The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.
Sunday 29th November 2020: Advent Sunday
- Please remember in your prayers those who are sick: Janette Saunders, Ann Hensby, Belinda Forbes, Bishop John Holbrook and Will Beattie.
- Pray too for the souls of the recently departed, Noel Witts and Peter Ratcliffe Our only morning service today is on Zoom at 11.00 am but at 6pm we have the first of our special Advent Compline services from South Luffenham with a brief presentation looking at the Advent themes of darkness and light in the poetry of Thomas Hardy.
- For the reading this Sunday you will find them on the service sheet for the Zoom meeting it is Mark
- Ch, 13 v. 24 – 27
- Sunday, 6th December, Holy Communion will be celebrated at Duddington Church at 9.30am, and the Zoom Service will come from Barrowden at 11am. Compline at 6pm will come from Barrowden Church with a short presentation to consider darkness and light in the music of Bach.
- Zoom Morning Prayer continues on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8.30am., with Compline on Thursdays and Sundays at 6pm.
- Look out for our Church Spire which will be lit from Advent Sunday onwards.
- Service in Church next Sunday, 6th December at 11am led by Ann.
- Our Village Advent Windows will begin on Tuesday 1st December, starting with Janet, 7 Back Lane.
THIS WEEK’S MEDITATION:
We have all heard children say enthusiastically, “I can’t wait”. Perhaps we say it too even though we are grown up! At this time of year children are getting excited about Christmas and all that it brings but during the past few months we have learnt a great deal about waiting. We have waited for the various Covid 19 declarations, we have waited for the end of restrictions and waited for the vaccine.
Perhaps one good thing is that probably not many of us will be queuing for Christmas presents and food and will have more space to reflect on what is really important, not just at this time of year but for our general needs. Waiting is an occupation that can bring benefits! Many of us will remember the advertisement for the first credit card. The advert stated that “Access takes the waiting out of wanting”. We don’t like to wait for anything and much of our culture now is based on the idea that we can have it all and we can have it now!
The world often seems to be a very dark place with sadness and confusion reigning. Today we begin the season of Advent which is when the church waits to welcome Christ into the world once more. As we wait for that time which is unknown, we need to be working for God’s kingdom so that when Christ does come we will not be sitting around wasting time.
Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, may we remember this Advent that we are children of the light. May we wake up each day ready to take up the tasks of the day. And may our sleep be the restoring and health-giving rest that comes from tasks well done. Amen. (John Sentamu).
See wellandfosse.org for much more information, including contact details for
The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong and the churchwardens