Saint Paul's Anglican Church, Monte-Carlo -- a community of Light on the Côte d'Azur
St Paul's Church Newsletter: Tuesday, 13th June 2017
The newsletter is now published on an occasional basis.
A Rocha Reception tonight!     
A Rocha hosts a reception (cocktail dinetoire) this evening in the Saint Paul's Church Library, from 7 to 9 p.m.
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A Rocha is a Christian movement with research centres located in 20 countries around the world that treats the world God created as divine revelation on a par, if not greater than, the revelation contained in the Holy Bible. (See report of Father Peter Harris's visit below.)
Welcome Caleb Turrell! 
Caleb Turrell at Saint Paul_s

On Trinity Sunday (11 June) the 10:30 congregation took time to welcome our newest member, baby Caleb Turrell, pictured here in the arms of his mother Saphira. Father Walter offered a prayer of thanksgiving for the safe delivery of a new baby and a prayer of blessing for Caleb and his new family, including big sister Amadea (looking on).
LAST CALL Beach Party - Sunday 25 June   

Please let Candida know by this Sunday (18 June) at the latest,  if you hope to attend the Farewell "Beach Party" for Father Walter on Sunday, 25th June. We need to confirm the number attending early next week. If you haven't already, kindly send your RSVP as soon as posisble to Candida Stille-Humphreys by email candida@monaco.mc or by phone at 06 80 86 95 37.  

The Saint Paul's Church community will come together on Sunday, 25 June, for a retirement and farewell party for our Chaplain, Father Walter Raymond OGS who will move back to Canada in early July. The celebration begins with Sunday morning worship, 25th June at 10:30, Saint Paul's Church, Monte-Carlo, and continues at the beach restaurant " Miami Plage" on Larvotto Beach, Monaco.

If you are away on 25th June or otherwise unable to attend the Beach Party, Father Walter's final Sunday at Saint Paul's is on 2nd July.
Father Peter Harris at Saint Paul's   
Revd Peter Harris at Saint Paul_s

A Rocha founders, Revd Peter and Miranda Harris, were pleased to attend the Trinity Sunday service at Saint Paul's (11 June) during which Father Peter very kindly offered a sermon reflecting on the rich complexity of Psalm 8. "O Lord our Governor, how excellent is thy Name in all the world : thou that hast set thy glory above the heavens!" (Book of Common Prayer Psalter)

(Father Peter will attend the A Rocha Reception at Saint Paul's this evening.)

From an interview published in Christianity Today, June 2011:

Peter Harris: It's important to understand that A Rocha, as a movement, is driven by biblical theology. It's not a Christian attempt to "save the planet." It's a response to who God is.

We may do many of the same things as do secular environmental organizations, but we do them for very different reasons. One question for any kind of activism is, how long are you going to be able to keep doing it? If you believe you're going to be able, by technology, by political force, by whatever means, to save the planet, you may well get exhausted and disillusioned and depressed. These are genuine problems within the environmental movement.

If, on the other hand, you do what you do because you believe it pleases the living God, who is the Creator and whose handiwork this is, your perspective is very different. I don't think there is any guarantee we will save the planet. I don't think the Bible gives us much reassurance about that. But I do believe it gives God tremendous pleasure when his people do what they were created to do, which is care for what he made.

Our job in reading Scripture is not primarily to find proof texts about creatures with wings or legs. Our job is to discover: Who is God? Who is Jesus Christ? What do they care about? And how does the Spirit enable us to live that life?

Look at Hosea 4. In the first three verses, we have moral problems: adultery and murder, bloodshed following bloodshed. But then, "Therefore the land mourns," and "the beasts of the field and the birds of the heavens, and even the fish of the sea are taken away" (v. 3). That's a prophecy three millennia before we have the words for a marine crisis. Who would have thought that the fish of the sea would die? Until modern times, the fish of the sea seemed like an inexhaustible resource. You get those ecological consequences of the broken relationship with God all the way through Scripture. But at the same time, there's the phenomenal hope that as people are restored in Christ to a right relationship with God, there will be a restoration of our relationship to creation and healing for the creation.

It's important to recognize that we are losing species on the planet at an unprecedented rate since industrialization. Now, if in Psalm 104 it says, "In wisdom [God] made them all," and if God gave us the work of caring for creation, then clearly, we aren't fulfilling the biblical vision.

I think the Christian vision of conservation (is) one that has to do with human flourishing, that has to do with recognizing that a ravaged creation has wrecked not just species but God's intention for time, for Sabbath, and that in turn wrecks families and whole societies.
Cyara-Oasis Retreat July 2017

Weekly Services
Sunday Mornings
Holy Communion (traditional language) at 8:30 a.m.
Family Communion at 10:30 a.m. with Sunday Club for Children
Wednesday Evening Service
Healing Prayer (for oneself or for others) 18:30 p.m. with Holy Communion

Saint Paul's Church, Monte-Carlo| +377 93 30 71 06 | www.stpaulsmonaco.com
Father Walter Raymond OGS, Chaplain: walter@monaco.mc

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