Welcome back and Happy New Year! It was super to worship twice today and to see so many familiar faces as well as some new ones.
In this examination month of January, M&Ms suspends its weekly activities - our philosophy café and homegroup, our new Bible study and our new Thursday morning prayer in KUL will begin in February. (We are already missing our choir so much that, if Ellie decides, we will resume choir practice before the new semester begins - Ellie will email the choir about this.)
Next Sunday is Epiphany II. We meet at 18u30 as usual for a Communion service according to the Book of Common Prayer at which Jack will preach. The "Prayer Book" service is an exceptionally beautiful liturgy:
- Archbishop Justin's New Year message, which is excellent, is here: http://www.archbishopofcanterbury.org/articles.php/5656/watch-the-archbishop-of-canterburys-new-year-message
- This semester, we will have a series of sermons and interviews about people's experiences of life reflected through the Book of Job. This article gives some basic background to this remarkable book of the Bible: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Book_of_Job
- These three articles discuss how to organise your life this new year! http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/dec/23/gift-kindness-christmas-church http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/dec/28/new-year-new-you-how-to-be-happy http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/jan/01/drowning-commitments-stop-giving-a-damn-sarah-knight
- As I was preaching this evening, the Anglican Communion might be half its current size in a week's time, following a meeting of the 38 Anglican primates in London, beginning tomorrow. More information about this Primates' Meeting is here: http://www.primates2016.org/ http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jan/08/church-of-england-fears-talks-on-gay-rights-could-end-global-anglican-communion
- I really liked this article which points out the Christian character of much of the Enlightenment: http://deredactie.be/cm/vrtnieuws/opinieblog/column/1.2542426
- The Anglican parishes in Brussels and Tervuren organise an annual women's retreat in Kortenberg for 24 hours from 17u on Friday 26 February. Three women from M&Ms are going to go to this retreat and anyone is welcome. Please speak to Jane for more details. The retreat is widely seen as excellent by all involved. (Obviously there will be a rival men-only Axis & Allies evening at ETF on the evening of 26 February)
- M&Ms will organise weekly morning prayer every Thursday at 8u30 in the faculteit theologie KUL when the semester begins. Meanwhile, Jane is organising morning prayer on some random dates during the exam period. This follows the short but lovely "Daily Anglican Prayer" service at the foot of this email. It will be held in a room in Maria-Theresiacollega at 8u15. The days this week are Monday and Tuesday. If you are in the court of Maria-Theresiacollege in front of the Grote Aula at 8u15, Jane will direct you to the room.
Have a good week and please do not stress too much about the exams!
Daily Anglican prayer:
Church of England weekly podcast: