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Pastoral Letter 4 From Fr Leonard

Dear Friends,

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

In his letter to the church community in Rome St. Paul says, ‘For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.’ (Romans 8, 38-39).

I would add to this list Covid-19, the pandemic that has the world in its vice-like grip in increasing numbers yet again. This virus will not separate us from the love of God, nor in our life in the Holy Spirit will it separate us from each other. Our strength together is more than just our meeting together, though being together gathered around the holy table, side by side, is our royal calling as the baptized holy people of God. We pray for that day when this is possible again.

In response to the current developments of the virus the Government has issued new restrictions for places of worship. These restrictions are in place first and foremost to keep us safe. This is how it affects our own situation.

St. Paul’s will be closed for public worship during this period of lockdown. Sunday services will continue on Zoom either from my apartment or occasionally from St. Paul’s Church.

You can access Zoom by going to the St. Paul’s Anglican Church Athens website where you will find the link. It will be the same link each week. In addition Deacon Christine and I will offer additional worship and spiritual resources for you. Chris will offer something weekly on Facebook. Please contact her directly about this. I will make arrangements for a mid-week evening service on Zoom. It will be 4 Wednesdays in November beginning at 19.00 and I will build in time for a chat afterwards. The link for this will be on our website also. The order of service for this will also be on the website.

We will work on ways to keep the monthly raffle draw going.

As we approach the time when the legendary Christmas Bazaar, a great social occasion as well as fund-raiser, would normally be taking place we are all once again reminded of the need to address the loss of income to St. Paul’s. Please use internet banking for your donation, if you possibly can. The details are on our website. Contact me if you have any questions about financial giving to St. Paul’s. If you cannot use the bank, please put aside your normal weekly offering and bring it with you when you next come to St. Paul’s, whenever that might be.

Stay safe and well, and remain thankful to God for his blessing of love, from which nothing can separate us.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all. Amen.

Father Leonard

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PASTORAL LETTER 3 – 6TH OCTOBER 2020

Dear Friends at St. Paul’s

This is the third Pastoral Letter I have issued since the lockdowns began back in March 2020. This time some of you will receive it as a voice recording – and my apologies if you receive it in a printed version also.

With Greek Government Covid-19 restrictions in place, we have been blessed compared to most other countries in that we have been permitted to hold public worship since May 17th. After a cautious start we have slowly built up our worship experience again – I am stressing familiarity rather than normality, as we are far from what we knew and loved up until the beginning of March this year.

As I reported before, Zoom has become a familiar feature in the worshipping, praying, and studying life of many in our congregation and with our wider and much cherished group of friends and supporters. Even after we could begin to worship publicly again, we continued to have Zoom Sunday services until the end of June, as well as weekly Evening Prayer, and a weekly bible study. These possibilities have been warmly welcomed and appreciated. I am delighted to say that since the 4th October (St. Francis Day) we can now ‘live Zoom’ our Liturgy from St. Paul’s. The sound is not perfect – we have to negotiate a complex mix of microphones, organ playing and congregational responses and gentle singing. However it is a wonderful way of keeping in touch with the Sunday worship.

 

These weeks and months of 2020 have been challenging. We are all in one way or another feeling spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically ‘abused’ by this potent virus. It is stretching us and billions of others to their limits, and we are nowhere near resolving its capricious impact on human life. Many are in isolation – either by choice or by imposition. Over a million are sick with the virus, and hundreds of thousands have died.  Many are fearful. Although we have every right to have human responses to this pandemic, as Christians we have to reflect also on the words of Christ, spoken when his fishermen disciples were terrified in the eye of a storm, ‘Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.’ (Matthew 14, 27). Sunday 18h October is the Feast of St. Luke – we will include the ‘anointing with oil’ for healing of body, mind and soul, within our Sunday Liturgy.

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Zoom Service on Sundays

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Time: Oct 4, 2020 10:00 AM Athens

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Fr Leonards Sermons, virtual and viral, for Lent, Holy Week & Easter 2020

The Anglican Church in Greece (Church of England)

The Revd. Canon Leonard Doolan

Karneadou 6, Athens 10675 Greece

Tel (0030) 210 721 4906                                                    August 2020

 

During the worst weeks of the COVID-19 lockdown thousands of faithful priests and pastors were preparing to preach Sunday by Sunday, or day by day, seeking to keep Christ’s people engaged with the mysteries of the holy season of Lent, Holy Week, and the ‘Great Weeks’ of Easter.

These were challenging days – not yet behind us by any means – for preachers to address the scriptures set for this season, but at the same time to acknowledge the realities of the global pandemic that prevented most, if not all social and human public activity, including worship. Suddenly we had to be creative and make use of different media platforms in our attempts to ‘keep together in isolation’.

In Athens I did my best to wrestle with new technology that took me way beyond my normal comfort zone ‘blending’ the ancient art of preaching with the contemporary possibilities of Zoom. I have to admit that it was not like oil and water, as my initial skepticism might have concluded. The blend of printed copies of sermons sent by email, texts placed on the website, pre-recorded versions emailed out, ‘virtually’ live preaching on Zoom, and then sermons delivered on Zoom and in St. Paul’s church respecting local restrictions, all of these somehow seem to have worked, with considerable appreciation from our congregation and ‘para’ congregation.

I was delightfully encouraged when a couple of people suggested that my sermons prepared over this period should be brought together and published in a small booklet. That initial suggestion, much to my surprise, has come about.

There is no delusion in publishing these sermons, by the way. They are not the best sermons you will ever read, and so much could have been better said, and has been, in the hands of other fine preachers. However, I think the interest lies in the nature of the background of the sermons. Never before have we preached in Lent, Holy Week and Easter with a pandemic raging away, devastating so many lives and disrupting global and local economies; shutting down work patterns and adding to our already existing anxieties in the relationship between humanity and the Creation.

This little booklet of sermons may have some lasting interest simply because in the future someone might be interested to observe how one preacher went about his business during the COVID-19 experience.

To order a copy email: anglican@otenet.gr  Cost €5,00 (all proceeds to St. Paul’s Church)  p&p  €2.50 within Greece; €5,00 outside Greece.

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Third Sunday after Trinity – 28th June 2020

Welcome to our Sunday worship brought to our homes by Zoom.  Today we are ‘anticipating’ the Feast of St. Pater and Paul (29th).After the worship we can have a short chat together.   

This is the last Zoom service before the Summer. We hope that from the beginning of September we will live Zoom the service from St. Paul’s. The Wednesday Evening Prayer, and the Friday Bible Study will resume in September.

 

The preacher this morning is Fr. Leonard.

 

Priest:  Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

All:       and also with you.

 

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now am found
Was blind but now I see.

 

T’ was Grace that taught my heart to fear
And Grace, my fears relieved
How precious did that Grace appear
The hour I first believed

 

Through many dangers, toils and snares
We have already come
T’was Grace that brought us safe thus far
And Grace will lead us home

 

Deacon: Our Lord Jesus Christ said; the first commandment is this:  Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is the

only Lord. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all

your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ There

is no other commandment greater than these. On these two commandments hang all the law and

the prophets.

      All:         Amen. Lord have mercy.

 

There is a short period of silence, followed by Confession.

All: Most merciful God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we confess that we have sinned in thought, word and deed. We have not loved you with our whole heart. We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves. In your mercy forgive what we have been, help us to amend what we are, and direct what we shall be; that we may do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with you, our God. Amen.

 Priest:   May the God of love and power forgive you and free you from your sins, heal and strengthen you by his Spirit, and raise you to new life in Christ our Lord.   Amen.

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Second Sunday after Trinity – 21st June 2020

Welcome to our Sunday worship brought to our homes by Zoom.  After the worship we can have a short chat together.  There will be a Zoom service until the last Sunday of June.  There is a new zoom log in address on the website for the Sundays of June 14th-28th.

 

Until the end of June there is a Zoom weekly Bible Study and a mid-week evening quiet reflection service. Both of these will resume at the start of September. The login address for the quiet evening service is on the website. To join the bible study please contact Fr. Leonard first on his own email. The Sunday worship login address remains the same throughout June. St. Paul’s is open again for its regular visiting  times.

From July 5th the principal worship will be back in St. Paul’s Church. We are exploring the possibility of providing Zoom participation in the Sunday service from September onwards. Watch this space!

 

The preacher this morning is Fr. Leonard.

 

Priest:  Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

All:       and also with you.

 

1 Morning has broken
Like the first morning,
Blackbird has spoken
Like the first bird.
Praise for the singing!
Praise for the morning!
Praise for them, springing
Fresh from the Word!

 

2 Sweet the rain’s new fall
Sunlit from Heaven,
Like the first dewfall
On the first grass.
Praise for the sweetness
Of the wet garden,
Sprung in completeness
Where his feet pass

 

Mine is the sunlight

Mine is the morning

born of the one light

Eden saw play

Praise with elation

Praise every morning

God’s re-creation

Of the new day!

 

Deacon: Our Lord Jesus Christ said; the first commandment is this:  Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is the

only Lord. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all

your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ There

is no other commandment greater than these. On these two commandments hang all the law and

the prophets.

      All:         Amen. Lord have mercy.

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First Sunday after Trinity – 14th June 2020

Welcome to our Sunday worship brought to our homes by Zoom.  After the worship we can have a short chat together.  There will be a Zoom service until the last Sunday of June. There is a new login address on the website for the Sundays of June 14th-28th. 

Until the end of June there is a Zoom weekly Bible Study and a mid-week evening quiet reflection service. Both of these will resume at the start of September. The login address for the quiet evening worship is on the website. To join the bible study please contact Fr. Leonard first on his own email. The Sunday worship login address remains the same throughout June. St. Paul’s is open again for its regular visiting  times.

From July 5th the principal worship will be back in St. Paul’s Church. We are exploring the possibility of providing Zoom participation in the Sunday service from September onwards. Watch this space!

The preacher this morning is Fr. Leonard.

 

Priest:  Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

All:       and also with you.

 1 Awake, my soul, and with the sun
thy daily stage of duty run;
shake off dull sloth, and early rise
to pay thy morning sacrifice.

 

2 Lord, I my vows to Thee renew.
Disperse my sins as morning dew;
guard my first springs of thought and will,
and with Thyself my spirit fill.

 

3 Direct, control, suggest, this day,
all I design or do or say,
that all my pow’rs, with all their might,
in Thy sole glory may unite.

 

4 Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
praise Him all creatures here below;
praise Him above, ye heav’nly host;
praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

 

Deacon: Our Lord Jesus Christ said; the first commandment is this:  Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is the only Lord. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

All:          Amen. Lord have mercy.

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Trinity Sunday – 7th June 2020

Welcome to our Sunday worship brought to our homes by Zoom.  After the worship we can have a short chat together. The hymns and other shared texts you might know by heart, or you can print out this service, or you may have a hymn book at home, or you may be happy to listen in silence.

 

Until the end of June there is a Zoom weekly Bible Study and a mid-week evening quiet reflection service. Both of these will resume at the start of September. The login address for the quiet evening service is on the website. To join the bible study please contact Fr. Leonard first on his own email. The Sunday worship login address remains the same throughout June. St. Paul’s is open again for its regular visiting  times. Throughout June there is a mid-day Sunday service in St. Paul’s Church. Please see the website about changes to Sunday worship times.

 

The preacher this morning is Fr. Leonard.

 

Priest:  Holy holy holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is, and is to come.

Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

All:       and also with you.

 

1 Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee.
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessed Trinity

 

2 Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore thee,
casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
cherubim and seraphim falling down before thee,
who wert, and art, and evermore shalt be.

 

3 Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide thee,
though the eye of sinful man thy glory may not see,
only thou art holy; there is none beside thee
perfect in pow’r, in love, and purity.

 

4 Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All thy works shall praise thy name in earth and sky and sea.
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!

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Quiet Evening Worship – After Pentecost

Evening Worship

A short service for the early evening.

 

O God, make speed to save us.

All   O Lord, make haste to help us.

 

Together we say:

 

1    How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts!  ♦

My soul has a desire and longing to enter the courts of the Lord;

my heart and my flesh rejoice in the living God.

2    The sparrow has found her a house and the swallow a nest where she may lay her young:  ♦ at your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God.

3    Blessed are they who dwell in your house:  ♦ they will always be praising you. [R]

4    Blessed are those whose strength is in you,  ♦ in whose heart are the highways to Zion,

5    Who going through the barren valley find there a spring,  ♦and the early rains will clothe it with blessing.

6    They will go from strength to strength  ♦ and appear before God in Zion. [R]

7    O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer;  ♦ listen, O God of Jacob.

8    Behold our defender, O God,  ♦ and look upon the face of your anointed.

9    For one day in your courts  ♦ is better than a thousand. [R]

10  I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God  ♦than dwell in the tents of ungodliness.

11  For the Lord God is both sun and shield; he will give grace and glory;  ♦no good thing shall the Lord withhold from those who walk with integrity.

12  O Lord God of hosts,  ♦ blessed are those who put their trust in you.

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning is now

and shall be for ever. Amen.

 This opening prayer may be said

 That this evening may be holy, good and peaceful, let us pray with one heart and mind.

 

  Silence is kept.

As our evening prayer rises before you, O God, so may your mercy come down upon us to cleanse our hearts and set us free to sing your praise now and for ever.  All   Amen.

The appointed psalmody is said. Each psalm ends  with

All   Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning is now, and shall be for ever. Amen.

 

Canticle

A Song of the Blessed

 All   Rejoice and be glad for you are the light of the world, and great is your reward in heaven.

  1. Blessed are the poor in spirit,  ♦ for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
  2. Blessed are those who mourn,  ♦ for they shall be comforted.
  3. Blessed are the meek,  ♦ for they shall inherit the earth.
  4. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness,  ♦ for they shall be satisfied
  5. Blessed are the merciful,  ♦ for they shall obtain mercy.
  6. Blessed are the pure in heart,  ♦ for they shall see God.
  7. Blessed are the peacemakers,  ♦ for they shall be called children of God.
  8. Blessed are those who suffer persecution for righteousness’ sake,  ♦for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5.3-10)

All   Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning is now and shall be for ever. Amen.

All   Rejoice and be glad for you are the light of the world, and great is your reward in heaven.

Scripture Reading

Responsory

Lord, you will guide me with your counsel and afterwards receive me with glory.

All   Lord, you will guide me with your counsel and afterwards receive me with glory.

For I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand.

All   And afterwards receive me with glory.

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

All   Lord, you will guide me with your counsel and afterwards receive me with glory.

 

 The Magnificat (The Song of Mary) is normally said, or the Nunc dimittis (The Song of Simeon) (here) may be said.

 

All   Remember your promise of mercy, to Abraham and his children for ever.

1    My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour;  ♦ he has looked with favour on his lowly servant.

2    From this day all generations will call me blessed;  ♦ the Almighty has done great things for me and holy is his name.

3    He has mercy on those who fear him,  ♦ from generation to generation.

4    He has shown strength with his arm  ♦ and has scattered the proud in their conceit,

5    Casting down the mighty from their thrones  ♦ and lifting up the lowly.

6    He has filled the hungry with good things  ♦ and sent the rich away empty.

7    He has come to the aid of his servant Israel,  ♦ to remember his promise of mercy,

8    The promise made to our ancestors,  ♦ to Abraham and his children for ever.    (Luke 1.46-55)

All   Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning is now and shall be for ever. Amen.

All   Remember your promise of mercy, to Abraham and his children for ever.

Intercessions are offered:  Lord, in your mercy:  hear our prayer.

Silence may be kept. A mediation or reading may be offered.

The Collect of the day (here) or the following is said

Eternal Lord, our beginning and our end: bring us with the whole creation to your glory, hidden through past ages and made known in Jesus Christ our Lord.  All   Amen.

Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us

All   Our Father, who art in heaven …

 

All   The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen.

Let us bless the Lord.

All   Thanks be to God.