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.
19th in ordinary Time
- 10th Sunday after Trinity
What is it to be Blessed?
'All generations will call me blessed' - words from the Magnificat which is recited at evening prayer each day, the song of Mary found in the Gospel of St Luke. Mary was blessed by the visit of the angel Gabriel announcing her to be the Mother of Christ. But what is it to be blessed? At each Mass the priest imparts God's blessing to us, through our Baptism we are incorporated into the Body of Christ and receive lifelong blessings because of this and we read in the scripture of the blessings imparted by Christ himself on those around him. To be blessed is a setting apart. We are blessed by God through His Church, set apart for the work of proclamati. Blessing gives both grace and responsibility. Just like Mary we are blessed by God's presence in our lives yet we too are called to be courageous as she was and use that blessing to bless others through our actions and prayer.
A prayer for Peace
Most gracious God and Father
in whose will is our peace:
turn our hearts and the hearts of all to yourself,
that by the power of your Spirit
the peace which is founded on righteousness
may be established throughout the whole world;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
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.
Saint of the Week
S. Lawrence (10th August)
S. Lawrence was a Roman deacon under Pope St. Sixtus II. Lawrence has responsibility for the material goods of the Church, and the distribution of alms to the poor. The Prefect of Rome heard that the Christians had considerable treasure. He sent for Lawrence and asked for it.
Lawrence replied that the Church was indeed rich. "I will show you a valuable part". After three days he gathered a great number of the blind, lame, maimed, lepers, orphans and widows, presenting them to the Prefect as "The treasure of the Church."
Perhaps we should offer the parish share this way..
Four days after the pope was put to death, Lawrence suffered martyrdom, during the persecution of the Emperor Valerian.
The Prefect had a gridiron prepared, with coals beneath it, and had Lawrence's body placed on it and Lawrence died making his famous cheerful remark, "It is well done. Turn me over!"
The church built over his tomb became one of the seven principal churches in Rome and a favourite place for pilgrimages.
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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