The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.
Sunday 15th November 2020: The 2nd Sunday Before Advent.
- Please remember in your prayers those who are sick: Janette Saunders, Ann Hensby and those whose operations have been postponed again.
- Zoom services continue today at 11.00 am.
- Next week there will be only one Zoom Service at 11 am as a result of Lockdown 2.
- Zoom Morning Prayer continues on Mondays, Wednesdays and now Fridays at 8.30am. Compline will be restarted on Thursdays at 6pm from 12 November as well as Sundays in Advent beginning on 29th
- The Rev’d Dr. Carys Walsh’s Advent book is still available, based on the poetry of R.S.Thomas. If you would like a copy (£12.99) please let The Priest-in-Charge know on 01572 748634 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
During lockdown St Mary’s continues to be open for private prayer on Sundays only 10am-4pm.
Our Church remains open for private prayer every day from 10-4.
Sally hopes to post a video on the Benefice website – Mark Waik carrying out the Act of Remembrance, on our behalf, at 11am on 11th November.
Thank you from Rutland Foodbank – We have the most donations ever to be collected this week! Please search for Rutland Foodbank on the Internet as they will soon be posting a ‘Christmas list’.
Much of this week has been spent in remembering and commemorating with Remembrance Sunday and then the solemn Remembrance at the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month. Alongside that was the commemoration of 100 years since the unveiling of the Cenotaph and the burial of the Unknown Soldier. All events which we need to be aware of and encourage our young people to understand.
We build up memories throughout our lives. Some we treasure and keep to ourselves for those private moments when perhaps we just need a time of reassurance. Others we are only too willing to share! The sentence often dreaded by children, “I remember when I was your age…!” springs to our lips. There are some memories which are places where we do not want to go because they are dark spaces. Whatever the memory it is important because it is part of who we have become.
Memories can become distorted as we grow older and for some memory seems to be kept locked up inside. We have seen the disturbing photos this week of those who are losing the memories and cannot be visited by those who can help them to understand the strange world in which they find themselves.
The thief on the cross next to Jesus asked him to remember him when he was in the kingdom of heaven. Jesus replied, “I promise”. God sees, as we hear in the hymn, “the meanest sparrow fall unnoticed in the street”. He knows each one of us and knows what has made the memories within us, the shared ones and the private ones. Above all he cares for each one of us and asks only that we remember his great love.
See wellandfosse.org for much more information, including contact details for The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong and the churchwardens