Sunday 6th December - Second Sunday in Advent

Vicar's Thought


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Genuine Christianity has radical consequences. In this section of Luke, Jesus speaks about his coming 'baptism' and added, "And how distressed I am until it is completed" referring to the crucifixion which would overwhelm him with grief. While that great sacrifice would save multitudes of people it would also lead to ‘fire’ and ‘division’.

One obvious way ‘fire’ and ‘division’ can be linked together is seen around the world for when Christians make a moral and spiritual impact on society folk can be inflamed with opposition to the gospel. Even members of the same family can be divided from each other. The Apostle Peter says Christians can rejoice while suffering grief in all kinds of trials because our faith may "…be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honour when Jesus Christ is revealed." (1 Peter 1: 6-7)

Notice in this Advent season we are steadied in our living by the expectation of Jesus’ second coming.


Bible Readings


Click to read the Bible readings for the week: Psalm 1: 1-6, Luke 12: 49-53


Lord the light of your love is shining

Hymns

Lord the light of your love is shining - Shine Jesus Shine (WP 71)
Longing for light (WP 66)
Lo, he comes with clouds descending (296)

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Please pray for

Our Community: for all those confused by the new tier restrictions and what they imply for an alternative Christmas.

Our Country: for the quick administration of vaccines and their healing capabilities.

Those unwell & recovering: for God's healing on all those in pain and suffering.

Those grieving the loss of loved ones, especially for the family of Sadie Mitchinson, Sally Akers' mother.

A Special Prayer: For all those that have recently lost jobs, thinking especially of those working for Debenhams and the Arcadia Group, and all those suffering economic hardship or anxiety.


Our Next Services

 13th December 20th December
 ~ Third Sunday in Advent ~ ~ Forth Sunday in Advent ~
 Holy Communion at St Mary's - 9am Holy Communion at St Mary's - 9am
 Morning Worship at St Mary's - 10.30am Holy Communion at St Mary's - 10.30am
 Online Morning Worship - 10.30am Online Holy Communion - 10.30am


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