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Monday, August 1, 2016

The Rector’s Reflection for August 2016
12:00 AM

Father Turner was in Europe just before the British Referendum on membership of the European Union and explores the diversity of Europe and how communities must be built on mutual trust.

Friday, July 1, 2016

The Rector’s Reflection for July 2016
12:00 AM

As the summer hits the city, Canon Turner reflects on changes of staff at Saint Thomas Church and how new staff will bring diverse gifts and build on a strong foundation.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

The Rector’s Reflection for June 2016
12:00 AM

Canon Turner reflects on a recent visit by the Baroness Hollins, Professor of Psychiatry for Learning Disability in the University of London and her project ‘Beyond Words’ which uses books with no words to empower people with learning difficulties and to encourage them to communicate and learn.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The Rector’s Christian Doctrine Class
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

This is the final session of this course. The topic is: Prayer and Spirituality in the Christian Tradition.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The Rector’s Christian Doctrine Class
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Topic for this session: Christian Hope: Death, Judgment, Hell, and Heaven – Mary and the Communion of Saints.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

The Sixth Sunday Of Easter

The Sixth Sunday Of Easter

The Sixth Sunday of Easter is often called Rogation Sunday, as it precedes the three rogation days that always fall on the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday before Ascension Day. You'll notice hints of prepartion for the rogation days in the morning services today, when at times there is an emphasis on God our creator and provider. For example, pay attention to the words of the psalm and the hymns. See also the words of the collect, which, through petition and gratitude, approaches God as the provider of all things.

Among the sermons in the archive that can help you understand God as creator and provider, consider these:

The Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth (2011) by Fr Spurlock
On Providence (2010) by Fr Austin
Bread and Life, Freedom and Friendship (2009) by Fr Austin
All Ours as Gift (2008) by Fr Austin
Food in the Wilderness (2003) by Fr Mead

Collect:

O God, who hast prepared for those who love thee such good things as pass man's understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards thee, that we, loving thee in all things and above all things, may obtain thy promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Rector’s Reflection for May 2016
12:00 AM

In his May reflection, Canon Turner shares a talk he is giving to the Choirmasters’ Conference entitled ‘The Psalms – placeholders of memory’ in which he reflects on these ancient songs and their place in telling a story. He also reflects on folk melodies from around the world and how music can convey a powerful […]

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The Rector’s Christian Doctrine Class
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Topic for this session: ‘When things go wrong’- Sacramental Confession and Healing ministry.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The Rector’s Christian Doctrine Class
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Topic for this session: Relationships: Holy Matrimony and the Church’s response to changing lifestyles.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

The Rector’s Christian Doctrine Class
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Topic for this session: Mission and Ministry: Holy Orders, Vocation, gifts and talents.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Friday In Easter Week

Friday In Easter Week

Collect:

Almighty Father, who hast given thine 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 thee in pureness of living and truth; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The Rector’s Reflection for April 2016
12:00 AM

Canon Turner reflects on the complexities of the Passion narrative and the importance of celebrating Easter in the midst of a broken and contradictory world.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The Rector’s Christian Doctrine Class
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Topic for this session: ‘They recognized him in the Breaking of the Bread’: The Eucharist at the heart of our common life.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

The Rector’s Christian Doctrine Class
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Topic for this session: Life after Baptism: Confirmation and the mission of the Church.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

The Rector’s Christian Doctrine Class
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Topic for this session: An introduction to the seven Sacraments of the Church: Baptism – being ‘clothed with Christ’.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

The Rector’s Reflection for March 2016
12:00 AM

‘Music has changed me.’ Canon Turner reflects on the importance of the choir school in the life of the choristers and how, in turn, they are changed during this time at Saint Thomas Church. This month he has a conversation with two Grade 8 boys who leave the school in June.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

The Rector’s Christian Doctrine Class
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Topic for this session: The History of the Church 2: The Anglo-Catholic Revival – The Oxford Movement and its influence on Anglicanism.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

The Rector’s Christian Doctrine Class
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Topic for this session: The History of the Church 1: ‘From house church to organized religion’ – The Body of Christ is still broken.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Experience of Prayer: A Class in Four Parts
6:30 PM

Kari Kristina Reeves will lead the final class of this four-session course on prayer, exploring and helping us experience the different kinds of prayer.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The Rector’s Christian Doctrine Class
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Topic for this session: The Holy Bible – The Word of the Lord.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Experience of Prayer: A Class in Four Parts
6:30 PM

Father Turner will teach the third class of a four-session course on prayer, taking us further into the experience of prayer through a sensory experience of prayer.

Monday, February 1, 2016

The Rector’s Reflection for February 2016
12:00 AM

Canon Turner reflects on the work of religious orders that tend to the needs of the marginalized, poor, and sick.

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