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  • Live Stream Sunday Mass: Trinity 4

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  • Readings for Trinity 4

    Zechariah 9.9-12

    The Coming Ruler of God’s People

    9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter Zion!
       Shout aloud, O daughter Jerusalem!
    Lo, your king comes to you;
       triumphant and victorious is he,
    humble and riding on a donkey,
       on a colt, the foal of a donkey. 
    10 He will cut off the chariot from Ephraim
       and the warhorse from Jerusalem;
    and the battle-bow shall be cut off,
       and he shall command peace to the nations;
    his dominion shall be from sea to sea,
       and from the River to the ends of the earth. 

    11 As for you also, because of the blood of my covenant with you,
       I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit. 
    12 Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope;
       today I declare that I will restore to you double.

    Romans 7.15-25a

    15I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. 16Now if I do what I do not want, I agree that the law is good. 17But in fact it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me. 18For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot do it. 19For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do. 20Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me.

    21 So I find it to be a law that when I want to do what is good, evil lies close at hand. 22For I delight in the law of God in my inmost self, 23but I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind, making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. 24Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? 25Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!

    So then, with my mind I am a slave to the law of God, but with my flesh I am a slave to the law of sin. 

    Matthew 11.16-19, 25-end

    16 ‘But to what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the market-places and calling to one another, 
    17 “We played the flute for you, and you did not dance;
       we wailed, and you did not mourn.” 
    18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, “He has a demon”; 19the Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, “Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax-collectors and sinners!” Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.’

    Jesus Thanks His Father

    25At that time Jesus said, ‘I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; 26yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. 27All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

    28 ‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.’

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  • Readings for St Thomas, Apostle

    Ephesians 2.19-end

    19So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, 20built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. 21In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; 22in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling-place for God.

    John 20.24-29

    Jesus and Thomas

    24But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25So the other disciples told him, ‘We have seen the Lord.’ But he said to them, ‘Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.’

    26A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ 27Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.’ 28Thomas answered him, ‘My Lord and my God!’ 29Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.’

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Pastoral Letter for Whitsun 2020

Why is it that God the Holy Spirit has been called “the forgotten Member of the Holy Trinity” by some, the most mysterious by others, and for many Christians simply accepted as mentioned in the Creed without their really knowing much, or even showing any particular interest in Him?  I think the clue is in the word relationship, which is itself the very heart of our faith.  Think back to the Garden of Eden where Adam and Eve enjoyed a marvellous relationship with God until sin caused them to hide from Him.  The whole of the Old Testament is the story of God’s offering a restored relationship with Him, with bright years when the Jewish people responded to Him and many dark centuries when they turned away from Him.

Eventually God the Son steps down from His heavenly throne, leaves aside all the glory of His home to make a new home here on earth, not as a visitor, but as a human being who belongs here by birth as much as any of us do.  This is astonishing: Jesus had grandparents, cousins, uncle and aunts, just as we do – and they must have descendants living on earth today, who little realise they are blood-relatives of the Saviour!  The events of Holy Week and Easter demonstrate the extent of His love, of how far He was willing to go to bring us back into a relationship with God.  It cost Him his human life because He was publicly, humiliatingly tortured to death on a cross.  But, for this one perfect Man, it could not be that death could hold Him in its grip, and He took back His human life, His body, and transformed it at the moment of His resurrection into a glorious body; He has done away with sin to restore our relationship with God, and by going before us in death and conquering it, has made it possible for those who believe in Him to share in His resurrection life.

Before Jesus returned (ascended) to heaven, He promised that His leaving us would be to our advantage: He would send God the Holy Spirit to dwell in us.  Now that is relationship!  On the Jewish feast of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit descended from heaven in titanic power and so the Church was born and continues Jesus’ work and witness to this day.  Now back to my opening question.  The answer is that there is lacking a relationship with the Holy Spirit.  Every Christian can enjoy knowing Him, have fellowship with Him (remember The Grace so often said at the end of meetings?).  You can, too, today and every day.  He will empower you to live the Christian life – indeed, it is impossible to do so without His indwelling.  He will impel you to witness to Jesus our adorable Saviour, the only name given under heaven by which we must be saved.  He speaks through the Scriptures.  He enables the Sacraments.  Pray to Him.  Sing the Whitsun hymns to Him.  Let Him be your constant companion and the one who opens the Scriptures to you.

Fr Neil D. Bryson SSC, Associate Vicar


Welcome to the Church of St Michael & All Angels, Maidstone!  You’ll find us on the Tonbridge Road (A26) just over half a mile from the town centre.  We are the parish church for a population of over 6,000.  We have a growing congregation, some of whom have been attending the church for most of their lives, whilst others are newcomers.  The age range is from 0 to retired.

Our aim is that we should all have an encounter with Jesus Christ in our services.  To that end, our main services are Eucharistic: we gather around Jesus, who is sacramentally present in the consecrated bread and wine.  With the very first Christians, we believe “Jesus is the only one who can save people.  His name is the only power in the world that has been given to save anyone. We must be saved through Him!” 1Acts 4:12 ERV  The quotation from the Bible emphasises our faith in its divine inspiration from cover to cover.

Following all our services there is tea and filter coffee to wash down freshly-baked snacks.  We are finding that people are staying to chat and enjoy being together for longer.

You’ll hear our wing of the Church of England sometimes described as Anglo-Catholic (or simply catholic).  But what does “catholic” mean?  It’s not what you may think: it simply means that it’s for everyone, which therefore includes you.  Yes, there is incense at Sunday Mass, there is holy water at all the entrances; there are candles; the choir, ministers and servers wear robes and the priest wears colourful vestments:  all of these emphasise the greater significance of what we are doing: our goal is to meet Jesus in our worship and to give Him the highest honour and glory.

Do come and experience Christian worship in this lovely church, meet us and, more importantly, meet our Lord!

Parish Calendar

Jul
5
Sun
Sung Mass
Jul 5 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Quarter Peal
Jul 5 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Jul
7
Tue
Church Cleaning (Holy Dusters)
Jul 7 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Jul
9
Thu
Low Mass
Jul 9 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Jul
10
Fri
Bell Ringing Practice Quarter Peal
Jul 10 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Jul
12
Sun
Sung Mass
Jul 12 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Quarter Peal
Jul 12 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Jul
16
Thu
Low Mass
Jul 16 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Jul
17
Fri
Bell Ringing Practice
Jul 17 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Jul
19
Sun
Sung Mass
Jul 19 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Safeguarding Policy

Diocese of Canterbury Safeguarding Details

https://www.canterburydiocese.org/safeguarding/

Parish of St Michael and all Angels, Maidstone Safeguarding Statement

This Parochial Church Council has adopted the safeguarding polices and procedures of the Church of England. In particular we are committed to:

  • The safeguarding of all children, young people and vulnerable adults;
  • Carefully selecting and training paid and voluntary staff who might come into contact with children or vulnerable adults, using the Disclosure and Barring Service amongst other tools, to check their suitability;
  • Responding without delay to every complaint made which suggests that an adult, child or young person may have been harmed;
  • Cooperating fully with the police, local authority and any other appropriate statutory body in any investigation;
  • Ministering appropriately to anyone, child or adult, who has experienced abuse;
  • Extending pastoral care to those known to have offended against children or vulnerable adults whilst ensuring that children and vulnerable are protected from them.

Any child wishing to talk about a problem can contact Childline 0800 1111

Any parent or carer wishing to talk about parenting problems can contact Family Lives on 0808 800 2222

The Parish Safeguarding Officer and Church Wardens

The Parish Safeguarding officer is Mrs Jessica O’Sullivan. Email: jessicaosullivan5@gmail.com. Mobile: 07707 332601.

The Church Warden is Mrs Jessica O’Sullivan

Jessica O'Sullivan
Jessica O’Sullivan, Church Warden

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