Vocational Discernment Weekend

9-11 November, Centre Culturel St Thomas, nr. Robertsau.
God calls each of us to service and to a variety of ministries – in the church, in our workplace, in our home communities and beyond. God calls us each in different ways and at different times in our lives. How is God calling me? is the topic of a Vocational Discernment Weekend to take place from 9th to 11th November at the Centre Culturel St Thomas in Strasbourg. This event is sponsored by the Episcopal/ Anglican churches in Europe and takes place annually in different locations in Europe.
This year’s retreat will be led by Br Samuel, a Franciscan brother of the (Anglican) Society of St Francis. You are invited to come and explore with him and others how to discern the divine will for your life. Indicate your interest in attending this event by speaking to Fr Mark.

Marks of Mission of the Anglican Communion


Fifth Mark of Mission of the Anglican Communion: to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth.
Cinquième Marque de la Mission de la Communion Anglicane :  travailler pour la sauvegarde de l’intégrité de la création et soutenir et renouveler la vie de la terre.
The Philippines was once one of the loveliest places on earth. It is now  experiencing some of the most brutal consequences of climate change…  Climate justice is what the people need …  If we partake of the Eucharist, we must be willing to become eucharist for others: blessed, broken and  given for the life of the world.’

Bishop Jonathan Casimina, Diocese of Davao in the Episcopal Church in the Philippines

‘The destruction of the earth’s environment is the human rights challenge of our time… We cannot maintain a liveable temperature and climate for humanity, if we burn more than a fraction of the fossil fuels that have already been discovered … we can no longer continue in this way if there is no tomorrow – or there will be no tomorrow.’

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Archbishop emeritus of Cape Town, South Africa

‘The decisions we make today are critical in ensuring a safe and sustainable world for everyone, both now and in the future.’

Debra Roberts, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Visit the Anglican Communion Environmental Network


Sunday 14 October: Harvest Lunch at Baggersee

Offerings on Sunday
The plate offering on 14th October will go in support of those in the city who are served by the Salvation Army. Also, bring to church next Sunday non-perishable foods to be given to the Salvation Army food ministries.
After church the annual autumn lunch will take place at Baggersee.
To get there take tram E in the direction of Campus d’Illkirch, get off at stop Hohwart. From there it is a ten-minute walk left along the rue du Languedoc, then right down the rue du Baggersee.
Please contact Anny Samuels, 06 67 57 20 57, to give an idea of what you plan to bring.  We also need volunteers to arrange tables and chairs and to wash up / clean up afterwards.
Le dimanche prochain vous êtes invité(s) à apporter à l’église des aliments non-périssables pour partager avec ceux qui sont servis par l’Armée du Salut. L’offrande sera également destinée à l’Armée du Salut.
Veuillez vous contacter Anny Samuels 06 67 57 20 57 pour le lunch à Baggersee en la disant ce que vous prévoyez fournir au repas. Nous aurons également besoin d’un coup de main après pour la remise en ordre de la salle.   Pour arriver à Baggersee prenez le tram E vers Illkirch, en sortant à Hohwart. Suivez la rue du Languedoc à la gauche jusqu’à la rue du Baggersee à la droite.


Understanding our faith: La liturgie chrétienne.

Offrande dans la liturgie de l’Eglise
La « liturgie », qu’est-ce que c’est ?  Oui, c’est un culte public institué par l’Église, mais d’autant plus c’est tout simplement ce que nous faisons en tant que le people de Dieu. L’origine du terme remonte au mot grec qui signifie une action faite en public pour le service du peuple.
Dans la Grèce antique, le mot désignait l’action des plus riches citoyens qui finançaient l’organisation des fêtes, des grands événements ou des campagnes militaires à travers lesquels les moins riches en profitaient. Dans l’Empire romain, il désignait le service des évergètes qui participaient à l’embellissement de la cité et à l’organisation de jeux et de fêtes, aux distributions gratuites de blé ou d’argent et à la construction de monuments ou d’édifices religieux et de routes.
Les traducteurs de l’Ancien Testament en grec ont choisi d’employer ce terme pour désigner le culte rendu au Dieu d’Israël. Ils avaient l’idée que le culte est le service le plus éminent que l’on rend à Dieu au nom du peuple. Le Nouveau Testament considère que les offrandes d’un prêtre et les services sacerdotaux étaient des « liturgies » dans ce sens.
Qu’est-ce que c’est donc la liturgie chrétienne ? C’est le lieu d’une double action : action du peuple pour son Dieu + action de Dieu pour son peuple. Donc les chrétiens y rencontrent Dieu. Cela se traduit concrètement par toutes formes de prière ou de célébration ainsi que la célébration des sacrements. Dieu agit au cœur de chaque célébration : il y est présent, il est celui qui convoque, qui invite à la prière et qui distribue ses dons.
                                                           + Vénuste MutigandaUndersta

Prière œcuménique au Temple Neuf

Effata – Ouvre-toi !
Effate  – c’est le thème cette année pour les célébrations de prière œcuménique qui auront lieu les premiers dimanches du mois au Temple Neuf. Celles-ci rassembleront mensuellement chrétiens de toute confession – anglicane, catholique, orthodoxe et protestante – de 18h à 19h pour manifester leur unité et prier que cette unité soit de plus en plus réaliser de nos jours.
Christians of all confessions – Anglican, Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant – will be gathering monthly at the Temple Neuf on first Sundays from 6 to 7 pm to pray for Christian unity. This year’s theme is Effate – Be opened, recalling Jesus’ opening the ears and mouth of the deaf-mute man in Mark’s Gospel.
Next meetings:    Sunday 4 November, 18.00 – 19.00h
                               Sunday 2 December, 18.00 – 19.00h


The Chaplaincy Council’s Day Apart on 15th September


Recently the Chaplaincy Council spent a day at Centre Culturel St Thomas to reflect on who we are, consider our strengths and think about where God might we leading us in the future. We prayed together, ate together and deliberated over a number of matters that are affecting the Chaplaincy at this time.
We are a welcoming community with a stable active congregation which has origins dating back nearly fifty years. There are a wide range of age groups and religious backgrounds, coming from many different countries. This diversity has enriched our liturgical, musical and even culinary traditions.
We continue to enlarge educational opportunities, recreational events and community service for both children and adults. More effort is being given to organise activities for young adults, including university students and couples with children.
In the near future greater focus will be given to Stewardship and the need to meet our financial commitments to Chaplaincy ministries. An organising committee was named and planning has begun.
It has also come to our attention that the Centre Mounier is going to be extensively renovated, beginning in March 2019, including the space that is currently being used by St Alban’s for Sunday School and the coffee hour. The Council will consider various solutions over the coming months in preparation for this period of disruption.
Dates and arrangements for upcoming activities were also discussed: the Bishop’s visit and admission of two new Readers, Harvest Festival and autumn lunch as well as dates for activities around Advent and Christmas.

Tuesday Prayers – Come Join Us !

Mark Barwick writes:
All are welcome to come to the Chaplaincy flat, 12 avenue de la Forêt Noire, every Tuesday from 18h30 to 19h30 for a time to pray. Whether you are new to prayer, frustrated with prayer or an experienced practitioner, you will find a place alongside others in all simplicity and in a spirit of mutual encouragement. If you are not able to join us physically, you can pray with us and for us where you are. You can also leave your requests for prayer in the box at the back of the church.

Season of Creation and Harvest Lunch 14 October at Baggersee

Each year, from 1 September, die Global Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, to 4 October, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, many Anglicans use the Season of Creation – also known as Creation Time –
to pray and commit themselves to the care and healing of the Earth.  Archbishop Zacharie Masimango Katanda, Primate of the Province de l’Eglise Anglicane du Congo, comments:
“The environment is God’s gift to everyone, and in our use of it we have a responsibility towards the poor, towards future generations and towards humanity as a whole. . . Changes in lifestyle based on traditional moral virtues can ease the way to a sustainable and equitable world economy….”
At St. Alban’s, the Sunday School has taken up this theme for the coming weeks.
Creation Time culminates with Harvest Festival on 14 Octobe, followed by a Harvest Lunch at Baggersee.
Please let Anny Samuels (Tel. 06 67 57 20 57) know what you plan to bring in the way of food and/or drinks.  You can also volunteer to set up tables and chairs, and wash up/clear up afterwards.
Merci de nous diser ce que vous prévoyer fournir au repas (appelez Anny Samuels, 06 67 57 20 57).  Vous pouvez également offrir de donner un coup de main pour le montage avant et/ou la remise en ordre après.

Women’s Bible Study Breakfast 15th September

Join us at 9h00 this Saturday 15th September for a discussion on God taking pleasure in us, led by Astrid Murfitt of Agape Europe. We will meet at the Eglise Evangélique Mennonite, 32 rue de l’Industrie, 67400 Ilkirch Graffenstaden (Tram A, E to Campus Ilkirch Graffenstaden).
You are invited to bring and share one breakfast food item/drink. To better coordinate the breakfast offerings, please contact Catherine Emezie at 06 47 98 18 93 to let her know what you intend to bring.
Also, take note of future dates 12 October and 16 November!

Recontre Groupe Jeunes Adultes le 21 septembre

Venez nombreux le 21 septembre à 20h15 au 12 avenue de la Forêt Noire pour une rencontre des jeunes adultes en collaboration avec la paroisse St. Matthieu. Il s’agit d’un moment convivial pour faire connaissance les uns avec les autres et pour définir les thèmes qui nous intéressent au croisement entre lavie, l’actualité et la foi. Le débat se veut ouvert sur toute conviction, croyante ou non.