St John
the Divine,
SHARING with those in need
CARING for one another
The Church of England

The Diocese of Southwark
The Bridge, from Southwark Diocese

    • Welcome
    • Inspiration and comfort
    • Introducing St John's
    • Our location
    • Our services
    • Contact us
    • Our principles
    • Data privacy notice
    • Our mission statement
    • Annual reports for 2020
    • Safeguarding
    • Looking back

(Website last updated on 17 October 2021)

17 October (Twentieth Sunday after Trinity): video; collect and readings

Tuesday 8.00 a.m. Morning Prayer, St John's
Tuesday 5.00 p.m. Evening Prayer, St John's
Wednesday 8.00 a.m. Morning Prayer, St John's
Wednesday 5.00 p.m. Evening Prayer, Holy Trinity
Thursday 8.00 a.m. Morning Prayer, St John's
Thursday 12.15 p.m. Eucharist, Holy Trinity
Thursday 5.00 p.m. Evening Prayer, Christ Church
9.00 a.m. Eucharist, Christ Church
9.30 a.m. Parish Eucharist, St John's
10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist, Holy Trinity
11.15 a.m. Parish Eucharist, Christ Church
6.00 p.m. Simple Eucharist, St John's

Collect for the Twentieth Sunday after Trinity
(17 October)
God, the giver of life,
whose Holy Spirit wells up within your Church:
by the Spirit's gifts equip us to live the gospel of Christ
and make us eager to do your will,
that we may share with the whole creation
the joys of eternal life;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Copyright © The Archbishops' Council 2000

The Team Ministry rota for September to November is available here.

If you find a broken link or just have a comment on the site, by all means get in touch.
St John the Divine, Merton
Welcome to St John the Divine, Merton
We welcome and encourage all people to worship God with us. St John's is part of the Merton Priory Team Ministry. Whether or not you are new to the area, you are most welcome to join us in our acts of worship and share in our Anglican tradition.

Church notice sheet
Click on this link to read the latest church notice sheet. If you would like to receive the notice sheet regularly as a newsletter, you can sign up using the subscription form below.
(15 October 2021)

Services at St John's and Christ Church during October
(The regular 6.00 p.m. services at St John's continue as usual up to and including 24 October.)
24  9.30 a.m. Morning Prayer at St John's* led by Revd Simon Asquith
      11.15 a.m. Parish Eucharist at Christ Church
31  Normal service times resume: 9.30 a.m. at St John's, 11.15 a.m. at Christ Church*. NOTE: Clocks go back!
* Service will be filmed and made available on the Merton Priory Parish YouTube channel
(3 October 2021)

Black History Month
The Black Asian Minority Ethnic Voice invites you to celebrate Black History Month with them at Wimbledon Library on Saturday, 30 October between 11 a.m. and 5.30 p.m. Under the theme of 'The written word – a vehicle for Health and Healing', there will be discussions, drama, arts and crafts, music and much more. Entry is free   please put the date into your diary.
(8 October 2021)

Sunday evening services
Evening Service has resumed weekly with a Simple Eucharist for Creationtide. We will continue to experiment with it taking place at St John's at 6 p.m. with a similar pattern of Contemplative and Celtic Worship, and Eucharist with Prayers for Healing being followed.
(19 September 2021)

Church hall
If you wish to hire St John's hall please email with details. The charge is £25 per hour.
(18 April 2021)

Headings on this page:

Now that we are in step four, official restrictions are lifted and so all are welcome to attend. We will be maintaining a range of habits and moving gradually on the reintroduction of other practices.

Do speak with the clergy or churchwardens if you have any specific queries or comments. God bless and keep us all.

The Parish Eucharist for 17 October (Twentieth Sunday after Trinity) at Holy Trinity led by Mark can be viewed as a YouTube video. You are invited to take part by following along with the collect and readings.

Service for 24 October (Last Sunday after Trinity; Bible Sunday)
The Service of Morning Prayer at St John's will be led by Simon and will be uploaded to YouTube later in the day.

Services from previous weeks are on the Merton Priory Parish YouTube channel and listed on the 'Looking back' page on the Team website.
(17 October 2021)
Holy Trinity is open for private prayer on Mondays from 3.00 to 6.00 p.m.

We pray for our NHS, for all afflicted with COVID, for those who have died, for all who grieve, for the roll-out of the vaccine and for one another: O God, make speed to save us; O Lord, make haste to help us.
(26 September 2021)
Katharine von Schubert, Diocesan Mission Enabler, guided some 30–40 church members through a discussion on what is the Church, cultural changes in recent generations, an exercise discerning people's gifts, feedback from the questionnaires that church members completed over the summer, a look at our parish demographic and various key features and communities, and the Five Marks of Mission; we also enjoyed lunch together and had a walk around the immediate St John's area. Our main shared focus for mission across the three churches became how to encourage growth at St John's, namely to grow a thriving congregation serving its local community. A fuller summary can be found in this PDF file.
(29 September 2021)
Worship at Home
When it isn't possible to join with the local church, this outline is designed to help you have a short time of worship as a household.

You are also invited to follow the Royal School of Church Music's Hymn of the Day, and Sunday Self-Service, a simple act of worship with music, readings and prayers which will change weekly.
(29 March 2020)
Spiritual Communion
The term 'Spiritual Communion' describes the means of grace by which a person, prevented for some serious reason from sharing in a celebration of the Eucharist, nonetheless shares in the communion of Jesus Christ. You are invited to join in these prayers as an opportunity to give thanks for your communion with him while unable to be present at the Eucharist.
(3 May 2020)
Visit our archival resource on the Team website to examine and use items from the weeks since Mothering Sunday (22 March) 2020.

(For reassurance on how we protect your personal data, see our Data privacy notice.)
* indicates required

Merton Priory Team Ministry
Merton Priory PCC charity number is 1134253

Prayer for all times
Loving God,
source of healing and comfort,
fill us with your grace,
that the sick may be made whole,
that those who care for us may be strengthened,
that the anxious may be calmed,
and those most vulnerable be protected
in the power of the Spirit
in the faith of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Raise funds for the church painlessly:
Click through to raise funds for the Church
Click through to raise funds for the Church

The Merton Priory Team Ministry is committed to promoting the Gospel of Jesus Christ according to the doctrines and practices of the Church of England. We are guided by our mission statement, agreed in 2011:

In Merton Priory Team Ministry we aim to be a community
    Faithful to God
        Sharing with those in need
            Caring for one another