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.
29th March 2015
Palm Sunday - The King enters Jerusalem
Today we begin the final part of our Lenten pilgrimage and enter into the mysteries of the greatest pilgrimage of them all: the rites of Holy Week. Our palm procession today reflects the fact that, together with Jesus, we are setting out on a pilgrimage towards the living God - His Passion, Death and Resurrection lie before us. Today Jesus our King enters Jerusalem and the crowds acclaim him as Lord - 'Hosanna to the Son of David, blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!' (Matthew 21:9) is their cry. We will repeat these words during the Mass just prior to the Eucharist prayer as we prepare to welcome Jesus tryly present before us. In the Mass Jesus comes to us in simplest forms of bread and wine. His entry into Jerusalem was simple too: not one of pomp and grandeur befitting the King of all the universe but lowly and hunble, riding upon a donkey. This entry of the kings of crowds were right to acclaim him and lay palm fronds in his path. Now is the time to lay ourselves down before him and give this week to him.
Ride on, ride on, in majesty!
Hark! all the tribes Hosanna cry;
O Saviour meek, pursue Thy road
With palms and scattered garments strowed.
Ride on, ride on, in majesty!
In lowly pomp ride on to die!
O Christ! Thy triumph now begin
Over captive death and conquered sin.
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.
The Annunciation of the Lord
The word Annuniciation is derived from the word 'anounce', and while Christians are content to look for minor signs and wondes amid a busy world that reinforce vocation and our nearness to God, Mary, as a perfect example of faith, experiences something that takes a far more robust approach. Once the archangel has brought Mary the news that she has conceived there is a brief exchange because she does not yet fully understand how her pregnancy is possible. In the Angel's answer - and in Mary's response that she is the 'Handmaid of the Lord' - we observe how this feast is also 'of the Lord', and not of his mother. In faith and trust, Mary experiences the activity of the Holy Spirit at the heart of her own capacity for creation, and she begins her life of overshadowment under the power of God. Today's feast is about God's activity in time and creation, and our invitation to assent to it through faith: as ever, Mary points us to her Son. As ever, Mary points us to God.
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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