Parish News

News Bulletin for 6 August The Transfiguration

Volume 7, Number 37 Friday 4th August 2017

From Richard


Daniel had a vision by night as he lay in bed – a dream, but perhaps a disturbing dream – in which he saw an all-powerful Ancient One surrounded by fire and clouds and served by countless attendants. As Daniel’s dream unfolded another figure came forward from the clouds, one like a human, to whom the Ancient one gave everlasting dominion over all of creation. Perhaps, like me, you would see in Daniel’s vision God the Father giving Christ dominion over all the world. And a key feature of the vision, fundamental to our whole understanding of our Christian faith, is that Christ would live and walk amongst us, not as some remote and unapproachable alien presence, but as a human being, even as he carried the authority and love of God for us.

Luke describes the Transfiguration of Jesus when, in the presence of Peter, John and James, Jesus’ appearance changed to radiate a dazzling glorious white light, with Elijah and Moses in attendance, and God’s voice from heaven announced that Jesus was his son. In Daniel’s vision God is presented in the form of a human. At the Transfiguration, a man is presented in the form of God.

The disciples had come to know Jesus as a man, a charismatic, spiritual, clever, courageous, persuasive man, but for all that just a human being. Now the three chosen disciples saw Jesus as much more than this. In his transfiguration they saw the human and the divine come together in Jesus. For a few moments only they glimpsed eternity. But that glimpse radically changed their understanding of the power and significance of the person who had enriched the lives of those around him beyond anything they could have imagined.

The Transfiguration is counted as one of Jesus’ miracles but it is unique because the miracle occurs to Jesus himself. But it represents the miracle of transformation and reimagining which Christ offers to us all. Whenever we see our lives from a new angle or in a different light, we stand in a transfiguring moment. Our lives and circumstances might not have changed, but we are offered new possibilities – to see with different eyes and hear with different ears - and to ask how God calls us to amend our lives. The world is never so dark that God’s grace cannot illuminate it and transform it and bring light into all human situations. We are called to allow God’s grace to transform us, to allow the divine to enter our lives, perhaps just a little at a time, and then to carry that transformation into the world in the name of Christ.




8:00am Eucharist Pr Fr Tim Pilkington
9:30am Sung Eucharist Pr Fr Anthony Lathe

6:00pm Evening Prayer Fr Tim Pilkington


First Reading Daniel 7:9-10 & 13-14

As I watched, thrones were set in place, and an Ancient One took his throne; his clothing was white as snow, and the hair of his head like pure wool; his throne was fiery flames, and its wheels were burning fire. A stream of fire issued and flowed out from his presence.

A thousand thousand served him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood attending him.

The court sat in judgement, and the books were opened.

As I watched in the night visions, I saw one like a human being coming with the clouds of heaven. And he came to the Ancient One and was presented before him.

To him was given dominion and glory and kingship, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that shall not pass away, and his kingship is one that shall never be destroyed.


Gospel Luke 9:28-36

Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to him. They appeared in glory and were speaking of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. Now Peter and his companions were weighed down with sleep; but since they had stayed awake, they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. Just as they were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, ‘Master, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah’–not knowing what he said. While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were terrified as they entered the cloud. Then from the cloud came a voice that said, ‘This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!’ When the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and in those days told no one any of the things they had seen.







+ Alan, Bp of St Albans +Justin, Archbishop

The Episcopal Church of Puerto Rico & Bishop Wilfrido Ramos Orench




Sick & Bereaved



Long term: Christina Billington, Judith Hill, Yvonne Rix,

Anna Gibbs, Omid Tatiae, Margaret Taylor, Christine Danson, Len Bennett, Priscilla Watt, Matthew Baynes, priest.

and immediate: Diane Luckraft, Gordon Hufford, Mary Smith












Ken Bishop, Joanne Fayer



Morning Prayer Monday 9:00am; Tuesday 9:00am at All Saints Shrublands Road;

Wednesday 8:00am; Thursday & Friday 9:00am

Eucharist Tuesday 9:30am at All Saints’ Shrublands Road; Wednesday 8:30am in St Peters

Evening Prayer Monday – Friday 5:00pm; Saturday 6:00pm






VOLUNTEERS ARE URGENTLY NEEDED to help with Saturday morning coffee in the Court House. Could you join one of the teams to serve coffee, or bake cakes or scones? Contact Kathie Lally (863526) to find out what is involved and offer your help. PLEASE give this request serious consideration as we shall be unable to keep Saturday coffee going without additional volunteers. It is not only a form of outreach to people in Berkhamsted but also a useful source of income for the church!


OKTOBERFEST 2017 This year’s Oktoberfest will be 23rd – 24th September. This year the theme is Handel and the Foundlings and will feature a performance of Handel’s Foundling Anthem at Ashlyns Chapel on Saturday 23rd at 4.30pm. If you’d like to sing, please contact Jon Lee via the parish office.

Wine tasting will be on Saturday 23rd at 7.30pm and Bavarian Breakfast on Sunday 24th at 11am. Please see the postcard for more information.

Posters and postcards are available at the back of church. Please take one to display on your fence, in your car or give to anyone who might be interested.


The sponsored Bike ’n’ Hike for Beds & Herts Historic Churches Trust is on Saturday 9th September. For more information please contact Chris Clegg

All Saints’ Church, Berkhamsted is seeking a part-time administrative assistant 10 hours per week £10 per hour.

Experience of working in a similar role essential For further details and an application form please contact: Malcolm Lindo on 01442 866714 or malcolm.lindo @

Closing date for applications: 29th September 2017 Interviews expected to be held in week of 9th October 2017



PEW LEAFLET notices copy-ready & rota swaps by 2pm Wednesday please.

PARISH OFFICE hours will be irregular during the school holidays. Please ring to make sure someone is there before coming in to see us.




Sundays Together Lunch


Carolynne Charman


12:30pm in the Court House. For anyone on their own on a Sunday.

Sun 6 Aug






Pastoral Network


Philippa Seldon 871534

7:45pm in the Court House. No August meeting

Mon 18 Sept






Tuesday Club


Rosslyn Laidler


7:30pm Court House. (No meeting in August)

Tues 3 Sept






Mothers’ Union


Margaret Burbidge 862139

Mary Sumner Day. No other meetings in August

Wed 9 Aug






Mothers’ Union Prayers


Margaret Burbidge 862139

2:30pm, venue to be confirmed







Julian Meeting


Ruth T-B 863268

11:30am 3 Sherwood Mews

Wed 9 Aug






Grief and Loss Support Group


Sylvia Banks 871195.

Monthly Lunch 12:30pm at The White Horse, Bourne End

Wed 16 Aug






Little Fishes


Tracy Robinson 863559

Fridays in term time: 9:30-11:30am Court House.

Fr 8 Sept






ABC Prayer Breakfast


Peggy Sear

01296 584530

8:00am at the Way Inn; third Saturday of the month. Prayer requests to Peggy Sear by the previous Monday, please

Sat 19 Aug






Choral Evensong



Cathedral style Choral Evensong in St Peter’s, 6:00pm

Sun 24 Sept





Fr Tim Pilkington

Rector (day off Friday) 01442 879739

Fr Simon Vivian

Assistant Curate (day off Thursday) 01442 864199

Fr John Russell

Team Vicar (Gt Gaddesden, Lt Gaddesden, Nettleden)

Revd Penny Nash

Team Vicar (Potten End and Youth Minister)

Parish Office

Hilary Armstrong and Kate Perera 01442 878227