Service Times

Church of Ireland – The Kinsale Union of Parishes

Sunday 1st August 9th after Trinity

8:30am Holy Communion  Kinsale

11:30am Holy Communion  Kinsale

St Multose is normally open daily at the following times: (Winter) 1000hrs to 16hrs (Summer) 1000hrs to 1800hrs. There are information panels explaining the history of the building. Visitors are kindly asked to respect those times when there is public worship and to behave accordingly.

(8th Sunday after Trinity) St James the Apostle’s Day – 25th July 2021 

COLLECT (the special prayer that ‘collects up’ our thoughts) for the day on which we remember James the Apostle: Merciful God, whose holy apostle Saint James, leaving his father and all that he had, was obedient to the calling of your Son Jesus Christ and followed him even to death: Help us, forsaking the false attractions of the world, to be ready at all times to answer your call without delay; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Albrecht Dürer 1471-1528  

THE GOSPEL READING FOR TODAY IS MATTHEW 20:20-28

The mother of the sons of Zebedee (James and John) came to Jesus with her sons, and kneeling before him, she asked a favour of him. She said to him, ‘Declare that these two sons of mine will sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom.’ But Jesus answered, ‘You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink?’ They said to him, ‘We are able.’ He said to them, ‘You will indeed drink my cup, but to sit at my right hand and at my left, this is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.’ When the ten heard it, they were angry with the two brothers. But Jesus called them to him and said, ‘You know that the rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. It will not be so among you; but whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be your slave; just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.’

Reflection The artist Albrecht Durer is best known for the painting on the top left, The Praying Hands. He also drew the portrait of James the Apostle who is remembered once a year on the 25th July. There is sometimes confusion with our fellow Christians in the Roman Catholic tradition about our, Anglican, link to the saints. We DO, of course, acknowledge and affirm the saints, as examples of people who responded to God’s love in Christ: but we do not pray TO them. Durer pictured James as venerable and wise, as seen above. We know that he and his brother were called by Jesus from fishing, and they left their father in the boat (poor Zebedee)! What drove them to this madness of leaving all to follow Jesus? We cannot be sure. Was there something of God’s wisdom in Jesus of Nazareth? Was he a radical preacher who would lead his people to political freedom? Their mother was convinced that ultimately there would be rewards. She had heard news of some new ‘kingdom’. Like mothers down the ages she had, as she thought, her children’s best interests at heart: ‘Declare that these sons of mine will sit, one at your right hand and one on your left, in your kingdom.’ It is then that both she and they hear the ‘upside down’ message of Jesus: ‘The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve!’ In the person of Jesus, God inverts all our normal ways of measuring success, power, achievement, and reward: sadly, I think, we in the church have found that the hardest of all lessons to learn!

A prayer as we remember God’s saints: Father of all, whose family in heaven and on earth is one: deepen within us our sense of the communion of saints, and give us grace to follow them more nearly in the way of holiness, even as they followed Christ; to whom be the glory and dominion for ever and ever. 

Rev Peter Rutherford Tel. 021-4772220.

St Multose

Sunday
8:30 Holy Communion
11:30 Holy Communion or Morning Prayer

Wednesday
12:00 Holy Communion

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Sunday (see Newsletter for dates)
10:00 Holy Communion or Morning Prayer

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Sunday (see Newsletter for dates)
10:00 Holy Communion or Morning Prayer