Saturday, 1 August 2020

Speaking about Hiroshima and Nagasaki

The ‘Church of Ireland Notes’ in ‘The Irish Times’ today [1 August 2020] concludes with these two paragraphs:

The Anglican mission agency USPG (United Society Partners in the Gospel) is offering recorded sermons as a Sunday resource for parishes. The next recorded sermon from USPG, for Sunday 9 August 9th, has been recorded by the Canon Patrick Comerford of Rathkeale Group of Parishes, who is a Trustee of USPG, and marks the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Nagasaki. This sermon can be ordered emailing Gwen Mtambirwa, USPG Mission Engagement Co-ordinator, gwenm@uspg.org.uk.

Meanwhile, Canon Comerford, who is President of the Irish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, is speaking at CND’s annual Hiroshima Day commemoration in Merrion Square, Dublin, next Thursday.

A Sunday sermon resource
from USPG for 9 August


The Anglican mission agency USPG (United Society Partners in the Gospel) has been offering recorded sermons as a Sunday resource for parishes throughout these islands.

The next recorded sermon from USPG will be available for Sunday 9 August (Trinity IX), and is being recorded by the Canon Patrick Comerford, who is a Trustee of USPG.

The Gospel passage (Matthew 14: 22-33) that Sunday recounts Christ’s calming of the storm. On what will be the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Nagasaki – which was home to one of the largest and oldest Christian communities in East Asia – Patrick asks, ‘Where do we find calm in the storms of the world today?’

Patrick is Priest-in-Charge of the Rathkeale and Kilnaughtin Group of Parishes, and the Precentor in the joint chapter in these dioceses.

You can order this sermon for your church or parish by emailing Gwen Mtambirwa, USPG Mission Engagement Co-ordinator, gwenm@uspg.org.uk. In the email, include the name of your church (if it is for a church service), the time of the service, and if you have one, attach a high-resolution photograph of your church attached to your email as a jpeg.

USPG, one of the oldest Anglican mission agencies, sends out these sermons on the Thursday prior to the Sunday involved.

This news report is published in the August 2020 edition of ‘Newslink,’ the Limerick and Killaloe diocesan magazine (p 18).