Subject: News from the University Church

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While you're not looking

As I begin, both practically and mentally, to prepare myself to move to a new city and a new ministry, there is plenty of looking back. One thing I have greatly enjoyed is spending my day off pottering around the wonderful garden at the house. I’m no expert, but there is a simple joy at creating a space where things can come alive and grow. So little effort is required – yet nature gives abundantly. You blink, and what was a small brave little plant has become something wonderful and confident.

Our lives are no different: we so often grow and change while we’re not looking. We sink our roots into good things – friendship, love, work we care about, expanding our minds, giving our time and attention to others – and it happens. This summer, while perhaps we may find time for a slower (or at least different) pace, it may be chance to stop and give thanks for all that has nourished us, made us who we are, and to sink our roots deep into those ‘living waters’ of God’s love, to refresh us in all our longing.

The Revd James Crockford
Associate Vicar

The Week Ahead 

This Sunday

Sunday 11 August The Eighth Sunday after Trinity
10.30 Sung Eucharist
Preacher: The Revd James Crockford

15.30 Organ Recital
Alexander Platt (Magdalen College, Oxford)

Weekday Services

Monday 
9.00 Morning Prayer - Chancel
12.15 Eucharist - Chancel 

Tuesday Florence Nightingale, 1910
9.00 Morning Prayer - Chancel
12.15 Eucharist - Chancel 

Wednesday Maximilian Kolbe, 1941
9.00 Morning Prayer - Chancel
12.15 Eucharist - Chancel 

Thursday Blessed Virgin Mary
9.00 Morning Prayer - Chancel
12.15 Eucharist - Chancel 

Friday  
9.00 Morning Prayer - Chancel
12.15 Eucharist - Chancel 

Saturday 
14.00 Pilgrimage and Pub to Godstow Abbey - Meet in De Brome Abbey

Next Sunday

Sunday 18 August The Ninth Sunday after Trinity
10.30 Sung Eucharist
Preacher: The Revd Dr John Findon

15.30 Organ Recital
George de Voil (Wellington College) 
Pilgrimage and Pub

Come and join us on Saturday 17 August at 2.00pm for an informal afternoon stroll to Godstow Abbey. There will be a pub break before the return leg. Meet in the De Brome Chapel ready to leave at 2.00pm. Please bring sturdy footwear, a sunhat, and a bottle of water.

Artificial Intelligence

A member of our congregation, Jory Fleming is the first contributor to a series of articles organised by the Church Times on what it means to be human in the light of Artificial Intelligence. You can read the whole article about his work in AI by clicking here
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