The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices
Sunday 28 November 2021: the First Sunday in Advent
- Please pray for the sick including Judith Piggott, Jan Bailey, John Hall, Pat Simmons and Derek Barker.
- Zoom Morning Prayer continues on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8.30am. Compline is on Thursday at 6pm.
- Face Masks: up until now we have been relaxed about the use of face masks in church. The situation is now changing with high infection rates so the staff would be grateful if you would be prudent and consider a return to face masks for the time being. The Covid restrictions on the Holy Communion service will continue.
Sunday, 28 November 11.00 am Holy Communion in St Peter’s.
The first Advent Window will be opened on Wednesday around 5.00 pm at the Exeter Arms.
Sunday 19th December 2021 at 4 pm: traditional Carol service with lessons telling the Christmas story and Carols, followed by mulled wine and mince pies.
Sunday November 28th 9.30am Holy Communion led by Rev Pippa Madgwick.
Sunday December 12th 9.30am Morning Worship.
Sunday December 19th 4pm Carol Service.
Christmas Day Holy Communion 10 am.
Village Advent Windows begin with Helen’s this Wednesday.
Mulled Wine and Mince Pie event in the Village Hall, Sunday 5th December 11.3am – 1pm.
There are only four weeks to go until the big event! The shops are brightly lit, the carols are playing in the background and there is an air of bustle and anticipation. There are few adverts on the television which are not related to Christmas. So unlike last year when it appeared that Christmas was cancelled.
There are the preparations that commerce makes and there are the preparations that each one of us makes. Last Sunday was Stir Up Sunday which was used as a reminder that the Christmas puddings had to be made by that day. At least some people were rushing home from church to do just that! The presents are being bought, wrapped and cards written, and the frenzy continues!
Advent is not only a time for preparing the food which always seems to be an integral part of Christmas; it is a time much like Lent when we are asked to prepare ourselves for the coming of that tiny baby and open our hearts to his love and light. John Betjeman wrote these words which show so clearly the true meaning of Christmas. In all the rush, let us not forget the real coming of Christ to earth.
And is it true,
This most tremendous tale of all,
Seen in a stained-glass window’s hue,
A Baby in an ox’s stall?
The Maker of the stars and sea
Become a Child on earth for me?
And is it true? For if it is,
No loving fingers tying strings
Around those tissued fripperies,
The sweet and silly Christmas things,
Bath salts and inexpensive scent
And hideous tie so kindly meant,
No love that in a family dwells,
No carolling in frosty air,
Nor all the steeple-shaking bells
Can with this single Truth compare —
That God was man in Palestine
And lives today in Bread and Wine.
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