Just what are we coming to? Has the world gone mad?!? What is going one…? Brexit, the climate emergency, Xmas General Election, Black Friday… no – SHORTS!

Yes – shorts! More specifically the wearing of shorts by professional golfers during competitive matches. I just can’t believe it’s come to this – is nothing sacred? But happening it is, and sanctioned by the PGA no less. I feel the need to write a stiff letter!

Clearly, the judgement of the PGA has caused a stir and forces us traditionalists to re-think that most sacred of things – golfing etiquette. The golfing world will never be the same again…

How we do things – how things have always been done, is always open to judgement. Rarely do we welcome those judgements which call us to change the way things are done, except of course if we call ourselves ‘Christian’…

Walking the way of Jesus will always leave us open to judgement because our ultimate judge will be the Christ who is to come:

‘O come, thou Rod of Jesse, free – thine own from Satan’s tyranny’

In this season of Advent, as we begin again to foretell the story of salvation from its origins in the birth of Christ-child, we too will be open to judgement. The irony cannot be lost on many that one of the ways in which that judgement will be brought to bear will be in the mark of a X. That will not only be a judgement on those who receive our ‘X’ but moreover, as those who claim a faith in Christ, how we mark our ballot papers will be a judgement on us.

Maranatha! Come Lord Jesus.

Collect
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, Kris Tippen, Robert Bowen-Colthurst, Tony Johnson, Gerard and Clive Yeomans

And those who have recently died and their loved ones:
Father Clifford

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
8.00 BCP Holy Communion at West Wittering and Itchenor

At Birdham (9.30) Eric Eyre will be preaching.  At West Wittering 10.00 Jonathan Swindells’ sermon theme will be ‘Christmas is coming  – do nothing!’ and at Itchenor the theme for Little Nick’s will be “Advent and Giving”.

Christingle 4.00 at Birdham and West Wittering

Sunday 1st December – Advent Sunday
Morning
Isaiah 2. 1-5; Romans 13. 11-end; Matthew 24. 36-44
BCP
Romans 13. 8-end; Matthew 21. 1-13
Evensong
Isaiah 52. 1-12; Matthew 24. 15-28

Sunday 8th December – Second Sunday of Advent
Morning
Isaiah 11. 1-10; Matthew 3. 1-12
BCP
Romans 15. 4-13; Luke 21. 25-33

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