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September Letter from the Chaplain

  • Posted on September 6, 2013 at 6:34 pm

            2nd September 2013.

From the Chaplain…..


Dear members and Friends of Magdalen Chapel,

            Farewell All good wishes to Vivienne Wolstenhome and Diana Lewis, both long-standing and faithful members of the Chapel , as they move away from Bath, to be closer to their families.  Thank you – from us all – for all you have done to help  the worship and witness of the Chapel.  AND NOW there are vacancies in the “Flower team”. Offers of help: Please ask for Shirley.

            VOLUNTEERS are needed to help at Genesis Trust’s family fundraising event “Pirate Pedal” at Odd Down Cycle Circuit on Sat 28th Sept 1pm – 4pm.

Help needed to set up, registration, cycle circuit marshals and car park attendants, prize giving and lucky dip! Please get in touch with Katie on 07889 167985 or if you can help that afternoon.

            Civic Engagement – Somerset Churches Together & BATHCAN Conference on Saturday 28th September at the Assembly Rooms – A Day Conference on how Christians can engage with your community; with National and Local keynote speakers. Details ,07850 623 574.


I’ve put these three paragraphs “at the top” to remind us all that it is from the heartbeat of God’s love that worship and action flow. The traditional name for “A Service” is the Greek word “Liturgy”; in English, “A service to/for the State and community”.  With “Divine” as a prefix it has come to mean the Eucharistic  Worship – A Church Service – at which God gives us Holy Communion, and from which we “Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.” As economic austerity brings tighter budgets the care and action of the Christian Church and other Faith Communities is not an option but, as it always has been, a duty, a Service, a work of Divine Liturgy, a Service to the State and Community, for us specially, by the sign of the Holy Cross, (15th September!) in God’s Name.  


With prayers and blessings,            Sincerely,                                                                                                                                                        David




From the Registers


Holy Baptism

Archer William Maitland Clarke  (Sunday 21st April)

“May God, who has received you by baptism into his Church, pour upon you the riches of his grace”

Holy Matrimony

Congratulations and all good wishes to:

Gavin Timothy Roger McGuirk & Sian Mari Gronow (17th May)

David Mark Russell and Isobel Mary Rose Mack (20th July)


Pray for the repose of the souls of Robert John Browning (24th May)

and Jay Coe, whose funeral took place on Friday 30th August at St Luke’s; and remember Revd John Coe and his family in their bereavement.

Forthcoming Events at the Chapel 

  • We look forward to seeing all friends on 15th September for a “Brunch” after the 10am Sung Eucharist – our annual feast in Honour of the “Exaltation of the Holy Cross”

You will be welcome………

  • On  Sundays

8am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer – BCP)

10am Sung Eucharist (& Coffee and Conversation). Please see details  overleaf

  • To join the team keeping the Chapel Graveyard neat. Contact Nic Eager to show interest

Sunday October 6th Harvest Festival Evensong 6.30pm and Soirée

You are invited to bring a “Harvest Thanksgiving” of non-perishable food items, or cash, for the Bath Food Bank.

Weekday celebrations of the Holy Eucharist

Monday Sept. 16th     7.30pm Eucharist in honour of St Matthew (with Members of the GSS, The Guild of the Servants of the Sanctuary, a Parochial and National C of E Organisation that encourages Altar Servers

Friday Sept. 27th        6.30pm S. Vincent de Paul

Friday October 4th     6.30pm St Francis’ Day

Friday Octobr 11th    6.30pm In honour of Blessed John Henry Newman

Friday October 18th              6.30pm St Luke’s Day

Saturday Nov 2nd All Souls Day 10am This is the day to remember at the Altar our loved ones, benefactors and friends who have died. Please ensure names are written on the list in Chapel.

Friday Nov 8th           6.30pm  “All Saints of England”

Friday Nov 29th         6.30pm  St Andrew 




Magdalen Chapel Sunday Services and Readings (Sung Eucharist)

Sept – Nov 2013

                        BCP(8am)      Revised Common Lectionary(10am)

Sept 1st            Trinity 14      22nd Sunday of the Year Mediator of the New Covenant

                        Ecclus 10:12-18, Ps 112; Heb 13:1-8,15-16, Lk 14:1,7-14          

8th                    Trinity 15      Nativity of BVM

                        Rev 11:19 – 12:6 & 10; Ps 45:10-17; Gal 4:4-7; Lk 1:46-55

15th                 Trinity 16      Holy Cross Day

                        Numbers 21:4-9; Ps 22:23-28; Phil 2:6-11; John 3:13-17

22nd                 Trinity 17      25th Sunday The Lord of the Oppressed

                                               Amos 8:4-7; Ps 113; 1 Tim 2:1-7; Lk 16:1-13

29th                 S. Michael & All Angels

                                    Gen 28:10-17; Ps 103:19-22; Rev 12:7-12; Jn 1:47-51

Oct 6th             Trinity 19       27th Sunday Faith

                                    Hab. 1:1-4, 2:1-4; Ps 95, 2 Tim,1:1-14; Lk 17:5-10

6.30pm Harvest Festival Evensong

13th                 Trinity 20       28th Sunday Thanksgiving

                                    2 Kings 5:1-3, 7-15; Ps 111; 2 Tim 2:8-15; Lk 17:11-19

20th                 Trinity 21       29th Sunday Christ always interceding for us.

                                    Gen 32:22-31 Ps 121; 2 Tim 3:14-4:5; Lk 18:1-8

27th                 Trinity 22       30th Sunday The Lord the Righteous Judge

                        Ecclus. 35:12-17; Ps 84:1-7; 2 Tim4:6-8 &16-18; Lk 18:9-14

3rd                   All Saints (Sun)Day

                                    Rev. 7:2-4,9-14; Ps 24:1-6; 1 John 3:1-3; Mt 5:1-12

10th                 Trinity 24      3rd S before Advent Remembrance Sunday

                        Job 19:23-27a, Ps 17:1-9, 2 Thess 2:1-5,13-17; Lk 20:27-38

17th                 Trinity 25      2nd S before Advent The Kingdom is near

                                    Mal:4:1-2a; Ps 98; 2 Thess. 3:6-13; Lk 21:5-19

24th                 Next before Advent – Christ the King

                                                Jer 23:1-6; Ps 46; Col. 1:11-20; Lk 23:33-43

Details of 10am Readings  are published above in the hope that this helps us to prepare for, and focus our worship, with a Common Mind and Intention.

If you would like help or guidance with a pattern of daily readings from Scripture and the Teaching of the Church, please ask.


In the wider sphere….New Bishops of Ebbsfleet andTewkesbury

 The Ordination & Consecrations of The Reverend Canon Jonathan Goodall to be Bishop of Ebbsfleet (Diocese of Canterbury,) and The Venerable Martyn Snow to be Bishop of Tewksbury (Diocese of Gloucester) will be held in Westminster Abbey at 11am on Wednesday 25th September 2013. To apply for tickets, please write, enclosing a stamped addressed envelope, to: Mr M Arnoldi, Room 25, The Chapter Office, 20 Dean’s Yard, London, SW1P 3PA. Tickets will be posted by 17 September. All are welcome to




For your prayers


  • Prayer during the Vacancy in See in the Diocese of Bath and Wells

In the coming weeks, please join us in praying for the Vacancy in See and all those involved in appointing a new Bishop of Bath & Wells:

“Faithful God, in your providence you lead your pilgrim Church into new adventures of faith: Pour out your Holy Spirit, that all who are involved in the selection of our new bishop may be blessed with discernment, vision and wisdom; And that the one who is your choice will be anointed with all the gifts of that same Spirit to be a blessing to us in this Diocese. Trusting in your power to accomplish far more than all we can ask or imagine, we ask this in the name of Christ our Lord, Amen.”


  • Treasurer’s Note. Our donations from Collections this year so far:
Magdalen Educational Foundation            


Somerset Churches




Camp Hill Trust


Genesis Trust




We have funds waiting to be released at the appropriate time for:

Bath Opportunity Pre School Bursary      


Royal British Legion


Syria [need to discuss, but set aside]


Plate collections to the end of August have amounted to £3,123.68 and attendance at all services 715.


The plans to renew the Garden gate are still in hand, and we hope there will be encouraging news of progress soon.


The Chandos Singers rehearse in the Chapel on Friday evenings, under the direction of Dr Malcolm Hill. For further details please contact:

Mandy Shaw, Secretary, Chandos Singers – Tel: 01225 436302/07710 44796


Contact Details for The Chaplain

The Revd David Prothero,

Tel:01225 938595 Mob 07834 269097 or use the “Contacts” box in the Chapel for messages to the Chaplain or Wardens. Please ensure your name is on our contacts list!

Online – Magdalen Chapel: www.magdalenchapelbath


The next Chaplain’s Letter will be published at the end of November