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Ascension day service recorded from the Christ Church. President: Revd Belemo Alagoa  Acts 1.1-11; Luke 24.44-end The disciples “returned to Jerusalem with great joy; and they were continually in the Temple blessing God.” Christ’s Ascension had had such a terrific affect upon them. But......

Sunday service from St. John the Divine. I wonder how many of you watched the funeral of Prince Philip yesterday afternoon. It was I thought very beautiful in its simplicity and in the way that the Duke had faced his death and planned his funeral.......

Parish Eucharist for Easter Sunday filmed at Christ Church, Colliers Wood President and preacher: Revd Alison  Download the order of service. Download the reading for this Sunday. Download the Gloria....

Liturgy of the Passion filmed at St John The Divine, Morden, on 2 April 2021 Service led by Revd Belemo Alagoa Preacher: Revd Mark Eminson    Download the service sheet. May I never boast of anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ,......

President – Revd Alison Judge Preacher – Sr Chris Journey! They say life is a journey. And in this Church, we are all part of each other’s spiritual journey. Like any of us, Jesus began His life’s journey when He was born … but in......

National Day of Reflection resources National Day of Reflection is 23rd March. Organised by Marie Curie, the National Day of Reflection looks to reflect on our collective loss, support those who’ve been bereaved, and hope for a brighter future. You can access prayers and liturgical resources, as......

We are sharing a few documents for help and guidance during Covid-19. Daily Hope Poster A list of mental health resources which came from local South London mental health and community partnership CofE version of the roadmap  ...

Our Bible readings today include the Ten Commandments, God’s instruction to his people on how to live well. Even today in our post-Christian society most people know of the Ten Commandments and would see them as part of a moral code to live by. For......

Journey! They say life is a journey. And in this Church, we are all part of each other’s spiritual journey. Like any of us, Jesus began His life’s journey when He was born … but in a stable in Bethlehem. Little did He know –......

Genesis 17.1-7, 15-16 & Mark 8.31-end. I always like to hear of Simon Peter!  Here he is in today’s Gospel, putting his foot in it again; relatable as ever!  Of course, there are special interests here too: at Holy Trinity we have Peter as co-patron......

This is the desert, [using Godly Play desert bag] well a piece of the desert.  So many important things happened to the people of God in the desert.  And today we think about Jesus driven by the Spirit into the wilderness.  The desert is a......

Sermon for Transfiguration 2Kings 2 1-12 & Mark 9 2-11. The Transfiguration of our Lord Jesus Christ is observed by many Protestant tradition on the last Sunday before Lent whilst in the Catholic and Episcopal traditions on the 6th of August. In the Protestant tradition,......

Following a joint meeting of the DCCs it was felt, overwhelmingly, that we should remain closed for public worship, especially while the strict national lockdown continues and cases of COVID, albeit down, are still high. We agreed to pay heed to what the Government may......

This Second Sunday before Lent is always a Creation Sunday in the Church of England; perhaps to set Lent within a much broader picture; to open our eyes to God’s loving purposes lest we go in for too much privatised introspection!  Psalm 104 is a......

The Archbishops have written to the nation to invite people to join in reflection and prayer each day from 1 February at 6 p.m. The Church of England website also has resources (such as this prayer for the nation booklet; there are others for those who wish to......

Sermon for 3rd Sunday of Epiphany and week of prayer for Christian Unity John15:1-17 & 1 Corinthians 1:1-3  Download the service sheet. Download the reading for this Sunday. Today the 6th day of prayer for Christian unity falls on the 3rd Sunday in Epiphany......

The whole people of God of our three churches are back at home and absent from our church buildings for the third period since last March.  We are in solidarity with the nation, we are supporting our NHS; but we are sad not to gather......

After a combined DCCs meeting on Tuesday, we voted by a clear majority to close our churches for Sunday and midweek worship. This was with a heavy heart, but felt the right thing to do, given the spread of the virus and the terrible strain......

Dear brothers and sisters, I am sure many of you saw the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday evening informing us that we are now in a third lockdown. The Bishop of London made a statement shortly afterwards, which you can read below: churches are allowed......

In a normal year at Christmas there is a time when everyone has to make plans and decide who they are going to visit this year. Married couples or partners will be making sure to take it in turns between parents, Aunts and Uncles which......

In Paul’s 1st letter to the Thessalonians he encouraged them to rejoice always, this runs contrary to what most of us are feeling with the kind of year we have all had. Some have lost close family and friends to the virus, jobs and homes......

Christmas Eve (24th December) *10.00pm Midnight Communion *11.30pm Midnight Communion A recorded Crib Service will be available on the Merton Priory YouTube Channel.   Christmas Day (25th December) *10.30am Family Communion *We are delighted to welcome you to Christ Church to celebrate Christmas. Please come......

A virtual Carol Service at Christ Church, Colliers Wood, for 2020. Led by Revd Alison Judge, Vicar at Christ Church. Please donate to our Foodbank Appeal.   The above video is also available in the Merton Priory Parish Youtube Channel. With grateful thanks to all contributors.......

In Roman-occupied Palestine during the 1st Century an extraordinary, shocking event happened that shook the Jewish faith to its foundations. It was a pivotal moment in the history of religion, and took place at the heart of the Holy Land.  Download the service sheet. Now......

Advent 1st Sunday Year B, Mark 13:24-37 To begin I like to ask if you can recollect the start of the school year a couple of months ago which seems to be a long time ago.  Now that you are thinking about the start of......

Thanksgiving and Loss/Christ the King (Matthew 25.31-end)   If today’s service is packaged as one which is a gift to our community and to our cultural moment; tapping into the broad sense in which we have lost so much this year; but might also have......

Do I know you?  A question I ask myself as someone comes towards me in the street; since we all started wearing masks it can be tricky.   Added to which we are all trying to steer a course away from each other, and so, getting......

National Safeguarding Communications 2020   Merton Priory Churches are supporting National Safeguarding Adults Week #SafeguardingAdultsWeek to make people aware of the different types of abuse that some people experience. National Adult Safeguarding week starts on Monday 16 November – is an excellent opportunity to promote adult......

1 Thessalonians 4.13-18 & Matthew 25.1-13 Here we are, my brothers and sisters, in a second national lockdown.  We may feel glad about this step or resigned to it or disappointed or angry or all of the above and more.  I wonder whether, as the......

Memorial Service: 1 Nov 3.00pm at St John the Divine, High Path, SW19 2JY If you would like the name of a loved one remembered either write their name on the paper at one of the churches or email Alison (revalisonjudge@gmail.com). Space is limited but......

Sermon on Racial Justice Sunday: Luke 18 1-8 & Genesis 32.22-31 Today we mark Racial Justice Sunday which seem appropriate seeing that it falls within October which is celebrated as Black History Month. I will come back to this later, the two scripture readings we......

Sixteenth Sunday After Trinity.   ‘By whose authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority.’ Ask the chief priests and the elders as Jesus is teaching in the Synagogue.  Download the service sheet. Describe to me someone in authority, what do......

Fourteenth Sunday After Trinity. Sermon on forgiveness by by Nick Mayhew-Smith.  Download the service sheet. Found some chocolates that had been left for Alison. But I was hungry and I ate them all down quickly. We can move on to the service though because......

Homily Trinity 13: 6 September 2020 – Ezekiel 33.7-11 & Matthew 18.15-20: Today has been designated as Climate Sunday and it begins a short period which, in recent years, has been called Creationtide: it fits in with the usual time for Harvest Festivals and culminates......

Homily Trinity 11 – 23 August 2020: Romans 12.1-8 & Matthew 16.13-20 ‘I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.’  Download......

Ninth Sunday After Trinity   The two readings morning challenged me to evaluate my personality on the risk-taking spectrum where I consider myself to be. I am not interested in parachuting out of plane or going to the racing track because am terrified of the......

The Archdeacons  of the Diocese of Southwark have been putting together a series of Sermons and Services which we hope will be useful over the next six weeks – especially if you’re going to be taking a period of well deserved leave over the summer.......

Sixth Sunday After Trinity Download the service sheet [ PDF ]. Hellfire, brimstone and the eternal flames of damnation lie in wait. I’m joking of course. It’s probably not the first time however in the past 150 years when the pulpit of this church has been......

From 5th of July, Sunday services will resume in the Churches of our parish.  Please see our bulletin for the detailed schedule of services as well as church opening times. Update as of 23 July 2020: Face masks need to be worn by all those......

Monday, 29 June 2020 Dear Friends, We are pleased to send you news that all of the churches in the team are now open for private prayer: Monday 3pm – 7pm      Holy Trinity Open (3-4pm priority for those shielding) Tuesday 8am – 10am     St John......

Petertide, in the contemporary Church, is the preferred time for ordinations.  The small-print of my diary is littered with my own and friends’ anniversaries of ordination during these days; in fact, today is my twelfth anniversary of ordination as a deacon and eleventh anniversary as......

Prayers and Scripture for private use in church or at home, and Prayers for Racial Healing. Download the Prayers and Scripture for private use in church or at home [ PDF ].   Download the Prayer for Racial Healing [ PDF ].   Please bring this......

The Government has announced that, beginning this week, our buildings may be open for private prayer, but not public worship.  This is a good beginning and we hope church members and the general public will avail themselves of this opportunity.  If you come, you will......

Rev’d Alison Judge explains the story of Jonah and the Whale that teaches the need for obedience to God’s instructions and also God’s grace that gives us a second chance to fulfil our purpose. ...

Let nothing disturb you. Let nothing make you afraid. All things are passing. God alone never changes. Patience gains all things. If you have God you will want for nothing. God alone suffices. — St. Teresa, The bookmark of Teresa of Ávila, From Wikipedia, source Teresa......

Prayers for the week, by Joy Lyons   Open our eyes Lord and help us to see you in the awesomeness of your creation, but also to see you in one another needs at this time of crisis. Open our ears Lord and help us......

The locked door. Jesus, as we remember in the Easter Season, was not troubled by a locked door. One of his most important appearances was of course in the room where his disciples gathered after the Crucifixion. Afraid for their very lives, they had locked......

For online service on the Feast of Pentecost, please follow this link.https://www.christchurchsw19.org.uk/sunday-service-feast-pentecost A homily for Pentecost Sunday 2020 by the Rt Revd Dr Richard Cheetham, Bishop of Kingston A Pentecost message from the Bishop of Southwark  A ‘thank you’ from the Archdeacons of the......

We shall be having another Messy Church online-gathering on Saturday 13 June and our theme will be the story of God’s call to Jonah (Jonah 1).  So if you would like to join in here are some creative things that you could make or do.......

Prayers for the week, by Liz Holder From Christian Aid: A prayer for times of isolation ‘For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come… will be able to separate us from the love......

Thy Kingdom Come – Christian week of prayer from Ascension to eve of Pentecost – By Rev’d Belemo Alagoa.  Download the service sheet [ PDF ]. Download the collect and reading for this sunday [ PDF ]. A couple of days ago the church ......

Today we celebrate the Ascension of our Lord into heaven, and the end of his earthly ministry. In some ways it is an end point in the Christian story, Jesus vanishing, closure on that chapter of our evolution, closure on an earthly life, closure on......

O God our Father, you invite us to pray, and you grant what we ask, when we ask according to your will. Hear me as I tremble in this darkness, and stretch forth your hand to me. Shine your light before me. Recall me from......

  Tuesday 12 May 2020 Dear brothers and sisters, ‘So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith’ (Galatians 6.10). Eastertide greetings to you all in these strangest of lockdown......

‘Trust & Obey’, by Andy Coles. I am reminded of the Old Gospel Hymn, written around the time of Moody the famous American Evangelist, and well known by previous generations of Sunday School Children… which goes onto say ‘For there’s no other way to be......

Keep us, good Lord, under the shadow of your mercy, In this time of uncertainty and distress. Sustain and support the anxious and fearful, And lift up all who are brought low, That we may rejoice in your comfort, knowing that nothing can separate us from......

Sunday Service – Fifth Sunday of Easter -Stewardship Sunday – By Rev’d Mark Eminson.    Download the Collect and the Reading for this Sunday.   Introduction – Holy Trinity Vicarage drive Alleluia.  Christ is risen. He is risen indeed.  Alleluia.   We thank God......

A Messy Church celebration from Merton Priory Team. As part of our Messy Church initiative Rev’d Alison Judge shares the story of Noah’s ark and God’s Rainbow along with the art work done by the Children of the Merton Priory Team. ...

Evelyn shares below a prose poem from Paul’s letter to the Colossians Chp 1. The cosmic dimensions of who Christ Jesus is revealed with awe and wonder. In the second half we read that Christ brings about a New Creation. Download the full document in PDF....