul sums up this truth with a pithy question: "Could anyone accuse those God has chosen?" For Paul, the death of Jesus reveals a number of things to us.
First, if God gave his son for us, he will surely not refuse anything else to us if we really need it. All that we need for eternal life has been given to us. We may have to undergo hardships and temptations, but God assures us in Christ that eternal life can be ours.
Secondly, Paul argues that the death of Christ shows we have an advocate in heaven. Christ not only died, but rose for us and is with his father making intercessions for us.
So on both those counts, Paul wants to assure us we have nothing to fear or lose by putting our faith in Christ and his power to save.
The Ritual Reason Why
Stations of the Cross
This is a beautiful devotion for lent, allowing us to walk with Our Lord to the Cross to try to understand more deeply the mystery of the crucifixion. Stations of the Cross is often known as the Via Dolorosa, way of sorrow. Many of the devotions focus on Our Lady looking on at the scene although there are many different versions of the Stations of the Cross. At each of the fourteen Stations, a devotions is read and prayers are said. Commonly at each station we use the phrase 'we adore you o Christ and bless you because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world'. Very often Stations of the Cross are walked on Fridays in Lent as Friday is the day of the crucifixion. We can use the devotion of Stations of the Cross in our own homes or on our own in the Church. We do not need a Priest to take part in this devotion and it can be done at any time. This Lent why not ask your parish priest to recommendnd a set of Stations for you to use at home to help your keeping of the holy season? And don't forget to support stations in Church and walk the way of the Cross with your fellow christians as Christ walked the way in Jerusalem.
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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 2014 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
Elegance Dry Cleaners, Approach Road, Raynes Park
Elys of Wimbledon
Esquire – The Barber Shop – Station Approach, Raynes Park
Just Keys & Cobblers, Station Approach, Raynes Park
Lime & Thyme, 56 Coombe Lane, Raynes Park
N&K Threshers Wines, Approach Road, 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.
First Holy Communion May 2014, for more pictures of the night click here
Burns Supper 2012, for more pictures of the night click here