Aggh – and aren’t we just so busy! What is all this
stuff we are doing that makes us so busy?
It’s easy to fall into the ‘worldly’ trap of
judging life’s achievements in terms of what we’ve done – over a lifetime, last
year, last week – yesterday! It’s much less common to think about how we’ve
As we start a new church year we do so reflecting
on the Advent theme of Christ’s return as ‘Judge’.
If he does come back this coming
Sunday, I wonder if he’ll judge us on what we’ve done or what we’ve been? Maybe
that’s too binary a choice but the points worth reflecting on.
Through Advent I’m inviting the church families to
reflect on why we do the things we do
– and don’t do other things… How far
are they a clear and considered response or outcome of the Kingdom values we are called to live out in and through our life
together as Christ’s church in this place?
Judges pass sentence based on the outcomes of
evidence considered – so here’s something for your defence! In the space below
write down THREE values you believe are clearly lived out by your church and
ONE value you feel we should live out
as part of our Christian living.
? ? ? ?
But do so with great hope and joy – we will be
judged in Christ’s living giving love.
Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness and to put on the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility: that on the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge the living and the dead we may rise to the life immortal; through him who is alive and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever Amen.
We continue to pray for:
Clemmie, Michael Palmer, Charlotte Megenney, Guy Solan, Sylvia Stear and Kris Tippen
And those who have recently died and their loved ones:
David Durbin and Clare Goddard
If you know of anyone who needs our prayers or would appreciate a visit,
please let the Rector or the Parish Administrator know.
Should you wish to contact the Rector his mobile
number is 07538 011579.
Services for this weekend
Holy Communion at West Wittering and Itchenor
At the main service at Birdham (9.30am) Eric Eyre’s sermon theme will be “A Hopeless end or an endless Hope”. At West Wittering (10.00) Jonathan Swindells’ sermon theme will be “Judged”. At Itchenor (9.00) Susan Monks’ sermon theme will be “Holy Family”.
There will be Christingle Services at both Birdham and
West Wittering at 3.00
There will be Evensong at 6.00 at West Wittering
The Ministry Team
are only too happy to talk through aspects of their Sermon.
Sunday 2nd December
Jeremiah 33. 14-16; 1 Thessalonians 3. 9-end; Luke 21. 25-36
Romans 13. 8-end; Matthew 21. 1-3
Joel 3, 9-end; Revelations 14. 13-15.4
Sunday 9th December
Second Sunday of Advent
Baruch 5. 1-9 or Malachi 3. 1-4; Philippians 1. 3-11; Luke 3. 1-6
Romans 15. 4-13; Luke 21. 25-33
Isaiah 40. 1-11; Luke 1. 1-25