The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices
Sunday 22nd November 2020: Christ the King
- Please remember in your prayers those who are sick: Janette Saunders, Ann Hensby, Noel Witts and Will Beattie.
- Our only service today is on Zoom at 11.00 am.
- Zoom Morning Prayer continues on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8.30am. Compline is on Thursdays at 6pm and Sundays in Advent beginning on 29th November.
- There are still 3 copies of The Rev’d Dr. Carys Walsh’s Advent book still available. If you would like a copy (£12.99) please let The Priest-in-Charge know on 01572 748634 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
South Luffenham Church is open for private prayer every day from 10-4.
THIS WEEK’S MEDITATION:
Above the dome of the Old Bailey stands Lady Justice, her hands outstretched with a sword in one and a balance in the other; a symbol of justice in our land – justice without fear or favour.
Today is the final Sunday before Advent and the end of the Christian liturgical year. Next week we descend into the darkness of Advent and preparations for a very different Christmas. The gospel for today is the Parable of the Sheep and the Goats in which Jesus castigates those who just don’t see the need in others, be they hungry, thirsty, sick, naked or in prison. It’s a judgement on us all. So often we don’t see the need in others.
Justice is not just a matter of dishing out punishments but restoring balance to God’s world. For most of us, we will be spared those negative decisions of fines and prison-sentences but all around us are opportunities to help re-balance lives: lives of bereavement, neglect, loneliness, sadness, sickness, incompetence, fear, addiction or plain exhaustion.
We have received the gift of life. Do we keep it to ourselves or can we find ways of sharing that gift with others? To adopt the former will only bring frustration and bitterness, as the Jews found out in the wilderness as they tried to hoard the manna (Exodus 16.20). To share the gift with others brings enrichment as the widow’s cruse shows us (2 Kings 4. 1 – 7).
“Give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down,
shaken together, running over, will be poured into your lap.”
See wellandfosse.org for much more information, including contact details for
The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong and the churchwardens