St. Michael and All Angels has been a centre of Christian worship in the Birchwood area for over 60 years.
Our principal service is Holy Communion on Sunday morning, with a Sunday Club for children.
We also have a thriving Messy Church that meets once a month where youngsters (of all ages!) are getting to know God through art and craft!
Sunday 23 April 2017:
Second Sunday of Easter
09:30 – Eucharist
Celebrant & Preacher: Revd. Paul Seymour
from the New Testament • Acts 2.14a,22-32
the Gospel reading • John 20.19-31
other readings for the day • Psalm 16 • 1 Peter 1.3-9
you have given your only Son to die for our sins
and to rise again for our justification:
grant us so to put away the leaven of malice and wickedness
that we may always serve you
in pureness of living and truth;
through the merits of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
The Great Fifty Days of Eastertide form a single festival period in which the
tone of joy created at the Easter Vigil is sustained through the following seven
weeks, and the Church celebrates the gloriously risen Christ:
Triumphant in his glory now,
his sceptre ruleth all,
earth, heaven and hell before him bow,
and at his footstool fall. (Fulbert of Chartres)
Early Christians gave the name Pentecost to this whole fifty-day span of
rejoicing, which Tertullian calls ‘this most joyful period’ (laetissimum spatium).
It is sometimes also called ‘Great Sunday’. In those places where the custom
of lighting the Easter Candle at the beginning of Easter is followed, the lit
Candle stands prominently in church for all the Eastertide services. The
Alleluia appears frequently in liturgical speech and song; Morning Prayer
begins with the traditional collection of Pauline texts known as the Easter
Anthems, and white or gold vestments and decorations emphasize the joy
and brightness of the season.
On the fortieth day there has from the late fourth century been a particular
celebrationof Christ’s ascension. He commissions his disciples to continue
his work, he promises the gift of the Holy Spirit, and then he is no longer
among them in the flesh. The ascension is therefore closely connected with
the themeof mission. The arrival of the promised gift of the Holy Spirit on
the day of Pentecost completes and crowns the Easter Festival.
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• Saturday 06 May – Ramble 159 – 10:00
“We leave St. Michael’s car park at 10.00am for a 45-minute drive to the Valiant Trooper pub, Aldbury, Herts HP23 5RW, near Ashridge. We will order and pay for our food before we set out. The 4 mile walk has flat paths and one fairly steep hill up to Ashridge and back over to Aldbury. There is limited parking so car sharing would be desirable.”
• INFO! Click here for details of forthcoming Rambles in 2017
Ladies’ Pot Luck Lunch
• Saturday 13 May – 12:30 to 14:00
• INFO! Dates of forthcoming Lunches in 2017: 21 January, 11 March, 13 May & 08 July
• Thursday 27th April – 15:30 to 17:15
The next Messy Church in April will be looking at “Messy Roads and Journeys”
Click here for more information.
Thursday 27 April – 15:30 to 17:00 – Messy Church: “Messy Roads and Journeys” – St. Michael’s
Saturday 06 May – 08:00 – Men’s Breakfast – St. Michael’s Church Hall
Saturday 06 May – 10:00 – Ramble 159
Monday 10 May – 20:00 – Parochial Church Council Meeting – St. Michael’s Committee Room
Friday 19 May – 19:30 – Quiz! – St. Michael’s
Saturday 20 May – 10:00 to 13:00 – St. Luke’s Fair
Thursday 25 May – 15:30 to 17:00 – Messy Church: “Happy Birthday Church” – St. Michael’s
Thursday 25 May – 20:00 – The Ascension: Team Eucharist – St. Michael’s
Sunday 11 June – 12:00 – Barbecue – St. Michael’s