Prayer & Preaching 8th December

Last Sunday we started our journey through Advent in earnest with the Christingle services. Churches were filled with expectant faces, and that was just the clergy, and the smell of oranges and sweets filled the air. The highlight was the lighting of the Christingle Candles and the turning out of the lights. There is something awe-some about a church lit by nothing but candles, just as the stable would have been 2000 years ago.

As we get closer and closer to Christ’s birth it can sometimes seem as if we have lost the true message of Christmas. We spend too much, we eat too much, we throw away too much, we look to what we want more than what we need.

But small acts of kindness, opening a stable door, small acts of giving, sharing a loaf and a fish, small acts of doing unto others, tending a stranger at the roadside, remind us of what Jesus represents, and the hope and promise of his birth. As we anticipate the coming of the light of the world, can YOU be someone’s light.

Can you put a tin of something in the Foodbank Trolley? Can you put a little bit extra in the retiring collection at a Carol Service? Did you bake a cake for the school fair? (Thank you so much!).

Many the gifts, many the people, many the hearts that yearn to belong. Let us be servants to one another, making your kingdom come.
Christ, be our light!

Rev Sarah

Collect
Almighty God, purity our hearts and minds, that when your Son Jesus Christ comes again as judge and saviour we may be ready to receive him, who is our Lord and our God. Amen

We continue to pray for:
Clemmie, Ellen Chapman, Kris Tippen, Robert Bowen-Colthurst, Tony Johnson and Gerard

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

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

At Birdham (9.30) Bruce Holben’s sermon theme will be “Standing on Slippery Slopes”.  At West Wittering 9.00 there will be Little Witterings and at 10.00 Jonathan Swindells’ sermon theme will be “Renewing Hope?”. At Itchenor Jim Mould’s theme will be “How do we change from the inside out?”

Wholeness and Healing Service 6.00 St James Centre, Birdham and Susan Monks’ sermon theme will be “The Welcoming Prayer” 

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

Sunday 15th December – Third Sunday of Advent
Morning
Isaiah 35. 1-10; Matthew 11. 2-11
BCP
1 Corinthians 4. 1-5; Matthew 11. 2-10
Evensong
Isaiah 5. 8-end; Acts 13. 13-41

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