When was the last time you were afraid for your life? We have all been there at some point but imagine it day after day in Aleppo. Or in the trenches of World War One. That is what we are remembering this coming Sunday on the 13th November. It is also the anniversary of the attacks in Paris last year on the Bataclan Theatre and the restaurants around the streets of the Bastille. I was there just after the attacks last year and as it happened I was there two weeks ago at a meeting. There were armed soldiers on every street corner with machine guns. As we went into the office through a large metal door, two men slipped in behind us rather suspiciously but as it happened they were OK but my friend said “Même pas peur” and of course though she was laughing it off there was an underlying sense of unease in Paris.
We remember those who have died during conflicts, wars and terrorist attacks in our Remembrance Sunday services and in today’s world we have to once again, be so grateful that those who we remember gave their lives in the two World Wars died for our freedoms. Freedoms that are being undermined in the world of the Holy Land and even closer to home. Isaiah 41:10 reminds us God is with us whenever we feel afraid, but we must not take our freedom for granted.
Dr Susan Monks. Reader
The Collect for 13th November
Heavenly Father, whose blessed Son was revealed to destroy the works of the devil and to make us the children of God and heirs of eternal life: grant that we, having this hope, may purify ourselves even as he is pure; that when he shall appear in power and great glory we may be made like him in his eternal and glorious kingdom; where he is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen
At the main service at Birdham (9.30am) Jim Mould’s sermon will be “The sky has fallen in”. At West Wittering at 10.50 Susan Monks’ sermon will be “Are we afraid?”. At Itchenor (10.50) Jonathan Swindells’ will be preaching.
Susan Monks’ sermon for Evensong at West Wittering will “Fear & the lions’ den”.
We continue to pray for:
David Beveridge and Peter Johnston
And those who have recently died and their loved ones.
Roy Brundle, Ralph Cowan, Dorothy Gilpin, Kathleen Bull and Becky Creak
The Ministry Team are only too happy to talk through aspects of their Sermon. If you know of anyone who needs our prayers or would appreciate a visit, please let the Rector or the Parish Administrator know.
Readings for 13th November
Malachi 4. 1-2a; Thessalonians 3. 6-13; Luke 21. 5-19
Colossians 3. 12-17; Matthew 13. 24b-30
Daniel 6; Matthew 13. 1-9; 18-23
Readings for 20th November
Christ the King
Sunday next before Advent
Jeremiah 23. 1-6; Colossians 1. 11-20; Luke 23. 33-43
Colossians 1. 13-20; John 6. 5-14
1 Samuel 8. 4-20; John 18. 33-37