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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
The Revd Christine Bloomfield will be instituted and installed as Chaplain of Christ Church Lausanne at 10:30 am on Saturday 29th September. You are warmly invited to be present for this joyous occasion. Please inform the Chaplaincy Office before 22nd September if you intend to be there, so that we can pass along the number of participants the church can expect that day from Strasbourg.
L’installation et la nomination officielle de Christine en tant qu’ aumônière de Christ Church Lausanne auront lieu à 10h30 le samedi 29 septembre, suivies d’une réception. Vous êtes chaleureusement invité(e) de nous rejoindre pour cette occasion joyeuse. Veuillez contacter l’Aumônerie avant le 22 septembre si vous avez l’intention d’être présent(e) afin d’informer l’église du nombre de participants provenant de Strasbourg ce jour-là.
On Sunday 30th September the Rt Revd Robert Innes, Bishop of the Diocese in Europe, will be at St Alban’s for the Licensing of Ozichi Baron and Catherine Emezie to the ministry of Readers in the Church of England. Readers are trained and licensed to preaching, teach, lead worship and assist in pastoral, evangelistic and liturgical work. Please pray for them as they prepare for this important day.
‘James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ.’ So begins this brief writing of the New Testament, penned during a time of mounting difficulties for the early Christian movement. Its overall theme is perseverance to live consistently what we say we believe. James is full of practical instruction on doing just that: applying the Gospel to everyday life.
You are encouraged to study prayerfully the Letter of James over the coming weeks. Each Sunday’s sermon in September will be based on the readings that are taken from James. Here below is a simple outline of the main points. The passages which appear in bold are those that will be read on Sundays.
1.2-16 Rejoicing in trials
1.17-27 Be doers of the word and not just hearers (2 September)
2.1-17 Partiality and the royal law of love (9 September)
Those of you who were in church on 5 August have already heard the sad announcement that The Revd Christine Bloomfield will soon be leaving the Ministry Team of St Alban’s to take up the leadership of Christ Church and the Old Catholic parish in Lausanne, Switzerland. Sad for us, as we have loved and cherished Christine and Lionel among us these many years, but quite a happy occasion for them and for those who will benefit from their ministry among them. Even still, they will be sorely missed at St Alban’s. On Sunday 2 September at 10.30h there will be a special farewell Service of Celebration of Christine’s ministry with St. Alban’s.
Please take the time to read their letter to the congregation, here attached in English and in French.