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  • Live Stream Sunday Mass: St James the Great

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  • Readings for St James the Great

    Acts 11:27-12:2

    27 At that time prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. 28 One of them named Agabus stood up and predicted by the Spirit that there would be a severe famine over all the world; and this took place during the reign of Claudius. 29 The disciples determined that according to their ability, each would send relief to the believers living in Judea; 30 this they did, sending it to the elders by Barnabas and Saul.

    12 About that time King Herod laid violent hands upon some who belonged to the church. He had James, the brother of John, killed with the sword.

    2 Corinthians 4:7-15

    But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 10 always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies. 11 For while we live, we are always being given up to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus may be made visible in our mortal flesh. 12 So death is at work in us, but life in you.

    13 But just as we have the same spirit of faith that is in accordance with scripture—‘I believed, and so I spoke’—we also believe, and so we speak, 14 because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus, and will bring us with you into his presence. 15 Yes, everything is for your sake, so that grace, as it extends to more and more people, may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.

    Matthew 20:20-28

    The Request of the Mother of James and John

    20 Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to him with her sons, and kneeling before him, she asked a favour of him. 21 And he said to her, ‘What do you want?’ She said to him, ‘Declare that these two sons of mine will sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom.’ 22 But Jesus answered, ‘You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink?’ They said to him, ‘We are able.’ 23 He said to them, ‘You will indeed drink my cup, but to sit at my right hand and at my left, this is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.’

    24 When the ten heard it, they were angry with the two brothers. 25 But Jesus called them to him and said, ‘You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. 26 It will not be so among you; but whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wishes to be first among you must be your slave; 28 just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.’

  • Live Stream Thursday Mass: St Mary Magdalene

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  • Readings for Saint Mary Magdalen

    2 Corinthians 5:14-17

    We do not judge anyone by the standards of the flesh

    The love of Christ overwhelms us when we reflect that if one man has died for all, then all men should be dead; and the reason he died for all was so that living men should live no longer for themselves, but for him who died and was raised to life for them.

    From now onwards, therefore, we do not judge anyone by the standards of the flesh. Even if we did once know Christ in the flesh, that is not how we know him now. And for anyone who is in Christ, there is a new creation; the old creation has gone, and now the new one is here.

    Psalm 62(63):2-6,8-9

    For you my soul is thirsting, O Lord my God.

    O God, you are my God, for you I long;
    for you my soul is thirsting.
    My body pines for you
    like a dry, weary land without water.

    For you my soul is thirsting, O Lord my God.

    So I gaze on you in the sanctuary
    to see your strength and your glory.
    For your love is better than life,
    my lips will speak your praise.

    For you my soul is thirsting, O Lord my God.

    So I will bless you all my life,
    in your name I will lift up my hands.
    My soul shall be filled as with a banquet,
    my mouth shall praise you with joy.

    For you my soul is thirsting, O Lord my God.

    For you have been my help;
    in the shadow of your wings I rejoice.
    My soul clings to you;
    your right hand holds me fast.

    For you my soul is thirsting, O Lord my God.

    John 20:1-2,11-18

    ‘Mary, go and find the brothers and tell them’

    It was very early on the first day of the week and still dark, when Mary of Magdala came to the tomb. She saw that the stone had been moved away from the tomb and came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved. ‘They have taken the Lord out of the tomb’ she said ‘and we don’t know where they have put him.’

    Meanwhile Mary stayed outside near the tomb, weeping. Then, still weeping, she stooped to look inside, and saw two angels in white sitting where the body of Jesus had been, one at the head, the other at the feet. They said, ‘Woman, why are you weeping?’ ‘They have taken my Lord away’ she replied ‘and I don’t know where they have put him.’ As she said this she turned round and saw Jesus standing there, though she did not recognise him. Jesus said, ‘Woman, why are you weeping? Who are you looking for?’ Supposing him to be the gardener, she said, ‘Sir, if you have taken him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will go and remove him.’ Jesus said, ‘Mary!’ She knew him then and said to him in Hebrew, ‘Rabbuni!’ – which means Master. Jesus said to her, ‘Do not cling to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go and find the brothers, and tell them: I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’ So Mary of Magdala went and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord and that he had said these things to her.

  • Sermon for the 7th Sunday of Trinity

    Jeremiah 23: 1-6, Ephesians 2: 11-22, Mark 6: 30-34, 53-56

    ‘Come away and rest a while’ (Mark 6: 31)

    The apostles returned from their mission to share the good news, telling Jesus about when they ‘went out and preached that people should repent. They drove out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them.’ (Mark 6: 12-13) Jesus knew that after that busy time of ministry the apostles needed time to ‘Come away and rest a while’ (Mark 6: 31).

    Jesus is the Good Shepherd. (John 10) Jesus cares for the sheep having compassion for them; giving rest, food and healing. We heard today that Jesus ‘saw a great crowd and had compassion on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things (v.34). Jesus the Good Shepherd healed the sick, just as a good shepherd tended the wounds of the sheep. There is such a sense of excitement at the end of our Gospel reading with people bringing the sick for Jesus to heal. How amazing that ‘wherever he went, into villages, cities or farms, they laid the sick in the market places, and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were healed’ (Mark 6:56). All those people received the healing love of Jesus.

    Jesus fulfils the prophecy of Jeremiah as He is ‘the righteous Branch’; ‘The Lord our righteousness’ and the Good Shepherd. Jeremiah prophesied that the Lord will ‘gather the remnant of his flock and bring them back to their fold and they shall be fruitful and multiply.’ This reminds us of the parable of the Lost Sheep (Luke 15: 1-7) showing the Good Shepherd searching for the lost sheep and bringing them back to the fold. We can be thankful for the people in our lives who helped us come to know, love and follow Jesus. We can continue to show ‘shepherding’ kindness to members of our Church family by praying for them and phoning them to assure them we care and value them. When going through times of suffering it is good to know others are praying for us.

    The Epistle explains that ‘now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ…. He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near’ (Ephesians 2: 12, 17). Gentiles as well the Jews can be sheep together in the fold of the Church because God’s plan was that Christ ‘might reconcile both groups to God in one body through the cross… for through him both of us have access in one Spirit to the Father (v.16, 18). How wonderful that the blood of Jesus cleanses us from sin (1 John 1:7) so we can all draw near to God.

    On my walks in the countryside I sometimes walk by fields of sheep. Sheep are almost always feeding on the grass. We need to keep feeding spiritually by reading the Bible and by receiving Holy Communion. Do you read the Bible every day? What has the Lord shown you recently when you have read the Bible? It is good to talk to family and friends about how the Lord has spoken to us through our Bible reading.

    The Psalm set for today is Psalm 23 reminding us that: ‘The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.’ (Psalm 23: 1-6)

    For those of us who are now in ‘the valley of the shadow of death’ we can know the Lord is with us, giving comfort to us in our sorrow, sadness and loss. Sheep need time to rest ‘in green pastures’. Jesus our Good Shepherd calls us to ‘Come away and rest a while’ in green pastures beside quiet waters and He restores our souls by feeding us through the Bible, at Holy Communion and this morning with Benediction.

    In Benediction we can ‘Come away and rest a while’ in the sacramental presence of Jesus. This morning we have the spiritual treat of Benediction, when we can draw close to our risen and ascended Lord while we meet Him in this holy moment when we are blessed with the sacramental presence of Jesus. The Walsingham Manual (p.67) explains that ‘having recognised Jesus in the breaking of bread in the Eucharist, we recognise again his presence with us in the bread which is his body… Here we are blessed with Jesus, the bread of life.’ Benediction is a wonderful time to be still in the Lord’s presence and meet with Him in a special way. In Benediction we meet with Jesus in the peace, because we are blessed with ‘the bread which is his body.’ We come to draw near to the Lord and be strengthened and refreshed by this special Service of Blessing. We can linger in the presence of Jesus when we ‘Come away and rest a while’.

    Then all of us, children and adults leave ready and equipped to go out and share the love of Jesus with family and friends and people we meet. Jesus wants us to help more people come to believe, know, love and follow Jesus. Jeremiah prophesied that the Lord’s sheep ‘shall be fruitful and multiply’ (v.3). Our Church needs to continue to be a growing congregation as more people come to know, love and follow Jesus and want to become a part of our Church family. We should continue to pray for people we know, who do not yet believe, so they come to know Jesus. Let us be ready to talk to them about how our faith in Jesus sustains and helps us.

    Through all the changing scenes of life, in trouble and in joy,
    The praises of my God shall still my heart and tongue employ. Amen

  • Live Stream Sunday Mass: Trinity 7

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  • Readings for Trinity 7

    Jeremiah 23:1-6

    Restoration after Exile

    23 Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! says the Lord. Therefore, thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, concerning the shepherds who shepherd my people: It is you who have scattered my flock, and have driven them away, and you have not attended to them. So I will attend to you for your evil doings, says the Lord. Then I myself will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the lands where I have driven them, and I will bring them back to their fold, and they shall be fruitful and multiply. I will raise up shepherds over them who will shepherd them, and they shall not fear any longer, or be dismayed, nor shall any be missing, says the Lord.

    The Righteous Branch of David

    The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. And this is the name by which he will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousness.’

    Ephesians 2:11-22

    One in Christ

    11 So then, remember that at one time you Gentiles by birth, called ‘the uncircumcision’ by those who are called ‘the circumcision’—a physical circumcision made in the flesh by human hands— 12 remember that you were at that time without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us. 15 He has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances, so that he might create in himself one new humanity in place of the two, thus making peace, 16 and might reconcile both groups to God in one body through the cross, thus putting to death that hostility through it. 17 So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near; 18 for through him both of us have access in one Spirit to the Father. 19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, 20 built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. 21 In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; 22 in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling-place for God.

    Mark 6:30-34

    Feeding the Five Thousand

    30 The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. 31 He said to them, ‘Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.’ For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. 32 And they went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves. 33 Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they hurried there on foot from all the towns and arrived ahead of them. 34 As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.

    Healing the Sick in Gennesaret

    53 When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored the boat. 54 When they got out of the boat, people at once recognized him, 55 and rushed about that whole region and began to bring the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. 56 And wherever he went, into villages or cities or farms, they laid the sick in the market-places, and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were healed.

  • Live Stream Thursday Mass: St Swithun

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  • Readings for Thursday Mass: St Swithun

    Isaiah 61:1-3

    He has sent me to proclaim a year of favour from the Lord

    The spirit of the Lord has been given to me,
    for the Lord has anointed me.
    He has sent me to bring good news to the poor,
    to bind up hearts that are broken;
    to proclaim liberty to captives,
    freedom to those in prison;
    to proclaim a year of favour from the Lord,
    a day of vengeance for our God,
    to comfort all those who mourn and to give them
    for ashes a garland;
    for mourning robe the oil of gladness,
    for despondency, praise.

    Psalm 88(89):2-3,21,22,25,27

    I will sing for ever of your love, O Lord.

    I will sing for ever of your love, O Lord;
    through all ages my mouth will proclaim your truth.
    Of this I am sure, that your love lasts for ever,
    that your truth is firmly established as the heavens.

    I will sing for ever of your love, O Lord.

    I have found David my servant
    and with my holy oil anointed him.
    My hand shall always be with him
    and my arm shall make him strong.

    I will sing for ever of your love, O Lord.

    My truth and my love shall be with him;
    by my name his might shall be exalted.
    He will say to me: ‘You are my father,
    my God, the rock who saves me.’

    I will sing for ever of your love, O Lord.

    2 Timothy 1:13-14,2:1-3

    Keep as your pattern the sound teaching you have heard from me

    Keep as your pattern the sound teaching you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. You have been trusted to look after something precious; guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us. Accept the strength, dear son, that comes from the grace of Christ Jesus. You have heard everything that I teach in public: hand it on to reliable people so that they in turn may be able to teach others. Put up with your share of difficulties, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.

    John 21:15-17

    Feed my lambs, feed my sheep

    Jesus showed himself to his disciples, and after they had eaten he said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me more than these others do?’ He answered, ‘Yes Lord, you know I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Feed my lambs.’ A second time he said to him, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me?’ He replied, ‘Yes, Lord, you know I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Look after my sheep.’ Then he said to him a third time, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me?’ Peter was upset that he asked him the third time, ‘Do you love me?’ and said, ‘Lord, you know everything; you know I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Feed my sheep.’

  • Live Stream Sunday Mass: Sea Sunday

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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!

Safeguarding Policy

Safeguarding Officer: Jessica O’Sullivan, 07369 227313 or 01622 583611

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

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