Winter Nightshelter

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One of the biggest projects we are involved in every year is the Islington churches winter nightshelter, which kicked off last night. 15 guests, warm beds, a hot meal and a cooked breakfast. It doesn’t sound too complicated, and it’s a privilege to be part of, but it takes a lot of volunteers.

If you are in a homegroup you will already be allocatd to a sunday night, but there are planty of opportunities to get involved, particulalry if you can help with breakfast on a monday morning, or with an overnight.

Find out more here churchonthecorner.org.uk/nightshelter

What’s on this Christmas

Carol Service invitation 2012

Sunday 16th is our biggest service of the year. Our carol service is a celebration of all sorts of Christmas goodness, with beautiful singing, quiet reflection, simple worship, warm community and mulled wine and mince pies. It is a lovely event whether you are a regular or haven’t been to a church for ever.

And there is lots more going on.

4th December – The Big Sing 7.30pm at COTC
9th December – Bemerton Carols – community carol service on the Bemerton Estate. Find out more here.
16th December – Carols by Candlelight
22nd December – Christmas Dinner. Tickets £10. Email Martin for details.
24th December – Midnight Service at St Andrews here.

Exodus

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Our sermon series this Autumn will be on the book of Exodus. It is an iconic story, and deeply formative not just for the rest of the bible, but for recent human history. We will start this sunday looking at the significance of this book in the bible and in our culture, and then work our way through following the journey of the people out of Egypt and through the desert, towards the promised land.

It’s official…

We’ve been using fairtrade products since the beginning, but now it’s official, and everyone loves a certificate. Fairtrade is just one aspect of trade justice, and members of Church on the Corner are involved in many others, but what we chose to spend our money on does have a meaningful impact on the world we live in, and we are pleased to be part of a fairtrade Diocese.

Summer 2012 – The Prayer that Jesus taught

Our familiarity with the Lord’s prayer often distracts us from its enormous significance. One of the key things which set Jesus apart was his prayerfulness, such that the disciples said to him teach us to pray like you. And his response was the prayer we know so well.

It is a remarkable point of unity – 2 billion christians across the world pray this prayer. And my conviction is that it is intended to be a prayer which we grow into, allowing it to form and frame our relationship with God. With our busy lives, prayer is all too often the thing which is missing. This term we are going to be carefully studying this prayer together, asking just as the first disciples did, that Jesus would teach us how to pray.

 

 

Into Great Silence

This evening we are watching the film ‘Into great Silence’. A remarkable piece of cinema, probably not an easy watch, but a telling a insight into the lives of the Carthusian Monks.

It sounds more like an endurance test than entertainment, yet this one-of-a-kind experience proves surprisingly immersive.

Read the reviews here on Rotten Tomatoes.

It will start at 7pm upstairs in the Chapel – if you are late, come in quietly!

Holy Week 2012

The events that make up the Easter Story are the most significant and dramatic in the Christian Year.  From the 5th-9th April we will join together with fellow pilgrims from our church, our parish and our city at a rich variety of events. Each distinct and beautiful in their own way, each marking one of the great events in the final days of Jesus earthly life. From the Last Supper, through the crucifixion to the amazing events of Easter Morning, join us in celebrating this greatest story ever told. Download the flyer below.

Maundy Thursday – The Last Supper. 7.30 @ All Saints Church
Good Friday – 11.45am Walk of Witness @ N1 Centre
7.30pm Service of Shadows @ Church on the Corner
Holy Saturday – 7pm The Easter Vigil @ St Pauls Cathedral
Easter Sunday 10.30am Family Services at All Saints and St Andrews

What is the point of the Resurrection?

Our homegroups are starting a new series of discussions based on the excellent book ‘Surprised by Hope’.

Tom Wright is the former Bishop of Durham, and a leading N.T. Scholar and his work on the implications of the Easter story, not just for the church but for the whole world, is inspiring. You can watch the first session below, and more information about our homegroups can be found here.

Ash Wednesday

Our Ash wednesday service marks the beginning of Lent. It is a solemn and beautiful service of reflection and contrition.
The ashes at the centre of the service are a traditional reminder of our mortality, referencing Genesis 3  ‘for dust you are and to dust you will return’.
It takes place on Wednesday 22nd February at 7.30pm at St Andrews the old parish church. (here)

Lent 2012

We love this fast paced hard wired digital world with its breathless rush of creativity, opinion, noise and ideas. But there are addictive qualities to it, when through the constant stimulus we are in danger of losing the ability to sit still, to be quiet, to listen, even to sleep.

For 40 days this lent at Church on the Corner we are exploring a digital discipline. Choosing to switch off some of the forms of media which demand our attention and switch on to things quieter and richer. And you are invited to join us.

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Poetic Wisdom

Starting this week at Church, we are going to be spending time looking at the riches of wisdom in the Psalms. All too often relegated to source material for worship songs, the Psalmists are actually responsible for some of the most honest and vulnerable writings in the whole bible, they explore the heights and plumb the depths of the human experience. They grant permission for us to look at ourselves a little more honestly, and recognise that our struggles and fears are not failings, but are an essential part of our humanity.

Sunday nights, 7pm. Church on the Corner.

Classic Christian Books

Here is a good idea for the New Year. Some of the books which have had the biggest impact on the shape of contemporary Church are the first Christian books that people read. There is a real art to this kind of writing, aimed at those outside or on the threshold of faith. Their simplicity and clarity makes them great reading.

So the suggestion is that we make a New Years resolution to (re)read some of the classic introduction to Christianity books and aim to read them critically and yet humbly. We should be prepared to learn, but also alert to the errors they make, (for those mistakes tend to take root in the Church in disproportionate ways). Just reading a chapter a day  will help to root you (to use the language of Psalm 1) in streams of water that will sustain you through the days ahead.

Here are the top four recommendations;

Mere Christianity  (1952) – C.S. Lewis

Basic Christianity (1958) – John Stott

Simply Christian (2006) – Tom Wright

The Prodigal God (2008) – Tim Keller

You can find them on Amazon (often at very reasonable prices if you buy second hand) and we will run this as an online book group, so in time there with be a forum for each of these books to share your experiences and reflections. Get stuck in, and see this as a good spiritual discipline for the New Year.

School of Prayer

Most of us were never taught how to pray. We just picked it up along the way by listening to those more experienced in the faith. And often the problem is we only learn the outward expressions of prayer. Even for those who have been taught, we tend to have a rather narrow view of prayer, focussed more on asking for things than any real sense of communion with God.

William Wilberforce, the 18th Century social reformer was a man who knew about busyness; he sacrificed his life and his health for the sake of abolishing the slave trade. But he was also by necessity a man of prayer. And he recognised that prayer was not simply a means of achieving an end, it was the source of life. He wrote “The shortening of devotions starves the soul, it grows lean and faint.”  If prayer is nourishment for the soul, there is a danger that many of us are essentially malnourished.

Over the coming months we are going to be exploring the riches of prayer in the Christian tradition.

New Term – Autumn 2011

There is something lovely about september. Autumn is one of the most beautiful times of the year, and I enjoy the sense of new beginnings, getting organised, making plans for the year..

It is a new term at Church on the Corner. We have been doing lots of work on the building, and the old place is looking spruce.

The new teaching programme will be on the book of Genesis. Thinking about minor themes such as the origins of the universe, the nature of God and the meaning of existence.

It all gets started this Sunday 4th September at 7pm.

Goodbye Bee

Well it was quite a night, as we said goodbye to Bee before she heads off to vicar factory. We recreated our favourite old COTC picture, and we sent her off with songs, prayers, tears and a comissioning from the Ordinal which went a bit like this:

May you be diligent in prayer, in reading Holy Scripture, and in all studies that will deepen your faith and fit you to bear witness to the truth of the gospel.

May you lead Christ’s people in proclaiming his glorious gospel, so that the good news of salvation may be heard in every place.

May you faithfully minister the doctrine and sacraments of Christ so that the people committed to your charge may be defended against error and flourish in the faith.

May you, knowing yourself to be reconciled to God in Christ, strive to be an instrument of God’s peace in the Church and in the world.

May you endeavour to fashion your life to the way of Christ, that you may be a pattern and example to Christ’s people.

May you work with your fellow servants in the gospel for the sake of the kingdom of God.

May you in the strength of the Holy Spirit, continually stir up the gift of God that is in you, to make Christ known among all whom you serve.

 

A Blessing:

God who has called you is faithful.

May the Father, whose glory fills the heavens,
cleanse you by his holiness
and send you to proclaim his word.

May Christ, who has ascended to the heights,
pour upon you the riches of his grace.

May the Holy Spirit, the comforter,
equip you and strengthen you in your ministry.

And the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be upon you and remain with you always.

Amen.

 

Prayer for peace.

Gracious God,
We pray for peace in our communities this day.
We commit to you all who work for peace and an end to tensions,
And those who work to uphold law and justice.
We pray for an end to fear,
For comfort and support to those who suffer.
For calm in our streets and cities,
That people may go about their lives in safety and peace.
In your mercy, hear our prayers,
now and always.

Amen


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