Magazine letter November 2021

As I write, COP26 is soon to begin and humanity’s effect on the world’s climate system, and general ecosystem will be to the fore in news reports for a week or so.

Morning Service for the Last Sunday in Trinity

HYMN Thou whose almighty word – NEH466 – Moscow 1 THOU whose almighty word Chaos and darkness heard, And took their flight; Hear us, we humbly pray, And where the gospel day Sheds not its glorious ray Let there be light. 2 Thou who didst come to bring On thy redeeming wing Healing and sight, […]

Morning Service for Trinity 19

Morning Service for Trinity 19 HYMN Ye servants of God NEH 476 – Paderbourne 1 YE servants of God, your Master proclaim, And publish abroad his wonderful name: The name all-victorious of Jesus extol: His kingdom is glorious, and rules over all. 2 God ruleth on high, almighty to save; And still he is nigh, […]

Churchwardens’ Challenge – Sat 13th Nov 21

In aid of St Matthew’s Otterbourne your churchwardens have challenged themselves to walk from Otterbourne War Memorial to Hursley’s Memorial, then on to Compton’s Memorial, which is on Shawford Down, before returning to St Matthew’s Otterbourne. A distance of around 10 miles.

Evening Song……

Psalm 139:6″Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,    too lofty for me to attain.”  

Morning Service for Trinity 17

HYMN Christ whose glory fills the skies NEH 234 – Ratisbon 1 Christ, whose glory fills the skies, Christ, the true, the only light, Sun of Righteousness, arise, Triumph o’er the shades of night; Dayspring from on high, be near; Daystar, in my heart appear. 2 Dark and cheerless is the morn Unaccompanied by thee; […]

Magazine letter for October 2021

“Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I  have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat what they produce…. seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.”

Magazine letter for September 2021

As I write we seem to be returning, if not to ‘normal’, an imprecise word if ever there was one, but to something that is at least a fuller life, with more possibilities.

An Appreciation

Someone who attended the Jazz at St Matthew’s on Saturday evening had this to say :- “my original intention was to pay a courtesy visit but once I was in St Matthew’s all that changed, I thought the church magnificent, the backdrop and setting for the Band and the music itself was great. The atmosphere […]

Valuable day for the Benefice

Thank you to Kristin and walkers from Hursley for coming to Otterbourne to start the walk for the Ride+Stride event. Visitors from Holy Trinity Church, Weston cycled and drove to visit our benefice and were pleased to be able to look inside the churches and receive refreshments to help them on their way.

Morning Service for Trinity 16 – Sunday 19th September 2021

Morning Service for Trinity 16 HYMN Jesus where’er they people meet NEH 390 – St Sepulchre 1 Jesus, where’er thy people meet, There they behold thy mercy-seat; Where’er they seek thee, thou art found, And every place is hallowed ground. 2 For thou, within no walls confined, Inhabitest the humble mind; Such ever bring thee […]

Peaceful Light

Proverbs 16:9 In their hearts humans plan their course,    but the Lord establishes their steps.

Ride+Stride

Saturday 11 September Hampshire and the Islands Historic Churches Trust Ride+Stride is an annual event organised by the National Ride+Stride Trust. Its purpose is to save the heritage of our beautiful church buildings for future generations. A reminder that an organised walk will be leaving from St Matthews Otterbourne at 9.30 this Saturday 11 September […]

A Song of Gladness

Colossians 1:16 “For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.”

Morning Service for Trinity 15 – Sunday 12th September 2021

Morning Service for Trinity 15 HYMN Immortal love for ever full NEH 378 – Bishopthorpe 1 Immortal love for ever full, For ever flowing free, For ever shared, for ever whole, A never-ebbing sea! 2 Our outward lips confess the name, All other names above; Love only knoweth whence it came And comprehendeth love. 4 […]

Morning Service for Trinity 14 – Sunday 5th September 2021

Morning Service for Trinity 14 HYMN Ye servants of God NEH 476 – Paderbourne 1 YE servants of God, your Master proclaim, And publish abroad his wonderful name: The name all-victorious of Jesus extol: His kingdom is glorious, and rules over all. 2 God ruleth on high, almighty to save; And still he is nigh, […]

Services in September 2021

Wednesday 1st September 11.00am Holy Communion @ Compton (1st) Sunday 5th September – Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity 9.30am Family Communion @ Otterbourne 9.30am Family Communion @ Hursley 11.00am Family Communion @ Compton Wednesday 8th September 11.00am Holy Communion @ Compton (2nd) Sunday 12th September – Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity 9.30am Parish Communion @ Otterbourne 11.00am […]

Rest

A comforting reminder that God’s spirit is within us…………. Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”