This Week's Messenger


Sunday 15th January 2017

The Second Sunday in Ordinary Time



Recently Departed

Margaret Howlett, Diana Law, Kevin Logan, Peter Moss (priest).


Year's Mind

[16] Wilfred Lambeth(priest), Marjorie Green; [17] Edward Carter, Janey Rae Groves; [18] Elizabeth Mantell, Peter Robinson; Brian Rowley; [20] Donald Jones, Walter Albert Charles Curtis, John Huby; [21] Adelaide Louise Dashwood, Harry Squires Thornton, Florrie Whale.



The body of Margaret Howlett, a longstanding member of the congregation of S. Saviour’s, will be received into S. Saviour’s on Wednesday 18th January at 4 pm, and a requiem mass will be celebrated on Thursday 19th January at 2 pm.

Please pray for the repose of her soul.

Readings for this Sunday

Lesson        Isaiah 49.3,5-6

The Lord said to me, “You are my servant (Israel) in whom I shall be glorified”; I was honoured in the eyes of the Lord, my God was my strength.  And now the Lord has spoken, he who formed me in the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob back to him, to gather Israel to him:  “It is not enough for you to be my servant, to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back the survivors of Israel; I will make you the light of the nations so that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.”


Gradual Psalm 40.1,3,8-11

I waited patiently for the Lord : and he inclined unto me, and heard my


And he hath put a new song in my mouth : even a thanksgiving unto our


Sacrifice and meat-offering thou wouldest not : but mine ears hast thou


Burnt-offerings, and sacrifice for sin, hast thou not required : then said I, Lo, I


In the volume of the book it is written of me, that I should fulfil thy will, O

  my God : I am content to do it; yea, thy law is within my heart.

I have declared thy righteousness in the great congregation : lo, I will not

  refrain my lips, O Lord, and that thou knowest.


Epistle I Corinthians 1.1-3

I, Paul, appointed by God to be an apostle, together with brother Sosthenes, send greetings to the church of God in Corinth, to the holy people of Jesus Christ, who are called to take their place among all the saints everywhere who pray to our Lord Jesus Christ, for he is their Lord no less than ours.  May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ send you grace and peace.



Gospel John 1.29-34

Seeing Jesus coming towards him, John said, “Look, there is the lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world.  This is the one I spoke of when I said:  A man is coming after me who ranks before me because he existed before me.  I did not know him myself, and yet it was to reveal him to Israel that I came baptizing with water.”  John also declared, “I saw the Spirit coming down on him from heaven like a dove and resting on him.  I did not  know him myself, but he who sent me to baptize with water had said to me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and rest is the one who is going to baptize with the Holy Spirit.’  Yes, I have seen and I am the witness that he is the Chosen One of God.”


MONDAY - Feria S. Mark - 6pm Mass
TUESDAY - S. Antony S. Aldhelm - 10.45am Mass
WEDNESDAY - Feria S. Saviour - 9.30am Mass
THURSDAY - S. Wulfstan S. Luke - 9.00am Morning Prayer, 9.30am Mass
FRIDAY - S. Sebastian  
SATURDAY - S. Agnes S. Mark - 9.30am Mass




"Crossing Barriers" - 18th - 25th January 2017

This year’s theme has been prepared by the churches in Germany. The week begins with a joint service on Wednesday 18th January at Central Church at 7pm.  There will be a Bible Study at St Mark’s on Thursday 19th January at 3pm.  All are welcome to come along and join in during this Week of Prayer for Christian unity.



Saturday 28th January from 10 am to 12 noon in S. Saviour’s hall.  Come along for coffee, cake and a chat.  Proceeds will be given to Swindon Guide Dogs.




Items are invited for the next edition of InSpire Magazine.  Please send us your news, views, stories, events, anecdotes, jokes, etc.  And don’t forget to tell us about your favourite hymn (and why it’s your favourite) and we will find out its history for you.  Please submit items by Wednesday 18th January.



This year’s Walsingham Pilgrimage takes place from 7th to 11th August.  Pilgrimage is the perfect opportunity to set the concerns of the world aside and share with others in exploring your spiritual journey.  Spaces are still available on this year’s pilgrimage, at a cost of £249.05 per adult or £149.43 per child (under 5s free), to include accommodation and full board.  If you would like to come along, please contact Karen in the parish office to book your place. 




Norma Allum, Elaine Baker, Derek Moreton, Canon Simon Stevenette, Muriel Avenell, Joe Ricketts, John Vittles, Revd Canon Brian Fessey.


Peter Dance, Tamsin Davis, Shirley Driver, Jane Shrimpton, Robin Langton


Constance Groves, John Glass, Jean Holley, Helen Robinson, Gail Royle, Sheila Maslin.


Gordon Clack, Betty Mitchell, Barbara Tomkins, Mick Koncowski


Preston, June Tatt, Donald Thompson, Ian Taylor, Fr Robert Pitt


Terry Venn-Adams, Clive Viner, Sam Slade




Next Sunday's Readings

Isaiah 9.1-4; Psalm 27; I Corinthians 1.10-13,17; Matthew 4.12-23




Our Regular Weekly Services

The Parish Church of St Mark

Sundays at 10.30 am (Sung Mass)

Mondays at 6.00 pm (Mass)


Saturdays at 9.30 am (Mass)


1st Monday of the month at 6.30 pm​ (Prayer of the Rosary)



The District Church of St Saviour


Sundays at 9.00 am (Sung Mass)

Wednesdays at 9.30 am (Mass)


The District Church of St Luke


Sundays at 10.30 am (Sung Mass)

Thursdays at 9.00 am (Morning Prayer)


Thursdays at 9.30 am (Mass)


The Chapel of St Aldhelm


Tuesdays at 10.45 am (Mass)


And special services by announcement