The flowers in the Sanctuary are given today by Juliette Kargbo to the Glory of God.
Today at 6pm we hold our All Souls service. If you are planning to attend and would like the names of your departed loved ones read aloud during the service, please speak with Revd. Gill or Denise Fulgoni at the end of 10am mass.
If you develop COVID-19 symptoms or test positive within 48 hours of visiting St John’s please contact us straight away by calling or texting our churchwarden, Julie Whitney, on 07786 686 385. If this happens, we will inform the congregation, without revealing the identity of the person concerned.
First Reading, A reading from Isaiah 25: 6-9
On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-matured wines, of rich food filled with marrow, of well-matured wines strained clear. And he will destroy on this mountain the shroud that is cast over all peoples, the sheet that is spread over all nations; he will swallow up death for ever. Then the Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces, and the disgrace of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken. It will be said on that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, so that he might save us. This is the Lord for whom we have waited; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.
This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God.
Second reading, A reading from the book of Revelation (21.1–6a)
I, John, saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them; he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away.’ And the one who was seated on the throne said, See, I am making all things new.’ Also he said, ‘Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.’ Then he said to me, ‘It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.’
This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St John 11: 32-44
When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, ‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.’ When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved. He said, ‘Where have you laid him?’ They said to him, ‘Lord, come and see.’ Jesus began to weep. So the Jews said, ‘See how he loved him!’ But some of them said, ‘Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?’ Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. Jesus said, ‘Take away the stone.’ Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, ‘Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead for four days.’Jesus said to her, ‘Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?’ So they took away the stone. And Jesus looked upwards and said, ‘Father, I thank you for having heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me.’ When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come out!’ The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, ‘Unbind him, and let him go.’
This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ
COVID-19 measures at St John’s. We are continuing with our Covid prevention measures at St John’s. This means that we will recommend and expect people to wear a face-covering, use hand sanitiser and maintain social distancing. We are the body of Christ, and we are mindful of those who are more vulnerable or anxious at this time. We will take one step at a time. If you would like to comment on these measures, or if you have any questions, please speak to a member of clergy.
You are warmly invited to the licensing to the Cathedral staff of Revd. Raymond Baudon at Southwark Cathedral during Evensong Sunday 14 November 3pm.
Goose Green Coffee Morning Wednesday 3 November – Talk by Goose Green Safer Neighbourhood Team: Do join us for this update on local issues by Zaline Tahir of the Metropolitan Police team for Goose Green Ward. Coffee Morning is open from 11 with the talk starting at 11:30. If you would like to be added to the Coffee Morning mailing list or to find out more, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Messy Church. Please put future dates in your diary, 14 November, 12 December. If you would like to come to our Messy Church services, please book tickets via Eventbrite.co.uk Tickets are free. We look forward to seeing you! Please get in touch with Julie Whitney, Gill or Gemma if you would like to help. The more the merrier, or messier!
Organ Recitals. The final recital in our series is on Saturday November 6th , the organist will be Paul Gobey, who plays at the Norwegian Seamen’s Church in Rotherhithe. Recital starts at 11am. All welcome.
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