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August at St. Bede's


Welcome to the St Bede’s for August.

We begin the month with our Art and Craft morning in the hall on Thursday 1st August from 10.00 am until noon. The focus this month is on card-making and morning tea is included. 
All welcome.

There will be a Taize-style reflective service on August 7th at 7.00 pm with candles and
times of silence.

On the last Friday of the month (August 30th), you are welcome to join us for a fellowship lunch in
the hall from 12.00 to 2.00 pm.  After a lunch of soup, sandwiches (toasted) and sweet slices,
there is an opportunity to socialise over a cuppa and play games ranging from snap to scrabble,
battleships to bingo. A donation of $5 is appreciated

Sunday services are at 8.00 am and 9:30 am and the themes invite us to reflect on living faithfully:
August 4: What do we invest in? Where do we put our energy?
August 11:  What is our “treasure”?
August 18: Seeing the signs of God’s work in our world
August 25: Standing up in response to the healing offered by Jesus. .

During the month of August we are invited to remember and give thanks for people who witnessed to their faith across the centuries in a variety of ways:
3rd Stephen – deacon and first martyr. His story is found in the Bible (Acts 6-7).
5th Oswald (d. 641/842), generous king who introduced Christianity to Northumberland.
8th Domenic (d. 1221) priest and friar known for his preaching.
9th Mary Summer (d. 1921) founder of the Mother’s Union.
10th Lawrence (d. 258) deacon and martyr.
13th Jeremy Taylor (d. 1667), bishop and spiritual writer.
14th Twentieth Century Martyrs (See https://www.westminster-abbey.org/about-the-abbey/history/modern-martyrs)
15th Mary, Mother of our Lord
20th Bernard of Clairvaux, abbot and teacher (d. 1153).
24th Bartholomew, Apostle and Martyr
27th Monica, mother of Augustine (d. 387)
28th Augustine of Hippo, bishop and teacher (d. 430)
31st Aidan of Lindisfarne, bishop and missionary (d. 651)
31st John Bunyan, preacher and spiritual writer (d. 1688)

Our Stained Glass Window - St. Oswald
In the sanctuary at St Bede’s is a lovely window dedicated to St Oswald.  Saint Oswald lived from 604 until the 5th of August 642 CE. He became King of Northumbria in 634, having encountered Christianity on the Island of Iona in Scotland while in exile and being converted and baptised there. Under his rule Northumbria became one of the strongest of the seven kingdoms of England. King Oswald promoted Christianity. Writing history less than a century later St Bede describes him as a saintly king, who extended generosity to the poor and to strangers. 
It is reported that one Easter, Oswald was sitting at dinner with Aidan (preacher from Iona), and had "a silver dish full of dainties before him", when a servant, whom Oswald "had appointed to relieve the poor", came in and told Oswald that a crowd of the poor were in the streets begging. Oswald, according to Bede, then immediately had his food given to the poor and even had the dish broken up and distributed.

Our Prayer of the Month
Creator God,
you have made us for yourself.
Our hearts are restless
until they find their rest in you:
teach us to offer ourselves to your service,
that here we may have your peace,
and in the world to come may we see you face to face;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen